This January, Jam Cruise 15 set sail, with some of the biggest names in live music aboard, collaborating, and throwing down. While Vulfpeck was originally slated to perform on the boat, when a scheduling change forced the band to back out, Vermont’s Twiddle was tagged in. As is the Jam Cruise way, during Twiddle’s set on January 21st, the group invited guitarist Al Schnier from moe. to join the quartet during a rendition of their feel-good number “Mamunes The Faun.”moe. & Members of Turkuaz Perform “Naive Melody” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot Video]Across the fourteen-minute rendition, the band moves into a jazzy, laid-back, and spacious jam segment, marking a stark contrast from the upbeat chorus of the song. During this jam, the group almost moves into electronic-inspired sounds carried by Ryan Dempsey behind the keys. Eventually, this spacey section builds with urgency to a quick and frenetic peak featuring dueling guitars from Schnier and Twiddle’s resident guitarist Mihali Savoulidis before moving back into the song’s triumphant and lighthearted chorus.Exclusive Videos From moe. And Twiddle’s Summer Camp Secret Set [Watch]The magical musical experience that is Jam Cruise will be setting sails next January, when Jam Cruise 16 takes over the Norwegian Jade from January 17th through 22nd. After it embarks from Miami, Florida, the cruise will round through Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman during its weeklong circuit.As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill. You can check out the video of Twiddle’s performance of “Mamunes The Faun” with Al Schnier below to get stoked for next year’s Jam Cruise, which is bound to have similarly all-star collaborations across its trip. You can check out this year’s massive Jam Cruise lineup here, and get more information about the event on its website here.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
OM Asset Management – Stuart Bohart has been named to the board of directors. Bohart was president of liquid markets at Fortress Investment Group until he retired in 2015. Before then, he held a number of senior roles at Morgan Stanley. BlackRock, CPP Investment Board, SYZ Asset Management, AppleTree Asset Management, Lyxor Asset Management, Global Impact Investing Network, PGGM, OM Asset ManagementBlackRock – Mark Wiseman has been appointed senior managing director. He will become head of the Global Active Equity business and chairman of the Global Investment Committee, the investment sub-committee of the GEC. Wiseman currently serves as president and chief executive at CPP Investment Board, which manages approximately CAD280bn (€191bn) on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan.SYZ Asset Management – Cédric Vuignier has been appointed head of manager research and alternative investments, while Bertrand Dord joins as a senior analyst. Vuignier replaces Michaël Malquarti, who is taking his career in a “new direction”. Vuignier joins from AppleTree Asset Management, where he was head of alternative investments. Dord joins from Lyxor Asset Management, where he was a senior hedge fund analyst.Global Impact Investing Network – Wouter Koelewijn has been appointed global liaison for Europe, focusing on the Benelux region. Before joining the GIIN, Koelewijn was most recently a senior innovation manager at PGGM, a Dutch pension asset manager, where he worked on innovations in responsible investing and investments with social or environmental impact. Before then, he was a senior consultant for corporate strategy and business development at Deloitte.
AMES — An Iowa State University Extension dairy specialist says stress continues to be an issue for milk producers trying to deal with low prices.Larry Tranel is also a psychologist. “We’ve seen a lot of cycles in dairy over time — but we really haven’t seen one that had this big a tail on it where it lasted two, three, four years with the low prices,” Tranel says. “We actually take a look at the stress… even though the dairy prices have come back somewhat — we still find that the stress itself is going to have a pretty long tail on it as families try to recover from it.”Doctor Tranel says the extended issues with low prices have taken a toll. “I’m seeing a level of stress that I probably haven’t seen in my 30-year career,” according to Tranel. “When we take a look at the magnitude of the stress — I would say it’s at a very a high level for the most part. Some have weathered the storm quite well — but there’s a lot of people that just really have a hard time.”He says dairy farmers are caught between a rock and hard place. “They can’t afford to get out for the asset values, he says, “but they really can’t afford to stay in either because of some cash flow issues that have lingered on for quite some time,” Tranel says.He says the long-term nature of the dairy industry issues can take a toll. “When people have things we call acute stress — like you have a barn fire or a tragic accident or something just happens real quickly — you don’t have time to prepare for it,” according to Tranel. “But when you have this chronic stress — just day-in day-out for four or five years in a row dealing with that — that’s the kind of stress that eats at peoples nerve endings and gets them more irritable.”Tranel says one of the techniques he recommends for people dealing with these situations is to write things down. He says it allows them to address the issues and move ahead.. As we do farm couple getaways where we bring in these farm couples to try to deal with communication issues, set goals on the farm, trying to transition themselves out of so much stress — the biggest thing they come back with is the fact that you made us write this down is what got us going to the next step. And if you wouldn’t have made us write this down — we’d be talking about this for the next 20 years,” Tranel says.Tranel made his comments at the recent Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting.