Eli Roberts joins WEVV after anchoring and reporting at Israel’s Channel One Network and reporting for WFTX in Fort Myers, FL. Before joining WEVV, Roberts served as the CEO at three start-ups over the course of six years in East Asia, most recently in Thailand and Myanmar.As a dual-American -Israeli citizen, Roberts served as a combat solider in the Israeli military, where military service is compulsory, and speaks Hebrew. He also speaks Spanish, Thai and some Japanese.An avid road cyclist, Eli looks forward to riding through the Tri-State area. “I rode with a team in Israel, and I’d like to join a group here in Evansville to become a part of the community.”Eli graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with majors in Political Science and International Relations, and a specialization in Asian Economies.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Scottish Association of Master Bakers’ (SAMB’s) new training centre in Larbert is now fully equipped and ready for business.The centre at Mathieson’s bakery near Falkirk is open to everyone in the UK baking trade, not just Scottish bakers, and has taken two years to develop. It comprises a test bakery, eight computers and seminar and conference rooms.Courses can run for up to 70 people and ADM Milling, which is among those who have supported the centre, will be one of the first to deliver a technical course.At the SAMB conference in May, Iain Campbell, convenor of the training and education committee, urged the industry to make the most of the new facility.”Use it or lose it,” he said. “Everyone within travelling distance, both sides of the border, should make use of the new facility.”The centre is close to the M9 and is accessible by train from Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Edinburgh airport 30 minutes away.Arthur Rayer, head of skills training for the SAMB, said: “We hope the industry will support a range of courses and that it will become a hub of learning, used by manufacturers and suppliers alike.”George Stevenson of Mathieson, who is the new vice president of the SAMB, and John Murray, past president who oversaw the development of the training centre, were thanked at conference for their efforts.Meanwhile, the SAMB 40 Group for bakers aged 40 and under will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September 2008.l See pg 14 for coverage of the SAMB technical sessions.
Privately owned bakeries are increasing in value faster than their corporate competitors, making them potential takeover targets.This is the finding of a new report, Portfolio Analysis of the Bakery Industry, from Plimsoll Publishing, that highlights exclusivity, niche products and unique services as other potentially attractive features of independent bakeries.Another more practical factor is the increasing age of the owners and principals at some of the companies, which is causing them to consider their choices.”While many family firms have succession plans in place,” explained market analyst David Pattison, “an offer for the company at the crucial moment is often listened to sympathetically, as the new generation review their options.”The report gives detailed value and performance ratings for 980 companies in the bakery sector, of which 752 are privately-owned. It is priced £350, with a 10% discount available to British Baker readers. Call 01642 626422 for more details.
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Swimming after eating may be a dubious decision, but a film series about food in a pool? That’s another story.On Monday (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m., Food at 24fps presents a screening of “Tampopo” at the Adams House Pool Theater. This little-known Japanese film from 1985 is widely loved by foodies and focuses on a single mother’s obsessive pursuit of the perfect ramen noodles. Tom Levenson, professor of writing and humanistic studies at MIT, will offer a brief informal introduction to the film.The screening is part of a new semi-regular series about movies that feature food, organized by Harvard students, filmmakers, and food and film lovers from the Cambridge area.The Adams House Pool Theater is an unusual venue for a film series — it was originally a swimming pool, built at the turn of the 20th century when that area of campus housed Harvard’s most affluent students. After an eclectic history throughout the 20th century, the space was converted to a theater in the mid-1990s. Seats fill what was the shallow end of the pool, and a state-of-the-art projector and screen make film screenings possible.The screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To learn more and to check out the schedule of upcoming films, go to www.food24fps.com.— Amy Lavoie
