Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Students are more worried about their future job prospects than the amountof debt with which they will graduate, new research reveals. The University Lifestyle Survey 2004, by Sodexho, shows that theirbiggest worry is achieving their desired degree classification. Sixty one percent of students listed this as a concern, with anxiety greater among women (64per cent) than men (57 per cent). Carried out in association with The Times Higher Education Supplement,the study surveyed 2,022 students at 30 UK universities. It shows that their second greatest worry, cited by nearly half thestudents, was finding a job after graduation. Even people studying maths and computing – seen in today’s market as apassport to employment – were worried about finding work after graduation. Concerns over debt came third, listed by 43 per cent of students as a worry.Alison Hodgson, chair of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, said:”Graduates have never been under more pressure to demonstrate theiremployability. Competition for jobs is fierce.” Peter Taylor, head of universities for Sodexho, said: “This surveydebunks the commonly-held misconception that students are only worried aboutdebt. It is a concern, but students seem resigned to it. They are much moreworried about jobs and what life holds for them when they leaveuniversity.” Graduates fear job prospects more than debtOn 4 May 2004 in Personnel Today
Consumers would welcome a national food hygiene rating scheme for cafés, restaurants, shops and bars, reports the Food Standards Agency (FSA).It has published the results of independent consumer research into how to ensure the national scheme known as ’Scores on the Doors’ is easy to understand and use. Due to launch in the autumn, it will give consumers information about standards of food hygiene in the outlets.Sarah Appleby, FSA head of enforcement, said: “Publishing individual hygiene ratings for cafés, shops and restaurants will give diners and shoppers information to help them choose the safest place to buy food and, over time, will help prevent food poisoning estimated to cost the economy about £1.5bn a year.”For the ratings, consumers liked a simple numerical scale, with associated descriptors such as ’very good’ or ’satisfactory’.
The United Kingdom looks forward to continuing its close association with Turkey following the result of the elections yesterday and we will continue to work very closely with them as we have done since the day of the attempted coup.Today the top topic I think really is Yemen. I’ve been going to Yemen for 30 years and we need to see a proper political solution there, which restores government throughout the country and finds a way of putting an end to this dreadful conflict, which is causing so much humanitarian pain.And the other topic is Venezuela where what we are seeing is economic collapse caused by the government itself. This is avoidable. And the region and we all need to work very closely together to try and restore economic success and stability in Venezuela, before it causes even more misery and mayhem.Sir Alan Duncan’s remarks to media
Designing buildings is not about creating an artistic masterpiece, a renowned architect said during a Monday lecture in Bond Hall. Urban architect Joanna Alimanestianu said her work is instead about creating a place that people will love as part of their local community. “My mission is to create places for people, places people love, places where people can live quality lives,” Alimanestianu said. “If a place isn’t lovable, it isn’t livable,” she said. “If a place needs to be livable, it has to be lovable.” An architect must focus a city’s atmosphere and culture to design “authentically local” developments, she said. “You have to understand the social fabric, the history, the people’s aspirations and history,” Alimanestianu said “You have to understand how people live there, work there, walk around there.” A design that emphasizes the local flavor will create a “contextually beautiful” place that will fit into its surroundings, Alimanestianu said. Successful designs also need to “bounce forward” to answer the needs of the future, she said. “You have to be open and present to what works and doesn’t, and what will stand the test of time,” Alimanestianu said. “You have to design for today, but be flexible for the future.” Alimanestianu put these ideas into practice in her famous redesign of the Rue de Laecken development, an abandoned row of townhouses in Belgium. During the project in the early 1990s, she hired seven young architects under 40-years-old to design nine unique townhouses. Realtors were skeptical, she said, but taking a risk with a new team paid off for the overall project. The homes sold immediately and attracted attention across Europe. “They wanted to do this, they were interested and all seven went on to become famous, successful architects,” Alimanestianu said. Alimanestianu also designed a vibrant neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 2006. She said she worked to revive the area by remodeling it according to traditional styles. “It was one of the ugliest cities out there,” Alimanestianu said. “We produced the architecture guidelines by looking at what was truly Ecuadorian, what people would feel comfortable in.” Although the Guayaquil project is not yet complete, Alimanestianu said residents have already expressed enthusiasm about the changes. Alimanestianu said her work in both Europe and the United States places her at the intersection of two modern urban architecture movements — the American New Urbanists and the European Urbanists. However, rather than identifying with either movement, she said she prefers to remain independent and design buildings according to residents’ needs rather than her own artistic inspiration. “I’m not interested in making a statement or calling attention,” Alimanestianu said. “I am not interested in making a work of art.”
