Corporate advisory firm Moorgate Capital in court battle with private equity fund HIG European Capital Partners

first_img James Booth Share Sunday 16 September 2018 8:45 pm Moorgate alleges that HIG had promised to pay Moorgate £1m in the event it acquired printing firm Bezier, which HIG did in 2011.Read more: Lloyds Bank private equity arm invests £25m in energy price comparison firmMoorgate claims that the contract stemmed from an oral agreement, reportedly made at an event at the Wallace Collection in London.Moorgate claims it introduced Bezier to HIG as a potential acquisition and says it provided further “valuable services” connected with the deal.The original High Court claim was launched in April 2017 and the case is currently wending its way through the courts with Moorgate filing further papers related to the case earlier this month. Corporate advisory firm Moorgate Capital in court battle with private equity fund HIG European Capital Partners Read more: CEE private equity investment hits record highHIG acquired Bezier in 2011 after it had acquired Bezier’s senior debt.The print arm of Bezier filed for administration in February 2013.According to reports Moorgate is being represented by Cotswold Barristers and HIG is being advised by law firm Hogan Lovells.HIG declined to comment.center_img whatsapp Corporate advisory firm Moorgate Capital and private equity fund HIG European Capital Partners are locked in a court battle over an alleged unpaid £1m fee. whatsapp Read This NextIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourJim Cramer Calls for Billionaire Tax: ‘This Society Has to Start AddressingThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: Private equitylast_img read more

Cyber security threats are a business risk, not a dark art

first_img whatsapp Security as a technical problem is inherently impossible to solve outright, but as a business problem it can be neatly described in the trusted language of risk.Addressing cyber risks in the language of business rather than that of internet subculture brings it in line with other corporate priorities.This framing allows for assessment of return on investment and operational progress, while ensuring that the security team is given the recognition they deserve in the context of the company as a whole.While cyber threats continue to grow and advanced hacking tools are commoditised and made broadly available, changes in the security risk profile should be accounted for and addressed in the context of the business as a whole.Changing the context of assessment can replace reactive spending with proactive investment; as with investment in financial markets, short-term cyber developments can appear overwhelming, while adopting a long-term outlook encourages sensible, strategic decisions. Paul Stokes Resolving cyber security issues is complex and intellectually challenging, but that does not have to be the case for the people it affects at every level of the business.By providing a comprehensive view of a company’s security posture as an operational risk, board members can quantify and assess it, before adding value through their decisions based on language and processes that are familiar to them and more particular to the business.Simpler is safer when it comes to protecting your business. Simplify strategy by expressing threats as operational risks, simplify tools by ensuring that they are flexible and easy to adapt, and simplify language by ditching cyber and talking about security. Simple might not be the same as easy, but at least it’s somewhere to start. whatsapp The term “cyber threat” has always carried an illicit ambiguity. It evokes a dark and secretive world populated by precocious teens in hoodies, organised crime gangs, and malevolent nation state actors.By contrast, “operational risk” brings to mind sensible people wearing dark suits and making the world a little less unpredictable for us all. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting FactorPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyLady GreatMaggie Wheeler Had To Live Like This Before ‘Friends’ HappenedLady GreatZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldGrowitchRemember Penny From The Big Bang Theory? This Is Her NowGrowitch To reduce cyber threats to operational risks may feel like pulling back the curtain on real-life science fiction, but it allows us to address a concern that has been growing for business owners and corporate boards.As security threats have become more sophisticated, cyber defences have adapted to match this. Companies are targeting their investment to counter emerging threats, creating an arms race that has left some larger businesses deploying over 80 security tools on average.Many of these tools operate as black boxes with narrow applications, forcing corporate security teams to switch frequently between products to cobble together a piecemeal view of security.This arms race towards greater complexity increases risk in the form of blind spots and human error.Instead, security tools should be flexible to allow for evolving threats, interoperable to remove blind spots, and grounded in a risk-based view to facilitate reporting to the board. Share Cyber security threats are a business risk, not a dark art Wednesday 6 March 2019 11:39 am Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Aviva confirms it will still pay dividend despite fall in cash

