first_img Written by Tags: Big Sky/Darryl Denby/Football/Josh Davis/Weber State Wildcats Associated Press October 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Denby, Davis score consecutive TDs as Weber State wins 35-30 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Darryl Denby and Josh Davis scored back-to-back second-half touchdowns and Weber State rallied past North Dakota 35-30 on Saturday.Denby made five catches for 107 yards with two scores. He pulled in a 13-yard pass from Jake Constantine as Weber State regained the lead, 28-23 with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Davis, 107 yards rushing, then scored from the 3, pushing the lead to 35-23 early in the final quarter.Constantine passed 27-of-41 for 318 yards with three touchdowns and ran for a fourth for the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky), who were ranked fourth in the FCS coaches’ poll.Brady Leach kicked a 29-yard field goal to give 22nd-ranked North Dakota a 23-21 lead to open the second half. Donnell Rodgers returned a blocked field goal 60 yards in the closing minutes as the Fighting Hawks closed to 35-30. North Dakota (5-3) is competing as an FCS independent, but its games count for Big Sky opponents.North Dakota’s first score was a 99-yard kickoff return by Evan Holm, who stepped out of a tackle at the 20 and ran the rest of the way in the clear.last_img read more


first_imgMother’s Day was a banner day for the Ocean City High School Crew team. On Sunday, the Red Raiders turned in a dominating performance at the Atlantic County Championships on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.The OC girls took the points championship and with it the Freeholders’ Cup, racking up the points and besting second-place Holy Spirit and third place finishers Egg Harbor Twp.Proving their outstanding performance last week in the Philadelphia Championships was no fluke, Ocean City sent 11 boats to the Atlantic County Championships and nine of them medaled.Ocean City’s girls and boys combined to finish second to Holy Spirit in the overall points total. Mainland Regional was third overall.Boys V8 captured the Welsh cup and took home Gold (left to right); Coach Mike Millar, bow Jake Ruskey, Noah Centrone, Seth Pierson, Jack Branin, Luke Hornick, Greg O’ Connell, Blase Japzon, stroke Alexander Oves & coxswain Matthew CatanosoFive Ocean City crews took gold medals including the boys varsity and with it the prestigious Welsh Cup. The Raiders were in second place behind Mainland for the early part of the race, but caught the Mustangs near the midpoint and outsprinted them to take home the Cup.Stroke A.J. Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connel, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, bow Jake Ruskey and coxswain Matt Catanoso won in 4:44.20, more than two seconds ahead of Mainland, with St. Augustine finishing third.The other gold strikes came from the girls second varsity eight, girls freshman eight, girls lightweight eight and boys novice eight.Even though the girls varsity eight placed second behind Holy Spirit, the Raiders’ balanced team performance, coached by Ian Tapp, allowed them to win the team title.Members of the gold medal-winning second varsity eight are Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, Kira Tracy, coxswain Lucy Greene.Girls freshman eight gold medalists are Carlee Rumaker, Jenevieva Mulhall, Michaela Carroll, Vanessa Karayiannis, Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, Sofia Keir, Haley Strickland, coxswain Francesca Mastrando.Girls lightweight eight gold medal winners include Elaina Guido, Ryleigh Mack, Alexia Schmidt, Carly Dougherty, Rebecca Dubbs, Marian Wisham, Katherine Coffey, Aura Lopez, coxswain Maura Siciensky.On the boys side, the novice eight consisting of Mike Dickinson, Matt Oves, Gavin Bower, Flynn DeVlieger, Dylan Kampf, Bryce Jefferson, Chris Horan, Dhruv Patel, and coxswain Justin Forman rounded out the Raiders’ gold medalists.Girls freshman 8+ won the gold (Back row, left to right); Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, coxswain Francesca Mastrendo, Sofia Keir, bow Haley Strickland (Front row, left to right); stroke Carlee Rumaker, Jenevieva Mulhall, Michaela Carroll & Venessa KarayiannisThe silver-winning girls varsity eight included Avery Panico, Olivia Simone, Sophia Cooper, Meghan Finley, Eve Chiarello, Noelle Michel, Kellie Edwards, Claudia Scherbin and coxswain Maren Stickley.Also winning silver were the boys varsity second eight. They are Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alex Yoa, Max Carter, Daniel Millar, Garett Longstaff and coxswain Mitchell Bartello.The bronze medalists for Ocean City: girls novice eight including Zofia Driscoll, Carlee Parker, Erin Smith, Hannah Martin, Lily Dina, Kate Wixson, Grace Wiley Mackenzie Thurlow and coxswain Riley Fisher; and girls JV four including Alanna O’Keefe, Teagan DiMeglio, Autumn Bruce, Madison Avena, and Mia Vazquez.The Girls Lightweight 8+ won Gold (Left to right); bow Aura Lopez, Katherine Coffey, Marian Wisham, Rebecca Dubbs, Carly Dougherty, Alexia Schmidt, Ryleigh Mack, stroke Laney Guido & coxswain Maura SicienskyThis coming Friday and Saturday, the team will head to Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ for the 2018 Stotesbury Cup Regatta Presented by Toyota.  The legendary regatta is known as the Worlds Largest High School Regatta.  