2 more Venezuelans deported

first_imgTwo Venezuelans were ordered deported when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Tandy Ramos and Levenie DeSantos both pleaded guilty to the offence of entering Guyana by sea on July 9, 2016 at Eterinbang, Cuyuni River, and disembarking without the consent of an immigration officer.They were both fined $30,000 and deported.Just about two weeks ago, 14 Venezuelans were deported from Guyana and a source disclosed that over 100 more are to be deported.All of the deportees decried the hardship that they are faced with in their home country which contributed to them seeking refuge in Guyana.Venezuela is currently facing its most devastating economic crisis caused in part by the decline in oil prices on the world market and its people have been suffering.The people are calling for assistance as they claim that there is no food or jobs for them to provide for their families.However, President David Granger explained that while the situation in the neighbouring country was cause for concern, Venezuelans are welcome in Guyana once they enter through legal means and abide by the laws.last_img read more

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Champs Spain in danger of missing Brazil

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, March 25 – The prospect of the reigning world champions missing next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil will become a very real one if stumbling Spain suffer another slip-up in France on Tuesday evening.Vicente Del Bosque’s side have not lost a competitive match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but two consecutive home draws have seen them fall behind France in this qualifying campaign. After being held 1-1 by France in Madrid in October, La Roja allowed Finland to escape with a draw by the same score in Gijon on Friday and are now two points adrift of the French at the top of Group I.“The result is disastrous,” admitted David Villa after Spain failed to add to Sergio Ramos’ opener against the group’s bottom nation despite monopolising possession and camping in the opposition half, and Finland hit back to equalise late on.Lose at the Stade de France and Spain will be five points behind Didier Deschamps’ side with just three matches remaining, all but ending their chances of qualifying automatically.“This game will be a final for both teams,” striker Alvaro Negredo told Spanish media, before adding: “We have the quality to win in any stadium in the world.”Negredo was one of several attackers used by Del Bosque over the course of Friday’s game, but Spain just could not kill off a well-organised Finnish side.However, France are likely to adopt a more attacking approach in front of their own demanding support in Saint-Denis, and Negredo believes that will play into Spain’s hands.“This game will be different to the rest of the qualifying campaign,” he added. “It will be much more open, against a team that will try to create chances and will leave us spaces.“We will try to benefit from the fact that we will be playing against quality opposition who will look to play football.”Deschamps’ team played with great maturity in holding the European and world champions in Madrid and eased to a 3-1 victory against Georgia on Friday.Goals from Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribery either side of a strike by the superb Mathieu Valbuena allowed Les Bleus to see off the former Soviet Republic and take full advantage of Spain’s unexpected faux pas.“It was like the perfect evening for us,” Deschamps said of Friday night.Sticking 11 men behind the ball might appear the most likely way of taking anything from Spain, but Deschamps insists that France will try and take the game to their visitors.“My intentions will not change because Spain’s will certainly not change,” said the 44-year-old, who lifted the World Cup as France captain in 1998.“They will look to monopolise possession of the ball and win the match. I don’t see myself telling my team to just defend. Spain oblige you to defend but a win would be a very good result for us, even if a draw would still be a good result.“Our objective is to qualify for the World Cup and the best way to do that is by finishing first in the group.”However, Deschamps ominously added: “On Tuesday we will still be up against the best team in the world.”That means that the France coach is likely to ditch the 4-4-2 formation adopted against Georgia in favour of having an extra man in midfield as the hosts look to continue an impressive record in home qualifiers which has seen them lose just two of their last 34.Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye is a contender to return to the starting line-up, while the greatly experienced Patrice Evra of Manchester United should replace Gael Clichy at left-back.Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema may keep his place in attack despite again flattering to deceive on Friday. He has scored just three times in his last 23 games for his country.Spain will be without the suspended David Silva as well as left-back Jordi Alba due to injury, with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal set to replace the latter.However, Del Bosque is expected to welcome back the influential Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez in midfield.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ronaldo shrine awaits new trophy

