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Jan
26

Saint Mary’s students reflect on Iowa caucus

first_imgEvery four years, the state of Iowa holds the first contest of the presidential nominating process. The 2020 Iowa Caucus took place Monday. Iowans travelled to schools, churches and public libraries to record their votes. GRETCHEN HOPKIRK Iowans participate in the 2020 presidential caucuses on Tuesday night. While results were delayed for nearly a day due to technical problems, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was narrowly leading the field late Tuesday, with more than 70% of results reported.The results of this year’s caucuses were delayed due to failures in the vote-counting system and the people eagerly awaited throughout Tuesday to hear the results. The inconsistencies in the reporting of voting raised questions as to whether or not Iowa equally represented all of America. Professor William Svelmoe, the chair of the history department at the College, had a first-hand experience campaigning in Iowa. Svelmoe travelled to Iowa this past weekend in order to campaign for former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. “I wanted to go and just experience Iowa. Everyone always says it’s the heart of the political universe,” he said. The excitement that citizens expressed towards going door-to-door to campaign for their candidate was a one of a kind experience for him, he said. Nevertheless, while on this journey, he discovered that not everyone in Iowa was aware of the contest: most of the blue-collar workers he encountered were unaware that the caucus was approaching; they were unable to take time off from work in order to participate. “I was reminded, which I think is important, is just how much participation in our democracy is a class-based … privilege,” he said. Some have expressed a desire to see the inaugural contest moved elsewhere in future campaign cycles. Junior Kathleen Williams, however, has no problem with the caucus taking place in Iowa. “The working-class middle class takes up the majority of the voting bloc, so it’s a good predictor when they have more of a say in voting, because they will [vote],” she said.  Sophomore Isabella Thompson-Davoli said the caucus should be moved, as to increase its visibility to a non-Iowan audience.“Sure, move it. Maybe if they moved it to a different state people would know more about it,” she said.Freshman Delaney Garabed also agreed that finding a different, more representative state would be more beneficial. “I think [they should go] to a place, [that’s] not just racially diverse, but socioeconomically diverse, like class diversity and in a place where there is just more general representation across all fronts, rather than just by race or by class,” she said.For his part, Svelmoe said he believes the caucus represents more than just a chance to vote.  “It’s so important … because whoever wins Iowa … it launches you,” he said. “It certainly gives you a huge leg up and you’re doing it with virtually all white middle-class participation.”Tags: Iowa Caucus, Politics, saint mary’slast_img read more

Jan
1

VMEC Launches Next Generation Manufacturing Study

first_imgAn important research study to assess the progress of state manufacturers in adopting strategies to win in the global economy was launched today by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC). The study is the first step in a long-term effort to help state manufacturers weather today s recession, improve their manufacturing competitiveness, and grow and be more profitable over the next decade.The web-based Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study questionnaire for Vermont manufacturers can be accessed at http://www.NGMStudy-NewEngland.com(link is external). Any manufacturing company owner, CEO, or senior level executive is eligible to participate. Participation in the 61-question survey is confidential and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Participation can also be anonymous. The Deadline for participation is Sunday, March 15, 2009.Study participants that identify themselves will receive a free, customized benchmarking report comparing their progress to the overall Vermont and national results as well as to other respondents of similar revenue and number of employees. The benchmarking report will be prepared by the internationally respected research, strategy, and benchmarking company, the MPI Group (www.mpi-group.org(link is external)). The NGM study is part of a coordinated national effort led by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC).The study asks manufacturers to rank their progress toward the world-class performance benchmarks of Next Generation Manufacturing, a forward-looking framework of strategies that are driving manufacturing growth and profitability in the 21st century. The six attributes of success for Next Generation Manufacturing are: Customer-focused Innovation; Advanced Talent Management; Systemic Continuous Improvement; Extended Enterprise Management; Sustainable Product and Process Development; and Global Engagement.According to VMEC Director/CEO, Bob Zider, We are encouraging as many Vermont manufacturers to participate as possible. The study results will provide a wealth of valuable data for manufacturers, business leaders, and state and national policy makers. Participating manufacturers will be able to see how they rank against world-class performance benchmarks and target improvements where needed. It is our hope that policy makers will be able to strengthen and improve programs and services supporting manufacturers by knowing where the critical needs are. The study results will provide a scorecard that will tell us what we need to do to improve. It will also assist VMEC in its planning for the additional new products and services that we need to be offering Vermont manufacturers.Manufacturing contributes about 11.5% of Vermont s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)- roughly $2.83 billion in 2007. By comparison, Government was first at 13.7% of GDP; and HealthCare was third at about 10%. Manufacturing employs about 35,000 Vermonters in high wage positions.About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness.Through the VMEC Process Strategies Group (PSG) business unit established in early 2006, VMEC is bringing its proven process and strategy expertise to a number of non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services.Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

