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09 Aug


9th August, 2019
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Phoebe French

Accolade Wines is to sell off its Stanley Winery in New South Wales to the Duxton Vineyards Group, but will retain the brand and move production to its Berri Winery following an AU$40 million investment in the site.

Accolade is set to offload the Stanley Winery to Duxton in a deal which is expected to complete in September 2019 pending regulatory approval.

Duxton, which is already a “significant customer” of the Stanley Winery, will continue to use the site for wine production and storage, according to a statement from Accolade. Duxton is a prominent grape grower, producing around 60,000 tonnes of grapes a year equating to around 5% of Australia’s total wine grape harvest. It already owns several major vineyards in the Murray Darling region.

Duxton Vineyards is a subsidiary of asset management firm the Duxton Group, which specialises in advising on agricultural investments with a portfolio of 21 operations spanning 540,000 hectares of farmland.

Duxton Group chairman, Edouard Peter, said: “This transaction cements Duxton’s presence in the region and will hopefully show that Duxton is committed to the long-term prosperity of the Sunraysia region.”

Following news of the sale, Accolade said that it is “committed to ensuring that [Stanley Winery] employees receive appropriate support and are treated respectfully at all times throughout the process”.

Duxton has also stated that it intends to “discuss potential employment opportunities” with existing Stanley Winery staff prior to the completion of the sale.

Accolade Wines executive ehairman, Ari Mervis, said: “The sale of Stanley Winery marks a significant milestone in the restructuring of our Australian operations and, with the expansion of our Berri facility, lays the foundation for efficiently growing sales of our portfolio of brands in domestic and export markets.”

The statement noted that the Stanley wine range would “remain an important brand in the Accolade portfolio”, but that all production and storage would be transferred to Accolade’s Berri Winery in South Australia. Accolade recently invested $40 million in a new bottling plant and storage facilities at the site, with the creation of 40 new jobs.

The sale of Stanley Winery is part of the ongoing restructuring and review of production that Accolade’s new owner, the Carlyle Group, is conducting.

In March this year it put its Knappstein Winery in the Clare Valley on the market, while last month it was reported that Houghton Wines in Swan Valley was to be sold for $15 million.

US private equity firm the Carlyle Group bought Accolade for AU$1 billion (£548 million) last April. Former owners, Australian private equity firm Champ, owned 80% of the business with Constellation Brands also having a 20% stake in the business. Carlyle’s purchase included both Champ and Constellation’s stakes.

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09 Aug

Haul: My most beloved cat, Zoe, became unexpectedly suddenly ill on 7-29, and the $1200 vet bill has left no funds for August makeup purchases. The good news is that Zoe is alive and recovering! What the vet thought was heart failure is most likely pneumonia and Zoe’s lungs are slowly clearing with antibiotics.

I had purchased a few items prior to Zoe’s illness that I hadn’t mentioned yet because I wanted to use them first before talking about them here.

Jouer Dual Blush in Cheeky Summer. This truly is a great summer blush, one of the best I own. I can wear it with a range of lipstick colors, which makes it more versatile than many of the blushes I own. I still prefer my brighter blushes over this one, as I am drawn to pops of color, but this definitely fills a gap in my collection and I’m happy to have it.

Chanel Cruise Highlighter and Bronzer Duo in medium. I wasn’t going to get this but I heard so many good reports and I had already purchased and enjoyed other Cruise 2019 items, so I picked it up. I initially I didn’t like how GOLD the highlighter is but after wearing this almost daily for three weeks, it is definitely growing on me.

Chanel Stylo Ombre et Contour Eyeshadow Liner Kohl in Metallic Flash. I love it.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Incandescent. When I heard this was a dupe for Dior’s Plum Pop blush, I knew I would get this instead. In contrast to Chanel’s very warm and very gold highlight bronze duo, this duo is noticeably neutral. I’ve heard some say the highlight is strong but I guess it all depends on what you own and already wear. To me the highlight in this duo is sophisticated and refined. I love this duo.

