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March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Nobel Prize medal awarded to game theory pioneer and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) “founding father” Thomas Schelling is being auctioned. The proceeds will be donated to a civil rights nonprofit.Schelling, a 2005 Nobel Prize winner in economics, provided a new way of looking at issues as disparate as nuclear strategy, climate change, and addictive behavior, and at the height of his influence on public policy in the 1960s advised several U.S. presidents.“As a scholar, Schelling made wide-ranging policy contributions to the well-being of humanity,” said Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at HKS. Zeckhauser studied under Schelling as an undergraduate and later worked alongside him. Most notably, Zeckhauser pointed out, Schelling’s work “helped the world avoid the calamity of nuclear conflict. His body of thought continues to help societies combat racial segregation, address climate change, and curtail tobacco use. As a professor, Schelling multiplied his effectiveness by inspiring generations of students at Harvard and throughout the world.”In addition to Schelling’s renowned work in the field of game theory, he was a major figure in shaping the modern Harvard Kennedy School. He helped design a new curriculum not simply intended for public administrators, but for a new generation of leaders literate in public policy. He also co-founded Harvard’s Center for International Affairs in 1958. It was renamed the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 1998.Schelling made the decision to use his Nobel medal to support the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based nonprofit legal advocacy organization, before he passed away in December 2016, according to his widow, Alice Schelling.Other Nobel medals have been auctioned off for thousands or even millions of dollars, including those awarded to mathematician John Nash and scientists James Watson and Francis Crick. Speaking about Schelling’s passion for social justice, Zeckhauser pointed out that the plan to donate the auction’s proceeds to the SPLC is “a fitting testament to Schelling’s life, one dedicated to the betterment of humankind.”last_img read more

February 27, 2021 | |Post a Comment

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January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaAmericans eat $1.1 billion worth of bananas each year, or as much as 33 pounds per person. Almost all of it comes from foreign countries. University of Georgia researchers are working on ways to get Georgia a slice of that banana cash pie.Georgia may be known for peaches, but pecan is the state’s top fruit and nut commodity, followed by blueberries and then peaches. While it may seem far-fetched to add bananas to that list now, Georgia is a fine place to grow bananas for food or as a landscape plant, says Greg Fonsah, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“If our research succeeds, bananas will be like other fruits such as blueberries and strawberries,” said Fonsah, who heads the UGA banana project. “It will be our new commodity, and at least part of that $1.1 billion spent to import bananas to the United States would be going back to boost our economy.”American bananas — worth $13 million annually — are currently grown on 1,500 acres in Hawaii and 500 acres in Florida. The types produced in Florida are ethnic varieties, unlike the ones typically found in grocery stores.Georgia bananas could be grown in coastal and southern areas of the state, he said. These areas have a subtropical climate much like Israel, South Africa and some Asian countries that successfully grow and export bananas to the U.S., which imports 31 percent of the world’s bananas.“Globally, banana and plantain are the fourth most important crops in terms of food security and value,” Fonsah said.The UGA banana collaborative team includes plant pathologists Alex Csinos and Pingsheng Ji and Fulbright scholar Daouda Kone from Cocody-Abidjan University, Cote D’Ivoire. CAES horticulturist Gerard Krewer has helped, too.The team is working with 35 different banana varieties at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden in Savannah, Ga. They’re trying to find the best banana varieties for Georgia’s climate and to discover which diseases Georgia producers will have to fight once they grow bananas commercially.The work is already paying off.A disease called black leaf spot was confirmed for the first time in Georgia last year at the Savannah research plots. Caused by the fungus Deightoniella torulosa, the disease causes problems in major banana-producing countries in Central America.“Black leaf spot affects the fruit and makes it get rotten very fast,” Fonsah said. “It looks so bad cosmetically, like a big black scar on the banana’s body.”The disease can affect bananas while they’re still in the field. But its economic hit comes when it shows up as spots on the banana’s skin en route to marketing outlets. Cosmetic appearance is how consumers judge banana quality.“Ultimately, consumers reject the fruit, and if they reject the fruit, you’re losing a lot of money,” Fonsah said.Now that black leaf spot has been discovered in Georgia, the team, Fonsah said, will continue to trace other possible diseases and other growing problems. He hopes to compile a book to help guide Georgia farmers on how to plant and market their bananas.Before joining CAES, Fonsah worked for two decades with multinational companies such as Del Monte Fresh Produce, Lapanday Food Co. in the Philippines and Aloha Farms Inc. in Hawaii, where he initiated their banana export market to Japan, Dubai and Hong Kong. He has also served as a banana and marketing consultant in many countries.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCalkain Institutional Advisors, a division of Calkain Companies, a national real estate investment brokerage firm, has been chosen by R.P.M.Realty Trust as the exclusive listing agent to sale two fully leased properties located at198 & 200 Main Street in Lewiston, Maine.Joel Kahn, CCIM and Michael OMara will represent R.P.M. Realty Trust in thedisposition of these properties which houses the Department of Human Services for theState of Maine. 