LG takes up the mantle of brewer with HomeBrew countertop beer bot

first_img $399 Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy At CES, I got a chance to look at the capsules, and the flavorings come in small containers that do look a little like Keurig cups. The three small cups contain flavor, hop oil and yeast. The main ingredients come in a big canister of wort that slides into the left side of the machine. Apparently, LG gets their wort from British company Muntons, which specializes in malt extract. You’ll also need to put water in the right side of the machine. A digital display on the front lets you control it. It seems simple enough to use.lg-homebrew-003 LG While malt, yeast and hops are the typical ingredients used to make beer, I’m skeptical of the extra “flavoring” included in each capsule. Using malt extract as a supplement to your malted grains is a common shortcut in home brewing, and perhaps that’s what LG means by “flavoring.” Nevertheless, I’m doubtful that ingredients shipped in a capsule can produce quality craft beers. On the plus side, the LG HomeBrew will control the temperature and pressure of the batch while it ferments, which will help your batch of beer avoid infection (a common issue for new home brewers). The capsule also supposedly helps keep the mess contained which is why the machine can efficiently automate sanitized cleaning after the brew. Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 1:54 Preview • Let the beer brewing begin: Hands on with the Pico Model C LG HomeBrew brews beer from a capsule at CES 2019 Comments • Share your voice $399 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now PicoBrew Pico Model C 19 Photos Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See It Tyler Lizenby/CNET Editors’ Note, January 6th, 2019: Originally published on December 10th, 2018, this piece has been updated with hands on pics and impressions from CES. LG’s latest venture is well outside the company’s usual repertoire of phones, TVs, large appliances and the like. The electronics giant is stepping into the world of automated beer brewing with the LG HomeBrew. The countertop beer bot will supposedly be able to produce over a gallon of beer from single-use capsules containing malt, yeast, hop oil and flavoring. Put in your capsule and hit start. The HomeBrew will have freshly made beer ready to drink after roughly two weeks depending on the specific capsule. You can monitor the machine while it works with an app. When it’s done, you can then use the tap to serve yourself a glass and it will even clean itself to get ready for the next batch. LG announced the HomeBrew Monday evening and will be showing off the gadget at CES in January. The company hasn’t yet specified a price or a release date.LG will offer capsules for five beer styles at launch:American IPAAmerican Pale AleEnglish StoutBelgian WitbierCzech PilsnerLG hasn’t announced prices for the capsules yet either. CNET Smart Home Review • The best robot brewer yet still isn’t perfect Tags See All Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See it Mentioned Above PicoBrew Pico Model C It’s beer o’clock and we’ve got the tech to prove it CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Still, unless the price is extremely reasonable, the HomeBrew will be a tough sell. It’s not for home brewers or aspiring home brewers. You’re not actually doing anything other than hitting a button, so it won’t teach you about the process. If you’re simply a fan of craft beer, those five options better taste great or be extremely cost effective to warrant skipping a trip to the store for a new, interesting six pack. The LG HomeBrew certainly sounds like it will be much easier to use than automatic beer makers like the PicoBrew Pico Model C — which still asks you to transfer the beer to different containers and keep everything sanitized. The Pico replicates an authentic process, though, so LG will need to prove it can cut corners and still produce craft beer that actually tastes well-crafted. 2 LG Smart Home reading • LG takes up the mantle of brewer with HomeBrew countertop beer botlast_img read more

United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines

first_img Catholicism A rabbi pleads with AG William Barr: Don’t bring the death penalty to Pittsburgh Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has scrapped plans for its first General Conference meeting outside the United States.The global denomination had been planning to hold the 2024 meeting of its decision-making body in Manila, capital of the Philippines.But plans for a meeting there, first announced in 2015, are now off.Sara Hotchkiss, business manager for the Commission on General Conference, said organizers could not find convention space available for two full weeks to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world.So the General Conference will be held elsewhere.“No one has done anything wrong, or there’s no reason not to go. It’s just simply when we did a bid process, the facilities needed for the length of our conference were not available,” Hotchkiss said.RELATED: The ’Splainer: What happened at the United Methodist General Conference?The business manager said the commission, which chooses the locations for and plans the denomination’s quadrennial meeting, had not received any bids from facilities it had contacted during the bid process to host the meeting.Those bids were due in early July, she said.Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso “Rudy” Juan of the Davao Area in the southern Philippines — the commission member who initially had invited the General Conference to the Philippines — told the United Methodist News Service the decision made him “sad.”“I spoke passionately about my disappointment in this decision,” Juan said. “I did not support the cancellation, but I respect the decision.”The Philippines, red, located in eastern Asia. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsFinances and the “current climate in the church” did not play a role in that decision, the Rev. Gary George, secretary of the commission, said in the UMNS report.The United Methodist Church is the second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., and its membership is growing most quickly in the Philippines and many African countries.The Commission on General Conference made the decision not to hold the 2024 meeting in the Philippines last week during its meeting in Lexington, Ky.RELATED: Adam Hamilton on ‘Methodists in the middle’ and what’s next for the denominationAlso at that meeting, a task force reported to the commission it had found “credible objective evidence that four ineligible persons cast votes using the credentials of delegates who were not present” at a special session of the General Conference held this February in St. Louis to discuss the place of LGBTQ people in the church.Delegates to the special session approved the so-called Traditional Plan, which strengthened the denomination’s rules barring LGBTQ United Methodists from ordination and marriage.The four ineligible voters would not have impacted the outcome of the vote on the Traditional Plan, according to a press release from the United Methodist Church.But they might have had an impact on a narrow vote on a measure allowing congregations to leave the denomination with their property.The commission determined that vote is void and is asking the denomination Council of Bishops to refer it to its top court, the Judicial Council.Jessica LaGrone, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Traditional Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleDonations to church ministries, including the General Conference, have “declined significantly” in the months since the special session, according to UMNS.And both opponents and supporters of the Traditional Plan are still discussing how to proceed since the vote. Among their options are leaving the denomination, pushing for a new plan to change its structure to allow United Methodists with differing viewpoints to stay together or dissolving it entirely.The next General Conference meeting will gather 862 delegates, both clergy and lay people, from May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis.Hotchkiss said she didn’t have information to share about where the 2024 meeting might be held.But, the business manager added, there is no concern that the meeting itself might be canceled. The commission quickly had found a location for the special session after the 2016 General Conference requested it, she noted.And, she said, “Manila and the people of the Philippines and the United Methodists of the Philippines are wonderful, and I know that they could do the hosting that was required to do it.”“I sincerely hope someday to be able to do it.” Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland Share This! Tagshomepage featured Philippines UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist Church General Conference,You may also like Share This!center_img Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. 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Overcapacity concerns downward pressure on fares No worries say Carnival Corp RCCL