first_img (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Aviva confirms it will still pay dividend despite fall in cash Aviva confirms it will still pay dividend despite fall in cash Edward Thicknesse At the moment, Aviva will pay out a dividend of 21.4p – three per cent up on last year – shortly after its AGM on 26 May. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Financial Services Conference, which was held remotely, the firm said that its solvency cover ratio had fallen to 175 per cent, down from 206 per cent on 31 December. Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime Shares in Aviva fell nearly three per cent today. “The effect on our financial results will depend on a range of factors, including the extent and duration of the period of disruption and the impact on the global economy”.  Show Comments ▼ Despite the fall, Aviva reassured investors that the ratio remained close to the top of its 160 to 180 per cent range. The firm said that its estimate “does not allow for any increase in insurance claims or changes in experience or assumptions that may arise from Covid-19”. whatsapp Insurance giant Aviva confirmed today that it is still planning on paying its dividend in May despite its financial position contracting. The payout will reduce the solvency ration by seven per cent, the insurer added. The ration is a measure of the insurer’s ability to meet all of its claims. Tuesday 17 March 2020 4:35 pm In a statement, the firm said: “It remains too early to quantify the potential impact on our financial performance arising from Covid-19. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Aviva confirms it will still pay dividend despite fall in cash whatsapp Share (AFP via Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raiderzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 Tags: Avivalast_img read more

Doctors, hospitals may soon see delays from state in paying Medicaid bills

first_imgHealth | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentDoctors, hospitals may soon see delays from state in paying Medicaid billsApril 27, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Anna Mackinnon, R-Eagle River, chairs the Senate Finance Committee in the Alaska Capitol on Wednesday. MacKinnon has said Department of Health and Social Services leaders must take steps to rein in Medicaid spending. The state won’t pay its Medicaid bills starting in mid-May, if the Legislature doesn’t appropriate more. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska will delay paying doctors and hospitals for the Medicaid services they provide in the middle of May if the Legislature doesn’t act before then.Gov. Bill Walker’s administration asked for $92 million to cover Medicaid costs that weren’t budgeted for this year. The Legislature funded $45 million of that earlier this session. But they haven’t budgeted for the rest, and payments for Medicaid claims will stop in less than three weeks.Shawnda O’Brien, the assistant commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services, said the problem is compounding.“If the supplemental is not passed – if we don’t get the supplemental for the current year – then payments will have to be pushed into the next fiscal year, which then creates an even greater shortfall for us in the next fiscal year,” she said.And the Senate has already proposed cutting $70 million from next year’s Medicaid budget.O’Brien said if the Legislature doesn’t budget the money, it could cause funding problems for health care providers, ranging from smaller hospitals to providers in areas like opioid addiction treatment.“Then, we have to delay payment to providers until the next fiscal year, which has a direct impact on the ability for them to serve people,” she said. “Some of those providers might have to close their doors and go out of business.”Sen. Anna MacKinnon said department leaders must take steps to reduce costs.“The Department needs to figure out that we have a budget crisis going on, and they need to get their house in order,” she said.But department officials note the costs are driven by mandates the Legislature has given them.Senators have questioned whether the department has too aggressively advertised the program. Department officials have said the recession drove enrollment growth.Share this story:last_img read more

Sap says salesforce value too high to scale

first_img Tags: NULL Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Sap says salesforce value too high to scale 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 GuruComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush Sharecenter_img whatsapp Software firm SAP’s boss Bill McDermott again ruled out a bid for, and said its rival is unlikely to lure any other industry player to bid too. Salesforce, which has naming rights to the Heron Tower brushed off the SAP snub with some expectation-beating resultsFull year revenue rose 23 per cent to $1.51bn (£0.97bn) from $1.23bn. Net profit was $4.1m. whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Kevin Can F**k Himself’ TV Review: Annie Murphy Blows Up the Idea of aThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Wednesday 20 May 2015 8:28 pmlast_img read more

