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Update: Villwock to Run after Stallman Retirement Announcement

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Update: Villwock to Run after Stallman Retirement Announcement SHARE SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 14, 2015 Bob Stallman retiringFirst it was Don Villwock, now it’s Bob Stallman. Villwock is president of Indiana Farm Bureau and it was almost a month ago that he announced he will not seek re-election for another term. He’ll step down at the end of the year. Then Tuesday Stallman, president at American Farm Bureau announced that he will not seek re-election at the annual meeting in January.Wednesday morning Villwock announced he is throwing his hat in the ring with this announcement:President Bob Stallman announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election as President of the American Farm Bureau. As we all know, Bob has done an outstanding job leading our organization and it has been an honor to work with him.After discussions with my family and encouragement from many of you, I have made the decision to seek the Presidency of the American Farm Bureau at our convention in January. I believe that my experiences and my leadership capabilities qualify me to lead the organization as our industry and our nation face challenging times. American agriculture needs the strong and unified voice of Farm Bureau. My diverse leadership experiences, both inside and outside Farm Bureau, have given me the unique qualifications to represent our nation’s farmers and ranchers.I firmly believe that Farm Bureau’s strength resides in our grassroots system whose bedrock is the local Farm Bureau. We can only have a strong American Farm Bureau if we have strong state and county/parish Farm Bureaus. I will dedicate my efforts to strengthen and build on this tradition.I look forward to visiting with you, listening to your ideas, and answering any questions you might have.I am asking for your support as we begin this process of selecting a new AFBF President.Sincerely,Don VillwockPresident  |  Indiana Farm Bureau Inc.The Stallman announcement comes after 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest general farm organization. He is a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas and the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history.“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the nation’s Farm Bureau members and represent agriculture and rural America,” Stallman said. “After 16 years as AFBF president, six as Texas Farm Bureau president and several more in other Farm Bureau roles, it is time to hand over the reins of leadership—a decision that is made easier by knowing the great leadership and foundation that exist to continue moving Farm Bureau forward. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of American agriculture and Farm Bureau.“On the wall of the AFBF office is a quote by President Thomas Jefferson: ‘Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.’ I couldn’t agree more, and I would add that a most rewarding pursuit is working for the men and women who make up American agriculture. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.”AFBF has thrived under Stallman’s presidency. Farm Bureau membership nationwide has grown by more than 1 million member families. Programming has grown to include more efforts to build rural communities and economies and more leadership development programs to help farmers and ranchers become advocates for agriculture and citizen leaders in their communities. AFBF has grown organizationally, particularly with the acquisition of the IDEAg farm events and publications business in 2013. And AFBF has grown in its effectiveness as an advocate in the courts for farmers’ and ranchers’ freedom to operate, and it remains the most visible, influential voice in the nation’s capital for farmers and ranchers of all types, sizes and regions.“While the presidential gavel will change hands, what defines Farm Bureau will remain the same: our grassroots strength and our commitment to strengthening America’s agricultural and rural communities,” Stallman added.In addition to his Farm Bureau roles, Stallman has served on numerous boards and federal and state committees, including the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the Farm Foundation board of trustees, the board and founding leadership of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the board of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the House Agriculture Committee’s Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture.A new AFBF president will be elected to a two-year term at the 97th annual meeting of voting delegates, Jan. 12, 2016, as part of the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Tradeshow, Jan. 10-13, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.Source: AFBF Facebook Twitter Previous articleHouse Ag Committee Passes SAFE ActNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Update: Villwock to Run after Stallman Retirement Announcementlast_img read more

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Marks and Spencer to anchor €60 million city development

