The worsening drought could result in shortages of some popular varieties of hops used in beer. The Washington Hop Commission told NBC News that some fields will see a little lower yield this year due to heat and water stress, but they won’t know until harvest.
San Tan Brewing Company has a contract for Washington hops this year and is waiting to see what the crop yields are.
“We’re crossing our fingers that this year’s drought does not detrimentally affect our 2016 brew year,” said Head Brewer Gabe Wilson. “Many of our brands are relatively dependent upon hops grown in the Pacific Northwest.”
San Tan Brewing opened in Arizona in 2007 and features a pub in downtown Chandler. Just last year, the company expanded its sales into the southwest. It’s currently sold in Arizona, California and Texas.
According to NBC News, each hops plant requires up to 3 gallons of water per day and farmers are dealing with water restrictions. It also reports that growers usually start harvesting aroma varieties the last week of August and pick the top varieties in late September and early October. Even though the current crop is locked up by contracts, some analysts told the news website the drought will boost prices for anything on the spot market.
Wilson said if the crop is bad enough, it will broaden its diversification of hops sources to minimize any future problems.
“Or we may just push some of our other brands that are heavy in hops from Australia and New Zealand,” said Wilson.
There will be some stressed out people here pretty soon!!!
Impatient with years of delays, a federal judge on Friday gave the State Department some tight deadlines to provide The Associated Press with thousands of pages of documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton — a timetable that means the files should be released well before the spring U.S. presidential primary elections.
Friday’s order came one week after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon chastised the department for its slowness in satisfying years-old records requests, including for Clinton’s schedules and calendars.
The AP sued in March after the department failed to turn over files requested under the Freedom of Information Act, including one request made more than five years ago.
Since then, the State Department has said it struggled to meet the AP’s demand on time because of limited staff resources and thousands of other pending requests. But at a hearing last month, Leon appeared troubled that the document requests had gone unsatisfied and said at least part of what the AP wanted could be processed with ease by “the least ambitious bureaucrat.”
A State Department spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the State Department will comply with the judge’s order or ask an appeals court to give it more time, though the judge said the agency must alert him if it feels that it cannot meet any part of the deadline.
Under the new schedule, the State Department will have 30 days to produce roughly 68 pages of documents related to Clinton’s former top aide, Huma Abedin. The State Department last week in writing asked Abedin’s lawyers to preserve and return to the government any federal records that Abedin might have in her possession.
Within 90 days, the judge said, the department must turn over nearly 5,000 pages of calendars and schedules from Clinton’s four years as secretary of state.
In addition, the State Department will have eight months to produce 13,387 pages of materials concerning its oversight of military contractor BAE Systems during the years Clinton served as secretary of state. The British firm settled with the Justice Department in February 2010 to end a long-running investigation into its overseas contracts and later agreed to pay a $79 million fine to the State Department and submit to auditing and oversight. So far, after more than two years, the State Department had turned over seven pages to the AP on the subject.
The AP submitted its FOIA request targeting records from Clinton and a number of her top aides in July 2013. The State Department denied fast processing of the request and later missed a promised target date for completing its searches.
The scheduling order does not include the 55,000 pages of Clinton emails that the State Department is already in the process of releasing in a separate case. It also does not take into account documents contained in 20 boxes recently given to the State Department by Philippe Reines, a former Clinton senior adviser.
So much for transparency in Guvment, except of course when it is convenient for them.
Microsoft has been a strong supporter of the Apple Watch, and that’s continuing today with the release of Outlook for Apple Watch. If you have been using the Outlook email app for iOS then it already works relatively well with the Apple Watch, but the latest update makes it easier to see full emails and the ability to now reply to messages. By default, Outlook notifications on the Apple Watch now show a lot more of the email body instead of cutting it short after a couple of sentences. While you still can’t reply instantly from a notification, you can now tap on the Outlook icon in the notification to launch a dedicated Outlook Apple Watch app that lets you see an overview of email and reply to any messages using quick replies or dictation.
Microsoft has also built an Outook glance for the Apple Watch, providing a quick look at emails and calendar appointments. Like most other Apple Watch apps, Microsoft’s included, it’s a rather basic app that simply extends the notification experience. Microsoft has also setup a dedicated wearables site to list and detail its various Office apps for Android Wear and the Apple Watch. Microsoft’s latest Outlook for Apple Watch app joins a host of similar apps including OneDrive, PowerPoint, Skype, and OneNote.
The San Francisco 49ers have released Aldon Smith after the 25-year-old linebacker’s arrest Thursday night on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges.
Smith was booked into the Santa Clara County jail and released Friday on $26,000 bond. It was his third arrest on suspicion of drunken driving since entering the league in 2011 as a first-round draft pick out of Missouri.
A team source tells ESPN’s Jim Trotter that 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with Smith after he was released from jail Friday morning, and after Smith refused to take responsibility for his latest arrest, the team decided to release him.
The 49ers spoke earlier this week about wanting to keep Aldon Smith. His NFL future, however, took a drastic turn Friday. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
“This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue,” the team said in a statement.
49ers coach Jim Tomsula canceled the team’s morning practice Friday, saying his players were hurting. Tomsula was emotional himself in talking about Smith’s situation.
“It’s a sad day,” the first-year 49ers coach said at a news conference. “We’re not worried about football. This has nothing to do with football. … If one person out there reads this and you’re struggling, get help. Go get it. You’re worth it. We value every human being. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone. Find it. It’s there.
