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However, the Parliament’s report on ‘an effective raw-materials strategy for Europe’, for which I was the rapporteur and which was adopted by an overwhelming majority on 13 September, offers a remedy and has been welcomed on the Commission’s behalf by Antonio Tajani, the European commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship. Relevant suggestions from my report include, inter alia, the need to invest in the research and recycling of rare-earth elements and to couple this with clear goals, such as the Japanese target of reducing the consumption of rare-earth elements by one-third. The report also calls on the Commission to review how the eco-design directive, the directive on end-of-life vehicles, the directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment, and the battery-waste directive could be modified in order to increase the recycling of valuable raw materials, including rare earths. The report also calls on the Commission to establish a ‘risk radar’ for critical raw materials and to make full use of the competencies that the EU currently has to address issues related to rare earths. Several ways of doing so have been highlighted by myself, on behalf of the Green group in the Parliament, and by two colleagues, Vladko Panayotov, a Bulgarian Liberal, and Ioannis Tsoukalas, a Greek member of the European People’s Party. We have proposed a pilot project on the establishment of a European Rare-Earth Competency Network (ERECON), which would bring together Europe’s universities, research institutes, and industry in order to advance research in this field with regards to recycling, efficiency and substitution. Dirk Jan van den Berg and Erik Offerman are right in highlighting the precarious situation regarding Europe’s supply of rare-earth elements (“‘Rare earth’ policy omission threatens European prosperity”, 29 September-5 October). I am not so sure, however, whether their criticism should really be directed at the ‘roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe’ drawn up by Janez Potocnik, the European commissioner for the environment. After all, the Commission decided to cover the issue of the supply of ‘rare earths’ in the context of the communication on the raw-materials initiative, published inFebruary. It can indeed be argued – and I have done so several times in the European Parliament’s discussions on the topic – that this communication did not go far enough in addressing all the different aspects of a comprehensive rare-earths policy. A project supported by the Commission in the 1980s – the Concerted European Action on Magnets (CEAM), a grouping of universities working on rare-earth based magnets – could serve as a template. I am optimistic that the Commission and member states will take up such ideas and implement them expeditiously. The ball is in their court. Reinhard Bütikofer MEP Brussels
The Kennedy School of Government’s Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group recently announced that the 2006 Stone Fellowship has been awarded to Fan Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate in public policy, for her paper “Does Electricity Restructuring Benefit the Environment? Theory and Evidence of Intertemporal Emission Trading in the U.S. SO2 Allowance Market.” The Stone Fellowship is given for the best paper written by a doctoral student in the area of environmental and resource policy.The competition is open to doctoral students from throughout Harvard and the fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium. The faculty committee for the award consisted of professors James Hammitt, Robert Lawrence, Erich Muehlegger, Theodore Panayotou, and Robert Stavins.Another faculty committee selected master in public policy student Jordi Honey-RoséÈs as the recipient of the 2006 Stone Prize for her paper “Estimating the Social Benefits of Protecting Minimum Instream Flows: The Case of the Ter River in Catalonia, Spain.” The Stone Prize, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, is given for the best paper written by a master’s degree student in the area of environmental and resource policy.This award committee was made up of Robert Frosch, Calestous Juma, Robert Stavins, and Robert Stowe. The recipient was selected from a set of submissions from students in the following master’s programs: public policy, public administration, and public administration in international development.The Stone Fellowship and the Stone Prize are supported by the Stone Fund for the Environment at the Kennedy School. The fund also provides other support for graduate student and faculty research, writing, and outreach in the environmental and resource area. The Stone Fund receives its financial support from the James and Cathleen Stone Foundation.