“President Putin’s goals are very simple: to ‘Make Russia Great Again.’” George Liber, professor in the department of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said this in his lecture Monday night called “Back to the Future: Soviet Collapse, the Long Post-Communist Transition and Putin’s Interventions in Ukraine, 2004-2014.” This talk, sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, was centered on Ukraine’s post-Soviet Union history and President Putin’s interventionist role. Liber most recently authored “Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine.”Liber spoke of the history in post soviet Ukraine in the past 25 years following the collapse of the Soviet system in 1991 and the emergence of 15 independent republics. Liber said upon its independence Ukraine had a plethora of problems, including deep internal divisions, flawed political design and major corruption which prevented the new “demokratura” — a blend of democracy and dictatorship — from running smoothly. A lack of economic reform in Ukraine had economic costs, such as a major decrease of GDP and a hyperinflation rate of over 10,000 percent, Liber said.Liber warned against reading too much into the information, stating that Russian speakers in Ukraine are not always Putin supporters.“These statistics are even more complex — there are other issues involved, not just ethnic or language differences in Ukraine,” he said. “Ukraine is essentially a country in which a population is co-mingled. The Russian population in Ukraine and the Ukrainian population in Ukraine are not that different.”In a struggle to maintain a solid political regime and therefore defaulting to a pluralist system of sorts, Ukrainian politicians often struggle with resistance becoming corrupt, Liber said.“These demokratura have democratic trappings — they have constitutions, they have parliaments, they have elections and guarantees of freedom of speech and assembly. In practice, however, according to Asherson, they are manipulated to maintain the privileges of the post communist elite. The authorities in Russia, as well as in Ukraine, discretely falsify elections as well as use violence against some political challengers … the important thing is to keep your mob in power by persuading your people and the outside world that the political process at least roughly reflects the popular will,” Liber said.This style of corrupt governance ultimately caused two major crises in Ukraine, he said. Liber recounted the events following President Viktor Yanukovych’s rigged election, Yanokovych’s refusal to sign an EU trade agreement due to President Putin’s opposal to it, and his false imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, a political opponent. Each of these events culminated in public demonstrations, some of which turned violent. “This was the worst political violence in the history of Ukraine since the independence,” Liber said.Just before signing a peace agreement to calm the protests which was overseen by the EU, Liber said, Yanokovych disappeared, fleeing to Eastern Ukraine for his own safety. Putin took over amidst the chaos and eventually annexed Crimea, and he later attempted to create a corridor from Russia to Crimea, he said. Putin’s interventions in Ukraine peaked when he sent Russian troops to Ukraine under the guise of the protection of the Russian speakers in Ukraine, Liber said.Liber said that the violence that happened in Ukraine was a result of the peoples’ attempts to find a common future. He said Westernizers, moderate reformists and “Soviet-ophiles” all see Ukraine heading in different directions. Nonetheless, he said, Putin’s interventions have not swayed the deep-rooted desire for growth and change in the Ukraine.“Despite everything that Putin did, Ukraine did sign this EU association agreement,” Liber said. “Most citizens after 1914 aspired to move closer to Europe than ever before. The hybrid war that Russia conducted in Eastern Ukraine since 2014 only served in the post-Soviet consolidation of the Ukrainian identity, introducing new perceptions of what it means to be Ukrainian. Not that one defines oneself as Ukrainian by ethnic or linguistic realms, but rather one defines oneself as Ukrainian by means of civic standards.”Although Liber said historians probably shouldn’t make predictions, he said he believes that the conflict in the Ukraine will exist for a very long time. Tags: Communism, political violence, Putin, reform
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat only American-grown food, mark apple juice, cauliflower, garlic and limes off your grocery list. A University of Georgia food scientist says the majority of these foods are imported from other countries.“In 2006, about 15 percent of the food consumed in the U.S. was imported,” said Faith Critzer, a researcher with the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. “And almost 44 percent of the fruit and 16 percent of the vegetable supply were imported to the U.S. in 2005.”A variety are importedMost apple juice, frozen cauliflower, garlic and limes consumed in the U.S. are imported, Critzer said. The apple juice and garlic come from China. The cauliflower and limes are courtesy of Mexico. In 2008, 80 percent of fresh artichokes, 79.9 percent of fresh asparagus and 52.9 percent of fresh cucumbers in U.S. stores were imported. Population growth and consumer demand for fresh produce year-round are driving forces the increase in imports, Critzer said.Nuts and seafood, tooAlmost half of all shelled nuts consumed by Americans are imported, according to a 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The major countries exporting nuts to the U.S. are Vietnam, India, Mexico, Brazil and China. And 80 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported.Critzer says the safety of these imported foods will be a growing concern in the future. The problem isn’t where the food comes from, but how it’s grown or processed before it reaches American soil and, ultimately, American dinner tables.According to a 2009 Food Marketing Institute report, three-quarters of American shoppers surveyed are either “somewhat comfortable” or “not too comfortable” with foods grown outside the U.S.Supply chains stretch overseasThe influx of imported food didn’t happen over night, said Jim Daniels, an agricultural