Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Craft beer was an industry spreading like wildfire in Indiana before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in April.It provides nearly 8,000 full-time jobs for Hoosiers and accounts for rough $1 billion in economic impact throughout the whole of Indiana. Now, like any other business, it’s a matter of adapting to fit the times in order to meet the bottom line, says Rob Caputo with the Brewers of Indiana Guild.“You’ve had a lot of layoffs, a lot of furloughs. I think some folks have been doing pretty well, as far as just trying to manage this. And I don’t mean making money hand over fist,” he told Inside Indiana Business.Caputo said tough decisions have had to be made, such as the case of 3 Floyds in Munster. The 24-year-old brewery made the decision to shut down indefinitely over a month ago saying “the safety of our customers and staff is our first priority, and at this time, we do not have immediate plans to reopen 3 Floyds Brewpub for bar or dine-in service.”Nick Floyd, the founder of 3 Floyds, told the Chicago Tribune could open in a year or two.“People have had to make decisions, like 3 Floyds, pulling back on the front of the house in the restaurant,” Caputo added. “Once you start looking at the financial’s, what are the margins? Is this valuable to the business in the short term? And how many people are going to come out anyway? We don’t know.”Caputo gives props to state leaders for relaxing certain restrictions when it comes to selling alcohol to patrons curbside in order to help breweries and brewpubs to continue selling their product.But, the pandemic has had a big impact on the Indiana Brewers Guild itself he said. The organization lobbies for and provides certain services for breweries in Indiana. Since it’s a 501-C(6) trade association the Brewers Guild was not eligible to receive a PPP loan.Caputo said the Brewers Guild generates a lot of its funding by putting on events such as Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, and Indiana Microbrewers Fest. With all those events either postponed or canceled, the funding is drying up and thus the Guild has been forced to furlough most of its staff.-0- WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 11, 2020 0 472 Facebook Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robberyNext articleIndiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

DGIF Falcon Cam in VA Captures Four Eggs that are Due to Hatch in May: First Chick has Hatched!

first_imgThe incubation period is about 30days, which means there will hopefully be chicks sometime mid-May. What better way to spend these days at home than watching wildlife come into the world from your couch! Some may not realize when walking downtown that way up atop of the Riverfront Plaza building is a Peregrine Falcon couple that has hopefully found their forever home and is currently raising four eggs! You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them flying overhead, but you can also tune in to the live 24/7 falcon cam and see them up close! Being a city with a major river like the James running through it, Richmond offers the unique experience of city life and wildlife coming together. Locals are no strangers to seeing birds like Great Blue Herons or Ospreys fly overhead, deer find their way into neighborhoods and parks, and even spot a pinesnake or painted turtle down by the river. See what the Richmond Falcons are up to HERE Updated May 13: FIRST CHICK CAN BE SEENcenter_img Screen grab from Virginia DGIF Falcon Cam after female laid her second egg The DGIF Falcon Cam follows the breeding season of the falcons each year if they choose to come back. This year is exciting because this is the first egg production from the Richmond falcons since 2017. It’s even more exciting because as of four days ago, the female just laid her fourth egg! You can find each moment of the eggs appearing on their website along with the live feed. Video of the moment the female (right) laid her second egg and the male (left) comes to visit On May 11 the DGIF reported the first pip to be seen on one of the eggs. On May 12th, a chick made it’s first appearance on camera! Click here to learn more about the hatching and feeding process of the Richmond couple’s newest chick. last_img read more

More #mobile devices equals more online spending

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Growing smartphone and tablet usage, along with a rising number of online merchants, is driving an increase in online spending.A recent RBR (Retail Banking Research) report concludes 16 billion e-commerce card payments totaling $2 trillion were made globally in 2014. The report, “Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts,” indicates e-commerce card payments are growing more rapidly than overall card payments. In fact, online purchases currently represent 11 percent of the $20 trillion worldwide payment card spend and are forecasted to reach 13 percent of the projected $38 trillion card spend in 2020. That amounts to $5 trillion in online purchases made via payment cards in 2020.While the report recognizes the role of alternative online payment methods, such as PayPal, cash-on-delivery, direct debit and others, card payments are expected to continue to rule online.E-commerce won’t be the only arena where card payments triumph in the coming years. The number of global merchant locations accepting cards is expected to double over the next few years, from 46 million at the end of 2014 to 90 million by the close of 2020. Driving growth overall are strong card adoption rates among merchants in the Asia-Pacific region along with the penetration of contactless and mobile point-of-sale (POS) programs worldwide. continue reading »last_img read more