There are several destination locations on Notre Dame’s campus during a home football weekend, including Notre Dame Stadium, the Grotto and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, that are a priority for any visiting home or away fans interested in buying Notre Dame merchandise. Director of the Hammes Bookstore retail operations David Werda said this demand can increase the bookstore’s productivity by as much as 100 percent.“During a home football weekend, we are in the neighborhood of 12 to 15,000 transactions per hour,” Werda said. “On a non-football weekend — let’s just say the Saturday of fall break — it could be as few as 500 transactions in the entire day. We move upward of 50,000 units of merchandise on a football Saturday alone.”Werda said the bookstore measures these statistics starting as early as Wednesday of a home football week due to the number of fans who arrive on campus early in the week.“A football weekend for us is really defined as Wednesday through Sunday,” he said. “What’s really interesting about Notre Dame, and Notre Dame fans and the opponents that Notre Dame play, is they all travel really well to South Bend. … It is not unlikely for us to see fans from an opposing team or Notre Dame fans from an opposing team’s town as early as Wednesday.”Dashelle Angel, a cashier at the bookstore, said the number of people in the bookstore at peak times during a football weekend can make it difficult to help every customer in a timely manner, a priority for the bookstore staff.“It’s very hectic here,” Angel said. “[The most challenging part is] trying to get to every customer, and that’s the No. 1 rule here. Get every customer and make them satisfied by just getting their order right.”Part of getting a customer’s order right involves having every size of clothing and other types of merchandise available at all times, which Werda said the bookstore management ensures by carefully planning the flow of merchandise into the bookstore well in advance of the football season.“We’re selling a lot of merchandise so the flow of merchandise into the Notre Dame retail operations … is planned over a year in advance,” he said. “Our team of buyers and planners procure products from those vendors — right now we’re already looking at fall of 2017. … We’re starting to plan the flow of that merchandise into the store because that product is cut and sown, it’s decorated and so it’s not just a point-and-click order, there are a lot of moving parts and pieces.”Werda said factors such as the football schedule itself could affect how much product the bookstore receives during a certain month.“If you think about this season, in particular, where we had three home games back-to-back-to-back in the month of September, there’s no time in between those games to flow product into the store for a game so that product needs to be landed in advance of those games,” Werda said. “The month of August, for example, becomes a very critical month for us as we bring product in from various vendors.”One other important aspect of a football weekend the bookstore management keeps in mind is the movement of crowds in the bookstore, Werda said.“We spend a great deal of time talking about the flow of people through the building,” he said. “Much like going to the Grotto, and going to see Touchdown Jesus and going to the stadium itself, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore is very much a part of that experience, and so we move a lot of people through the bookstore.”Werda said the bookstore management controls this by specifically placing popular products such as The Shirt in areas where they will benefit the flow of traffic rather than impeding movement.“Anything and everything in the bookstore … can alter the direction of traffic and the flow of people,” he said. “At this point The Shirt has become something where people are coming to get The Shirt. It’s part of the game day experience. Placement of The Shirt … often presents a problem because so many people want The Shirt that at times it causes congestion.”The bookstore’s busier moments during football weekends vary due to factors such as opponent, game time and weather, Werda said, but the business consistently sees peak crowds just a few hours before kickoff.“When there’s a West Coast crowd that comes in, the day tends to shift later because of the fact that they’re a West Coast crowd arriving later in the day and, [because of] the time change, they’re thinking that it’s earlier for them,” Werda said. “Generally speaking the three hours before a game are our peak time. … Day games differ greatly from night games and weather impacts everything significantly.”Despite all the necessary components of stocking merchandise and managing crowds, Werda said, the most important aspect of being prepared for a home football game is making sure there are enough staff members to help bookstore customers.“The people piece of it is probably the biggest one in terms of staffing,” he said. “We start [hiring for seasonal positions] well in advance … in order for us to execute the 12 to 15,000 transactions per hour on a football weekend.”Angel said she and the other Hammes Bookstore cashiers do everything they can to make a fan’s experience at the bookstore enjoyable.“We try to carry on conversations, try to get to learn more about them and have them come back,” she said. “Here we are family and we want that to keep going and we don’t want any bad reviews at all. … Just come visit us because we love the atmosphere of people.”Werda said this attitude stems from the bookstore staff’s desire to enhance the Notre Dame experience for any fans visiting campus.“[The Hammes] Notre Dame [Bookstore] isn’t just a regular retail store,” he said. “It’s more than just selling products, it’s about providing an experience. We’re not just training people on how to run a register or how to stock a sales floor, we’re training people on how to provide that true Notre Dame experience to those guests that are traveling from all over the country to a game.”Not only does the bookstore staff work hard to ensure fans have a good visit to the bookstore, but Angel has also discovered these experiences can be just as enjoyable for the bookstore staff as they are for customers.“Jon Bon Jovi’s son went here and I actually met [Bon Jovi],” she said. “I’m a fangirl of Jon Bon Jovi. I literally passed out and they woke me up and I said, ‘Can I get an autograph?’”
