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Su Birch was recently awarded the lifetime achievement accolade from The Drinks Business magazine. (Image: Wosa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Su Birch CEO, Wosa +27 21 883 3860 RELATED ARTICLES • Women in wine is export winner • ‘Most exciting’ New World wine • Wine in three languages • SA winery scoops Chinese deal • SA wine tourism, best in the worldShamin ChibbaIt is thanks to the work of Wines of South Africa (Wosa) chief executive, Su Birch, that most Cape wines are produced under environmentally sustainable conditions. And her efforts have paid off.On April 23, the British trade publication, The Drinks Business, presented Birch with its highest accolade, its Green Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognised for her work in promoting sustainability in the South African wine industry. Birch was not in London to collect the award, which was accepted on her behalf by Wosa’s representatives in the UK.She has been the chief executive of the association for the past 13 years and has dedicated much of her tenure to environmental and ethical causes in the industry. Birch comes from a marketing background. Wosa head hunted her in 2000, when she was working in the fruit sector. Taking the job without much knowledge of wine, she determinedly went about learning as much as she could about the industry.Awards are nothing new for Birch. She has been named The Drinks Business Woman of the Year and has received the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Women in Wine Award. Wine Intelligence, a British market analysis group, named her one the 10 most influential personalities in the world of wine.She was instrumental in bringing together South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Chile and Argentina at the annual international trade fair, Prowein. She also helped conceptualise and organise The Beautiful South, an exhibition of South African, Argentinian, and Chilean wines that will be held in London in September this year.However, Birch said her accolades were not achieved singlehandedly, and she credits her team for making things work. “It is a 24-7 job and I have an incredible team behind me,” she said.Seals that make a differenceOne of the ways she got wine producers thinking about the environment was by introducing the Sustainability Seal. It is the first industry-wide initiative of its kind anywhere in the world. Birch said it promoted production integrity from the vineyard to the consumer.Wineries are granted this status if they met a number of criteria, which include minimising the use of chemicals in growing their grapes and using recycled water. Currently, 90% of wines under Wosa carry the Sustainability Seal.As a result, Birch said, for every vineyard hectare, 1.3 hectares of natural land had been restored to the Cape Floral Kingdom, the region in which most South African wine farms are based. This also formed part of the Bio-Diversity Wine Initiative, which is spearheaded by Birch.“What has happened is the eco-system has been revived. We have got more insects and birds. And we are seeing more of the Cape mountain leopard, the area’s apex predator,” she said.According to Birch, the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of six floristic regions in the world, has more plant species than anywhere on Earth. However, she said that there was very little of this eco-system left.In 2012, Birch introduced the Ethical Seal, also the first of its kind. It promotes fair labour practices among wine producers. “The seal ensures the health and safety of workers on the farms,” she said. In addition to these standards, 65 percent of South Africa’s wines were under the Fairtrade label.Fairtrade is an international organisation that ensures products such as wine, coffee, and tea are produced and sold in an ethical manner. It helps to create opportunities and better working and living conditions for marginalised farming communities.Birch said such standards gave the consumer, particularly importers, confidence that they were buying a product that cared for the environment and industry workers. “Major importers such as Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands are concerned with both environmental and ethical issues,” she said.Wine industry evolvingIn the 13 years that Birch has headed Wosa, she has seen the wine industry grow tenfold. “In 1993, we were exporting 40-million litres of wine. Last year, 400-million litres were exported,” she said.There is a structural change taking place in the way wine is being sold, though, which could affect the industry’s growth. Supermarkets abroad have more bargaining power insofar as they buy wine in bulk and bottle it at the destination. Bulk exporting has become topical in the industry. Experts argue that the change from bottled wine to bulk has hindered growth.Producers in South Africa are not seeing the larger share of the packaging and wholesale revenue, which is as much as US$1-billion (R9-billion) a year. Instead, the destination market, consisting mainly of overseas companies, is benefitting. Furthermore, Birch said, the local industry lost 107 jobs for every 10-million litres of bulk rather than bottled wine exported.Transporting South African wines is an expensive undertaking because the country is far from its main markets. Birch said the costs of packaging material and the increase in the environmental footprint of bottling were major factors in choosing bulk over bottled exportation.Just some of the wines bottled overseas are marketed as South African imports, allowing them to retain their South African identity.The future for BirchShortly after receiving the award from The Drinks Business, Birch announced that she would resign from Wosa at the end of September to pursue a personal project that had been put on hold for too long. “I want to spend time giving back to the community. I want to help children in Masiphumelele Township [in Cape Town] with their English.”In the next few weeks, Wosa will be looking for her successor. She said the person best suited for the post must have “broad shoulders and a sense of humour”. “The wineries are our bosses. So whoever is chief executive must remember they have 500 bosses,” she said.After helping the children of Masiphumelele, Birch said she planned to develop cost-effective solutions for a number of industries. She aimed to play a role in helping South African businesses devise creative solutions for financial challenges they may encounter.
