Atlanta architect Amy Stankus has spent years creating beautiful buildings, but lately she’s turned her sights to some smaller — albeit more delicious — creations. Her Atlanta-based chocolate shop won the grand prize of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Chocolate South’s Peach Tea Bonbons were one of 24 products sampled and judged by a panel of food brokers, buyers and other food industry experts. In addition to winning the overall grand prize, Chocolate South took home first place in the competition’s confections category. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Gov. Nathan Deal were on hand to announce the winners on March 12 as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the state of Georgia,” Black said at the awards ceremony. “If you don’t believe that than you should see what these outstanding business people are bringing to the table.” The annual contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase new products. “We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.” Peach Tea Bonbons win over judgesA licensed architect specializing in medical buildings and avid “I Love Lucy” fan, Stankus started making her hand-crafted chocolates in her home kitchen for friends before launching an online shop. She opened the Chocolate South chocolate shop on Marietta Street in Atlanta in June 2012. “I love talking to people about chocolate,” Stankus said. “I love sharing good chocolate with people … I hope (being in the Flavor of Georgia Contest) showcases some interesting flavor combinations with chocolate. We have great products here in Georgia to pair with chocolate.” Peach Tea Bonbon features a ganache infused with the flavor of Georgia Peaches Tea, created by Atlanta-based small-batch tea maven Brandi Shelton. The tea was also a finalist in this year’s contest. Flavor of Georgia is a boon for food entrepreneurs and grocery merchants alikeFood industry experts — including chefs, grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives — rated the contest’s products based on qualities like innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor, said James Daniels, a UGA CAED food business development specialist. Showcase events like the Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs get the word out about their products. Many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains, like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Harvey’s and Piggly Wiggly, after the contest. Other category winners were: People’s Choice: Georgia Buffalo, Inc.; Georgia Buffalo N.Y. Strip Steak; Troy Biven; Townsend, Ga. Jams & Jellies: MiDi Blueberry Farm: Spiced Blueberry Peach Jam; Mike & Diane Stafford; Byron, Ga. Sauces: Chinese Southern Belle; My Sweet Hottie Homestyle Sweet & Sour Sauce; Natalie and Margaret Keng; Smyrna, Ga. Barbecue and Hot Sauces: Atlanta Bee Company; Hotanta Honey: Honey with a Sting; G. Giddens; Atlanta, Ga. Dairy: Flat Creek Farm & Dairy; Georgia Red; Ryan and Spice Burger; Swainsboro, Ga. Snack foods: Byne Blueberry Farm; Burke Bar; Richard Byne; Waynesboro, Ga. Meat: Hunter Cattle Company; Hunter Cattle Company Pork Sausage; Del and Debra Ferguson; Brooklet, Ga. Miscellaneous products: Gayla’s Grits; Gayla’s Grits; Gayla and Kevin Shaw; Lakeland, Ga. For more information about these products visit www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu. Winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2013 Flavor of Georgia logo. Flavor of Georgia is only a starting point for many of the category winners, Kane said. Kane followed up with the 2011 winners and found that between 70 and 80 percent experienced increased interest in their products, sales and business contacts as a result of the contest. This contest is sponsored by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.
