APLU Recognition

first_imgThe Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recently honored UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics professor Michael Wetzstein with the National Teaching Award for Food and Agriculture Science. For more on UGA agricultural and applied economics programs, see the website www.caes.uga.edu/departments/agecon/. To instill his love for economics in students, Wetzstein casts information in a form they are comfortable learning. In class, economic concepts and connections are presented by webbing a variety of learning forms—prose, graphics and numerical examples. He believes that long after students have forgotten most of the specific content within a course, they will be left with positive impressions. Wetzstein’s current research emphasis is on food versus fuel security and associated climate change impacts. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and APLU, the annual awards include stipends of $5,000 for two national winners to be used for improving teaching at their respective universities. “When alumni recall their college days, they often think of teachers who had the biggest impact on them,” said Ian Maw, vice president of food, agriculture and natural resources at APLU. “The teachers presented with these awards will be fondly remembered for their service to students, to the teaching profession and to their chosen disciplines. The value of these teachers to their universities cannot be overstated.” The APLU presented the award, which honors university faculty for the use of innovative teaching methods and service to students, at the126th APLU annual meeting in November in Washington, D.C. Other research discoveries led Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to significantly improve its ability to accurately estimate water demand for policy analysis, poultry producers to improve their laying hen replacement decisions and Georgia peach producers to geographically scatter their orchards. His research has resulted in numerous publications and the authoring of a microeconomics textbook. center_img For more information about the APLU visit www.aplu.org . Leslie Dawn Edgar of the University of Arkansas and David W.W. Jones of North Carolina State University each received best new teacher honors in agriculture science. His recent research on biofuels policy influenced national policy toward developing a portfolio of fuels. His past research on integrated pest management was used in congressional hearings as the foundation for current and future funding. Other award recipients included Wetzstein’s fellow national teaching award winner Tiffany Heng-Moss of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and six regional teaching award winners: John C. “Jack” Clausen of the University of Connecticut; Janice Jean Haggart of North Dakota State University; Soo-Yeun Lee of University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign; Jeffrey W. Savell of Texas A&M University; William J. Silvia of the University of Kentucky; and Brian Kent Warnick of Utah State University. last_img read more

Northfield Savings Bank reports 2008 results

first_imgSource: NSB. Northfield, VT (April 30, 2009) – Northfield Savings Bank,Northfield Savings Bank (NSB) continued its strong financial performance in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 as evidenced by asset growth, strong capitalization and consistent earnings.Total assets at year end were $588 million, an increase of $25.5 million or 4.5% from 2007. Capital increased to $71.7 million on net income of $2.9 million. The Bank s capital remains more than twice the regulatory requirement to be considered well capitalized.During the first quarter of 2009 a new milestone was reached as assets exceeded $600 million. Earnings for the quarter were $801,000. NSB s performance remained strong in 2008 despite the banking turmoil and economic recession impacting the United States, and this trend continues in 2009, stated Thomas Pelletier, President and CEO. We believe the Bank s continued success is reflective of Vermonters commitment and confidence in local community banks.As a mutual/depositor owned institution, in 2008 NSB continued its long standing practice of contributing 10% of its earnings to over 200 community based non profit organizations. This community dividend has exceeded $300,000 annually for many years.About Northfield Savings BankNorthfield Savings Bank (NSB) is Vermont s second-largest bank headquartered in the state, and was founded in 1867 by a group of area citizens. With assets of $600 million, NSB is also one of Vermont’s largest providers of residential mortgages and commercial loans. Instead of paying a dividend as stockholder-owned banks do, NSB proudly distributes a community dividend of 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations. NSB has consistently contributed $300,000 per year over the past several years. An independent community bank, NSB employs approximately 143 people and operates 13 branches throughout Central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.last_img read more