first_imgThere are already the Ballon d’Or trophies for 2008 and 2013 among the more than 160 prizes in the museum overlooking the port of Funchal, Ronaldo’s hometown.The 29-year-old Real Madrid superstar is hot favourite to secure a third at a FIFA cermony in Zurich.“If he does not win, there is no justice in football!”, said Nuno Viveiros, a 32-year-old cousin of the footballer who cheerfully guides visitors around the museum.Ronaldo’s brother Hugo Aveiro runs the museum and his adoring mother Dolores Aveiro is never far away.Dolores Aveiro has played a key role in the rise of the world’s richest footballer, whose personal wealth is estimated at more than $185 million (155 million euros).“Ronaldo would not be where he is without his mother,” said Francisco Afonso, Ronaldo’s first coach at the small local club CF Andorinha.Sporting Lisbon signed the future star as an 11-year-old and “she went to be with him in Lisbon when he wanted to give everything up and return to Madeira,” said Afonso.The rest is history and the Ronaldo name has become a near industry on the island of Madeira, where Funchal is the capital.Below the museum, an imposing statue of the footballer, complete with his thickly gelled quiff, stands on the seafront amid the palm trees.The world’s most marketable footballer, his mother and whole family attended the inauguration in December of the 800 kilogramme (1,760 pound), 3.40 metre (11 feet) high statue.Some unkind social media commentators and visitors make fun of the statue, saying the shorts are too tight and revealing.But Ronaldo fans come from the Portuguese mainland and other countries to pay tribute.– Ronaldo pilgrims –Ronaldo, known as “CR7” after his initials and shirt number, paid for the 400 square metre museum which has already attracted 100,000 visitors ready to pay five euros ($5.90) for the entrance ticket.Alongside the world player of the trophies are those for being three times the top scorer in Europe and three more for being top scorer in the Champions League.There are letters from fans, signed shirts and some of his trophies from his youth years won in tournaments across Portugal and Europe.The exhibits trace Ronaldo’s extraordinary career from CF Andorinha to local Portuguese championship side Nacional Madeira, his moves to Sporting, then at 18 to Manchester United and then his 94 million euro ($110 million) transfer to Real Madrid.-Followers stare at the Ballon d’Or trophies-“Ronaldo is the greatest. He knows how to play with the ball and build up the game like no-one else,” said Victor Melendez, a 29-year-old Spaniard, perusing the exhibits.Afonso, now 75, said that Ronaldo “always had the ability to read the game and above all he trained more than the others.”Portuguese visitor Joao Nascimento, 45, had his photograph taken with a wax statue of his hero who he was sure would remain at the top. “He will get a third Ballon d’Or, I’m sure,” the fan declared.The passion is shared by the island of Madeira for whom Ronaldo is a folk hero.His mother says that the football superstar, now at the height of his career with Real Madrid, has “never forgotten his origins.”But the Ronaldo traces are slowly disappearing. His family home in the popular Funchal district of Santo Antonio is gone.His father, Jose Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener, died in 2005. Their subsidised home was then razed and a small car park with a view over the sea has replaced it.But it was here that the young Ronaldo played in the streets with his older cousins who were already jealous of his talent.Not all the neighbours remain admirers. “Since he became a star, Ronaldo has forgotten us,” said Filipe, a local man aged in his 20s.But Afonso insists that Ronaldo “will for a long time remain Madeira’s best representative in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PORTUGAL, January 10 – The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum in Madeira is a family affair that is counting on getting a new trophy on Monday when FIFA announces its latest world player of the year.last_img read more

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Leicester triumph rouses Eng’s dozing giants

