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first_imgSince the 1970s, autumn harvests of France’s heat-loving Bordeaux grape have advanced, good news for a crop that historically has struggled against cool temperatures and rain.But the good times won’t last forever, as climate change continues to pour on the heat.“They were always fighting the climate, winter rains. They were often on a really tight season, with many poor and mediocre vintages,” said Elizabeth Wolkovich, an assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology. “It is definitely hotter in Bordeaux [today]. Harvest has sped up by three weeks since the ’70s and quality has increased. … But if advances in harvest continue at this rate, 30 years from now they may be trying to harvest Bordeaux grapes in August, and it’s not going to be a good grape.”Wolkovich, an expert in the timing of key events in plant life cycles — called phenology — and how those events are affected by climate change, wants to help. She’s working today to better understand wine grape phenology and changes that might be needed in a warming world.Wolkovich, a wine lover, says that Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera, the wine grape cultivated since ancient times, first caught her eye four or five years ago. A colleague mentioned that the grape’s phenological diversity is among the widest in the plant kingdom. The comment was made in passing, but it stuck in Wolkovich’s mind.“I didn’t know that it was true or not, but I kind of held onto the notion that it would be really fascinating if you had a hyperdiverse crop, how did it get that way? Is a Pinot noir really different from a Cabernet? It’s so phenologically different, you’d think they’re genetically very different, but maybe they’re highly related.”The ripening times of grapes are just part of the diversity Wolkovich is investigating. Pinot noir grapes are among the earliest harvested, while Cabernet grapes are among the last. The grapes diverge in their tolerance of heat, leaf shapes, vein patterns, and other characteristics, yet are part of the same subspecies.“This is a fantastic system to work on and a relatively unexplored system for what I’m interested in,” she said. “It has huge implications for the future of wine grapes and wine [as it relates to] climate change. There’s a lot I can get out of it and give back, too.”The diversity of wine grapes stems from their domestication and the development of different varieties through selective breeding. Wolkovich said no one knows exactly how many varieties the world holds. There are some 20,000 different names, many of which describe the same grape. Wolkovich herself estimates that there are at least 2,000 truly distinct varieties.Wolkovich has been focusing on California wines, and last year gathered samples from 150 varieties grown there. She is conducting genetic tests on the samples and, in a few months, should know more about the connection between life-cycle differences and how closely related different varieties are.“If it’s true that genetic distance is related to phenological difference, then there’s implications for how to breed for climate change,” Wolkovich said. “The other question I’m interested in is how phenology controls how plants respond to climate change.”In an experiment planned for the fall, Wolkovich wants to understand how vines respond to extreme heat stress, like the record heat that struck Europe in the summer of 2003. Some plants, she said, held up under the high temperatures, while others wilted. Working at the Arnold Arboretum, she plans to use growth chambers where conditions can be controlled.“Where is the inflection point where it’s too hot? It’s hard to get those data in the field, because that kind of heat is rare.”In another project, Wolkovich is examining historical harvest records dating to the 1300s, to illuminate the connection between harvest date and temperature. Historically, drought has predicted earlier harvests, which have been linked to better wines.“In France, quality is strongly related to climate. They’ve been getting higher-quality harvests lately, probably because of climate change. That will break down eventually.”Ultimately, Wolkovich said, she’d like to be able to project the climate change expected in wine-growing regions and match that with the characteristics of different wine grapes. Much of the climate change-related conversation concerning vineyards has so far centered on the northward push of climatic grape-growing regions, and the possible need for vineyards themselves to move. More likely, Wolkovich said, is that vineyards will not have to move, but instead have to shift the varieties they grow to match conditions.Such a change could be tricky. In some parts of the world, vines have to be planted seven to 10 years before they’re in full production. Some warmer regions, such as Italy and Australia, are already growing heat-loving varieties and may need to alter cultivation habits or breed new varieties. In places like France, where the climate will likely support grape cultivation into the foreseeable future, legal and regulatory change will be needed as varieties change, since varieties are tightly tied to certain geographic regions.“First we need a lot more data; it is really early on,” Wolkovich said. “Three years from now we [hope to have] better forecasts of what people are looking at and how many times they may have to switch varieties over the next 50 to 80 years.”last_img read more

