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first_imgThe Organic Trade Association (OTA), which has called Greenfield, MA, home since 1990, today is celebrating the upcoming move of its headquarters to the Graduate Center building in downtown Brattleboro planned for later this fall.“This move by the Organic Trade Association to Vermont is a testament to the importance of organic agriculture in our state and the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit found here. I have long worked with the Organic Trade Association in Washington on organic policy matters and am delighted it has chosen Vermont as its home base and to bring these jobs to Brattleboro,” said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy, now the second most senior member of the U.S. Senate, often is called the ‘father of organic’ because as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee he wrote and passed the Organic Foods Production Act as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. In 2009 he was the first recipient of OTA’s Public Servant Award that recognizes individuals in government who have played key roles in organic agriculture and trade policies.“Marlboro College Graduate Center’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Brattleboro will provide a nice complement to OTA’s Washington, DC, office,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. She added, “It is exciting to be moving to Vermont, well respected for its interest and support for organic agriculture, sustainability, and green initiatives, particularly at this time when OTA is marking its 25th anniversary, and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Organic Foods Production Act.”In fact, despite its size, Vermont is among the leaders of organic agriculture in the United States. According to the 2008 Organic Production Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Vermont ranked tenth of all the states in the amount of organic farms. Meanwhile, its farms’ 2008 organic sales, at nearly $73 million, placed Vermont in eighth position in organic sales by state.The Vermont Economic Progress Council has approved up to $86,300 in Vermont Employment Growth Incentives to enable OTA to move its operations, including membership acquisition and retention, public relations, marketing, regulatory review and tracking, support services for legislative activities and administration of USDA and other grants, to Vermont instead of remaining in Massachusetts or consolidating these operations in Washington, D.C.The Graduate Center building already houses a USDA service center serving all of Windham County. That office includes the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, and Windham County Conservation District.The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the non-profit membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America whose mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy (www.ota.com(link is external)). OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber and textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop.Source: OTA. BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (Sept. 3, 2010)—last_img read more


first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 11:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Skip Ad Top articles Read More by Metro Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement About Connatix V67539 PLAY 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED 1/1 Read More Skip Coming Next Prince William told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal (Picture: Youtube)Prince William has advised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer – and sign for his beloved Aston Villa.Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal remains unclear. His contract expires at the end of next season, with Arsenal struggling to get him to commit to a new deal. Chelsea were among the clubs linked with his signature, although they have now agreed a £53million deal to sign Germany international Timo Werner.ADVERTISEMENT Comment / Full Screen The group of Arsenal staff members lauged in response, with Arteta wagging his finger in response. AdvertisementAdvertisementWilliam added: ‘I’ve got to put that in there, just in case.‘Mikel and I will have some words later.’On a more serious note, Prince William discussed mental health issues with the Arsenal striker.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 CityAubameyang said: ‘I have played with some players that had some difficulties with their mental health. ‘The most important thing is to be next to them and try to speak a lot with them.Arteta added: ‘You have to create a safe environment for them to be able to talk to you directly without feeling judged.Mertesacker continued: ‘I thought I need to be strong, you know, to be resilient. Nowadays there are more mechanisms than ever to start a conversation.’Should Aubameyang leave Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results And Prince William has decided to throw relegation-threatened Aston Villa’s name into the ring, in a chat with the Gabon international, Mikel Arteta, Hector Bellerin and Per Mertesacker.‘I just want to say Pierre, I hope you’re at Aston Villa next year,’ the Duke of Cambridge told the Arsenal striker. Prince William tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer to join Aston Villa Read More Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA servery connects the kitchen to the pool area. A Bali day bed hut is resplendent in the pool setting.Property records show the house was renovated when it changed hands in 2005.Since its last sale, the area has grown in size and price rapidly.CoreLogic data shows the median house price for Tweed Heads has risen by 33.7 per cent. There’s an even tropical fish in the lounge room.Adorned with a traditional gold motif, the pool setting is the perfect place to bliss out and lounge, replicating the relaxation that usually accompanies an island holiday. The traditional Bali bungalow effect is replicated on a large-scale with touches of luxury inside the home.Watch tropical fish flit back and forth without even stepping outside with an inbuilt fish tank featuring in the divider wall of the spacious lounge room.You can even keep the sunny temperatures going all year with a gas fireplace. Soothing visual blends of stone, timber, granite and white tone textures feature throughout, complemented by soaring high ceilings and etched glass panels.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Water views are on offer throughout.center_img The lounge room opens to an entertainment deck.Water views are a focal feature with multiple niche entertainment areas overlooking the tranquil canal, and the kitchen services both the pool area through a servery and the dining area. In keeping with resort style there are plenty of rooms to choose from — a master suite with an ensuite and dual balconies, two bedrooms and a studio bedroom, complete with an ensuite, room for a lounge and private access to the swimming pool. There’s also a study with plantation shutters. A boat ramp and boat shed offer easy access to explore the surrounding waterways or simply kick back on your own private sandy beach. 17 Norman St, Tweed Heads is on the market for $1.449 million.IF you frequent Bali as a holiday destination, you might want to consider saving your pennies to put towards an eternal holiday at this Tweed Heads home instead.Taking pride of place is the centrepiece Balinese day bed hut overlooking the sparkling pool setting, complemented by timber, travertine tiles and glass for a designer finish. last_img read more


