Three cheers for Varsity

first_imgCheerleading is the latest sport to enter the realms of Varsity fame, as the Oxford Sirens took on the Cambridge Cougars last weekend. They competed at the Future Cheer Saturday Night Fever competition in Loughborough where teams from nearly 60 universities participated.Sirens’ President Susan Hawkins commented, “Our routine went almost perfectly, all our stunts hit, and we were all really proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time – especially as almost every new member of the squad learns cheerleading from scratch in October.”As well as being judged in the general competition, a special ‘Varsity Trophy’ is to be awarded to either Oxford and Cambridge, who were judged alongside each other.Victoria Morrish, a member of the Sirens team at Varsity, explained the subsequent complications. She told Cherwell, “This year was the first year we’ve had the opportunity to cheer competitively against Cambridge’s squad, but unfortunately we’re in different divisions. The Cambridge Cougars compete in a level two division, while we compete in level three – the only difference in this is the difficulty of the stunts involved in the routines. Level three is one level ‘harder’ than level two, and unfortunately this has meant we cannot be judged directly against Cambridge.“However, the judges of Future Cheer (the organisers of the Loughborough competition on Sunday) have agreed to mark us against each other. It’s a shame we cannot compete in a head-to-head match against Cambridge but hopefully in future years this can be arranged at one of our home turfs.”Both the Oxbridge teams are still relatively young; the Sirens, who are Oxford’s self-proclaimed “Number 1 cheer team”, formed in 2004, whilst the Cougars were set up in 2007. The first ever Varsity match, in cricket, dates from 1827. Since then Varsity matches in more than 70 different events, including life-saving and mixed lacrosse, have been set up.last_img read more

Allied stabilises sales

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF) said it had “stopped the rot” at its Allied Bakeries business as it posted preliminary results for the year to 15 September this week.The plant bakery business relaunched its flagship Kingsmill brand in February, which improved sales volumes and helped “stem decline in market share” raising it above pre-relaunch levels, said a spokesman. “We have stopped the rot you could say,” he commented.However, Allied Bakeries still underperformed over the year due to rising costs. It had a particularly poor first half when lower volumes and non-recovery of higher wheat costs affected profitability, ABF said.A combination of price increases to recover increased wheat costs from 2006, higher volumes and significant enhancements in operating efficiency resulted in an improved performance in the second half.Unprecedented increases in the cost of bread-quality flour over the summer of 2007 had resulted in the need for further bread price increases which are being negotiated with the major retailers, it revealed.Details of the increase amount are not being revealed. The company already put up its prices in September, reflected in an 8p a loaf price increase at the retail end.ABF’s sugar business was hit by the impact of sugar regime reform, it said, with China and South Africa its big growth markets on sugar.last_img read more

Specialty Filaments, Pad Print, Olympic Precisioin get state money

first_imgCouncil Authorizes $1.5 Million Of Incentives Under New ProgramMONTPELIER, Vt. The Vermont Economic Progress Council has approved more than $1.5 million in job creation incentives under the states new economic development program, including assistance to the new owners of Specialty Filaments.At its meeting last week, the Council reviewed and authorized the first incentives under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, making three companies eligible to receive up to $1,329,404 in job creation incentives and $240,496 in property tax incentives.We are very pleased that one of our first authorizations under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program was to assist the Monahan Company in preserving the jobs at the former Specialty Filaments facility, said Karen Marshall, Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. Vermonts economic incentive program is going to work to keep Vermonters at work in Middlebury.Monahan SFI, LLC, a subsidiary of the Thomas Monahan Company of Arcola, Illinois was given preliminary authorization for $758,806 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in new machinery and equipment at Specialty Filaments, which closed and laid off 175 employees earlier in the month.The new subsidiary purchased the assets of Specialty Filaments, Inc. in a bankruptcy auction. Monahan SFI, LLC will re-open the plant and re-hire most of the employees laid off during the recent plant closing, and will submit a more detailed application for a full review at a later date.Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, Inc. was authorized for $331,399 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in a new facility and machinery and equipment. The East Dorset company plans to create a new subsidiary, Ink Jet Machinery of Vermont, to develop and manufacture digital inkjet print head engines.The company had been considering several options other than creating the new subsidiary, including outsourcing production to China or growing only a few jobs within Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, said Marshall.Olympic Precision, Inc. was authorized for $239,199 in economic incentives to create new jobs and invest in equipment by building the Center for Precision Manufacturing, a Department of Defense-funded research and development facility.The company and the Town of Windsor were authorized for property tax stabilization with an estimated value of $240,946, and will collaborate with the Windsor Improvement Corporation to redevelop a currently unusable lot and build a facility to house the Center, which will be operated by Olympic Precision, Inc.Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas last year, the economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives payment.The prior program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a net increase in revenues of $1,441,885.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the states economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:http://www.thinkvermont.com/vepc/index.cfm(link is external)-30-last_img read more

