Government slashes grants

first_imgThe government decided to cut back on grants for students from middle-income families due to a shortfall in funding.At least 80 000 undergraduates will lose grants of up to £534 a year. This is because the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skilled underestimated in the past year how many were eligible, resulting in a £200 million black hole in the budget.Paul Dwyer, the OUSU Access Officer, said, “it is strange that the government is encouraging widening participation on one hand, and then effectively cutting off maintenance support to students.”last_img

Bob Weir Will Be Performing For Norwegian Crown Prince & Princess On Their Visit To America

first_imgNow here’s something you don’t see every day.According to Royal Central, their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are planning to visit New York, NY from December 5-7, where they will hear music by none other than our very own Bob Weir. The Grateful Dead guitarist will be performing at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) event, of which the Crown Prince Couple are members. Actresses Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh will also speak at the event, with Padma Lakshmi hosting.The UNDP operates to eliminate poverty around the world, working in over 170 countries to improve the lives of people in need. Though Weir has long been a champion of philanthropic causes, it will be interesting to see how his music and message fits with this high end event. You can find out more about the UNDP here.[Photo by Steve Rose]last_img read more

Stratton Mountain Earns Environmental Award

first_imgStratton Mountain’s environmental initiativeswere recognized again this year with the prestigious Silver Eagle Awardpresented by Mountain Sports Media, publishers of SKI and SKIINGmagazines.The Awards were established in 1993 to recognize and encourageenvironmental achievements. A record of 32 resorts participated in the2004 Golden Eagle Awards. The entries were judged by a panel ofenvironmental and industry experts.Stratton earned the 2004 Silver Eagle Award, its fourth since 1996, forExcellence in Fish and Wildlife Protection.Stratton was recognized for sponsorship of wildlife studies andeducational programs as well as for Conservation Easements presented tothe State of Vermont. These seven distinct areas, on 1,200 acres, wereidentified in the exhaustive planning process that resulted in Vermont’sfirst fully approved mountain resort Master Plan (1999). Theseconservation areas include whitetail deer wintering grounds and feedingareas, bear travel corridors and feeding areas and Bicknell’s thrushhabitat.While the state typically requires two acres of land be offered asmitigation for each acre affected by development, Stratton’s ConservationEasements “up the ante for future development by moving the ratio closerto 18-to-1,” according to state officials. “The Stratton Master Plan,based on cluster rather than sprawl development, supports the resort’seconomic viability while permanently protecting nearly a third of theresort property for use by important wildlife species.”last_img read more

Merchants, Wells River Savings are the Best of the Best Places to Work in Vermont

first_img2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont awards ceremony held in BurlingtonWells River Savings Bank and Merchants Bank were the top winners at a ceremony held last night to honor the top employers in the state. The ceremony was held at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington to reveal the 2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont rankings and honor the recipients. A joint project of Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the awards went to 15 companies from around the state. In order to participate in the program, businesses had to have a minimum of 15 employees in Vermont. Businesses were divided into two categories based on size, with those that have 15 to 149 qualifying as small and medium companies, and a large companies bracket for those with 150 or more employees. Eligible companies entered themselves into a two-part survey process administered by Best Companies Group (BCG) of Pennsylvania, which evaluated each company and analyzed the data to come up with the final rankings.Twenty-five percent of the scoring was based on the employer questionnaire, which covered a wide range of company practices and policies. The remaining 75 percent was determined by the employee portion of the survey, which asked employees to rate their experience at the company. Only those companies which met what Peter Burke of BCG called the high-bar of workplace excellence, according to BCG s evaluations, were honored as one of the best places in the state to work. They were then ranked within their size category.Placing first among large companies was Merchants Bank, which is headquartered in South Burlington and has nearly 40 branches throughout the state. The top honor in the small and medium company category also went to a bank, Wells River Savings Bank of Wells River, a company that has been in business for over a century. They were joined by 13 other companies, ranging from large utility companies to a manufacturer of baking flour. All of these honored companies are winners, Vermont Business Magazine Publisher John Boutin said. It s a great testament to all of them that they recognize that being a good employer is not only the right thing to do, but that it benefits the bottom line. As diverse as these companies are, they are all successful, even during this economic downturn. The companies recognized with the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Vermont demonstrate a high level of commitment to doing business in Vermont and to the wellbeing of their employees, Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. These 15 companies are most deserving of this award and should be proud of their accomplishments. This year s award recipients in order of ranking are:Small/Medium Companies: 1. Wells River Savings Bank 2. Edward Jones 3. The Bank of Bennington 4.  Mascoma Savings Bank 5.  Seventh Generation 6. King Arthur Flour Company 7.  NRG Systems, Inc. 8.  Resource Systems Group, Inc. 9. MBF Bioscience 10. TPW Management LLC Large Companies: 1. Merchants Bank 2. Dealer.com 3. Green Mountain Power 4. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee 5. Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.last_img read more