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by This story originally ran in the Oct. 4, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — Cruise companies have finally realized that it’s just as important, if not more so, to keep your travel agent partners onside as it is to build up and market your own call centre and direct booking channels.The relationship hasn’t been without its ups and downs but for the most part cruise lines have been a steadfast partner for the trade.It’s at the point where cruise bookings are such a core product for so many agencies that success (or lack of it) for the cruise industry can make or break travel agencies heavily invested in cruise sales.When cruise companies falter, travel agents feel it.While cruise fares have dipped slightly for the world’s biggest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald says there’s no cause for concern.Carnival Corp. recently posted its highest-ever quarterly performance, and that’s saying something, considering the cruise giant has been on a tear for the past few years with increasingly strong results.With 10 cruise line brands, and 11.5 million passengers a year – that’s half the entire global cruise market – Carnival Corp. and its ships cut a sizeable wake. Cruise lines including Carnival Corp., especially with its core brand Carnival Cruise Line, have been working hard in recent years to maintain price integrity and keep yields up, and to make bargain-basement cruise fares a thing of the past.Starting in June Carnival Corporation’s booking volumes for the first half of 2019 were running significantly higher than the prior year, at lower prices.But more recently, during the first half of September, booking volumes for the first half of next year were still running higher than last year and at higher prices too.Based on these booking trends, Carnival Corp. says it expects continued improvement when it comes to net revenue yields for the first half of 2019.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthGross revenue yields were up 4% in Q3. Net income for the company clocked in at US$1.7 billion, up from $1.3 billion. Revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were $5.8 billion, up from $5.5 billion.High fuel costs are an ongoing concern and Carnival, like every other company keeping an eye on fuel prices, has warned that climbing costs will put a dent in its Q4 results. Carnival Corp.’s Q3 2018 fuel bill was $434 million, up from $307 million in Q3 2017.For now at least, strong execution is overcoming fuel (and currency) headwinds, says Donald.Carnival and other cruise companies have been known to levy fuel surcharges, but so far haven’t resorted to this unpopular measure despite escalating fuel bills.Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain acknowledges that rising fuel costs are a concern for Royal Caribbean too – RCCL hedges about 50% of its fuel needs. While keeping an eye on fuel costs, RCCL, parent company of Royal Caribbean, is going full steam ahead with its $1 billion investment to upgrade RCI ships, transform private island CocoCay in the Bahamas and attract more Millennials.Just like Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is raking in the dollars, with revenues of US$2.3 billion for Q2.In an interview with CNBC, Fain said new ships like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, heading into its first full year of sailing in 2019, and the much anticipated and soon to be launched Celebrity Edge with its cantilevered floating platform, have created a lot of good momentum “and that’s carrying us nicely into 2019.”“We’re constantly improving our ships. New features attract more customers, they pay more, and that gives us the money to build and enhance our ships,” says Fain.RCCL, already with several brands under its belt including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara, is now even bigger with its majority stake purchase of luxury line Silversea Cruises this summer, with three new ships on the way.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMeanwhile Carnival Corp.’s capacity increases come with concerns about too many berths driving down prices and yields but Donald says there’s no cause for alarm.Carnival Corp. is spreading its capacity growth over a number of its brands and geographical regions “and we’re careful when and where we add capacity,” says Donald. Any over-concentration of capacity in individual markets will be temporary, he adds, and alleviated by new demand from the undersaturated cruise market.He adds: “We’re working aggressively to grow demand for our brands which will allow us to continue to fill our ships at increasingly attractive rates, while still providing a better value to the equivalent land-based alternative.”And while he first attributes Carnival Corp.’s performance to the Carnival Corp. team, he doesn’t forget the cruise company’s other, equally important team: travel agents. The record-breaking Q3 results, he says, “are a testament to the tens of thousands of travel professionals who so enthusiastically support our brand.” Overcapacity concerns, downward pressure on fares? No worries, say Carnival Corp., RCCL Kathryn Folliott Friday, October 12, 2018 Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line Share About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019last_img read more