Gabriella “Goat” Capra sues Peppa Pig producers for €100,000 after becoming “object of scorn”

first_img Lynsey Barber A woman who shares her name with a character in Peppa Pig is suing the maker of the kid’s cartoon after being teased about it.An Italian woman named Gabriella Capra, whose last name means goat, shares her name with a character in the show called Gabriella Goat. Capra is demanding  €100,000 (£80,000) in compensation from the show’s producers Astley Baker Davies, claiming she has been teased and “made an object of scorn”, the Guardian reports.The 40-year-old says since the airing of an episode where Peppa Pig visits Italy and is shown around by Gabriella Goat, she has been mocked and made the butt of jokes by friends and colleagues, according to Italian media reports.Capra is seeking the damages with the help of Italy’s National Foundation of Consumers and says she will donate the proceeds to charity. Monday 17 November 2014 6:28 am Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Sharecenter_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: Company Entertainment One Ltd Gabriella “Goat” Capra sues Peppa Pig producers for €100,000 after becoming “object of scorn” whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

Email slip-up reveals Bank of England’s investigation into what would happen if UK left the EU

first_img whatsapp Email slip-up reveals Bank of England’s investigation into what would happen if UK left the EU The Bank of England is carrying out a confidential investigation into what would happen if the UK left the European Union (EU), an email accidentally sent to The Guardian has revealed.It discloses details of a special task force set up by the central bank to look into the economic consequences of a UK exit, or “Brexit”.  The email was originally sent by a senior official to four executives at the bank, but it was accidentally forwarded to the newspaper. It directs recipients to keep quiet about the task, called “Project Bookend”, to anyone not directly involved. This includes James Talbot, head of monetary assessment at strategy division. “Jon’s proposal, which he has asked me to highlight to you, is that no email is sent to James’s team or more broadly around the Bank about the project,” the email stated. The bank today issued a statement acknowledging the investigation, but said the news “should not come as a surprise”, and that it would “not be responsible” to talk bout the work publicly until the appropriate time arrives.  “While it is unfortunate that this information has entered the public domain in this way, the Bank will maintain this approach.” As part of his pre-election campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold an in-out referendum on membership in 2017, but recent reports suggest it could be brought forward to 2016. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Saturday 23 May 2015 3:50 am Tags: Bank of England Brexit Sarah Spickernell Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Expresslast_img read more

News / Forwarders and airlines up in arms as Mumbai Airport plans levy on e-AWBs

first_imgBy Alex Lennane in Istanbul 20/10/2014 MIAL, which is also a handler, is thought to be meeting forwarders this week to discuss the plan. One airline source said discussions were ongoing following negative reactions from both carriers and forwarders. “I think this is something that MIAL has put in place and mandated – but without consultation or letting anyone know in advance.”Mr Bhatia said: “If we don’t get anywhere with MIAL, we will probably take this to the Minister of Civil Aviation or the Airport Authority of India. Other airports in India are also coming up with community systems, so this could spread, and we are trying to address it.”In December last year, MIAL and technology company Kale Logistics launched Air Exchange, an electronic platform that would “strengthen digital interface between cargo terminal operator and all air cargo stakeholders including Customs, Customs brokers, airlines, freight forwarders, shippers/consignees and other statutory bodies”, Manoj Singh, vice-president cargo at MIAL, said in a statement.While one source at FIATA’s World Congress in Istanbul claimed that the MIAL platform would not be mandatory, forwarders argued that the contrary was the proposal on the table.“This needs to be handled in a more professional manner, with an explanation of exactly what the system will be,” said another source, familiar with the matter in India. “It appears to add to cost, time and inefficiencies.“The carriers are also concerned that the legality of the plan has been ignored. Carriers are asking if MIAL actually knows anything about the e-AWB, and they are questioning the authority of MIAL itself.“The contract is between the forwarder and the airline. It’s the first e-freight initiative out of Mumbai, but no homework has been done. Some are wondering whether this is a money-making scam, and others are concerned about data security.“They are also concerned about benchmarking. If this goes live at Mumbai, and is somehow seen as a success, it could be replicated in other airports in India.”MIAL did not respond to a request for more information from The Loadstar. Forwarders and airlines are becoming increasingly concerned about a proposal by Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) to charge them a fee for e-AWBs.Forwarders are claiming that MIAL is planning to make using its community portal, GMAX-GVK MIAL Air Exchange, mandatory, and charge a fee of about $6 per e-AWB.“There is going to be a levy on the forwarder, who will pass it on to the customer, but forwarders are not sure that the levy is justified,” said Hemant Bhatia, director, Tulsidas Khimji, and vice-president of Indian forwarders’ association ACAAI.“Forwarders have invested in various software systems for the airlines, and they now have to get this through different agencies – in effect, they may have to do it twice. And airlines have all the data, so why does the airport community system need it? We are still in doubt as to the need and the benefit.”last_img read more

