Vogel’s bread has launched an app on its Facebook page, enabling fans to discover which varieties of tea work best with its different varieties of bread.The firm carried out extensive research into which blends worked best with its wholemeal and oat, original mixed grain, soya and linseed and sunflower and barley breads. The type of blend also depended on the amount of time each slice was toasted for, and how long the tea was brewed for.Delicious magazine’s wine expert Susy Atkins paired up with The Savoy hotel’s tea guru Trevor Mordaunt, to create a tea and toast map, detailing which tea and toast combinations brought out the best in each other.Perfect Partners were found to be Smokey Lapsong, brewed at 100 degrees for five minutes and drunk with a mid-brown slice of original mixed grain. Chinese Yellow Tea worked best with lightly toasted sunflower and barley, while a strong cup of Assam, brewed for four minutes, complemented a well-done slice of soya and linseed.The ‘Perfect Partners’ app – the Vogel’s Toast ‘n’ TEA-O-TRON 3000 – will be available on its Love Toast Community Facebook page.
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaFour times Hamilton Jordan has battled cancer. Each time he’s diagnosed, he researches his disease and hopes for new treatments.The scientists, politicians and lawyers gathered on the University of Georgia campus Monday believe some of those treatment answers lie in stem cell research.”Life never meant so much to me over the last few years as the years when I’m fighting for it,” Jordan said as the former White House chief of staff shared his cancer stories.Stem cell research brings to mind images of lab coats and microscopes. But Monday’s symposium brought to light the legal, political and personal issues facing stem cell research. Lawyer Sherry Knowles, U.S. Congressman Tom Price and Jordan came to discuss their respective points of view.”These are three very important topics that will really determine how medicine will reach the public,” said Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar and director of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center.Every year, UGA holds a “Human Embryonic Stem Cell Toolbox” workshop, a five-day clinic sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Participants come from as far away as Japan.The RBC then holds the symposium to “advance public knowledge and awareness of genetic medicine,” Stice said.Jordan, a key figure in President Jimmy Carter’s administration, was diagnosed with histiocytic lymphoma in 1985 after an X-ray showed a golf-ball-sized tumor in his chest.”The doctor said it was likely cancer,” he said. As he waited for the results of his biopsy, “my wife, mom and sister took turns crying for three days as I lay there.”After he was diagnosed, Jordan “went into a funk. I was scared to death. I kind of cut myself off from my family.”Then a doctor friend from UGA dropped by for a visit at the hospital and asked him: “Who is going to have a greater decision in your life than yourself?”That night, Jordan went down to the hospital’s library and started learning about his cancer.The personal side plays a huge role in the research. But researchers must also keep in mind the legal aspects of stem cells.As a partner at King and Spalding, Knowles focuses heavily on protecting biotechnology patent portfolios. “You can do all the research you want, but if you’re blocked by patents, you’ll get nowhere,” she told the scientists. “I help get companies and universities through the patent thicket.”As of June 2005, 1,400 patents covered the various aspects of stem cell research. That makes it all the more important for scientists to investigate what has been patented and to get the proper licenses before proceeding with studies.Although Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is an orthopedic surgeon and third-generation physician, “I’m here to give you opinion,” he said. He believes that stem cells, whether embryonic or adult, hold great promise for many diseases and many illnesses. Then he went on to explain the political dilemma.”Politicians like unanimity,” he said. “We don’t like controversy. … We try to help people and make people happy.”And stem cell research, especially embryonic research, is controversial. “With adult and cord cell research, you get into the whole area of political demagoguery,” Price said. “Oftentimes it seems in embryonic stem cells that the secret to so many diseases is just months away. This does a disservice to the public, science and those suffering from diseases.”Plus, “the government is not nimble,” he said. “You can’t get us to move in such a way that responds quickly to issues.”He asked the scientists to educate their politicians, to invite them into the lab and explain their research. It helps to add a personal view to something as tiny as cells.”I look at every day differently than before I had these experiences,” Jordan said of his battles with cancer. To him, stem cell research is “important to our country, our people and our economy. There’s so much to lose here.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
This year s competition for the highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award was impressive. Many Vermont businesses who applied for this prestigious award were worthy but only three could be named as finalists. This year s finalists are BioTek Instruments, Inc of Winooski, The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield. All three businesses exemplify the standards by which the Deane C Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged. The award is presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Wednesday, May 26. The award presentation ceremony will kick off the 26th annual Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor Jim Douglas will present the award at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Until that time, one of the most important traditions of the award will remain intact; the winner s identity is kept secret, even from the finalists, until the moment the award is presented.This year s finalists exemplify the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of the state and captures the essence of Vermont business. All share in common their dedication to their employees, communities and Vermont s natural environment. However, each tells a unique story of vision, commitment and growth. BioTek Instruments, Inc. is a privately held and family-run business that was founded in 1968. The organization develops instruments used to facilitate the drug recovery process and to aid in the advancement of life science research. This evolving company is committed to continued financial growth, the welfare of its employees and reducing the company s impact on the environment, making it a strong contender for this prestigious award.The Foley Family of Companies started in 1879, when Michael Foley purchased Goodwin s Laundry in Rutland, Vermont. The business grew over generations and eventually became Foley Laundry, a business still in operation today. The Foley family used the small operation to launch new business ideas and in 1973, the Foley Family of Companies was created. Today, the thriving business owns and operates The Party Store, Pistols & Roses, Foley Services and Foley Distributing. Small Dog Electronics has been making a name for itself in the competitive electronic retail market since 1995. Recognized by Apple as the most knowledgeable Apple retailer in the U.S., Small Dog is the only Apple specialist and authorized Apple reseller in Vermont. Founded by Don and Hapy Mayer, the company started with the modest duo and grew over the last 15 years to a crew of more than 40 people and almost as many office dogs. The growth and sustainability illustrated by Small Dog Electronics speaks to the high company standards outlined in their mission statement. This business has a strong commitment to people, planet, and profit. In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Commitment to the environment and dedication to employee relations are key components to receiving this award as well.Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine as we unveil this year s award recipient at the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO on Wednesday, May 26 during the opening ceremonies.###