University of GeorgiaNominees are currently being sought for the 5th annual Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. For the past four years, Gov. Sonny Perdue has recognized those that are not only making a living from their lands, but also using the latest, innovative techniques to protect it for future generations.Applications are available at www.agawareness.com. They are due by Dec. 10. Five district winners are selected for the award each year. Judges will visit each district winner’s farm. Based on their recommendation, Perdue will announce the state winner March 16 in Atlanta during the 6th Agricultural Awareness Week. For more information, call (229) 391-6882, or e-mail [email protected]
To accommodate for growing interest in Christmas trees, Georgia imports about 50 percent of its trees every year. The primary tree grown in Georgia for Christmas is the cypress. “I’d say people are buying trees again,” Czarnota said. “I think we go through these periods where people want to buy plastic trees and then turn around and want to buy live, cut trees.” Czarnota, whose research area includes Christmas trees, also points to retirees who have quit the business due to their age and the desire to take it easy.. A UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturist attributes some of the lost acres to the “economic boom back in the early 2000s.” Operating a Christmas tree farm is a time-consuming process that involves planting trees and making sure they get established. Farmers also have to mow grass, trim trees and apply pest control. And new tree farmers have to wait four or five years before their first batch is ready to be harvested. Christmas tree acreage throughout the state has dropped to 1,629 acres, according to the latest data recorded in the University of Georgia 2012 Farm Gate Value Report. This is a considerable reduction from the 2,130 acres recorded two years ago and the 2,285 acres tallied in 2008. Czarnota says live-Christmas-tree buying trends are on the upswing. “A lot of people were selling their land off at $8,000-$10,000 an acre. What happened was a lot of those Christmas tree farms that were started in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s were set up around urban areas,” said Mark Czarnota, a weed scientist based on the UGA Griffin Campus. “We had an urban sprawl and that land became very valuable.” Georgia Christmas tree growers are producing fewer trees but earning more for them. “You’ve got to be a patient person,” Smith said. Greg Smith, who owns 7G’s Farm in Jackson County, Ga., just outside of Athens, grows 30 acres of Christmas trees. He believes fewer younger farmers are starting out in the business. With fewer trees being grown, Christmas trees are a very valuable business in Georgia. In 2012, Christmas trees generated $9.9 million in farm gate value. That figure is way above the $3.7 million recorded in 2011. “I’m one of the younger people in the business, and I’m pressing 62 myself. There’s a lot of hard work involved in growing Christmas trees,” Smith said. According to the 2012 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, Morgan County produces the most Christmas trees, with 85 acres and a farm gate value of $595,000. Carroll County is second, with 80 acres and a farm gate value of $560,000.