Oct
19

Yogyakarta sultan threatens to close Malioboro after people seen gathering without masks

first_imgThe sultan also raised concerns about possible transmission, saying that it would be difficult for health authorities to carry out contact tracing if someone contracted the disease in the tourist area as many visitors came from outside Yogyakarta.”We don’t want a second wave of COVID-19 to happen in Yogyakarta. We need to prevent that,” he said as quoted by kompas.com, “Don’t make me have to close [Jl. Malioboro]. I ask all visitors to follow health protocols.”Hamengkubuwono said the authorities would remove people from the street who did not obey health protocols, such as not wearing masks or violating physical-distancing measures, saying that the risks entailed in not implementing precautionary measures were “too great”.The sultan also called for street vendors and store owners in Malioboro to wear face masks and provide hand-washing facilities.As of Monday, Yogyakarta had recorded 247 cases of COVID-19 with eight fatalities and 185 recoveries. (nal)Topics : Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also the Yogyakarta governor, has threatened to close Jl. Malioboro after seeing people gathered in the popular tourist destination without complying with COVID-19 health protocols.”On Sunday night I passed by Jl. Malioboro and I saw a lot of residents gathered around the area, chatting without wearing masks,” the sultan said on Monday, adding that they also did not adhere to the physical-distancing policy.He said he had coordinated with Yogyakarta officials to ensure that people who visited the tourist area, as well as residents in general, complied with strict health protocols to prevent further spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

Sep
28

Tenants fork out up to $2000 a week to rent a home in QLD’s most expensive suburbs