Running Season

first_imgMyself and a few Charlottesville Area Trail Runners members at the top of Turks MountainIt is upon us. No man, woman, child, or beast can escape its clutches. To try to resist is futile. Just accept your fate. That’s right, its winter.As a cyclist, this time of the year is what I am supposed to look forward to the least. Who cares that this dreadful season includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, if I can’t ride my bike what is the point.Lucky for me, this is hardly my take on winter, as I revert back to my high school roots and get my run on. That’s right, the bikes are put up in storage and I lace up my kicks and hit the trail. Trail running to me is like a day on the bike, one big adventure. My backyard has miles and miles of trail that are closed to bikes, so long distance trail running allows me to explore these sweet stretches of singletrack.I know what you’re thinking, running is boring, I don’t have anyone to run with, and there is no way that running a downhill can be as fun as biking one. You’re wrong about running being boring. Hit up some technical trails, and you will be picking lines just like on a bike. You’re wrong when you say you have no one to run with. I looked up local running groups in Charlottesville, where I live, and now have an amazing network of people to run with. Lastly, I agree that running a downhill is not as fun as hitting it on two wheels but hey you can’t win it all.The beauty of running is how simple it is. You need some active clothing, a pair of shoes, and you’re good to go. Also, during the winter you can keep warmer and don’t have to struggle taking 15 different layers like on bike rides. The best thing about trail running is if you feel tired, then just hike. After all you’re in the woods and you’re allowed to slow down and enjoy it.While I do enjoy longer mileage, any distance can be fun. It will help you keep off the winter weight, make these cold days pass quicker, and get you out in nature.Lace those shoes up, and hope to see you on the trail!last_img read more

U.S. And Colombia Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy Dialogo November 04, 2009 The governments of the United States and Colombia signed the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in a ceremony in Bogota on Friday, October 30th, in another indication of the close ties between the two countries and their commitment to address security concerns threatening the democratic stability and prosperity of Colombia. The DCA, which is now in force, is similar to agreements the U.S. maintains with other partner nations and updates existing bilateral agreements between Colombia and the United States. The agreement strengthens cooperation on security matters in Colombia including security concerns such as illicit narcotics trafficking, illegal armed groups, and terrorism and provides humanitarian assistance during natural disasters. The DCA (formally titled Supplemental Agreement for Cooperation and Technical Assistance) facilitates U.S. access for 10 years to three Colombian air force bases located at Palanquero, Apiay and Malambo; two naval bases and two army installations. The DCA does not permit the establishment of any U.S. base in Colombia, and all military installations are and will remain under Colombian control. All activities conducted at or from the Colombian bases by the United States can only take place with the express approval of the Colombian government. The agreement will not increase the current limits of 800 military and 600 civilian contractors set by Congress, and the actual presence of U.S. personnel in recent years has averaged half or less of the authorized number. According to the Associated Press, the Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a news release that the pact “respects the principles of equal sovereignty, territorial integrity and nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states.”last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Fame on deck to open Friday

first_imgAll guests and staff are required to wear face masks, and certain parts of the museum – including the Grandstand Theater, Bullpen Theater, Learning Center and Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse – will be closed to avoid large gatherings. For more information on reopening and safety protocols, click here. According to the Hall of Fame website, it will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with timed admission tickets available, to allow visitors specific times to avoid clusters of people. The Museum has been closed to the public since March 15 due to COVID-19. COOPERSTOWN (WBNG) — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is gearing up to reopen Friday, June 26 as part of Phase Four of New York’s reopening plan. last_img