first_imgNorges is likely to retain its interest in the two Lenbach Gärten properties – which total 29,000sqm – for some time.The two assets are let to McKinsey & Co and Conde Nast.AM Alpha has kept a 5.1% stake in the two properties for a co-investment fund it advises.The firm will manage the co-investment vehicle, which will buy stakes in German real estate.Norway’s sovereign wealth fund began stepping up acquisitions in ‘core’ Europe in 2012, entering the German real estate market via a €784m joint venture with AXA REIM. The fund’s first German acquisitions were in Berlin and Frankfurt – a primarily retail asset in the German capital and a second combining office and retail in Frankfurt’s central business district.A spokeswoman at NBIM at the time said the German market would form an important long-term focus for its real estate portfolio, alongside the UK and France. Norges Bank Investment Management has bought its first properties in Munich on its own.The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has paid AM Alpha €176.1m for two office assets in the centre of the German city.The deal is the fund’s first German purchase without a partner.Siegmut Boehm, managing director at AM Alpha, said: “We had overwhelming interest when we started the bidding process from both international and domestic investors, and we are glad to have chosen a top financial institution like Norges Bank Investment Management as an investor for our prime properties.”last_img read more


first_imgIn addition to sustainable mutual funds, EAM manages a special sustainable equity fund and a number of bond funds for VBV VK, one of Austria’s mandatory severance pay provident funds.The move to exclude investing in companies that mine coal comes after EAM and VBV VK signed the Montréal Carbon Pledge last year.The Vorsorgekasse was the first Austrian institutional investor to do so.Pledge signatories commit themselves to measuring and publishing the carbon footprint of their equity portfolios annually as part of efforts to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.Heinz Behacker, chief executive of VBV VK, said that the exclusion of companies in the business of coal mining “is how the two companies emphasise their pioneering role as institutional investors in Austria in the fight against climate change”.VBV is also aiming to ramp up investment in renewable energy, it has said.Large cuts in coal mining are “an indispensable milestone” in achieving global climate targets agreed at the UN conference in Paris in December (COP21), noted EAM.A maximum of 10-20% of global coal reserves are estimated to be burnable if global warming is to be capped at 2° C, endorsed at COP21 as the largest temperature increase the planet could tolerate.  With climate change having risen up the investment and policy agenda over the past few years, EAM and the Vorsorgekasse are not the first to turn their back on coal mining companies.Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, for example, already has a policy of not investing in companies that derive more than 30% of their revenue from coal-based activities. Compatriot asset owner KLP embraced the lower threshold in December, having previously applied a more lenient exclusion trigger of 50%.Sweden’s AP2, meanwhile, carried out its first climate risk assessment in 2014, which led to the pension fund selling off holdings in 12 coal producers and eight oil and gas companies. In December it announced that it is divesting its stake in 28 power utility stock because the companies were in the business of carbon-based electricity generation and did not have any convincing strategy for reducing their climate impact. Austria’s €2.4bn VBV-Vorsorgekasse (VBV VK) has become the latest asset owner to divest from coal companies on climate change grounds, working with Erste Asset Management (EAM) to exclude companies deriving 5% or more of revenues from coal mining from their responsible investment universe.The criterion captured 30 companies, of which 26 were already excluded for other reasons related to their environmental, social or governance (ESG) performance, according to a spokesperson for the company.Glencore, for example, was already blacklisted on human rights grounds. Anglo-American and South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals are among the fresh exclusions, however.The securities of companies falling foul of this criterion were sold at the end of 2015. This only affected EAM’s sustainable equity funds, according to a statement from EAM.last_img read more


