SUNY JCC students attend welding class at the Manufacturing Technology Institute. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.App users, tap here to watch videoJAMESTOWN – The need for skilled workers was highlighted by officials during a Manufacturing Day proclamation in Jamestown on Thursday.Leaders with SUNY JCC hosted several government and business officials at the college’s Manufacturing Technology Institute on Falconer Street.The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Tranum says in times of economic turmoil the manufacturing industry, and the people who worked in it, are credited with strengthening the economy. He says as society continues to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is one the of factors keeping the economy intact.However, Tranum says the need for a strong workforce could hinder the success of the industry.“It is incumbent on all of us to continue to spread the message to our kids, to our neighbors, to our friends, about what we have here in terms of a manufacturing base, the diversity of that manufacturing base and the importance of that manufacturing base and the great career opportunities and jobs opportunities in manufacturing here in Chautauqua County and throughout our region,” explained Tranum.Throughout the years, SUNY JCC has developed a vast field of study in Manufacturing. The college offers programs from welding technology to computer-aided design.Initiatives like Dream It Do It’s STEM Wars have engaged high school students from around the area with the industry.Specifically, the annual event aims to show young people benefits of working in the field, and hopes to inspire them to further their education and work in the local area.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.A tentative deal to stop Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone from shutting down the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility has apparently collapsed when the workers’ union leadership did not allow its membership to vote on the proposal at a union meeting Monday.The next day after the meeting, Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WFP-Shirley) and John Kennedy (R-Nesconset)—two of the Legislature’s most vocal supporters of the union members’ efforts to keep the county in public hands and prevent Bellone from leasing it to private nursing home operators—issued a joint press release urging Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees President Dan Farrell to let the employees vote on their future.Farrell countered that the two legislators’ refusal to withdraw their names from a lawsuit blocking the sale, which he is also a party to, stopped him from bringing up the tentative deal for a vote.“I wanted them to stop the lawsuit so we can make this deal and people can be employed,” Farrell told the Press.In the legislators’ Tuesday news release, Kennedy said he’d never gotten the document he is accused of refusing to sign, and Browning received a copy of the document only hours before Monday’s union meeting.“I was clear that I will make my decision based on the vote of the membership,” said Browning in her statement. “That has not happened yet. I have also relayed that I would like the county executive to speak with me and Legislator Kennedy directly, and to date he has not requested to meet with me. I believe it is appropriate for that meeting to occur with the county executive and his attorney and with the attorney representing the union, the legislators and the residents.”“I have been very clear that I would be guided in any decision regarding continuation of the lawsuit by a vote of the membership at the nursing home,” said Kennedy. “I will not restrict any review or speech about any matter going forward.”Bellone said the nursing home costs the county about $1 million a year in subsidies to keep the facility open. For $23 million, he wants to turn over its operation to Israel and Samuel Sherman, who run a chain of nursing homes in New York. In the county executive’s proposal, the SCAME would drop its lawsuit against the county and the Shermans would keep Foley’s 180 workers at their present wages and provide their health care benefits for 18 months at least.“Now we’re back to square one, and I’m afraid the county is going to close the facility,” said Farrell. “Unless I hear otherwise.” He says the county has “already started a closure procedure and I’m assuming they’re going to continue on that path.”Sources told the Press that it’s unclear whether Farrell actually had the votes to prevail on the tentative deal, which he’d made with Bellone. Meanwhile, the county is still hopeful an agreement can be worked out, and that SCAME may reschedule a vote soon.But as Kennedy and Browning made clear, neither legislator is happy with Bellone’s proposed settlement, and both want changes made.“The agreement reaches much farther than dropping the existing lawsuit,” they said in their release. “It goes on to prohibit legislators from publicly opposing a lease proposal, even though the lease proposal never went through a public bidding process. A direct lease to the Shermans as proposed would be illegal and unethical, and certainly not in the best interest of Suffolk County taxpayers.”The Bellone administration claims the county has only two options left for the nursing home.