Monarch Affiliate Gets Big Win In Effort To Sell Liquor

first_imgMonarch Affiliate Gets Big Win In Effort To Sell LiquorKayleigh Colombo for www.theindianlawyer.comA Marion County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Monarch Beverage Co. affiliate called Spirited Sales LLC in its quest to gain a permit to wholesale liquor, a win in Monarch’s years-long effort to enter the spirits business.Marion County Special Judge Heather Welch found the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission was “arbitrary and capricious” in its decision to deny the company’s wholesale liquor permit application in 2014.It is unclear whether the state plans to appeal the ruling or request a stay.The 52-page decision, issued Wednesday, criticized a “disturbing and inappropriate” relationship between the ATC, the Indiana Governor’s Office and Monarch’s rivals in the liquor wholesaling industry, all of which appeared to lobby the commission behind the scenes for the denial of the permit and other requests from Monarch dating back to at least 2009.The decision details situations in which staffers working for then-Gov. Mitch Daniels intervened or tried to intervene at the ATC in opposition to a proposal by a liquor wholesaler that had hoped to transfer its permit to Monarch’s Pendleton Pike warehouse and use its transportation services. And the ruling discussed ex parte conversations—meaning talks that involved only one side of the argument with other side absent—that took place between the ATC, Gov. Mike Pence’s administration and competitors regarding the Spirited Sales application.Phil Terry, CEO of both Monarch Beverage and Spirited Sales, told IBJ that the companies are “pleased with the decision and think it’s correct.”“We think this will allow Spirited Sales and Monarch to provide some local competition inside the liquor wholesale tier. It will increase competition and provide good value to retailers and ultimately consumers. This is a pro-business, pro-Indiana decision.”But Terry called the process Monarch and Spirited Sales went through to try to get approved by the ATC “long and frustrating.” He also accused the Daniels administration and the agency of a lack of transparency and consistency.The company applied to the ATC for the permit in September 2013. After six months without an investigation into the application, the ATC “expressed its intent” to deny Spirited’s application.At a hearing about the denial requested by Spirited Sales, none of the commission members who voted on the application attended. And groups that represent Monarch’s competitors—Wine & Spirits Distributors of Indiana and Indiana Beverage Alliance—remonstrated against the application. They were allowed to act “as if they were parties to the proceeding,” including being allowed to make objections during testimony, cross-examining witnesses and delivering closing arguments, the ruling said.The hearing judge—ATC Executive Secretary David Rothenburg—recommended denial of the application in December 2014, five months after the hearing. The commission voted to deny the application in January 2015.Monarch, Indiana’s largest beer and wine distributor, has for years attempted to sell liquor in Indiana, but it has been shot down by the Legislature and in two previous lawsuits in which it tried to argue the state’s regulatory rules were unconstitutional.The state has a three-tier alcohol-regulatory system that requires manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to be separate entities. Indiana is the only state in the country that restricts beer wholesalers from holding a liquor wholesale permit.Monarch’s competitors have argued that changing the system would unfairly give the firm a competitive edge in the market.State law also prevents Indiana alcohol wholesalers “from directly or indirectly having an interest in both a beer wholesaler’s permit and a liquor wholesaler’s permit.”Monarch and Spirited Sales are separate companies with separate ownership structures. But they do have a lot in common.Spirited is wholly owned by EF Transit Inc., which provides transportation services to Monarch and other companies. The same shareholders that own Monarch also own EFT.EFT and Monarch also share the same CEO and board of directors, but their day-to-day operations are separate. They have distinct alcoholic beverage permits, maintain separate insurance, keep separate financial books, and have separate bank accounts, tax returns and payrolls.The commission argued that giving Spirited a liquor license when its owner is a closely held organization owned by the shareholders of Monarch would violate state law and present a threat to Indiana’s three-tier system.But the court found that “Monarch shareholders’ interests in the parent company do not create an indirect interest in the property of its subsidiary.”The judge also said she was not persuaded by the Indiana ATC’s argument because it had a long history of granting permits to companies in similar situations. The court pointed out several examples.For instance, while Spirited’s application was pending with the ATC, the commission granted a three-way retailer permit to Repeal 1205, which is owned by William and Theresa Webster. William is also an owner of Fountain Square Brewery LLC, which has a retail permit, and Theresa is an owner of 15-05 Distillery LLC, which has a distiller permit.“”It is clear from prior decisions that the commission has … elected to find that corporate separateness is a suitable safe harbor from an owner violating the Prohibited Interest Provisions,” the ruling stated. “To now argue otherwise seems disingenuous given the commission’s previous rulings and statements.”Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Pence, said the governor’s office had no comment on the ruling.Tina Noel, a spokeswoman for the Wine & Spirits Distributors of Indiana, said in a statement: “We believe this decision is legally incorrect and has the potential to do great harm. It ignores numerous prohibitions in the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Code on monopolization of alcohol wholesaling, and is contrary to legal precedent throughout the country. This decision will result in Monarch having a unique advantage over every other alcohol wholesaler in the state of Indiana.”The Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which is the state government agency lawyer, said that it “will review the court’s ruling with our client ATC and will decide on next legal steps, if any, by the appropriate court deadlines.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Polish influences

