Washington State Wine Establishes Research Grant Program

first_img TAGSWashington State Wine AdvertisementCompetitive grant program expands Washington wine industry’s research reachSEATTLE (October 15, 2019) – The Washington State Wine Commission will launch a competitive grant program in 2020 to expand its reach and support of viticulture and enology research. The new program establishes the means to encourage scientists, regardless of location, to focus on research issues important to Washington’s wine industry as well as collaborate with researchers at Washington State University.Research is a cornerstone of the Washington wine industry, which contributes more than $6 billion of in-state economic impact. The new grant program is a component of the industry-approved strategic research plan that will carry forward Washington’s world-leading viticulture and enology research program to support and fund projects worth $5.5 million through the next four years.The new competitive grant program is designed to encourage research collaboration with other wine regions and leverage research funding opportunities. The program will utilize the Unified Grant Management for Viticulture and Enology website to coordinate submittal of research proposal applications with other grape and wine research funding organizations, including the American Vineyard Foundation, California Table Grape Commission and Oregon Wine Board. The website opens for submission on December 1, 2019 and closes January 31, 2020.The grant program will complement the Washington wine industry’s ongoing financial support of the long-standing statewide Grape and Wine Research Program, which funds grape and wine research conducted by WSU scientists. The statewide program, financially supported by the Auction of Washington Wines, Washington State University, the Wine Commission and state taxes collected on all bottles of wine sold in Washington, has funded more than $1 million worth of WSU research in each of the last three years.The Wine Commission, for the first time, will also fund short-term, demonstration projects to be conducted by Washington colleges and universities. The one-year grants will target practical, rapid application winery and vineyard trials as well as provide funds for proof of concept research ideas. See the Washington State Wine website for full details on these applications, which will be accepted from December 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020.The Wine Research Advisory Committee will review research proposals during the Wine Commission’s annual Research Review on February 25-26, 2020 at the Clore Center in Prosser. Washington wine industry members are invited to attend the research review to hear progress reports of continuing projects and new proposals and provide industry feedback to the Advisory Committee for consideration when it makes research funding recommendations.For additional information, contact Melissa Hansen, Research Program Director at: [email protected] or view the grant program details.About Washington State WineWashington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the mission of the WSW is to raise positive awareness and demand for Washington State wine through marketing and education while supporting viticulture and enology research to drive industry growth.  Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, the WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.orgAdvertisement Email Previous articleAfternoon Brief, October 15Next articleConcentrated Flavors Emerge from 2019 Napa Valley Harvest: Precision Farming and Ideal Conditions Press Release Linkedin Facebook Home Industry News Releases Washington State Wine Establishes Research Grant ProgramIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWashington State Wine Establishes Research Grant ProgramBy Press Release – October 15, 2019 337 1 Share ReddIt Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award