first_imgBut just as Ranieri predicted, the big clubs flexed their muscles in the close-season transfer window and as the Foxes faltered, so a cast of superstars set about re-establishing the old order.“It’s more difficult than last season,” Ranieri said — prophetically, as it would transpire — of his side’s title chances on the eve of the season.“It’s easier that ET comes to Piccadilly Circus.”As 2016 dawned, Leicester were in second place, below leaders Arsenal on goal difference, their surprisingly high placement seen as an aberration caused by the inconsistency of the superpowers.But as the big guns continued to misfire, so Leicester continued to win — 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, 2-0 at home to Liverpool, a stunning 3-1 victory at Manchester City.By the spring the unthinkable had become thinkable and although teams belatedly realised Leicester had to be taken seriously, they forged on, a run of five gritty wins carrying them to within sight of glory.Tottenham had emerged as Leicester’s biggest rivals, but Mauricio Pochettino’s exciting young team could not last the pace, eventually conceding defeat in a bruising 2-2 draw at outgoing champions Chelsea.Watching the game on television at the home of striker Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s players erupted into joyous celebrations captured on left-back Christian Fuchs’s smartphone and beamed around the world.It was the most surreal title win England had ever seen.Andrea Bocelli, the Italian tenor, sang on the pitch at the King Power Stadium.Former Leicester striker Gary Lineker presented BBC’s flagship ‘Match of the Day’ highlights programme wearing only a pair of white boxer shorts after betting they would not do it.Rough-cut talisman Vardy and jinking Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez cleaned up in the end-of-season awards, having cost Leicester a combined total of just £1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.7 million euros).– Pogba returns –But there was little sign of bargain-hunting in the transfer window that followed.Instead, spending rocketed past £1 billion for the first time as clubs lavished the proceeds of new £8 billion TV deals in an unprecedented splurge.Manchester United smashed the world transfer record to bring French midfielder Paul Pogba back to the club from Juventus in a heavily trailed £89.3 million deal.Manchester City spent big on John Stones and Leroy Sane, Arsenal on Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka, Chelsea on old boy David Luiz and Leicester lynchpin N’Golo Kante, Liverpool on Sadio Mane.The biggest incoming personalities, however, pitched up in the dug-outs.City finally lured Pep Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium from Bayern Munich, enabling him to renew his sulphurous rivalry with Jose Mourinho, who alighted across town at United following his sacking by Chelsea.Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal, who led United to FA Cup glory before paying the price for two years of stagnant football and overblown philosophising.Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Mourinho at Old Trafford, resuming their Inter Milan collaboration and putting him in direct opposition with Guardiola, who he branded a “coward” after they fell out at Barcelona.But both Mourinho and Guardiola have been eclipsed by new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, whose late-September switch to a 3-4-3 formation served to catapult the west London club to the top of the tree.“After the first six games of the season, I was wondering what Antonio Conte was doing,” said former United defender Phil Neville.“But then he changed to the formation that brought him such success with Juventus and Italy, and they have not looked back.”Jurgen Klopp’s all-action Liverpool, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and League Cup winners City lead the pursuit, the latter adjusting unsteadily to Guardiola’s possession obsession, with Spurs and United close behind.Leicester, meanwhile, have been dragged into a relegation fight, but the Champions League has brought a welcome distraction, the Foxes cruising into the last 16 along with City and Arsenal to keep the flame aflicker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A Leicester City football fan celebrates the team’s unlikely victory in the 2016 Premier League title race © AFP/File / LEON NEALLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 19 – Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title win made 2016 the year of the underdog in English football, but as 2017 approaches, the giants are emerging from their slumbers.A team of misfits and cast-offs marshalled by twinkly-eyed Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester pulled off a 5,000-1 triumph that was one of the biggest upsets in the history of sport.last_img read more

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City hosting public meeting after council passes second reading of Official Community Plan bylaw

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be hosting a public meeting in late August after Council passed second reading yesterday of the bylaw containing the City’s updated Official Community Plan.Planning Manager Renee Jamurat gave a presentation to Council at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, outlining some of the revisions staff have made to the Plan since it passed first reading in mid-November last year.The City began the process of updating the OCP back in 2016, which included community engagement before the draft of the Plan was presented to Council last year.- Advertisement -An Official Community Plan is a local government bylaw that outlines a local government’s goals and policies related to planning and land use management, and every municipality in B.C. is required to have an OCP under the Local Government Act.During her presentation, Jamurat spoke about a number of revisions that staff have made to the Plan since first reading, which included a number of changes to land use planning.A number of revisions were made to clarify the City’s collaboration work with the Agricultural Land Commission in support of lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve.Advertisement In particular, a number of the lands on the City’s northwest and east sides acquired during the latest boundary extension have had their land use designations changed to Agriculture from Urban Development Area, or in the case of lands southwest of the North Peace Airport from Industrial.After the OCP bylaw passed second reading, the City will be hosting a public meeting regarding the bylaw on August 27th. The meeting is scheduled to occur inside the Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Ex-Newcastle chairman brands Rafael Benitez ‘greedy’ over transfer demands

first_imgFreddy Shepherd has branded Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez ‘greedy’ for kicking off about the lack of January transfers at St James’ Park.Reports this week have claimed the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss is considering his future in charge in Tyneside after the club failed to land any of his targets this winter.But former chairman Shepherd has backed under-fire Mike Ashley and believes he made the right call in January.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Shepherd insisted Benitez’s current team should be good enough to seal a return to the top flight, and that the Spaniard will have plenty of money to spend in the summer if he steers the Magpies back to the Premier League.“I think Mike is obviously saving his money for the summer because I think Newcastle will definitely get up,” he said.“That team is not the best in the world, but it certainly should get up to the Premier League.“Like any other manager, Benitez is greedy – he’s greedy for players and money to buy players, and I think that’s really the bottom line.”Asked if he meant greedy in a good way, Shepherd added: “Yes, of course.“Every manager wants another player and that’s why I think Benitez is having a little moan because he didn’t get what he wanted.“The thing about managers, they all throw their toys out of the pram when they don’t get what they want, and Benitez is no different.“But I think they will get promoted and I think Benitez will get a fair amount of money in the summer to buy players if he’s still there.”last_img read more