A few years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of salespeople. They were running a boiler room, and when I researched the company before joining them for a phone call I discovered that they took money from their prospective clients without delivering the value they promised. There was enough evidence to make me believe that the practice was widespread, and what I found was credible enough to give me pause. As I looked more deeply into the company, I also found complaints about sexual harassment and poor treatment of women inside the company. There were too many of these complaints to ignore.On a phone call with the CEO, I suggested I wasn’t the right speaker for his group. I tried to leave it at that and bow out without having to explain my reasons. But I was pressed by the executive I was speaking to for an explanation of my lack of interest in speaking to his company. I shared with him what I found when searching for information about his company in preparation for the meeting. He didn’t do much to deny anything I said but instead said, “I am offering you money. I will pay you, and you will speak.” Politely, I again refused. He pushed back, insisting that money should be enough of the motivation for me to speak to his company. I told him that money wasn’t enough for me to change my deepest held values.This individual offered to double the money and double the work. Clearly, he believed that everyone has a price and that he merely hadn’t found mine. By doing so, I was even more convinced that what I discovered about the company was true. I refused his offer and hung up the phone, only to have one of his lieutenants call me to ask me how I could refuse his offer. Nothing I said made any impact, and I eventually hung up.I was not interested in helping them. I was not interested in helping this group of people to steal faster. Nothing I would have said would have changed the culture of the organization.It doesn’t make sense to possess a “whatever it takes” attitude towards making money. It doesn’t make sense to compromise your values, especially for something you can obtain without having to do so, even if it means you must work harder, and even if it will take longer. Your character is worth more than money, and in the long run, so is your name.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during a visit to the valley, and army officials briefed her on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid. Ms. Sitharaman was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on her visit, army officials said. The defence minister visited the forward areas in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was briefed by the commanders on ground on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid, they said. During her interaction with the troops, the defence minister lauded their round the clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control and professionalism. She also asked them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces, the officials said.
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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium will remain in the city’s Stanley Park for another 35 years under a new agreement it has reached with the parks board.Lasse Gustavsson, CEO of aquarium operator Ocean Wise, says the agreement provides the foundation for its five-year strategic plan with a focus on conservation and public education.The aquarium has been in the park since 1956.It has been locked in a legal battle over the board’s ban on whales and dolphins at the facility, but Ocean Wise says in a statement that it has dropped the legal action.It says the lease agreement confirms a commitment it made last year to no longer display cetaceans.The organization says it will also continue to invest in research programs, which have contributed to global knowledge of marine wildlife.“Ocean Wise aspires to become a global ocean conservation organization and wants to inspire people in every corner of the planet to participate in creating healthy oceans, but for most people the ocean is ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ ” says Gustavsson.“There are many threats to the ocean, but the greatest threat is that many believe someone else is going to save it. Ocean Wise has an important role to bring the ocean to the people and the people to the ocean, and the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best tools we have to do that.”The Canadian Press
Michael Jordan is universally considered the greatest basketball player of all time, and rightfully so. His game was a combination of skill, heart, effort and guts, and he elevated the Chicago Bulls to six championships. Here are five smaller men who might have equaled Jordan if they were physically his equal.