“One is that we continue with the state-approved closure plan and the facility closes, the workers lose their jobs and all the residents are transferred to other facilities,” says Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider. “The second is that we approve the deal that was worked out between AME, the administration and the Shermans, which means we do a lease that will immediately end our operating loss of a million dollars a month, provide additional revenue to Suffolk County, provide jobs to all the workers and keep all the residents in their beds….There’s no plan C here. There’s this deal and then there’s closure.”But Browning says the county does have another choice regarding the 264-bed facility, which now has roughly 180 patients left.“Why wouldn’t you run it to fill the beds?” Browning said. The county has allowed the bed vacancy rate to increase. “How do you justify the need to sell it? You run it into the ground and show that it’s not making money.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Dan KriesbergStewardship requires awareness and knowledge. Awareness comes from our five senses, giving us the ability to appreciate the world around us. But two other senses are also needed, a sense of place and a sense of wonder. A sense of place is an awareness of where you are. A sense of wonder is an awareness of the “wow” in the natural world.Using all our senses increases the knowledge necessary to become a good steward of the land. Awareness without knowledge can only go so far. Knowledge without awareness limits what can be understood. With knowledge and awareness can come action, and it is action that will keep Long Island special.We must exercise our sense of wonder and our sense of place by being attentive to the unique beauty and magic of Long Island. Here is a fun way families can start instilling the idea of stewardship:Long Island Sense of Place Scavenger Hunt:From your house, where is the nearest nature preserve? Go there!From your house, where is the nearest body of water? Go there!From your house, what is the native vegetation? Draw it!From your house, what was going on there 100 years ago, 500 years ago?What birds can you see in your backyard? Keep a bird identification book near your window.When are the town meetings in the place your live? Attend one.Sit silently in your backyard for at least 10 minutes.Of course, awareness can only go so far. Here’s how to increase our knowledge:Five Things Every Long Islander Should Know About Long Island:How was Long Island formed? About 15,000 years ago as the climate warmed, the miles-thick sheet of ice that covered all of Canada and the northern part of the United States began to recede. It left behind all the rock and soil it had pushed forward like a massive plow. This pile of rock and sand became the place we now live. From there, time and erosion gave the island its shape. This process continues even today.Where does our water come from? Ll was given a gift by the glaciers. Underneath us, in the spaces between the rocks and sand is water. From this aquifer deep underground comes the water we drink and use in a million other ways. We live right on top of our water sources. That means what we do on the surface matters.Where does our garbage go? All the landfills on the Island are closed, there is no more room. So your garbage either goes to an incinerator where it is burned, or it is trucked off Long Island to a landfill in another state willing to take it.Who else lives on LI? We share the Island with hundreds of species of birds, 47 kinds of mammals, 42 species of reptiles and amphibians, and about 2,000 different kinds of plants. We are the northern limit of many species from the south and the southern limit for many northern species, as well as a rest stop for many animals on migration. Our location gives us a great diversity of plant and animal life.What environmental problems face the Island? One of the more serious problems affecting LI is the increased levels of nitrogen washing into the Long Island Sound from fertilizers, cesspools and faulty sewage treatments plants. The excess nitrogen causes algae blooms. As the algae decompose, they use up the oxygen in the water, creating a condition called hypoxia. Fish and other marine animals cannot survive in water low in oxygen. Another serious problem is that leaky heating oil tanks, repeated pesticide use, and industrial wastes are seeping into the ground, eventually reaching the aquifer. And that is where we get our water.Knowledge gives us the understanding we need to protect the environment. By knowing where our water comes from, we can make better choices about what we do to the ground. Reducing our waste means less air pollution from the incinerators that burn our garbage.Learning about the species that are our neighbors, we can make better choices to protect the habitats they need to survive. When we know our land’s history, we can see ourselves as part of this ongoing story. Our role can be negative or positive, depending on what we do and how we act.Teaching our children about the importance of stewardship is a good place to start.Resources:Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen CoveLong Island Nature OrganizationLong Island, A Natural History, by Robert Villani [Henry N. Abrams, 1997]Exploring the Other Long Island, by John TurnerDan Kriesberg teaches science at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books and Think Green: Books and Activities for Kids. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Zack and Scott. He will be writing occasional columns on environmental issues for the Long Island Press. Whenever possible Dan spends his time in wild places backpacking, hiking and hanging out.[Photo: Massapequa Park Preserve/Rashed Mian, Long Island Press]
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Why is EMV the standard that will survive?Why is it relevant in an environment we’re going full tilt toward mobile and away from plastic cards interacting with terminals?How do merchants/issuers make decisions about supporting it?What is needed in an environment where ID and authentication of users are problematic?And that was just the first few minutes of a 60-minute live discussion on EMV – where it’s going, where we’ve been and why it’s the standard for the future. The live conversation was between Oberthur VP, Philip Andreae, and MPD CEO Karen Webster on March 4. The goal of the discussion was not to plow old grounds, but to take a look at EMV’s past, present and future in securing payments and commerce.A BRIEF HISTORY OF EMVFirst of all, asked Webster, what are those who continue to resist the shift to EMV missing? Andreae jumped back in time to the early 1980s, when the French first embraced the chip technology to secure offline transacting – that same technology that is used and embedded in mobile phones three decades later. By 1992, the French had deployed 100 percent of the terminals and cards using the B0 Prime standard. The benefit of the chip at that time was to reduce the amount paid by the merchant to authorize transactions made in their shops. When they began roughly 20 percent of transactions where authorized online and after they completed the migration to chip less than 5-10 percent of transactions where authorized online, said Andreae, since the chip was able to authenticate the user with more certainty and therefore, reduce the potential for fraud.
Jan 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – 2005 is likely to go down as the year when avian influenza, powered by a steady rise in human cases and the spread of poultry outbreaks all the way to Eastern Europe, emerged as a high-profile global health issue.When 2005 dawned, only 45 human cases of H5N1 avian flu, including 32 deaths, had been counted by the World Health Organization (WHO). All of those were in Vietnam and Thailand.A year later, the count had jumped to 142 cases with 74 deaths, including a number of cases in three previously unaffected countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, and China. (Turkey joined the list this week.)As human cases increased, outbreaks in poultry marched westward, reaching parts of Central Asia in the summer and as far west as Romania in the fall. The virus’s westward spread drew unprecedented attention around the world, fueling a flurry of planning efforts and a rush for the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), thought to have some protective potential against H5N1.On the research front, a clinical trial of an H5N1 vaccine being developed in the United States showed that it produced an adequate immune response, but it required a very large dose, which dimmed hopes for adequate vaccine supplies.What didn’t happen in 2005, of course, was a human pandemic. By the end of the year, the virus still had not shown an ability to spread easily from person to person. Yet scientists reported evidence of at least 15 family clusters of cases in Vietnam, suggesting that person-to-person spread may be less rare than it appears.The absence of a pandemic was the only positive news about avian flu in 2005, in the view of Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes this Web site.”The only good news is that we’ve not yet seen it become a pandemic strain,” he said.The winter of 2004-05 made it clear that H5N1 flu would continue to increase and spread among domestic birds, Osterholm said. That means the virus has continuing opportunities to mutate into a humanly contagious pathogen.”The trillion-dollar question is, if this virus has virtually unlimited opportunities to accumulate mutations through its ongoing domestic bird transmission, does it have the potential to result in a competent human pathogen?” he said.If it doesn’t, the persistent outbreaks in birds have limited human consequences, Osterholm said. But he views that as highly unlikely.”I don’t know of anything in influenza research that suggests that this virus could not one day