New Business Development Manager at Arts & Business

first_img Tagged with: Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 August 2004 | News Arts & Business, the national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable relationships between business and the arts, has appointed Elisabeth Monro as Business Development Manager.Elisabeth’s role is to develop new and existing relationships with the business community in London, manage existing members and identify prospects, and to advise businesses on beginning or deepening a relationship with the arts.She joins Arts & Business from children’s charity NCH where she worked as the Arts Project Manager. Advertisement New Business Development Manager at Arts & Business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

CAF to give evidence on banking crisis

first_img Howard Lake | 22 January 2009 | News Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Finance Law / policy recession CAF to give evidence on banking crisis  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), has been asked to give evidence to the Commons Treasury Select Committee Inquiry into the Banking Crisis about the impact on charities of the collapse of Icelandic Banks.CAF estimates that at least £86 million of charity money was held in Icelandic banks when they collapsed in October 2008, and some estimates suggest the figure could be £200 million or more.Low will join a panel of witnesses called to give evidence on “the protection of UK citizens investing funds in non-UK jurisdictions” in a session on 3 February.The invitation to CAF followed a series of meetings on the collapse of Icelandic banks and the implications for charitable organisations with ministers in the Treasury and Office of the Third Sector attended by representatives from CAF, CFDG, NCVO, and ACEVO.John Low said: “Charities are the last safety net for many in society during an economic crisis and it is important that the Treasury Select Committee fully considers the inadequate protection of charity deposits exposed by recent events.” tompagenet on AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Orphanage project on shortlist for Earth Awards 2010

first_imgOrphanage project on shortlist for Earth Awards 2010 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awards corporate  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 August 2010 | News An architectural project to give 50 Thai orphans their own individual homes is in the running for a global innovation award backed by world-leading entrepreneurs. Norwegian organisation TYIN Tegnestue’s Soe Ker Tie Hias (The Butterfly Houses) has been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted in The Earth Awards 2010. Architect Andreas Grontvedt Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad will now pitch to top CEOs at an Innovators Summit in London to secure funding to bring the concept to market.The Earth Awards identify viable ideas from fashion to architecture and consumer products, and matches them with investors to provide a practical solution to improve quality of life.The Butterfly Houses, finalists in the social justice category, are designed to offer children a more normal situation, rather than the dormitories of many refugee orphanages. They provide individual spaces within a neighbourhood where children can grow independently yet within a network.Finalists will soon compete in a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch for more funding from top CEOs at an FT Innovators to Investors Summit on 16 September; selected finalists will also exhibit at HRH Prince of Wales’ Start Festival in London next month.The Earth Awards Selection Committee is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Peter Head, Director, ARUP; Graham Hill, Founder, Treehugger; Sir Richard Branson, Founder and CEO, Virgin Group; Yang Lan, Chairwoman, Sun Television; Ira C. Magaziner, Chairman, William J. Clinton Foundation; and Bill McKibben, writer and environmentalist.www.theearthawards.orglast_img read more

National Fundraising Awards 2018 open for entries with new Best Donor Experience category