Virat Kohli should have done more to dispel rumours of riftICCIn the press conference that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri addressed before embarking on the tour of West Indies, the Indian captain lashed out at the media for wildly speculating about a supposed rift between him and Rohit Sharma.”In my opinion, it’s baffling and ridiculous to read such stuff. Public talks about how well we’ve played, and here we’re feeding lies and talking about negative things. And I’ve seen this being brought up for far too long now. It’s bizarre how people are creating these things,” Kohli stated emphatically.Now, it is a fact that the Indian media can be overzealous in speculating about the cricket team and famous personalities. But in this case, the media is in no way responsible for fuelling the speculation. Let’s be clear, reports of rifts in cricket teams, especially Indian cricket teams are a common phenomenon. From the supposed estrangement between Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in the 1980s to the problems MS Dhoni had with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, such instances and their reporting are nothing new. Both men have not even posted a photo together despite being together in West IndiesGetty Images/ICCSo, Kohli cannot claim that he is being subjected to unprecedented scrutiny. The same media which builds up stars like him has the right to also ask questions which may not be flattering. But what makes the Indian captain’s anger all the more surprising is the fact that it is his and Rohit Sharma’s actions, or the lack of it, that has led the rumours become so widespread.Till that particular press conference, both men, and the BCCI refused to utter a single word regarding this issue. If Kohli finds these speculations in the media ‘baffling’ and ‘ridiculous,’ what stopped him from issuing a small statement or just posting a message on Twitter.Besides, some of the biggest stories on this issue has come through comments by highly-placed sources within the BCCI as well as an unnamed member of CoA. With a storm brewing in the media, was it not incumbent on the two players to put out just one sentence negating these reports, if indeed they were incorrect. The social media activities of the two players have also added fuel to the rumoursInstagramWhile Kohli lashed out at the media in the pre-tour press meet, Rohit has remained silent. Despite being together in the squad in West Indies, the two men haven’t even posted a photo together which can be the strongest proof of their being no resentment between them. This is a very strong clue of the reports of this dissension being very much true.Lastly, media-persons would remember what happened in 2017. There were stories in the media in the middle of that year suggesting problems between Kohli and the then coach Anil Kumble. At that time also, Virat had categorically rejected these reports, only for them to be proved right. So, media is perfectly justified in speculating.Till now, not a word has been heard from the side of Rohit and a picture that Virat tweeted of his team didn’t include him. If this doesn’t make people suspect, what will?
PASADENA, Md. (AP) — Following reports of a teacher calling a student a racial slur and a social media post targeting Black students, a local NAACP chapter says Black students at a Maryland high school are subject to daily abuse and humiliation.Anne Arundel County NAACP President Rev. Stephen Tillett said at a press conference on March 13 that families have seen “a decades-long pattern of resistance to change and the creation of a hostile environment for children of color” at Chesapeake High School and feeder schools.Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier told The Capital the school system wants to combat the system of intimidation Tillett describes. He said Chesapeake’s principal met with the NAACP March 13.Investigators identified the threat’s poster as a Black student, but Tillett says the student’s identity doesn’t negate other experiences.
Mariale Marrero, a Venezuelan-born bilingual beauty and lifestyle influencer with more than 20 million fans online, has signed with CAA for representation in all areas.The 27-year-old creator launched her main Spanish-language YouTube channel, Mariale, in 2010 — seeing the opportunity to reach an underserved Hispanic audience.Today she’s a cross-cultural digital star, one of the biggest U.S.-based Hispanic YouTube personalities, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has a fan base of 13.5 million subscribers across her three YouTube channels — Mariale, Mariale SinPatuque (“without makeup”) and the English-language Mar — and has large followings on Instagram (4 million), Facebook (1.8 million) and Twitter (934,000).Her most popular video on YouTube, with nearly 12 million views: a “roast yourself” challenge in which she makes fun of herself in a music video set to Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito.” Among Marrero’s other top videos is one from July 2017 documenting her breast-augmentation surgery. Marrero was nominated in the “Styler del Año” category at the 2017 MTV Latin America Millennial Awards. On her digital channels, she has partnered with brands like SmashBox Cosmetics, Revlon, Bliss, L’Oréal Paris, Lancôme, and TooFaced.CAA will work to create opportunities for Marrero in all areas, including television, motion pictures, touring, digital distribution and partnerships, endorsements, personal appearances, publishing, and beyond.Marrero continues to be managed by Kimberly Perplies and Vanessa DelMuro of James Grant Management Inc. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety