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Foster's Lager

Foster's Lager is an internationally distributed brand of lager. It is owned by the international brewing group AB InBev, is brewed under licence in a number of countries, including its biggest market, the UK, where the European rights to the brand are owned by Heineken International. Foster's annual sales amount to around 500 megalitres worldwide buoyed by UK sales, where it is the second highest selling beer after Carling. While known internationally as the quintessential Australian beer brand, Foster's is unpopular and rare in Australia when compared to other CUB beers such as Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught. Foster's was created by two Irish-American brothers, William M. and Ralph R. Foster, who arrived in Melbourne from New York in 1886; the brothers began brewing Foster's Lager in November 1888. It was made available to the public from February 1889; the product was first exported in 1901, when bottles were sent to Australian combatants in the Boer War. In 1907, the company merged with five other brewing companies to form United Breweries.

Only available in bottles, Foster's Lager was considered to be CUB's premium brand. In 1958, steel cans were introduced. Foster's Lager was first imported into the UK in 1971, it was launched in the US in 1972. Commencing 1981, the brand was brewed under licence in the UK by Watney Truman Brewers; this was the first time. The draught product was based on Carlton Lager, another Carlton United Brewers product, it was first brewed in the UK at the pilot brewery at Truman's Brick Lane Brewery in mid 1981. In 1986, Courage obtained the rights to brew and distribute Foster's alongside Watney Mann and Truman Brewers; this was a result of a deal done following Courage's acquisition by Carlton United Breweries, which by that time had been re-named as Foster's Brewing Group. In 1990, Courage took over Watney Mann and Truman Brewers following the pubs for breweries swap with WMTB's parent company Grand Met. In 2011, CUB and its product lines, including Foster's, were bought by the South African and British conglomerate SABMiller, which in turn was incorporated into the multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2016.

In 2019, Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed to sell CUB including Fosters to Asahi Breweries. The deal is expected to completed in 2020. Advertising from the early 20th century claimed. A number of breweries advertised a sugar content, as it implied a lighter less bitter brew than was sold. Continuing a "tradition" started in the early 20th century, the water used in the production is sourced from the nearby Yarra River which contributes to the beer's unique taste; the Tim Foster's yeast in use today was brought to Carlton in 1923 from Professor Jorgensen in Denmark. The lager is hopped with selected oil extracts of Super Pride of Ringwood hops, which like any modern beer, is added after fermentation to minimise losses to the yeast sediment; the hop is sourced from the only two farms in Australia. The product is 4% ABV in Europe and India, 5% in the US; the European rights to the beer are owned by Heineken International, who brews and distributes a 4% ABV Foster's in most European countries. In the United States and India, rights to the brand are owned by SABMiller.

In Canada and Brazil, Foster's is brewed by Molson Canada and Brasil Kirin under licence from Foster's Brewing International. In the UK, Foster's is produced by Heineken at the Royal Brewery in Manchester. Foster's is not vegan. Production of the Australian regular brand recommenced in 2014, but it was only promoted, it had been in continuous production from November 1888 to about 2002, making it the longest-lived beer label in Australia. Once a "premium" brand, Foster's Lager has been bypassed by the Foster's Group's favoured premium brands of Carlton Crown Lager and Stella Artois. In Australia until the end of the 1970s, Foster's Lager was a reasonably popular bottled and canned beer with a somewhat premium image. In the early 1980s there were major changes in the Australian brewing industry, including the merger of Castlemaine and Toohey's into a national brewing group, as a result of acquisitions by Perth entrepreneur Alan Bond. Faced with inroads into its non-Victorian markets and United Beverages reviewed its product range and attempted to re-position some of its brands.

Foster's Draught was introduced, served on tap alongside established draught brands such as Castlemaine XXXX and Toohey's Draught. Despite some initial success, bolstered by heavy advertising, the brand did not prove to be popular and was withdrawn from sale; the Foster's Group has tended to promote the brands of Victoria Bitter. The CUB Yatala Road Brewery south of Brisbane, the site of the former Power's Brewery, brews all CUB mainstream and contract beers that are sold outside of Victoria; the Yatala Brewery is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. CUB's original Abbotsford Brewery now only supplies Victoria and South Australia, although the CUB headquarters remains there. In late 2014 Foster's enjoyed some renewed success in the Australian market. Foster's lager was marketed as "Foster's Classic" and sold in 375ml cans with 4.0% ABV. In April 2006, Scottish & Newcastle plc announced that it had agreed to acquire the Foster's brand in Europe, the Russian Federation and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent St