Credit unions urge caution as CFPB examines small biz lending

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union perspective was highlighted during the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) field hearing Wednesday on small business lending. Sharon Lindeman, vice president of regulatory advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, asked the bureau to proceed with caution when it comes to drafting a definition for small businesses and small business loans, and to limit data collection to the elements specifically required by the Dodd-Frank Act.“Since the great recession, credit unions have actually seen growth in small business lending. Many consumers turned to their credit union for their small business loan needs after they experienced difficulty obtaining loans from larger institutions,” Lindeman said. “Credit unions provide needed capital to existing small business as well as startups.”NCUA excludes member business loans from the statutory cap when the loan balance is equal to or less than $50,000, and Lindeman said the bureau should also exempt those same loans from any small business lending rulemakings.“The leagues urge the bureau to narrowly define a small business loan, and not create a conflicting definition that would result in an administrative nightmare for credit unions,” she said.last_img read more

NASA Drops Racially Charged Nicknames of Celestial Bodies

first_imgFor example, “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” will no longer be used.“Nicknames are often more approachable and public-friendly than official names for cosmic objects, such as Barnard 33, whose nickname ‘the Horsehead Nebula’ invokes its appearance,” NASA said in a release last week. “But often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science.”Additionally, NASA is examining its use of phrases for planets, galaxies and other cosmic objects “as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” NASA is apparently taking a cue from grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands which have all removed racially insensitive names in recent weeks and months.The space agency just announced it is adding celestial bodies to the list that already includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and Lady A. The space agency goes on to say that it “will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.”Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, explains, “Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”Last June, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream said it was dropping the brand “Eskimo Pie” after a century. The word is commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska.“This name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean ‘eater of raw meat,’” the company stated at the time.“Siamese twins” is considered to be an antiquated expression for conjoined twins, based on brothers from Siam (now Thailand) who were used as sideshow freaks in the 19th century.last_img read more

Baseball legends honored at Atlanta City Hall

first_imgSeated from left to right: James Moore, Norman  F. Lumpkin and Lawrence Williams. Standing from left to right: Brian Jordan, Rubye Mims Lucas and Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian BondAtlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond on Monday honored baseball greats Norman  F. “Geronimo” Lumpkin; James “Red” Moore and Lawrence “Larry” Williams on Monday at Atlanta City Hall. All honorees were members of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Due to segregation in American sports, teams within the Negro Leagues began to form in 1867. They fell apart gradually from 1947 to 1959. In addition, Bond honored Rubye Mims Lucas, the wife of the late Bill Lucas, who was the first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball as a front-office boss; and two-sport great Brian Jordan for their contributions to the Atlanta community.Norman Fred “Geronimo” Lumpkin was born on January 15, 1919 in Atlanta in a part of the OldFourth Ward section of the city known as Buttermilk Bottom. Lumpkin got his love of baseball playing in empty lots at school and played baseball in the Negro League from 1938 to 1949 on commercial and industrial teams and played semi-pro during World War II and was picked up by the Atlanta Black Crackers.James “Red” Moore was born in Atlanta on November 18, 1916 and is recognized as one of the Negro Major League’s premier first basemen. He played for the Atlanta Black Crackers in 1935, 1938, and 1946-48. During Moore’s storied career, which was abbreviated by his military service, he played on three All-Star teams, three Second Half Championship teams and was selected to the 1938 Southern News Services All-American Negro League Baseball Team.Lawrence “Larry” Williams was born February 9, 1933 in LaGrange. Williams was hired by Buck O’Neil as a lead of hitter for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954. He once had a perfect night going four for four, with four doubles in one game. Williams has teamed up with Melvin Duncan and James Moore to educate the public about the Negro Leagues through panel discussions throughout the U.S.last_img read more