first_imgBatesville, In. — A report from the U.S. Census Bureau says July building permits are up 14 percent.A total of 1,497 single-family permits were issued, up from 1,310 in July of last year. So far in 2018, single-family permits are up seven percent compared to this time last year.last_img


first_img Barcelona boss Quique Setien, meanwhile, admitted that Fati needs to be more consistent – if he is to start regularly for the club. Setien said: “We opted for Ansu because he had sessions that looked good to him, he has overcome some inconvenience from weeks ago. “He has done a good job, not only for the goal, in attack and in defence. “It is true that he still lacks things and greater consistency. “He has been very good and we did not want to put him more at risk because he had some discomfort at the break and we have to make sure that he does not go for more and take care of him.” Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects to see the best of Paul Pogba as the Manchester United midfielder looks to put a wretched campaign behind him. Having stayed at a club that the World Cup winner publicly admitted over the summer he was open to leaving, the 27-year-old has endured a season to forget at Old Trafford. read also:‘Ansu Fati is impressing everyone at Barcelona’ Pogba has managed a mere eight appearances across all competitions due to foot and ankle issues, with United’s record signing last appearing for the club in the 4-1 Boxing Day win against Newcastle. The France international could make his long-awaited return when their Premier League campaign resumes after the coronavirus suspension at Tottenham, where Pogba would face old boss, and adversary, Jose Mourinho. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fati scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday night as Barca beat Leganes to maintain their lead at the top of LaLiga. Reports recently suggested that the Red Devils had a £135m bid rejected for the 17-year-old, having previously failed with a £90m offer. It’s been suggested that the Catalan giants demand Fati’s £151m release clause be paid in full, if they are to let their top starlet leave this summer. But Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, as cited by the Daily Star, claims Fati is focused on LaLiga and the Champions League. Adding that he is not even contemplating leaving Barca. It is reported that the left-winger will soon sign his first professional contract, with the new deal set to have a mammoth release clause of £360m. Talking about Fati’s future, Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana recently said: “For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him. “We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. “In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.” Barcelona star, Ansu Fati, reportedly has no interest in leaving, despite strong speculation that Manchester United want to sign the teenager.center_img Loading…last_img read more


first_imgFeatured Image Credit: PAFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 4. Fabinho (Liverpool)Credit: PA3. Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) 9. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) 10. Fernandinho (Manchester City) 7. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 5. Rodri (Manchester City)center_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created 8. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) 6. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Read Also:Aubameyang stuns City as Arsenal reach record 21st FA Cup final2. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Credit: PA1. Casemiro (Real Madrid) Real Madrid star Casemiro has been crowned the best holding midfielder in world football right now ahead of Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.The 28-year-old highly rated Brazilian holding midfielder arrived at Los Blancos in 2013 and has since become an integral part of the Madrid squad.Casemiro has already amassed an impressive 14-trophy haul at Madrid, which includes four Champions League titles.The Daily Star has now ranked the Brazil international top of the pile, saying he’s the “team’s most important player” ahead of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.The newspaper pointed to Casemiro’s number of appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season and how he “maintains the shape of midfield and adds a more robust element.”The Madrid star has made 34 appearances in La Liga this season as Los Blancos beat fierce rivals Barcelona to the league title.Credit: PAKimmich, who is also considered as one of the best right-backs in the world, has often been deployed as a holding midfielder for Bayern Munich.The Daily Star said that the 25-year-old German star has “been a victim of his own versatility” due to the fact he “excels in multiple positions.”According to the newspaper, Kimmich is “swiftly developing into one of the world’s best players.”Atletico Madrid star Thomas and Liverpool star Fabinho finished third and fourth respectively.Posted below are the top 10 holding midfielders in world football, according to The Daily Star.last_img read more