first_imgPolish company T&W Bakeries makes a range of Baltona breads in dark, garlic, caraway and poppy variants. It also makes sunflower and plum breads, as well as 100% rye breads and Polish sweets and rolls. All its breads are made with sourdough.Baltona White BreadIngredients for 100 loaves (weights are approximate)Wheat flour 38.3kgSourdough 29.0kgWater 20.0LRye flour 9.0kgWhite salt 1.0kgYeast 1.0kgMethod:The sourdough is manufactured in tanks, operated by a computer, which looks after the proper temperature and conditions during the entire mixing process. The ready starter is weighed then poured into the mixing bowl, where it is combined with all the other waiting ingredients, including: wheat flour, water, rye flour, salt and yeast. The mixing time is approximately 20 minutes.1. The dough is transferred to a divider then a rounder. The shaped pieces of the dough end up in plastic baking baskets and are moved to a proving room for approximately 50 minutes.2. In the proving room, the pieces of dough are leavened into proper loaf sizes under optimal conditions of 40ºC and the appropriate humidity.3. They are transported to the ovens and are baked in a temperature of 215ºC for approximately 45 minutes.4. After cooling, slicing and packing, the final product is ready for sale.—-=== About sourdough ===Sourdough has a long history in northern Europe. In this part of the world, there is an abundance of rye, which grows better in colder climates. Rye flour does not contain enough gluten for baker’s yeast to be effective, but the use of sourdough lowers the pH level of the dough, causing the starch to partially gelatinise. This enables it to retain the gas bubbles produced by the Lactobacilli.Sourdough is a symbiotic culture of Lactobacilli and yeasts used to leaven bread. It gives the bread a very distinctive taste, due mainly to the lactic acid produced by the Lactobacilli bacteria.When the sourdough is prepared, a mixture of Lactobacilli and yeast cultures is used in a ratio of approximately 100:1. Water and rye flour are added to the mixture to feed the micro-organisms and to help the sourdough to propagate.This culture is stable, due to its ability to prevent colonisation by other yeasts and bacteria as a result of its acidity and other anti-bacterial agents. It is these properties, too, that act as a natural preservative, enabling these bread varieties to be more resistant to spoilage.How to make sourdoughThere are many methods for making a sourdough starter. In general, a ’mother’ dough is made by mixing equal parts flour and water and allowing it to ferment at room temperature over time. As you use it for baking, you should always hold back around one-fifth of the mixture and top it up with fresh flour and water. Sourdoughs respond better to regular ’feeding’.For more tips on making sourdough go to [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk] and click on ’recipes’ and then ’bread’ links.last_img read more

Compliance: FinCEN changes to CTR start in August

first_imgThe Currency Transaction Report (CTR) available on the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) e-filing system will be updated in August, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced last week. These changes are defined in a Federal Register notice published by FinCEN in February.Batch filers will be required to submit the updated CTR data in an XML-based file, rather than the current ASCII-based fixed-length delimited file. They will have 9 months from a to-be-determined go-live date in August to adhere to the new XML specification.The system will continue to accept ACSII files until May 2018.New or updated data fields include:Part I Person Involved in Transaction: Renamed Item 2d from “Courier Service (private)” to “Common carrier;”Part II Amount and Type of Transaction: Added a checkbox to Item 24 to reflect “Shared Branching;” 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Board liaisons direct directors and staff toward good governance

first_imgCredit union leaders have become increasingly aware of the importance of good governance and have made an effort to ensure that their credit unions are adopting cutting-edge governance and leadership practices. From assessing the effectiveness of their boards and governance systems to updating their governance frameworks, policies and procedures to improving their board structures, committees and charters, good governance is taking center stage.These efforts—along with the steady workload of supporting a credit union board—require strong leadership from the board chair, CEO and a governance committee, but also from an often-overlooked and under-appreciated staff person—the board liaison. At a minimum, today’s board liaisons help to organize and disseminate meeting materials, plan and support the execution of board meetings and retreats, take minutes, and generally help keep things organized and on track so that the board can do its work.But more and more, the board liaison’s role is being expanded and now is considered by many a management position that has been tasked to actively support—and improve—the board’s work. In its expanded role, board liaisons also ask a fundamental question regarding good governance: How can the credit union’s board and governance become even more effective? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Desmond steps back but keeps it in the family