Brazil accused of manipulating coronavirus toll

first_img‘Totalitarian regime’The far-right president has famously compared the new coronavirus to a “little flu” and railed against stay-at-home measures to contain it, citing their economic toll.The administration’s changes to the way it handles the figures on the pandemic fueled fears it would try to manipulate them.Concern only grew when well-known businessman Carlos Wizard, who has been tapped to serve as a top adviser in the health ministry, said Friday that the figures were “fantastical and manipulated.”That outraged state health officials who supply the underlying data.”This is a senseless, inhuman, authoritarian and unethical attack to make those who have died from coronavirus invisible,” they said.Wizard later apologized to victims’ families over the remark, and withdrew his candidacy for the health ministry post after online protesters threatened to boycott his companies.”Manipulating statistics is a move used by totalitarian regimes,” Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes wrote on Twitter.”This trick will not absolve anyone of responsibility for a possible genocide.”He added the hashtags “no to censorship” and “dictatorship never again.”Former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who was fired by Bolsonaro in April, said the handling of the data shows “the government is more harmful than the virus.”The government had already become the butt of jokes for its approach to the numbers.When it began putting the number of recovered patients in larger font than the number of dead on its website, one social media user snickered it was like describing Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup by saying “Brazil scored one goal, with 52 percent ball possession and eight shots on goal.””It creates a parallel reality, as if the owners of the Titanic said, ‘We saved this many people,'” Tomas Traumann, former communications secretary under ex-president Dilma Rousseff, told AFP. First, on Wednesday, the ministry began publishing the daily tally of infections and deaths around two and a half hours later each evening, just before 10:00 pm.Many critics accused the government of doing that in a bid to avoid negative coverage on “Jornal Nacional,” a popular evening news program on Globo TV, Brazil’s biggest broadcaster.Bolsonaro himself appeared to confirm as much when asked about the delay.”That’s the end of that story for ‘Jornal Nacional,'” he said. Topics : “Nobody needs to be running around on account of Globo.”Then, on Friday, the ministry stopped publishing the total number of deaths and infections, releasing only the figures for the past 24 hours for the country of 212 million people.Things only got more muddled on Sunday, when the ministry released two different daily tolls at different times, without explaining why or indicating which was correct.Had there been 1,382 new deaths and 12,581 new infections in the past 24 hours, or 525 deaths and 18,912 infections? For half a day, it was impossible to know.The ministry — currently run by an interim health minister, whose two predecessors were ousted mid-pandemic after disagreements with Bolsonaro — explained Monday that the previous day’s figures had been corrected because some of the data supplied by state health officials included duplicates.But critics have been brutal.”This is a statistical coup d’etat,” said newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil’s most-read, in a scathing editorial.”Manipulating the number of dead in a pandemic is a crime,” said influential columnist Miriam Leitao in newspaper Globo. Critics are accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of manipulating the figures showing the spiraling coronavirus death toll in Brazil, after his government first stopped reporting the total number of fatalities and infections, and then released contradictory data.Even as the situation has gotten worse in Brazil, the latest epicenter in the pandemic, the health ministry has made a series of unusual moves on how it presents the numbers on COVID-19.The ministry had been the official and most widely used source for nationwide virus statistics, which paint a grim picture of its impact on Brazil: 36,455 deaths, the third-highest toll in the world, after the United States and Britain; and 691,758 infections, the second-highest caseload, after the US. last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal career