What does food industry preparedness mean for you? Plenty

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – The Source Weekly Briefing is dedicated to providing critical information that both the private and public sectors can act on to develop comprehensive and effective pandemic preparedness plans. However, we recognize the unique challenge that the next pandemic poses for such planning, particularly as it will affect the global, just-in-time economy. Because so much is uncertain about the next pandemic, one could conclude that there isn’t much we can truly do to prepare.The lead article in this issue is the second in a two-part series examining the ability of food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to deliver food in a pandemic. Weekly Briefing staff writer Mary Van Beusekom has clearly and convincingly highlighted the best and worst in pandemic preparedness activities for one of our most critical private sectors: the food system.Front-and-center issueYou may be tempted to minimize the importance of food-sector pandemic planning because it’s not your business. Nothing could be further from the truth.If your workers can’t get access to food during a pandemic for all the reasons detailed in these articles, how can you expect them to be available and willing to work even if you provide them with preventive measures against influenza, such as antiviral drugs, respirators, or masks? You can’t.You also must think about what this means to your family. Even if the business consideration doesn’t motivate you, the impact that a lack of food has on your loved ones should be a compelling reason to be concerned about this issue and to demand more of your grocery store management—and their bosses.Together, the US Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security must follow the lead of companies like Alex Lee to develop real plans to protect the nation’s food supply. And key trade organizations such as the Food Marketing Institute (which serves the needs of food distributors, grocery wholesalers, and retail supermarkets) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association (which includes food, beverage, and consumer product companies) must be integrally involved in this planning. Plans must be national and even international in scope for securing at least a subsistence food supply during a pandemic. To date none of these organizations have developed comprehensive, tested plans.The Weekly Briefing food series also raises important concerns about strategies that selected food companies have employed to develop pandemic plans. I’ve learned that some companies require their suppliers to sign affidavits indicating that their companies have workable pandemic plans in place. But we can take very limited comfort in these pieces of “legal paper.” Many of these statements are barely worth the paper they are printed on, because suppliers are in no better position to prepare for a pandemic than are their buyers.In short, we need pandemic preparedness leadership from the private sector, which to date has been absent from far too many areas of the country’s business community.As a September 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security put it, “Eighty-five percent of critical infrastructure resources reside in the private sector, which generally lacks individual and system-wide business continuity plans specifically for catastrophic health emergencies such as pandemic influenza.”Bottom line for businessThe articles on the pandemic preparedness status of the food wholesale and retail industry in this country were not intended to give a black eye for a critical business sector we largely take for granted every day. Rather, we believe they represent a clarion call to all businesses and their employees to inform themselves of what they can expect during the pandemic and what they can do now to minimize the eventual impact.If you are in the healthcare, energy-generation, transportation, or telecommunications industries, it’s understandable if you haven’t made the food wholesale and retail sector a priority. That has to change. And, for that matter, the food-supply sector also needs to be concerned about the preparedness status of the energy, transportation, healthcare, and telecommunications industries.Business leaders in every community should demand that CEOs of the primary food retailers (and in turn, upstream suppliers) in these communities detail what they are doing to ensure an adequate food supply during the next pandemic. We need many more Alex Lees and SYSCOs when the pandemic begins. Now is the time to make that happen.last_img read more

Tidy profit for Workspace sale

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Classes on coping with a red devil

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People moves: Hermes, Invesco hire to boost Nordic presence [updated]