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District opts to re-fi loan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But under its re-fi plan, the district will extend its loan payments from 2019 to 2029 and pay $5.7 million in total to pay off the loan – or $1.3 million more than under the old arrangement. By reducing its annual payments through 2014, the district will get a total of $1.28 million in ready cash to spend on school improvements. School board members already have ideas for how to spend the extra cash, including investing more in instruction programs at Vasquez High, expanding vocational education, opening the gym at Vasquez High and starting before- and after-school programs. None of the plans call for replacing modular structures at Vasquez High with permanent buildings, a more costly proposition. “The positive, snowball effect is by implementing the educational enhancements, more kids will want to attend the district,” said school board President Melissa Harnett. “Which then brings in more (state funding,) which gives us more money to add the enhancements,” she said. ACTON – After failing three times to pass a school construction bond, the cash-hungry Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District is going to refinance a loan to pay for school improvements. The school board voted 3-0 on Friday evening to approve the re-fi arrangement. “I think anytime you can … find creative ways to free up financial means when you’re in tight budget constraints, it’s a good thing,” said Superintendent Stan Halperin, who took the top post last week. In 1998 and ’99, the district took out two loans totaling $4.9 million, and used the money to build Meadowlark Elementary and Vasquez High. The district would have paid a total of $4.4 million under its old loan arrangement to pay off the remainder of the loan. Three bond measures the school board put to local voters, many of whom are retired, were defeated. Earlier this year, the district learned it was ineligible for financial hardship money, state funds it wanted to use to build permanent structures at Vasquez High. “We’re trying to be very creative in increasing revenue into the district,” Harnett said. The district obtained the 1998 and ’99 loans as certificates of participation, which are an alternative to bond measures for school districts needing school construction money. The documents allowed the district to join together with other school districts to obtain private financing. Not including interest, the district has $3.4 million left to pay on the two loans. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka eager to show another side of his game

first_img Granit Xhaka 1 Granit Xhaka has proved he can mix it with the hardest opponents the Premier League can offer but now the Arsenal midfielder wants to show there is another side to his game.The 24-year-old earned mixed reviews for his debut season in England last year as his performances were inconsistent and his discipline record poor.When Xhaka was sent off in a 2-1 win over Burnley back in January it was his second dismissal of the campaign and a ninth in three years.The Switzerland international also picked up 12 bookings, including a run of five in five games, which led to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger questioning his style of tackling.But, having shifted into a more orthodox midfield role since Wenger adapted his formation at the tail-end of last season, Xhaka is starting to show the type of form which saw the Gunners fork out a reported fee in excess of £30million to bring him in from Borussia Monchengladbach.Xhaka admits he is feeling more comfortable with his Premier League surroundings as he looks to impose himself in a different way moving forward.“I think every player needs time to adjust to a new league, a new country and new team-mates,” he said.“The back end of last season I already felt good and I am feeling more comfortable now and want to help the team as much as I can this season as well.“I know it has been criticised but my style of play is to be aggressive. My two red cards can be discussed, were they necessary or not, but I am hoping to have less cards this season and build on the end of last season where I already had less.“I’m a player who likes to have the ball, dictate the play.“The fans knew that and the club did too, that is probably why they got me but there is another side to my game as well – that is being aggressive and fighting in the duels.”Xhaka set up two of the Gunners’ goals in their scintillating 4-3 opening day win over Leicester and earned the plaudits of former Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry.“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top,” he told Sky Sports.“He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?“That’s where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with (Alexandre) Lacazette.”Xhaka watched Henry’s analysis of his performance and was pleased that he was shown in a positive light.“I heard that and it is an honour for a player like Thierry to say that about me and give me that compliment,” he said.“I watch the analysis and saw the comments, of course for me it is my aim to get Lacazette in the game as well as all the players in front of me, in the next few weeks hopefully it’ll get better and I can do that.”After impressing in the win over the Foxes, Xhaka is likely to retain his place for Saturday’s trip to Stoke.While the Potters may not pose the same physical threat as they did on their arrival into the top-flight, Xhaka is prepared to get stuck in if the going gets rough.“I think in previous years I have shown I can handle responsibility and take responsibility,” he said.“I say things on the pitch, play in an aggressive style and I think I am suited to football in England.“I think I have shown since I have been here that I am someone who likes having the ball, dictating the play, looking for my team-mates. I’m what we call a ‘six’ in Germany, a quite aggressive, deep-lying playmaker.“Last season we won 4-1 at Stoke and played really well and we know what to expect and are ready for it.“We know how strong they are, they have a lot of aggression in their game but I’m sure if we play our game, do what we do, we can win.”last_img read more