first_imgAaron Ramsey left Arsenal last summer after 11 years in north London (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey confessed his move to Juventus was partly motivated by his desperation to escape the comfort zone he found himself in after 11 years in north London. Following the departure of Arsene Wenger, Ramsey became embroiled in a protracted contract saga. The Wales international was on the brink of signing a new deal before the club reneged on their offer and he was reduced to a bit-part role under Unai Emery.With Arsenal’s 2018/19 season unravelling, Ramsey was brought back into the fold and his return coincided with an upturn in fortuntes. But by the time he suffered a season-ending injury against Napoli in a Europa League quarter final second leg tie, his mind was made up and had his heart set on a move to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementAdjusting to a new league and new surroundings has been a challenge for the 29-year-old, but the scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals for Arsenal remains adamant he made the right decision.ADVERTISEMENTHe told Foot Truck: ‘Juventus is a massive club, one of the top teams around in the world so when they come calling for you it’s hard for you to turn them down. Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal career Aaron Ramsey is now part of a star studded Juventus side which includes Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Getty)‘I was in a position where I was at a club for a very long time and I fancied a change to get out of my comfort zone to learn a new language, hopefully very slowly.‘Again to test myself in a different league and all the cup competitions we’re still in. ‘We’re a top team and hopefully we can go far in many things and win many trophies and titles here.’MORE: RB Leipzig chief hints at summer exit for Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot UpamecanoMORE: Martin Keown says Ruud van Nistelrooy was ‘petrified’ after the Arsenal defender apologised to the Manchester United striker Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

McCoist: I Heard the Best About Pandža

first_imgThe Manager of Glasgow Rangers Ally McCoise wants to reinforce the defense of his team, and from the shortlist Christophe Berra and our representatives Boris Pandža entered.“Without a doubt, Christophe is a player that we are following’’, said McCoist for BBC. “And Boris is very interesting for us’’, he added.last_img

Gay football player Michael Sam cut by Dallas Cowboys

first_imgThe Cowboys have instead chosen Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida, to add ti the roster after Sam’s release, according to is now free to sign with any NFL team, though his prospects of becoming the league’s first openly gay player on an NFL roster appears to be very slim at this point.The Texas native ended his collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in the history of the University of Missouri.He was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year and made a number of All-American teams.But it was the NFL combine where Sam dropped precipitously as a draft prospect. Initially deemed a fourth-round pick, Sam lasted until the 249th pick in the draft because of his size — he is only 6-foot-2-inches and 260 pounds — which is too small for the defensive line. He also was tested as far too slow to play the linebacker position. And other teams probably did not want to deal with the media distraction for obvious reasons. Michael Sam, the first openly-gay football player to ever be drafted in the NFL has now been cut by the Dallas Cowboys after less than two months on the team.Sam was never promoted to the team’s 53-man roster after joining the club on Sept. 3. This followed being cut by the team that drafted him in the 7th round, the St. Louis Rams.Obviously disappointed, Sam nevertheless thanked the Cowboys for the opportunity in a series of tweets.last_img read more

Revolutionary Jersey Girls: Is There One In Your Family?

first_imgThis article was first published in the March 16-23, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Janice HunoldHackettstown Regent,General William Maxwell Chapter, NSDAR By Janice HunoldIs there a Revolutionary Jersey Girl in your family tree? Out of more than 6,000 New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution Patriots claimed as ancestors by DAR members, only 44 are women! Why so few?Certainly the realities of 18th-century American life reduce the odds. Revolutionary-era women could not serve in the military, own land and property or hold office.  These social and legal constraints prohibited so many women from serving in any of these capacities and thus, prevented them from being classified as DAR Patriots.The DAR recognizes three types of Patriot service. They are military, patriotic and civil and out of these, patriotic service is the one most achievable by a Revolutionary Jersey Girl. Finding proof of service has only gotten harder over time, as DAR standards have gotten stricter. Service must be proven with historical records, documents, or any acceptable source that can substantiate or prove a person’s contribution to the cause. Out of the 44 current New Jersey female DAR Patriots, fewer than half have currently-acceptable sources for their service.In the face of those restrictions, what kind of wartime service would qualify a woman as a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Interestingly enough, becoming a widow would help a female Patriot’s cause. When their husbands died, whether through military service or otherwise, these women became property owners. For that reason, patriotic widows could provide material support to the cause. If they paid a supply tax, the money would no longer be their husband’s and the widow would get credit for her payment.There are many fascinating stories about Revolutionary Jersey Girls and their activities during the war. Monmouth County can boast of three women who are in the DAR Patriot database. Both Margaret Eaton Berrien and Theodosia Prevost Burr were born in Monmouth County, both were widows and both provided housing for General George Washington. County resident Isabella Anderson Scudder was a proud member of the “Ladies of Trenton,” who raised funds for the war effort in their own right.Are you descended from a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Do you have a family story about a female ancestor that can be proved and might lead to the confirmation of a new Revolutionary Jersey Girl? You can help improve the record of New Jersey DAR Patriot women!You can learn more about Revolutionary Jersey Girls on the NSDAR website (  Under “Genealogy” and then “Ancestors,” you will find the names of Jersey Girls, their service and any relevant service sources. See if you recognize someone from your family.    Get in touch with one of the four Monmouth County NSDAR chapters. You can find them at of the social and legal restraints on women during the American Revolution, Jersey Girls were able to provide support to their families while husbands were away at war, raise funds for the troops and contribute to the general stability of hearth and home during this turbulent time. In other words, Jersey Girls rocked!last_img read more

