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Man accused of strangling 'I-5 Strangler' won't face death

California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation via AP

In file photos provided by the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation are Jason Budrow, left, and Roger Reece Kibbe.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The man accused of strangling the California serial killer known as the “I-5 Strangler” won't face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe said he had filed first-degree murder charges against Jason Budrow and will seek a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

In this April 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland listens to tribal leaders and jots down notes during a round-table discussion at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Secretary Haaland will visit Utah this week before submitting a review on national monuments in the state. She’s expected to submit a report to President Joe Biden after she meets with tribes and elected leaders at Bears Ears National Monument on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

SALT LAKE CITY — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and distinctive twin buttes bulge from a grassy valley.

A string of U.S. officials has heard from those who advocate for broadening national monuments to protect the area's many archaeological and cultural sites, considered sacred to surrounding tribes, and those who fiercely oppose what they see as federal overreach.

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Biden seems ready to extend U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan

Alex Brandon / AP

In this Nov. 28, 2019, file photo armed soldiers stand guard in the motorcade for President Donald Trump speaks during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it.

WASHINGTON — Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it.

Biden has inched so close to the deadline that his indecision amounts almost to a decision to put off, at least for a number of months, a pullout of the remaining 2,500 troops and continue supporting the Afghan military at the risk of a Taliban backlash. Removing all of the troops and their equipment in the next three weeks — along with coalition partners that cannot get out on their own — would be difficult logistically, as Biden himself suggested in late March.

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ADA Ranks Top AngularJS Development Companies


Find the best reasons to select top AngularJS development companies by ADA here!

UNITED STATES, April 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- AngularJS is a prominent front-end framework for web development. It follows Microfrontend architecture, fully-featured MVC framework and low toolchain (libraries), is written in JavaScript and HTML, has a high learning curve, client-side rendering, bi-directional data binding and regular DOM.

It provides appealing customer experiences, bringing websites or mobile apps to life in various unique ways. It makes users navigate through the platform by guiding a user's eye to relevant information, making for a captivating user experience. Apart from pleasing the users, it provides valuable insights into the website/application. Here is a list of AngularJS Development Companies chosen by ADA.

1. Hidden Brains
2. Konstant Infosolutions
3. Clavax Technologies
4. Cleveroad
5. Mindinventory
6. Octal Info Solution
7. OpenXcell
8. Matellio
9. The NineHertz
10. Mobulous Technologies

For a comprehensive list: https://www.appdevelopmentagency.com/top-angularjs-app-development-companies/

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Review: 2018 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc and Chardonnay

2018 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley

Christopher Null April 7, 2021

Summer drinking usually means keeping it light and simple, and these two wines from Mondavi, both from the 2018 vintage, definitely fit the bill — and at a reasonable price.

2018 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Napa Valley – The wine that put Mondavi on the map is as tart as ever, an acidic, grapefruit-heavy wine with green apple and lemon peel backing it up. Put aside your thoughts of tropical fruit. Put aside your thoughts of grassy fields and slate-driven minerals. This is a sour, citrus monster from start to finish — and I’m going to need a picnic of some kind to really perk up to this. B / $23

2018 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley – Melon, guava, and lemon curd meld nicely on this moderated chardonnay, which segues from there into a creamy vanilla note that infuses mashed pears. It’s a simple wine, the lemon peel lingering the lengthiest on the back end, alongside a light note of pineapple and a hint of nutmeg —  but it comes across as decidedly clean and easygoing. Summer in a glass, for sure. B+ / $24

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Doc Swinson’s award-winning Whiskey Collection announces distribution throughout Washington State

Produced in Ferndale, WA, Doc Swinson’s has partnered with Prime Wine & Spirits for the distribution of their flagship products.

FERNDALE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Doc Swinson’s award-winningWhiskeyCollection is excited to announce its distribution throughout Washington State with a heavy focus on Western Washington. Produced in Ferndale, WA, Doc Swinson’s has partnered with Prime Wine & Spirits for the distribution of their flagship products, Alter Ego Triple CaskBourbonand Alter Ego Solera Aged Rye. For a short time, they will be offering Doc’s final release of 15- Year, Cask Strength, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which was awarded the “2020 Bourbon of the Year” from the Beverage Testing Institute.

“Doc Swinson’s had a fantastic year, winning a number of awards and accolades which really put us on the map as a ‘must have’ whiskey,” said Steve Main, Head of Sales and Marketing for Doc Swinson’s. “What we’ve really enjoyed, however, is that people all over the world have been excited to get their hands on a bottle of Doc’s. It’s one thing to have critics say your product is good, but it’s quite another to enjoy extensive public support. We’re selling out before bottles even hit the shelves in many places.”