first_imgLimerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSbusinessLimerick CityMarks & SpencerNews Limerick on Covid watch list Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Twitter NewsBusinessMarks and Spencer to anchor €60 million city developmentBy Bernie English – July 31, 2019 2628 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Emailcenter_img Previous articleEnable Ireland sucks up the eco-friendly messageNext articleTwelve year Bad Reputation celebrated Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention The former tourist office at Arthurs QuayTHERE has been a widespread welcome for news of a proposed development at Arthur’s Quay in which Marks and Spencer would be the anchor tenant.Limerick’s Tiernan Properties has signed heads of agreement with the British retail giants to become the anchor tenant for a major €60 million development on the city’s Arthur’s Quay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Chief executive Michael Tiernan told the Limerick Post that the plans are “at an early stage but we will now hopefully have a discussion with Limerick City and County Council and subject to a successful outcome to those discussions, we will move forward.”The development will be dependent on other factors, mostly delivery of infrastructure outlined in the Limerick 2030 plan which has already been adopted and acted on by the local authority.The new development will involve a site currently occupied by the former Limerick Tourism office at Arthur’s Quay, but public amenities in the park itself will not be affected.The British chain has been linked to various sites in Limerick city and suburbs over several decades, but has no outlet in the area.The clothing, food and homewares retailer has now agreed to be the main tenant in the proposed 18,580sq m (200,000sq ft) mixed-use development.Tiernan Properties said there had been “significant interest” from other major brands in the project, which is expected to boost footfall in the centre of Limerick.The developers said getting a “key target” like Marks & Spencer on board “validates the wider project” and would prove pivotal for Limerick.“We have a lot of work to do but as this is a development in line with the aims of the 2030 plan, we believe it would support that plan,” Mr Tiernan said.Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan said the announcement that the Arthur’s Quay development is to go ahead was another major boost for the city and region.“This is more great news for Limerick and the wider city region. To have this and the Ryder Cup 2026 announced for Limerick on the same day is incredible.  It shows where the city, county and region is headed.”“This huge injection of private investment in retail is an important signal of market confidence and ongoing work to revitalise Limerick city centre.  We are powering ahead in so many respects as we develop a thriving urban experience for people who live in, work and visit Limerick.“The retail community, in particular, welcome a boost exactly like this to help attract more people from Limerick and neighbouring counties into the city,” she addedMayor Michael Sheahan said that along with all the other plans for Limerick, the multi-million euro investment by Tiernan Properties would help revitalise the city centre.”“Confirmation that Marks and Spencer is to be the anchor tenant will see the company open its very first store in the mid-west region.  It has been a long time coming and I am delighted that such a sought after retailer is opening a store here,” Mayor Sheahan concluded.last_img read more

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A song cycle reborn

first_imgIn the darkest, cruelest depth of winter, a frozen landscape accosts your splintered heart that was broken by a maiden who found love in the arms of another. Misery is your only companion as you wander aimlessly in the cold. So what do you do?Naturally, you break into song about it.Or so decided Franz Schubert, the 19th-century Austrian composer who set his bleak and moving 24-song cycle “Winterreise” (“Winter Journey”) to poems about lost love by German poet Wilhelm Müller. The words and music add up to an unabashed, unrelenting tribute to grief.But the forlorn and sufferers from seasonal affective disorder can take heart. The American Repertory Theater  (A.R.T.) is offering a bright twist on Schubert’s solemn composition with its production of “Three Pianos.”In the hands of a trio of talented actor-musicians, Schubert’s work is transformed into both a silly and soul-searching house party with, as its title suggests, three pianos, and the audience as guests. With the songs sung in English, German, and occasionally a “bad English translation of German,” according to co-creator Rick Burkhardt, the production captures a passion for the music and connects to its melancholy message using both humor and heartache.“We were tempted to do the things we normally do, which is be amusing and sometimes lighthearted,” said Burkhardt. “But the piece also insists that we hold on to the mood — it’s a radical piece even for today. We kept getting pushed by the music in directions that were sometimes uncomfortable … it made us think about our own histories of heartbreak.”Schubert, who died at age 31, found little critical success during his short life. Much of the buzz generated around his work was the result of a committed cadre of friends who attended regular “Schubertiads,” festive events held in private homes to celebrate, perform, and promote Schubert’s music.It was in the spirit of those informal soirees that Burkhardt and collaborators Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy began to envision “Three Pianos” on a bitter February evening in New York City. During a party in a church, the three stumbled across copies of the somber Schubert song cycle in the choir loft. The accomplished musicians took turns singing and playing the first songs in the series on a nearby grand piano. Soon, others at the party joined in to harmonize or listen and enjoy. Before the night was out they had played through the entire work.“We realized when we were done that we had just enacted inadvertently a Schubertiad,” said Burkhardt. “And we realized we had the potential to give that extraordinary experience to an audience.”Throughout “Three Pianos,” the actors adopt the personas of Schubert’s friends and of the composer. They also play themselves, re-enacting their own arguments about the music and discussing the history of the work. The show comes complete with wine for interested audience members, and imaginative jazz, rock, and other interpretations of Schubert’s songs, in an effort, said Burkhardt “to give people access to this music.”The group spent time in Vienna in 2009, visiting the homes where the composer was born and died, and some of the halls where his music was played.  Later, they read his diaries and letters and those of his contemporaries.They found that “Winterreise” was in direct opposition to the popular romantic music of the day. Instead of being “florid and beautiful,” Schubert’s sparse and slow-paced composition was written largely in minor keys. But the poets whose work he set to music loved it.“In our research, we came across several examples of poets saying ‘I only learned what my poem meant when I heard the setting of it,’ ” said Burkhardt. “That is a rather remarkable thing.”With their new interpretation, Burkhardt and his co-creators hope to accomplish something similar by helping audiences connect with the work on a deeper emotional level.“There is a history of using art and song in particular to access emotions within you that are difficult to deal with … that’s a rich history and a history that I think all of us have tapped into at some point, and I think it’s good to see what comes from publicly acknowledging that.”“Three Pianos” runs from Dec. 7 through Jan. 8. For more information, visit the A.R.T. website.last_img read more

