MT Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart also join boardVermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate school for visual art and writing based in Montpelier, Vermont, today announced that Cornelius ( Con ) Hogan has been named chairman of its Board of Trustees.Hogan, a well-known figure in Vermont, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007. He is currently a senior fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and he is recognized nationally for his work in public and human service, including engagements with the Annie E. Casey and Robert Wood Johnson foundations and the National Center for Children in Poverty. Hogan has been a director of Fletcher Allen Health Care and secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services. We are so honored as a community that Con has agreed to chair this board, said Thomas Christopher Greene, president of Vermont College of Fine Arts. He brings tremendous wisdom, leadership and experience to this task, and I look forward to working closely with him to realize our vision of a national center of fine arts in Montpelier.In addition, four other renowned individuals have joined the VCFA Board of Trustees: M.T. Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart.M. T. (Tobin) Anderson is a New York Times bestselling writer of young adult novels. Anderson taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program from 2001 to 2006, and he served as chair of the program for four years. His book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party (2006), the first in a two-part novel, won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, as well as a Printz Honor in 2007. His latest book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, was just awarded the Printz Honor for literary excellence in young adult literature. Anderson lives in Boston.Chris Graff is vice president of National Life Group, a financial services company based in Montpelier, Vermont. Graff is a former journalist with The Associated Press and is the author of Dateline Vermont, a memoir of his 30 years in journalism. For 15 years, Chris hosted Vermont This Week, a public affairs program on Vermont Public Television. He is a contributing editor of Vermont Business Magazine and a member of the Council on the Future of Vermont. Graff resides in Montpelier, Vermont.Madeleine Kunin is the first female Governor of Vermont, 1985 1991, and the fourth female governor elected in the U.S. In the Clinton administration, she was Deputy Secretary of Education, 1993 96, and Ambassador to Switzerland, 1996 99. In 1991 she founded The Institute for Sustainable Communities and is a Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Pearls, Politics and Power, How Women Can Win and Lead (2008), Living a Political Life (1994), and The Big Green Book (1975). Kunin s commentaries can be heard on Vermont Public Radio and she has a blog on the Huffington Post. Kunin lives in Burlington, Vermont.Bill Schubart, a writer who cofounded Philo Records and Resolution, Inc., recently published a book of stories called Lamoille Stories. Schubart writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and is currently a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Schubart has previously chaired the boards of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Board of Libraries, Vermont Bicentennial Commission, Circus Smirkus, Vermont Public Radio, and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Schubart lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.In addition to the above five directors, the VCFA Board of Directors includes:Robert H. Atwell (Sarasota, FL and Stowe, VT), former President of the American Council on Education and former president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California.Tami Lewis Brown (Washington, DC), an 06 graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, a published novelist, and an attorney.Dr. Letitia Chambers (Lighthouse Point, FL), Managing Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc., and former chair of the New Mexico higher education system. Kathleen Dolan (Woodstock, VT), a 95 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, founder and director of Purple Crayon Productions, and member of the Dolan Family Foundation. Gail Gregg (New York, NY), a 98 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, and a New York City artist, writer, and arts educator.Joan Grubin (New York, NY), a practicing artist and 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program. Mary Hooper (Montpelier, VT), the mayor of Montpelier and a Vermont State Representative. Sydney Lea (Newbury, VT), a Pulitzer prize nominated poet who taught at VCFA s MFA in Writing program.Susan M. Newbold (Fairfield, CT), an artist and educator who graduated in 00 from the MFA in Visual Art program. Katherine Paterson (Barre, VT), author of more than 30 books, including Bridge to Terabithia and 14 other novels for young people. Peter Richardson (Charlotte, VT), president of Housing Strategies, Inc.Richard H. Saudek (Montpelier, VT), a distinguished Vermont attorney and principal in the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek. Peter Smith (Lighthouse Pt., FL), a former congressman from Vermont who founded two colleges: the Community College of Vermont, and the University of California at Monterey Bay.Linda Stillman (New York), an 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program and an artist in New York City. Trustee Emeritus:Harry Groome (Villanova, PA), an 00 graduate of the MFA in Writing program, and retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer HealthCare. About VCFAA nationally recognized graduate school for the arts based in Montpelier, Vermont, VCFA has three low-residency MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Visual Art. Founded in 2008, Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first new independent college formed in Vermont in 23 years, and the only institution of its kind a low-residency graduate school devoted exclusively to fine arts education. For more information, visit www.vermontcollege.edu(link is external).
