By the end of 2020—with all the postponed weddings, closed clubs, and other canceled events—the Champagne Committee (CIVC), which represents thousands of producers across the region, believes that about 100 million bottles will go unsold. “We are experiencing a crisis that we evaluate to be even worse than the Great Depression.” So, who really cares? You sow what you reap!!! Drink sparklings from other places, like California, Loire, Spain, and Italy.
Peloton — French for “group.” Peloton is the main group of cyclists who ride together for coherence.
Breakaway — A rider or group of riders who have broken away to lead the race.
Slipstreaming — Riding close behind another rider in order to benefit from almost no air resistance.
Bonking — Also known as “hit the wall.” This when a rider has completely run out of energy.
Domestique — Every team has a leader, and the remaining riders (domestiques) support the leader in whatever way they can in order for them to win stages, accumulate points and hopefully win the tour.
Directeur Sportif — Each team has a director, known as directeur sportif, that follows riders during the race and gives them instructions, water, helps with mechanical issues and replaces damaged bikes.
Flamme Rouge — French for “red flag” this is used to indicate the last kilometer of the race.
Lanterne Rouge — French for “red light” this is the last rider in the general classification/the tour. This is not a dishonorable term.
Musket Bag — A shoulder bag containing food and water that is handed to riders at feeding stations.
SAG Wagon — A vehicle that follows cyclists and picks them up when they can no longer ride due to injury, fatigue, biking failure, and also carries gear.
Speakers will begin to address the audience at 11 a.m. Friday, but the crowd is expected to begin gathering at the Lincoln Memorial and around the Reflecting Pool about 7 a.m.
Organizers said all attendees should enter the rally through a marked entrance on 17th Street NW.
A pre-rally show is also planned. After early criticism from D.C. activists that the demonstration excluded local residents who have lost family members to police violence, the speaker lineup indicates several D.C. residents will speak before the main event. Early speakers will include Howard University’s student government association president, D.C. clergy members, activists calling for D.C. statehood and the mother of Marqueese Alston, who was 22 when he was killed by D.C. police in 2018.
The event is being led by Sharpton’s National Action Network in partnership with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Federation, unions, clergy members and civil rights groups, among others.
Speakers will include relatives of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and others killed by police. Anthony Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who represents many of them, will also address the crowd. Speakers also will include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, and singers George Clinton, Tyrese and Ne-Yo.
I would imagine with the shooting in Wisconsin, and the boycotts by both professional basketball and baseball, the March will help focus on the issue of racial equality. I sincerely wish I could be there. I am proud of the athletes making “good trouble” as John Lewis believed and preached.
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Forbes: US liquor imports have fallen off the table. In the second quarter of 2020, the US brought in about $1.8 billion in liquor from abroad, down from $2.5 billion in 2019, a fall of nearly 30%. The decline has been most acute for whiskey imports, which are down by almost 50%, with cognac and brandies seeing a similar dive.
The import reduction is due to three main factors, according to spirits industry veteran Adam Levy. One, bars and restaurants across the US are either closed or seeing fewer customers due to Covid-19. This reduces demand for all types of liquors, but particularly high-end liquors used for cocktails. In-store liquor sales are up, but that hasn’t made up for lost sales outside the home.
Two, the Trump administration slapped a 25% tariff on Scotch and Irish whiskeys and other European-made liquors in October 2019. These tariffs were retaliation for subsidies that the US government claims the European Union gives the airplane manufacturer Airbus, which the US government says disadvantage US-based manufacturer Boeing. The tariffs make importing these liquors more expensive, reducing demand.
Finally, Levy believes the rising quality and variety of US-made liquors, particularly bourbons, have made less Americans less likely to look to foreign liquor brands. Put together, these three factors are a perfect cocktail for imports falling off a cliff. (Yes, U.S. bourbons are great!)
Vodka and gin imports may have been less impacted because they are used in drinks people know how to make at home. It’s easy to make a vodka soda or gin and tonic for a small party, but not that many people are going to serve their friends a Manhattan, said Levy. (I never thought of that)
With bars and most restaurants closed, the alcohol consumption pattern becomes problematic. Drink at home? Yes. Drink with friends? No. Drink more often? Probably. Spend more on alcoholic beverages? Yes. Celebrate the simple things in life? Yes.
The Forbes writer created a drinking game to help pass the time.
- Drink if Trump is late to his own press conference;
- Drink every time Trump refers to the coronavirus as the “invisible enemy;”
- Drink whenever Trump calls a reporter “fake news;”
- Is Dr. Anthony Fauci missing from the briefing? Take another drink
I would be constantly inebriated if I took a drink every time he lies!!! So, I better not play this game.
Tojo says the name “California Roll” came from the out-of-towners, many from Los Angeles, who gave the roll rave reviews that led to its surging popularity in the late 1970s. While other chefs lay claim to inventing differing versions of the roll (including a handful in L.A.), in 2016 Tojo received recognition from the Japanese government for inventing the roll and his role in promoting Japanese cuisine.
The shop fondly refers to them as Tumbleweeds, and there are only three things asked of them during their stay: read a book a day, help at the shop for a few hours a day, and produce a one-page autobiography. The latter now form part of Shakespeare & Company’s ever-growing archive of stories from travelers who have found hospitality within its walls.