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Gold Coast home with a touch of Palm Springs glamour

first_img15 La Scala Court, Surfers Paradise.“We’ve done the hard work, we’ve created all the things for life to be simple,” Mrs Simpson said. Agent: Sonja Smith of Luxure The Property People — Isle of Capri is marketing the property. 15 La Scala Court, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $1.725 million.THE Simpson family bought their Isle of Capri property over a decade ago, quickly falling in love with its large block size, private pool and garden, and potential. “As a curator I’m really interested in architecture and design, and when we saw the property we realised it was a very rare find,” vendor Virginia Simpson said. 15 La Scala Court, Surfers Paradise.The property is reminiscent of mid-century modern style, with a touch of Palm Springs glamour. It has high ceilings, wide floor-to-ceiling windows and deep eaves. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“It means you have a house that captures the breeze, whichever way it goes,” Mrs Simpson said. 15 La Scala Court, Surfers Paradise.They converted the garage to become a studio or self-contained apartment, and rebuilt the boat ramp.Mrs Simpson said widening the shed for DIY and adding a vegetable patch were the finishing touches to the family home. 15 La Scala Court, Surfers Paradise.The Simpsons were interested in making their own mark as their two sons grew, and over the years, restyled the waterfront property, while still keeping the bones of the architect designed features. “We embarked on a renovation to create a large indoor-outdoor room and also create a new front room that is a self-contained space with wide doors opening onto garden with skyline views,” Mrs Simpson said. last_img read more

Futurist Steve Sammartino explains why we’ll soon be talking to walls and printing houses

first_imgThe next generation will have different expectations from their houses and futurist Steve Sammartino will explain how homes will change to meet them at this week’s REIQ Summit in Brisbane.IMAGINE printing a 3D house that can put an at-risk family in emergency accommodation in as little as 24 hours for just $4000.It’s not science-fiction.Australian futurist Steve Sammartino, who is speaking at the upcoming REIQ Summit, is currently designing his own 3D printed smart house in Melbourne, and will talk about how he will integrate the latest technology in to the build.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESHe said the design could help across Australia’s natural disaster zones as well as assisting with affordability issues.“With housing, you can set up a house really quickly, and not even for disaster zones, but even areas where they’re living in substandard housing, it will make things affordable,” he said.It is a technology already being explored in other parts of the world.An American manufacturer is working with the not-for-profit company, New Story, to set up 3D printed houses in developing countries as part of a humanitarian drive.The 3D printed house Texan company New Story has designed for use in developing countries. Picture: supplied.While in The Netherlands, a 3D printed housing community will go on the market this year in a partnership between Dutch developers and a local university.A workers in The Netherlands supervising the 3D printing of concrete walls as part of the Project Milestone 3D community.Mr Sammartino said technology had changed the way we work and live.“But houses haven’t changed much and houses are the number one indicator of where we are in life,” he said.“Two hundred thousand years ago we lived in caves, then stone houses, now those stone houses haven’t changed that much but the technology inside them reflects how life is going.”Queensland University of Technology 3D printing expert Melissa Johnston said the 3D printing technology was being used across health, construction, IT, and the arts, and the popularity of desktop 3D printers was helping consumers embrace the new technology.“I really do expect to see 3D houses in my lifetime, the technology is advancing so quickly now,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoRegardless of what house you live in, Mr Sammartino said it was time to renovate.“And that’s not putting plaster in places, I mean renovate so it matches the technology that’s all around us,” he said.He said housing had gone through the industrial age, where energy and artificial power was placed inside a house, and the next phase was for intelligence to be put inside houses.“Our houses will be commanded in the same way we interact with humans, commanded by voice and movement and body language and gesturing and thinking,” he said.“We have power in the walls, and now we will have intelligence.“It’s not even that expensive, we could automate a house to never have to put on a light switch again, to have it heat and cool itself based on sensing the outside environment, to only do the washing at a time when the electricity’s cheap.”Mr Sammartino is calling on government and industry groups to develop a basic standard for smart housing to encourage competition, and address consumer concerns over security and privacy.“We have a standard for wiring, plugs, plumbing; industry needs to come together to develop a basic standard that can be used in all houses, so instead of having Google or Amazon dominate, you can plug in different suppliers.“I think it’s the job of industry and government to regulate around this so it becomes a competitive marketplace.”The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Summit will be held from March 14 to 15 at the Royal International Convention Centre at Bowen Hills.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the conference was the most forward-thinking one so far.“The next generation of property consumer, whether that’s owner occupier or investor, will have different values to the generations that have gone before,” she said.“They will have different expectations and demand different results.”>>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