This year it was originally scheduled to be held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River, but was relocated due to potentially bad weather conditions there.Rain or shine the year’s competition should be exciting. Cooper River is known for being one of the finest naturally straight race courses in the country.  There are plenty of good spots along the course to easily view the race and have a good time.The vendors will be out in full force selling gear and all kinds of food.  If you are looking for a fun weekend activity, come out and cheer the team on.  You may want to wear boots because it might be muddy.Boys Novice 8+ captured the gold (left to right); Coach Kevin Wallace, bow Dhruv Patel, coxswain Justin Forman, stroke Micheal Dickinson, Matthew Oves, Gavin Bower, Christopher Horan, Bryce Jefferson, Flynn DeVlieger, Dylan KampfThe Boys 2nd Varsity 8+ Won the silver medal (Left to right); coxswain Mitchell Bartello, stroke Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alex Yoa, Max Carter, Daniel Millar & bow Garett Longstaff Girls Varsity 8+ grabbed the silver; Coach Ian Tapp, coxswain Maren Stickley, stroke Avery Panico, Olivia Simone, Sophia cooper, Meghan Finley, Eve Chiarello, Noelle Michel, Kellie Edwards & bow Claudia Scherbin Girls JV4+ captured the bronze; Alanna O’Keefe, Teagan DiMeglio, Autumn Bruce, Madison Avena, MIA Vazquez & Coach Shari Shaltoutcenter_img Girls Novice 8+ won Bronze (back row left to right); coxswain Riley Fisher, stroke Zofia Driscoll, Carlee Parker, Erin Smith, Hannah Martin, Lily Dinofa & Coach Kelly Rupert (front row, left to right); Kate Wixson, Grace Wiley & Mackenzie Thurlowlast_img read more


first_img from $69.00 “I don’t turn on sad music and write poems and crap when I get offstage [laughs]. If you look at my dressing room, I’ve got posters, candy and toys everywhere. On or offstage, I want to have fun with everyone, and I’m that obnoxious dad that’s always showing videos and pictures of my family.” “When my daughter was born, I was like, ‘She’s mine?!’ It didn’t feel like I deserved her. Here’s the most beautiful thing in the world, and I’m some idiot. It’s like having a little best friend. She makes fart noises and I’m like, ‘That’s my daughter!’” Related Shows Stage Cred: Before joining the national tour of Mormon in 2012, O’Neill toured internationally with his sketch comedy act, The Chris and Paul Show (with friend and comedy partner Paul Valenti). He also plays real-life dad to his adorable seven-month-old daughter Harper. View Comments “High school wasn’t my thing. I was like, ‘This sucks!’ My ADD was always kicking in, and I was overwhelmed by the whole thing. But I have a lot of teachers in my family, and I didn’t want to be the idiot kid who screws up the family name.” “I made Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who are idols of mine, laugh at my audition, and I was like, ‘I can die right now.’ Working with them is a dream come true. I didn’t think I’d even get to see Mormon, so being in it is the coolest thing.”center_img The Book of Mormon “Every night I think, ‘I’m on Broadway right now!’ It doesn’t make any sense. If someone said to me in high school, ‘Don’t worry, in about 14 years, you’re going to be standing on Broadway as the lead in a huge show,’ I would’ve been like, ‘Go f*ck yourself!’” “A Mormon casting director saw my comedy partner [Paul Valenti] and I perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She came up to us after, asked if we could sing and we lied and said yes. So, she invited us to come audition in NYC. We didn’t have a smidge of hope we’d get anything.” Age: 32 Current Role: A boisterous Broadway debut as clownish missionary Elder Cunningham in the Tony-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon. Hometown: Stamford, CTlast_img read more


first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m often asked for advice for future leaders. While my overall advice would be to make learning a continuing and ongoing practice throughout life, here are three ideas to begin with.#1. Understand that Dale Carnegie totally had it right 80 years ago when he wrote in his classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, that “Ultimately, people do things for their reasons, not our reasons.”So, if you are casting a vision to which you want others to commit, you must first commit to them; not as cogs on the way to you accomplishing your goals, but to helping them to accomplish their goals. Align your vision with their wants, needs, desires, and values. Create an environment for them to grow.“Practice giving leadership.” continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgWith New York State giving the go ahead, he’s ready for some boozy new desserts, like a possible Jack Daniels and Coke float. “I think the variety in our our shop is certainly soemthing our customers are interested in,” Vail said. “If this is something they want, then we will offer it.” Outside of the float, Vail said he’s been experimenting with some wine when it comes to flavor creation, and is open to teaming up with wineries and breweries in the area. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation which now allows vendors to sell ice cream and frozen treats made with alcohol. Owner Fritz Vail said he’s been to seminars, and has heard from colleagues in the cold treat industry about consumer demand. And while there may be some restrictions on how much alcohol, Sugar Lips is ready to get creative. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Ice cream is usually a sweet treat for all ages. But soon, Sugar Lips could be offering a tasty concoction for adults only. However, Vail emphasized that even before news of the frozen beverages came out, Sugar Lips’s creativity was attracting locals. “We would love to work with some wineries and craft beer distributors and see what we can do,” he saidlast_img read more


