New Concept Art for Pixar Pier Is Here and Our Chill…

first_imgUncategorizedNew Concept Art for Pixar Pier Is Here and Our Chill Level Is at ZeroThere will be lemon Dole Whip, a neighborhood dedicated to the Incredible fam, and moreBy Marielle Wakim – March 12, 20181157ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItCalifornia Adventure’s Paradise Pier is in the middle of a major Pixar-themed glow up, which may really delight you or really bum you out depending on how nostalgic you are. But the Disney Parks blog shared some new renderings today for the forthcoming Pixar Pier (opening June 23), and, as Wall-E might say:                     !!!That’s silence for “it looks pretty cool.”Among the more drastic changes are the additions of Incredibles- and Inside Out-themed lands, plus a new gastropub called the Lamplight Lounge (it’s replacing Cove Bar). The Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company is becoming Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, where the specialty of the house will be lemon Dole Whip (OG Dole Whippers can still get the pineapple variety at Disneyland). And come next year, King Triton’s Carousel will get the boot for Jesse’s Critter Carousel. Check out the latest images below, and scroll all the way down to get a glimpse of what you can expect during Pixar Fest, which kicks off April 13. Grab your rose gold mouse ears and let’s go: The Incredibles IncredicoasterThe Paint the Night Parade will over California Adventure during Pixar Fest A new Pixar-themed fireworks spectacular will erupt over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle during Pixar Fest “Up” will get some love during the new fireworks showPhotograph by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort So will “Coco”Photograph by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland ResortAll renderings courtesy Disneyland ResortRELATED: Disneyland Is Selling Dole Whip Cotton CandyStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSDisneylandPixar FestPixar PierPrevious articleMeet the Man Behind One of L.A.’s Best Food InstagramsNext articleHow a Small Party in the Desert Became the Biggest Lesbian Festival in AmericaMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORDisneyland Cleansed Its Problematic Past—and Flung Itself Into the Culture WarsThe New Avengers Campus at California Adventure Has ‘a Ton’ of Easter EggsCheck Out the Rare Disneyland Artifacts That Sold for Big Bucks at Auctionlast_img read more

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S&P 500 jumps the most in nearly two years

first_img Share S&P 500 jumps the most in nearly two years whatsapp Jessica Morris More From Our Partners Texas governor said he plans to strip the Legislature’s paybusinessinsider.com Tags: Standard & Poor’scenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 18 December 2014 4:45 pm The S&P 500 jumped the most in nearly two years posting gains of nearly two per cent, after the federal reserve’s pledge for “patience” with future rate hikes sparked a global market rally.It surged 2.4 per cent to 2,061.23 which is it’s best daily performance since January last year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 2.4 per cent to 17,778.15 which was its biggest daily rise since late 2011.Last night Fed chair Janet Yellen and co. ditched their “considerable time” approach to raising interest rates in favour of “patience” in normalising policy, but later told investors a rate hike wasn’t on the way anytime soon.Despite a worsening global economic outlook Yellen assured markets that the US economy was on track to deliver solid growth in the future.She also said it wasn’t a major concern that some banks may be leveraged and exposed to oil price moves. US and Brent oil have tanked around 50 per cent since June.Yesterday the S&P 500 scored its best result since October 2013 gaining 2.04 per cent to 2,012.89. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorylast_img read more

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How Trump could use a rare regulatory maneuver to lower drug prices before Election Day, and how it could backfire

first_img About the Author Reprints What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Nicholas Florko Sept. 3, 2020 Reprints How Trump could use a rare regulatory maneuver to lower drug prices before Election Day, and how it could backfire  Politics [email protected] WASHINGTON — The final two months before a presidential election don’t typically feature much policymaking, and there are rules about how quickly the government can implement big changes. But there’s a way for President Trump to pull off a major, last-minute policy change — and drug industry lobbyists are worried, given his campaign trail rhetoric on lowering drug prices, he just might.The policy at issue, they say, is known as a “most favored nations” policy. It would drastically cut how much the U.S. pays for injectable drugs by tying reimbursement to lower prices paid in some other countries. The drug industry hates the idea, and says the policy would virtually decimate innovation. Nicholas Florko STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” @NicholasFlorko President Trump Alex Brandon/AP What is it? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More GET STARTED Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricingpolicySTAT+last_img read more