Taking African bush lore to Oz

first_imgEcoTraining runs the first structuredfield-guide training course in South Africa,with a dedicated venue, a comprehensivecurriculum, and instructors who cut theirteeth at the finest game lodges in thecountry.(Image: EcoTraining) Students on the Field Guides Associationof South Africa 1 course learning toidentify animal tracks.(Image: Jennifer Stern) Each student gets a chance to be the“tracker” and occupy the hot seat.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternInnovative South African wildlife training company EcoTraining is going international, setting up a branch in Australia. The first camp will open in the Bamuru Plains area next to Kakadu National Park Region in the Northern Territory near Darwin in October 2008, offering a field guide course, with plans to add birding and indigenous culture courses.EcoTraining was started in 1993 by a group of bush guides from Londolozi and Sabi Sabi who realised that, with the end of apartheid, international tourists would pour into South Africa. And, they reckoned, wildlife and safaris would be a big part of the attraction. While food, décor and position play big role, it is the quality of the guides that sets a game lodge apart.So EcoTraining began to run the first structured field-guide training course in South Africa, with a dedicated venue, a comprehensive curriculum, and instructors who cut their teeth at the finest game lodges in the country. Around the same time, the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) was set up to – among other things – standardise field guide qualifications.Anton Lategan joined EcoTraining as an instructor in 1997. By the end of the year he and veteran field guide and wildlife photographer Lex Hes had teamed up with to buy the company. At the time they operated from a corner in the north of Sabi Sands with one Series 3 Land Rover, one bucket shower, one pit toilet and a few tents.Rough, ready, and part of natureThey’ve come a long way since then, with three dedicated camps, but they’re definitely not planning to go the luxury route. The camps are not fenced, and it’s happened more than once that course participants couldn’t get to the showers before supper because a small herd of elephants were snacking on the trees near the ablution blocks. But that’s what it’s all about. It’s part of the strategy to remind aspirant guides that they are an integral part of nature.The company offers a range of courses, including special interest courses such as birding, animal tracks and trailing, and wildlife photography. A course popular with both tourists and locals who fancy getting to grips with the bush is the Eco Quest course, on which trainees learn how to track, drive a 4×4, and approach dangerous animals in the wild. The emphasis is on getting a better understanding of nature and of animals, but it’s not tied to a career path.The mainstay of the company, though, is the field guide courses – Level One, Level Two and Trails Guide. These 28-day courses comply with the regulations and standards laid down by the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority, and the South African Qualifications Authority. But not everyone who does these courses wants to work as a guide. Some attend for their own personal development, and an opportunity to really learn about the bush.One such person was Mark Hutchinson, an Australian who visited South Africa to do the Level 1 course at Karongwe in the winter of 2006. He not only had a great time, he also saw the potential of the EcoTraining model, and approached the owners to negotiate setting up a branch in Australia.This was not EcoTraining’s first venture beyond South Africa’s borders. Of the 2 000 or so people the company has trained, a number are from Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. Some students are school leavers, others postgraduates, and some illiterate. Course participants span the spectrum from wealthy gap-year kids from Europe to rural people from African villages. EcoTraining aims to reach a wide audience with its conservation message through guide training.EcoTraining Australia is a partnership between Anton Lategan and Lex Hes of EcoTraining South Africa, and Australians Mark Hutchinson, owner of Fishabout Tours and Untamed Tracks, a travel audiovisual marketing company, and Charles Carlow, owner of Wilderness Australia, which runs a number of upmarket lodges.Plans are afoot to build more camps in Australia to take advantage of the extensive wilderness areas, the fascinating cultural heritage, and the abundance of interesting animals and plants. EcoTraining also plans to set up something more permanent in Kenya, and are negotiating with interested parties to set up bases in the Zambezi Valley.A role in conservationWhile field guide training is important to the tourism industry, there is a more serious reason to do it as well.“EcoTraining is uniquely positioned to play a role in conservation through our professional network, our experienced team and our commitment to our mission of teaching people about the natural environment,” says Lategan.“Well-trained professional guides inspire people throughout the world to become environmentally conscious and proactively involved in conservation. This has a kind of multiplier effect when you consider the repeated exposure guides have to tourists from all over the world on a continuous basis.”When asked about expansion plans, smiled and said, “We are a humble organisation with a serious mission, and an excellent foundation to build on. So yes there will be expansion, but I don’t see expansion as growth for growth’s sake. The natural world is being destroyed, and we need to stand up and be counted in whichever arena we are needed.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s national parksSouth Africa’s tourist highlightsHot idea keeps tuskers at bayRescuing the white rhinoTracking elephants across AfricaEcotourism reaps rich rewardsUseful linksEcoTrainingField Guides Association of South AfricaEcoTraining AustraliaSouth African National Parkslast_img read more