200 Main Street, consisting of 50,823 square feet on four floors, wascompletely renovated/expanded to comply with the states requirements for office space.The State of Maine currently holds a Standard and Poors credit rating of AAA, thehighest rating the service offers. Additionally, the abutting 198 Main Street building wassimultaneously renovated as a two story, 11,700 square foot multi-tenanted building fullyoccupied by several well known regional tenants.Calkain Companies, Inc. is a full service firm with a national scope focusing onsingle and multi-tenant retail, industrial, and office net leased transactions. Additionalinformation about the firm and its listings may be found at www.calkain.com(link is external).last_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe parking lot is full as I pull into Carvers Gap, the low swag nestled between Roan Mountain and the balds to its east. I’ve driven up on a Wednesday for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, and the scene is impressively crowded for an early morning during the workweek. At least 20 people are milling around at the trailhead, while a sniffing match between two dogs nearby has devolved into a chorus of growls. I find myself hurrying out of the car and into the woods.It’s no secret that places like the Roan Highlands are increasing in popularity. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, more than 144 million Americans participated in outdoor activities last year. Here in the South, where large urban centers close to the mountains supply an increasing number of people seeking to get outside, the growth rate of participation in outdoor activities has outpaced the rest of the nation. A report from the U.S. Forest Service estimates that the number of regional adults spending time outside has risen by nearly seven million in recent decades.That growth has undoubtedly been a benefit to communities across the Blue Ridge looking to tourism as a way to diversify their economies, but more people heading into a finite area of public land inevitably means overcrowding. And it’s not just popular outdoor destinations like the Roan that are becoming packed—the less-traveled portions of the region are being discovered, too.I’ve experienced that change myself. A few miles over the mountain from my house in far Southwest Virginia sits the Devil’s Bathtub, an out-of-the-way swimming hole that’s hidden up a gloriously wet, seven-mile loop trail that crosses the Devil’s Fork of Big Stoney Creek nearly 15 times. It’s a beautiful hike, but it’s hardly unique by southern Appalachian standards. There are bigger swimming holes and more scenic waterfalls nearby within the same county, let alone the larger region. But for years, it was one of those special places where you could slip off and be alone in the woods, even on a summer weekend.The amazing Devils Bathtub cascade in the autumn season in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VirginiaThen, the internet happened.Starting sometime in 2012, photos of the Bathtub began surfacing on social media, many showing a cascading series of pools below an idyllic stone bridge. The images attracted a huge amount of attention because they seemed so out-of-place for Virginia, and that’s because they were: many of the photos were actually mislabeled shots from a similarly-named hike in Ohio.Even though it was a case of mistaken identity, the damage had already been done. Within a year’s time, that hidden, out-of-the-way hike became arguably one of the most popular swimming holes in the East. It’s since been featured on “best of” lists by the Weather Channel and Reddit, and several hundred cars now routinely descend each weekend on a cramped trailhead lot that holds six or seven vehicles, at best. Food wrappers and dirty diapers line parts of the trail, and rescues of unprepared hikers are commonplace. This past summer, an acquaintance who lives near the trailhead announced that her family was moving to get away from the crowd.Seeing both these local treasures and well-known destinations like the Roan become so popular can be bittersweet. On the one hand, our public lands really are public—these aren’t places that any of us can serve as gatekeepers to. But at the same time, don’t we share at least some responsibility for making sure that our love for a place doesn’t contribute to ruining it? I’ve spent more time than I like to admit fuming about people irresponsibly promoting the Devil’s Bathtub, yet as I was recently sifting through online photos of the place in a fit of rage about seeing it ruined by overcrowding, I came across something that looked familiar: one of my own images, posted online from before the hike became popular and shared on a tourism website. The monster I’d been raging against was myself.At Carvers Gap, I don’t have any illusion of completely escaping the crowds, but I know just where to go. I hurry by photographers posted along the A.T. on the summits of Round and Jane Balds, then scoot past several families on the side trail to 6100-foot Grassy Ridge. Just beyond the summit, there’s an unmarked manway that’s easy to miss unless you know where to look. I locate it and wriggle an extra half-mile out to a knob of exposed rock well below the ridge crest. The Toe River Valley splays out below me, and the Black Mountains fade into blue on the horizon. Despite the crowds nearby, I sit there for an hour and never see another soul.The overlook isn’t really secret—there are fresh footprints in the dirt when I arrive, after all—but it’s still “my” spot, a place that at least feels like it’s undiscovered. Will it stay that way forever? I doubt it. Am I a hypocrite for writing about it in a magazine? Probably. I certainly don’t have easy answers for how we can best balance the need to share our mountains with others while preserving the character that makes them so unique. But if you do head out there and find that spot on Grassy Ridge, at least do me a favor: keep it between us, okay?last_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe U.S. housing market in 2014 proved it’s still a fixer-upper, but that didn’t keep many credit unions from continuing to occupy a lending category once cornered by banks: mortgages.Recent reports have noted more consumers are turning to credit unions for mortgages, with one industry consultant estimating credit unions have quadrupled market share since 2006. But which credit unions are housing the biggest home-related lending portfolios?  