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Big plans in motion to transform Outlet Centre in Rathdowney in to working hub

first_img Big plans in motion to transform Outlet Centre in Rathdowney in to working hub The Retail Outlet Centre in Rathdowney was a hive of activity this morning as politicians, business people and council officials all attended a forum about transforming the building into a centre for “smart working, collaboration, business development and events”.Organised and sponsored by Cllr Brendan Phelan, an indepedent councillor from Rathdowney since 2004 and a candidate again in the upcoming Local Elections, the event was chaired by Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson from Cavan.The group involved have put in an Expression of Interest with the hope of getting grant funding for the project which would offer new working arrangements – for people to work remotely from existing jobs elsewhere and as a base for start-ups.The Rathdowney Outlet Centre was opened to much fanfare in 2002 but was badly hit by the economic downturn. The centre was once home to more than 30 international and Irish retail tenants offerings discounts off high-street prices.It closed in 2012 but has been revived somewhat in recent years with the opening of Mr Price, a discounted variety retailer.Brendan’s sister Louise Phelan – the former vice-president in Paypal – was the keynote spearker.Other speakers included Bernie Moloney from Llanelli Ltd who are behind the Outlet Centre where Mr Price are now the anchor tenants as well as Paddy Buggy from Webmill in Mountmellick and Eamon Callaghan from Vision 85 in Portlaoise, Eamon Bowe from Rathdowney who is Director of WEBO and Sport.ie and Antoinette Brennan from Laois County Council.“Think Global, Act Local,” was the message of Louise’s speech who said that “the future of work in Ireland is fleixible and remote”.“The old model of a fixed location where workers have long commutes to Dublin is broken.”Ms Phelan said that remote working can be a “lifeline for rural Ireland” and a “game changer”.“If we get the model right it can regenerate and revitalise rural Ireland. People can work locally but be connected nationally and internationally. It can help people spend quality time with their family, in their community and at sport,” she added.Citing the example of Canadian company Shopify, who have their headquarters in Galway but have 300 people working remotely, she said that a number of companies are “making it policy that people work remotely or from home one day a week”.She also added that Vodafone and Accenture have got rid of desks and that staff get a laptop and a smart phone and work from any desk when they’re in the office. “And these companies are producing great results.”“Rathdowney is the ideal location for a Digital Hub,” added Cllr Brendan Phelan in his address.“We’re six minutes from the M7, we’re one hour from Dublin, Cork and Limerick, 30 minutes from Kilkenny and we’re 4km from Ballybrophy train station.“This premises is the perfect place for a start up or an established business.”“There are people getting the train in Ballybrophy at half 6 in the morning and they’re not getting home until half 8. That is not sustainable and it can’t be let continue.”Mentioning the “excellent” Golf, GAA and soccer clubs in the town, he also referenced the cheaper cost of living compared to the cities.“We will be looking for the support of the Business Support Unit and the Local Enterprise Office in Laois County Council – and today is the first step.”Among those also in attendance were former Fianna Fáil TD and minister for Laois-Offaly John Moloney, former councillor Marty Rohan, Finline Furniture owner and Rathdowney native Kieran Finane Senior, Evelyn Reddin from Laois Local Enterprise Office and Lynda Meredith from the Business Support Unit.SEE ALSO – Laois beef movement welcomes €100m package  Previous articleSleepless nights as heavy trucks and ‘boy racers’ take their toll in Laois villagesNext articleIn Pictures: Crowds gather in the Malthouse Stradbally for Music Generation Laois concert Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. GAA Home News Business Big plans in motion to transform Outlet Centre in Rathdowney in to… NewsBusiness Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter TAGSBrendan PhelanCllr Brendan PhelanLouise PhelanRathdowney By Steven Miller – 16th May 2019 Twitter GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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ETF investing: Is the ‘frontier’ market the new ‘emerging’ market?