first_img  89 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Awards Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 “The National Fundraising Awards are simply one of the best ways of sharing fundraising success and achievements. What works, how and why: it’s what every fundraiser wants keep up to date with, so that they can apply the ideas for their charity. The team of experienced judges gets the privilege of reading the detail of several hundred outstanding fundraising campaigns, and then the responsibility of picking the very best. It takes a good couple of days of their donated time, and yes, there are long debates.”More information on the event is available on the dedicated Awards website, including the general rules, criteria and how to apply. The deadline for nominations is Friday 23 March 2018.The other categories, as last year, are:Best Business-Charity PartnershipBest Individual Giving CampaignBest Use of DigitalBest Use of EventsBest Legacy CampaignFundraising Charity of the Year – LargeFundraising Charity of the Year – SmallMost Innovative Fundraising CampaignBest Fundraising NewcomerBest Young Fundraiser (15 years or under)Best Volunteer FundraiserMost Committed Company to the SectorGill Astarita Fundraiser of the YearLifetime Contribution Award The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has opened nominations for its 2018 National Fundraising Awards with the launch of new category: Best Donor Experience.The new Best Donor Experience award seeks charities or individuals to enter for experiences that celebrate putting donors at the heart of fundraising.The 2018 National Fundraising Awards are now in their 28th year. This year’s winners will be announced at the Brewery in London on Monday 2 July, during the IoF’s Fundraising Convention.Chris Washington-Sare, Chair of the Special Interest Group on the Donor Experience said:“The new Donor Experience award will celebrate and applaud truly consistent donor-based approaches to fundraising. The award is intended to celebrate those charities and fundraisers that have delivered campaigns, or even individual supporter experiences, that represent the very best examples of excellent relationship fundraising.”UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake, Chair of the Awards Judging Panel added: Advertisement Melanie May | 26 January 2018 | News National Fundraising Awards 2018 open for entries with new Best Donor Experience categorylast_img read more

Postal workers’ struggle spreads across the world

first_imgPart of NYC May Day is postal struggle.WW photo: G. DunkelU.S. Postal Service clerks, carriers, mail handlers and drivers have a lot in common with other postal workers in the capitalist world. In Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, India, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Canada and other countries, postal workers have gone out on strike in the last year to demand wage increases, to defend benefits and to oppose privatization.In the U.S., postal workers are in a fight to defend the post office from privatization, which would destroy union wages and benefits, disproportionately affecting communities of color. Corporate control of mail would curtail mail services to many communities, especially seniors, the disabled, the incarcerated, immigrants, rural communities and people without permanent housing.Many USPS hearings have been packed by neighborhood and small business representatives opposed to postal cutbacks. Protests have taken place all over the country, with the March 24 rallies called by the National Association of Letter Carriers in 116 cities drawing tens of thousands of workers and community activists.Just weeks later, five community and postal activists were arrested during the sit-in at a post office in Salem, Ore. Grievances have been filed and won against the subcontracting of motor vehicle jobs. Community and postal activists are organizing resistance to the sales of post office buildings in cities in many states.The struggle continues, as Congress prepares to pass legislation that would either save the world’s most efficient and low-cost postal service, or destroy it.Postal workers have also been fighting back on every continent, over many of the same issues, and against some of the same multinational corporations.African postal workers strikePostal workers went out on strike in Kenya over wages issues in December 2011, in Malawi in August 2012 and in Tunisia over staffing demands in June 2012.In South Africa, postal workers struck in 2009 to put an end to the “apartheid wage gap” within the post office. Black workers were still earning the lowest salaries, a vestige of