first_imgYoung couple Ashta and Anthony Hockings inspect a high end rental property in New Farm. Picture: AAP/David Clark.YOU will need to earn double the average wage to afford it, but for just under $1000 a week, you can rent a lush five-bedroom mansion on acreage in one of Brisbane’s poshest suburbs.That’s after finding four times that amount to cover the bond.Although spare a thought for Sydney renters, who need to earn an annual income of $385,667 if they want to live in ritzy Vaucluse, where anything less than $1000 a week will only get you an apartment, while a five-bedroom house comes with a $5000 a week price tag.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis five-bedroom house at 1a New South Head Rd, Vaucluse, is available to rent for $5500/wk.Queensland’s high-end rental market is on fire, with tenants forking out weekly rent that doubles most weekly wages, according to new data from realestate.com.au.The highest median weekly rent in Queensland is $795 a week, with the exclusive Brisbane acreage suburb of Pullenvale and idyllic Tallebudgera Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland commanding that figure.INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION NETS MIGHTY SALETo comfortably afford a rental property for $795 a week, a tenant would need to earn an annual income of $137,800, without going into rental stress.The average gross household income in Pullenvale is $169,000, according to Census data, but in Tallebudgera Valley, it is only $82,784.Most expensive suburbs to rent in Queensland.And while the majority of people might not be able to comprehend splashing $1000 a week on rent, an increasing number are more than happy to bear the cost.Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush said his agency had rented more properties over $1000 a week in the past six weeks than at any other time in years past.This house at 207 Brimblecombe Circuit, Pullenvale, is available to rent for $995/wk. This house at 823 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, is available for rent.And on the Sunshine Coast, a stylish four bedroom, two bathroom house on a private estate in Diddillibah is available for rent for $830 a week.This house at 34 Clarkes Rd, Diddillibah, is available for rent for $830 a week. This house at 9 Tuesday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley, is available for rent for $1050/wk.“What we found starting to build at the start of the year was confidence in tenants to spend more than $1000 a week, but in June, we’re seeing even more of that interest,” Mr Cush said.POWER COUPLE SLASH $3M OFF WATERFRONT MANSION“I think the unrenovated market in Brisbane has been very buoyant in the last couple of years so those builds are now taking place.”His colleague, Eadan Hockings, said tenants were secured for two properties last month at rates of $2000 a week after just one inspection.Mr Hockings said tenants often ended up staying in a rental property for longer than expected because they discovered they enjoyed the benefits of renting.Haesley Cush, auctioneer and principal of Living Here Cush Partners. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Mr Cush pointed out that the high end rental market was seasonal, with the bulk of tenants coming into the market in January and then another wave in June.He said the three main segments of the high end rental market in Brisbane were people who had sold, people who were renovating and executives.Executive leasing specialist Jennifer Grainger said a small number of her clients were executives from multinational companies in the oil and gas or IT industries, but the majority were affluent families who had sold their multimillion-dollar homes and could not find their next property.LAURA GEITZ FINDS HER DREAM HOME“There’s a shortage of properties to buy at the moment so that’s forcing people into a rental,” Ms Grainger said.“When you’ve got $2 million to spend, you’re pretty fussy about what you buy, so they will happily rent until they find something.”Ms Grainger said the standard for an executive rental in inner Brisbane was $1400 to $1500 a week.That will get you an immaculate four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with two living areas, a swimming pool and close to schools.“They’re not going to drop their standard of living just because they’re renting, so they are going to rent a comfortable house,” Ms Grainger said.This property at 207 Brimblecombe Circuit, Pullenvale, is available to rent for $995/wk.A quick search on realestate.com.au shows that in Pullenvale, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on acreage is currently available for $995, while in nearby Brookfield, a beautiful five-bedroom family retreat will only set you back $850 a week.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the fact rents were so high in suburbs like Pullenvale and Brookfield in Brisbane’s west was because acreage properties were not popular among investors as they required higher maintenance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it’s showing a lot of investors tend to concentrate on inner suburban areas and properties at a certain price point,” Ms Conisbee said.“There is rental demand (in these suburbs), but comparatively fewer investors.”This house at 8 Blackbutt Plc, Brookfield, is available to rent for $850 a week.Closer to the city and for nearly double that, you can rent a stunning four-bedroom house with a huge backyard, close to schools and trendy James Street in New Farm for $1550 a week.This house at 234 Kent St, New Farm, is available to rent for $1550 a week.Or if you really want the best of the best, this picture-perfect Hamptons style home in New Farm will set you back a cool $2000 a week.Ashta and Anthony Hockings rented in New Farm for two years before recently buying their first home.Young couple Ashta and Anthony Hockings rented in New Farm before buying their first home. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The couple paid more than $600 a week for a two-bedroom apartment in the suburb, but were happy to pay that to enjoy a high standard of living.This house at 158 Heal St, New Farm, is available to rent for $2000 a week. This house at 158 Heal St, New Farm, is available to rent for $2000 a week.Four of the top 10 most expensive suburbs to rent a house in the state are on the Gold Coast, which Ms Conisbee attributed to demand outweighing supply.“There’s a bit of a rental crisis happening on the Gold Coast,” she said.In the idyllic Gold Coast hinterland, a private family home is available for rent for the first time in Tallebudgera Valley for just over $1000 a week.This sprawling estate at 9 Tuesday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley, is available to rent for $1050/wk.But if you’d prefer something on the waterfront, a five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion is up for lease in Clear Island Waters for $1150 a week.The view from the home at 10 Staysail Cres, Clear Island Waters, which is available to rent for $1150 a week.center_img Inside the house at 10 Staysail Cres, Clear Island Waters, which is available for rent.A sprawling homestead that was once a Bed & Breakfast in Currumbin Valley can now be rented for $1150 a week, complete with a huge wraparound timber deck with stunning valley views.The view from 823 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, which is available for rent for $1150 a week. This house at 34 Clarkes Rd, Diddillibah, is available for rent for $830 a week.THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE SUBURBS TO RENT A HOUSE IN QLDSuburb Median rent Income needed to afford rent Household incomePullenvale $795 $137,800 $169,000Tallebudgera Valley $795 $137,800 $82,784Clear Island Waters $788 $136,500 $71,396New Farm $765 $132,600 $93,704Brookfield $750 $130,000 $151,580Currumbin Valley $750 $130,000 $88,036Chelmer $725 $125,667 $132,600Mons $725 $125,667 $116,376Diddillibah $725 $125,667 $65,884Tallebudgera $715 $123,933 $104,988(Source: Realestate.com.au, based on figures to 31/05/2018 and 30% of income going to rent)last_img read more