first_imgMeeting between Lionel Messi’s father Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu ended without an agreement on Wednesday night and the Manchester City target will remain on strike. The meeting lasted for one and a half hours but Bartomeu remains determined to not let Messi go without a huge transfer fee and Messi’s father remains adamant that his son is a free agent. Diario Sport reported that Bartomeu attended the meeting with director Javier Bordas and Messi was accompanied by son Rodrigo and lawyer Jorge Pecourt. With no softening in the position of either party Messi will not return to training under new coach Ronald Koeman, underlining his emphatic insistence that he is no longer a Barcelona player after sending the club a burofax last week. Jorge had earlier been pictured getting out of a taxi having jetted in on Wednesday morning for the crunch talks to clarify Messi’s future. But it appears that both the club and Messi are no closer to reaching a resolution after Wednesday’s showdown concluded in a stalemate. Manchester City remains the most likely destination if Messi does sensationally depart the Nou Camp. However there is still some way to go before that move materialises, with Jorge saying: ‘I don’t know, there’s nothing yet’, when quizzed about his son’s future on Wednesday before the meeting. The face-to-face talks with Bartomeu were the first between both parties since Messi sent a burofax to the club, informing them he wants to leave this summer after spending the majority of his lifetime at the club having joined back in 2001. Even if, as seems inevitable, the divorce is acrimonious, many want Messi to remain part of the club even after he retires. Presidential candidate Victor Font told talkSPORT: ‘I’m truly hoping reason prevails and as soon as the club and Messi’s father sit down and talk, that the interest of both Messi and Barca will be taken into account and properly protected. ‘Even if that’s the case [Messi leaving], the ties between Messi and Barcelona are very deep; he came to the city 20 years ago, he’s been playing for this club all his life. ‘Messi is Barcelona, Barcelona is Messi, and what we need to ensure is that even if he leaves now these ties between Messi and Barcelona prevail,’ he added. The fans are understandably furious at how the situation has unravelled with their favourite son pushing to leave. And they were even more incensed with the forward’s image being used to promote the kits for the new season, one he may never wear competitively. The other Barcelona players recognise what a chaotic situation it has become with Messi still in the team Whatsapp group and Frenkie de Jong admitting to NOS: ‘Currently it’s a mess at Barcelona, so many strange things happening. It’s chaos. ‘I haven’t talked to him (Messi) about this myself. Nor the club. So I honestly do not know how it‘But if Messi really leaves, it will be a huge blow to the team and the club.’ read also:Don’t leave Barcelona bitter–T.B. Joshua warns Messi Jorge met with Bartomeu to convey his son’s interests, which those close to the Messi camp insist is a strong will to cut ties. Club legends Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta were all given the opportunity to depart on their own terms. Bartomeu himself even said last year that Messi could leave this summer. The footballing world is following every detail of the saga and those at the Etihad are no doubt taking a keener interest than anyone. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Most Incredible Antarctica Conspiracy TheoriesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemieslast_img read more


first_imgBatesville, IN— If you or a loved one are at risk of losing independence, Sen. Jean Leising says there are a number of resources in our community that offer assistance.  Established by the Indiana General Assembly, the Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled Board, known as the CHOICE Board, is charged with providing care resources for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.There are 16 area-based locations across Indiana that offer a continuum of care resources. The locations are individually tasked with fulfilling the requirements of the CHOICE Board. The requirements include, but are not limited to, in-home care and options counseling, caregiver support, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors, legal services, meal-prep, and transportation.The following resource areas are available to residents living in Senate District 42:Area 6 and 9 LifeStream Services, Inc.(Fayette, Franklin, Henry and Rush counties)1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Suite 175Yorktown, IN 46240Phone: 765-759-1121Area 8 CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions(Shelby County)8440 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.Indianapolis, IN 46240Phone: 317-254-5465Area 11 Thrive Alliance(Decatur County)1531 13th St., Suite G900Columbus, IN 47201Phone: 812-372-7846Area 12 LifeTime Resources, Inc.(Ripley County)13091 Benedict Dr.Dillsboro, IN 47018Phone: 812-432-6200last_img read more