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How to keep your service personal & local by bringing it to (their) work

first_imgRemembering (and embracing) the PastMany credit unions today began 50, 60 or even 70 plus years ago. They all started with ONE single sponsor, or select employee group (SEG), that shared a common bond we’ve heard our board of directors and long-term employees describe in tales from years ago. In most cases, the credit union’s first office was onsite, within the sponsoring company’s facilities. Your credit union’s board of directors and even your credit union’s first employees were probably employees of the sponsoring company as well. This helped to instill trust and create strong member relationships which turned into a true financial partnership over time.Building Personal (financial) RelationshipsDay-in and day-out, whether they were on a short break or during their lunchtime, employees would walk over to the credit union, say hi to Bill and Joyce, grab some coffee and maybe even conduct a transaction. When you combine strong personal relationships (even friendships) with a VERY local presence, you’ve got a captive targeted audience to engage with at a personal level.Years ago we enjoyed – even took for granted – that status of trusted financial partner with SEGs. Members, in turn, showed their loyalty by thinking of the credit union first for every financial need – a very loyal membership base. Credit unions also made loan decisions based on more than a credit score or credit report back then, because we really KNEW our members and they told others about us – and it wasn’t awkward to talk about the “credit union” with others back then.Moving ForwardBut with time and desired growth comes changes. To stay competitive, credit unions ventured outside of just one sponsoring company partner into more and more, some eventually changing their charter to be community-based. Branches and more staff were added. Then, to reduce cost in the name of convenience, we added technology and other cheaper, less personal delivery channels. And, before we knew it, partner relationships began to fade away in lieu of hopes of faster credit union growth elsewhere.But with a larger infrastructure comes higher operating expenses. And, because of that, rates and fees started to become less attractive to members. Credit union growth has no doubt risen as fast as it has in part because of branch expansion and changes in charter and field of membership. But have credit unions forgotten their original differentiator? Are they still different from their competitors today? Without those close partnerships with community businesses and with the development and push toward digital banking channels today, is it too late to win back the hearts of our members and those who would refer us to others?Using Technology to Reconnect and Regain a Competitive AdvantageThink about these questions: When’s the last time you visited your members at their place of business? Have you discontinued your on-site visits and membership drives? Onsite financial education workshops? Personal visits to serve members by appointment when it’s convenient for them?What if you could keep your differentiator of the past while combining the technology of today?This Mysterious CloudNo doubt you’ve heard a ton about the cloud. You may not fully understand it and probably have questions about how it’s used and whether or not it’s secure. Let’s first define what kind of cloud we’re discussing. There are many different types of clouds – public clouds, hosted or co-location services. We’re not discussing those here. Instead, this cloud and channel delivery solution is an enterprise computing platform, specifically designed for financial institutions, a fault-tolerant, physically secure datacenter which is highly scalable and fully manageable with all of the features you need built right in. Redundant, high-speed circuits connect to a geographically separate disaster recovery facility, including real-time replication of all data and applications.Simply put, it’s basically taking your credit union – and all of its software tools – TO your members – WHERE they work – just like it was 50, 60, 70 years ago with a little help from technology. It’s as easy as taking your laptop or mobile device with you when you visit members – ANYWHERE.Find out more by listening to a free recorded webcast here. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stan Cowan Stan Cowan works at D+H, a global technology solutions provider for the financial industry as a Senior Solutions Marketing Manager. He’s also spent over 17 years as a … Web: www.dh.com Detailslast_img read more

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JLL Euro chief to leave after 30 years at firm

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Hines lights up Edinburgh with 400,000 sq ft city centre scheme

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Which Premier League games are on the BBC and free to air TV?