Sep
28

Expertise Hub VIDEO: Spotlight on Offshore Center Rotterdam

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Port of Rotterdam’s Offshore Center (OCR) project, conducted by the PUMA consortium (Boskalis and Van Oord), is progressing rapidly as the contractor already completed the Phase 1 of this capital development program.“Land reclamation works on the site of the Offshore Center Rotterdam were started without any client commitment because we believe the center will be in demand with the offshore wind industry,” said Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam.Several companies have shown interest in establishing their presence at the center already, and the discussions are ongoing, according to Eenhuizen.The construction of the quay wall at the site needs to be backed by client commitment, and is currently scheduled to start by mid-2018.Eenhuizen added that the Offshore Center Rotterdam was designed based on input received from the industry and that the center is being built to be future-proof and able to handle the ever-increasing vessels and components used in the offshore wind industry.70 hectares of land, 1,600 meters of quayOffshore Center Rotterdam (OCR) will be located in Princess Alexiahaven against the seawall, near the berth of the Pioneering Spirit.The port said that this will be a center where leading businesses work together in the offshore wind, decommissioning and oil and gas markets with activities such as construction, assembly, heavy lift, logistics, mobilizations and demobilizations.The plan is that the first businesses will become operational on OCMV2 in the course of 2019.OCR location, Image source: Port of RotterdamFor more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.last_img read more

Sep
28

First Round of Massachusetts Dredging Program

first_imgThe inaugural round of the Massachusetts Dredging Program is now open, according to the Baker-Polito Administration.This is the Commonwealth’s first standalone grant program to offer focused funding for saltwater dredging on a competitive, annual basis.Grant funding will help coastal communities maintain and improve their navigational waterways and support the long-term growth and sustainability of the state’s maritime economy.The Massachusetts Dredging Program is financed through capital funds allocated under the 2018 Economic Development Bill, which was signed by Governor Baker on August 9, 2018.The program builds on the success of the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, which awarded $3.6 million to 10 projects, tapping into $3.9 million in local funding.“The Massachusetts Dredging Program is an important new tool that directly responds to Massachusetts’ coastal communities’ desire to conduct dredging work, opening up their waterways for expanded activity and commerce,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.All Massachusetts coastal communities are eligible to apply to the dredging program’s 2019 grant round. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with a particular emphasis placed on shovel-ready projects that contribute to the economic significance, recreational value, public safety, and/or coastal resiliency of Massachusetts’ coastal harbors.Applications will be evaluated by the program administrator, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), in consultation with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.EOHED anticipates awarding up to $4 million for multiple projects in the 2019 Grant Round, and requires a minimum 50% match for any application to be considered.Applications for the Massachusetts Dredging Program 2019 grant round are due May 1, 2019.last_img read more

Sep
23

Business, financial, consulting firms merge in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — RBSK Partners PC and Mayer and Company PC today announce the merger of their firms effective January 2, 2019. The combined firm will operate under the name RBSK Partners PC, providing a variety of tax management, accounting, assurance and advisory services, and more to individuals and business owners in central and southeastern Indiana areas. The firm will maintain offices in the Columbus, Greensburg, Batesville, North Vernon, and Brookville Indiana locations.“We are very pleased to be joining forces with Mayer and Company’s team and look forward to working with their outstanding staff and clients,” said John Seale, managing partner of RBSK Partners. “We have taken this step for many reasons – primary among them being our desire to enter the Columbus Indiana market and provide our clients with a wider and deeper range of services. Our combined talents and abilities mean our clients will benefit from a more comprehensive scope of accounting, tax strategy, and business advisory services.”As a result of the acquisition, all Mayer and Company employees will join RBSK Partners PC and will remain in their current office location, at 575 Plaza Drive, Columbus, IN 47201.“By combining with RBSK Partners PC, we will gain access to significantly more resources and service offerings that will be a tremendous benefit for our current clients and staff,” said John H. Mayer, managing partner of Mayer and Company PC.RBSK Partners PC is one of the leading CPA firms in and throughout the area. For decades, RBSK Partners PC has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Expertise ranges from basic tax management, accounting services and payroll preparation to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. The firm also provides managed IT services that will be offered throughout the new area to be served.For additional information, contact John G. Seale, RBSK Partners PC at (812) 663-7567, or check the websites operated by the firm RBSK Partners, RBSK Payroll or RBSK IT Consulting.last_img read more