Sale of Blackjewel’s Wyoming mines in serious trouble FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel called the sale of its two idling Wyoming coal mines “dead,” according to a statement made by a key creditor in court documents Tuesday.The announcement casts another layer of doubt over the chance Campbell County’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines — the nation’s fourth and sixth largest by production — will reopen in the foreseeable future.Blackjewel filed a motion Thursday to separate the sale of its two Wyoming coal mines to coal company Contura Energy from the sale of its Pax Surface Mine in West Virginia to the same company. But in response to the motion, Riverstone Credit Partners, a senior creditor owed millions of dollars, said the company’s motion to revise the sale terms violated the original settlement reached with lenders.Although a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale of three Blackjewel mines to Contura on Aug. 7, the deal has not been finalized. The sale hinges on the final approval of the federal government, after it objected to outstanding royalties and leasing terms of the Wyoming mines.What’s more, the sale may be held up over “Contura’s insistence on shortening the existing mine plans at the western mines,” Tuesday’s court document’s revealed.More: Blackjewel says sale of Wyoming mines is ‘dead,’ according to creditor
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association and state credit union leagues spent 2014 advancing a legislative agenda designed to preserve credit unions’ tax status and removing regulatory barriers preventing them from serving their members.On Thursday CUNA released a report highlighting its legislative victories in 2014 and over the course of the 113th Congress.“The credit union system was able to advance its priorities over the last two years, despite a challenging legislative environment,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “This was no small feat: The 113th Congress will go down in history as the least efficient, having enacted less than 2% of the bills introduced. As a result of our collective efforts, Congress preserved the credit union tax status and took modest steps toward removing barriers that keep credit unions from more fully serving their members.”One of the major highlights from the 113th Congress was the preservation of the credit union tax status. Members from the Senate and House spent this year engaged in comprehensive tax reform talks, which began with the premise that everything was on the table.Last year featured the launch of the “Don’t Tax My Credit Union” campaign, and when the first draft of comprehensive tax reform was released in February by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), House Ways and Means Committee chair, credit unions’ tax status was untouched. continue reading »
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Buyers Deslea Sneddon and Marshall Vann were extatic to be the new owners of 9 Faversham Street, Wooloongabba. Photo: Mark Cranitch.In other results, the architectural river-park fronting wonder at 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga achieved a brilliant results of $2.5 million with the Victorian buyer delivering a knockout final bid.It was quite a duel that saw the southern couple secure a Brisbane base.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAt the other end of the quality scale, 33 Baynes St, Highgate Hill was a renovator set on a 556sq m site with a double street frontage.Despite the obvious need for upgrades, it sold under the hammer for $1.225 million after 52 bids were made during the course of its auction.Up north, Gordon McDonald of The Auction Group reports a three-bedroom top-floor unit with unbelievable river views at 4/3 Russell St Noosaville sold for $2.025 signalling another strong prestige sale for Southeast Queensland’s northern beaches.“It was a really tightly held, small complex of five,” Mr McDonald said.“Only a couple of them have sold over the last 28 years.”Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm said despite 25 Baldwin St Ascot passing in today for $1.95 million, he expects a signed contract is imminent.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom, fully renovated home on 658sq m attracted a lot of interest according to Mr Lewis.“We had a big crowd,” he said.Mr Lewis said they’re negotiating with the top bidder, but with four other potential buyers waiting on the outcome, he’s sure to have the property away soon.In Toowong, Bryony O’Neill of Bryony O’Neill Estate Agents had more luck.Ms O’Neill had just two registered bidders keen on 33 Curlew St, but that was all she needed to see a successful sale under the hammer. Auctioneer, Andrew Degn got away 9 Faversham Street, Wooloongabba today. Photo: Mark Cranitch.It was a mixed bag for auctioneers at Brisbane events today, and while some sellers were celebrating their good fortune, others will have to put the bubbly back on ice for a few more days.‘Location! Location! Location!’ was the catchcry at 9 Faversham St, Woolloongabba.The highset timber cottage had all those cracking early 1900s features that buyers love with VJ ceilings and linings, and hardwood floors.The home was also set on a comparatively massive 617sq m block.But it was the location that really drove demand for the home, said Andrew Degn, agent and auctioneer with Place Real Estate.“Close to city and close to schools — it’s a good spot. In this little enclave here it’s very rare to get a house of this calibre available,” he said.Mr Degn said local buyers had shown the most interest.