Despite heavy May frost, Russell Farms says there are plenty of apples for the picking

first_imgRussell says he hopes to see that trend continue all the way through the fall. Russell operates the farm with his family. He says this weekend so far has been much busier than usual. “We were in the city and during the pandemic it’s hard to get outside and do things. But here, there’s a lot more space and it’s perfect because you can do it social distance style,” he says. “These trees were basically encapsulated in about two inches of ice, that lasted for almost forty-eight hours, and I didn’t think we were going to have any apples,” he says. Russell says this apple picking season almost didn’t happen, and not because of the pandemic. A late season frost in mid-May had him worried the season was doomed. “We’ve got a lot of fruit so I think we can keep the U-pickers going,” he says. BRACKNEY, PA (WBNG) — Normally, Labor Day Weekend is a ‘soft opening’ for Russell Farms in Brackney, but this year owner Michael Russell says it was anything but soft. “My wife and I started it, my kids are now actively involved,” he says. “We have about a dozen varieties here. We started out with ginger golds, macs, honey crisps.”center_img If you plan to head out to the orchard, Russell says the family just asks that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. He says with all of the land at the orchard, spreading out should be no problem. One of those people looking for something to do was Alon Shaiber. He came with his wife and children to pick some apples after just recently moving to the area from New York City. “We wound up with a fabulous crop, I’m not sure how it happened but it happened and we’re blessed, and I’m thankful for that,” he said. “I think people just want to get out and are looking for something to do, especially at the close of summer when you almost feel cheated out of going to do what you wanted to do,” he says. He says much to his surprise and much to his relief, it turned out to be quite the opposite. Optimum weather conditions in the spring and summer made all the difference. Russell says it’s not just the apples that are more plentiful this year, but the customers too. He says orchards like his are rarely this busy this early. That part, he says, may have something to do with the impact of the pandemic. last_img read more

Danish pension fund PFA poaches chief executive from asset manager

first_img“So Allan has a lot of experience with both pensions and investment,” Askær said.For his part, Polack described the new role as a dream job.“PFA has shown great strength over many years recently,” he said, adding that, at the same time, the company had the potential to achieve more.“PFA stands on a solid foundation and is in the process of exciting developments in a range of areas, and I am pleased to be allowed to be involved in the process and hopefully contribute to it with my knowledge and experience.”Polack started as chief executive at Nordea Asset Management in 2007.Before that, he was group director at Nordea Life & Pensions from 2002, having previously had many positions within the Nordea group.He holds various directorships within the Nordea group, as well as being on the boards of EFAMA (the European Fund and Asset Management Association) and SEI (the Stockholm Environment Institute), but is set to leave all Nordea directorships by the beginning of April, according to PFA.Heideby led PFA for 13 years.In October, the company said he had resigned to take on more directorships and give strategic advice.Askær praised him in December for having made a real difference at the company, having taken on the top role in 2001 – a time when PFA had serious economic problems.However, in the previous few months, Heideby had come in for harsh public criticism over a potential conflict of interest.Askær had subsequently called on him to explain how and why PFA was using an advertising agency partly owned by Heideby’s son. Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund PFA has ended uncertainty over its future leadership by appointing Nordea Asset Management chief executive Allan Polack to take the helm at the beginning of April.The current chief executive of the DKK417bn (€56n) mutual pensions provider Henrik Heideby officially left his job on 22 December and was replaced temporarily by Jon Johnsen while the company set about appointing a permanent leader.PFA’s chairman Svend Askær said: “Allan’s professional background, experience and the set of values he comes with suit PFA really well.”He pointed out that Polack had been both chief executive of Nordea Life & Pensions as well as most recently being the overall chief of Nordea Asset Management.last_img read more

Phones could give campus alerts

first_img“This will be like an emergency broadcasting system,” Williams said. “Everyone within range of that (mobile-phone) tower will get it.” He said such a system would supplement loudspeakers, campus land-line telephone alert systems and other ways of warning students and staffers about potential danger. It also would warn mobile-phone users near a campus to stay away. “We really believe this will be a first-line informer,” Williams said. “Because there are so many cell phones, even if you don’t have yours with you, two of the three people next to you will have theirs and get the message.” Virginia Tech officials have been criticized for waiting more than two hours Monday to alert the school’s nearly 26,000 students that two of their classmates had been shot dead in a dormitory. The gunman later killed 30 people in a building across the campus before killing himself. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is talking to mobile-telephone companies about establishing a system to alert mobile-phone users to emergencies on college campuses in California. He said the technology exists to broadcast text and voice alerts on and around a campus. “This system would save lives should a Virginia Tech situation occur at one of our California campuses,” he said in a statement issued Thursday. Garamendi had discussed the proposal with a representative of AT&T and was setting up meetings with major mobile-phone companies to figure out the details, Garamendi spokesman Norman Williams said. last_img read more