Sageworks, a financial information company, identified the top 10 credit unions by mortgage loan volume (see charts below) for each of the four U.S. geographic regions (Northeast, West, South and Midwest). More than three-quarters of these credit unions are each lending in excess of $1 billion to homebuyers through first mortgages or lines of credit backed by homes, according to the most recent federal data via Sageworks Bank Information. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olivier Raoust Olivier Raoust is the founder and creative force behind Raoust+Partners, a brand consultancy that has worked with almost 40 credit unions over the past 20 years. Passionate about credit … Web: www.meetyourstorytellers.com Details As many credit unions race to change their names, the best advice is to step back from the starting line. That’s because the finish line often means failure in the form of a made-up corporate-sounding word or phrase with no connection to the credit union’s DNA, history or members.We advise our clients to think long and hard before changing their credit unions’ names. Don’t sell your soul in search of the next best thing. If your credit union does change its name, it’s essential to maintain the link to its legacy.If the new name could just as easily fit a hospital or insurance company, it’s a failure. Trupanion and Truliant: based on the names which is a credit union and which is an insurance company? How about Allegacy vs. Symetra? In case you’re wondering, Truliant and Allegacy are credit unions, albeit with conceptually vacant names.These vaguely named credit unions have lost the connection to their own history, to their communities and to the current and future members that will build the future. These corporate speak names negate the key distinguishing factor of credit unions compared to banks — the personal touch.Reclaiming a nameWhen we started working with JDCU in Massachusetts several years ago, one of the first questions leaders asked us was ‘What do you think of our name?’ The credit union had shortened its name from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union to the more corporate sounding JDCU. Although the JDCU acronym was simpler to say and easier to pronounce, we felt the name erased nearly a century of history.Because yet another name change was on the table, we realized that the right name was right in front of us—or more accurately a few years behind us. As we talked to members, we realized they were fiercely loyal to their credit union and its commitment to serve new immigrants. The old name, adopted from its inception in 1912, had spoken to that commitment.We counseled the credit union to reclaim its heritage and the Jeanne D’Arc name. That name represents stability and staying power to a younger generation that has grown distrustful of Wall Street and Big Business. The name also sends the message: this is not a financial institution that will close shop tomorrow. As credit union members and the community embraced the reclaimed name, average age of members dropped. The average age of new members is now 34. The old-new name spells success.A successful name changeWhen Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union merged with two federal credit unions in Volusia County in 1993 – the Halifax Teachers’ FCU and Florida Consolidated FCU, teachers vastly outnumbered space center employees at the new entity. Yet, the Kennedy Space Center remains a well-known, easily recognizable brand. We came up with a new name that both maintains the connection to Kennedy Space Center and signifies what teachers do preparing young people for success in college and the real world. Launch Credit Union was, ahem, launched.Five questions to consider before changing your nameDo you still have the same sponsor?Does your existing name have significant brand equity with members?Does your name reflect the continuing history of your community?Does your name salute the geography of your community?Are you still serving the group that is part of your name?If your answers are all or mostly yes, think hard about changing your name. You may need to just deepen the brand recognition connected with the name you already have.If most or all of your answers are no, then consider a name change. But not just any name. Before adopting a new name, make sure that name demonstrates a strong tie to the history, culture and legacy of your credit union.When failure means successFinally, if the name would fail attached to any other credit union or company …. congratulations, you’ve succeeded.last_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSweeney shows he can be bought offRegarding former Congressman John Sweeney defending the Russian banks he is lobbying for because of sanctions placed on the government and businesses supporting the government actions in Crimea, would he feel the same way if he was not getting paid $62,500 per month?Would he lobby or protest out of righteousness, or does this amount of money persuade his consciousness to believe that the Russian bank changed it ways? Did they change due to sanctions?Sanctions placed on the government and businesses of Russia are placed to deter or change policy, and if they are hurting businesses, perhaps the businesses will lobby their own government to change their ways.Bottom line, I might defend the bank if they paid me $62,500 a month. Wouldn’t you? Amazing how easy it is to buy a former American congressman.Larry PhillipsCobleskill Gazette shows bias in terrorist’s deathOn a day when there should have been a banner headline which read “ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead,” on Oct. 27, The Gazette chose a headline which read, “Lawmakers back Dyslexia Screenings” instead.Of course, this is nothing new with The Gazette showing its true never-Trump liberal bias. The bias flag flies high over The Gazette.William ThielSchenectadyHonor immigrants, natives with holidaysThe Oct. 14 Gazette reported at length (“More states jettison day paying homage to explorer”) on the Columbus Day holiday becoming increasingly discredited and discontinued. I propose Columbus Day be changed to First Nations Day in honor of the people who lived in each of the 50 states when Europeans first arrived, and their descendants, and that an entirely new Immigrants Day holiday be created.With these changes, we could all enjoy two holidays while honoring those who were here first and those who later arrived (and still do) in search of freedom and opportunity.  