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe Vick Dougan, her siblings, Martha Haymen, Alvin Pelton, Esther Lynn Landry, and Mary Jo Zumbrunnan. Frances is survived by her children, Dean Justin Pelton and his wife, Jennifer of Port Arthur, Mykal Hawkins and her husband, Justin of Port Neches, her grandchildren, Austin Pelton, Abygale Pelton and Laken Hawkins. She is also survived by her step children, Lisa Mclelland, Kenneth Dougan, Terry Dougan, Otis Dougan, Jerry Dougan and their spouses and her numerous beloved grandchildren.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date by the family.Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Frances Marie Pelton Dougan, 66, of Port Arthur passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.Frances was born in Cresco, Iowa to parents, Oletha Wilson Pelton and Ansel Earl Pelton. She was raised in Plaquemine, Louisiana and had lived most of her life in Southeast Texas. She enjoyed doing macramé and her pride and joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.Frances was a loving person who will be missed dearly.
Vermont Business Magazine The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) will increase outreach into the nine most rural communities among its 18 member municipalities thanks to an $89,000 grant recently awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The grant will fund a series of presentations, workshops and webinars that will help businesses and residents learn to recycle, compost, and understand Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law. “The US Department of Agriculture is committed to supporting rural infrastructure providers as they develop more sophisticated methods to serve rural communities and conserve our rural environment,” said Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development State Director. “USDA Rural Development is excited to partner with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District as they work to help their communities utilize Act 148 compliance to improve local environmental sustainability.”“The CVSWMD is pleased to receive this grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The programming funded by this grant will enable the CVSWMD to increase valuable educational services and aid the District in providing information concerning the importance of recycling, composting, and other methods of sustainable materials management to member towns,” said Leesa Stewart, CVSWMD General Manager. “This programming will provide district residents and businesses with the knowledge needed to comply with the State of Vermont’s Composting and Recycling Initiative, Act 148.”Thanks to the grant, CVSWMD outreach efforts will increase in the towns of Bradford, Chelsea, Fairlee, Hardwick, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden and Woodbury between October 2015 and September 2016. Grant funding will also enable the District to create posters, handouts, and videos to distribute on social media and the CVSWMD website, cvswmd.org. Videos, booklets and handouts created with grant funds will be available as downloads to empower any Vermont resident or organization to learn the ins and outs of recycling and composting.CVSWMD Zero Waste Outreach Coordinator and Grant Manager, Cassandra Hemenway, said “I will be offering workshops, talks and trainings about how to recycle, what to know about the Vermont Recycling and Composting Initiative, how landlords can meet the law’s mandates, how to get started composting, and much, much more.” Hemenway added “I’m looking forward to spending more time in some of our most rural towns and working with residents and businesses to increase recycling in the district.”Businesses or community groups interested in hosting a presentation are invited to call Hemenway at 802-229-9383 or 800-730-9475 at ext 102, or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $212 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont/New Hampshire Rural Development website rurdev.usda.gov/nh-vtHome, or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.About CVSWMD:CVSWMD offers an array of programing that supports its Zero Waste implementation plan. Programs include a robust School Zero Waste Program, a Business Composting Program, the Additional Recyclables Collection Center, technical support and at-cost equipment for back yard composting, and reuse grants. For more information, go to cvswmd.org.CVSWMD member municipalities include: Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Bradford, Calais, Chelsea, East Montpelier, Fairlee Hardwick, Middlesex, Montpelier, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodbury.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The federal credit union loan rate ceiling will, as urged by NAFCU, remain at 18 percent through Sept. 15, 2015, NCUA’s board decided Thursday.The federal credit union loan rate ceiling applies to all lending except loans originated under NCUA’s payday alternative loan program, which has a rate cap of 28 percent.The board’s action prevents the ceiling from dropping to the statutory limit of 15 percent after March 10. NAFCU strongly urged that the current limit be continued in light of the current trend in rising market interest rates.NCUA reviews market rates and the condition of credit unions in making decisions on the loan rate ceiling, which is established by the Federal Credit Union Act. It can revisit the rate ceiling at any time to address changes in rate trends.The board was also briefed Thursday on the agency’s 2014-2017 strategic plan and 2014-2015 annual performance plan. continue reading »
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Details Virtually every board and credit union executive has engaged in strategic planning, but is this planning of any value beyond helping to demonstrate to regulators that you all take your job seriously? In a nutshell, does your credit union’s business plan dictate your credit union strategy or do your credit union’s strategic objectives shape your planning?The distinction is a crucial one highlighted in an excellent article in the January issue of the Harvard Business Review, “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning,” by Roger L. Martin. As he explains “virtually every time the word strategy is used, it is paired with the word plan, as in the process of strategic planning. . .” The result, he argues, are plans that typically contain a Mission or Vision statement; list suggested product launches and/or new product initiatives, and convert these goals into a budget plan.There is certainly a place for such planning but as a tool for developing a strategy it misses the mark; doesn’t force a credit union to make explicit choices or to question assumptions about why it is choosing to do what it is doing. Instead, it is simply looking at the existing balance sheet and making assumptions about what can be achieved based solely on affordability and financial projections.In contrast, Martin argues, “true strategy is about placing bets and making hard choices.” Next time you have a strategic planning session, try implementing these three rules he identified.First, have a simple strategy statement that focuses on the key assumptions upon which your strategy is based. Then ask yourself what members or potential members you should target based on that strategy.This almost always comes down to asking which members or potential members to target and once identified how to create a value proposition that’s attractive to them. This is tougher than it sounds, especially for credit unions because it means asking not only what potential members are within your field of membership but what potential members should be targeted for credit union growth. A branch might be comforting to a thirty year member of a credit union, but if your goal is to attract the next generation of consumers, should that member’s concerns dictate the credit union’s strategy?Martin’s second rule is to recognize that a strategy is not about perfection but about creating an environment where it is acceptable to take reasonable risks to accomplish a worthwhile goal. Regulators and boards like strategic plans dictated by revenue projections because they are based on quantifiable assumptions. But strategy is about taking chances. In my favorite line of the piece, he points out “as much as boards and regulators may want the world to be knowable and controllable, that’s simply not how it works. Until they accept this, they will get planning instead of strategy.”Finally, rule three requires that all the key players should make their logic explicit. For instance, if I was on a board I would argue that the best way to attract the next generation of members is to downsize branches and replace them with automated kiosks. In making this argument, I should make explicit my assumption that members want convenient, automated service rather than a traditional brick and mortar branch. Reasonable minds could question that assumption and, as a result, strategic plans can be based on the type of core issues regarding the forces that will shape the industry in the future rather than being narrowly focused on the credit union’s present balance sheet.Every credit union, no matter how big or small, is competing in a hyper-competitive financial services industry that is being shaped by changing regulations, technology, and economic shifts on a daily basis. Those credit unions that take the time to analyze these forces and develop a strategy for competing under these conditions are the ones that will be around twenty years from now. Those that keep on planning without any real thought to strategy won’t.