apartheid-era policies two decades earlier. This April 19, “casual” postal workers demanding they be made permanent employees returned to work after winning their demands. And 588 postal workers are still fighting for reinstatement after a six-week wildcat strike that ended in March over expected but not delivered bonuses.With 25 percent unemployment in South Africa, partly as a result of the world economic crisis and a sharp rise in the cost of living and household debt, there has been an increase in strikes aimed at correcting “apartheid wages, high levels of inequality and the general economic state of workers,” said National Union of Mineworkers general secretary, Frans Baleni. (Mail & Guardian, May 5)The South African Post Office offers banking services through Postbank, making savings, investment and insurance accounts widely available, even in the most remote areas of the country. Banking services help make South Africa’s postal services financially stable.Brazil to Berlin, postal workers strikePostal strikes took place in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay in the last 12 months. In Brazil, workers struck for a 43-percent increase in wages. The three months long strike ended Sept. 28, 2012, when the Superior Labor Court decreed a 6.5-percent wage increase and benefit improvements.Brazil Post made $391 million in profits last year. The judge threatened $10,000 daily fines for Fentect, the national umbrella group for Brazil’s postal unions, if workers did not return to their jobs.In Europe, postal strikes have been organized in Germany, Greece, Spain and England. Thousands of German postal workers walked off the job in rolling strikes (diverse locations, certain workers, for an hour or a day) over a three-week period before an agreement was reached on April 29 for a 5.7-percent wage increase over the next two years.In England, postal workers have also organized rolling strikes to put pressure on U.K. authorities to protect Royal Mail from the impact of unfair private-sector competition in the postal sector. TNT Post and U.K. Mail are cherry-picking the most profitable parts of the U.K. postal market, leaving Royal Mail to pay for the less profitable parts.The union is also opposing the privatization of Royal Mail itself, which could happen in some form later this year. The Communications Workers Union is currently balloting members on whether to strike the whole system later this year.Spain’s postal workers walked picket lines on May 2 to show their opposition to government plans to “reform” the mail system, which union leaders say will eliminate 18,000 jobs.Greek postal workers joined the Feb. 20 general strike as well as many others of the more than 20 general strikes that have been organized to oppose austerity forced on Greece by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.The 48-hour general strike on Nov. 6 and 7, 2012, opposed a law that would make it easier to privatize companies such as Hellenic Petroleum S.A., the Public Power Corp. electric company and the Greek postal service.In Canada, the federal government imposed a back-to-work order on postal workers conducting rotating strikes in 2011. New labor contracts were finally ratified this March.Canada Post is now threatening wage cuts, alternate-day mail service and the elimination of door-to-door delivery, despite a $127 million profit in 2012. Denis Lemelin, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, countered: “Many countries, including Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, France and Germany have expanded into revenue-generating financial and banking services. It is time for CPC to do likewise.” ( CUPW is fighting against post office closures, job eliminations, service cutbacks and privatization with a public campaign for municipalities to pass resolutions in favor of postal workers.In the U.S., postal workers will be marching alongside community activists in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration March from Baltimore to Washington on May 11 and 12. On that same date, the National Association of Letter Carriers is asking every postal customer to leave canned goods at their mailbox. The food will be distributed to neighborhood food pantries.The fight for food, decent wages and benefits is a fundamental component in the fight against poverty. Just as postal workers are part of a common struggle in the U.S. for a fair and just society, we are also part of an international movement of workers.Joe Piette is a member of Community- Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services, and and a retired letter carrier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry

first_img Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry Previous articleSpeaker Ryan: Canada the Real Problem with NAFTANext articleFarmers Fine Tune Planting Decisions at Fort Wayne Farm Show Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 16, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry Fish-Fry-comingCatherine BertiniPlans are shaping up for the annual Purdue Fish Fry on February 3rd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Agricultural Alumni Association will introduce the six new recipients of its highest honor, the Certificate of Distinction, at the event. They were named Tuesday, and Danica Kirkpatrick says it is a group that has traveled diverse roads that all lead back to Purdue.“We’ve got folks from the corporate world,” she told HAT. “We’ve got folks within the College of Agriculture and the Extension service, and not only have their careers led them to great achievements, but you can see what they also do in their spare time as far as community service and other activities. So, it’s a real pleasure to shine the light on these fantastic winners.”During the Fish Fry the spotlight will also shine on the keynote speaker, a 2003 World Food Prize laureate, and a leading expert on global food security.“Catherine Bertini (pictured) is a very remarkable woman and we are so glad to bring her to the fish fry audience. She is not only a World Food Prize laureate, which we are very familiar with here at Purdue University, but she also served as the first woman and the first American as the head of the World Food Programme. So, her perspective on how to solve food security issues on a global scale will be one that the fish fry audience is going to really enjoy.”The ag alumni’s Certificates of Distinction this year go to Katherine Armstrong, Zionsville, John Frischie of Kentland, Paul Marsh from Naperville, Illinois, Ray Moistner of Fishers, James E. Monger, Lafayette, and Darrel Thomas of Greencastle.The Certificate of Distinction is presented annually to professionals who have contributed significantly to agriculture, forestry or natural resources through career accomplishments, organizational involvement, community service and other activities.More about the 2018 winners:Katherine Armstrong When Dow AgroSciences decided that seeds and traits warranted major investments of research and dollars, Katherine Armstrong was chosen to head a new research and development department – Trait Product Development.“Katherine was the obvious candidate,” says a retired vice president of Dow AgroSciences who worked with Armstrong for nearly two decades. “She embraced a daunting task. She successfully attracted outstanding talent from both inside and outside the company, developed novel capabilities and technologies, and delivered scientific as well as pipeline contributions that fully met or exceeded expectations. Much of Katherine and her team’s impact is just now starting to make its way into the hands of growers.”Armstrong helped strengthen the long Purdue-DowAgroSciences relationship. The DAS-Purdue Joint Steering Team, now in its 11th year, has a goal of boosting the partnership between the two entities in research, teaching, and Extension. Armstrong was co-leader of the committee from 2008 to 2014, and she oversaw a steady flow of resources from DAS to the College of Agriculture, supporting both applied and basic Plant Sciences research, especially by graduate students. DAS specialists helped Purdue design the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center, which opened in 2016 and is the first field phenotyping facility in North America.“The relationship stands the test of time,” a DAS executive says. A recently announced discovery of a novel soybean gene that confers resistance to a particular pathogen is one result of the collaboration. “Due to the clear outcomes for both Purdue and DowAgroSciences, Purdue embraced this university-industry connection, which now serves as a model for relationships with other universities as well. The strategy she set continues to thrive.”John Frischie A longtime educator in Newton County, Frischie has influenced the lives of many students and local residents by creating opportunities in entrepreneurship areas, such as FFA career development activities and adult education classes in agribusiness management, farm computing and mechanics.He moved to Kentland in 1969, after completing his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and serving a junior-year internship at Seymour High School, an experience that “was a foundation for my years as a teacher,” he wrote in 2012. His tenure with South Newton School Corp. began with 28 years as an ag education instructor and chairman of the vocational department. He was named Indiana Young Farmer Agribusiness Teacher of the Year in 1976 and Indiana Agriculture Teacher of the Year in 1997.From 1997 to 2003, Frischie was director of secondary education and technology, and for two years he was an administrative assistant for the corporation. In 2016 he received the Hall of Fame Award bestowed by the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce.Frischie has been a member of the Kentland Rotary Club since 2006 and served as president from 2010-11. He is currently assistant governor coordinator and trainer for District 6540, which includes 54 clubs in northern Indiana, and a member of the administrative council.As one nominator wrote, “One needs only to view his list of accomplishments and leadership responsibilities in his community to understand that John can get things done and gather community support for those efforts.”Paul Marsh As portfolio manager, chief underwriter, principal in the Agricultural Investments Division of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, Marsh is recognized, in the words of a former co-worker, as “one of the most respected farm mortgage lenders in the nation, whose counsel is frequently sought not only by senior management but also by outside groups.”Marsh earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue in 1972. A decade later, he was a regional manager, supervising farm managers for the Northern Trust Co.’s farm management. He joined Prudential in 1986.In recent years, soil productivity and land conservation issues have been a focus. In 2016, he presented a report at the inaugural Soil Health Institute’s meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s been associated with the Farm Foundation since 2010, and was on the Economics Task Force of the Soil Renaissance Project from 2014 to 2016.A former Purdue classmate notes that Marsh has always worked to achieve the highest academic, professional and personal standards.