“Mostly local families want to live in this location on a nice big flat family block with a good view and good aspect, and there’s been lots of money spent in this street so it’s growing (in value).”While there were more than five registered bidder, only three managed to be part of the action.An opening bid of $700,000 was the beginning of $20,000 increments until things started to tighten around $820,000.It was then back and forth between two bidders until at $875,000, a new buyer entered the fray.A tussle ensued and it was only at $932,000 the hammer came down and the new buyer, who had been the first bidder, was congratulated.Successful bidder, Marshall Vann, immediately apologised to the young man who’d missed out, but he and wife Deslea Sneddon were over the moon to have the home under contract. The veranda at 33 Curlew St, Toowong will be a great spot for the new owners to relax.The beautiful lowset three-bedroom Colonial with giant verandas and heritage features achieved a very impressive $1.385 million at auction.“They’d made multiple inspections of the property — both parties — so it was good — I’m very pleased with the result,” Ms O’Neill said. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair
Nedlloyd Pension Fund, Alger, Berenberg, BNY Mellon, Capital Group, Capital International, Invesco Perpetual, Legal & General Investment ManagementNedlloyd Pension Fund – Frans Dooren has been promoted to managing director at the Dutch Nedlloyd Pension Fund, assuming his new responsibilities from August onwards. He joined the fund in 2009 and has been its CIO since 2011. Prior to joining Nedlloyd, he was CFO at the now closed Stork Pension Fund.Alger Associates – Kirk Hotte has been named senior vice-president and head of institutional sales, charged with establishing the manager’s new London office. Hotte has previously worked at Old Mutual Global Investors and Investec Asset Management, where he was European business director.Berenberg Bank – Markus Zipperer, Thomas Lehr and Ingo Kürpick join Berenberg Bank’s chief investment office. Zipperer has been named head of institutional portfolio management, after 16 years at Credit Suisse, most recently as its head of investment strategy and chair of its German investment committee. Lehr also joins from Credit Suisse and has been named deputy head of investment strategy. Kürpock, meanwhile, joins from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and will oversee fund-based asset management strategies. BNY Mellon – Werner Taiber has been appointed as country executive for BNY Mellon, taking on the role in addition to his responsibilities as chief executive at subsidiary Meriten Investment Management. Taiber takes on the role following the departure of Fred Bromberg, who is to take on an expanded role in the company’s global client management group.Capital Group – Adam Harrison joins the London-based business development team at Capital Group from Standard Life Investments. Prior to joining SLI, Harrison worked at ABN AMRO Asset Management.Capital International – Feike Goudsmit has joined the US asset manager, departing Threadneedle Investments to help the company set up a Dutch office. Goudsmit spent eight years at Threadneedle as managing director of its Benelux operation and will be replaced by Prosper van Zanten, who joined the company in 2004 and has been named head of distribution, Benelux.Invesco Perpetual – Robin West and Tim Marshall join Invesco Perpetual’s UK equities team as UK equities fund manager and senior investment analyst, respectively. West joins from Aviva Investors and has worked at Oriel Securities and Invesco Asset Management. Marshall, meanwhile, has worked at equities broker Redburn and UBS.Legal & General Investment Management – Simon Males, Adam Willis and Laura Brown have all joined Legal & General Investment Management. Males has been named head of active fixed income distribution, joining from Pramerica Fixed Income. Willis has been appointed head of index distribution, joining from MSCI, while Brown is the firm’s new head of liability-driven investment distribution, joining from Ignis Asset Management.
“Moreover, as corporate governance is considered one of the 12 Key Standards for Sound Financial Systems, a review of compliance with the Principles could highlight important vulnerabilities that would be appropriate for further work.”The review will specifically look at how to ensure an effective corporate governance framework, ensure disclosure and transparency around engagement and address the responsibility of company boards.The consultation document adds that the review will look to find examples of good practice in implementing the principles as well as challenges in their implementation across a number of jurisdictions.Additionally, it said it was interested in “material weaknesses, inconsistencies and gaps in implementation” prevalent across the FSB’s member states.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to FSB review The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is to review pension fund engagement, with a wide-ranging examination of how countries around the world are implementing OECD guidelines on governance.The FSB said the peer review of the OECD’s Principles for Corporate Governance would examine how member states have applied the guidelines to listed companies, with results feeding into a further review being conducted by the World Bank.The principles, a revised version of which was published last year as part of the G20 in Turkey, also inform a number of sector-specific codes, including those for pension funds.In a document summarising the review’s terms of reference, the FSB said: “The G20/OECD Principles are foundational to the establishment of effective governance frameworks, and a peer review may provide useful insights on these issues.