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Huey has crucial mission

first_img“It’s a little piece of my dad’s history I get,” she said. The helicopter, a Vietnam veteran itself, comes from the Wings & Rotors Air Museum in Murrieta, where it was restored to flying condition and painted with the markings of the 118th Assault Helicopter Company “Thunderbirds” Third Platoon. “We’re here to support Vietnam vets, specifically,” pilot Pat Rodgers said. The helicopter will fly over today’s parade, which will start at 9 a.m. on Lancaster Boulevard at 10th Street West and run to Sierra Highway. Lineup time for veterans is 7 a.m. A ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. at Boeing Plaza at Sierra Highway and Lancaster Boulevard, then a barbecue that is free to veterans from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Grace Resource Center, 45134 Sierra Highway. More than 2,000 veterans are expected to walk or ride in the parade, led by veterans of the Vietnam War. Two little girls will walk in front of them tossing flower petals onto the asphalt. The Lancaster parade was inspired by the emotional welcome Chapman and friend Ray Santana, a Marine machine-gunner in Vietnam who is now a professional photographer, got last Veterans Day at the national Welcome Home parade in Las Vegas. Intended to honor the military personnel who more than 30 years ago came home from Vietnam to hostility or indifference, the Lancaster parade is drawing veterans from as far away as Arizona. “We got a lot people calling and saying: Can we be in the parade? Can we be in the parade. When we’d explain … they choked up. They were crying over the phone,” said Santana. “It’s a healing process and long overdue.” The 2005 Las Vegas parade was organized by retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Jackson and former journalist Tara Dixon-Engel, who together wrote a book, “Naked in Da Nang,” about Jackson’s experience as a forward air controller in Vietnam. “It got us thinking we need to find some way to say `Thank you and welcome home’ to our Vietnam veterans,” said Dixon-Engel, who with Jackson is in Lancaster for today’s parade. “This is the welcome home we didn’t get 35, 45 years ago,” Jackson said. The effort is having surprising results. Standing near each other at Friday’s helicopter arrival, Lancaster residents Larry Johnson and Mike Jackson – no relation to the lieutenant colonel – discovered they had served in the same Navy aviation unit in Vietnam a few months apart in 1970 and 1971. Both men wore tiny metal badges bearing a black horse on a circular red background – the Black Ponies, or VAL 4, a light-attack squadron of propeller-driven OV-10 Bronco planes armed with guns and rockets. “This is great,” said Johnson, who spent 27 years in the military before retiring and later went to work for Northrop. “This is the first guy I’ve met from our unit since I retired.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Gary Chapman hadn’t flown in a Huey helicopter since he left the Army more than 40 years ago. It brought back memories. “It was good memories, though. I had good memories from when I was flying,” said Chapman, a Lancaster resident who was a 19-year-old Army helicopter door gunner in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. A flying memorial to Vietnam veterans, the restored UH-1B Iroquois helicopter arrived at Fox Field on Friday in advance of its appearance in today’s Operation Welcome Home parade, of which Chapman is one of the organizers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“This is going to be a huge event and a beautiful parade,” said Chapman, who now works for Pratt & Whitney in Canoga Park. The helicopter’s appearance was the result of an e-mail and letter-writing campaign by Lake Los Angeles resident Kate Le Croix, who was 2 years old when her helicopter-pilot father was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. Le Croix said she began trying to arrange an appearance after reading a newspaper article about the parade plans. “When I read about it in the paper I knew we had to have this helicopter in it,” she said. Le Croix, who works with her husband in real estate, said she has no memories of her father, which is probably the reason she gets involved in veterans efforts. last_img
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The Wonderful World of Wine Introduced at at Yachtsman Steakhouse

first_imgShare This!If you’re a wine-lover…have I got a great new option for you with the new option – The Wonderful World of Wine!Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is now offering Guests to explore the world of wine. During this experience, Guests will be able to enjoy wine options from vineyards from California, Italy, Chile, France, Australia, and more. During this wine tasting, Guests will be able to learn about each wine’s flavor profiles, winemaking techniques, and soil and climate conditions from Advanced Sommelier Kristopher Soto. Guests of the class will also be able to enjoy a small tasting plate that has been paired to go with the selected wine offerings.The cost of The Wonderful World of Wine is $45 per person and the wine tasting begins at 3:00 p.m. It will only be offered on the second Wednesday of each month.Guests interested in attending this event can call (407) WDW-DINE.last_img read more

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