Doc Swinson’s Whiskey has made a name for itself throughout Texas, California, Georgia, Tennessee, and many other states over the last few years as a prime offering of American straight whiskies. Along with their ability to source phenomenal bourbon and whiskey such as the 15-year Kentucky bourbon, they also put together some unique finishing techniques based upon old-world traditions, borrowed from Scotland and Spain.

One place you can see these techniques is in Doc Swinson’s Alter Ego Series Triple Cask Bourbon. Created by aging a blend of six-year-old straight bourbons in the style of Scottish Whisky distillers, using Pedro Ximenez Sherry Butts, Oloroso Sherry Butts, and Cognac Puncheons, the finished bourbon is then blended and rested in ex-cognac foeders to finish the marrying process. This finishing technique allows for the artful mingling of the bourbon blend while teasing out delicate flavors from the finishing casks, resulting in a smooth, sweet, luxurious, and complex pour.

Doc Swinson’s Alter Ego Solera Aged Rye Whiskey is created by aging a blend of four- to six-year-old straight rye whiskeys in a rum cask solera. The solera design is derived from the Spanish sherry aging process in which barrels are stacked in a pyramid and a fraction of each barrel is pulled out over time, starting at the top and cascading its way to the bottom, until it is ultimately ready for bottling. This finishing technique allows for continual aging of the whiskey while producing a rich and flavorful dram with each pull.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts appoints Haitham Mattar as managing director in India, Middle East and Africa


Haitham Mattar .. managing director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA) IHG Hotels & Resorts

Previous roles have been at Saudi Ministry of Tourism and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

RIYADH, KSA, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- IHG Hotels & Resorts has appointed Haitham Mattar as managing director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), replacing the outgoing Pascal Gauvin who left the post at the end of 2020. Mattar will take up the position from April 18.

With more than 25 years of experience, he will be responsible for driving IHG’s business in the Middle East, Africa and the South West Asia region, covering both development and operations responsibilities across a portfolio of 165 operational hotels and a pipeline of over 100 properties.

Mattar joins IHG from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism where, as senior advisor and a member of the Executive Leadership Committee, he contributed to the development and implementation of Saudi’s sustainable tourism strategy to become one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Previously, he spent four years as CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, reporting to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

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Bulrush Restaurant Is Bullish On Mocktails

Funny Fennel Fizz mocktail

Bulrush restaurant in St. Louis uses foraged ingredients and zero-waste practices to tell the stories of the Ozark region’s melting pot of people during the 19th century. In addition to the hyper-seasonal tasting menu and craft bar experience, Bulrush, which opened in 2019, prides itself on its selection of no-alcohol cocktails that also include foraged ingredients.

Chef/owner and expert forager Rob Connoley knew that he wanted a spirit-free program as extensive and challenging as the regular cocktail list for two reasons.

The Not Tea by Nature spirit-free cocktail.

“First, I want every customer to have the same experience, meaning, regardless of if you’re drinking alcohol, each guest should have the same rhythm of food and drink flow, the same service interactions, and at the end of the meal feel like they had the same experience,” he says. “No one should feel like they’ve missed out by not enjoying alcoholic drinks.”

The second reason is simple: money. “When guests come to Bulrush, they’re coming for a special meal,” Connoley says. “It would be ridiculous of me to not offer an opportunity for every guest to enjoy the experience in a way that suits them, and in return, I am able to charge a price for the product.” The mocktails at Bulrush are priced at $11; cocktails are $16.

To preserve the authenticity of this nearly forgotten cuisine, Bullrush uses only ingredients that can be justified through historical research and knowledge of the time period. For example, there are no lemons behind the bar, because the fruit did not become available to the area until later in the 1900s. Instead, Bulrush uses of a variety of vinegars, kombucha and kefir—all made in-house—as substitutes for sour components. 

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VitaFiber IMO, sugar alternative, prebiotic, dietary fiber

Agreement helps Company to increase its capacity and enhance business development activities

BioNeutra Global Corporation (TSX:BGA)

It (agreement) demonstrates a level of confidence in us and our products. We are very excited about our future!”

— Dr. Jianhua Zhu, President/CEO, BioNeutra Global Corporation

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ --BioNeutraGlobal Corporation (TSXV:BGA, OTCQB:BGACF) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary BioNeutra North America Inc has signed an agreement with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to accelerate the company’s plans to increase its capacity and enhance business development activities.

Through WD’s Business Scale-up and Productivity program, which is targeted at high growth businesses, federal funding of up to $2.94 million will be provided to BioNeutra over three years. The funding agreement provides a one-year grace period after funding is completed and is then repayable over five years with interest-free monthly installments. This will allow BioNeutra to realize revenue growth from its expansion and other activities prior to initial repayments.