While Christopher Columbus remains an important historic figure, the Columbus Day holiday should be abandoned due to the vast evidence that Columbus and his men launched and participated in mass slaughters and genocides.Immigrants Day could be celebrated on the birthday of an Italian immigrant to the United States, perhaps a woman, to soften the blow of discontinuing Columbus Day. Immigrants deserve recognition with a national holiday because most of us are the descendants of immigrants. Immigrants and their descendants have contributed immensely to the success of the United States over the centuries and I am certain we will continue to do so.We should also not forget that many people arrived in North America in chains from Africa and they and their descendants also greatly enrich the United States.  Tom EllisAlbanyUnsafe practices catch up to peopleAt various times during my career at GE, I was responsible for safety on construction and industrial projects.In the photo of Civic Landscaping and Solar Installation workers in the Oct. 24 Gazette (“Solar farm work underway”), two of the three workers on ladders were unsafe.One had one foot on the ladder and one foot on the solar structure. Another had two feet on the ladder but was leaning way over to reach the solar support.I suppose neither worker was injured on that day. The nature of unsafe acts is that doing them over and over increases the chance that you may get hurt.The same applies to standing on a chair or table to reach up high in your home or office. You can do it over and over, but each time, there is a chance that the chair or table could collapse under you.Like the lottery slogan says: Hey, You Never Know.Mike RozdolskiGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDele Alli set to return for Spurs against Arsenal after overcoming hamstring injury Dele Alli watched Tottenham’s loss to Newcastle from the stands (Picture: Getty)Earlier this month, Pochettino said: ‘It’s the same area. Yes, of course, we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.’AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, having been given longer to recover from the injury sustained during pre-season, the expectation is that Alli will be fit enough to face Arsenal at the Emirates.Spurs certainly missed Alli during Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Newcastle as despite dominating possession, they could only fashion two shots on target.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith speculation continuing to surround Christian Eriksen’s future and Giovani Lo Celso still building up fitness, Alli will have a key role to play upon his return to the side.Spurs also have question marks over Tanguy Ndombele after he missed this weekend with a thigh problem while Kyle Walker-Peters had to come off with a hamstring injury on Sunday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 27 Aug 2019 11:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link36Shares Advertisement Dele Alli could be in contention to play for Spurs against Arsenal on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino could be handed a much-needed boost ahead of Sunday’s north London derby with Dele Alli expected to recover in time from a hamstring injury to play.The 23-year-old is yet to feature for Spurs this season after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem which plagued his 2018-19 campaign during the club’s pre-season tour.Spurs announced on Friday that Alli had returned to first-team training following his latest spell out injured, however, he was left out of the 18-man squad for Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle.Since November 2017, Alli has suffered from five separate hamstring injuries causing him to miss 25 games for Spurs in total and Pochettino is keen to avoid rushing him back prematurely.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEntertaining is made easy in this Sanctuary Cove home. What a pool. The home theatre at 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOne of the bedrooms at 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveMarketing agent Nikki Dunlop, of Harcourts Coastal, said the couple designed it as a holiday home.“The position is the biggest selling point,” Ms Dunlop said.“The views are just spectacular on a clear day.”The property has sweeping views over Sanctuary Cove and the Palms Golf Course all the way out to Surfers Paradise.“(The vendors) love the position and the outdoor living,” Ms Dunlop said.She said they were selling the property, which sits on a 751sq m block, fully furnished. 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary Covecenter_img 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveESCAPE a busy lifestyle to this contemporary resort-style home on Hope Island.The five-bedroom house at 3046 Forest Hills Drive exudes sophistication with its high ceilings, plantation shutters and modern fixtures and fittings.Owners Andrea and Anton Maher built the home in 2011. 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary Cove“I think they just want to build again,” she said.The home has an open floorplan that flows onto an outdoor entertainment deck with pool, barbecue area and gardens.It is smart wired with speakers throughout to make the most of entertaining guests.It also has a theatre room and triple garage with space for a buggy.last_img read more