Pokhara (Nepal): India shuttlers continued their dominating show at the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) after four individuals and as many doubles pairs entered the semi-finals here on Wednesday. With the entry into the last-4 stage, the shuttlers will at least win bronze at the competition.Top-seed Siril Verma started the day on a winning note for India when he beat Pakistan’s Murad Ali 21-12, 21-17 in the men’s singles quarter-final match while, in the women’s singles quarter-finals, 16-year-old Gayathri Gopichand stunned second-seed Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad with a convincing 21-15, 21-16 win.Joining Gayathri in the semi-finals was top-seed Ashmita Chaliha, who also thrashed her Pakistani opponent Palwasha Bashir 21-9, 21-7. Aryaman Tandon was another Indian after Verma to reach the men’s singles semi-finals after he registered a 21-17, 21-17 win over Sri Lanka’s Ranthushka Karunathilake. (IANS)Also Read: Ashmita Chaliha storms into second round of Syed Modi Badminton ChampionshipAlso Watch: UBPO demands immediate creation of Boro Kachari Autonomous Council outside BTC districts
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – An Australian Open, electrified by the revivals of seasoned champions, will bathe in the warm glow of nostalgia today when the Williams sisters contest the women’s final at Rod Laver Arena.Melbourne Park was where Venus and Serena Williams first clashed in a tour match in 1998 and nearly 20 years on, the Americans will add another chapter to tennis’s greatest sibling rivalry.In 1998, they were teenagers with cornrows and coloured beads in their hair sharing in an awkward second-round encounter that 17-year-old Venus won in two sets.Venus hugged her sister, younger by a year, at the net and apologised for having to “take (her) out”.Today, 35-year-old Serena will bid for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era while Venus will strive for her eighth, and first in almost nine years.Serena drew level with Germany’s Steffi Graff on 22 when she claimed her seventh Wimbledon title last year but her crowning moment was delayed when, as top seed, she was upset in the U.S. Open semi-finals by Czech Karolina Pliskova.Serena no longer cares to talk about the record and stiffened when asked about it after her semi-final victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, as if the weight of such an achievement might prove too heavy.But a seventh title at Melbourne Park would add further credit to Serena’s claim as the greatest of all-time, despite being one short of Australia’s Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.For 13th seed Venus, her first grand slam final in eight years is already a stunning victory of perseverance in the face of her struggles to manage Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.Both players stormed into the semi-finals without a set dropped.However, where Serena romped into the final with a 50-minute demolition of Lucic-Baroni, Venus needed to summon her peerless experience to fend off feisty fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets.Today’s final will be the Williams sisters ninth at a grand slam and their first since Wimbledon in 2009, where Serena won in two sets.RIVALRY SHAPED GAMEAs tempting as it may be, to see the Melbourne Park decider as a last flickering of a rivalry that shaped the women’s game for a decade may be premature.Eras have come and gone but Serena has never left the stage, winning nine grand slam titles since turning 30.Venus spent four years in the wilderness from 2011-14, a period in which she was unable to surpass a fourth round at any of the majors.But since a drought-breaking quarter-final at the 2015 Australian Open, Venus has risen again.It took her sister to end her run at Wimbledon in the fourth round that year and again at the U.S. Open in the quarter-finals a few months later.Her semi-final run at Wimbledon last year was further evidence that Venus still has the hunger and the game to trouble the best.“I think people realise this is an amazing job, so it’s best to keep it,” she said of her longevity.Whether she can still beat the best will be decided today, where she will bid for her first Australian Open title, 14 years after her only other final at Melbourne Park ended in a three-set loss to her sister.Serena, who holds a 16-11 winning record over Venus over their careers and leads 6-2 in the grand slam finals, is favourite to win but knows better than to underestimate her sister’s competitive spirit.“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” she said.“This is a story. This is something that I couldn’t write a better ending. This is a great opportunity for us to start our new beginning.”
The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.None of the leagues released public comment about the call.A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website. April 4, 2020 McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from AustraliaUNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race.McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKER Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sports Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.” — The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEKobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer. Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters.Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACING OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6