accomplish an accumulation of mutations that would allow it to become a human-to-human agent,” he said.”Some have concluded that because reassortment [combination of the H5N1 virus with a human flu virus] hasn’t occurred, it can’t accomplish human transmission. Well, the 1918 virus didn’t reassort either,” he said. He referred to recent research showing that the 1918 virus was an avian virus that adapted to humans without trading genes with a human flu virus.Human cases and poultry outbreaksA human case of avian flu reported in Cambodia last February marked the first one outside Vietnam and Thailand. Three more Cambodian cases followed within a few months, and the first symptomatic cases in Indonesia emerged in July. By the end of the year Indonesia had had 16 cases, 11 of them fatal.China reported its first two human cases since 2003 in mid-November, and five more have been reported since then. (Two human H5N1 cases in Hong Kong in February 2003—before the current poultry epizootic began—were believed to have originated in China.)Human cases continued to accumulate in Vietnam in the course of the year, rising from 28 cases with 20 deaths at the end of 2004 to 93 cases with 42 deaths a year later. Thailand escaped without any new cases until October but then had several.On the poultry front, milestones included the discovery of wild birds dying of H5N1 at Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in north-central China in May, triggering fears that birds using the refuge would spread the virus far and wide. Those fears came true to some extent in ensuing months. In late July the virus turned up in poultry in the Novosibirsk region of Russia, and in August it was found in Kazakhstan and Mongolia.In October the virus was discovered in northwestern Turkey and in nearby eastern Romania. More recently outbreaks have been reported in eastern Turkey and southern Ukraine as well. The virus’s westward movement prompted the WHO to warn in late October that migratory birds could carry it to Africa, though that outcome hasn’t been reported so far.Research milestonesIn August the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that an experimental H5N1 vaccine generated an immune response in volunteers, raising hope that it could help protect people if the virus evolved into a pandemic strain. But the bad news was that the amount of antigen it took to generate a good response was a dozen times the amount in a seasonal flu vaccine. That suggested it would be virtually impossible to produce enough of the vaccine to protect most Americans, let alone the worldwide population.There was hope that the use of an adjuvant—an immune-boosting additive—could greatly reduce the necessary amount of antigen in the vaccine. But in December, Sanofi Pasteur reported that even with an adjuvant, the vaccine dose needed to generate a good immune response was still four times as much as in a seasonal flu vaccine.Osterholm commented, “Any hopes we had of taking the current vaccine supply and expanding it were seriously dashed with the NIH and Sanofi studies. Until we have a fundamental production revolution, both in terms of new vaccines and in vaccine manufacturing capacity, we’ll still have at best a very limited ability to deal with pandemics by means of vaccines.”In other research, a report published in October revealed unsettling parallels between the 1918 pandemic virus and today’s H5N1 virus. Scientists reported that the 1918 virus was an avian strain that succeeded in adapting to humans without first acquiring genes from a human flu virus. The researchers also reported that several of the mutations that differentiated the 1918 virus from purely avian viruses are also found in the H5N1 virus.Political developmentsPolicy makers in much of the world, and especially in the United States and Europe, started showing a new level of urgency during the fall. President George W. Bush, addressing the United Nations in mid-September, called for an international partnership to combat the threat.As November began, Bush called on Congress to provide $7.1 billion for pandemic preparedness, most of it for vaccines and antiviral drugs. Congress responded in December by passing a $3.8 billion measure, which included a liability shield for pharmaceutical companies.The day after Bush’s call for funding, his administration released its lengthy and long-awaited pandemic plan. The plan assumed the possibility of a pandemic sickening up to 30% of the population, a much larger epidemic than suggested in preliminary versions of the plan. The document was marked by a strong emphasis on vaccines and drugs. It was criticized as offering too little guidance and support for state and local health agencies.Federal officials followed up on the plan’s release by announcing a series of state summit meetings on pandemic preparedness, the first of which was held in Minnesota in December.Editor’s Note: Individual CIDRAP News stories on the events and research mentioned above, with links to original sources where available, can be accessed through the Avian Flu and Pandemic Flu news archives.
Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds was pregnant with their son at the time.Raab’s comments come hours after US President Donald Trump was taken to a military hospital near Washington after testing positive for the virus. Trump will work in special suite at the hospital for the next few days, in what the White House called a precautionary measure.With the US presidential election a month away, Raab told the newspaper that he had never met Trump’s Democratic rival for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden, or any of Biden’s senior team.But he said he had good relationships with senior Democrats on Capitol Hill and the outcome of the election would not affect UK-U.S. relations, the Times reported.”The strength of the friendship between Britain and the US I think is in great shape whatever the outcome in November,” he told the newspaper.Topics : Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said he worried for Boris Johnson’s life when the prime minister was hospitalised with COVID-19 in April.Raab stood in for Johnson as for almost a month while the prime minister recovered. Johnson first became ill with the coronavirus in late March and ended up in intensive care at one point.”I really worried we might lose him and I was worried for Carrie pregnant with baby Wilf,” Raab is due to say at the virtual Conservative Party conference later on Saturday, reported the Times.
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Feb 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment Arteta was reportedly willing to lose Ozil had Arsenal bosses agreed to the deal (Getty)Interestingly, had the move for Ozil been made earlier, Arsenal already had targets they wanted to pursue.The Gunners had been looking at Spain international Dani Olmo as a potential successor, but he opted to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig earlier in the January window, while Yannick Carrasco was also on their radar before his return to Atletico Madrid.MORE: Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signingsMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: 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 Advertisement Mikel Arteta agreed to deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil but Arsenal bosses pulled the plug Ozil had been a mainstay under Arteta, though he has been far from his creative best (Getty)Although Ozil is back playing regularly under Arteta – having been frozen out by previous manager Unai Emery – the move was given serious consideration by all parties.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe German was willing to listen to the offer, which would have seen him continue to take home a massive pay cheque, while Arteta gave the transfer the go-ahead.However, the Mirror’s report claims the 11th-hour offer gave Arsenal little time to work out the deal and they would not have been able to sign a replacement, so they ‘reluctantly’ pulled the plug.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have tried to offload Ozil – who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week – in the past without any success, and will not doubt be frustrated that they have failed to get him off their books.Ozil has started Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches but has only provided one assist, in a defeat to Brighton, all season, while he has not scored a league goal since April. Advertisement The German playmaker had a lucrative offer to leave the Gunners in January (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta reportedly sanctioned the deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil after Arsenal received a last-minute approach for the playmaker, only for club bosses to later veto the deal.Arsenal had a relatively busy end to the January window, bringing in centre-back Pablo Mari from Brazilian side Flamengo and securing a last-minute deal for Cedric Soares from Southampton.However, according to The Sunday Mirror, Arsenal could have been even more active on deadline day when they received a big offer for Ozil from an unnamed Qatari club.
by Metro Read More 1/1 Read More Saliba spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Fulham were another team heavily linked with Saliba and Championship side Brentford also explored a temporary deal for the young defender ahead of Friday’s deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link306Shares / 1 min. story Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Coming Next But the teenager, who was given a chance to impress in pre-season, will be fighting for a place in Arsenal’s first-team after Arteta revealed the club expect no further business ahead of their clash with Manchester City.Asked whether he expects any more players to go out on loan, Arteta replied: ‘Not at the moment.’Pressed on whether Saliba will be staying at Arsenal, the Spaniard bluntly responded: ‘Yes.’ Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Read More William Saliba will be staying with Arsenal for the time being (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba will not be going out on loan and will remain with Arsenal until at least January.Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since joining the club from Saint-Etienne back in July 2019 and had looked set for a temporary move away from north London.The 19-year-old central defender was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last term and was reportedly ‘devastated’ that Arsenal failed to reach a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit for this season. Read More Skip Ad There was no place for either Mesut Ozil or William Saliba in Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Saliba was among the players who missed out on a place in Arsenal’s Europa League squad which was announced last week.Mesut Ozil was also left out and Arteta insists it was a ‘really difficult decision’ but one he had to make.‘Well he wasn’t the only one that wasn’t in the squad,’ the Arsenal head coach added.‘It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know they can’t get involved is really tough.