Weekend plans: RPM class on Saturday, weight routine on Sunday. Making spaghetti with my daughter’s homemade marinara sauce with tomatoes from her garden. Dual birthday party for Willow (youngest granddaughter, turning 4 years old) and son-in-law. Providing emotional support to youngest son who is in the Air Force, fell in love for the first time, and is now experiencing his first broken heart, as the girl who captured his heart was shipped out this morning to the next stage of her military career.

Movie: Husband and I went to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood last weekend and I LOVED it! I don’t recommend movies anymore because the atmosphere about almost every topic in America has become so politicized, and this movie has not escaped the wrath of those who are looking for offense. The acting was outstanding, but the real reason I loved the movie was because of the way the Manson murders were resolved. I was a child living in Los Angeles when the Manson murders occurred and was haunted by this crime into young adulthood. I didn’t know this movie had this subject as a topic, or I would have never gone to see it. When I realized what was happening, I thought about leaving the theater, but I was blocked in on both sides. I decided to cover my ears, close my eyes, and hunker down in my seat til it was over. But the movie took a different turn, and that is probably the reason I really loved this movie.

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09 Aug

News 8/WTNH shares responses from Brian Koo, MD, about RLS.

Dr. Koo answers, “The more common type of restless legs or primary legs syndrome, we don’t exactly know what causes it. It might be related to iron deficiency either in the body or more specifically in the brain. Secondary restless leg is restless leg that occurs in conjunction with another disorder such as Parkinson’s Disorder.”

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09 Aug

Every December we announce our choices of the Most Spiritually Literate Films of the Year. In the excitement of the end-of-year releases, many critics overlook the films released in the first half of the year. Yet the “off-season” yields some surprising and inspiring movies. So we are giving you a preview of our best films lists at mid-year.

And Breathe Normally
Directed by Isold Uggadottir
A moving story that showcases the need for openness and hospitality in our increasingly constricted world.

American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel
Directed by Jeanine Butler, Catherine Butler
An educational and intriguing exploration of progressive Christians attempting to reclaim the radical potential of their faith.

Angels Are Made of Light
Directed by James Longley
An engaging documentary about Afghanistan’s youth that activates our empathy.

The Best of Enemies
Directed by Robin Bissell
A remarkable film of hope, daring, and vision.

The Biggest Little Farm
Directed by John Chester
The hopeful story of a natural farm built on biodiversity and a recognition of interconnections, impermanence, and transformation.

For Sama
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
A heart-wrenching and unflinching documentary filmed by a young mother and citizen journalist living through the siege of Aleppo, Syria.

Honeyland
Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
A heart-stirring eco-documentary about a nurturing female beekeeper in Macedonia.

Hesburgh
Directed by Patrick Creadon
Fascinating documentary about a religious leader who was a master of human relations.

Jirga
Directed by Benjamin Gilmore
A powerful story of a soldier seeking to make amends who turns his enemies into friends.

Knock Down the House
Directed by Rachel Lears
A brisk and meaningful look at four women running to change American politics.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Directed by Joe Talbot
A uniquely affecting meditation on race, gentrification, and belonging.

The Lavender Scare
Directed by Josh Howard
Another shocking and horrific expose of American hatred and ignorance.

Light of My Life
Directed by Casey Affleck
An extraordinary and deeply spiritual drama about the power of stories and the parent-child bond.

Little Woods
Directed by Nia DaCosta
A bleak but edifying slice of small town drama in the midst of an opioid crisis.

Mary Magdalene
Directed by Garth Davis
A creative, relevant, and reverent film about Mary Magdalene, a deeply spiritual woman for all ages.

Non-Fiction
Directed by Olivier Assayas
A dramedy about all the ways digital technology is shaking the book publishing world to its core.

The River & the Wall
Directed by Ben Masters
A remarkable documentary that gives us hope that young people documenting the consequences of a border wall will make a difference.

Rosie
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
Moving drama about a suddenly homeless family dealing with the challenges of this increasingly common situation.

Sea of Shadows
Directed by Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle, Matthew Podolsky
A documentary that unreels like an action thriller to tell the story of attempts to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction.

