Canada to provide $12-million more for land-mine clearing around world

Canada will announce nearly $12-million in new funding for the elimination of land mines around the world, including in formerly held Islamic State territory in Syria, marking the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa land-mines treaty.

The funding is meant to support the safe return of civilians to Raqqa and southern Syria by removing dangerous explosives left in homes, schools and public areas by the Islamic State. Canada will also support removing mines in Cambodia, Laos, Colombia and Ukraine – countries that are among the most affected by land mines and other explosive remnants of war. Matt DeCourcey, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will make the announcement Monday, two decades after the Ottawa Treaty banning land mines came into force.

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GFH Global Foundation Helps Victims of Fires in California’s Wine Country

In response to the devastating fires in Northern California, GFH Global Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to help some of those who have suffered the greatest damage – hard-working employees of the wine industry.

GFH Global Foundation Board Members David Pearson (Opus One) and Jean-Guillaume Prats (LVMH) – along with stalwart supporter, Tom Porter (Porter Family Vineyards) – are currently assessing the situation on the ground.

In keeping with the grant-making approach of GFH Global Foundation, we will first visit the places where donations might be used and determine where the need is the greatest. Next, we will identify projects that can make the greatest difference.

According to Arlene Willis, Founder and CEO of GFH Global Foundation: “For more nearly 20 years, Grapes has leveraged the incredible generosity of the wine community to address suffering across the globe. Now is the time to help those working in vineyards whose lives have been damaged by these fires. The people who make these great wines deserve our strong support.”

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Lavalla School - Cambodia
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Famille Hugel announces the loss of Etienne Hugel

Riquewihr, April 10, 2016 – It is with the greatest sadness that Famille Hugel announces the loss of Etienne Hugel who died suddenly on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Aged 57, Etienne Hugel had joined the family business in 1982 and was in charge of promoting Famille Hugel wines abroad. Now exported to more than 100 countries around the world, Famille Hugel wines are today proud to be represented by a great number of Alsace wine lovers who were able to share many pleasurable and convivial moments with Etienne Hugel.

“A visionary and a hard worker, my son Etienne traveled the world relentlessly, showing unparalleled people skills and infectious enthusiasm,” declared André Hugel. “Throughout his life he was able to communicate his passion, his professionalism and his personal values to all those with whom he worked.”

All the Primum Familiae Vini members are deeply saddened by his passing away and extend their condolences to his father, André Hugel, his wife Kaoru and his two children, Charlotte and Jean-Frédéric.
We all have lost a dear friend and great supporter of the Primum Familiae Vini.

Mireia Torres , President of the Primum Familiae Vini

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Death of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

All the Primum Familiae Vini members are very sad of the passing away of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. She was a unique inimitable woman in the wine world, with an incredibly charismatic personality and great sense of humour.

We all have lost a dear friend and great supporter of the family values that the PFV embraces.

Our deepest condolences go out to her family.

Alessia Antinori, current PFV President.



Philippine de Rothschild, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, died in Paris on 22 August 2014 at the age of 80 from the effects of a serious operation.

After a notable stage career, not least at the Comédie Française, she became a leading figure in the wine world. With her energy, charisma and radiant personality, she considerably expanded the family company, both in France and elsewhere, and maintained the family’s estates at the highest level, the illustrious Château Mouton Rothschild foremost among them.

Pauillac, 23 August 2014

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