first_imgREPRO DIGITAL/ CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PRINTING ACQUIRES NEW HASSELBLAD CAMERA SYSTEMWinooski, Vermont- Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing today announced the purchase of the new Hasselblad H3D II 31 megapixel medium format camera for its Photographic Studio located at 450 Weaver Street in Winooski, Vermont.John Goodman, with more than 30 years experience, has been the resident Photographer at Repro/Champlain Valley Printing for over 14 years and was one of the first digital Photographers in New England. “The large 31 megapixel CCD Sensor provides a sharper, cleaner, more accurate image than any other DSLR type camera” noted Goodman. He continued. “This all means less time and money spent doing color corrections and other post production cleanup. Skin tones appear natural and color gradients are smooth and noise free.” Goodman also stated that “the fully integrated Hasselblad system allows us to shoot in even the most challenging lighting environments like mixing available light with studio flash to make natural looking room settings.”Goodman believes that the new Hasselblad camera system, combined with his 30 years of experience, provides the best photography value in Vermont.Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing, in addition to their state-of-the-art Photography Studio, provides their customers turn-key services including pre-press, one-color to four-color digital and offset printing with binding and finishing servicesFor more information contact John Goodman (ext. 18) or Roger Moylan (ext. 27) at 802-655-2800 or visit the Repro Digital/ Champlain Valley Printing website at www.Reprografx.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_img“Don’t let the fact that you can’t measure it or come up with KPIs straight away stop you from going down this path,” she said.The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) had a similar view, according to Eugene O’Callaghan, director of the €8.9bn sovereign development fund.“We try to do the right thing and then worry about how best to relay that and report that after we’ve done the right thing,” he said.The fund reports twice a year on its economic impact. According to O’Callaghan, the reporting had initially been “very factual, quant-based,” but recently ISIF had tried to develop more of a narrative, with “hard work numbers” appearing in the second half and appendices of the report. “So there is transparency, but ultimately the view on whether we’re adding value or not will come from whether people agree and accept the narrative we’re articulating,” said O’Callaghan.FRR ready to make its move Being able to convey the social or environmental impacts of investments in numbers is not the be-all and end-all of impact investing, asset owners told IPE’s annual conference last week.Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, said defining key performance indicators (KPIs) for impacts was a more straightforward process at the level of individual strategies than at an aggregate portfolio level.“Our clients are asking us to tell the story about the whole fund and I think ideally they’d love us to distil it into a few figures, but in reality that is not going to tell the story or bring it to life,” she said.It was more important to come to a qualitative judgement about whether an investment was having the desired impact, Ward suggested. Credit: Patrick FrostFRR’s Olivier Rousseau collects the Climate Related Risk Management award from Marie Dzanis, CEO of Northern Trust Global InvestmentsIn France, the €36.4bn Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) wanted to make a bigger commitment to impact-conscious investing , and in Dublin Olivier Rousseau, the sovereign fund’s executive director, told delegates it would be launching a request for proposals in the second quarter of 2019.The lead-up to this had been “more complicated” than the fund had anticipated, he said, because it was “absolutely vital” that it knew what it wanted and asked “the right questions”.“All the exchanges we’ve had with many potential asset managers have put us in a situation where we understand it’s not straightforward,” said Rousseau. “We are thinking of doing listed developed markets equities, but there are very different solutions and approaches and ways of measuring it.”However, investors had to be pragmatic and FRR had determined it would have “reasonable ways of measuring what can be achieved”.Rousseau said the meaning of responsible investment had evolved over time, meaning it was now possible to be more ambitious, because “the type of thing you can do gets measured better” and there was a real choice of investment solutions being offered by asset managers.A good Swedish emerging-market story Sweden’s Alecta has had a positive experience with impact investing so far, according to Peter Lööw, head of responsible investment at the SEK874bn (€84bn) occupational pension provider.Alecta moved into this area following “a lot of attention” from its stakeholders – including clients and the media – as well as internal pressure.One of Alecta’s two main impact investing “pockets” is a $200m (€176m) commitment to an emerging market loans fund run by NN Investment Partners in collaboration with the investment management arm of FMO, the Dutch development bank.The fund invests in loans to financial institutions, renewable energy projects and agribusiness companies in emerging and frontier markets.Lööw said the commitment followed a long but fruitful due diligence process and that the pension provider felt it was getting “true impact”.