Sorry Angel (Plaire, amer et courir vite)
Directed by Christophe Honore
An exquisite exploration of unexpected love in a time of illness and loss.

Transit
Directed by Christian Petzold
An elusive but effective exploration of migration and liminal space.

Woman at War
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
A watershed Icelandic film which will speak to the hearts and minds of all committed women who are working toward the creation of an ecological world.

Yesterday
Directed by Danny Boyle
An imaginative movie about the magic of the Beatles’ music.

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09 Aug

Prune Nourry’s Terracotta Daughters bronze sculptures take their inspiration from the Terracotta Army of Xi’an, reimagined as young girls with pigtails and sandals, instead of male soldiers, horses and chariots.

You might have seen them – all 108 of them slightly different in design, created by French artist Nourry working with artisan craftsmen from Xi’an – when they were exhibited in New York, Shanghai, Zurich, Paris and Mexico City. They are now buried in a secret location in China, where they will stay until being unearthed in 2030.

They are a stunning and moving piece of art, asking us to question the impact of the ‘one-child policy’ on gender imbalance in China. And they were not at all what I expected to find in the stunning but tucked-away Château Malromé when I visited there this week.

Château Malromé is best known as the place where Toulouse Lautrec died, aged 36, in 1901, but its AOC Bordeaux wines have rarely set the world alight. I’ve been hearing increasingly good things since the Franco-Vietnamese Huynh family arrived in 2013, headed up by sisters Mélanie and Amélie, and this seemed further proof.

Replicas of the eight bronze statues created by Nourry as a basis for her army (the originals were sold to help fund the education of orphan girls who had stood as models) are on display until September, and I thoroughly recommend making the trip before they move on again.

But I wasn’t at Malromé for this. Instead I was attracted by another development where this estate is leading the way, in hoping to plant in 2020 the first Touriga Nacional grapes to be officially allowed in Bordeaux’s vineyards.

This is the first property that I have heard of to be moving into the implementation phase of a decision that created a huge debate when it was announced a few weeks ago: that of allowing seven new grape varieties into Bordeaux wine as part of the fight against global warming (see details, below).

‘Final authorisation isn’t due until at least next year,’ Charles Estager, estate director, confirms. ‘At this point we are identifying where in the vineyard the grape would be suitable, and speaking to local nurseries who can provide us with the young plants, most likely by importing them from Portugal in partnership with a French nursery’.

What Estager has decided, in discussion with winemaking consultant Bruno Lacoste, is to pull up 30-year-old Malbec vines from an over-productive clone on a sandy-gravel southwest-facing slope, and replace it with Touriga Nacional to see if this grape, so famous in the Douro Valley of Portugal, can replicate its success in Bordeaux.

‘They are real precursors here,’ says Lacoste, ‘because this is all so new right now. A lot of my clients are asking questions, trying to understand what the grapes can bring. Bordeaux nurseries are not yet equipped with these vines, although discussions have begun. But this is not an isolated decision for Malromé.

‘Over 30% of the vineyard has been reworked since the Huynh family arrived, and experimenting with the new grape varieties is only part of a wider strategy’.

For now, most winemakers are taking their time before making any decisions. The first person I thought of to ask about the newly authorised grapes was Jonathan Ducourt, well-known for planting the hybrid grape varieties that are equally unusual in Bordeaux and that go into his Vin de France Métissage wine.

‘For us, we are looking at two main issues,’ he says, ‘alcohol level getting higher and disease pressure’.

There are, he points out, grapes already within the AOC rules, like Colombard, Petit Verdot and Carmenère, that can help with lower alcohol.

‘We have planted about 10 hectares of Colombard in the last five years and now we are planting about the same of Petit Verdot, as well as increasing Cabernet Franc. This is alongside the experiments with hybrid varieties that are intended to fight disease pressure and reduce pesticide use.

‘So with all these experiments, we have decided to wait a couple of years before planting the new grape varieties authorised in the AOC. But we will definitely look at them in the future’.