“Although Aldon will not be playing football here, he will be supported. He will not be alone,” Tomsula said. “We saw a man fighting, working and trying. Once again, real life, everyone has struggles. They’re just in different ways. … From our perspective, from him, we need the things that need to be addressed with 100 percent of everything he has.”
Because Smith has accrued four seasons in the NFL — meaning he played in at least six games in each of those four seasons — he immediately becomes a free agent. It’s not expected, however, that he’ll be immediately picked up by another team.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012, a charge that was later reduced to reckless driving. Later that year, he faced three felony weapons charges stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Police said several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. Smith pleaded not guilty, and the weapons charges were later reduced.
Smith was arrested and charged with DUI again after a car accident in September 2013. He voluntarily entered rehab and missed five games that season. In July 2014, Smith was sentenced to 11 days of work release for that DUI in Santa Clara.
In August 2014, Smith was suspended for the first nine games of last season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies, in connection to the 2013 drunken-driving arrest.
Smith also was arrested April 13, 2014, at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said he was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative, telling a TSA agent he had a bomb. No charges were filed in that incident.
On Tuesday, Baalke talked about re-signing Smith, who was in his contract season with San Francisco.
“Aldon’s like any young player,” Baalke said. “He’s growing up, he’s maturing. You see that with a lot of these guys. Some of them get themselves in a few more situations that you wish they didn’t … [but I’m] really pleased with the way he’s handled things, the way he’s working both personally and professionally. I think he’s doing an outstanding job. He’s always been a great teammate. He’s always had an excellent work ethic. Those are things he’s even stepped up.”
An Arizona cop barged into a woman’s home while she was in the shower and handcuffed her as she stood naked and sopping wet, according to a lawsuit.
Officer Doug Rose lectured an unclothed, sobbing Esmeralda Rossi in front of her daughter and told her he was in charge, even though she was in her own home. Even as an investigation determined that Rose illegally entered the home, the policeman managed to retire and start collecting his pension.
Rossi is now suing the city of Chandler, Ariz., for the aggressive invasion her daughter caught on camera.
Rossi — who was never charged with a crime — said Rose slapped cuffs on her while she attempted to cover herself with a towel.
“I felt helpless. I felt violated. And honestly, I felt molested,” Rossi told KNXV.
Rose and another officer responded to Rossi’s home, responding to a complaint about an argument between the mom and her estranged husband.
Rossi was in the shower when the cops knocked, and her daughter answered the door. The girl then went to her mom’s shower to tell her about the visitors. Rossi grabbed a towel to cover up and met the cops at the door.
Rose and his partner started interrogating Rossi, and the mom admitted that she took an attitude with the cops. The conversation got more aggressive, and Rossi said she felt “uncomfortable” — so she asked the cops if she could fetch her phone to record their conversation.
“I turn to go into my living room, and I probably get about five steps in and all of a sudden, I just hear boots running in after me, telling me, ‘Stop or I’ll arrest you!'” she told the TV station.
That’s when both Rossi and her daughter started recording.
The daughter shot video as the cop grabbed Rossi — still only covered by a bath towel — and told her she was under arrest.
A panicked Rossi cried and begged Rose to stop touching her as the cop forced her hands behind her back.
“You have absolutely no clothes on?” Rose asked.
“I was in the shower! What is wrong with you?” Rossi screamed, her towel slipping off of her body.
Rossi dropped her cellphone while Rose handcuffed her, but it still recorded audio. Rose lectured Rossi for 20 minutes about her behavior while the mom sobbed.
“Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play,” Rose said. “When a cop shows up, you’re not the one in charge. I don’t care if this is your house.”
“This was not the proper treatment of a citizen,” Marc Victor, Rossi’s attorney, told the TV station. “This was disgusting. This was barbaric.”
The cops left without officially arresting Rossi.
Investigators probed the case and determined Rose entered the home illegally and without probable cause. He also didn’t fully document what happened: the fact that Rossi was naked was never reported. There is also no mention of Rossi’s “arrest” in his police report.
Amid the investigation, Rose retired from the force. He received a pension from the department.
Rossi — who said she was molested as a young girl — said the ordeal brought back horrific memories of her childhood.
“When I was standing there … I felt like I was 7 all over again in a dark room with a man that is just staring at me,” she said.
DAWG SAYS: The most interesting thing I noticed in the video was the lack of assistance the second officer was giving in this so called arrest. He obviously was not on the same thought process as the deviant trying to cop a feel and get a peek at the woman’s body. They normally gang tackle someone when they go to arrest.
This officer needs to be held accountable and sued personally for not following the limits of the law. And then not documenting the incident properly as if he had something to hide.
“Kiss and Say Goodbye” is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Manhattans. It was one of the biggest hits of 1976.
The song was written by Manhattans member Winfred “Blue” Lovett. The lyrics and melody came to him late one night. As he later recalled, “Everything was there. I got up about three o’clock in the morning and jotted down the things I wanted to say. I just put the words together on my tape recorder and little piano. I’ve always thought that when you write slow songs, they have to have meaning. In this case, it’s the love triangle situation we’ve all been through. I figured anyone who’s been in love could relate to it. And it seemed to touch home for a lot of folks.
Released as a single, the song became a worldwide hit for the group, spending two weeks at number one on the U.S. Pop and U.S. R&B charts. and reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1976. In the U.S., the song was the 400th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. It also became just the second single to earn platinum certification status, after the RIAA established the designation in 1976. (Johnnie Taylor‘s “Disco Lady” had been the first a few months earlier.) Billboard ranked it as the No. 6 song for 1976.