first_imgEthos Services/Ethos Foundation – The Swiss proxy voting service Ethos has confirmed two new chairs for for the two parts of its business. Rudolf Rechsteiner was elected to chair the Ethos Foundation, while Beth Krasna was appointed chair of Ethos Services.The pair replace Dominique Biedermann, who previously held both roles but chose not to stand for re-election. He has worked for Ethos – which is wholly owned by Swiss pension funds – for 21 years.Biedermann had been criticised recently because his wife Yola is head of Ethos’ corporate governance department. The perceived “shortcomings in corporate governance” had led one pension fund to quit Ethos. It has indicated it could reverse this decision after Beidermann’s exit.Invesco – The Atlanta-headquartered investment management group has boosted its Nordic sales team with the appointment of two senior sales managers. Stefan Behring has been appointed head of Nordics institutional sales and Matthias Hagen will join on 18 June as head of retail sales.Invesco said the hires further cemented the expansion of both the institutional and retail arms in the region. Behring joins from JP Morgan, where he was client adviser and executive director, while Hagen joins from Goldman Sachs, where he was executive director for third party distribution for the Nordic region.BpfBouw – The €56bn pension fund for the building sector has appointed Annemarie de Beun as co-head of its administrative bureau. David van As, who has headed the bureau since 2011, is to become general director.De Beun, who was the bureau’s secretary, is to continue as operational manager. She joined BpfBouw in 2017 from the €8.8bn pension fund for disabled workers in a sheltered environment (PWRI), where she was temporary director since the departure of Frans Prins at the end of 2016.Martin Currie – Julian Ide has joined the active equity specialist as head of distribution and strategy with a brief to broaden the company’s global distribution capability across geographies and solutions. Ide was formerly CEO of Source ETF, which was bought by Invesco last year, and also previously led Old Mutual Global Investors as chief executive.Martin Currie said that Ide, who has also held senior positions at Credit Suisse and ABN Amro, will have “responsibility for developing our forward strategy” alongside CEO Willie Watt.Natixis Investment Managers – The asset management arm of the French corporate and investment bank has appointed Sebastian Römer as head of sales for central and eastern Europe (CEE). He also has a brief to focus on Germany, Austria, Switzerland.Römer joins Natixis from PIMCO, where he was responsible for institutional clients in Germany. He previously worked for private equity firm Apax Partners, and started his career at McKinsey & Co in Zurich.Gresham House – Heather Fleming has joined the specialist alternatives asset manager in a newly created position of head of institutional business. Formerly at Fidelity International as head of institutional distribution for UK and Ireland, Fleming will initially focus on Gresham’s British Strategic Investment Fund, with a further remit to look into developing the company’s institutional offering and fundraising capabilities.The British Strategic Investment Fund was launched last year with the Berkshire Pension Fund as a cornerstone investor. Berkshire also owns a 20% stake in Gresham House.Nuveen – Rune Sanbeck has joined the investment management arm of TIAA, the US asset manager, as head of international advisory services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Reporting to John Panagakis, the firm’s global head of international advisory services, Sanbeck will lead Nuveen’s push across the EMEA region. He joins the firm from Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he was head of the Nordic region for institutional business, iShares and retail. Fulcrum Asset Management – The multi-asset investment group, which oversees £4.4bn of assets, has appointed Chris Gower as director of global consultants and pension funds. Briefed to bolster Fulcrum’s relationships with consultants and pension funds on a global basis, Gower joins the firm from First State Investments where he had served as EMEA head of client and consultant relations. He had previously worked for HSBC Global Asset Management, Lane Clark & Peacock and Aon Consulting.Schroders – The global investment manager has moved to bolster its solutions business with the appointment of Patrick O’Sullivan as a strategist based in London and the transfer of solutions manager Edward Studd to New York.O’Sullivan, previously a portfolio strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, will report to Neil Walton, head of investment solutions. Studd, who will work under Seth Finkelstein, head of US portfolio solutions, will focus on developing risk-managed solutions for North American pension clients.Sycomore Asset Management – Francesca Mozzati has joined the boutique investment house as head of institutional sales. She will be responsible for developing the company’s presence in southern Europe, with a particular focus on Italy. She was previously part of the marketing team at French bank BPCE, and has also wored at Natixis where she was head of equity sales for Italy for 12 years.Research Affiliates – The smart beta and asset allocation company has bolstered its social responsibility and governance team with the appointment of Alex Edmans, a professor at London Business School, as an adviser. In his new role, Edmans will work in particular on developing implementation tools for environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) strategies.Edmans will retain his affiliation with the London Business School and remain as editor of The Review of Finance and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research think-tank.BNY Mellon – The investment services giant has hired Stephan Koschmieder has joined the company as head of business development for the Germany, Austria and CEE region. In this newly created role, based in Frankfurt, he is responsible for growing the company’s custody, depositary and fund accounting services.He was previously at Euroclear where he worked for 11 years, latterly as director and unit head for sales and relationship management. BNY Mellon also recently hired Katherine Starks as head of asset servicing for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the CEE region. Dennis Presburg, head of asset servicing business development for northern Europe, said increasing BNY Mellon’s presence in Germany was a “key strategic priority” for the group. Hermes Investment Management, Ethos Services, Invesco, BpfBouw, Martin Currie, Natixis Investment Managers, Gresham House, Nuveen, Fulcrum Asset Management, Schroders, Sycomore Asset Management, Research Affiliates, BNY MellonHermes Investment Management – Magnus Kristensen has moved to the fund manager, which was partially sold to Federated Investors in April this year, as director of business development for the Nordic region.Kristensen joins from Jyske Bank, where he had numerous responsibilities, including overseeing client acquisitions and maintenance, as well as leading a team of client relations managers.Hermes, which has £33.6bn (€38.2bn) of funds under management and was formerly majority owned by BT Pension Scheme, said Kristensen would help to expand the business throughout the Nordic region, a core market for the company.last_img read more