BOEM Signs Hutchinson Island Sand Agreement

first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with Martin County, Florida, and USACE’s Jacksonville District, authorizing the use of sand from federal waters as part of a hurricane and storm damage reduction project for Hutchinson Island. Benefits from the beach nourishment are expected to reduce erosion along Hutchinson Island and restore the beach profile following damages from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.The project, using sand from the seafloor of the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) managed by BOEM, will renourish a four-mile stretch of shoreline on Hutchinson Island using a sea turtle friendly beach design. The agreement authorizes up to one million cubic yards of sand.Hutchinson Island is separated from mainland Florida by the Indian River Lagoon on the north, and the Ft. Pierce and St. Lucie Inlets on the south. The project will use sand from within a shoal complex (C1-B) located approximately seven miles offshore southeast Martin County.Construction will occur within the window from November 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018, to avoid impacts to nesting sea turtles.“This project would not be possible without the partnership and collaboration with BOEM and Martin County,” said Lacy Pfaff, USACE Jacksonville district project manager. “The Martin County Shore Protection Project will be one of the first projects utilizing Flood Control and Coastal Emergency Act funds to repair damages from Hurricane Matthew. The offshore sand will be placed along the shoreline to replenish up to four miles of public beach in Martin County and bring the beaches up to the design level of protection to safeguard the area from future storms.”The environmental impacts associated with dredging and placement of OCS sand resources along the Hutchinson Island shoreline are evaluated in several documents prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was prepared in 2011 by the Corps with BOEM as a cooperating agency, and has already been used once for the Martin County Shore Protection Project constructed in 2013.last_img read more

Pacific Gas’ ethane carriers to feature Høglund automation and gas management systems

first_imgWith effective collaboration amongst yards, suppliers and marine solutions specialists on the design and installation of these integrated systems, these VLEC newbuilds will have significantly enhanced reliability, efficiency and simplified lifetime maintenance, the company added. Image by Høglund Posted: 7 months ago Categories: As explained, the contracts, which were signed throughout the spring and summer of 2020 fulfill rigorous specifications set down by Pacific Gas for fully integrated automation and gas handling solutions on their newbuilds. To help support long-term vessel optimisation, Pacific Gas also specified for a ship performance monitor to be incorporated. ABS to Class World’s Largest Type-B Ethane Carriers Business & Finance The two 99,000 cubic meter VLECs are expected to be delivered in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.  These vessels, which are being built at Jiangnan shipyard in China, will be the first VLEC additions to the Pacific Gas fleet and will be transporting ethane between the USA and Europe.center_img Norwegian systems integration specialist Høglund Marine Solutions has signed contracts with Babcock LGE and Jiangnan Shipyard to supply gas handling and an integrated automation and control system (IACS) for two Pacific Gas-owned very large ethane carrier (VLEC) newbuilds.  “These contracts demonstrate how the industry is recognising the need for joined-up thinking and systems in the growing gas fleet, and the performance and reliability benefits this delivers. As such, Pacific Gas will have peace of mind that their VLEC will operate as efficiently and reliably as possible,” David Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales at Høglund Marine Solutions, commented. Specifically, Høglund Marine Solutions will be responsible for providing the following management systems for the VLEC newbuilds — IACS, ship performance monitor, control system for cargo handling and fuel gas supply system based on a Babcock LGE design.  According to Høglund Marine Solutions, it is a significant engineering challenge to effectively integrate automation and gas handling systems on gas newbuilds. Without proper consideration for automation and integration, vessels are at risk of becoming too complex and a significant challenge to operate and maintain. David Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales at Høglund Marine Solutions. Image by Høglund. Posted: 7 months ago “By having Høglund involved in the project, we are drawing on their proven track record of delivering effective … automation systems among multiple vessel types. We are confident that together, we will be able to provide the technology that is expected on a modern VLEC and demonstrate the value that advanced system integration can bring to the evolving gas sector,” Capt. Tao Yong, Vice President of Pacific Gas, said.last_img read more

Moroccan fighter jet goes missing in Yemen

first_imgSomali refugees are stranded in Yemen Saudi Arabia strikes Yemen Rebels Cairo goes berserk for Amitabh Bachchancenter_img Morocco’s armed forces say one of its F-16 fighter jets taking part in the Saudi-led Sunni coalition air strikes against the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen has gone missing.The statement carried by the state news agency MAP said early on Monday that the plane has been missing since 6 p.m. the previous day.The pilot of the second jet said he didn’t see pilot of the jet that went missing eject added the statement, which said that an investigation is under way.Moroccan forces, together with those of the rest of the Gulf countries are taking part in air strikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen that have taken over large sections of the country. Morocco has six F-16 jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates.–APRelatedlast_img read more