first_imgThe remaining kick-off times and TV channels are yet to be confirmed.MORE: Luke Shaw reveals Manchester United’s game plan against Tottenham ahead of Premier League restartMORE: Premier League returns: What time are tonight’s games and where can you watch them?Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Premier League is back! (Picture: AFP)The Premier League returns on Wednesday night with two games, but we will have to wait until Friday for our first free to air contest.It has been three months since the last Premier League action due to the coronavirus hiatus and there is now going to be around six weeks of near non-stop action in a bid to complete the season before August.Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon are sharing out the remaining 92 fixtures, with every single one being shown live on one platform or another.The four BBC games and four Amazon matches are available for free, as are 25 of the Sky Sports fixtures.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNot all have been confirmed as yet, but here is what we know so far… How to watch Sky Sports free-to-air gamesSky are playing their free games on the Pick Channel which is 159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview.How to watch Amazon free-to-air gamesYou will not need an Amazon Prime account, which makes them free, but it is not yet clear whether you will need an Amazon account or not.These games will all be streamed online or through a Smart TV.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 City Which Premier League games are on the BBC and free to air TV? Full TV schedule Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky) Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 3:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Advertisement Free to air Premier League matches Friday, June 19Norwich vs Southampton 6pm (Sky Pick)Saturday, June 20Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle vs Sheffield United 2pm (Sky Pick)Sunday, June 21Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky Pick)Wednesday, June 24Man Utd vs Sheffield Utd 6pm (Sky Pick)Wednesday, June 24Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Thursday, June 25Burnley vs Watford 6pm (Sky Pick)Saturday, June 27FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Watford vs Southampton 4.30pm (Sky Pick)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday, June 30Brighton vs Man Utd 8.15pm (Sky Pick)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky Pick) Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Investment restrictions eased for France’s €30bn ERAFP

first_imgThe changes to the regulatory investment framework for the pension fund were provided for by an ordonnance – a type of statutory instrument in France – published in July, which entered into force in early August.It followed other rule changes permitting greater diversification. A change in late 2018, for example, raised the limit on private equity and unlisted infrastructure to 5%, from 3%.In a statement, ERAFP said the move “increases the investment policy’s scope for maintaining a well-balanced portfolio over time as well as its responsiveness – particularly useful additions in the current economic environment”.“This is intended to boost its potential returns and increase its contribution to the financing of companies,” the fund added. In its annual report for 2018, ERAFP indicated it planned to raise the target allocation to real estate from 10% of assets to 11.5-12%, and to grow the share of variable income assets from 32% to 33-34% of the portfolio, including an increase in private equity and infrastructure fund investments.  Climate change analysis tendersSeparately, the pension fund this week announced the search for one or more consultancies specialising in measuring climate change-related “risks and opportunities”.It wants help with using indicators such as carbon footprints and “contribution to the energy transition” to measure various investment portfolios’ exposure to climate change-related risks and opportunities. The portfolios in question are: euro-zone, European, North American, Pacific region and French equities; international convertible bonds; euro and US dollar denominated OECD and emerging market corporate bonds; and government bonds.ERAFP is also looking for a consultancy to measure its real estate, infrastructure and private equity portfolios’ exposure to climate change-related risks and opportunities.The deadline for applications is 8 October at noon Paris time. Since 2016 ERAFP has used Trucost – now part of S&P Global – in partnership with I Care & Consult, Grizzly Responsible Investment and Beyond Ratings to analyse the climate change-related risks and opportunities of its listed assets portfolio. The latter two merged in July last year under the name Beyond Ratings.ERAFP has worked with Carbone 4 on its real estate, private equity and infrastructure portfolios.The pension fund was recently identified as one of a group of responsible investment leaders by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The members of the Leaders’ Group, a new initiative by the PRI, were presented in Paris at the organisation’s annual conference earlier this month. The group consists of 47 asset owners that were recognised for their work in selecting, appointing and monitoring investment managers in listed and private equity. ERAFP, the €29.6bn French pension fund for public servants, has been granted permission to invest more in unlisted assets, real estate, and mutual funds.Up to 45% of the pension fund’s portfolio can now be invested in “equities and funds of unlisted assets”, an increase of five percentage points, according to a statement.The limit on real estate investments was also raised, from 12.5% to 15%, with real estate debt permitted to represent half of the book value of ERAFP’s investments, rather than the previous 25%.ERAFP has also been granted more room to invest directly in UCITS funds, with the cap on these investments being raised from 3% to 10%.last_img read more