OGIC signs 75th project in last four years

first_imgUK’s Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has signed its 75th project, increasing its total investment into innovative technology over the last four years to £3.8 million ($5 million).OGIC said on Monday that the latest project came as the Centre finalized agreements on five new technologies with the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry.The new projects will see five companies working with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology with direct applications to current industry challenges and represent a £330,000 investment by OGIC.In the first project, TechnipFMC Umbilicals is working with the University of Aberdeen to develop a load-bearing connector for use with power umbilicals containing high strength aluminum conductors.According to OGIC, the design will see the need for ancillary strength members alleviated or eliminated. Phase one of the project has been successfully completed and an initial design for the connector is underway. Phase two will see the University of Aberdeen investigate the design of the connector through analysis and testing, to gain knowledge of both mechanical and electrical performance requirements.Project number two is conducted by the Weir Group in partnership with Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences for the development of a barrier layer of 2D Nanomaterial for elastomers to reduce gas permeation.This technology should allow easier and safer access to high pressure and high-temperature oil and gas reserves. An initial evaluation to determine the feasibility of 2D Nanomaterial as an additive to polymer coatings has been completed. The project will see further permeation studies taking place to develop an understanding of how the technology will work.The third project will involve Balmoral Group working with the University of Edinburgh to investigate the potential use of new materials, which can be integrated into Balmoral’s current line of subsea ancillary products.The Getech Group is also working with the University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde to investigate the conditions under which granites and all crystalline based basement rocks weather and fracture, to a degree that transform them into potential hydrocarbon reserves. This could increase the opportunities to exploit unconventional reservoirs, crucial in the UKCS, due to the decrease in traditional basins.In the final project, N-Sea is working with the University of Strathclyde to develop technology that carries out automatic annotation of subsea video and auxiliary data. Feasibility has been proven and the next step is the testing of a prototype.Ian Phillips, OGIC CEO, said: “We are very excited to have signed our 75th project agreement, reaching this milestone highlights the willingness there is in the industry to invest in new technology and take part in R&D.“The five new projects we have recently supported are all vastly different but demonstrate that there is an appetite across the industry to find innovative solutions to challenges facing the sector. Each of these projects have the potential to result in real cost savings for companies and emphasize the range and scope of projects which OGIC can support.”last_img read more

Trinidad DPP to determine criminal charges against former CL Financial executives