first_img “If we are serious about a pandemic, we should assume it is going to be imminent and we should be prepared as if it is imminent—not 10, 15 years down the road, but imminent,” said David Fedson, MD, a retired vaccine industry executive who has published analyses of pandemic vaccine planning (see Bibliography: Fedson 2007: Author interview). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the primary conduit of federal flu research funds to scientists, believes it does have a robust research agenda. Dr. Carole Heilman, director of the division of microbiology and infectious diseases, points to the flu-research recommendations issued by a blue-ribbon NIAID panel this year as evidence that the agency is guiding extramural researchers to critical questions about flu (see Bibliography: Heilman 2007, NIAID 2007). But with funding limited until recently, much of the research being conducted came into being because of private-sector interests rather than an overarching plan, said longtime flu researcher Dr. Arnold Monto of the University of Michigan (see Bibliography: Monto 2007). “An effort on the scale of the Apollo space project is required,” the IDSA said. By challenging the WHO, Indonesia deprived the international community of a key source of information on emerging flu viruses. It also emboldened other developing countries to join its protest, leading to a week-long negotiation at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), a WHA resolution promising reconsideration of the virus-sharing system, and WHO commitments to invest in vaccine manufacturing in the developing world. The concessions did not completely repair relations, however: The question of control over viruses remains open and will be discussed again at a WHO meeting in Geneva that opens Nov 5 (see Bibliography: McKenna 2007: System for global; McKenna 2007: Virus ownership). The pandemic vaccine puzzle But implicit in the invocation of that all-out effort is a hunger for the power, funding, freedom from bureaucracy, and single-minded focus that its leaders enjoyed. The Manhattan Project was founded at emergency speed: The lag time between Albert Einstein’s famous letter advising President Franklin Roosevelt that nuclear fission might permit the creation of “extremely powerful bombs” and the first meeting of a newly formed federal Advisory Committee on Uranium was a mere 10 days. The project’s chief, Brigadier General Leslie Groves, was handpicked for his reputation for ruthless efficiency. Even after the United States entered World War II in December 1941, the project boasted the ability to cherry-pick any staff and claim any funding it needed; eventually it employed 130,000 people and received $2 billion in 1940s dollars (about $23 billion today). Editor’s note: This is the last in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time. Part 6 explored the potential of novel vaccine technologies such as using whole flu viruses or growing vaccines in cell cultures instead of in eggs. A chorus of calls to actionCalls have come from across the political spectrum for a more aggressive, better-funded, tightly organized research effort. Former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist (R-Tenn.) called in August 2005 for a “Manhattan Project for the 21st century” (see Bibliography: Frist 2005). In the same month, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, recommended the creation of “an international project to develop the ability to produce a vaccine for the entire global population within several months of the start of a pandemic [that would be] a top priority of the Group of Seven industrialized nations plus Russia (the G-8)” (see Bibliography: Osterholm 2005). Most notably for parallels to pandemic policy, the Manhattan Project simultaneously pursued multiple research paths into nuclear fission and weapons development, dropping entire avenues of inquiry and increasing other labs’ funding and staff as results emerged. And from the time of Einstein’s letter in 1939 to the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, less than 6 years elapsed (see Bibliography: Schwartz 1998; Gosling 1999). And, they say, it is urgent that such an effort be established soon, because there is no way of predicting accurately when a pandemic might arrive. If it arrives soon rather than later, the lack of vaccine in most of the world will create a divide between haves and have-nots that could corrupt international relations long after the pandemic ends. “I feel as a scientist that we could make progress more rapidly if we sat down in advance and came up with a big-picture strategy and then funded it,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn. “We have neither a process for rapidly developing new vaccines nor a track record” (see Bibliography: Poland 2007). Redefining