“Many graduates achieve great heights in their careers,” the classmate wrote in nominating Marsh for the Certificate of Distinction, “but Paul Marsh has always gone above and beyond and that is what makes him so worthy of receiving this award.”Ray Moistner Since January 2000, Ray Moistner has been executive director of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, a trade association that now boasts 375 member firms and draws more than 1,000 people to its annual convention. “It has become the largest state hardwood trade association meeting,” says a lumber company executive, “and a must-attend for those who work in the hardwood industry around the world.”The IHLA is the nation’s second-oldest lumber association and its membership includes residents of more than 30 states and several foreign countries. A statewide “hardwood strategy” will analyze business opportunities available based on the supply chain and identification of specific locations best suited for expansion and new manufacturing, along with the determination of domestic and global demand. Moistner is helping develop this strategy, which, “when completed will be a first for the hardwood industry, not only in Indiana but in the U.S.,” according to a state agricultural official.Moistner’s communication skills are on display at hearings (Hardwood Export Council), board discussions (State Department of Agriculture, Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Board), and in letters to the editor (recently, in support of harvesting at Yellowwood State Forest). Hardwood lumber’s primary markets include furniture and fixtures manufacturers, and previous positions with builders groups have helped Moistner become “knowledgeable about their needs and purchasing practices. This has allowed him to take a comprehensive approach to mutually satisfying the needs of all components of the hardwood-related industry,” a colleague says.James E. Monger After earning his marketing degree from Purdue in 1984, Monger began a 33-year career with Cargill Inc. Now a West Lafayette-based regional merchandising leader, Monger is responsible for Cargill’s commodity supply chain for more than 20 agricultural facilities east of the Mississippi River. He has traded multiple product lines on both coasts, managed people and assets, and been involved in acquisitions and divestitures for the nation’s largest privately held company.Cargill provides platforms for employees to be involved in their communities and Monger has seized the opportunities. For the past four years, he’s led Cargill Cares, the company’s community relations and involvement committee.At Purdue, Monger has helped secure financial support from Cargill for Purdue’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter and serves as an active mentor for students in the program. “Many corporate sponsors provide important financial support for student activities,” Purdue Provost Jay Akridge, former Dean of the College of Agriculture, wrote in a letter supporting a Certificate of Distinction award for Monger, “but their personal engagement is limited. I believe it is impossible to overstate how important it is for underrepresented minorities in the College of Agriculture to interact with accomplished African-American professionals such as Mr. Monger.”In Greater Lafayette, food insecurity is rising. Monger’s leadership “has transformed” the Food Finders Food Bank Inc. board, says CEO/President Katy Bunder. “He brings extraordinary insight in finance, human resources, board governance, and interpersonal relationships to our board and makes it a higher functioning board,” she says.Darrel Thomas Darrel Thomas retired as Extension director and 4-H youth educator in Putnam County in 2001 after 31 years of service. But he was hardly ready to slow down. He joined the Putnam County Council in 2001 and has served as president since 2010.“He works hard to ensure that all have a voice,” says William Dory, mayor of Greencastle, the county seat. “He listens and considers input from a wide range of individuals and organizations. He has mastered the nuances of the budget process for local government and has been willing to share his expertise with others in Putnam County and around the state.”Thomas is also active with the Putnam County Community Foundation, which has established the Darrel Thomas 4-H Scholarship in his honor. He also established the Summer Program of Awareness and Recreation for Kids (SPARK) in 2000. More than 100 young people from Putnam County currently participate in the program.“For over 30 years he quietly and humbly earned the respect of many, from all corners of the county,” Dory says. “Unknown to him, I have long considered him a role model for public service.”Tickets for the fish fry are now available for $25 each and must be purchased in advance at Parking permits are also available for the lots adjacent to the pavilion. Cars without permits will be charged $5 to park at the fairgrounds and will not be guaranteed spaces near the building.Round-trip bus transportation from Lafayette is available for $10. Reservations are required and space is limited.Doors open at 10 a.m. to give early arrivals a chance to visit Purdue Agriculture Avenue, an exhibit space highlighting event sponsors, and faculty, staff and student organizations from the Purdue College of Agriculture. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.Source: Purdue News Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