Maria Rissanen, analyst at TELA, said: “Despite the economic uncertainty during the past year, the returns have so far been quite good.”Return sources came from many different sources throughout the year, she said. Geographically, the occupational pension schemes invested more in Finland than in the rest of the euro area, with €45.6bn invested domestically in the nine months to the end of September and €43.5bn elsewhere in the single-currency zone, TELA said. Over the last 10 years, domestic investments had increased by around €20bn, it said.Rissanen said earnings-related pension funds had won their highest returns in the period from equity investments, and from private equity in particular.“In the current investment environment, it is difficult to get much return from fixed income investments,” she said.TELA said there had been no significant increase in pension insurers granting loans to companies, in spite of the economic situation. Rissanen said it seemed the availability of finance was not a major problem for Finnish companies. “Companies are getting competitive funding from sources other than pension insurance companies,” she said. Pension schemes in Finland’s earnings-related pensions sector returned an average of 6.1% on their assets over the first three quarters of this year as equity allocations grew.Finnish pensions alliance TELA reported data showing assets in the sector grew to €172bn by the end of September, up by €2.5bn, returning a nominal 6.1% since the start of the year. In its investment analysis, the alliance showed pension funds’ share of equities had increased over the period, while fixed income and real estate investments had fallen.At the end of September, the overall allocation to equities and equity-type investments was 48.1%, with 42% in fixed income and 9.9% in property.
30 Mar 2017 Debbie Richards to captain England’s senior women Debbie Richards, who helped England to win European senior gold, will captain the English senior women’s teams for 2017. Debbie, from Surrey, will lead the sides for the European senior women’s team championship in Slovakia from September 5-9 and for the senior women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales, from 3-5 October. England will be defending the Home Internationals and aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th victory since the championship started in 2003. Debbie was a member of England’s invincible senior women’s side of 2014, which won both the European team championship and Home Internationals. She commented: “I am thrilled to have been invited to become the captain of the England senior team and very much look forward to trying to emulate the 2014 results. “I loved being part of the England squad. I will never forget the experience of not only the golf but also the camaraderie in the team and the general atmosphere at the events in which I played. “I would love another chance to play for England so will be trying my best in the matchplay and stroke play events this year. There are so many talented senior golfers which means the competition is very stiff with everyone’s goal, ultimately, being to earn a place in the team.” Debbie speedily played her way to the top of the game after making her senior debut in 2010 when she scored the first of two wins in the second flight of the English senior women’s amateur championship. She rapidly moved into the top flight and has been a semi-finalist in the senior amateur championship and had a string of top ten finishes in the senior stroke play. Debbie was a Welsh international as a girl, plays for her county, Surrey, in the second and senior teams and has won multiple championships at Burhill and Rye, where she is the current ladies’ champion. She was also a member at Royal Mid Surrey for over 20 years.
Aaron Donald (Courier Photo/William McBride/File)DALLAS (AP) – Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley are among five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for national defensive player of the year.Also chosen as finalists by the Football Writers Association of America were Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The award will be presented Dec. 9.Donald leads the country in tackles for loss with 22½, including 10 sacks.Mosley leads No. 1 Alabama in tackles with 79 and has broken up five passes.Joyner has 51 tackles for No. 2 Florida State, including 6½ for loss, and had forced three fumbles.Sam has three three-sack games and scored a touchdown on a fumble return. Dennard has three interceptions and seven pass breakups.