‘I don’t like it at all but the decision had to be made because we have a limit on foreign players and unfortunately we have to make a decision.’ Arteta will be tempted to throw Partey straight in at the deep end this weekend (Picture: Getty)Deadline-day signing Thomas Partey could feature in the north-west but will have to make an immediate impression in training if he is to make his full Arsenal debut.‘Well he was here just yesterday and he is getting familiar with everything around the club,’ Arteta said.‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. ‘We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.‘I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff. AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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‘I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team. ‘He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw Thomas Partey straight in against Manchester CityMORE: Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal deadline day move to West Ham SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More PLAY Skip Top articles Partey could make his debut against Manchester City on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing for what could be one of the toughest tests of the campaign at the Etihad this weekend but Arteta’s men will fancy their chances against an out-of-form Manchester City side.After all, Arteta – who worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three-and-a-half years before taking charge of the Gunners – outwitted his fellow countryman en route to last season’s FA Cup triumph. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will not be going out on loan Advertisement Comment
AEW Europe – Thibault Chauvin has been appointed as managing director of the French asset manager’s debt funds. He joins from Colony Capital, where he was managing director for real estate debt strategies. Before this, he worked at Credit Foncier as head of international real estate finance.Mobius Life – Craig Brown has appointed institutional distribution director, joining from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). Brown, who was head of global consultant relations at LGIM, has more than 25 years’ experience and has also worked at HSBC Investments and Deutsche Asset Management.bfinance – Justin Preston has joined the investment advisory firm in its public markets team as a senior associate. Preston joins from Buck Global Investment Advisors, where he was head of manager research and selection. Previously, he was at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) as an investment manager.Nikko Asset Management – The company has made three appointments in its investment team. Roger Bridges, in Sydney, will become global rates and currencies strategist. Andre Severino, in London, is the new head of fixed income for the US and Europe, and John Vail, currently chief global strategist, will lead the global investment committee process and thought leadership effort after relocating to New York from Tokyo.Silverfleet Capital – Jean Châtillon has joined the private equity firm as a principal, based in Paris, as Benjamin Hubner and Jennifer Regehr join as associates based in its Munich office. Châtillon joins from Cobalt Capital, where he invested in mid-market French companies, while Hubner comes across from McKinsey & Company’s Munich operations, where he consulted on various sectors. Regehr was previously at UniCredit Bank, working in leveraged finance.Sackers – Joe Riviere has joined the UK pensions law firm as an associate, joining from rival law firm Eversheds. EFAMA, AXA IM, Investec, AEW Europe, Mobius Life, bfinance, Nikko AM, Sackers, Silverfleet CapitalEuropean Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) – Gabriela Diezhandino has joined the representative group for asset managers as its head of public affairs for insurance, in the organisation’s new public policy department. Diezhandino will be responsible for increasing public and political support for the organisation’s aims and creating a political framework. She joins from Insurance Europe, where she worked in a similar capacity.AXA Investment Managers – The investment firm has made three appointments across its organisation. Francisco Arcilla is to become director or product development at AXA Rosenberg, the manager’s equity house. Eric Lhomond will become global head of alternative credit and external managers group, while Daniel Leon will be head of client solutions development, in its multi-asset business.Investec Asset Management – Mike Hugman has joined the asset manager as a strategist in its global emerging market fixed income team. Hugman was previously an economist at Amiya Capital, a hedge fund.
The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has awarded funding for six habitat restoration projects in the 16th round of its RI Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund (CEHRTF).The council approved the funding at the March 12 semi-monthly meeting in Providence.Projects approved for funding include two salt marsh restoration and resilience enhancement projects, two projects involving fish passage or riverine habitat improvements, and one urban pollinator habitat project, said CRMC.In its request for proposals, CRMC put special emphasis on projects that would enhance the resiliency of Rhode Island’s coastal habitats to climate change and sea level rise.This was the second year of funding for the salt marsh restoration and enhancement project in Quonochontaug Pond, with $50,000 awarded to CRMC for a collaborative project with partners Save The Bay, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Town of Charlestown.The work includes restoring approximately 30 acres of salt marsh and eelgrass habitat, and will raise the elevation of the Quonochontaug marsh using material dredged from the pond.The project is similar to the successfully completed restoration and enhancement project at Ninigret. Dredging and distribution of the material onto the marsh surface was completed in January 2019, CRMC said in their release.