first_imgRelatedTime Ripe For Media To Set Up Complaints Council – Minister Falconer Jamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women, in particular for closing the gender gap in terms of women, who work in public administration.A beaming Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, accepted the award on behalf of Jamaica, during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted on Wednesday, November 27, by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature, as senior officials and managers.“I find it gratifying that the European Union has recognized Jamaica’s achievement in the area of gender equality. I accept with a spirit of humility on behalf of the women of Jamaica, who I represent, and to whom I pay tribute this evening,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that many Jamaican women continue to make their mark in their various spheres of endeavors despite the odds. She thanked the European Parliament and WIPs Forum for their initiative in providing an avenue for discussion on women’s leadership, noting that the experience has been enriching.“Let us therefore vow to make gender equality a reality in this generation,” she urged the participants.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream and not to be daunted by obstacles. “I want to say to the young women, be strong, be courageous. There are some who will say that politics is not a good thing, but if it is not good and good people do not get involved, it will remain bad, so we need to be engaged and involved,” she said to loud cheers from the packed room.She stated that politics is an area where women can influence change in policy. Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the young women to use the successful women in the room as examples, telling them “you can make a contribution to your country and to humanity.”She said her greatest joy is serving.President of the EU- Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Foundation, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who made the presentation to the Prime Minister, noted that 28 per cent of the country’s mayors and 56 per cent of Permanent Secretaries are females. In addition females dominate top positions such as Chief Justice, accountant general and other top public posts.The WIP awards are based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, and are awarded to countries for leadership in closing the gender gap.The gender gap report assesses 135 countries, representing more than 93 per cent of the world’s population on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations. It measures the size of the gender gap in four areas: economic participation and opportunity – salaries, participation and highly skilled employment; education – access to basic and higher levels of education; political empowerment – representation in decision making structures; health and survival – life expectancy and sex ratio.Other winners in the category of political empowerment are Rwanda, for Women in Parliament; and Ireland for number of years with Female Head of State. Iceland was named the Global Winner in Closing the Gender Gap. Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 28, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham Story HighlightsJamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment AwardJIS 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 RelatedMinister Falconer Clarifies ‘Guidelines’ to Media Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), proudly holds the award given to Jamaica for bridging the gender gap in terms of women in public administration, awarded by the European Union. The presentation was made during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, on November 27, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda, Donatille Mukabalisa (left), accepted the award on behalf of her country for Women in Parliament; while Speaker of the Senate in Ireland, Paddy Burke, accepted the award for his country, which was recognized for the number of years with Female Head of State. RelatedPM Says Lack of Funding Keeping Women Out of Politicslast_img read more

GRIZ GRIT: UM Coaching Roots Run Deep

first_imgLarry Krystkowiak was born to be a head basketball coach.Face it. There are people meant to be in charge and people that should never be handed the gavel.I’ve worked with both kinds at the University of Montana and can tell you from personal experience, long before Larry took the reins of the Continental Basketball League Idaho Stampede in Boise, there was no doubt in my mind that he possessed the makeup required to have success at any level he chose.And now after a short tenure on Avery Johnson’s staff at New Jersey, Krystkowiak will take his brand of Zen-like, Phil Jackson inspired optimism parlayed with an incredible work ethic to the floor of the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City as he takes over the program at the University of Utah.The Utah capital won’t be unfamiliar to Krystkowiak. He was a popular player there in 1992-93. His 11-year NBA career began in San Antonio after being traded by Chicago, which drafted him as the 28th pick in the second round.Ironically “Krystko,” who finished his pro career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, counts former Utah Jazz mentor Jerry Sloan as a friend and a strong coaching influence.The Utes, who move from the Mountain West to the PAC-12 next season, fired Jim Boylen after a 13-18 record in his fourth season and a 69-60 record overall.Krystkowiak is the second coach with Big Sky Conference connections since Ray Giacoletti moved from Eastern Washington University to the helm at Utah. Utah State Head Coach Stu Morrill, also of course a former Grizzly, removed his name from consideration after he apparently tired of the length of time it was taking for the Utes to make a decision.After a less than stellar career, Giacoletti was fired after the 2006 season – something that Krystkowiak can relate to since he suffered a similar fate when he was released from the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks about 12 months after getting the head job when Terry Stotts was fired.Sounds like a great career path doesn’t it?A former three-time Big Sky Conference MVP, Krystko made his coaching debut at UM under Don Holst in 1998, leaving to join Blaine Taylor at Old Dominion for a season.His first head job brought a championship berth in Boise as the Stampede ran to a 37-16 mark in 2003-04. When he moved back to his alma mater, he won 42 of 62 outings, reached the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years, and won the school’s first NCAA game of the modern era – beating fifth-seeded Nevada in 2006.One thing Utah players will quickly discover: You’ll know where you stand with the big guy from the onset and you’d better be ready to step it up.It sure will be interesting this year when the Utes face off in their first PAC-12 game with the University of California, coached by Krystko’s former UM boss Mike Montgomery.And don’t be surprised by the time you read this if a member of the current UM coaching staff, the one with the most seniority, hasn’t signed on at Utah.The UM coaching legacy continues to run deep and long. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Govinda Brings Eclectic Performance To Fayetteville