Other changes

There are other developments that are getting far less press right now, but equally represent a break with Bordeaux traditions. Just last month I read in Entre-deux -Mer’s cahier de charges (winemaking charter) that irrigation is allowed, no more than twice in any single plot in any single growing season, as long as it has been agreed in advance.

This is not exactly new – irrigation has always been allowed upon ‘dérogation’ in cases of extreme drought through a long process of applying for the right from the same governmental body that oversees the cahier de charges and the grape planting rights.

But it has always been phrased as forbidden beyond exceptional circumstances. To see the right to irrigate written out with such precision was a surprise – and still not something that I have seen in any other appellation’s winemaking rules.

Loosening rules on grape varieties is even more surprising perhaps, but it is part of the same movement, as winemakers react to changing climate circumstances. Assessing the result of the changes is going to take time.

And what is sure is that planting new varieties mean more investment to buy and plant the vines, more tanks for separate vinifications, and more paperwork to follow what happens next. And for now, none of the prestigious appellations have even murmured that they may follow suit. What impact it will really have on the taste of Bordeaux wines in the years to come is up for debate.

‘This is an exciting development,’ says Lacoste, ‘and one that shows Bordeaux can evolve. But it is far from being a game-changer just yet’.

The new rules

  • All new grapes will continue to be seen as ‘experimental’ for another 10 years.
  • They can only cover 5% of plantings in the vineyard, and no more than 10% of a final blend.
  • The grapes can’t be mentioned by name on the wine label.
  • Only for AOC Bordeaux/Bordeaux Superieur for now, and AOC Entre-deux-Mers and Bordeaux Blanc for the whites. Appellations such as Pauillac or St-Emilion are not affected.

The grapes

Red

Arinarnoa: A cross of Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon with the concern that, according to Lacoste, ‘it can be powerful and has a tendency to be a little green’.
Marselan: A cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache that is found fairly widely in the Midi and now in China, where I have tried some really good examples, from Ningxia especially. This seems to me a pretty interesting option.
Castets: An old variety that was once fairly widely grown in the Gironde (and is one of the varieties recently brought to public attention by Liber Pater’s €30,000 example). This is certainly a rare grape that will be hard to find in any quantity in the short-term, but it’s definitely interesting to see how the variety reacts today, and it has real historical interest in the region.
Touriga Nacional: An adaptable variety best known of course in Portugal that gives wines that are powerful and aromatic. Lacoste has vinified with Touriga Nactional in Brazil and is extremely positive about its possibilities here: ‘it could modernise certain Bordeaux wines and bring them both richness and aromatic complexity’.

White

Alvarinho: Planted across Galicia, a brilliant grape although the climate conditions of Bordeaux are quite different from Galicia. If it works, it’s a popular variety with good potential.
Liliorila: A cross of Baroque and Chardonnay. Perhaps the least known of all the suggested varieties, reportedly low acidity when ripe so it seems like a strange choice.
Petit Manseng: Seems the most interesting of the three allowable whites, planted in the Jurançon region of southwest France, with an aromatic complexity that can be a great addition to blends. A side note – it’s actually the Gros Manseng that was chosen by both Château du Retout and Château de Tetre in the Médoc for their excellent Vin de France whites that have been produced for a number of years already.


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09 Aug

Best Life

Buxom Best Life Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was a bit thicker but not too dense or too heavy on my lid that it emphasized texture. The eyeshadow stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.

High Kicks

Buxom High Kicks Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, rosy coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges without losing its intensity. The eyeshadow had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was dense without being stiff or too firmly pressed in the pan, so it picked up well with a brush and sat well on my bare lid. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading a touch.

All Access

Buxom All Access Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a pale gold with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Money Maker

Buxom Money Maker Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, emerald green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The color coverage was opaque in one layer, while the texture was smooth, slightly firmer but not too thick or too dense in the pan, and adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. I felt like I needed a slightly heavier hand, though, to pick up product evenly. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Top Shelf

Buxom Top Shelf Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a soft, rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin shimmer finish. The consistency was a little drier and had light fallout during application. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable over a primer but harder to work with on bare skin. This shade lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading was visible.