first_img Mackenzie launches emerging markets bond ETF Patricia Oey The investment case for frontier markets sounds enticing. These countries, such as Vietnam, Nigeria and Pakistan, are at an earlier stage of development relative to emerging-markets countries, and some are entering a period of mid- to high-single-digit growth, thanks to favourable demographics, infrastructure spending and an improving business environment. Another positive trend is that a number of resource-rich countries have been able to channel some revenues from the export of raw materials into infrastructure and social spending. Although frontier economies are less developed than emerging economies, the MSCI frontier index has been less volatile than the MSCI emerging markets index over the past 15 years. Part of this is attributable to the fact that individual frontier countries have low correlations with each other. Another reason is the relatively low level of foreign ownership of frontier-markets stocks. One of the main drivers of volatility in emerging-markets equities during the past few years has been the fact that emerging-markets equities have been considered a “risk on” asset class in the recent “risk-on, risk-off” trading environment. Given the relatively low foreign investor penetration in frontier-markets stocks and bonds, this asset class has not been as susceptible to this hot money-driven volatility. The MSCI frontier market index covers about 85% of the free-float-adjusted market capitalization of 25 frontier stock markets. The index has a total of 142 constituents, whose combined free-float-adjusted market capitalization is around US$130 billion, equivalent in size to the market capitalization of individual companies such as PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) or Merck (NYSE:MRK). By way of comparison, the free-float-adjusted market capitalization of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is US$3.9 trillion. With such limited capacity, strong inflows into frontier-markets stocks will likely drive markets higher. However, any sudden pullback by foreign investors could result in brutal declines. Emerging Southeast Asian markets, which boast far more liquidity than frontier markets, were recently victims of this phenomenon. For example, iShares MSCI Philippines (EPHE) and iShares MSCI Thailand (THD) exchange-trade funds (ETFs) enjoyed an 80% and 60% climb, respectively, from January 2012 through mid-May this year, due in part to surging inflows into both local equities and bonds, which drove up both equity prices and currencies. The rally hit a wall when the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke first hinted at an eventual tapering of the Fed’s asset purchases, and in the following three months, these funds each fell 30%. If investors continue to pile into frontier markets, they too will become part of the risk-on, risk-off trade, and will likely grow more correlated with developed markets. Most investors are familiar with the main risks associated with frontier markets, which include political instability, social unrest, widespread corruption and a fickle regulatory environment. For example, during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the local stock market shut down for 40 consecutive days, and Market Vectors Egypt (EGPT), an ETF that primarily invests in Egyptian securities, fell 50% that year. Argentina, another former high flyer, is now an economic basket case. MSCI downgraded Argentina from the emerging markets index to the frontier markets index in 2009 as a result of restrictions on the flow of capital into and out of the country. Currently, MSCI is considering excluding Argentina from the frontier market index after the nationalization of energy company YPF in 2012, a company that was 51% owned by Spanish oil firm Repsol SA. After acknowledging the many risks to frontier markets, investors should also carefully weigh the pros and cons of the different funds offering exposure to this very niche asset class. Currently there are no Canadian ETFs dedicated to frontier markets, but plenty of options exist south of the border. Passively managed iShares MSCI Frontier 100 (FM) is by far the cheapest option for geographically diversified frontier-markets exposure. This ETF has an annual expense ratio of 0.79%. Since inception in September 2012, it has trailed its index by 40 basis points, which is less than its annual expense ratio, indicating the fund is doing a good job tracking its index. However, a bigger challenge looms for the managers of this fund, in the form of a large index change, which was announced by MSCI last June. On Nov. 27 Morocco was downgraded from the MSCI emerging markets index (where it accounted for 0.01% of the index) to the frontier markets index (where it now accounts for about 4%), and in May 2014, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be upgraded from the frontier markets index (where together they account for 30%) to the emerging markets index (where together they will account for around 1%). Index-tracking funds that invest in relatively illiquid securities face two key challenges: front running and market impact costs. These issues affect both the fund and the index, making it difficult to measure their effect. Morocco’s Casablanca Stock Exchange expects the market downgrade will result in additional fund flows; while emerging-markets fund managers may have ignored Morocco because it represented a small sliver of their benchmark, frontier-markets fund managers will likely consider Moroccan stocks given their more significant weighting in the frontier benchmark. Moroccan stocks have enjoyed somewhat of a rally during the past few months, which the iShares MSCI Frontier fund had missed by the time it added Moroccan securities. Following this and the May index changes, FM’s portfolio will be more concentrated, as Kuwaiti stocks (which will account for about 30% of the fund’s portfolio) and Nigerian stocks (20%) will account for roughly half of its assets. As Morocco may benefit from a downgrade to frontier status, Qatar and UAE may benefit from an upgrade to emerging-markets status. Often, a country is upgraded in recognition of significant economic reforms, which are often a precursor to an improved growth outlook. Reclassification also raises the profile of a country’s stock market within the foreign investment community and could drive significant capital inflows. Egypt was a glowing success story for a few years after it was added to the MSCI emerging markets index in June 2001. Thanks to tariff cuts, economic liberalization and privatization, Egypt enjoyed strong increases in foreign direct investment and portfolio inflows, and from 2003 to 2007, the MSCI Egypt index returned an average of 84% a year. A strict frontier-markets index fund such as FM would have missed out on this type of market performance. (That said, the Egypt story has definitely taken a more negative turn in more recent years, and MSCI is currently looking to remove Egypt from the Emerging Markets Index as it has become more difficult for foreign investors to repatriate their capital. This is yet another example of the many risks of this asset class.) Because countries at the border between frontier and emerging markets may benefit from increasing investor interest, as well as improving fundamentals, a better option may be a fund like EGShares Beyond BRICs Frontier (BBRC). This fund, by investing in smaller emerging markets (75%) and frontier markets (25%), will most likely include these borderline countries and see less turnover as it won’t have as many country upgrades and downgrades. This will also help reduce transaction and market-impact costs, relative to an index fund like iShares MSCI Frontier. However, while BBRC is more geographically diverse, a number of smaller countries are represented by only one security. This fund is also still quite small, very thinly traded, and only recently added frontier-markets stocks when it changed its benchmark index in October 2013. Given its small size, there is a risk that this fund could ultimately close. And in light of its sparse liquidity it is important to use limit orders to ensure good execution for smaller trades. An actively managed fund would probably be the best option for frontier-markets exposure. Frontier stocks, like micro-cap stocks, are relatively illiquid and are not well covered by investment analysts. Specialist active managers with focused analyst staff may be better positioned to exploit these inefficiencies. At this time there is only one mutual fund in Canada that provides dedicated exposure to frontier markets: Templeton Frontier Markets Corporate Class Fund. While that fund was only launched in July 2011, it is a clone of a U.S.-sold fund that has a five-year track record and a 4-star Morningstar rating. It is managed by a team led by Mark Mobius, who has been at the helm of Templeton Emerging Markets Fund for more than 20 years. As more investors start paying attention to this corner of the investing world, more entrants are likely to follow. Patricia Oey is a senior analyst covering passive international equity funds for Morningstar Inc. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The performance of emerging-markets stocks has been very disappointing in 2013, due, in part, to taper talk in the United States and slowing growth among many of the high flyers of the last decade, including China and Brazil. Frontier markets, on the other hand, have had a standout year, with the MSCI frontier markets index returning 23.6% in the first 11 months of the year, trouncing the MSCI emerging markets index’s return of -0.8% (both returns are in U.S. dollars). Aren’t frontier markets just less developed emerging markets? Why has there been such a discrepancy in performance? center_img Dynamic launches emerging market equities fund Fiera sells rights to manage US$1.9B emerging markets fund Keywords Emerging markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Robo-advisors here to stay: EY report