New Activity Center Planned for Holmdel Park

first_imgOstrowski noted the park system hopes to have the project ready for bid by November or December 2019. Ostrowski said the existing activity center will be torn down and the new construction will be built on the same site; it is expected to include a program room, a covered outdoor space and new restroom facilities. “Welooked into restoring the home and making all the accessibility upgrades butthe project would have been too costly. It’s more cost-effective to start freshand build something new,” Ostrowski. In 1975, the Monmouth County Park System purchased an 11.68-acre parcel next to Holmdel Park on Longstreet, near the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road. The property included a split-level house, which over the years has hosted numerous grade school classes and youth groups for general natural history lessons and nature interpretation programs. RobinOstrowski, park system principal landscape architect, said a new facility was essentialbecause the house is breaking down with age and has ADA accessibilitycompliance concerns which need to be addressed. Improvementsto ensure a safer link between the activity center and the entrance of the566-acre park and its outdoor recreational opportunities – including thehistoric and operational Longstreet Farm – are also in the works. This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Thougha budget is still being crafted to encompass the entire scope of the proposedwork, the Monmouth County Park System Board of Commissioners has recommendedthe acceptance of an $89,900 proposal by the Hamilton-based SpiezleArchitectural Group, Inc. for the preparation of plans and constructiondocuments for the project. “Wehaven’t been able to use the activity center of late for several reasons,mostly because we’ve outgrown it. We really need to build a new one,” Ostrowskisaid. HOLMDEL –A new, modern activity centerfocused on nature appreciation is coming to Holmdel Park. It will replace thebuilding on Longstreet Road that the Monmouth County Park System has been usingfor 30 years.  Asfor the site plan, Ostrowski said it is only conceptual at this point and stillneeds to be presented and reviewed by the Holmdel Township Planning Board. Thesite’s existing Long Street Road entrance and parking area will be maintainedand a vegetative buffer will be installed between the roadway and the site. Accordingto the park system’s request for proposal for architectural and engineeringservices, “the building has outlived its useful life span and is no longersuitable for public use. Utilities need replacing and Americans withDisabilities Act (ADA) access to and within the building is problematic.”last_img read more

Knights stone Leafs 3-0 Sunday in Armstrong

first_imgTwo by Sorrey powers Leafs past StormThree second-period goals, two by James Sorrey, allowed the Leafs to double Storm 4-2 Saturday in Kamloops.Dustin Reimer and Bryce Nielsen, in the third, also score for the visitors.Marcus Beesley stopped 23 shots to register the win in goal.Horswill cools the heat with OT winnerLinden Horswill scored with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime to power the Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Chase Heat Friday.Colton Schell and Seth Schmidt, on the power play, also scored for the Leafs.Nelson out shot the Heat 50-34, including 16-6 in the third period.Calvin on fire as Hawks pound BruinsDallas Calvin registered a seven-point game — three goals and four assists — to lead the Nitehawks to a 15-0 shellacking of the Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday in Fruitvale.The point explosion moves Calvin into first place in KIJHL scoring ahead of Leaf winger Colton Schell.What’s incredible about Calvin’s performance is he’s only played 31 games to Schell’s 41 and is currently riding a 12-game point streak. Offence was always going to be a concern for the Nelson Leafs after rookie sensation Colton McCarthy left to join Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League in early December.For some reason McCarthy brought out the best in his teammates, and really helped power the offence.It was the offence that struggled Sunday afternoon in Armstrong as the North Okanagan Knight knocked off the Leafs 3-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Nor-Val Centre.The loss ended the Leafs five-game road streak on a sour note and leaves Nelson in a tie for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson finished the road swing 3-2.Meanwhile Castlegar won its fifth straight Saturday 3-0 against Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The win allowed the Rebels to sweep the two-game, home-and-home series.Steve Pantazopoulos score the only goal necessary for the Knights during the first period to give the home side a 1-0 lead through two periods.In the third Mac Ferner and affiliate player Curtis Sexsmith beat Brett Soles in the Nelson nets to secure the win.Austin Buzzell stopped 25 shots to rack up the shutout.North Okanagan now leads the by three points over Sicamous Eagles.last_img read more

Bombers fly off to amazing start on Senior Girl’s Basketball circuit

first_img According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, the Bombers were quick out of the gate and set the tone early leading 17-3 after 10 minutes and 30-9 at recess.Leading scores were Ansleigh Dergousoff with 18 points, Allie Zondervan with 15 and Naomi Perkins with 14.  Roxanne Baker chipped in with six points and played great defensively. The Bombers defeated Mount Sentinel Wildcats, host J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and Boundary Central of Midway en route to the tournament title.LVR opened the season Thursday in Castlegar by thumping the Rockers 64-34 in West Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s action. LVR then blasted Mount Sentinel 66-34 behind the 19-point performance of Perkins. Dergousoff had 17 points and Nielsen 14. Friday at the Crowe Cage Bowl, the Bombers held off a late charge by the host club to down the Hawks 62-42.Ansleigh Dergousoff led the Bombers with 19 points while Sian Nielsen had 14, Roxanne Baker 10 and Naomi Perkins nine.center_img The Bombers then pounded Boundary Central 61-15 before concluding with a 60-14 win over Stanley Humphries Rockers.Allie Zondervan had 17 and Roxanne Baker 11 to lead the Bombers against Boundary Central. Grade 9 Camryn Parnell added nine points.Against the Rockers, Perkins scored 16, Nielsen 14 and Camryn Parnell seven. What better way to start a new season that with a win — and a tournament championship, no less.The L.V. Rogers Senior Girls Basketball team has a successful start to their season by winning its first five games, including capturing the Crowe Cage Bowl Tournament Saturday in Trail.last_img read more

Park: Money’s not important – I want to help QPR reach next level

first_imgQPR’s new signing Park Ji-sung says he was convinced to leave Manchester United by Rangers’ desire to “get to the next level”.See also: Fernandes: Park signing will change perception of QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img