The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros, while Croatia is the last in Europe in the franchise business

first_imgWhen we talk about earnings from tourism, the first thing that comes to mind are accommodation services as well as catering services. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, especially in tourism where tourism spending is dispensing vertically and horizontally to other industries.One of the important sectors is franchise, which is still in its infancy in Croatia, while the franchise sector in the world generates more than 50 percent of world retail, and research in the European Union shows that, for example in Italy, 96 percent of franchise brands are national. In Poland, there are 73 percent, in Slovenia 48 percent. However, Croatia, with 12 percent of its own brands in the franchise business, ranks last in Europe. There are currently about 200 franchise systems operating in our market with about 17 employees operating in more than a thousand franchise locations.This important topic was discussed at the Fair of Franchising, Financial and Consulting Services FEC (Franchising Exhibition Croatia) in Opatija. “We need to create a good business climate for all our member states and ensure the lowest possible level of state regulation. Economic growth is accelerating by encouraging franchising. The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people. That is why such fairs are so importantand ”, believes the president of the European Franchise Federation Michael Eyre.Experts advise entrepreneurs, before starting a business, detailed education on franchising, which is especially stimulating for the growth of small business. They have to understand, they say, that quality business concept design is a prerequisite for franchise success, so it will not happen, as was the case in Croatia, that franchises open quickly to reduce costs and shorten time, then close them quickly and so on. affect the image quality of the franchise and discourage future potential franchisors.A good and encouraging example is the Croatian franchise Surf’n’Fries, founded by Andrija Čolak and spreading around the world. These are mobile “stands” and trailers for selling french fries on beaches, fairs, festivals and other events. Colak explains that the Surf’n’Fries franchise costs 9+ VAT, but if the entrepreneur is involved and has a good location, he can return the investment in 400 days. There are over 45 Surf’n’Fries mobile stands in operation along the Adriatic coast. “We give him full support, from employee training, warranty on technical elements, distribution and delivery of all goods and packaging, and advise him to facilitate the whole process at the beginning in order to get on a sound foundation as soon as possible.”, Says Andrija Colak in the recent interview for HrTurizam.hr, adding that in accordance with the franchise agreement, ie royalties, it amounts to 5 percent of the turnover.In addition to Surf’n’Fries mobile stands, Čolak has designed a new innovative product – Surf’n’Fries Trailer, ie a trailer intended for the needs of major events, festivals and fairs. “Mobile stands weigh over 300 kilograms and are difficult to move, we have developed another format – surf n fries trailer. Just targeted for events. It is a trailer in which everything is set up and ready for work immediately at any location, wherever an event, festivals, fairs are held…”, Continues Čolak and adds that the same conditions apply to the franchise, but as this is a much more serious and demanding entrepreneur story, so the amount of the franchise is higher and amounts to 28.000 Euros + VAT.Croatia is recording a large increase in the number of apartments for rent to tourists, and today there are five times more of them than in 2014. The main activity of renting apartments opened the space for a number of other service activities such as laundry. Although there are still landlords who wash and iron their own laundry for apartments in the “old school” way, more and more of them decide to entrust this job to the laundry. When financial and time savings are added up, it is most cost-effective to hand over the laundry job to one of the professional laundries.The White World brought the Laundry Lounge concept to Croatia. LG Laundry Lounge is a brand of self-service laundries that provide laundry, drying and ironing services. The first one was opened in New York five years ago, and the second in Zagreb two years ago. Mario Martinek, the founder of Bijelo svijet, told Privredni vjesnik that since last year they have been a strategic partner of the strong global brand LG Electronics for market development and distribution in Central and Eastern Europe, and their main activity in Croatia is sales, design, equipment and maintenance of hotels and restaurant kitchens and laundries and staff training. “Today, we do business with hundreds of users of various profiles, from large companies to small entrepreneurs. The knowledge and processes we have acquired enable us to design original concepts tailored to the client in a short time. “, explains Martinek.The results so far show that laundries in most cases achieve a return on investment after only 12 months. It is also an advantage to work with cash, without deferred payments and uncollected receivables. “We help new entrepreneurs in all phases of opening a laundry – from choosing a location and furnishing the interior, through help with marketing and sales activities to the financial forecast.”, Says Martinek.The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people, which is a good enough signal that franchises as a successful business model are starting to be applied more and more in Croatia. And here are the opportunities for new entrepreneurs.Related news / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more