Think Kentucky and Tennessee have a monopoly on making whiskey? Think again. In the last few years, several craft distillers in Virginia and North Carolina have begun producing small batch whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes that have been winning awards and winning over the palates of whiskey aficionados everywhere. Here are five we’re drinking right now.Bowman BrothersA. Smith Bowman Distillery • Fredericksburg, Va. A. Smith Bowman is best known for producing the inexpensive and wildly popular Virginia Gentleman, but in recent years the distillery has developed a line of small batch and single barrel bourbon. For the Bowman Brothers Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the corn, rye, and malted barley are brought in from a sister distillery in Kentucky, but then the whiskey is made by hand in house, using a unique copper still, and aged in charred oak barrels for seven years. (90 proof; $30; asmithbowman.com)Carolina WhiskeyTop of the Hill Distillery • Chapel Hill, N.C. Top of the Hill is one of only a handful of distilleries in the country making whiskey with wheat, which is more expensive than corn. TOPO’s Carolina Whiskey is 100 percent organic wheat, allowing the distillery to source the materials locally and provide for a young product that tastes smooth beyond its years. Age this wheat whiskey, and you’ll get the same caramel and oak flavors as bourbon in a fraction of the time. Look for an aged version to hit the market next year. (84 proof; $22; topodistillery.com)Defiant Whiskey Blue Ridge Distillery • Golden Hill, N.C. Blue Ridge Distillery only makes one product–a single-malt whiskey made from well-water and malted barley that’s ground on the owner’s family farm south of Asheville. Most of us are familiar with single-malt scotch, but Defiant’s version is closer to an Irish whiskey, thanks to the two-row pale ale brewers malt that produces no smoke or peat. The result is a mild whiskey that’s not too oaky. (82 proof; $55; blueridgedistilling.com)Roundstone RyeCatoctin Creek Distilling • Purcellville, Va. Rye is hot right now in the whiskey world, and Roundstone has made waves, winning the Good Food Awards Gold Seal in 2013. Catoctin Creek uses 100 percent locally sourced, certified organic rye (as opposed to blending it with corn) that’s aged for two years in white oak casks. Rye is similar to wheat, in that it ages quicker and produces the caramel tones we all love from bourbon, but this rye isn’t as sweet as others on the market that also use corn in the mash bill. Instead, with Roundstone you get a sharp, dry flavor profile, similar to the ryes produced before prohibition, when cheaper ingredients began making their way into ryes. (80 proof; $39; catoctincreekdistilling.com)Wasmund’s Single Malt WhiskeyCopper Fox Distillery • Sperryville, Va. Rick Wasmund hand-malts the barley grown specifically for his distillery, then uses apple-wood and cherry wood to smoke and dry the barley (instead of incorporating the traditional peat found in Scotch). Wasmund distinguishes the whiskey further by using wood chips inside charred barrels to age the single malt in a matter of months. The result is a distinctive single malt whiskey with notes of fruit and smoke unlike most other whiskeys on the market. (96 proof; $38; copperfox.biz)
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Four brutal truths credit unions need to face.by: Laura LynchAre you concerned about the investments your credit union is making in delivery systems? Your members may be demanding the newest, greatest ways to interact with you, but that doesn’t mean you have to offer it to them. Or does it?CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., addressed delivery redirect during a CUES webinar on May 6.“As you look to remain viable in 2020 and beyond, resources must be realigned to survive and thrive in new business models,” said Sam Kilmer, Cornerstone senior director. “As revenue generation moves from physical to digital channels, these resources include the credit union’s preferred mix of channels, as well as all internal resources needed to redirect, support, and leverage its future model.”Kilmer and his colleagues presented a list of brutal truths about delivery redirect they see credit unions facing today. continue reading »
Christophe Soumillon will be unable to ride Tarnawa in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf after twice testing positive for Covid-19 – and will be replaced by Colin Keane.Trainer Dermot Weld confirmed both Soumillon’s positive tests and that dual Irish champion Keane will therefore take the ride on the Aga Khan’s four-year-old filly in Saturday’s Grade One race at Keeneland.- Advertisement – “Unfortunately, he is positive for Covid-19,” said Weld.“He was tested twice and came up positive both times. So Colin Keane will deputise.”Soumillon had ridden Tarnawa to back-to-back Group One victories in both the Prix de l’Opera and Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp over the past two months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keane, who has not previously ridden her, is at the Breeders’ Cup to partner Siskin in the Mile – having this week claimed his second Irish title to add to his 2017 success.Tarnawa is currently second-favourite, behind Aidan O’Brien’s multiple Group One-winning mare Magical, for the 12-furlong Turf.