People’s behaviour is why Donegal is on Level 4, says GP

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – October 15, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A Donegal GP says the Living with Covid plan is about trying to control people’s behaviour and he has been seeing worrying trends developing in the county in terms of some not adhering to guidelines. Dr Paul Armstrong who is also the Clinical Lead of the Covid Hub centre in Letterkenny says the reality is that a lot of people have not changed their behaviour to tackle the virus head on and that’s why it’s spreading.Dr Armstrong says a significant cross border element from was detected at the start of the recent spike in cases in Donegal:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook People’s behaviour is why Donegal is on Level 4, says GP Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleTight travel restrictions should have remained in place – ScallyNext articleSurgery cancellations at LUH as Covid escalation plan implemented News Highland Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Mezz lender takes control of Wonder Works’ UES condo

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsDevelopmentforeclosureReal Estate Lawsuits Full Name* Email Address* Though commercial mortgage foreclosures are technically banned by the state because of the pandemic, UCC auctions — a quicker process than foreclosure lawsuits — have mushroomed in recent months as talks between mezzanine lenders and developers break down.In addition to Vitre, lenders have initiated auctions for loans tied to four of HFZ Capital Group’s Manhattan condos and a hotel at 84 William Street that shut down in September.But some developers, including Wonder Works and HFZ, have pushed back against the auctions, arguing that holding them during a pandemic is not “commercially reasonable,” a requirement of the Uniform Commercial Code.In HFZ’s case, a judge agreed, halting the scheduled auction until a later date. But in Wonder Works’ case, Justice Schecter said the loan default was not purely a product of the pandemic, noting that Nahla had been paying the carrying costs on the building for almost a year.To the wider argument about timing, she appeared unmoved, commenting simply that “mezzanine foreclosures have been proceeding under current conditions.”Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Regancenter_img The Vitre at 302 East 96th Street with Wonder Works Construction’s Joseph Klaynberg and Daniel Klaynberg (Vitre NY; Wonder Works; iStock)Right before a foreclosure auction was due to proceed for a loan tied to Wonder Works Construction’s condo project on the Upper East Side, the developer filed a last-ditch motion to stop it.But Justice Jennifer G. Schecter was having none of it.“The default here predates the pandemic and, since then, [the] plaintiff has been unable to comply with the terms of forbearance agreement,” she wrote in a decision denying the motion last week.Afterward, the UCC auction went ahead as planned, according to Genghis Hadi, managing principal of the mezzanine lender, New York-based Nahla Capital.Hadi said multiple interested parties had shown up but Nahla ultimately won the auction through a credit bid, which is when the lender bids using debt it is owed.The result means Nahla has now taken over the interests in the LLC that got the loan, effectively assuming the developer’s position. “The sale closed on the same day and our firm is ultimately the owner of the asset,” Hadi said.It was a dramatic end to a fraught year between lender and developer, as Manhattan’s condo market floundered and troubled projects were pushed closer to the edge.Vitre, a 21-story boutique building at 302 East 96th Street, launched sales in 2017 and though it had some early momentum, deals later stalled. Wonder Works defaulted on the mezzanine loan this January, according to Hadi, who said his firm provided “ample space and opportunity for the borrower to correct the situation.” Nahla hired a team of brokers from JLL to market the foreclosure auction in October.Hadi said the firm would continue to try to sell units in what he acknowledged was a “very difficult marketplace.”“We are going to work with our senior lender to make sure they’re serviced directly, and really just do the best we can to make sure this building continues to perform,” he said.Wonder Works principal Eric Brody did not respond to requests for comment. Ryan Banich of Tsyngauz & Associates, who represented the developer, also did not respond.Read moreWonder Works’ UES condo being shopped at foreclosure saleWonder Work Construction sues lender to stop foreclosureForeclosures tied to 4 HFZ condo buildings halted, for now Message* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

