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Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

first_img Associated Press Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/NCAA April 2, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAthletic directors across the U.S. are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic.A survey was conducted by an association of ADs from 130 major college football schools. It found 63% forecast a worst-case scenario in which revenue for their departments falls by at least 20% during the next school year.Even an abbreviated football season could cause schools to lose that much. Written bylast_img

Approved Oil acquires Associated Fuel Company

first_img Image: Approved Oil acquires Associated Fuel Company. Photo: Courtesy of Jiří Fröhlich from Pixabay. Approved Oil Company, the cornerstone of “The Approved Companies” is pleased to announce their most recent acquisition, Associated Fuel Company, on October 1, 2019.Associated is a small to mid-size oil marketer, based in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The company has been serving the five boroughs and Westchester County since the early 1990’s.“We are excited to welcome Associated Fuel Company’s loyal  customer base to the Approved family and believe this is an excellent opportunity for us to extend our energy services into Westchester County and serve both an existing and entirely new customer base,” stated Approved Executive Vice President, Chris Fazio.“Approved’s mission has always been to achieve the status of the Leading Full-Service Energy Supplier in the Greater New York area and this acquisition brings us one step closer to accomplishing our goal,” added Approved’s President and CEO, Vincent Theurer. “This is our fourteenth acquisition in recent years, and we will continue to explore new opportunities as we look to increase our customer base with our first-class products and service.”The Approved brand has grown significantly over the past fifteen years, creating what is now known as “The Approved Companies”. Operating under that appellation aside from Approved Oil are Approved Energy, Approved Plumbing and Fire Protection and Approved Wholesale, which has terminal positions in multiple states. Source: Company Press Release The company is a small to mid-size oil marketer, based in Briarcliff Manor, New York, US, serving the five boroughs and Westchester County last_img read more

Tenant and landlord groups take opposing views on Welsh lettings fees ban

first_imgThe Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and Citizens Advice are at loggerheads over the proposed lettings fees ban in Wales.Citizens’ Advice has published research that reveals tenants in Wales pay at least £3 million a year in lettings fees to move in, at an average of £178 per renter.The network of advice shops, which is funded partly through government grants but also via partnerships with several charities including Shelter, says it wants all fees banned in Wales because they make it hard for tenants to manage their finances and land them in debt as they struggle to pay rent in advance and deposits when starting a tenancy.“Banning letting agent fees would help thousands of renters across Wales, says Fran Targett, Director of Citizens Advice Cymru.“Moving house can be expensive and renters are currently at the mercy of letting agents who set their own charges. Excessive fees can make renting a home prohibitively expensive. “Landlords can choose between letting agents, so they should be the ones who pick up the bill for any charges, not renters.“In order for the ban for be effective, it must be enacted fully and without loopholes. This means that renewal fees and other charges must be included in the ban.”Dangerous moveBut the RLA has said the the proposed ban would be a “dangerous move” in its submission to the Welsh government on the plans.“With a major source of revenue eliminated, agents would have no choice but to pass on their overhead costs to landlords, who in turn would have no choice but to absorb this cost by raising rents,” it says.Instead, the RLA wants to see fees capped; a defined set of services made standard for the price including referencing, credit checks and tenancy negotiation; and a tariff of charges for extra services such as guarantor checking and lost keys.“With fees capped and a set of tariffs established via Welsh Government rule-making, tenants would no longer face any confusion about what they are paying for,” it says.“[Our] proposals will help further the Welsh Government’s goals of continuing to professionalise the sector, render it more transparent to users, and increase access.” Residential Landlords Association RLA Citizens Advice Fran Targett September 29, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Tenant and landlord groups take opposing views on Welsh lettings fees ban previous nextRegulation & LawTenant and landlord groups take opposing views on Welsh lettings fees banResidential Landlords Association and Citizen’s Advice have very different views over proposed ban.Nigel Lewis29th September 201701,013 Viewslast_img read more

Animal rights group threatens to sue police

first_imgAnimal rights group Speak has threatened to take legal action against Thames Valley Police after a judge ruled last week that they had been unlawfully prevented from demonstrating by officers.Mel Broughton, co-founder of Speak, attacked police for keeping officers who had been criticised during the trial on duty, and accused the University of attempting to silence anyone who who spoke out against animal testing.Broughton complained that police officers, who had been condemned by the judge for acting in an unprofessional manner last year towards Speak, had been present at a demonstration last Saturday.He explained that he had no confidence in the Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) and did not believe that the police would take action against their own officers. “I don’t think they’re [Thames Valley Police] going to do anything. We’re going to take our own action through the courts. I don’t think we’ll get anywhere through the IPCC, they’re clearly not interested.”Broughton also claims that the University is attempting to use the courts to limit Speak protests after a 2006 injunction to prevent Speak protesters using megaphones at demonstrations.The Speak website stated, “It was noted that at least one of the police officers, whose evidence was described as ‘inconceivable’ and who was considered by the judge to be an ‘unreliable witness,’ was on duty, showing that TVP obviously want to continue policing these demonstrations in the way they have always done, with officers who want to wage a dirty war against protesters and who are prepared to lie about it in court. So much for balanced policing.”A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police confirmed that officers who had been involved in the trial were still on duty and that an internal review of the judgment was taking place.A spokesperson for the University said, “The University of Oxford is committed to the principle of free speech and appreciates that everyone has the right to express their views and participate in lawful and peaceful protests. At the same time, people must be able to go about their everyday business in Oxford’s city centre without feeling intimidated or harassed by protesters.”He stated that the University had not been criticised by the judge during the trial. “It’s an operational matter for the police. It’s not something that we need to comment on. There was no suggestion by the judge of any dodgy dealings.”last_img read more

