National Life Group Names Assadi President of Life and Annuities

first_imgNational Life Group Names Mehran AssadiPresident of Life and AnnuitiesMontpelier, VT The National Life Group has named Mehran Assadi President of Life and Annuities. Assadi, who has been with the company in an interim role for the past two years, will have responsibility for leading and directing all of the National Life Groups life and annuity operations, including product development, marketing, sales and distribution, as well as customer service.Mehran is a leader who has earned enormous credibility and respect throughout our organization, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom MacLeay, in making the announcement. As president of life and annuities for the National Life Group, we know that respect and credibility will only continue to expand and grow. Assadi, 47, joined National Life in August of 2003 in a consulting capacity and served as interim Chief Information Officer. In that assignment, he managed all of the companys information technology operations and divisions. In May of 2004, Assadi was named Interim Chief Operating Officer, assuming responsibility for marketing sales and distribution in the retail divisions.Prior to joining the National Life Group, Assadi served in several roles over five years at Provident Mutual in Philadelphia, PA., including executive vice president and chief information officer as well as chief marketing officer. He previously worked for 16 years at United States Fidelity & Guaranty of Baltimore, Md. in a number of positions including, vice president of technology and business development. The National Life Group is a dynamic and growing family of financial service companies, unified in values and purpose but differentiated by specialty, structure and size. Affiliates and divisions within the National Life Group operate in locations throughout the United States and offer products and services, which help a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses meet their financial goals.last_img read more

Turnovers remain troubling for women’s basketball team

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith just three games remaining on the UW women’s basketball team’s schedule, head coach Lisa Stone seems to have pinpointed one of the major factors leading to her squad’s woes — turnovers.Ball control has been an issue all year, but it was more than evident in Sunday’s 53-47 loss to No. 15 Michigan State.In a game where Wisconsin actually had a 14-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second half, turnovers — 25 of them to be exact — spelled the Badgers’ doom.”It’s easy to ask me (what we need to improve) this morning because it revolves around turnovers,” Stone said. “You look at how well we played … we’ve got to take better care of the basketball and take pride in positions.”The turnovers have mostly been the result of the lack of a true point guard, a position Stone has delegated to Janese Banks and Jolene Anderson — both natural shooting guards.”We’re playing point guard by committee, there’s no question,” Stone said. “Everybody knows we’re a point guard away. I don’t like to look back, but there’s nine games on that schedule where the difference might have went in our direction (with a true point guard).”While McDonald’s All-American Teah Gant will be coming in next season to take on the point guard role, Stone — a true point guard herself back in her playing days — is almost tempted to step on the court herself and fill the void.”It’s an interesting position,” Stone said. “A point guard is a position that is a special type of player — someone that scores when they need to, gets the ball to people when they need to, throws the team on their back.”I was a true point guard,” Stone continued. “I was an extension of the coach on the floor, I was to shoot only when I was open, get the ball to people, make other people better, direct traffic offensively and defensively, be the emotional leader out there and in some ways I feel like I’m that on the sideline, but I don’t have the ball in my hands.”Despite the turnover problems and heartbreaking losses throughout the year, there is no questioning the team’s morale. Whereas many struggling teams tend to break up as a result, the Badgers have stuck together through thick and thin — staying true to their “team unity” motto.”Our team is together,” Stone said. “There were tears in the locker room of how did they get away, we were so excited, but the bottom line is that we come back to work and take the positives because we have an upward swing going on right now and that momentum right now is what we need to take into this Thursday’s game, two more at home, and then the Big Ten tournament.”Anderson no stranger to turnovers, either: Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year and, arguably, the Badgers’ best player, Jolene Anderson has had her fair share of turnovers this season.Despite her current 25-game double figure-scoring streak, Anderson is averaging 3.12 turnovers per game this season and had a game-high five turnovers in the Michigan State loss Sunday.Furthermore, Anderson also hasn’t been shooting the ball exceptionally well of late.While it may be a cause for concern, Stone said she almost feels forced to allow Anderson to play herself out of the funk.”We need Jolene on the floor,” Stone said. “When she’s not playing well, that might be one of our best at that particular situation.””Right now we need to get Jolene shooting the ball better … when she’s fundamentally square and correct, she doesn’t miss. On the other hand, in the games she’s double- and triple-teamed so I’m asking a lot of Jolene and the turnovers are coming out of certainly trying to get some things done.”last_img read more

Ryan Lee, Oct. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest has been going pretty well. We had one of our best days ever yesterday for bean harvest in terms of getting acres covered. We have around 85% of our beans off and we are on track to have at least our second best bean yield ever. It is quite surprising, actually.We were aggressive about going after the frogeye leaf spot and I think that really helped. Yields in this area are generally pretty good. When coupled with the decision of our co-ops to store wheat, we are hearing about a couple of our local elevators being full or close to full. Some of them are pouring into corn space, which could make harvest interesting for the folks who depend on taking corn to town.We are worried about overage on our seed bean and specialty contracts. Seed size has been consistently large. The lowest yield we cut was about 42 bushels on the lower quality ground and we cut some beans over 70 bushels. If you would have told me that we’d have this kind of year with beans I’d have told you that you were crazy.I do not expect the same for corn based on the hand samples we have pulled. If things go right we could start on corn as early as Wednesday or Thursday. We have a great forecast. I think the corn will be pretty dry and we shouldn’t be limited by dryer capacity.Sometimes you feel more like machine than human when you are trying to press across all of these acres. I love planting and harvest but by the time we get done, I am ready to be done.It seems like when you have good yields, you don’t have time to savor them because you are so busy. When you have bad crops you have plenty of time to sit there and dwell on it.last_img read more

Apple Profits Are Expected To Shrink For The First Time In 10 Years – Why?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Apple#earnings Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now taylor hatmakercenter_img It ain’t easy being Apple – for once, anyway.Today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2013 earnings today at 2 p.m. PDT. Analysts widely expect the Cupertino company to post its first year-over-year decline in earnings in the last decade. But has Apple really begun its fall from grace, or is the house that Jobs built just falling short of its own impossible standards?Here’s why Apple has been missing the mark in 2013.Growing PainsApple has fallen victim to its own success, plain and simple. The company’s been on top for so long, we just don’t remember things being any other way. Apple’s market and mind share are the stuff of legend, but they may show signs of waning for the first time in… well, ever in Internet years. While any other company in the universe would be perfectly content being the world’s former most valuable corporate entity, for Apple and its stockholders, that won’t cut it. Last quarter, in spite of a $13.1 billion profit, an unhappy market punished the company for failing to meet revenue expectations with a 10% share price plummet – AAPL‘s biggest nosedive in years. As Q2 wraps, Apple investors and acolytes alike are still itching to hit the panic button. Arguably it’s not because Apple’s near-future profitability poses any real cause for alarm – perhaps we just don’t remember how this whole thing goes for companies that aren’t Apple?No New Tricks Up Its Sleeve?Really, what could the company that brought little white earbuds into ubiquity wow us with next? The iPad Mini, Apple’s latest mobile device, is an exercise in practicality, a version of a revolutionary device with its ambition, processing power and pixel density scaled back (and its price slashed).  At this juncture in consumer tech, consumers are pleased to see their gadgets polished and iterated, but they still love to have their minds blown. Look at Google tinkering away just over the Silicon fence. Between its hefty price tag and its unparalleled geek factor, Google Glass is the quintessential early adopter device, yet Google’s flashy cyborg eyewear has captured the imagination of the mainstream. That used to be Apple’s job. Unfortunately, reinventing the wheel isn’t easy – even for Apple, a company with a track record of doing exactly that.The Competition Gains GroundCompetitors like Samsung are gaining increasing traction with a decidedly un-Apple approach and a heterogenous army of Android devices like the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4, the follow-up to last year’s homerun Galaxy S3.  Meanwhile, Apple is wasting more time than ever looking over its shoulder, building the fortifications of the Mac and iOS walled gardens higher than ever.In the U.S. last quarter, Apple remained top dog with 38% of smartphone market share versus Samsung’s 21%, but globally the story is quite different, with Apple trailing by most metrics. With Apple shares trading at 40% less than September 2012’s booming highs, the company is at low tide for the moment.On today’s call, Jobs successor Tim Cook might have to pull a literal rabbit out of his proverbial hat to exceed expectations. From its products to its profits, Apple likes to think of itself as an exception to every industry rule – and usually it is. Unfortunately for Cook and company, Apple just might be exceptional to a fault.Stay tuned tomorrow for Apple’s Q2 2013 earnings report, which we’ll be reporting here at ReadWrite as it unfolds. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Videos: Jalin Marshall Makes Impressive One-Handed Catch For Go-Ahead Touchdown

first_imgJalin Marshall making a one handed touchdown catch.Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.last_img read more

Bombardier signs second CS300 deal in as many weeks after Airbus backs

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. said its deal with Airbus has yet to ignite new sales discussions, but existing efforts have yielded results as the manufacturer announced back-to-back potential orders including one with Africa’s largest airline.Chief executive Alain Bellemare told an investor conference Tuesday that he fielded upbeat calls from some large airlines —including Airbus customers — hours after the deal was announced.“That’s the reason why I’m convinced that we are going to see much better sales moving forward,” he said at the Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has signed its second potential C Series order in less than two weeks after EgyptAir Holding Co. announced plans to purchase up to 24 aircraft.The agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow includes 12 CS300 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft.Bellemare acknowledged that the orders had nothing to do with Airbus even though the partnership gave customers added comfort that the European giant will put its full weight behind the C Series.“This is very good but it’s the work our team was doing with airline customers,” he told analysts. “It keeps on building the momentum up.”Bombardier said that based on the list price of the CS300, a firm order for 12 aircraft would be valued at about US$1.4 billion. That would double if the airline exercises the 12 purchase rights. However, airlines typically receive large discounts.“It would be difficult to wish for a better carrier to establish our presence in the region,” Colin Bole, Bombardier senior vice president commercial aerospace, said in a conference call with reporters from Dubai.“It’s a great template and it is something that will be followed extremely closely by the other carriers in the regions and the sub regions in the area.”The C Series has also been ordered by Iraqi Airways, Saudi Gulf and Gulf Air.The national airline of Egypt told reporters in Dubai that while it has been studying the C Series for a long time, Airbus’ involvement makes them feel better about the program, Bombardier commercial aircraft president Fred Cromer added on the conference call.EgyptAir chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam said the planes will help the airline to modernize its fleet and better serve destinations in the Middle East and Europe.Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group says Airbus’ involvement will assuage fears that the C Series will be an “orphan” airplane because it will have the support of the European aerospace giant.“I would argue that the Airbus effect will be fairly profound,” he said in an interview.Aboulafia said the C Series is a great plane but Bombardier has had major financial issues.“That is no longer a problem. You remove that, you now have just a great jet that the people want.”The EgyptAir letter of intent and a deal for 31 planes plus options for 30 announced Nov. 2 with an undisclosed customer are expected to be firmed up by the end of the year. That would raise the number of firm C Series orders to more than 400.Bombardier said it remains confident that Boeing won’t be able to prove in its trade complaint that it has been damaged by the C Series since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100 and wasn’t invited to bid on the Delta order.Nonetheless, Cromer said Bombardier is developing contingency plans if high tariffs continue to be applied on aircraft manufactured in Canada and delivered to the U.S.“We have opportunities to place some of those early Delta positions with other airlines,” he said.Cromer declined to say if the second assembly line in Alabama estimated by the company to be built at a cost of more than US$300 million would be affected by the maintenance of high U.S. duties.Bellemare added that Bombardier was never seeking to use the C Series to compete with Boeing or Airbus. Rather, its competitor for the 100- to 150-seat aircraft will remain Brazil’s Embraer.“There were two (competitors) yesterday and there will be two tomorrow,” he said.Bellemare added that Boeing has underestimated the response to its trade action, with support for Bombardier coming from companies and governments such as Canada and Britain.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained nearly 1.6 per cent at C$3.11 in afternoon trading.last_img read more

Survey suggests more Canadians plan to do holiday shopping online this year

first_imgA new survey suggests more Canadians are planning to do some or all of their holiday shopping online this year.A survey commissioned by FedEx Canada and released today found that 65 per cent of Canadians polled planned to shop online this year, while 55 per cent said they did so last year.Six per cent of those polled said they planned to shop online this holiday season for the first time.Participants in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia were the most likely to shop online for the holidays, with 68 per cent of Ontario respondents and 67 per cent of the others saying they planned to avoid brick-and-mortar stores.Saskatchewan, Quebec and Alberta had the lowest percentage of respondents who said they intend to shop online, ranging from 58 to 62 per cent.The survey was conducted online from Oct. 5 to 7 and involved roughly 1,490 adult Canadians. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