Former pharma exec headed to trial on kickback allegations

first_img Related: Between 2009 and 2012, W. Carl Reichel allegedly orchestrated a campaign to give doctors money, free meals, and phony speaking fees in exchange for prescribing medicines sold by Warner-Chilcott, where he had been the president of the pharmaceutical division, according to federal prosecutors.Next week, he goes on trial in what is expected to be a closely watched case in the pharmaceutical industry. That’s because the case marks one of the relatively few instances in which federal prosecutors have sought to hold a high-ranking executive from a drug maker accountable for such activities.“To the extent the executive is convicted, it will impact the industry,” said Anne Walsh, a former associate chief counsel at the US Food and Drug Administration who is now a director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, a law firm that specializes in regulatory matters.advertisement There is now a “more uniform, systematic, and sustained focus on individuals,” said Sally Yates, a US Deputy Attorney General at a New York City Bar Association meeting last week. She originally issued the DOJ memo.“There is one system of justice — one in which wrongdoers can and must be held accountable based on facts and evidence, not on position or title, power or wealth,” she said.The emphasis on individuals also emerges after a drop-off in the number of settlements that the Justice Department has reached with drug makers for illegal activities, such as paying kickbacks to physicians or illegally marketing medicines. From a high of 18 deals in 2013, which capped a rising trend, the number of settlements fell to 11 last year, according to data compiled by Public Citizen.In the Reichel case, the feds allege that he developed and oversaw an illegal strategy to boost prescriptions for several drugs, including the Actonel osteoporosis treatment and the Doryx acne medicine. Among the charges: Reichel provided sales reps with unlimited expense accounts in order to wine and dine doctors, and he suggested targeting doctors who were already frequent prescribers, according to the indictment.He faces no more than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. We asked his attorney for comment and will update you accordingly.“I think the Justice Department needs and wants to send a signal,” said Patrick Burns of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a nonprofit that that advocates for tough penalties and is partially funded by attorneys. ”I hope this will become a larger effort to bring personal accountability to corporate suites, because if they bring pain to the executive, it will bring change to the corporation.” To be sure, other drug company executives have faced penalties for illegal activities. Notably, three former executives at Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in 2007 to misleading the public about the risk of addiction posed by the OxyContin painkiller. They were also banned from any dealings with federal health care programs, notably, Medicare and Medicaid.But such instances are relatively rare in the pharmaceutical industry, even as a parade of drug makers has paid large fines for civil and criminal violations. Moreover, the Reichel trial gets under way just eight months after the US Department of Justice issued a memo that serves as a blueprint for pursuing individuals who engage in corporate malfeasance.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: At the time that Reichel was indicated last fall, Allergan, which now owns Warner-Chilcott, agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil charges in connection with illegally promoting several drugs, according to the settlement.Three former sales managers — Timothy Garcia, Landon Eckles, and Jeff Podolsky — also pleaded guilty for directing sales reps to access confidential patient data after insurers denied coverage for the drugs. The company sought the patient data in order to submit what are called prior authorization forms, which refer to specific requests made by doctors to insurers to provide coverage for a medicine.They each face no more than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Their respective sentencings will not occur until between July and September. By Ed Silverman May 17, 2016 Reprints PharmalotFormer pharma exec headed to trial on kickback allegations APStock Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. @Pharmalot center_img Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Former sales rep for opioid drug maker pleads guilty to kickbacks Tags Allerganbribeskickbackslast_img read more