first_img Digital wealth management firms have introduced disruptive industry changes that are here to stay, and traditional players need to act quickly to determine how to stay competitive, says EY. While some have discounted the robo-advisor movement as no match to human investment advice, EY’s recent report, Advice goes virtual: how new digital investment services are changing the wealth management landscape, suggests otherwise. Digital entrants’ efforts to streamline the online client experience, provide greater transparency and lower prices for lower-end markets have gained traction and can’t be ignored by Canada’s wealth-management industry anymore. BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service “We have yet to see how the digital models will hold up in a market downturn and whether they will reach profitability quickly enough, but the improved client experience and high level of transparency can’t be underestimated,” says Gregory Smith, wealth management advisory leader at EY. “They’re also tapping into markets that are largely ignored by traditional wealth managers.” Traditional firms have largely focused on high-net worth (HNW) clients, but these emerging digital firms are targeting a wider range of clients, across all demographics. While the tech-savvy millennial generation is the natural target for automated investment advice, baby boomers are another promising market. As they retire and switch from investing money to withdrawing money, they too will be eager to use their mobile devices and tablets to check their portfolio balance, withdrawals and fees at the touch of a button. In addition, the greatest wealth transfer in history is currently underway as baby boomers pass along wealth to their heirs. This is creating more pressure on the traditional model, because the next generation of clients demands transparency, accessibility and seamless customer experience across all digital devices. As of 2011, there are over 9 million baby boomers in Canada, making them the largest generational client base. They are closely followed by their children — the computer-savvy generation Y, or millennials. “Traditional firms willing to venture into automated and hybrid models will face challenges, but those willing to invest in digital will be able to engage clients across generations in a cost efficient way,” adds Smith. “It’s important to embrace the growing pains and invest the time and effort required to go virtual, as the reward will be worthwhile.” The digitization of investments services and advice coincides with the pressure companies now face to disclose more information than ever as part of Client Relationship Model Phase 2 (CRM2) regulations. These measures will have long-term strategic implications for wealth management firms — they need to look beyond the regulatory mechanics of CRM2 and focus on a comprehensive approach to improve the overall client-advisor experience. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Robo-advisors center_img IE Staff Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Wealthsimple sells U.S. biz to Betterment Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Fraudsman gets 10 years in penalty box