first_img Sharing is caring! Attorney General Anand Ramlogan PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard has been asked by Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to determine if criminal charges should be laid against former CL Financial executives Lawrence Duprey and Andre Monteil.Ramlogan on Wednesday directed that all files relating to the probe into the collapse of insurance giant CLICO be forwarded to the DPP.Ramlogan’s action follows the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Central Bank and CLICO against Duprey and Monteil for alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of CLICO assets, which led to the fall of CLICO in January 2009.In an interview with the Trinidad Express, Ramlogan vowed that government will leave no stone unturned to ensure justice for thousands of CLICO policyholders who were affected by the collapse of the company.“I have directed that all information acquired as a result of the probe conducted for these civil cases be shared with the DPP in the hope that it may be of some assistance. The government has no control for criminal prosecution, that is a matter for the DPP based on evidence unearthed by proper police investigations,” Ramlogan said.“We intend to pursue a number of high profile scandals (not limited to CLICO) that rocked the last administration. More will be said about this in the coming months,” he said.Ramlogan said the CLICO “case will raise the propriety of various property transactions and energy transactions and the sale to (Andre) Monteil’s Stone Street of seven million HMB (Home Mortgage Bank) shares which had been the subject of much public controversy.”He said that fraud expert John Powell QC, together with Leigh Ann Mulcahy, will lead a team of five lawyers on behalf of the Central Bank.“It is the first of what shall be a series of actions to be filed in the CLICO fiasco. Any and or all allegations of wrongdoing shall be put before the court to determine whether the evidence warrants judicial intervention and remedy,” said Ramlogan.“The government intends to vigorously assert its rights in this matter in the public interest so that any allegation of wrongdoing and misconduct can be properly ventilated,” he continued.“It is clear that CLF became increasingly a behemoth built on debt. Insurance companies must be operated and managed prudently and competently to safeguard the interest of its policyholders,” Ramlogan added.“At some stage, it was clear that CLICO’s assets did not match its liabilities in order to generate the sums needed to pay the rates of return contractually due to policyholders and mutual fund investors,” he said.“The government empathises with the distressed and traumatised depositors and policyholders and intends to leave no stone unturned in its quest for justice on their behalf in this matter,” Ramlogan said.In 2009, the then-PNM government and the Central Bank took control of CLICO after the company could not repay several billion dollars owed to policyholders and creditors of the country’s largest insurance company.Caribbean News Now Share Share 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Trinidad DPP to determine criminal charges against former CL Financial executives by: – June 10, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Robert J. Feller, age 94

first_imgRobert J. Feller, age 94, of Richmond, Indiana and a former long time resident of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Richmond, Indiana. Born June 2, 1921 in Brookville, Indiana he was the son of the late Ernest & Katherine M. (Gillman) Feller. On May 5, 1945 he and the former Marjorie M. Lang were united in marriage, and she preceded him in death on August 6, 2009. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, having served with the 492ND Bomb Group, He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, as well as the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. Mr. Feller was retired from Whitewater Publications in Brookville where he had served as Publisher of the Brookville Democrat and Brookville American Newspapers. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Brookville, the Knights of Columbus Council #1010 of Brookville where he was past Grand Knight; the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion; and had been a former member of the Brookville Town Board. Survivors include a daughter & son-in law, June (William) Dittlinger of Sulpher Springs, Indiana, a son & daughter-in-law, Robert G. “Jerry” (Karen) Feller of Richmond, Indiana; five grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Feller of Green Valley, Arizona and Harold Feller of Brookville, Indiana. Besides his parents and wife, Marjorie, he was preceded in death by an infant sister. Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville; where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Feller family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Andy Beck

first_imgAndy Beck, age 65 of Batesville, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.Born May 25, 1951 in Silver Spring, Maryland, he is the son of Kitsy (Nee: Swain) and Allen Beck.  He married Mary Jo Holtel November 23, 1990.  A member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #271, the Sons of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3183 and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461, Andy was owner and chef of Beck’s Grillin’ and Catering.Most will remember Andy’s infectious smile and his cigar.  He was most definitely a people person with a passion for entertaining.  Andy liked gatherings of family or friends and his BBQ ribs will surely be missed.  Cooking was his way of expressing his friendship and affection.  It was his nature to bring meals to neighbors and family members in times of need.  For as talented a cook as he was, Mary Jo explained baking wasn’t his forte.  The only baking he did was peanut butter cookies and crème brulee, which also happened to be about the only sweets he cared for.  She also said the house was never quiet.  A talented drummer with a good voice, Andy loved all types of music.  So if music wasn’t filling the house, then it was one of several T.V.’s that would be on.  Some of Andy’s other interests included I.U. Basketball, the Washington Redskins, golfing, as well as being an avid card player.  He enjoyed playing 500 and Bridge.He is survived by his wife Mary Jo; sisters and brother-in-laws Kathleen and Barry Hurwitz of Columbia, Maryland, Cindy and Pat Reddell of Ft. Worth, Texas; brothers and sister-in-laws Alan and Ginger Beck of Eugene, Oregon, Jim and Todd Beck of Batesville and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents.Visitation is Thursday, February 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, February 17th, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Safe Passage or the Hansen Center (Margaret Mary Health Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund).last_img read more