“There are lots of jobs being created, emissions being avoided and so forth,” he said. “We will continue looking at the fund because it will live on for 15 years.”The experience with the fund had taught Alecta that it could reach its required rate of return at the same time as pursuing non-financial impacts, according to Lööw.“The first question you asked was ‘is there a trade-off?’ and perhaps we had the idea that there was a trade-off, but we realised that no, there isn’t,” he told Sony Kapoor, managing director at think tank Re-Define and the panel moderator.The due diligence process had been a “very good journey” for Alecta, added Lööw.“It raised the interest regarding impact internally, so this is a very good story-telling exercise, both for ourselves and our clients,” he said.center_img Credit: Patrick FrostL-R: Sony Kapoor, Re-Define; Olivier Rousseau, FRR; Eugene O’Callaghan, ISIF; Faith Ward, Brunel; Peter Lööw, Alectalast_img read more

first_imgIn hurling the throw in time has been announced for the senior hurling final.On Sunday October 8th North champions Borrisoleigh will play reigning champions Thurles Sarsfields at 3.30.The O’Riain cup decider precedes it and sees Toomevara take on north neighbours Roscrea at 1.15.Both games are in Semple Stadium. The Tipp Senior football semi finals will both take place this Sunday.An all south pairing sees Killenaule meet Moyle Rovers in Cahir at 2 o’clock.At the same time reigning champions Loughmore Castleiney will be in action in Cashel – they will play the winners of Wednesday night’s quarter final between Arravale and Commercials.last_img

first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories @PaulKuharskyNFL definitely good humor! Lol. No hard feelings use everything as fuel been counted since walked on at bama— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) March 17, 2016 .@gregcosell on @Midday180: Rashad Johnson is a solid player in a schemed defense. Don’t see as quality starter in normal down and distance.— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 16, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson has done this before. Back in January, he responded to Chris Simms’ critique of himself and Tony Jefferson, who said the two “never break up passes, intercept passes or anything like that.”center_img .@gregcosell on @Midday180: Johnson NFL starter, could replace Griffin. Don’t think he’s exactly what you want. #Titans— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 16, 2016Johnson, who visited the Titans Monday, responded in a now deleted tweet:lol but started 30 of 32gms w/ 10ints last 2yrs. He sound like a guy that can’t play to me 2In a post on ESPN.com, Kuharsky apologized for not correctly fitting in all of Cosell’s thoughts in the tweets, providing the full quote.Apparently Johnson found it funny, and responded to Kuharsky’s apology. Athletes are inevitably going to receive criticism and with a tool like Twitter, there is more access than ever before to finding or sending it.There’s also, of course, an easier and instant way to respond to those critiques.That’s what Arizona Cardinals free agent safety Rashad Johnson did Wednesday, as ESPN.com Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky tweeted out quotes from a guest on his Nashville radio show.His guest, ESPN’s executive producer of NFL Matchup Greg Cosell, was unsure of Johnson’s value to the Titans. Happy he read it and we’re good. https://t.co/zHj5nOVjkw— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 17, 2016Kuharsky concluded his post saying “those couple tweets sure make him seem like the kind of guy the Titans need.” @CSimmsQB what film you be watching?last I checked have10ints in past 2 seasons.The 1 and only safety w/ multiple int gms each past3 seasons— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) January 21, 2016 Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) returns a fumble against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img“Faster than a viper’s strike” is a phrase that used to mean something—researchers long thought that vipers were the swiftest of all snakes. Now, it turns out that some harmless snakes can strike just as quickly as venomous vipers—fast enough to literally make your head spin. Researchers used high-speed cameras to measure the strike speeds of two viper species—cottonmouth vipers and diamondback rattlesnakes—along with Texas rat snakes (pictured), a nonviper species that lacks venom. They were all evenly matched in speed, and even the slowest strike approached an acceleration of 100 meters per second squared, the researchers report today in Biology Letters. That’s twice the most intense g-forces experienced by fighter-jet pilots, more than enough to make any human black out. The attack doesn’t take long, either. Strikes of all three snake species lasted less than a tenth of a second, about half the time it takes for a human to blink. But more importantly, that’s also faster than the snakes’ mammal prey, like jackrabbits and kangaroo rats.last_img read more