first_img iStock Imposters among us, CSA warns Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), the pair diverted the investors’ money to pay their personal expenses, to finance legal bills and to fund an unsuccessful effort by Constantine to buy Playboy Enterprises.The DoJ reported that Kenner was a collegiate hockey player who became a financial advisor in the Boston area. He connected with various pro players through a former college teammate who went on to become an NHL star, Joe Juneau.“Through those early contacts, Kenner developed a roster of clients, including former New York Islander Michael Peca; former New York Islander and New York Ranger Brian Berard; Darryl Sydor and Bill Ranford, both two-time Stanley Cup champions; and other NHL players whose careers and playing earnings blossomed just as they placed more and more trust in Kenner to invest and manage their finances and wealth,” the DoJ said. “Instead, Kenner and Constantine diverted these earnings for their own uses.”Now, Constantine has been ordered to spend 10 years in jail, to forfeit approximately US$8.5 million, to pay US$5.2 million in restitution, and ordered to forfeit assets, including an oceanfront resort in Mexico, real estate in Hawaii and a Falcon 10 jet.Last month, Kenner was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. The court has scheduled a restitution proceeding for Kenner on Nov. 18.“For years, Constantine and his co-conspirator abused the trust that these victims placed in them, stealing their hard-won earnings and diverting millions of dollars for their own use,” said acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Seth DuCharme.“When the investors started asking questions, rather than come clean, Constantine doubled down, re-victimizing the victims by convincing them to put even more good money in their bad hands,” he added. Related news A man who was convicted of defrauding numerous NHL players, and other investors, of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a U.S. district court judge.In a jury trial, Tommy Constantine and co-conspirator, Phillip Kenner, were convicted of various charges, including wire fraud, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit money laundering for schemes that took millions from investors, including several former NHLers. DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Keywords Fraud last_img read more

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New Mulderbosch Head Winemaker Is Defined by Stellenbosch