Bellegarde says pipeline expansion may go forward if shipping terminal moved

first_imgOTTAWA – The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the federal government would find it easier to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built if it moves the route and the marine shipping terminal to avoid Indigenous communities that are oppose the project.Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets for Canadian resources through work to transition to a clean energy economy.However, he acknowledged there are some communities along the coast, notably the Squamish First Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, that will never support the pipeline, which in its current format affects a marine terminal in the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, and would bring additional oil tankers through traditional waters of the Squamish.“So why not move (the terminal)? Why don’t you move it to Tsawwassen?” Bellegarde said in a wide-ranging interview Monday with The Canadian Press.“They’re not going to change their mind, so why not find a different outlet? It might take a little longer, but it’s a win-win-win.”Bellegarde said he spoke to chiefs who support of the idea of a terminal near Tsawwassen — but Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams said Monday he is not one of them.His community neither supports the pipeline nor the idea of moving the terminal to land that abuts his community, Williams said.In 2015, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pushed the idea of the Tsawwassen terminal in Delta, B.C., arguing it might get more local support than the plan to expand the existing Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The latter would see another six or seven oil tankers each week try to navigate the tricky Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Harbour, while the Tsawwassen location poses environmental risks from those additional tankers to the Fraser River Estuary.Kinder Morgan Canada dismissed the Tsawwassen location because of those environmental concerns, as well as an estimated $1.2 billion cost needed to make the pipeline 14 kilometres longer and build a trestle in the Straight of Georgia to support it.The federal government has yet to announce how it plans to re-engage with Indigenous communities after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned approval for the pipeline expansion, citing insufficient Indigenous consultations. The court also criticized the National Energy Board for failing to do a proper review of what impact additional oil tanker traffic would have on sensitive marine ecosystems and, specifically, the endangered Southern resident killer whales.Last week Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi ordered the board to go back and do such a review of oil tanker traffic and provide a new recommendation on the pipeline before the end of February.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that plan only adds delays and argued Ottawa should instead appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada and legislate the project into existence. That includes supporting a private members’ bill from Alberta Se. Doug Black that reaffirms federal jurisdiction for the project.Scheer also wants emergency legislation to use an existing Trans Canada review of oil tanker traffic in lieu of the NEB repeating that work, which he said would satisfy the court’s conditions. He added more Indigenous consultation does need to happen, and suggested the appointment of a ministerial special representative to oversee the process.He also said many communities have signed benefit agreements as partners in the pipeline and no one community should be able to halt it entirely.“We certainly don’t believe that the 30-plus Indigenous communities who had signed agreements, who are going to see real benefits in their communities, should have to go without those advantages because a smaller group of people are simply opposed to it,” he said.Sohi’s press secretary, Vanessa Adams, said the Conservatives have no reason to complain given their shoddy environmental review was the one the court rejected in this case, and in previous ones the courts also rejected.However, Sohi’s office has yet to respond to the idea of moving the marine terminal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said two weeks ago he was open to the idea of moving the suggested route, but hasn’t been clear on what changes he is considering.Canada now is in full charge of the pipeline, having purchased it from Kinder Morgan last month for $4.5 billion. Ottawa stepped in hoping that federal ownership would provide the political certainty to get it built, and the government intends to sell it to a private-sector buyer after the project expansion is completed.last_img read more

Man kills wife and three children

first_imgGhaziabad: A 35-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and three children including two daughters in Nyay Khand 2 in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. Police are yet to trace the accused who left his home informing his family members by putting up a video on family’s AhatsApp group of which he told the members that he killed the all of him family and he is going to commit suicide now.According to police, the deceased have been identified as accused’s wife Ashu Balla (32), two daughters- Parmesh (6) and Akriti (8) and only son Aarav (4). “The family lived at a rented accommodation in a builder flat for the last two years,” police said. Shlok Kumar, SP City of Ghaziabad told Millennium Post that the accused has been identified as Sumit Kumar, who works as a software engineer. “Two months ago, he resigned his job in Bangalore and after that he had no job while his wife works as a private teacher in Ghaziabad. The reason behind this killing is not clear yet, but the initial investigation revealed that the accused was under depression due to financial crunch and no job can also be a reason,” Kumar added. “The accused himself posted a video on the family WhatsApp group in which he confessed to have killed his family and he also told the family members that he is going to kill himself as well,” Kumar added. Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Indirapuram police station, said that the incident occurred around 3 am and he posted his video on family group around 6pm on Sunday. After posting the video, the accused called his brother-in-law and informed about the incident. Around 6.15 pm, police received a call from the Ashu’s brother and he informed the police about the incident. When police team reached the accused’s house, police found all dead body on the bedroom floor,” Singh said. Three police team have been formed by SP City to trace the accused live or dead, as soon as possible.last_img read more

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