WHO ruling could put fate of world’s first dengue vaccine on the line

first_img Log In | Learn More WHO ruling could put fate of world’s first dengue vaccine on the line 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. There’s a lot on the line this week for Sanofi Pasteur’s troubled dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.On Wednesday, an expert panel that advises the World Health Organization will vote to update its recommendations outlining how and when the vaccine should be used — and, more importantly, how and when it should not be administered. A decision is expected Thursday. GET STARTED Health @HelenBranswell About the Author Reprints By Helen Branswell April 17, 2018 Reprints Helen Branswell What’s included? What is it? TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images 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. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags infectious diseaseSTAT+Vaccineslast_img read more

Could an emergency declaration over Ebola make a bad situation worse?

first_img“I do not see what a PHEIC is going to add,” said Ilona Kickbusch, director of the global health center at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva. Privacy Policy Twice Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, has convened a meeting of outside experts to advise him on whether the outbreak should be declared a PHEIC. Both times, in October and again in April, the so-called emergency committee has concluded that the epidemic, while highly concerning, is not a global health emergency. That decision was based on the fact that, so far, the disease has not spread across Congo’s borders to start transmission in neighboring countries.Tedros, as the WHO director general is called, has heeded the advice against the declaration of an emergency.The chairman of the emergency committee convened in April, Dr. Robert Steffen, acknowledged at a press conference at the time that the WHO is having trouble raising money to finance the outbreak response, and declaring a PHEIC might open additional pockets.But Steffen said that’s not a good enough reason to declare an emergency. “It would be not appropriate to declare a PHEIC just to generate funds,” he said.More funds and more responders might actually increase the danger, said Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust. Already some of the violence has been motivated by money, with some people complaining that the WHO is actually profiting from the outbreak.“Having a lot of non-North Kivu, non-DRC other nationalities — at the moment I think that could easily inflame the situation and it could get completely out of control from a violence perspective,” Farrar said. ‘On a knife edge’: Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate as violence rises Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. HealthCould an emergency declaration over Ebola make a bad situation worse? “If you say it’s supposed to trigger a call to action and international attention, that’s already happening. If it’s supposed to trigger coordination, that’s already happening. If it’s supposed to trigger international response and monies, that’s already happening,” Kickbusch said. “There’s not enough money … but that, per se, is not going to resolve the problem. You don’t stop a war with money.”advertisement Trending Now: @HelenBranswell The Ebola outbreak raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where health workers are under attack, is challenging the globe’s capacity to respond. It is also calling into question whether the use of a major weapon intended to address such health crises might be futile in this case.Despite the gravity of the situation, the North Kivu outbreak hasn’t been declared a public health emergency of international concern — a PHEIC in global health parlance. That fact has frustrated some health security experts, who insist it’s long past time to proclaim an international emergency.Other experts argue, however, that labeling this outbreak a global health crisis would not help to halt spread of Ebola in the region. They worry that it could even make an already perilous situation worse.advertisement Related: Related:center_img Hospital beds are stored outside tents ransacked by demonstrators at an Ebola treatment center in city of Beni, in the DRC. ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP/Getty Images The outbreak, which likely began in late April of 2018, was recognized as Ebola in late July. On Aug. 1 the World Health Organization declared that an outbreak in North Kivu was underway.In the intervening months, the Congolese health ministry, the WHO, and a range of NGO partners have struggled to stop the spread of the virus. Their efforts have been hamstrung by the fact that this outbreak is occurring in a highly populous part of the country that has been a conflict zone for decades.As of Sunday, there had been 1,705 cases and more than 1,124 deaths, making this the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record.In the autumn, response teams found themselves caught in the crossfire when insurgents attacked government forces or United Nations peacekeepers in the region. But in recent months, the Ebola response workers have been the target of repeated violent aggression; at least three health workers have been killed.The response is the subject of dangerous rumors spread on social media — that Ebola doesn’t exist, or that the response workers brought it to the region. In recent days pamphlets have been disseminated giving the response workers an ultimatum: Stop the epidemic and leave the region within days, or else. The region is rife with armed militia groups, some of which finance their operations by kidnapping aid workers for ransom. “The more money, the more kidnapping possibilities,” he said. “You could make the situation significantly worse.”Farrar acknowledged that if the choice had been his, he probably would have declared this outbreak a public health emergency, but he doesn’t think it would make a material difference on the ground.“I think it’s a bit of a red herring in a way,” he said.Another problem with declaring a PHEIC has been seen in other instances where the tool was used. The International Health Regulations — a treaty designed to combat health threats — stipulate that countries should not penalize nations that disclose they have a dangerous disease outbreak by imposing travel or trade restrictions on the affected country. In reality, many have used the declaration of a PHEIC to do just that.Many countries cut off visas for people from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone during the 2014-2016 West African Ebola crisis. A number of international airlines stopped flights to those countries, making it much more difficult for response workers and crucial supplies to get into the region. That could happen again.“The main challenges on the ground are the insecurity and the community reluctance, fueled by conspiracy theories. A PHEIC declaration will not change that; it’s not a magic wand,” said Dr. Preben Aavitsland, Norway’s former state epidemiologist, who was among the experts who drafted a revision of the International Health Regulations in 2005 that created the PHEIC instrument.“We know all too well the probable side effects of a PHEIC declaration: unfounded travel and trade restrictions. This may both hamper the response work and severely affect the local economy, thus increasing the community resistance,” said Aavitsland. He was a member of the WHO’s Ebola emergency committee that met in April, but said the views he shared with STAT were his own. Please enter a valid email address. WHO stops short of declaring Ebola crisis a global health emergency Helen Branswell Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Leave this field empty if you’re human: David Fidler, director of the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, said he believes it is inappropriate to hold off declaring a PHEIC because of fears of it might turn out to be unhelpful or counterproductive.“Those concepts are highly subjective and not clearly anchored in public health principles and scientific data — the things at the heart of what a PHEIC analysis under the [International Health Regulations] is to be,” Fidler said.He, too, suspects declaring this outbreak a global health crisis would not solve the problem. But he is concerned the debate over whether to declare a PHEIC in this case is undercutting the credibility of the tool.“In this outbreak, we have seen this massive gap between experts dismissing its relevance and other experts insisting that calling a PHEIC is critical to managing this outbreak,” Fidler said. “This controversy has the potential to bring the PHEIC power, and the IHR more generally, into disrepute.”Kickbusch agreed some clarification or shoring up of the International Health Regulations and the PHEIC tool is needed, but now is not the time to undertake that work.“In the present political situation, I don’t think anyone should reopen any international document at all,” she said. “It’s much, much too risky.” By Helen Branswell May 14, 2019 Reprints About the Author Reprints Tags infectious diseasepublic healthlast_img read more