AZ pension funds have profiled themselves as a serious investment player in tourism. With their new investments, they are expanding their business and influence in the tourism sector “We are not only interested in large companies, but we are also open to smaller investments and projects, if they can meet the criteria we set before them, and they, in addition to business success, also mean readiness for maximum transparency and responsibility. With excellent results and a clear vision of further business development, The Garden Brewery, in the process that preceded the decision, showed the highest level of professionalism and willingness to answer each of our questions and requests.”, Said Kristijan Buk, President of the Management Board of AZ Pension Funds. “We have ambitious plans for further expansion of production and business growth. In AZ pension funds we found great partners who decided to support us financially after a demanding process of analyzing our business. We will use these funds to invest in production and capacity expansion so that we can take advantage of the new opportunities for growth and expansion that we have seen in existing, but also in the markets we are just planning to enter. In addition, we will take over 51% of the share capital of Submarine. We share a common vision with the founder and owner of Submarine and we are convinced that the synergy, in strategic thinking and creativity, of the leading people of our two companies, guarantees the successful growth and development of both brands. The companies will retain autonomy and independence in terms of operational management. Our seriousness and readiness for responsible and transparent operations is confirmed by the intention to list the shares on the Zagreb Stock Exchange in the next six months. “, said Tomislav Alpeza, chairman of The Garden Brewery’s Supervisory Board. One of AZ’s investments is in partnership with Valamar, the largest tourism company in Croatia. AZ pension funds together with Valamar have invested more than a billion kuna in Croatian tourism in the past four years. Cover photo: The Garden Brewery “Circumstances in the market have changed significantly, so the structure of investments is changing and will change. In all our investments, the primary goal is to maximize returns for our members, with an acceptable level of risk. What remains constant, along with the concern for pension savings of members, is the desire to, as much as possible within the framework and conditions that our investments must meet, support the development and growth of the Croatian economy, so we have invested 5,7 billion kuna in the Croatian economy”, pointed out the President of the Management Board of AZ Pension Funds, Kristijan Buk. RELATED NEWS: IMPERIAL RIVIERA STARTS IN A NEW CYCLE OF DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT On Wednesday, AZ pension funds presented two new investments – in the Rab hotel company Imperial Riviera and, which they described as revolutionary on the Croatian market, as well as an investment in the famous Zagreb craft brewery The Garden Brewery. A new investment of AZ pension funds with which it enters the segment of small and medium companies is an investment in The Garden Brewery, one of the leading Croatian craft brewery. AZ funds will recapitalize The Garden Brewery with HRK 20 million, which will give them a share of 49,50%. Photo: The Garden Brewery “We are continuing with investments through the recapitalization of Imperial Riviera, in which we will invest HRK 426 million together at the end of this month. Tourism, which has a significant share in the overall Croatian economy, for its further sustainable development necessarily needs investments in raising the quality of accommodation, hotel capacity of higher categories and the development of additional facilities “, stressed Christian Buk. “Partnership with pension funds has proven to be an ideal model for investing in Croatian tourism, which has exceptional potential for sustainable growth through investments in employees, destinations and quality. The capital increase of Imperial Riviera and the organization of this joint venture for the management and investment of tourist property in the region is a logical continuation of the successful cooperation between AZ as the leading pension fund and the leading hotel company in Croatia. We are very pleased to have created a platform with AZ Fund for further investments in large projects in tourism”, Said Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera. The Garden Brewery produces 7000 hl of beer a year, and 30% of its production is exported to some of the most demanding markets such as Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Australia. Recently, the world’s largest beer club Beer 52, with more than 50 members, beer lovers, named The Garden Brewery the best brewery in the European Union in strong competition from as many as 9500 European breweries.