News story: Science Minister Sam Gyimah launches new #ScienceSpotlight avatar

first_imgScience Minister Sam Gyimah will today (Monday 18 June) appear as an avatar in a first for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The new online tool has been developed to promote the work that the government is doing to invest in science, research and development as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.The animation sees Sam Gyimah as an avatar in a lab coat discussing case studies of projects happening up and down the country.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: This is the first of a number of activities aimed at increasing public engagement in science. We have a fantastic story to tell, with the UK having some of the brightest and best entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists, to our record investment in science and plan to invest 2.4% on R&D by 2027 through our modern Industrial Strategy. Through my #ScienceSpotlight, I will highlight some of the great scientific work going on around the country. The avatar will appear on the Twitter channel for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a fortnightly basis.Our modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building an economy/a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.We want to be the world’s most innovative economy and through the industrial strategy we have committed to reaching the target of 2.4% of GDP investment in R&D by 2027. As a first step to reaching this target, we are investing an additional £2.3bn in R&D in 2021/22. This means that we will have raised public investment in R&D from around £9.5bn in 2016/17 to around £12.5bn in 2021/22 – a total increase of £7bn over five years. This is the biggest increase in public funding of R&D on record.last_img read more

Recalling a lab-led rescue

first_img HMS Professor Howard Green developed the first therapeutic use of cells grown in the lab. Before stem cells gained fame, he cultivated them to generate skin grafts for burn patients. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> His young body ravaged by fire, the boy looked at the nurse wheeling him into the operating room.“Don’t let me die.”The words have echoed through the decades, from a Boston operating room in the summer of 1983 to similar places around the world where similar sentiments have accompanied similar operations, and lost none of their power. In a neat house on a quiet Brookline street a Harvard Medical School (HMS) professor’s wife tells the story.Those words changed everything, she adds.It was either 5-year-old Jamie Selby or his brother, 6-year-old Glen, who spoke on that summer day. The plea’s power rather than who said it struck the doctors and nurses caring for them.The adults were attempting what they deemed the boys’ only hope: transplanting laboratory-grown skin created through a new procedure pioneered by Professor Howard Green. It had been tried in small test cases before, but in those, the patient could have been treated with traditional skin grafts, where skin from another part of the body is taken to cover a burned area. Cases like that of the Selbys, where there was little unburned skin left to graft, had left doctors with few options. They could provide medication for the constant pain and wait for death. The new procedure offered hope where there had been none.“He basically turned his whole lab to the effort to save those boys.”The boys had been burned when flammable solvent caught fire while they were playing in a vacant house near their Wyoming home. A friend died in the fire; the Selbys were flown to burn specialists in Denver, who had heard of the work being done in Boston.From a small patch of unburned skin, Green and the fellows and students in his lab on HMS’s quadrangle had grown healthy skin that, once transplanted, would develop and thicken until it became nearly indistinguishable from normal skin.But the doctors and nurses treating the boys still had their concerns. They questioned the wisdom of attempting unproven measures on little boys in constant pain, with bodies difficult to look at, so scorched that the only patches of healthy skin were on the soles of their feet and the crease at the top of their thighs. But the words banished any lingering doubt.“There’s no question they would have died [without the treatment],” said Nicholas O’Connor, then-chief of the burn unit at the Shriners Burns Institute of Boston, who conducted the transplant operations. “[But] they were game to live. . . . Taking care of burn patients is difficult sometimes. You do all this for them but they may not make it out of the hospital.”The Selby boys survived to leave the hospital and lived for decades. The treatment proved the power of lab-grown human skin, and provided hope for victims of severe burns. Green’s method was the first to harness the power of stem cells to regenerate a patient’s tissues, ushering in an era of regenerative medicine that continues to develop today.