Fatalities at South Africa’s mines drop

first_imgThe South African mining industry has reported a significant drop in the number of fatalities and injuries on mines, although official numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources are only expected at the end of the month or early next month.Zero harm is the target, with the industry’s mantra: “Every worker returning from work unharmed every day.” The unofficial number of fatalities in 2014 had been placed at a record low of 84, the industry reported last week. It was expected that the official safety achievements would be about 9% better than the 93 fatalities reported in 2013, despite the industry adding more than 100 000 workers in the past decade to well over 500 000 now.Chamber of Mines’ safety and sustainable development acting head Dr Sizwe Phakathi told Mining Weekly Online that significant progress over the past few years.He said that 2014 was the seventh consecutive year of a drop in the number fatalities. In 2013, the industry made history when it reported less than 100 mining deaths for the first time. As at November 2014, 80 fatalities were officially reported.In the past decade, fatalities have been cut, safety has been improved, exposure to dust and noise reduced, tuberculosis (TB) infection rates reduced, more effective TB/HIV infection control and treatment programmes have been implemented, and best practice to improve health and safety outcomes has been adopted, according to the Chamber of Mines.Fatalities on mines had been cut from 615 in 1993 to 270 in 2003, and to 93 in 2013, said David Msiza, the chairman of the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) and the chief inspector of mines. “It was noted that 2014 achievements are an improvement from 2013 by 8%, but [are] 85% better than 1993.”“The sector also saw a reduction of cases of noise induced hearing loss from more than 6 000 in 2003 to around 1 200 in 2013. TB rates in the gold sector have also halved.”At the Mine Health and Safety Summit in November 2014, the council said it would launch a centre of excellence in April. It will lead industry efforts to promote innovation through research and training of mine workers. The centre will go beyond health and safety to align with the National Development Plan. “We need to reclaim our space as a country that leads in mining innovation and excellence,” Mike Teke, president of the Chamber of Mines, said at the time.The centre is expected to undertake research; build capacity; facilitate research outcomes in areas such as rock engineering, human factors and occupational health and hygiene; and provide health and safety related training at all levels.Relationships with major international research centres and programmes will be built.The numbersCoal mines recorded a 93% safety improvement between 1993 and 2013, from 90 to seven fatalities, while the gold sector registered a 91% improvement from 436 fatalities in 1993 to 37 in 2013. The platinum sector had 29 fatalities in 1993 and 28 in 2013; this was down from a peak of 64 fatalities in 2004.Overall, fatality rates improved 72% to 0.09 in 2013 from 0.32 in 2003. Australia, Canada and the US recorded a combined improvement rate of 29% to a rate of 0.05 in 2013 from 0.07 in 2003, Mining Weekly Online reported.Injuries in South Africa fell from 8 515 in 1993 to 3 126 in 2013. In gold, injuries fell from 7 368 in 1993 to 1 252 in 2013; in coal, the drop was from 279 to 263 over the 20 years. In platinum, injuries went from 1 344 to 395.In the 11 months to November 2014, injuries decreased 25% from 2 799 in the comparative period the year before to 2 095.Harmony Gold had its first fatality-free quarter in the final quarter of 2014, while Lonmin had a calendar year without any deaths.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more