first_imgEmail AdvertisementA highly awarded winemaker with Stellenbosch in his virtual DNA has been appointed to lead the winemaking team of Mulderbosch Vineyards. Henry Kotzé is set to move to the iconic winery in the Stellenboschkloof basin in June. He is leaving from Morgenster, where he spent almost 11 years and was previously at Eikendal and Neil Ellis Wines, all Stellenbosch wineries.  The new appointment was announced by Mulderbosch Vineyards CEO Chrianto Oosthuizen. “I first worked with Henry about 15 years ago and always hoped an opportunity would arise where we could work together again.  He is a tremendously gifted winemaker and a consummate blender. Not only is he highly disciplined and meticulously detailed but he has the vision to embrace the bigger picture and to think and plan for the longer term. He has been mentored by some of the best winemakers in the business, not least amongst them, the acclaimed Pierre Lurton of Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Cheval Blanc fame, who has been a long-time consultant to Morgenster.“Henry grew up and studied in Stellenbosch. He has worked across wide swathes of the region for some 20 years – his entire professional life – and has become closely conversant with its diverse range of sites, their defining profiles and their individual nuances. He understands in such rich detail the potential of the land here and knows intimately how best to coax varietal expression from specific sites. That makes us thrilled to be working with him.”While most of the winery’s fruit comes from its own farm, Mulderbosch Vineyards does also source from other select Stellenbosch growers, with whom long-standing relationships have been forged over many years. Kotzé has in fact already been working with some of these suppliers for some time, and he values their ability to give expression to his stylistic vision. “I’m excited to be taking up the challenge, joining a bespoke brand of the calibre of Mulderbosch, internationally recognised as a Stellenbosch icon.“I’m looking forward to leading the team, maintaining the top-quality credentials here, working with the very talented winemaker Mick Craven and, of course, down the line, introducing some innovations to maintain the cutting-edge reputation.”Mulderbosch Vineyards, which currently exports most of its production, has since 2018 been majority-owned by an investment group that is led by Third Leaf Partners. This San Francisco-based investment and advisory company invests in, manages, advises and operates global beverage and luxury hospitality businesses in California, Washington State and Japan.  The portfolio of its wine distribution arm, Third Leaf Wines, in addition to Mulderbosch, includes such brands as Empire Estate, that produces Riesling from New York’s Finger Lakes region;  the Italian organic boutique producer Annona; Gamay Noir specialist Bonnet Rouge in France; a range of exclusive sake expressions from Japan; and VINNY, a fast-growing US brand of canned wines. While Mulderbosch trades actively across Europe and the UK, and increasingly in the East, it does view North America as a key growth market. “We believe it is essential in the interests of managing risk that we market across a wide range of geographies, but I can say that our recently established relationship with Third Leaf Wines certainly makes us well placed to capitalise on the US thirst for premium wine,” says Oosthuizen.He adds that Mulderbosch, with its strong eco-sustainability emphasis, plans to introduce canned wines to the local and international markets in the near future. “Worldwide, there is a growing recognition of and support for the sustainability and convenience that cans offer.”During the current lockdown, the winery has been focusing on managing its data to strengthen both its B2B and direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels and looks forward to resuming South African domestic sales when Government permits.Advertisement Twitter Share TAGSHenry KotzéMulderbosch Vineyardspeople Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Pinterest Home Industry News Releases New Mulderbosch Head Winemaker Is Defined by StellenboschIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessNew Mulderbosch Head Winemaker Is Defined by StellenboschBy Press Release – May 13, 2020 292 0 Previous articleIntroducing Maison No. 9: A New French Rosé Created by Post Malone & Global Brand EquitiesNext articleTed Van Der Linden Joins Nordby Companies as Preconstruction and Client Services Director Press Releaselast_img read more

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20 cardiac teams pledge to raise awareness on less invasive treatments

first_img20 cardiac teams pledge to raise awareness on less invasive treatments Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story cardiac careKauvery HospitalTAVR Share Cardiac Care News Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Kauvery Hospital part of TAVR World Tour on World Heart DayOn World Heart Day, 20 cardiac specialist teams from 20 different cities across the world performed the same procedure across the globe in synchrony to raise public awareness about modern cardiac treatments such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TAVR that are less invasive than conventional open heart surgery to replace a heart valve.TAVR is an alternative to conventional open-heart surgeries, which reportedly reduces recovery time to two days in most cases. This in turn reduces the risks involved, which is all the more important under the current circumstances of COVID-19.The TAVR World Tour is an initiative by The Heart Valve Centre India, a unit of HeartTeam India, led by Dr A B Gopalamurugan and team consisting of Dr Prashant Vaijyanath, Dr Mohamed Abubacker and Dr Karthik Raj, who currently operate out of Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.Capturing the spirit of “one team, one heart,” 20 surgical teams from 20 leading medical centres around the globe, with different time zones pledged to stand together to make this record-making global awareness campaign a big success. This event marks a milestone in medical history that 20 medical teams have successfully performed the same procedure across the globe in synchrony.The event was inaugurated by Dr C Vijayabaskar, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu. Dr. Alain Cribier, who is known to have invented the TAVR procedure was one of the panellists among other doctors from France, Germany, UK, Hungary, Denmark, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, China, Thailand, Australia, the US and South America. MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on September 30, 2020 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Comment Comments (0) Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Articlelast_img read more