“It’s really the first stem cell therapy. It was way ahead of its time,” O’Connor said.Insight from teratomasIn 1974, neither Howard Green nor graduate student James Rheinwald was thinking of burns and skin transplants. In Green’s lab, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the focus was on embryos and embryonic development.To gain insight into how a few cells can develop into the body’s diverse array of tissues, they were studying teratomas, tumors that, like embryos, are made up of many different tissues, including teeth, bone, and hair.While examining a mouse teratoma, Rheinwald noticed a smooth patch of what looked like skin. It was made up of cells called keratinocytes, a skin building block. Prior attempts to culture keratinocytes had failed, but the key observation from the teratoma was that the keratinocytes were growing together with structural cells called fibroblasts.Green, who had successfully cultured fibroblast cells years earlier, had a ready supply. He and Rheinwald first irradiated the fibroblasts to stop them from crowding out the keratinocytes, and then incubated the two cell types together.The keratinocytes grew readily, so Green and Rheinwald tried the same experiment on human keratinocytes and got the same result. Green, realizing that the advance had the potential to help burn victims, contacted O’Connor, who before moving to Shriners was head of the burn unit at what was then the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.“[Green] was unusual in having both extraordinary scientific instinct and rigor … while, with his medical training, he always had a good sense of when something might be applied to a clinical problem,” said Rheinwald, today an associate professor of dermatology at HMS and at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.O’Connor, working with physicians at the Brigham and, later, at Shriners, began experimenting using Green’s lab-grown skin for transplants. The pair did the first human transplant in 1980 — the same year Green moved to HMS — on two patients, growing skin patches from biopsies of the patients’ healthy skin and transplanting them.“Once we learned how to grow the cells, it was obvious what we were going to do,” Green said. “Use them for people with third-degree burns.”The effort to treat the Selbys consumed Green’s lab. To provide enough skin to help the boys, it had to be converted overnight from a research operation to one dedicated to manufacturing grafts of their skin.“He basically turned his whole lab to the effort to save those boys,” said O’Connor.Green realized that research was incompatible with growing large amounts of skin for grafts, so he founded a company, Biosurface Technology — bought by Genzyme in 1994 — to handle commercialization of the process.Stem-cell treatmentLicensing the process to an outside company allowed Green to return his focus to research. Later work in his lab showed that the keratinocytes in the skin grafts consisted of three cell types, one of which is an adult stem cell that provides most of the grafts’ proliferative capacity. The presence of stem cells explains why the grafts, transplanted as thin sheets mainly made up of the skin’s upper layer, the epidermis, continue to grow and thicken, adding a deeper layer, the dermis, over ensuing months.In the decades since, stem cell research has grown rapidly. Today, researchers are generating new knowledge about how our bodies function and making advances in regeneration of damaged tissue — as Green did in the early 1980s.Green, now the George Higginson Professor of Cell Biology, has won accolades for his efforts, including the 2010 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, which recognized his work with skin stem cells, and the 2012 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, which went to Green and a former fellow, Elaine Fuchs of Rockefeller University, for their insights into skin stem cells and skin diseases.In recent years, research associate Shiro Iuchi has continued to investigate keratinocytes in Green’s lab. Iuchi, who started in the lab in 1994, is a microbiologist who was drawn to the field by his curiosity about how organisms work and to the lab by the chance to work with Green. Iuchi has generated keratinocytes from embryonic stem cells and, using insights gleaned from them, is investigating chemical factors that play an important role in keratinocyte growth. Though the clinical application of keratinocytes has been known for some time, research using embryonic stem cells further illuminates how keratinocytes function, Iuchi said.“There’s always the basic question of how it’s made.”Lasting powerLast year, Green and his wife, Rosine, were having dinner at home when the phone rang. It was Anice Kruger, a South African mother whose daughter, 3-year-old Pippie, had sustained burns over 80 percent of her body — “everywhere but her bum” — in an accident at a family barbecue. Anice had found the Greens’ number on the Internet.Green referred Anice to Genzyme, which is still using his technique to grow skin for badly burned patients. Samples of Pippie’s skin were flown to Boston, where technicians grew grafts and handed them to a medical courier for a race against the clock. The grafts are viable for 24 hours; the long flight to South Africa left little time to spare. When the plane landed, an ambulance was waiting and sped the grafts through Johannesburg’s rush-hour traffic to surgeons ready to operate. A week later, the procedure was declared a success, with 90 percent of the 41 grafts taking hold. Anice spoke to a local newspaper after the operation.“It’s perfect,” she said.Skin engineeringlast_img read more