Its time to break culture of silence around abuse

first_imgIts time to break culture of silence around abuse Disturbing stories of women’s experiences of historical and current sexual abuse dominating the news headlines have led child protection expert Daryl Higgins to call for an urgent public health approach to addressing different forms of abuse.Professor Higgins, director of ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies, said recent events had put the spotlight on issues of consent, coercion, child sexual abuse, and rape.“There are many lessons to be learned from the responses to these stories that highlight policy failures, cultures of complicity or silence, the harm caused by inappropriate responses, lack of staff skills in safeguarding, unsafe physical environments, lack of education on consent and lack of procedural guidelines,” he said.“These failures are also evident in places where children should be safe as there is still widespread failure to keep children safe and to protect them.”Professor Higgins said government agencies, faith-based and other community organisations have introduced policies – that embed safety and wellbeing in leadership, governance, and culture – to inform children about their rights and enable them to participate in decisions affecting them. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:abuse, Australian Catholic University, child sex, children, community, culture, director, education, failure, Government, leadership, Professor, public health, rape, Safety, sexual abuse, university, wellbeinglast_img read more

Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable will present “C-Level Winemaker’s Financial Finesse”…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable will present “C-Level Winemaker’s Financial Finesse” with…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWomen for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable will present “C-Level Winemaker’s Financial Finesse” with St. Supéry’s CFOBy Press Release – July 11, 2014 32 0 AdvertisementNAPA, CALIFORNIA | JULY 11, 2014: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaking Roundtable will hold “C-Level Winemaker’s Financial Finesse,” with guest speaker Lori Felando, Chief Financial Officer of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery ( The meeting will be held on July 16, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. at St. Supéry, 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA.The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the Winemaker RT Chair. (See below.)ABOUT THE EVENT: For winemakers who wish to be in senior management teams, no matter what size winery, understanding financial statements, plans and having the ability to discuss the impact of numerous winemaking decisions on the big picture are essential leadership skills.ABOUT THE MEETING: Brooke Langelius, Assistant Winemaker at St. Supéry, will welcome attendees at 3:30 p.m. and then provide a behind-the-scenes cellar tour geared towards winemaker attendees’ technical interests while providing the opportunity to get acquainted or reconnect with other roundtable winemakers. Guests will then be welcomed back to the meeting area at 4:00 p.m. for hospitality before the guest speaker begins at 4:10 p.m., featuring a sampling of St. Supéry’s wines to accompany Ms. Felando’s program.Winemaking Roundtable Chair and WWS member Julie Hagler Lumgair will introduce the program tailored specifically to winemakers with Ms. Felando, a noted industry expert with a long track record, including highlights working as Controller for Domaine Carneros and St. Francis Winery, as well as DTC Finance Manager for Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines prior to her CFO role at St. Supéry.Through a friendly, open discussion complimented by Ms. Langelius’ tour, Ms. Felando will provide perspective about how a winemaker in a winery of any size can brush up on C-level winemaking financial finesse in a fun, fearless fashion!As winemakers are known for being “numbers people,” Ms. Felando’s discussion will take us beyond the basics and dig into the C-level financial communication points that winemakers “own” and need to be strategic and clear about in communications with owners and management.“This type of candid and personal conversation with a noted industry finance officer is an exceptional opportunity for our roundtable members and guests,” stated Ms. Lumgair. “Our Winemaking Roundtable is a special group filled with talent and invaluable camaraderie from Napa, Sonoma and the North Coast. Topics focus on advanced career skills we need as winemakers but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.”Details of this event are at To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact Ms. Lumgair at [email protected] WWS ROUNDTABLES: WWS’ seven current professional roundtables serve to provide a safe and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. According to WWS’ Professional Development Director Susan Kornblatt Idell, “Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work.” She added, “Multiple Roundtables have developed for our members in finance, accounting and human resources fields in the wine industry. We also have roundtables in winemaking and the marketing/direct-to-consumer fields. A new roundtable is in development on wine education.”ABOUT WWS: Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS serves to help its members advance their careers in the wine industry by providing educational events, as well as aid wine enthusiasts in developing their wine knowledge. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 300 members of which 80% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, contact Susan Kornblatt Idell at [email protected], and for membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at [email protected] or visit the WWS chapter’s website: Email Share Pinterest Linkedin TAGSLori FelandoSt. Supery Estate Vineyards & WineryWomen for WineSense ReddIt Facebook Twitter Previous articleAfternoon Brief, July 10Next articleCharles Krug Winery teams with Morton’s and Mastro’s Restaurant groups Raises $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Press Releaselast_img read more

Wine & Weed Interactions: Planning a Safe Event

first_imgShare AdvertisementBy Emily EarlenbaughAs recreational marijuana continues to grow in popularity, we are seeing more events that pair wine with high-end cannabis. There are luxurious dinners with wine and courses of gourmet cannabis-infused delicacies, ‘wine and weed’ events that feature pairings of wine with varying cannabis products, and even events serving cannabis-infused wine. As these events continue to pop up, many vineyards and wineries are considering getting in on this aspect of the green rush. While these events are similar to traditional wine tastings and hosted dinners, one major difference event hosts should plan for is the interactions between wine and weed.Science of the Wine/Weed Interaction  While cannabis itself is relatively safe, in that you can’t suffer from a toxic overdose from its consumption, it can be extremely disorienting. These effects are only magnified when combined with alcohol. When this was studied, scientists found a surprising result. Subjects who drank alcohol and smoked cannabis together had higher levels of THC  (the main active chemical in cannabis) than those who smoked the same amount of cannabis without alcohol. This suggests that alcohol actually increases the absorption of THC.Even seasoned cannabis users can sometimes be surprised at how much they have been affected by a small amount of cannabis when it is combined with alcohol. This can lead to dangerous situations where people suddenly become much more inebriated than they expected. One study found that driving ability was moderately impaired by cannabis, but severely impaired by alcohol and cannabis together.Planning Around the InteractionStill, there are safe ways to combine these two substances. Take a tip from popular wine and weed event hosts and structure your event to encourage safe consumption behavior. Taking these interactions into account at the planning stage of a wine and weed event can be the difference between an enjoyable evening and a dangerous, problematic one.We spoke with Devika Maskey, founder of the cannabis brand Tso Sonoma and host to events that pair wine and weed. Maskey says that the interaction between THC and alcohol was a big concern for them while working on their latest event, but through careful planning, they had a smooth event without any mishaps.Keep Edibles Low DoseOne way that Tso Sonoma kept their event safe and enjoyable was by keeping their edibles low-dose when it comes to THC. Most cannabis edibles have fairly high dosing. If you purchase an infused product from a dispensary it is usually designed for a consumer to only eat a small amount, but get a big effect. If you dose an entire meal with this kind of potency, it would leave your guests feeling much higher than they’d likely enjoy – even without the alcohol factor.This is why the best cannabis chefs use their main ingredient sparingly or opt for using less psychoactive preparations. Chef Coreen Carroll, follows this rule of thumb, preparing gourmet meals for her events using cannabis that hasn’t been decarboxylated (a process where the cannabis is heated to create more psychoactive effects). This allows the cannabinoid THCA to stay in its non-psychoactive form rather than turning into THC.Maskey points out that CBD is another great cannabinoid to feature during wine and weed events. “I’ve found that CBD actually helps your liver process alcohol.” She explains. “If you smoke CBD flowers, or take a cbd capsule, that can help lower the effects of the alcohol.”At the Tso Sonoma event, “there was only a few things that were THC infused” explains Maskey. “A lot of the dishes had different components of the cannabis plant in there. (The chef) had CBD mixed in there. She was using the raw leaves which have no psychoactive effect. She was also using THCA. So she was using all these components that weren’t necessarily psychoactive.”Educate Your Guests One of the best ways to encourage safe consumption behavior at events is to thoroughly educate your guests about the interaction, and what they are consuming. Maskey says education was key, and her own event was planned to be “more of an educational experience” due to the large number of guests who were not necessarily cannabis users. “It was kind of eye-opening to them” she explains. “Everything was clearly marked for how many milligrams each bite was going to give you, so people could monitor that depending on their tolerance.” Maskey’s crew also made sure to warn guests that alcohol increases the effects of THC, and encouraged an evening of safe consumption. Between the fair warning and the carefully labeled edibles, guests were able to moderate their consumption on their own.Offer Alternative Routes Home Even if you plan ahead with low-dose edibles, and educate your guests about the potential for increased effects, it is impossible to manage everyone’s level of intoxication. For this reason, it can be very helpful to make provisions for guests to safely travel home. One way to do this is to provide designated driver tickets at a discounted rate. Ellipses Elevated Evenings offers these for their events. These tickets allow guests to enjoy a non-infused meal and costs much less than the tickets that include wine and weed offerings. Hosts might also offer hotel shuttles, or discounts on taxi services to make it even easier for guests to travel safely from the event.These measures are simple but can make a big difference. Whether you are hosting a small dinner or a large event, these interactions can have a big impact. Taking these precautions can greatly help in guiding your guests towards a safe and enjoyable evening.The legalization of cannabis and how it will affect the wine industry in California is the topic of a session at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo November, 30, 2017 in Santa Rosa, and the Wine and Weed Symposium.Advertisement Home Wine Business Editorial Wine & Weed Interactions: Planning a Safe EventWine Business EditorialWine & Weed Interactions: Planning a Safe EventBy Editor – November 21, 2017 81 0 ReddIt Pinterest Twitter Facebook TAGSCannabisCannaisseurCannaisseur SeriesCoreen CarrollEmily EarlenbaughTSO SonomaWeedwineWine & WeedWine and WeedWine and Weed Symposium Email Linkedin Previous articleAfternoon Brief, November 21Next articleWho Loses in the Breakthru/RNDC Merger? Everyone Editorlast_img read more