WATCH: Well-known Laois physio shows farmers how to avoid injury in new video

first_imgHome News Farming WATCH: Well-known Laois physio shows farmers how to avoid injury in new… NewsFarming Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 9th April 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Community Pinterest WhatsApp Community Council Facebook TAGSAlison HolmesMacra na Feirme New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alison Holmes puts Jamie Corcoran through his paces Alison Holmes is something of a legend in these parts as it is simply hard to comprehend all of the different things she does in her life.Currently a lecturer in University of Limerick, as well as having a physiotherapy practice in Mountmellick, she has also taken the big step of setting up a dairy enterprise with her dad.At the moment Alison is the team physio for the Laois senior hurling team, having previously been the physio for Kilkenny.And this week, she also appeared in a video on the Macra na Feirme Facebook page called Fit to Farm: Ankles and Calves.Here, she has teamed up with the organisation to launch a campaign aimed at promoting health awareness among young farmers.She linked up recently with Jamie Corcoran, a dairy farmer from Rathdowney and also chairman of the local Macra Club, to produce a series of videos explaining exercises using farm equipment.Alison explains in the first video that you “can do these easily and simply in the yard to keep you happy and fit and healthy”. In the first video she goes through an exercise to help strengthen your ankles – using a drum of Virolac Disinfectant.Macra na Feirme said on their Facebook page: “Farming is an active occupation but it’s also one that can cause significant wear and tear on your body over time.“For the month of April, Macra will be encouraging farmers to get or stay fit to farm with a series of short videos showing how you can reduce the risk of injury to yourself and help keep your body in good shape.”Macra National President James Healy said: “For many farmers this winter was one of the most stressful they have had, as worries over fodder shortages continued throughout.“The hope that usually comes with spring has unfortunately not materialised and I can only urge all farmers to take as much care of themselves as they do of their animals.”SEE ALSO – Family ‘over the moon’ as O’Reilly takes major step forward in recovery Facebook Previous articleAthy traders come together for novel late opening event this ThursdayNext articleAll this week’s Laois GAA fixtures Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WATCH: Well-known Laois physio shows farmers how to avoid injury in new video Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

The insurrection will be tweeted

first_imgBoth sides misunderstand Margaret Mead, prof contends Both Mead’s conservative critics—some of whom went so far as to claim she “caused” the moral degradation of America—and liberal supporters—who tend to see Mead as a feminist icon—have misunderstood her views on these issues, finds Paul Shankman. Read more Related Articles Reticent experts still have climate advocacy choices, scholars say Scientists can be climate advocates without tarring reputations, CU Boulder researchers contend. Read more Carole McGranahan The sociality of lies brings people together, but in so doing, distances others​.”And as Congress moved toward a Jan. 6 session to certify the election results, the president continually hammered away at the idea that his supporters should come to Washington, D.C. in a last-ditch effort to have him installed for a second term. In a live rally that day, Trump urged thousands of supporters to march on the capitol: “You’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength.”Just over an hour later, the president’s partisans overran police barriers and smashed through windows to occupy the U.S. Capitol building for the next four hours. Some wore outlandish costumes or body paint, while others sported T-shirts proclaiming Jan. 6 as the start of a civil war or feature literal Nazi messages such as “6MWE”—for “six million weren’t enough,” referring to lives lost in the Holocaust. Others carried Confederate flags; one tore down a U.S. flag and replaced it with a Trump flag. Some destroyed equipment belonging to the Associated Press, while others vandalized and stole from congressional offices, or lounged mockingly at desks and rostrums, taking selfies.“I can hardly believe what is happening at the Capitol right now and yet at the same time it is exactly what I’ve been writing about,” McGranahan wrote in an email. “Still, so unreal, distressing and frightening.”Though McGranahan’s academic focus is contemporary Tibet, she has gotten attention in recent years for her examinations of the Trump phenomena, including his use of Twitter, through the lens of anthropology.  Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Clay Bonnyman Evans • Published: Jan. 11, 2021 CU Boulder prof warned of violence fueled by Trump’s viral lies years agoCarole McGranahan, professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, may not be a soothsayer, but just months into Donald J. Trump’s presidential term, she warned that his rhetoric, amplified by the social media platform Twitter, might result in not just division, but outright violence.Trump’s well-documented penchant for lying, she argued, was creating “affiliative truths,” alternate realities around which people were building communities.“The sociality of lies brings people together, but in so doing, distances others,” she wrote in “An anthropology of lying: Trump and the political sociality of moral outrage,” published in the May 2017 issue of American Ethnologist. “Affiliative truths need not always be violent. But when they mark others as fearsome, affiliation to groups can bring violence. Is this the future of Trump’s America? Will such lie-fueled violence become normalized?”Fast forward to the burgeoning days of 2021. For more than two months, Trump has refused to acknowledge that he lost the Nov. 3 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden and, he has continually stirred up supporters with claims—mostly on Twitter—that the election was “stolen.” His attorneys have filed more than 60 lawsuits protesting various aspects of the election; all but one conceding a minor point were summarily dismissed. center_img Her anthropological analysis of Trump’s rhetoric “explains why nothing seem(s) to matter for Trump’s supporters,” María Morato-Bermejo writes in a November 2020 piece in The Paris Globalist. “Through his political lies, McGranahan writes, Trump creates new realities and denies historical reality, and provides the narratives his base wants to hear.” Twitter has been foundational to Trump’s ability to spread his lies far and wide.“Twitter, more so than Facebook or any other platform, is responsible for amplifying Donald Trump’s voice,” McGrahanan says. “Twitter has bent over backwards to make it possible for Trump to say whatever he wants to say. … It has provided him a platform on which he can speak to the world, but also has continually found ways to say his tweets are ‘historic,’ and therefore protected.”And much of what Trump has communicated via Twitter has been “dog whistles” in which he defines the “other” and often encourages his supporters to act on his behalf, she says.“Twitter has become a key site for the conversion of Trump’s lies to social truths as well as to political action,” she wrote in “A Presidential Archive of Lies: Racism, Twitter, and a History of the Present,” published in 2019 by the International Journal of Communication. “If as ethnographic space, Twitter is a site of cultures in formation, then as public archive, Twitter is a site of history unfolding.”Although she no longer uses Twitter, McGranahan doesn’t deny that it has many benefits. She used it primarily as a way to connect with professional colleagues.But Twitter’s structure and algorithms make it particularly susceptible to “virality,” sending information rapidly around the world, accurate or not, dangerous or not. “People like the fast-paced aspect, and being in the know. We see that now being replicated in the QAnon stuff”—the online-generated, ever-growing conspiracy theory claiming that Trump is secretly battling a world-wide cabal of Satan-worshiping baby eaters. “It gives people access to knowledge they feel other people don’t have, building a community around being one of ‘insiders,’” McGranahan says.Although just 22 percent of American adults use Twitter, and just 42 percent of them use it daily—a total of less than 10 percent of the population—what happens on the platform often assumes an outsized role in media and politics.“Twitter makes what is actually a small community, a small world, seem like the world,” McGranahan says.  Trump specializes in the ‘aspirational lie,’ dangling what he wants to be true out there as if it is true.”She says it’s no surprise that Trump has been an enthusiastic Twitter user, even before he announced his 2016 presidential run. The platform appeals to “people without a strong sense of confidence who are looking for external validation,” she says. “Trump is a man of ego, and Twitter is all about how many people follow him, how many retweets he gets. He can audit his cult of personality through the numbers.” Since 2016, Trump has transformed the way Twitter is used by politicians, and by extension, their followers. Where elected officials once used tweets for such mundane things as communicating their accomplishments or congratulating constituents, Trump has wielded it as a weapon to attack “the other” and create an insulated, adoring community.“Trump’s Twitter feed narrates (a) story using language that speaks to his far-right base,” McGranahan writes. “It is a story of class and status. It is a story of resentment, frustration, outsider success, and a desire for change.”And while many of those not in his thrall are appalled by Trump’s lies, divisiveness and incitement, his “lies and his relentless dismissal of facts make him seem authentic to his followers.”Although McGranahan foresaw that Trump’s use of Twitter could result in something like Jan. 6, she saw something disturbingly different among Trump supporters who broke into and trashed the capitol. “The hate, anger and resentment, that’s all language we’ve seen before,” she says. “But one thing I saw (on Jan. 6) was contempt, in a new way. Contempt for the system, for mainstream media, for anything that goes against what they believed and wanted to be true,” she says.“Trump specializes in the ‘aspirational lie,’ dangling what he wants to be true out there as if it is true. It becomes an ‘affiliative truth’ around which community is created. That emboldens people. Now they have not just ‘the truth,’ but a group of people with whom they can act on it.”Note: Three hours after the above conversation took place, Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump from using the platform. What Rousseau didn’t know Economic inequality is a hot topic in a presidential election year. Economists, politicians and journalists are all weighing in — but what, exactly, can an archaeologist bring to the discussion? Sarah Kurnick, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at CU-Boulder, is glad you asked. Read more Tags:AnthropologyResearchlast_img read more