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Dangerous prisoners on the run

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 13, 2011 – Authorities in Suriname have been put on alert following the escape of four “dangerous” men from a prison in Guyana, as police and army officials come up empty handed in their search at home.Two murder accused Rickford La Fleur alias Rickford Williams, 35, and Vinood ‘Mango’ Gopaul, 19; 32-year-old Kevin ‘Long Hair’ Narine aka Ram Sookdial, who was earlier this month sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery on the high seas; and Vijay Seenarine, 33, who was awaiting trial on a charge of carnal knowledge, escaped from the New Amsterdam Prison in Berbice around 2:30 am on Saturday, triggering a massive manhunt. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the four are “considered to be dangerous”.Police believe the men may be heading to Suriname because one of them, Narine, has strong links to that country. It’s for that reason that authorities there have been contacted and informed that all or some of the four could be coming their way.Law enforcement officials in Guyana spent the last two days searching several areas, questioning relatives of the inmates, and visiting other people and places they frequent.And while the search continues for them, the Ministry of Home Affairs says a Board of Inquiry has been set up to determine how they were able to get out of the jail.According to the ministry, “preliminary reports indicate that the men broke their way out of the prison by cutting the floor board and wending their way through the double floor and exited from the northern part of the prison”. “They subsequently scaled the prison fence and made good their escape,” it added.This was not the first escape for Gopaul. He was among 18 remanded prisoners who executed a jailbreak in August 2007 by sawing through iron bars in the recreational area of the prison and scaling a fence. He and the majority of the others were recaptured shortly after, while three were shot dead by law enforcement officials.The weekend breakout came a week after another one which was allegedly aided by a prison officer.Surinamese citizen Krishna Paul Doerga, 52, who’d been serving three years for fraud, was taken from the same prison by Orlando Jaundoo on June 4 but both were held in Suriname a few days later.Doerga is in jail in Suriname now, while Jaundoo is on remand back in Guyana awaiting trial for aiding and abetting the inmate in his escape.A Board of Inquiry has also been set up to probe that incident.Caribbean 360 News 55 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Dangerous prisoners on the run by: – June 13, 2011center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Trump’s Senior Campaign Advisor Reacts to Biden’s VP Pick

first_imgFILE – In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears at a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. CNN has hired Lewandowski as a commentator on the campaign, only days after he was fired by Trump. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) President Trump’s Senior 2020 Campaign Advisor and 2016 Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski joined the South Florida Morning Show to talk about Joe Biden’s running mate selection.  He said he was in the room when Trump selected Mike Pence as his running mate and at no time did the topic of race or gender come into play.  Sen. Kamala Harris of California is the first woman of color to be selected as a Vice Presidential nominee.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Corey-Lewandowski-8-12-20.mp3last_img read more

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CBA boys lacrosse up to no. 3 in state rankings