economist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “Over the 1900s, America’s food systems underwent dramatic changes and evolved into the very highly specialized and complex businesses that exist today,” Daniels said.These changes have resulted in longer supply chains that often stretch past the borders of the U.S., Daniels said.For example, a double-patty hamburger with cheese and sauce sold by a well-known national fast food chain has over 150 ingredients. Half of those ingredients could originate from outside the U.S., he said. “Our food now comes from all corners of the globe, passes through many more hands and reaches our tables in many more forms than ever before,” Daniel said. “Likewise, the products that we grow and manufacture in Georgia are distributed all over the country and world and may end up as ingredients in literally tens of thousands of other products.”Improved detection methods neededWhat can concerned Americans do?Michael Doyle, head of the UGA Center for Food Safety, says the solution lies in the hands of food producers, processors and regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”Solutions to today’s food safety issues will not come easy,” Doyle said. “They will require a major research commitment to developing state-of-the-art science methods to detect, control and eliminate harmful substances in foods.”The food industry, whether it be growers, manufacturers or distributors, is responsible for providing safe foods,” he said. “And regulatory agencies need more rapid and robust sampling and detection methods to verify that foods, especially those that are imported, are safe from harmful microbes and chemicals.”For now, UGA experts encourage consumers to wash produce thoroughly, cook meats to appropriate temperatures and keep kitchen utensils and countertops clean. For more tips on keeping your family safe from foodborne illness, see the Web site www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/. Or, call your local UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Shearer Chevrolet Co. Inc.,Long-time Burlington auto dealer Bill Shearer acquired Lewis Motors in South Burlington effective July 1, 2009, adding three new brands to the Shearer family of dealerships in Vermont. The current location on Shelburne Road will be retained, but each brand will have its own dealership identity. The names will be changed to Shearer Acura, Audi South Burlington and Volkswagen South Burlington.”Acura, Audi and Volkswagen are flagship brands that have become mainstays in Vermont. The Lewis family has set a solid foundation for their future” said Shearer.Alex Lewis founded Lewis Motors in 1974 as a Volkswagen dealership. The Audi franchise was added in 1976. Alex’s son David joined the firm in 1987 after graduating from Norwich University. The Acura dealership opened in 1995 and David Lewis purchased Lewis Motors from his Dad in 1996.Shearer Chevrolet was founded in 1928, and is one of the oldest dealerships in Vermont. Shearer also operates Shearer Honda in Rutland, as well as Shearer Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac and GMC trucks in South Burlington. It also owns and operates Direct Autobody, a brand new state-of-the-art collision repair facility which opened in 2008 and is located behind Shearer Chevrolet.The Shearer Auto Group will now be able to offer customers the best cars and trucks from Japan, Germany and the United States. “It’s an exciting opportunity” Shearer concluded.
This week marked the official announcement of a new and exciting year-round bike park for Western North Carolina. Bailey Mountain Bike Park, which will be located in the college town of Mars Hill just 20 minutes from Asheville, is now under construction. To find out more about this soon-to-be bike park we reached out to Bailey Mountain partner and visionary Jennifer Miller.BRO: When do you hope to open the park to the public?Miller: We plan to have several soft openings in May, but the official target month is June.BRO: How many miles of trails will be included in the finished park?Miller: Our goal is to have 30 trails.BRO: What kind of riders do you hope to target?Miller: We will welcome all riders, but this park will be tailor made for gravity riders and downhill mountain bikers.BRO: Will there be lodging options for multi-day visitors?Miller: Yes! To start we will offer campsites and rustic camp cabins.BRO: Are there any other parks in the area comparable to Bailey Mountain?Miller: There are other good mountain bike parks in the region, but what sets us apart and will make us unique is our year round schedule. Unlike Snowshoe and Beech Mountain, we will be a fully dedicated, year-round MTB park.BRO: We hear there are plans to install a chairlift.Miller: That is on the agenda! It will take us a little while to get there, and in the interim we will over a shuttle service to the top of the mountain, but for us to truly achieve our goals with this park we will have to implement a chairlift system.Stay up to date with Bailey Mountain Bike park’s scheduled opening by following their Facebook page and read more about the world of downhill MTB in this BRO article on gravity mountain biking from the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Richard Miller Richard joined JMFA after a 23-year career in banking, providing JMFA and our clients with a broad base of management experience in community banking, from chief lending officer to president … Web: www.jmfa.com Details With Thanksgiving falling six days later this year than in 2018, consumers