Sep
18

Peterborough win race to capture Briggs

first_imgFulham’s Under-21 defender Matthew Briggs has joined Peterborough on a month’s loan.Briggs has been omitted from Fulham’s matchday squad for recent games and his potential availability alerted a number of Championship clubs.Bristol City were hoping to capture him and Burnley expressed a strong interest in the 20-year-old left-back.AdChoices广告Related story: Bristol City hope to land Fulham defender (16 January)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Aug
30

Microgaming to terminate MPN poker network in 2020

first_img StumbleUpon Microgaming, a provider of online gambling games and software systems, has today confirmed that it will move to shut down its ‘Microgaming Poker Network – MPN’ in 2020.The Isle of Man technology incumbent details that its decision follows a review of its current product portfolio strategy, which will see Microgaming close one of online poker’s oldest operating networks.Launched in 2003 as ‘Prima Poker’ during the initial heydays of the industry’s online poker boom, the Microgaming network would share player liquidity for tier-1 operators such as Unibet and Ladbrokes.However, facing fierce competition, consolidation and regulatory demands placed upon poker incumbents, the MPN network has seen its capacity reduce significantly.John Coleman, Group CEO of Microgaming, stated: “The network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on redistributing key resources and personnel across the business.”“While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course.” Share Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Submit Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Related Articles IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020last_img read more

Aug
30

Alexey Khobot, Fonbet: The importance of live streaming for Russia’s betting market

first_imgShare Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles By European standards, the Russia betting industry is just reaching adolescence. Yet for the market’s biggest operators such as Fonbet, whose Russian revenues reached RUB19b (+£200m) in 2019, technology has moved on at speed over the last 10 years.One such example of this technology change is the integration of live sports streams – one of the most frequently mentioned breakthroughs for betting in the country.While live streams are now an essential part of a bookmaker’s offering, a decade ago this was not the case. Fortunately for Fonbet, Alexey Khobot – who designed the first software used by the operator back in 1995 – was also the first to initiate negotiations between Russian bookmakers and major sports streams providers in 2009. 26 years on from Fonbet’s inception, and the operator now has partnerships with leading international data and streaming providers including IMG, Sportradar and Stats Perform. On Fonbet’s website and apps, or in retail shops, customers can live stream matches or sporting events from La Liga, Serie A, KHL, ATP, WTA and many more.To explain his approach to betting technology, Khobot said: “The most effective way to make the sportsbook’s product better is to give the most varied customer experience to current and future clients. At the same time it is important to provide uninterrupted and easy access to all products and services of the bookmaker. “Easy access to products and services which are interesting for the client, together with innovative solutions, will make the bookmaker more competitive and will allow it to maintain and increase the base of its customers.”Integration of the live streams for Fonbet means that customers have less of a need to leave the website or app because they can watch the match and bet from a single place, also equipped with additional services such as translations, sport statistics and news.“Live streaming can increase a company’s KPIs such as average time of session and frequency of bets,” continued Khobot. “Moreover, there is a pattern between a customer watching live streaming first and then making a bet after. We know that live streaming motivates a customer to make a bet.”However, Khobot is not content with the multifunctional platform you see on Fonbet today, insisting it can be made much more user-friendly and modern day tech inclusive – especially on the live streaming side.“We use technology that allows us to make voice over any match,” he added. “This is a brilliant opportunity to make a unique experience for our clients. We can invite celebrities and famous sport experts to comment on any match and make a special streaming that is available only for Fonbet clients.”In general, Khobot believes that mobile betting apps must be developed towards ‘super app’ status, in which customers can chat, show their profiles and bet history, watch sports, read news and, of course, make bets. The future is to connect betting apps with social media elements and the right entertainment options, including live streaming. Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more