the problemThose calling for a Manhattan Project–like effort say that what is needed is much broader than what NIAID or all of NIH could deliver. It requires active coordination among all the federal health agencies along with cooperation from congressional funders, plus parallel efforts in other countries. “Pandemic vaccine development has been viewed primarily as a vaccine problem that should be addressed with better science,” Fedson said, “but fundamentally it is a global public health problem that requires better management” (see Bibliography: Fedson and Dunnill 2007: From scarcity to abundance). The Manhattan Project and the nuclear bombs that resulted from it are a sensitive subject to raise in a health crisis that demands international cooperation—particularly a health crisis centered in Asia, where the bombs were used. It is possible that failing to achieve a pandemic vaccine when it is needed—or even failing to confront in advance the possibility that supplies will fall short—could fracture international pandemic preparations just when cooperation will be essential. Nov 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Although money for pandemic influenza vaccine research has begun to flow and results have picked up speed, there is widespread frustration that it all took so long. The long standoff with the Indonesian government over sharing of H5N1 isolates has provided a foretaste of the disruption such resentment could cause. The health ministry of Indonesia—the country that has experienced the most human cases and deaths from H5N1 flu—stopped sending isolates to World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating laboratories in late 2006. Those laboratories both analyze the isolates to track the evolution of seasonal and novel flu strains and use them to develop pandemic vaccine candidates; Indonesia’s decision to stop contributing was apparently triggered by the realization that it could never afford to purchase vaccines made from isolates it provided. Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglectPart 2: Vaccine production capacity falls far shortPart 3: H5N1 poses major immunologic challengesPart 4: The promise and problems of adjuvantsPart 5: What role for prepandemic vaccination?Part 6: Looking to novel vaccine technologies Part 7: Time for a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’?Bibliography Further, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group Trust for America’s Health recommended in October 2006 that governments create a “multinational pandemic vaccine research and development master program” (see Bibliography: Trust for America’s Health 2006), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) echoed that call in January 2007, recommending an appropriation of $2.8 billion in such a project’s first year (see Bibliography: IDSA 2007). “At this point, when a pandemic happens, vaccines are going to provide some benefit to a very limited number of people,” Osterholm said. “But they are also going to create a major diversion of activity and energy when the decisions have to be made about who gets what limited vaccine exists. I worry that their negative impact will outweigh their positive impact: They will cause a crisis of leadership around the world” (see Bibliography: Osterholm 2007). last_img read more


first_imgMikel Arteta is looking forward to the winter break (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta is looking forward to the Premier League winter break as he takes his Arsenal team to Dubai in a bid to kick-start the second half of their season.The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday which leaves them 10th in the Premier League, level on points with the Clarets.The result takes Arsenal to seven games unbeaten in all competitions, but their last four Premier League outings have all finished in draws.It has been a hectic time at the Emirates, with Arteta taking on his first job in management after the confusing reign of Unai Emery, and the Spaniard is relishing the short break.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s good to go away, the players have been through a lot,’ Arteta told the official Arsenal website.‘The last two-three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off. Then we’re going to go to Dubai, start working and focus on Newcastle.‘We have to stay positive. It’s very tough to come [to Burnley] and when the game develops like this, to control it is hard. I wanted to win so badly and I’m disappointed.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m more disappointed with the unnecessary balls we have given away and put ourselves in trouble with. They press high and they are good at that but in many phases of the game, we could have done better.‘When we did better, we generated the chances we wanted.’It is not an extensive break that Premier League sides are treated to, as Arsenal have the coming weekend off and return to action against Newcastle on Sunday 16 February.However, Arteta knows it is a crucial time to get across his ideas and make his team more ‘unpredictable’ for opponents.‘We have to improve quality-wise. We’re very far in terms of what I want in sustaining attacks and being unpredictable in our play, but that’s a process,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘In the next two weeks, we have longer periods for training and I’ll use them. We need some players back from injury and try our best to improve the team.’MORE: Five things you need to know about Arsenal transfer target Alessio CerciMORE: Nicklas Bendtner adopts humble approach as he nears Arsenal exit Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal’s plans for the winter break as squad heads to Dubai Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Feb 2020 8:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShareslast_img read more


