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Ticker: McAnneny to step down from MTF; Finnish brewery launches NATO beer with ‘a taste of security’ 

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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny plans to step down from her post at the end of this year.

McAnneny in 2015 became the first woman to lead the business-backed organization. An influential player on Beacon Hill, MTF is closely watched by policymakers for its economic analysis, and is one of the groups that state budget-writers rely on for projections about future revenues and fiscal conditions.

McAnneny said in a statement that she is “excited to consider new opportunities for myself knowing that MTF is well-positioned for ongoing success and that periodic changes in leadership are important for the health of an organization.”

Finnish brewery launches NATO beer with ‘a taste of security’ 

A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance.

Olaf Brewing’s OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned with NATO’s compass symbol.

The beer’s name is a play on the Finnish expression “Otan olutta,” which means “I’ll have a beer,” and the French abbreviation for NATO, which is “OTAN.” The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has two official languages, English and French.

CEO Petteri Vanttinen said the craft brewery’s ad hoc decision last weekend to start producing the beer was motivated by “worries over the war in Ukraine.”

He described the new lager as having “a taste of security, with a hint of freedom.”

Finland and Sweden on Wednesday submitted an application to join NATO at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

Beer cans with writing OTAN inspired by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) logo by Olaf Brewing Company are displayed in Savonlinna, eastern Finland, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders' decision also to join. The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden's more than 200 years of military nonalignment and Finland's nonalignment after World War II, have provoked the ire of the Kremlin. (Soila Puurtinen/Lehtikuva via AP)Beer cans with writing OTAN inspired by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) logo by Olaf Brewing Company are displayed in Savonlinna, eastern Finland, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join. The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden’s more than 200 years of military nonalignment and Finland’s nonalignment after World War II, have provoked the ire of the Kremlin. (Soila Puurtinen/Lehtikuva via AP)

 

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