Explore the magic of chemistry Feb. 20

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-mail Apparate via Zoom into a CU Wizards Saturday morning webinar! CU Wizards Professor Tanja Cuk presents “The Magic of Chemistry!”  starring Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water! Come learn about the science that is behind the seemingly magical, lively demonstrations and favorite tricks that make this show especially great treat for kids and parents of all ages. Show will take place via ZOOM webinar from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021. CLICK HERE TO GET A CONTENT VOCABULARY WORD PUZZLE RELATED TO THIS SHOW!  Tags:Upcoming Showslast_img

Reimagining the Legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

first_imgPinterest Home Wine Business Editorial Reimagining the Legendary Sleepy Hollow VineyardWine Business EditorialReimagining the Legendary Sleepy Hollow VineyardBy Editor – July 9, 2020 2506 1 Facebook AdvertisementBy Laura NessWhen E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) of Modesto, purchased the iconic Talbott wine brand in 2015, a shockwave hit the Monterey wine community. Many felt Robb Talbott had “sold out” to arguably one of the biggest corporate players on the wine scene. He could have done far worse by the company, as it turns out. Gallo, the world’s largest family-owned winery, was founded in 1933, and has since built a formidable presence, acquiring 80 unique brands sold in more than 90 countries around the globe. Gallo already owned hundreds of acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands, a prized growing region whose star continues to rise. They knew exactly what a gem they were acquiring. Sleepy Hollow VineyardsRobb Talbott began Talbott Vineyards in 1982, and built it into a powerhouse, with wines named for members of his family, including his children (Kali Hart and Logan). The Talbott crest adorned what was the first premium line of wines to be screwcapped in its entirety, across all tiers. His most strategic move was purchasing the famed 565-acre Sleepy Hollow Vineyard from Jerry McFarland in 1994, who originally planted it in 1972.The son of a Central Valley farmer who became fascinated by winegrapes at UC Davis, McFarland searched for years for the ideal spot to plant Burgundian varietals. He found it just west of River Road, along the banks of the Salinas River, where prized row crops have been grown for decades, giving the region its moniker,  “The Salad Bowl of the World.” He envisioned a time when the Monterey region would become the most revered spot on earth for tourism, lauded for its natural beauty, its perfect climate for outdoor recreation and even more so for its exceptional wine and food. Planting this vineyard to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, when everyone else was trying to grow Bordeaux varieties, was a seminal moment in the region’s agricultural development. When winemakers discovered how well Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grew here, the game was on. Other growers followed suit, and by the early 1990s, there began a shift away from growing row crops to planting vines. By the early 2000s, this particular section of the overall Monterey AVA had been well-established as unique in its own right, and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA became the hot new darling spot from which to source high-end Burgundian varietals, thanks largely to the efforts of Dan Lee (Morgan), Rich Smith (Paraiso), Nicky Hahn (Hahn), Gary Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia) and Gary Franscioni (ROAR), Steve McIntyre (McIntyre), Tondre and Joe Allarid (Tondre) and later, the likes of John Boekenoogen (Boekenoogen), Steve Pessagno (Pessagno), Gary Caraccioli (Caraccioli), Chuck Wagner (Mer Soleil) and a host of others. But Talbott probably did more to spread the lore and allure of the Santa Lucia Highlands than any other, simply because of the size and distinctiveness of this single vineyard, and the excellent and consistent wines it produced.Sleepy Hollow Vineyard lies at the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands Bench, and as such, enjoys the coolest of maritime climes. It proved to be just perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and the Talbott reputation for stunning, focused, high acid wines that have garnered great scores and gathered legions of fans throughout the world. Talbott became a presence on wine lists and supermarket shelves everywhere. Many brands purchased grapes from here, including La Rochelle, Steven Mirassou’s former Pinot Noir label, until Talbott decided they needed all the fruit for themselves. After all, Kali Hart and Logan Chardonnays and Pinots were flying off the supermarket shelves from coast to coast.After 33 years of running the Talbott wine brand, Robb decided to call it quits to focus on personal pursuits. Selling to Gallo was a win-win, no matter how you look at it. The Gallo family’s love for Talbott wines, which they professed to have enjoyed at many personal celebrations, was exceeded only by their love of the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, named one of America’s Grand Cru Vineyards in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast.Dan Karlsen was Talbott’s winemaker when the sale to Gallo occurred.  Not being much of a “corporate guy,” Karlsen knew exactly the person who would be the perfect caretaker for the storied vineyard and brand going forward. That person was David Coventry, whom he’d met and worked with at Chalone, and who went on to great success at Morgan and DeTierra. In 2005, two of his wines appeared in the ‘Top 10 Wines of the Year’ list in Wine and Spirits magazine, and he was the only Monterey winemaker to make the 2005 ‘Top 100 Wines’ list in Wine Spectator magazine for that year. Coventry and Karlsen had spent a lot of time together, being neighbors on River Road. Says Coventry, “It’s a lot of work to pass this stuff along. Dan flat out told me I was the only person he gave a damn about teaching. This stuff is special.” David CoventryDue largely to time in the vineyard and cellar with Karlsen, Coventry had a firm handle on what the vineyard could do and was already excited about the possibilities. “When I started in 2016,” says Coventry, “The first thing I did was taste through all the 2011s, 2012s, 2013s, 2014s and 2015s. I started to think about how we could take the wines to the next level.” Imagine how delighted he was when on his first day on the job he was told that he could have all the resources needed for a major replant. “You could see what was doing great and what was not producing. It was clear that after 44 years, we needed to make some changes in order to honor the ground. The old Martini and Wente clones were very low yielding and had to go. The older clones of Chardonnay fared better than the older Pinot.” The vineyard, which was roughly 2/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Noir, had very little clone 777, 115 and Pommard. These were the top three Pinot Noir clones Coventry wanted to add. They now have significant blocks of those clones coming online, with 25 acres of Pommard. “We’ve found it to be the key to unlocking a lot of really nice wine. It makes a great backbone.”As for clone 115, he says, “This is a real standard in the industry, and we needed a lot more of it. You get a beautiful mid-palate from it, and it also give you a lot of fruit in the front of the mouth.” He’s very excited about the fruit coming from the young 115 vines.He’s also added some clone 943, which he believes will do spectacularly at this site.As for Chardonnay, Coventry says clone 95 works spectacularly here. “It’s like heaven for this clone. Clone 4 is really hard to get ripe here. You have to put it in just the right spot.” Coventry worked closely with vineyard manager Kevin Ryan to map out a plan for the vineyard overhaul. “We are on target to replant between 30 and 40 acres each year, sometimes 60, over the course of 6 years. We’ve done 150 acres already, and have 120 more to go. In all honesty, we’ve learned so much from what we’ve done. We see eye to eye and Kevin is always finding me new rootstocks and clones from all over.”Coventry calls Ryan, who joined Gallo four months prior to his start, a true vine whisperer. “He knows what I want and just delivers. His office is next to mine and we go out into the vineyard together all the time. We are really paying attention to the young vines, how we water, how we do leafing. When we see a heat spell coming, we water ahead of it. Being in the coolest part of the AVA, we generally don’t see heat spells lasting more than a day or two.” As was customary in the days of large tractors, the original vineyard was installed on the traditional 9×12 spacing of the era, which netted you about 500 vines per acre. Did they have to change row direction, too? “No,” says Coventry. “They nailed the row direction. It’s North/South, about 15 degrees off. The new spacing is 6×9, which means we have roughly 1k plants per acre now.”Gallo has provided absolutely everything needed to guarantee that the replant is done to the highest standards possible, as befitting so valuable a piece of earth. They’ve done extensive ground studies and analysis, soil amendments, rootstock trials and topnotch quality budwood.According to Ryan, the replant involves these Pinot Noir clones: 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, 943, Pommard 4, undefined Dijon selections, and Vosne-Romanée. For Chardonnay, clones are 4, 76, 95, 548, 809, Mount Eden, Musqué, Robert Young, and various Wente selections. These are planted on a mix of rootstocks chosen for the particular soils and elevations in the vineyard, and include 5C, 101-14, 110R, 420A, 1103P, 1616C, 3309, AXR-1, GRN3, GRN4, Ramsey, Riparia Gloire, and SO4.“The new plantings are beautiful!” says Coventry. “Spacing is now standardized for today’s tractors, and makes all the viticulture work, like pruning and picking, a lot easier. You can do a better job at growing grapes, which makes my job of making wine that much easier.”What about the old clones originally planted here? Martini was the lionshare, and is certainly distinctive, but prone to disease and not much remains planted anywhere. It fell out of favor when the Dijons became popular. The Gallo team is presently on the hunt for some cleaned up virus-free Martini vines. “We did find a clean Wente Chardonnay, and have planted 9 acres of that. We’ve also added some Mount Eden Chardonnay, which is fitting, because it’s a grandchild of the old Wente clone. We’re trying to keep the genetics of what made this place famous intact.” In addition, they’ve planted some clone 809 Chardonnay, which Coventry describes as beautifully aromatic. Coventry says Gallo’s viticulturist, Brodie McCarthy, is a great resource. “He scours the country for clones I want. He finds nurseries with interesting stuff. For example, we have 5 acres worth