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Amador Vintners Host California’s First Large-Scale COVID-Safe Regional Wine Event

Foothills wine region gives guests a peek “behind the cellar door” in a reimagined COVID-safe structure.

We were very excited to be able to bring people to Amador County in a modified setting to experience this wonderful annual event.” said Jack Gorman, executive director of the AVA.”

— Jack Gorman, Executive Director, Amador Vintners

PLYMOUTH, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Amador Vintners Association (AVA) welcomed more than 1200 people to the annual Behind the Cellar Door regional wine event over the weekend of March 26-28, 2021. Visitors from California, Nevada and beyond came to Amador Wine Country for a socially-distant, COVID-compliant peek into the wine making process at 37 participating wineries. Guests enjoyed flights of world class Amador wine, thoughtful food pairings, barrel samples and creative educational presentations -- all presented in a COVID-safe environment following all state and local heath protocols.

The AVA partnered with CellarPass, an enterprise-level guest management solution for the wine and hospitality industry, to implement a program that ensured capacity restrictions were not exceeded while still allowing guests to chart the adventure of their choosing. Following all protocols outlined by the State of California, guests reserved their space at member wineries as part of the ticketing process.

“While our members have been able to conduct outdoor tastings since January, we were very excited to be able to bring people to Amador County in a modified setting to experience this wonderful annual event.” said Jack Gorman, executive director of the Amador Vintners Association. “For more than 25 years we have invited guests to peek into the winemaking process, going “behind the cellar door”, while enjoying great wine, food, entertainment and educational opportunities at our member wineries. Last year this event was the last regional wine event to be held in the state before the COVID shutdown. This year, we are proud to be the first region to hold an event of this size while adhering to all safety protocols.”

Behind the Cellar door gives guests a unique opportunity to learn about the winemaking process directly from Amador county producers. In many cases, guests can enjoy wines not available in retail outlets and only available directly from small, boutique Amador County wineries. In the past, guests purchased a ticket through the AVA and visited any participating winery throughout the weekend. However, COVID-19 safety protocols required the AVA to rethink the event structure and resulted in a better overall experience.

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New Orleans Event Planner Clandestine Events + Experiences Now Booking Milestone Event Celebrations For 2021


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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The New Orleans event planning team atClandestine Events + Experiencesbelieves that milestones are always worth celebrating. Birthdays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties or engagements -- whatever the occasion, Clandestine is now booking luxurious milestone celebrations through the end of the year.

For a taste of what the New Orleans event planners can do, read on for a real-life example of Clandestine helping a client celebrate his milestone birthday with an experience reserved for the lucky few.

After arriving by private jet, the birthday boy + his friends were set up at the trendy Ace Hotel where a lavish gift basket awaited. From there, the guests enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the city at rooftop bar the Hot Tin, a private Sazerac cocktail demonstration, a tour of the Garden District and a convivial dinner at New Orleans landmark, Commander’s Palace.

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Gallo Purchases RumChata

E. & J. Gallo Winery has announced that its Spirits Division has signed an agreement to acquire Agave Loco LLC, owner of RumChata, a leading cream liqueur brand.

Inspired by the traditional milky rice drink from Mexico, founder and master blender Tom Maas began experimenting in his kitchen to create his version of a rum-based horchata. Using fresh dairy cream, rum and a proprietary sweet spice blend, RumChata was born in 2009.

Since its introduction, RumChata has steadily grown within the cream liqueur category in both retail and on-premise.

“First of all, I want to thank the distributors and retailers, as well as our employees, who supported RumChata since its inception. Your backing of the brand meant the world to us and will not be forgotten,” Maas says. “As a small independent producer, we never imagined the success of RumChata when we were just getting started back in 2009. We have taken the growth of the brand as far as possible as a small supplier, and it was the right time to find a new brand steward. I know the RumChata brand will thrive under Gallo’s guidance, and I am excited to watch the brand continue to grow and evolve in the future.”

In 2016, RumChata introduced MiniChatas, 25-ml. cups for consumers wanting to add RumChata to their coffee. A year later in 2017, RumChata Cold Brew (formerly FrappaChata) came out.

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Clase Azul Mezcal Guerrero Hits Retail Shelves

Tapping into the booming premiumization trend for tequila and mezcal, Clase Azul has announced the launch of Clase Azul Mezcal Guerrero.

This new expression is made from 100% Agave Papalote, also known as Agave cupreata, and specific to the Guerrero region. The plant grows wild in the mountain range of Guerrero, which is on the coast and has a tropical climate. 

Agaves cook over the course of three-fo-four days in a pit oven using volcanic rock and firewood from the Guamuchil tree, the company says: an endemic species to Mexico and South America. Distillation occurs using firewood and a copper alembic still.

The result is a palate and aroma that go from grapefruit skin and fresh wood to rosemary and peanut oil, with hints of butter and daisy flowers, the company reports.