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Late-night workouts fuel Tyus Battle as he settles in at Syracuse

first_img Published on January 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — While most Syracuse players are asleep in the team hotel before a road game, Tyus Battle finds the building’s workout facility. He’s often by himself, opting for solidarity into the early morning on game day. Lifting weights is Battle’s preferred alternative to sleep, something he admittedly doesn’t do much of.“I gotta keep myself active a little bit so I always like to workout pretty late. I like to stay up pretty late,” Battle said. “The guys are usually sleeping or something, doing whatever they’re doing. I usually just like to go by myself just to clear my mind.”After Syracuse’s first game away from the Carrier Dome, a loss to South Carolina on Nov. 26 in which Battle played only 13 minutes and recorded his only scoreless game of the season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the freshman seemed lost on the Barclays Center court. Since then, Battle has remained consistent for the Orange at shooting guard.He’s raised his scoring average to 9.9 from 5.8 points per game since the loss to the Gamecocks, aided by performances of 13 or more in the last four games and a career-high 21 against Boston College on Saturday. And despite Syracuse’s (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) 85-68 loss to North Carolina on Monday, Battle continues to show why he’s one of SU’s most reliable options night in and night out.“He’s got a huge upside with what he can do,” Boeheim said, “but he’s been very steady, very solid.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven if Battle’s late-night workouts don’t have a clear-cut correlation with steady on-court performance, they help him negate any distractions, which hindered him earlier in the season. A minor left foot injury didn’t force him to miss any games, but he sat out practice for a whole week and has since confessed that being nicked up derailed his ability to showcase his full arsenal. It restricted his desire to make sharp cuts to the rim, something he’s showcased of late, most recently at North Carolina.Now with seven straight games as a starter under his belt and a stronghold on the shooting guard position, Battle feels back to normal. He’s able to lift early into the morning without worrying what the extra stress on his body might do to his foot. An injury-free Battle has helped lift Syracuse’s offense past its early-season woes.“Early morning, late night, I think he gets his confidence from spending time in the gym,” said Gary Battle, Tyus’ father.Battle tends to advertise his workout sessions on Instagram and Snapchat, recently posting photos of an empty weight room before games at Virginia Tech and UNC. He lifts at obscure hours on occasion before home games in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, but it’s become a steady routine before away games to do so with Drake lyrics in his ears as the only accompanying sound.The next game for Syracuse is a visit to No. 15 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish is the only team still undefeated in league play, giving SU another chance to grab a desperately needed resume booster.You can count on Battle finding a gym in South Bend, Indiana, wherever Syracuse stays on Friday night. The Orange will count on its standout freshman once again to help lift it to a signature win.Senior Staff Writer Paul Schwedelson contributed reporting to this article Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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NFL free agency rumors: Falcons signing James Carpenter, Jamon Brown

first_imgThe Falcons’ offensive line is about to get a little stouter.Atlanta signed left guard James Carpenter to a four-year deal and guard Jamon Brown to a three-year contract, according to multiple media reports. NFL free agency rumors: Anthony Barr remaining with Vikings, burns Jets Brown was claimed off waivers by the Giants in October after the Rams let him go. Like Carpenter, the Giants’ acquisition of Kevin Zeitler in a trade for Olivier Vernon ended Browns’ time in New York.center_img Former Jets’ LG James Carpenter intends to sign a four-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019Per NFL league source.. Falcons expected to sign NY Giants starting guard Jamon Brown – It should be a 3-year deal— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) March 12, 2019Carpenter most recently played with the Jets, while Brown played with the Rams and Giants last season.The Jets traded for Kelechi Osemele on Sunday, which signified the end of Carpenter’s tenure with the team. Related Newslast_img read more