of a DRC clone coming in February of 2021 that’s already set up on rootstock. You have to think years ahead when it comes to planting a vineyard.”The replant will shift Sleepy Hollow slightly more towards Pinot Noir, with an eventual 60/40 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir ratio. Says Coventry, “We are a luxury Chardonnay house that just happens to make exceptional Pinot Noir.”Of the Sleepy Hollow replant this far, Coventry says, “We immediately noted that the chemistry of the vines started a steep upwards trend, and the barrels had to keep up. The flavors have become more intense, which required the coopers to shift and keep pace with the fruit.” Coventry explains that they’ve updated the packaging and the product mix to reflect the evolution of the brand. “We’re giving back Robb’s family names. We stopped doing Logan and Sarah Case, although we will keep Kali Hart, as it’s such a strong brand. 2016 was the last of the Logan’s, and 2017 is the last Sarah Case.”Starting in 2015, they began sourcing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the Kali Hart wines from the Olsen Ranch Vineyard, which is on the southern end of the SLH bench, where the climate is warmer and fruit develops riper flavors. This helps them keep a consistent balance in the Kali Hart wines, requiring less intervention to create a fairly uniform product. Coventry says they are replanting this vineyard as well, shifting the row direction from East/West to North/South and sourcing better clones. “This is a gem of a vineyard,” says Coventry. “It’s all limestone and granite. We are breaking it up during the replant to give the vines a chance. This will add up to making a big difference in the wine. I want to see this vineyard at its prime.”Changes in the overall Talbott wine lineup extend to the Diamond T wines as well, long prized as some of the brand’s most distinctive, if not elusive, bottlings. They come from Robb Talbott’s personal vineyard on Laureles Grade above Carmel Valley, a steep chalky hillside with maritime influence.Says Coventry, “We are now only doing one Diamond T wine, instead of two. It makes it so much better than playing a game to make two different wines from the same spot. We’re replacing these with Block specific wines from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. It’s making my life easier and the wines better!”K’Sondra FredricksonThe Block wines were something he and assistant winemaker, K’Sondra Fredrickson, came up with during harvest 2017. They noticed areas of the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard that were doing spectacularly well. “Its our job to go out in the vineyard and see what is going on. We decided to keep those areas separate and put the wine into the best barrels. Later, the brand team came to us and asked about doing block specific wines, and we were already doing it!”The first two they did were Pinot Noirs from Block 48 South and Block 23 West. The Block 48 is mostly clone 113 from one 2.4-acre section that Coventry says delivers an exceptional purity of flavor. It’s an intense, laser-focused wine with great horsepower and a sinewy sheen on the forever finish. It exhibits refinement, perfume and nobility.The Block 23 Pinot Noir reflects three different clones from one spot in the vineyard, clones 113, 114 and 115, which were co-fermented in what he calls an “old technique to develop synergy.” It has a bigger, juicier frame, delivering blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, rhubarb and boysenberry. With slightly higher alcohol, 15.7 percent vs. 14.7 percent, it doesn’t come across as hot, but instead, robust, energetic and brimming over with unctuous fruit.Coventry says they strive to make each Block wine “excellent, but different.” Barrels play a role here as well, with Block 48 getting Francois Frere and Billon, while Block 23 gets medium toast Francois Frere, Damy and Tonnellerie De Mercurey. Are there more Block wines on the horizon? “Oh, yes, we have two Chardonnays we just released to Wine Club. We will do more of these wines, for sure. We probably won’t use the same blocks every year, but it depends on where we find the exceptional quality. There seem to be ‘sweet spots’ in this vineyard that shine every year.”Coventry says he’s been flattered by all the great scores the wines have received since he came on board. With all the replanting, the viticulture changes, the shifts in barrel selections and the subtle nuances of winemaking, Coventry feels he knows where he can unlock a bit more horsepower, tap a teensy bit more finesse.“Now, when I get a 96 point score, I know exactly where those other four points can come from.”He recently ran into Robb Talbott who told him how impressed he was with the way the Talbott wines were evolving. That means a lot. Says Coventry, “It is absolutely an evolution. Talbott has a new story. What is old is new again. We are advancing the legacy, not just maintaining it. I truly believe that the Golden Age of Sleepy Hollow and Talbott is now.”Advertisement Email Share TAGSDavid CoventryE & J Gallo WineryfeaturedKSondra FredricksonLaura NessSleepy Hollow VineyardTalbott Vineyards Twitter ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleArdagh Group Supplies Arterra Wines Canada with Lightweight BottlesNext articleBenovia Winery Releases “Courageous Care” Pinot Noir to Honor those Fighting COVID-19 and to Raise Funds for Feeding America, Direct Relief and Local Affiliates Editorlast_img read more