first_imgFresh off his flight after playing a sold out show in Denver with Shpongle and Alex Grey the night before, out-of-the-box dubtronica producer Govinda ended his 2015 tour in Fayetteville, Arkansas this past Saturday, December 12. Just down the street from the University of Arkansas, George’s Majestic Lounge was popping off, beginning with Doohickey on the decks. Ryan Viser followed, getting the crowd on their feet by incorporating trumpet playing into his unique DJ set complete with originals and remixes of familiar tunes.The stage was finally turned over to the headliner of the evening, Govinda. His always innovative set revved the crowd up with the melodious sounds of his signature violin. A classically trained violinist since the age of eight, it’s always a treat to witness Govinda electronically manipulate the sound coming from this beautiful instrument. By the end of the night, everyone was on their feet dancing and drenched in sweat. A job well done, and a fantastic conclusion to Govinda’s 2015 fall tour.Words and Photos by Andrew Dolan. Full Gallery: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Testing times for Regional Heads

first_imgHeads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will meet in Guyana for their 37th Regular Meeting on 4-6 July, 2016, and as expected some of the most pressing issues currently affecting the Region will take centre stage.As stated by Caricom, in the search for opportunities and regional solutions to challenges, the Meeting will advance matters pertaining to regional security – economic and otherwise; and the social wellbeing of the approximately 16 million people who make up the Caribbean Community.Certainly, issues relating to the number of threats the Region continues to face in relation to its financial and economic stability will dominate the discussions; chief among these are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet to be determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.As it relates to Brexit, some experts have already warned of the potential negative effects this latest development could have on the Region’s economies; and stakeholders will be anxiously waiting to see how the regional grouping will tackle the issue. For example, what policy decisions leaders will make that will seek to ensure that the impact on the region’s economies are minimised as far as possible.Already we are seeing concerns being raised, ranging from a potential drop in arrivals in tourist dependent Member States such as Saint Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, to a decrease in development assistance and possible effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.Only a few days ago, at a University of the West Indies (UWI) forum organised to discuss the impact of Brexit, Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles offered some useful recommendations that Carciom leaders could explore during their two-day meeting here. Beckles underscored the need for Caricom to move as a matter of urgency to reinvent the scenario post emancipation, which saw Caribbean indigenous people networking freely across the region. He suggested that a Task Force be set up immediately, with the involvement of UWI, to research, monitor and report on the weekly developments that will take place over the next two years. For him, it is necessary that leaders in government and the private sector have access to factual, detailed information on an ongoing basis in order to guide their thinking and decisions.Additionally, he recommended that Caricom set up a Regional Research and Development Fund in order to facilitate innovation within the private sector that is required to strengthen entrepreneurship. He noted that the regional economy is at a stage where it can only compete at the level of innovation, and it is failing to do so because of inadequate research and development within production.He argued that the region: “Must also strengthen the conversation around and renegotiate the various agreements that can strengthen and expand the CARIFORUM (EU Economic Partnership Agreement), including pacts negotiated by the African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) which the Caribbean has not taken full advantage of over several years and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).”Another pressing issue that will no doubt engage the leaders relates to the challenges confronting the Region as a result of de-risking. According to Caricom, the de-risking scenario is that it is unfair, and the predictions about its impact on the Region are dire.Experts have concluded that transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients are among the areas that have been affected by de-risking. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.While we are fully aware that these are all complex issues and there are certainly no easy fixes, it would be reasonable to expect regional heads to consider seriously the views and recommendations of the various partners and stakeholders and take the bold decisions which are crucial to resolve them.This is certainly a time when the Region’s leadership will be tested.last_img read more