first_imgOnly then did Westhill spring to life, but it never got closer than three goals the rest of the way as CBA was able to flick off the challenges. Defenders Tommie Caputo, Matt Buck and Greg Wells worked well all night, and Z.J. Shahin recorded seven saves.Taylor, with his four assists, anchored a well-balanced attack where Mackenzie and Sam Bonacci each had two goals and two assists, while Wyatt Auyer scored three times. Kelly and Joey Matheson each got two goals and one assist.So began another stretch for CBA that continued Thursday night with a trip to Cazenovia and another fine all-around effort as the Brothers smothered the Lakers 15-3.Building a 9-1 advantage by halftime, CBA had Shahin earn nine saves and the defense continually make stops as, on the other end, the attack remained well-balanced.Kelly had four goals, with Auyer getting three goals and one assist. Mackenzie scored twice and got three assists, Dan Anderson adding two goals as Taylor notched a goal and four assists. Wells had one goal and one assist, Matheson and Caputo also finding the net.The fun continued for CBA in Saturday’s 26-2 romp over South Jefferson. On Senior Day, the Brothers averaged more than a goal per minute building a 13-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.It was 19-0 by halftime, and everyone got to see some playing time as Taylor got five goals and three assists, with Kelly and Auyer each scoring four times, Auyer adding three assists.Bonacci notched three goals as McKenzie had five assists to go with his lone tally. Chris Adornato and Cole Mathews both got two goals, with Dan Anderson earning a goal and two assists. Matheson and Josh Hulslander both had one goal and one assist, with Henderson and Brockton Bowler also finding the net.East Syracuse Minoa played last Thursday and pounded Oswego 20-8, netting 10 goals in the first quarter alone as Tim Crouse finished with five goals and one assist, with Eric Callahan adding four goals and one assist.Luke Rosaschi and Lance Madonna both scored three times, Rosaschi adding five assists and Madonna two assists. Jackson Palumb had two goals and one assist with Mike Kavanagh, Nolan Palmer and Connor Garland getting single goals. Tags: boys lacrosseCBAESM Right from the outset, Westhill had no intention of playing at the Brothers’ accelerated tempo, possessing the ball for minutes at a time, and CBA found itself trailing 1-0 in the last minute of the first quarter.Then, in a span of seven seconds, Ryan Mackenzie tied it, Ian Henderson won the ensuing faceoff and passed it to Colin Kelly, who found Preston Taylor for another goal.Now the Brothers led for good, and it scored twice in 24 seconds early in the second period and then, for good measure, added two goals just 18 second apart early in the third quarter, establishing a 7-1 lead. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though most of its stars are underclassmen, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team is not waiting to make its impact, and another championship might await them.With the Section III Class C playoffs looming, the Brothers have geared up, rising to no. 3 in last week’s state Class C rankings, two spots ahead of its neighbors from Jamesville-DeWitt.Having knocked off West Genesee 9-4 on May 4, CBA made another big statement on its home turf last Tuesday night, toppling state no. 6-ranked Westhill 12-7.last_img read more

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Stellar pitching, explosive offense carry Syracuse softball to doubleheader sweep of Rutgers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After avoiding a sweep against Seton Hall on Sunday, Syracuse (19-24, 7-9 Big East) traveled to Rutgers (25-21, 6-10) and swept a doubleheader with the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.Before the two-game set, the Orange sat one game behind RU in the Big East. But after sweeping Rutgers on Wednesday, SU leapfrogged the Scarlet Knights in the conference standings and now sits in sixth place, one game behind Georgetown.Syracuse rode the arm of Stacy Kuwik to a 6-0 victory in game one. Kuwik threw seven innings, and only gave up three hits and one walk en route to improving her record to 12-9.Shortstop Morgan Nandin set the tempo early with a first-inning RBI single that scored pinch runner Emily Thompson. Third baseman Corinne Ozanne doubled in right fielder Shirley Daniels in the third, then Daniels broke the game wide open with a three-run home run that plated Ashley Dimon and Riley Johnson in the fourth.In game two, Syracuse’s offensive exploded in an 11-3 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKuwik threw five more innings and gave up three runs on five hits, but that wouldn’t matter.With the score tied at two, SU kicked into high gear. Dimon and Johnson doubled, Grant hit for three parts of the cycle, adding a single and triple to her first inning home run, and Nandin stayed hot with two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored.Daniels added to her Big East leading steals total by swiping her 27th base of the season in game two. But she’s no longer perfect. Rutgers catcher Kaci Madden threw her out trying to steal in game one.SU now travels to Tampa, Fla. for a three game series with South Florida. The Orange will look to continue climbing the Big East standings in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and a weekend cap at 11 a.m. on Sunday. South Florida is currently third in the Big East standings. Comments Published on April 25, 2013 at 1:04 amlast_img read more

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