Hustle

Buxom Hustle Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out beautifully along the edges. The texture was lightly creamy, dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed in the pan, and easy to work with. The color wore nicely for eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.

Unapologetic

Buxom Unapologetic Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a blackened brown with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more on top. The texture was smooth, silky, and finely-milled, which gave it a soft, blendable application that wasn’t too powdery. There was slight fading visible after eight hours of wear.

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09 Aug

FINDINGS

A Veterans Health Administration program that added mental health specialists, care managers or both in primary care clinics significantly improved access to mental health and primary care services to veterans with behavioral health needs. In a clinic of 100 patients, each additional patient seen by such a mental health specialist or care manager was on average associated with 11% more mental health visits and 40% more primary care visits. The practice also resulted in 9% higher average annual costs for each patient.

BACKGROUND

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration initiative nationally in 2007 to deliver mental health services directly to veterans at all its primary care clinics that treat more than 5,000 patients each year.

METHOD

The researchers examined data from October 2013 to September 2016 for nearly 5.4 million patients treated at 153 hospital-based and 243 community-based VA clinics.

The study has some limitations. Among them, the researchers did not control for factors such as mental health care staffing that might have affected health care use or cost. Also, there may be inaccuracies in the way that some mental health conditions were noted due to changes in the codes used to log them in the medical records.

IMPACT

The Veterans Affairs’ Primary Care-Mental Health Integration initiative required significant financial investment and strong multidisciplinary partnerships in order to expand prompt access to specialty mental health care among its primary care patients. The experience of the Veterans Health Administration — which has one of the largest programs to integrate mental health and primary care services — may inform other health systems aiming to improve fragmented care delivery.

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AUTHORS

Authors were Lucinda Leung and Kenneth Wells of UCLA and the Veterans Health Administration; Lisa Rubenstein of UCLA and Rand Corp.; Jean Yoon of UC San Francisco and the VA; Edward Post of the University of Michigan and the VA; Erin Jaske of the VA; Ranak Trivedi of Stanford University and the VA.

JOURNAL

The paper is published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

FUNDING

The Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Primary Care funded this study.

Media Contact:

Enrique Rivero

310-267-7120

erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.

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09 Aug

The Washington Post interviews experts on minimizing stressors and optimizing conditions for a restful night.

Cracks and gaps are also a problem when it comes to windows. Restoring or replacing drafty windows won’t just improve your heating and cooling bills; doing so can make a huge difference in the amount of noise seeping in. If renovation isn’t an option, some companies will install a thin window behind your existing window for extra soundproofing.

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09 Aug

Charlie (Martin Freeman) has a rare and incurable condition called cataplexy that causes him to lose control of his muscles or faint whenever he is overcome by joy. To cope, he moves through his day deliberately avoiding anything that might make him happy. He listens to sad, dirge-like music through headphones while walking to work and avoids people with cute babies or dogs. As he leaves his job at the library, a co-worker tells him that the CDC has confirmed the measles outbreak is spreading. To counteract seeing something good, he mumbles words like Darfur and Syria. When he engages in a favorite pastime, riding a merry-go-round, he has to make sure he is strapped in.

So imagine his dismay when he meets Francesca (Morena Baccarin), a beautiful and enthusiastic woman who is obviously attracted to him. On their first date, he faints when she invites him up to her apartment and ends up in the ER. He tries dating a sweet but boring woman (Melissa Rauch) while his brother (Jake Lacy) romances Francesca. But it’s clear who has captured his heart. Can Charlie risk loving Francesca, even it means, as he tells her, they can never go together to the beach where someone might be playing catch with a golden retriever?

Martin Freeman, best known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock series, has a rather serious demeanor that belies his gifts as a comedian. He makes Charlie’s situation believable (and actually, it is based on a true story). Best of all, this story will encourage you to make your own lists of what makes you happy. Here’s a good spiritual practice to try: As you go through your day, notice those things that elicit a smile, a laugh, or a surge of delight in you — and be grateful.

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