will lose almost a full week of holiday shopping. But thanks to advance retail promotions, the buying season began much earlier this year. Information from the National Retail Federation(NRF) predicted that 39 percent of consumers would begin their shopping in October. And many subscribers to online shopping services kicked off their holiday season in July, with digital events like “Prime Day” that featured mid-year, “can’t miss” holiday deals.According to the NRF survey, retailers have figured out that many people prefer early shopping to spread out their spending and de-stress the season. So, while consumers who strategize to stay within their holiday budget can make the most out of early promotions and sales, the shopping frenzy can lead to financial hardship for consumers who don’t keep track of their purchases or who are hit with an unexpected expense.In a financial wellness survey implemented by PwC, respondents from every generational group reported experiencing financial stress in their life. Cash flow and debt issues were cited as the biggest causes of stress. In the days leading up to the holidays, what are you doing to help calm your members’ financial concerns if they overdraw their account balance?If there was ever a good time of year to find a way to reduce stress, it is nowThe holidays are full of surprises; an overdrawn checking account shouldn’t be one of them.Here are three things that your credit union can do to help members avoid unpleasant financial surprises that can take the “happy” out of the holidays.Make a connection to members’ financial needsAccording to the National Financial Educators Council, 73 percent of adults surveyed indicated that they could benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional. A study by JD Powerfound that tips to help improve one’s financial situation, and advice to help keep track of spending and household budgets are among the most common types of advice retail bank customers are seeking.Yet, only 28 percent of respondents recalled recently receiving any type of financial advice from their financial institution.Make sure your member-facing staff listen to account holder concerns and watch account tracking to identify when it might be helpful or necessary to reach out to someone who is having difficulty keeping a positive account balance.Remember, many people are hesitant to reach out for assistance when they are in financial distress. By creating a connection with them ahead of time, your staff members can make a tremendous difference in how quickly they get back on track. And demonstrating that you genuinely care about their financial needs will generate valuable goodwill in the process.Offer a fully disclosed overdraft program to help members cover important expensesConvenience is something all consumers are looking for during the holidays. Experiencing an overdrawn account—when an emergency or unexpected expense arises, or an error is made when balancing an account—is not convenient.A fully transparent overdraft program that clearly discloses program details— like overdraft limits and fees, and how the program works—provides a user-friendly solution that allows members to make an informed decision about whether to use it. No guess work, no confusion and a lot less stress.On the contrary, a program that involves undisclosed algorithms to determine limits leaves consumers in the dark about how and when the program works to solve their financial needs. This can increase the stress that your members experience and leave them looking for alternative solutions that can be more costly and inconvenient.Utilize expert program management resources to maintain the best resultsJust as consumers look for a guarantee that the gifts they buy are reliable and match the recipients’ needs. They want financial products and services they can rely on when they need them. When your staff members are balancing multiple responsibilities tied to extra end-of-year tasks or don’t have the confidence to fully explain the details of how to responsibly use your overdraft program, errors can occur, and members can be surprised by unexpected charges or misuse the privilege.A time-tested overdraft solution provides the necessary tools to ensure that your members are familiar with your program’s policies, their account status and other important information through automated resources and prepared, compliance-tested messages. On-going training opportunities keep employees on the same page regarding the program’s details to solidify their understanding of how the program works, and provides them with timely updates of any changes in processes and procedures.The more accurately and confidently your employees explain your overdraft solution, the less likely you are to have to clear up any confusion or misunderstanding among members. Plus, partnering with an experienced overdraft program provider—that offers advice on the latest regulations and a 100 percent compliance guarantee—can reduce the likelihood of scrutiny from examiners and provide peace of mind for your credit union.Do what you can to keep the holidays “happy” for your membersThe holidays should be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful when unexpected financial burdens dampen the spirit of the season. Providing your members with the tools and advice they need to maintain a healthy bottom line can help them begin the New Year with renewed confidence in their relationship with your institution and less concern about having to pay for any leftover holiday expenses.