No. 2 Notre Dame throttles Syracuse after jumping out to early lead

first_imgQuentin Hillsman wanted his team to set up its press after scoring.Unfortunately for Syracuse, it rarely got the opportunity to do so. No. 2 Notre Dame scored 14 points before the first media timeout.The Fighting Irish (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast) hit seven of its first nine 3s, racing out to a 45-12 lead less than 14 minutes into the game. SU’s zone allowed UND to get open jumper after open jumper, and it left SU (17-7, 6-5) flat-footed with each swish. Notre Dame rode the hot start throughout the game in a 101-64 win over the Orange at Purcell Pavilion in front of 9,149 fans. “We wanted to get some buckets to get our defense set,” Hillsman said. “I thought if we could get back in the half court and get our defense set, we had a chance to guard them.” But SU couldn’t get into any kind of scoring rhythm, and as a result, the Fighting Irish picked apart the SU defense. Kayla McBride swished a 3 with 18:17 left in the first half to give Notre Dame an 8-2 lead. Jewell Loyd hit a jumper in transition 19 seconds later. Then Natalie Achonwa picked up the ball after it bounced off Rachel Coffey’s foot and drove it in for a layup to extend the lead to 10. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the span of 49 seconds, Notre Dame had all but shredded any hope of Syracuse pulling off a monumental upset. “We played unsettled in the first half,” Hillsman said. “We didn’t make our shots.”Loyd had 10 points in the first four minutes and finished with a game-high 23 points. She started out 4-of-4 from the field and finished 9-of-11. While all of Notre Dame’s shots were falling, SU couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Brianna Butler had just three points, and Brittney Sykes was just 5-of-17 from the field, coming off a career-high 31 points against Virginia Tech on Thursday. “They have to get their average for us,” Hillsman said. “Obviously when you’re struggling with scoring, and your two best players are struggling to score the basketball, we’ll struggle as a team.”The closest Syracuse would get in the second half was 28, and Notre Dame would lead by as many as 40. While the Orange has grown used to pressing as a means of starting a run, all the missed shots made that impossible. And when SU did press, Notre Dame found a way to break it. But Hillsman said the game came down to making shots. He said that when Syracuse came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to North Carolina, it was because the Orange was clicking on all cylinders. This time, when the deficit reached double figures, Syracuse wasn’t able to respond. Said Hillsman: “We just didn’t make shots, that was it. I thought we got shots, we didn’t make shots.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 10, 2014 at 1:27 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan makes All-NBA First Team

first_imgDeAndre Jordan, once a throw-in when the Clippers discussed a “Big Three,” finally got the recognition that’s largely eluded him. Jordan was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday, earning recognition as the league’s top center.Jordan averaged 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks while shooting a league-leading 70.3 percent from the field. He helped the Clippers stay afloat with Blake Griffin missing more than half of the regular season due to injury.Jordan, who has never made an All-Star team, was All-NBA Third Team last season. C DeAndre JordanG Stephen CurryG Russell WestbrookSECOND TEAMF Kevin DurantF Draymond GreenC DeMarcus CousinsG Chris PaulG Damian LillardTHIRD TEAMF Paul GeorgeF LaMarcus AldridgeC Andre DrummondG Klay ThompsonG Kyle Lowry Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Chris Paul earned a spot on the All-NBA Second Team after scoring 19.5 points a game to go with 10 assists per night.Here are the full teams:FIRST TEAMF LeBron JamesF Kawhi Leonardlast_img read more