Telenor revises Nordic strategy, cuts top team

first_img Previous ArticleTelecom Italia boosts cloud play with Noovle buyNext ArticleHuawei faces more UK 5G scrutiny Author Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Telenor advances multi-vendor SA 5G Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 MAY 2020 Chris Donkin Home Telenor revises Nordic strategy, cuts top team Telenor Group announced the creation of a Nordic Hub focusing on growth segments and increasing collaboration across its individual operations, as it also reduced the size of its senior management team.The new division will focus on improving the operator’s proposition in areas deemed key for the business across its four markets in the Nordic region. Target sectors include 5G, IoT, SME and the wider enterprise segment.Its move comes two months after it announced a restructure of its divisions in Asia, and as it continues to implement measures to cut costs across the company.Discussing the changes across its two major regions, Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke (pictured) said: “These steps help to ensure that we are fit for the future, ready to uncover new growth, and at all times keeping our increasingly advanced customers connected to what matters most”.He added the creation of the Nordic Hub would ensure it is “well-positioned as a strong Nordic telco competitor”.Executive movesTelenor Denmark CEO Jesper Hansen will become COO of the Nordic Hub from the start of August, with the new division led by Telenor head of Nordics and DNA Finland CEO Jukka Leinonen, who retains his current job titles.Telenor Group’s acting head of commercial and strategy Lars Thomsen will take over at the helm of its Danish operation and step down from the central executive management team. Its head of corporate affairs Anne Kvam will also leave its top team to lead the company’s climate initiatives.The changes to the group’s executive management team take effect on 1 June and reduce the number of members from nine to seven. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Telenor, Axiata plot Malaysian merger Tags TelenorTelenor Grouplast_img read more

Covid-19: Fears over long term effect on voluntary groups

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Covid-19: Fears over long term effect on voluntary groups There are fears over the long term impact Covid-19 will have on the likes of sporting voluntary and community groups in Donegal. The pandemic has significantly reduced local group’s ability to raise funds in the same capacity as pre-Covid levels with many struggling to provide their services as a result.These groups heavily rely on fundraising to keep them afloat.Donegal County Council says that it is actively ensuring that these groups are aware of all funding avenues available to them.But Cllr Jack Murray says this is just a short term fix and more is needed to guarantee their survival:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleConcern over delays to local road improvementsNext articleNumber of Covid patients at LUH drops News Highland Twitter By News Highland – October 14, 2020 Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Twitter Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more