first_img“What I want to do with my profits is set up little algae plants in all the countries we’ve destroyed through global warming,” she adds. “It can grow anywhere with tiny amounts of recyclable water.”Mills eventually wants the VBites logo to become the trusted brand for all vegan foods. Businesses including Great Western Railway and Morrisons have already asked permission to use the brand, which she says will ultimately be licensed out. “More and more people will want to use the logo versus, say, the Vegan Society, as they don’t have the traceability we offer.” Mills also launched a vegan make-up range last month, called Be at One, which she thinks will be a hit in countries such as the UAE, as “most people don’t know there is pig in make-up”As plant-based food is “now a movement not a trend”, Mills believes meat and dairy companies will need to adapt to stay in business over the next 10 years. They will need to “start replicating whatever they are doing” with plant-based alternatives, she predicts. “Otherwise they are out.” In 20 years, she argues, eating animal protein will be viewed as “like smoking” or even heroin. It’s not just talk. Mills clearly believes in the potential of her business. She currently works from 4am to midnight, apart from “a few hours off in the morning and the evening” to spend with her daughter. “That’s what you have to do” at this point in her business, she says. “I don’t plan to be doing that forever. It’s about what are you prepared to risk and you will never become a big entrepreneur unless you are prepared to take that risk.” “I’ll either be the most successful vegan entrepreneur in Europe or go completely bust.”,Kevin WhiteKevin is The Grocer’s fresh foods editor, overseeing our coverage related to the retail fresh foods sector, including dairy, meat, fish, poultry, fruit & veg and eggs, as well as the plant-based foods category.He also assists in production of The Grocer’s annual Dairymen supplement, while also writing about food commodities, sourcing, sustainability, politics and regulation; and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and TV on the state of the UK food industry.Prior to joining The Grocer in 2014, Kevin wrote about retail financial services for a Financial Times business publication, and began his career as a journalist working for regional newspapers in Wales.Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevWhite77 “The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale,” she says, citing the difficulties plant-based brands such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have faced in meeting the growing demand for their products.Plant-Based Valley – which includes the former factories of Walkers Crisps at Peterlee, Coty/P&G in Newcastle and another plant in nearby Benton – is the solution, she claims. “We do all our R&D and speciality stuff at Corby, and once a company orders over a certain amount, we then scale it up.” Not short of confidence, Mills is also advising a number of meat and dairy companies on how to go vegan. “We’re showing them how they can make money by growing oats to make into oat protein isolates, or growing mushrooms so we can do hydroponics, but most importantly algaes.”Mills is particularly passionate about algae. It has the potential to end vegan food’s dependence on often expensive commodities such as soya and pea protein, she suggests. “We’ve created an algae protein isolate that will become the biggest ingredient going,” she claims. “It would stop climate change from meat and dairy manufacturing if everyone just moved to algaes. SnapshotName: Heather MillsAge: 51Family: One daughter, Beatrice, 15, from her marriage to Paul McCartneyPotted CV: Moves to the former Yugoslavia to volunteer as an aid worker during the Balkan war in 1990. Loses leg in road traffic accident in 1993. Acquires VBites predecessor Redwood Wholefood Company in 2009, and opens VBites café in Hove. Officially opens Plant-Based Valley in 2019Business mantra: Be prepared to live in a caravan and get to the precipice and be ready to fall over. I tell people “don’t own a business, always work for someone”. You can have a life and switch off.Hobbies: Skiing, languages, playing the saxophone, spending time with my daughter and dinner with friends – I don’t cook any more.What’s the main obstacle to success in business? Cashflow and risk-averse banks. center_img When Heather Mills started out, vegans were seen as ‘smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people’. Now she’s building a Silicon Valley for plants – in Newcastle,Talking about “putting journalists in prison” is not the most auspicious start to an interview with the former wife of a Beatle, who has just won “the highest libel settlement in British legal history”.Happily, that’s something Heather Mills wants to put behind her. Having received an undisclosed sum and apology from the News of the World’s former publisher News Group Newspapers over the summer, she wants to start “rebuilding and repairing all the damage they had done”.Namely, that means shedding more light on her burgeoning vegan food business, VBites. Mills had previously kept her link to the business low-key “because I was fighting with Murdoch”, she says. “That’s why we never came out of the woodwork. But as soon as we put the journalists in prison we knew they weren’t going to come after us again.”The self-confessed workaholic, who is either “always on or always off”, certainly has no shortage of ambition. Her plan is to create the “environmental equivalent” of Silicon Valley in her native northeast – dubbed ‘Plant-Based Valley’ – which was officially unveiled in September. It’s a tough challenge. But when Mills sets her mind to something, she seems to make it happen. In the space of the past two decades, she has rarely been out of the public eye – rubbing shoulders with world leaders and gaining recognition as a model, downhill skier, activist and charity campaigner, while also battling the controversial headlines about Lady McCartney.Her interest in veganism predates her time in the public eye, though. It all began after the devastating collision with a police motorbike that led to the loss of her left leg in 1993. An ongoing infection meant doctors had to “keep chopping away” at her limb over the course of five months, until a friend suggested she adopt a vegan diet. “I was like, what the hell is vegan?” she recalls. “And I basically got dragged out by her, because they couldn’t heal me in the hospital.” Mills checked into a Florida-based alternative medicine centre – the Hippocrates Health Institute – which advocated a raw vegan diet. It was this regime, she says, that ultimately helped her wounds to heal. “But as I got healthier, I felt all I was doing was eating raw food,” she says. “I didn’t feel part of society, I was always freezing, and I missed the taste of meat, fish and dairy.” Faced with vegan food fatigue, she started making her own meat and dairy alternatives.Substituting the doner kebabWhat followed were several years of “behind the scenes” work in vegan food development for meat companies. At a time when veganism was still a niche concept, that was tricky. Mills took a degree in nutrition and food science but says nutritionists “didn’t understand vegan meat” at the time. The real learning came from developing plant-based food on her own, she says. Mills’s main inspiration for her recipes came from people looking to reduce their meat intake, rather than committed vegans. She wanted to avoid people saying: “I’d go vegan but I’d miss my doner kebab”. By 2009, she had acquired the Redwood Wholefood Company – which eventually became VBites – and operated out of a “tiny” factory in Corby, Northamptonshire. She went on to open the VBites café in Hove, West Sussex in the same year, which was loss-making but allowed her to finesse her recipes. “The whole goal was to feed the carnivore, never the vegan” and to change perceptions of vegans as “smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people”.By the early 2010s the Corby plant was “doing well” and full to capacity. “Then we had a choice,” says Mills. “Go big or go bust.” She has firmly decided to go big. By next year, Mills hopes to take the headcount of her businesses – VBites, and SME incubator business VBites Ventures – from 160 people to 400. That will be the start of the Plant-Based Valley vision (three factories based around Newcastle) coming to fruition.Mills’s factories now represent more than 600,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity. But the VBites branded range, available on its own site, Morrisons and Ocado, is only a small part of the operation. The company supplies products to myriad food manufacturers, retailers and food service operators, including Bakkavor, Birds Eye, Greene King’s pub chain, Papa John’s and Frankie & Benny’s. Mills is also increasingly pushing her factories as a manufacturing facility for other businesses.“The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale”last_img read more


first_imgTalk of an affordability crisis among UK defined benefit (DB) schemes is not borne out by data, the executive director for regulatory policy at The Pensions Regulator has said.Writing in a blog post last week, Andrew Warwick-Thompson said alarming media coverage was giving the impression DB pension fund deficits were in crisis, unaffordable and “about to rain Armageddon on UK Plc”, with cuts to member pensions being the only way to avoid widespread insolvencies.He said this was misleading, based on deficits calculated on a buyout basis – reflecting exceptionally low bond yields and the cost of capital buffers and a profit margin for insurance companies – rather than a “scheme-specific basis”.Very few schemes fund themselves on a buyout basis, said Warwick-Thompson, so the £1trn-1.5trn (€1.1trn-1.7trn) deficit figure quoted in media headlines is “really of academic interest to the majority of schemes”. The scheme-specific basis for calculating deficits, according to Warwick-Thompson, “allows schemes to carry out their valuations in a way that reflects the anticipated returns on the investments they actually hold now and anticipate holding as their investment strategy matures”.He said a pension scheme did not have to invest only in bonds but had “great flexibility” to diversify by investing in asset classes such as equities, property, infrastructure “and even derivatives”.