Hit-The-Trail Holliday

Hit-The-Trail Holliday is a lost 1918 silent comedy film directed by Marshall Neilan and starring George M. Cohan in filmization based on his 1915 Broadway play, Hit-the-Trail-Holiday. Cohan wrote the play for his brother-in-law Fred Niblo, soon to become a film director. Cohan produced the film in conjunction with Famous Players-Lasky. A film about Prohibition of Alcohol, directed by one of Hollywood's biggest alcoholics; as described in a film magazine, discharged because of his refusal to sell liquor to a minor, bartender Billie Holiday, expert mixer of drinks, seeks employment in St. Johnsburg, a small town dominated by two factions, one a German brewer, the other an American prohibitionist. Pretty Edith Jason strengthens Billy's leanings towards the prohibitionists, in a rousing address he is successful in making a name for himself. Before long, accompanied by Edith, now his wife, Billy makes a tour of various cities in an endeavor to wipe out the liquor interests. George M. Cohan as Billie Holliday Marguerite Clayton as Edith Jason Robert Broderick as Otto Wurst Pat O'Malley as Kent B.

Wurst Russell Bassett as Burr Jason Richard Barthelmess as Bobby Jason William Walcott as Reverend Holden Estar Banks The House That Shadows Built. Prohibition in the United States Hit-The-Trail Holliday on IMDb Hit-The-Trail Holliday at AllMovie

Criminal case of Lisa F.

In the alleged criminal case of Lisa F. a 13 year old Russian-German girl was reported missing for over a day in Berlin in January 2016 and, after returning, she first claimed that she had been kidnapped and raped by three strangers. The case has been promptly used by Russian officials and media to accuse Germany of tolerating and covering up child abuse which in turn provoked demonstrations of Russian Germans in several cities in Germany; the kidnapping story has been shortly after proven to be false by police after analysis of mobile phone logs and Lisa admitted she went into hiding voluntarily and wasn't raped. On 11 January Lisa F. a 13-year-old Russian-German girl with dual citizenship from Berlin-Marzahn, disappeared on her way to school. Her parents reported her missing to the police; the following day she returned after 30 hours and told her parents that she had been abducted by three unknown men of "southern" or "Arab" origin, who did not speak German well. Furthermore, she told the police that she had been beaten and raped.

Her phone record however indicated that she had stayed at her older friend Ismet S. which hinted the German police that the rest of the story was a false statement. However, her friend admitted to having a sexual intercourse with Lisa a few months earlier, German police conducted criminal investigations of two men, one a Turkish citizen and one a German citizen of Turkish origin, because such contact would be a criminal offence under German law if happened voluntarily; the incident led to intensive media reporting in Russian media, to diplomatic tensions between Germany and Russia. The Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, accused German authorities of hushing up the case. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier rejected the allegations and warned Russia of "politicising" the case. After the Russian media extensively covered the story and claimed that the girl had been mistreated and held as a "sex slave", many Russian Germans held demonstrations in several parts of Germany, amongst others in front of the Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin on 24 January.

During further questioning the girl told another version of the events, in which she went along with the men voluntarily. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said: "We proceed from consensual sexual contact." Berlin police denied that there had been an abduction or rape, but nonetheless conducted further criminal investigations against two suspects. Relatives of Lisa stuck to the allegations. On 29 January a prosecutor's spokesman told the press that on the night in question the girl had been at the home of a 19-year-old male acquaintance, not suspected to have had sexual contact with her, but is considered a witness; the police found that man by evaluating data from a cell phone, as the girl herself had told several versions of the story. The girl wanted to get away and sought shelter at his home, she did not want to go to her parents. Criminal investigation regarding severe child abuse continued against two Germans, who are suspected to have had sexual contact with her months before her disappearance.

The age of consent in Germany is 14. The charge against one of them was dropped. On 29 January Steinmeier and Lavrov agreed during a phone call not to broach the case any further. On 31 January a speaker for the prosecutor's office told the press that the girl had "immediately admitted that the story of the rape was not true" when questioned by specialists three days after her disappearance. However, on 1 February her mother, Svetlana F. repeated the allegations made by the girl, adding that Lisa had hematomas under her eyes and blood in her mouth when she came home. The girl was treated in a hospital's psychiatric ward. Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, accused the German authorities of a tendency "to paint over reality in a politically correct manner for domestic political reasons" and suggested that "the girl not disappeared for 30 hours voluntarily." Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, warned Russia not to use the case for "political propaganda". The Russian ambassador in Berlin was summoned to the German Foreign Ministry "for talks".

Karl-Georg Wellmann, Russia expert of the German CDU party, said: "The Lisa case is being used as further alleged evidence that the refugee crisis is no longer under control." After the Russian media extensively covered the story and reported that the girl had been mistreated and held as a "sex slave", many Russian Germans reacted with anger. In June 2017 the culprit Ismet S. was convicted to a suspended sentence of two years in jail