“I think anytime you play well, you look for things that might change,” Roysland said. “I think it kind of depends on the flow of the game. You can never really guarantee anyone any certain amount of minutes or anything like that, but we’ll see. Whatever happens, happens.”Borton will have an even more difficult time keeping Roysland on the bench if she continues to progress defensively – the shortage of skills that Roysland said was why she didn’t get the nod in Borton’s defensively minded system.Gophers defensive stopper Shannon Bolden said Roysland is already making huge strides in that department.“Actually, from last year to this year, Kelly is so much more defensive,” Bolden said. “She’s worked hard to improve her defense, and over the last few games, she’s done so well staying on her player and pressuring the ball and not giving them a pass.”Even if Roysland continues her defensive improvement, she’ll still be hard-pressed to mirror an astounding high school career that included three state basketball championships, as well as two in volleyball.The Fosston High School graduate also led her hoops team to 78 consecutive victories – spanning approximately three years and setting a Minnesota (boys and girls) high school record.Roysland hasn’t earned those kinds of accolades yet – and with a little luck, they might come.But right now, she’s earning more of her breaks from bumps and bruises than black socks.“You could say I want to be this or that, but I want to play my role and make the team successful,” she said. “The team has certain goals, like the Final Four and a NCAA championship, and individual awards will come with hard work.”McCarville nabs awardMinnesota senior Janel McCarville was named co-Big Ten player of the week along with Penn State senior Tanisha Wright after averaging 20.5 points and pulling down nine rebounds against Michigan and Illinois last week.It is the fifth time McCarville has won the award in her career. Roysland spurns lucky laundry for defensive intensity in expanded role off Gophers’ bench David McCoyJanuary 25, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSome women worry about their hair, most college students worry about their grades and every basketball player worries about being able to make clutch shots.But at least Kelly Roysland has one thing she doesn’t have to worry about.She’s wearing the right socks.Roysland, who has a history of superstitious behavior that she said she has begun to recently move away from, made a habit of wearing the same black NBA socks for every game at the beginning of Minnesota’s women’s basketball season.“Well, I don’t just have one black pair,” Roysland said. “I have like six pairs of the same kind, but anyway. I don’t know, I just thought they were really cool socks, so I was like, ‘I’m going to start wearing them for every game and see what happens.’ “But come game time Sunday, Roysland found herself without black socks and put on a different style for Minnesota’s matchup against Illinois.Swapping the socks proved to work to Roysland’s advantage, as the sophomore guard torched the Illini for a careerhigh 19 points.“I didn’t wear them for the last game, because I didn’t have a pair at the gym,” Roysland said. “And I wore the white ones, and what do you know, I had 19 points.“So I’m going to stick with the white ones.”Before the beginning of this season, Roysland was in the running for departed Lindsay Whalen’s starting spot at shooting guard.Junior April Calhoun ended up winning the spot, but Roysland has averaged 19 minutes a game during the last month in coach Pam Borton’s seven-player rotation.“Kelly’s a big part of our success this year,” Borton said. “She’s a player, as well as Liz (Podominick), who could start for us. There is no drop-off of production when she is in.”Now, the Fosston, Minn., native is angling for increased playing time after what she said she hopes was her breakout game.
“We believe that participation in athletic events is part of the overall educational experience for those students, not a separate activity,” the statement continued.That’s easy for administrators to say when their school gets a cut of the $300 million dollars that the Big Ten Conference makes on a yearly basis.On top of that, the NCAA has lucrative long-term television deals worth billions. In 2012, the NCAA made more than $800 million.There will be high-ranking officials who have a problem with Ohr’s decision. It threatens the status quo — the same status quo that’s helped turn the NCAA into a juggernaut.The NCAA’s current business model has employees essentially working for free, while it garners hundreds of millions of dollars its real employees never see.Now, though, young people are starting to ask the right questions. They’re becoming more progressive.This decision doesn’t yet have widespread implications, but this could be the major breakthrough that propels college athletes toward compensation.Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who helped spearhead this movement, tweeted in jubilation Wednesday.“This is a HUGE win for ALL college athletes!”Bravo, Northwestern.Bravo.Ya feel me? Column: It’s about time college athletics got a makeover, ya feel me? Samuel GordonMarch 27, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s about damn time.For decades, college athletes have been getting the short end of the stick.While scholarships cover the cost of tuition and room and board, athletes are typically broke like the rest of college students — despite helping generate millions of dollars for their respective colleges and conferences.That could soon change, though.The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that players on the Northwestern football team can unionize if they see fit. It’s major step in the right direction.Those around college sports know that these athletes work like professionals.Now that Northwestern players can unionize, they can start collective bargaining while taking the next steps toward getting paid.NLRB Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr wrote in his decision that Northwestern players “fall squarely within the [National Labor Relations] Act’s broad definition of ‘employee.’”He’s right. These players are employees of these massive programs, and it’s time they’re treated like it.Still, this thing is far from over.Northwestern officials said in a statement released after the ruling that they plan to appeal the decision.“Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students,” the statement read.