“As the returns on these assets are generally anticipated to be higher than the yields on bonds, the discount rate used to calculate the scheme-specific deficit will be higher, too, and the deficit correspondingly lower,” he said.Overall, he said, even though there are some sponsors that may become insolvent and their schemes end up with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), this is a minority, and there is no evidence the PPF would be overwhelmed by this.“In summary, the real scheme data doesn’t show there is a systemic DB affordability issue,” said Warwick-Thompson.“The majority of employers will be able to ensure their DB schemes are sufficiently funded to meet their liabilities as they fall due.”His comments came only days before consultancy JLT Employee Benefits published fresh figures on the funding position of UK private-sector DB schemes, which it said would lead to questions being raised about the affordability of pension liabilities.The consultancy recently published its monthly index of the estimated funding position of UK private-sector DB schemes, according to which deficits stood at £503bn as at 30 September.This is equivalent to a funding level of 74% and represents a slight improvement from the situation at the end of August.Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, said “[t]here seems to be no relief in sight, however, for companies with large pension schemes and their pressed trustees”, pointing to expectations that Gilt yields would remain below 1.5% per annum for the next 20 years.“The government and regulators are facing some troublesome choices,” he said.Cutting pension benefits to members or reducing guarantees will be unpopular with voters, but forcing companies to guarantee pension promises made when market conditions were different could lead to dividends being scrapped, share prices falling and, “worse still, companies going bust”.Cowling added: “Changing how pension liabilities are valued, as some have demanded, does nothing to help the problem – it just sweeps it under the carpet for someone else to manage.”last_img read more


first_imgFrance’s ERAFP and Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) are sponsoring a project aiming to develop a methodology to measure how different assets in an investment portfolio are exposed to the physical impact of climate change.Carbone 4, a French energy and climate-change consultancy, is running the project, called Climate Risk Impact Screening (CRIS).Carbone 4 describes this as “a tool designed to help financial players better identify the physical risks weighing on their asset portfolios”.It said most financial institutions’ efforts and attention in the fight against climate change had been focused on greenhouse gas emissions but that a new challenge was mounting – namely, the impact of climate change on “economic activity and adaptation”. It said that, according to insurer Munich Re, the number of extreme climate events causing financial losses has tripled over the past 30 years.Jean-Marc Jancovici, founding partner of Carbone 4, told IPE that, “alas, we are now certain there will be physical consequences of global warming, even if we rapidly curb global emissions, because of the tremendous inertia of the climate system.“So it makes sense to both assess transition risks – what happens to companies if the ‘proper’ constraint is placed on greenhouse gases emissions – and physical risks, which will increase anyway in the future, given the fact the climate system will respond for centuries to come to past emissions, even if we stop emitting tomorrow.”Asked why ERAFP was supporting this particular project, a spokeswoman for the €23.5bn civil service pension fund told IPE that it wanted to help develop the carbon research agenda where there were gaps.She referred to new legislation requiring French institutional investors to report on their exposure to the consequences of climate change, both in terms of “transition risks” and “physical risks”.“The product and service offering relating to transition risks has exploded compared with that for physical risks,” she said.Olivier Rousseau, a member of the executive board at the €37.2bn FRR, told IPE the pension reserve fund’s first approach was focused on transition risks, which spurred it to adopt low-carbon equity indices and decarbonise smart-beta indices.“But we recognise that climate change poses physical risks that can affect portfolios, so it is important to know if we are investing in companies that are vulnerable to these risks and if we need to reduce our exposure,” he said.Risks from the low-carbon transition ultimately have to do with the anticipation that public authorities will impose a price on carbon, while the physical risks from climate change are independent of action by public authorities, Rousseau added.Citing Carbone 4, FRR said the aim of the project was to “develop a methodology and tools that will make it possible to perform physical risk analysis of corporate, sovereign and infrastructure asset portfolios”.Other institutions sponsoring the Carbone 4 project include Agence française de développement (AFD), Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and Électricité de France (EDF).last_img read more