The decanter’s green color represents jade, a precious stone of value to Mexico’s ancestral cultures. The design was inspired by the Guerrero woman­, the company says, “her tender nature, strength, leadership, and warrior spirit.” Finally, the four-petal flowers that cover the decanter represent the Fifth Sun, a pre-Hispanic god representing the origin of the universe.

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Bohemian Remedy

1 oz. Real McCoy 3yr old rum
¾ oz. St. George Absinthe (or another lower-alcohol absinthe)
½ oz. Allspice Dram
2 dashes Orange bitters
¼ oz. Hibiscus syrup
Soda water
Hibiscus syrup and sugar (for rim)

Line the rim of a Collins glass by dipping it into hibiscus syrup, then sugar. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into glass. Top with ice and soda water.

Mikayla Canslo, beverage director of The Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic, CT, created this recipe.

The post Bohemian Remedy first appeared on Cheers.
(Originally posted by Melissa Dowling)
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Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale

As winter gives way to spring, Lawson’s Finest Liquids has announced the return of Knockout Blonde ale.

This is the first of six specialty beers making a seasonal appearance across the brewery’s full distribution network this year. 

Brewed with a blend of North American malts and with Cascade and Centennial hops, this straw-colored blonde ale is now available at retailers throughout Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

“Blonde ales have been getting more and more popular in the past year, and Knockout Blonde is one that we’re always excited to share with the masses,” says Sean Lawson, founder and CEO of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “It’s light and drinkable but still has its fair share of hop character — and I think it’s the perfect match for these spring temperatures. This beer was inspired by my beautiful wife and business partner, Karen, whose likeness appears on the can artwork in a convertible, with her hair blowing in the wind.”

Knockout Blonde, 5% ABV, has a punch of hop aroma and notes of lemon and lime citrus, the company reports.

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Former Pernod Ricard executive Denis O'Flynn to sit on Kingsland Drinks board

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Southern Glazer's partners with Tequila brand Lobos 1707

American beverage alcohol distributor Southern Glazer's Wines & Spirits has announced a new partnership with premium spirits brand Lobos 1707.

Considered a leader in diverse brand ownership in the spirits market, Lobos 1707 offers a range of Tequilas and mezcal inspired by traditional distillation processes.

The company was launched in November 2020, taking its name from the Spanish word for 'wolf' - a symbol of unity and inclusivity. It is led by founder and chief creative officer Diego Osorio and CEO Dia Simms, with early backing from sports and cultural icon LeBron James.

As well as accelerating the national growth of Lobos 1707's spirits portfolio, Southern Glazer's hopes the new partnership will help to develop the cultural landscape of the drinks sector, by bringing a more diverse group of industry leaders together to create greater equality of opportunity.

Jennifer Chaplin Tolkin, vice president, supplier management at Southern Glazer's, said: "In addition to having a great liquid, the Lobos 1707 vision to 'build a bigger table' aligns with our values around promoting and celebrating diversity.

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Wicked Lab, in South Korea, Launches BeVeg Certified Vegan Pink Gummy Bear, a Once-a-Day Premium Vitamin Jelly Brand.


South Korea, Launches BeVeg Certified Vegan Pink Gummy Bear, a Once-a-Day Premium Vitamin Jelly Brand.

We are very excited about earning our vegan certification from BeVeg -- the most reliable and credible vegan label on the international marketplace. ”

— Wicked Lab

YEONSU-GU, INCHEON, KOREA, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Wicked Lab, in South Korea, launches BeVeg certified vegan Pink Gummy Bear, a once-a-day premium vitamin jelly brand.

Wicked Lab CEO, Kim Sun-kyung, created a natural nutritional supplement that can be eaten easily and comfortably, like candy. The Pink Gummy Bear is a familiar jelly type vitamin candy that deviates from the traditional pill form in that it is tasty and vegan.

"We are very excited about earning our vegan certification from BeVeg -- the most reliable and credible vegan label on the international marketplace," says Sun-kyung.

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Molson Coors launches first organic beer

Molson Coors has launched its first USDA-certified organic beer across the US in celebration of National Beer Day (7 April).

Coors Pure is a light lager with low bitterness, citrus hop notes and malt sweetness, with 92 calories per can and zero sugar.

To celebrate the launch of Coors Pure, the company is calling on runners and beer lovers across the country to participate in a 'beer run' - challenging them to run in the shape of a Coors Pure can for a chance to win a 12-pack of the new beer.

For New York City residents, Molson Coors will be setting professional runners loose in Central Park wearing giant QR codes. If a person can catch up close enough to scan the QR code, they can also claim a 12-pack of Coors Pure.

Here's how to participate in the Coors Pure beer run:

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