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Women Who Wine Welcomes Hollywood Actress to Fundraising Event

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Armed with a bottle of wine and a $30 check, the women of a local charitable organization called Women Who Wine filled the room in the lower level of Flathead Valley Community College’s Arts and Technology Building at a July 16 fundraising event.Women Who Wine Flathead (WWWF), a fund of the Flathead Community Foundation, hosts monthly events to raise money for local nonprofits. This month’s meeting featured the Montana Institute for the Arts (M.I.A.), a nonprofit founded by actor, writer and director Michael Polish, actress Kate Bosworth and Flathead County Sherriff Deputy Travis Bruyer. M.I.A. offers a two-week, intensive screenplay production course through FVCC.Each WWWF meeting features a different local nonprofit, 11 in total per year. Funds raised at the meetings are awarded at the 12th event each year. A nice bottle of wine, check donation and generous spirit are the only requirements to join the gathering.At the July 16 event, which raised a total of $3,200, donated bottles of wine topped every table surrounded by women who were networking, catching up and anticipating the arrival of celebrity guest speaker Bosworth, who is most well-known for her leading role in the 2002 film Blue Crush.Attention turned to a small podium in the front, as the evening’s host Debbi Waldenberg introduced M.I.A. as well as Bosworth and Bruyer.“You may be thinking, what does Kate Bosworth have to do with Montana?” Bosworth said with a smile as she stepped behind the podium.Bosworth explained that her husband, Polish, who was unable to attend the event, has ties to Montana and introduced her to it.“I was very lucky to be introduced to this state through love,” she said.Bosworth, Polish and Bruyer founded M.I.A. to bring together their love of Montana and their love of film and the arts.Kate Bosworth, Hollywood actress and cofounder and director of the Montana Institute for the Arts, and Travis Bruyer, cofounder and executive director of the institute, speak at a Women Who Wine fundraising event for the Montana Institute for the Arts at FVCC on July 16. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead BeaconThe unique two-week program, currently in its second year, offers students a full experience from “script to screen.” Students work with Bosworth, Polish and Bruyer to write and produce short films.The students are encouraged to tell their personal stories through their scripts, which makes the program an intimate experience that offers more than merely filmmaking knowledge.“It’s an opportunity to get in touch with the self,” Bosworth said, “and that’s what I think it means to be an artist.”After Bosworth, Bruyer, who has also worked in the film industry, took the mic to describe his relationship with M.I.A. He said the program is designed to be a “safe place to create art” in the valley and gives him the ability to give back in a way that he can’t as a sheriff’s deputy.“As a cop, I can give a ticket,” he said. “Here, I can give an opportunity.”Lucy Smith, former executive director of the Flathead Community Foundation, closed the program with a story of her experience witnessing a “giving circle” in Kenya, Africa, which was a source of inspiration for WWWF.Tears filled her eyes as she described watching in awe as women in the African village placed bundles in a pile and formed a circle around it. Smith explained that each woman in the circle took a turn telling her story, and at the end of the gathering, the woman the most in need at the time took the bundle home.This idea helped spark the WWWF, which is in its sixth year of operation. The founders, Darla Harmon, Katy Croft and Laura O’Connor, in partnership with Smith, started WWWF as a way for local women to network, with a charitable twist.The first meeting was small, with each founder bringing three friends. Now, the WWWF email list boasts 400 addresses and meeting attendance averages 30 to 50 women.Since its founding, WWWF has raised a total of approximately $155,000 for over 100 local nonprofits.After Smith’s speech, emotion in the room quickly turned to laughter and excitement as the night’s wine auction began.The wine not consumed at every event is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Sets of bottles went for anywhere from $200 to $400, which contributed to the night’s fundraising total, this year’s record. The money will be added to a pool, which will be divided between the 11 selected nonprofits and given out at WWWF’s yearly banquet.Smith beamed with pride as she finished her speech.“I am so proud of us,” she said. “And I am so proud that one of our new ‘sisters’ is M.I.A.”For more information about Women Who Wine, visit www.flatheadcommunityfoundation.org. For more information about the Montana Institute for the Arts, visit www.gomia.org.last_img read more

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