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is funny and fun…

first_imgHOBOKEN – Mile Square Theatre’s latest play is very funny. It’s also touching and insightful, revealing, heart-warming and fun. But mostly, it’s funny.“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” running Wednesdays through Sundays until Oct. 7, is Mile Square Theatre’s first production of the fall season, and it’s a very welcome escape from, well, whatever it is from which you need to escape: politics, money, kids, ennui… Actually, there is some ennui expressed on stage, but it gets blown away pretty quick.Montclair native Christopher Durang won the 2013 Best Play Tony Award for writing the script as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. In the hands of Mile Square Theatre’s stellar talent both on stage and behind the scenes, it lives up to, and exceeds, even the highest expectations.“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”is a gripping, fast paced, silly yet thoughtful comedy about life, family, aging, showbiz, and self-examination. It provides a peek into the lives of a yet another dysfunctional family, this one from Bucks Country, Pa.Vanya (Chris O’Connor) and his adopted sister Sonia (Barbara Pitts) quip about how they seem to have wasted their lives caring for their parents. Their sister Masha (Annie McAdams), an international movie star, stops by to show them what she thinks they’ve been missing, and to show off her latest far-too-young boy toy, Spike (Jonah Robinson). Each actor has his or her own moments of brilliance on stage as well as moments expertly supporting the brilliance of others. The family’s cleaning lady, Cassandra (Andrea Bellamore), steals every scene she enters, and while family steals it right back, their neighbor Nina (Anne Hammond) pops in to remind us that, oh yes, there are sane, kind and grounded people in the world, too.If the names in the title of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” ring a bell, that’s because they’re drawn from characters of the plays of Anton Chekov. (Well, maybe not Spike, who seems to be the personification of the short-live bro TV network by the same name). While a handful of winks are tossed in for those who know a thing or two about Chekov’s work – there are a couple references to a cherry orchard, for instance – you don’t need to know a thing about any theatre except the one on stage in order to enjoy every moment of this silly and moving production. It’s like going to “Hamilton” without having heard the soundtrack: You’re coming out a changed person, whether you know what you’re getting into or not.The set (Matthew Fick), costumes (Peter Fogel), bit of choreography (Sarah Webber Gallo) – no matter your orientation, you will, ahem, “feel something,” during the reverse striptease – and, of course direction (Mark Cirnigliaro) are top notch, which is something we’ve come to expect from Mile Square Theatre. They’ve set their own bar fairly high.Comedy is hard. An ensemble comedy is harder still. An ensemble comedy playing off the subtleties of life, family, regret, promise and potential should be downright impossible. Mile Square Theatre makes it looks easy.Go now and witness how easy it is to feel good, be inspired, reflect and laugh at “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”.Presented by Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton St., Hoboken, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 7, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling (201) 683-7014.Tickets are $30-40 • $18 students and seniors. – Jeff Kreisler ×last_img read more

Breast cancer in China: HSPH to partner in new awareness initiative

first_img Read Full Story Breast cancer is a leading cause of death among women in China, with 1.1 million new cases annually. China’s breast cancer mortality has doubled over the past 30 years. Diagnosis tends to be made when the women are older and already in Stage III/IV, compared to Western countries where patients generally are diagnosed earlier and have a higher cure rate.In an effort to help reverse these trends, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in December 2012 welcomed a delegation of 15 national and provincial health leaders from China for a week-long visit to learn about breast cancer treatment and prevention in the U.S. and to make plans for HSPH’s new Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Initiative in China.Composed of representatives from the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) and officials from China’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the delegation discussed China’s breast cancer programs and needs with cancer specialists from HSPH, Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and other physicians in the greater Boston area. The visitors attended lectures, visited medical facilities, and interacted with prominent academics, public, and private sector leaders.last_img read more

Fall into HarvardX with new and returning courses

first_imgAnatomyX (Q3 2014)Learn the anatomy basic to understanding common musculoskeletal injuries. Follow hypothetical patients from injury to operating room. Poetry in America: Module 2: Nature & Nation (10/22)This course, the second installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, spans the poetry of America’s early years, directly before and after the creation of the Republic. Immunity to Change, Version 2 (Q3 2014)Apply new psychological theory about personal change to an improvement-goal of your own throughout the entire course. Read Full Story Poetry in America: Module 1: New England (9/10)This course, the first installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. HarvardX is offering a host of new and returning open online courses this fall. CS50x (anytime and self-paced)An introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. Improving Global Health: Quality & Safety (9/16)Access to healthcare services is critical – but is it enough? Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies (10/30)Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex health problems in emerging economies. Visualizing Japan (9/3)A first-time MITx/HarvardX collaboration, VJx opens windows on Japan’s transition into the modern world through the historical visual record. MCB80x: Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Version 2 & New Modules (Q3 2014)A guide to the biology of what makes us tick.last_img read more

Storm surge risk and South Caucasus archaeology win Fisher Prizes

first_imgLydia Gaby, a senior at Harvard College, and Nathanial Erb-Satullo, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, were recently awarded the Howard T. Fisher Prizes for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Excellence. Gaby’s prize-winning entry (undergraduate category), titled “Constructing a Storm Surge Risk Profile: Lower East Side and Chinatown, Manhattan, NY,” analyzes different socioeconomic factors related to storm surge risk, presented in a series of thematic maps.Erb-Satullo was awarded the Fisher Prize (graduate category) for his project:  “From Micrometers to Kilometers: Integrating Spatial and Chemical Datasets in the Study of Metal Production in the South Caucasus c. 1500-500 BC.” This project uses varying spatial scales to determine the patterns of metal production and consumption in the South Caucasus during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. Erb-Satullo’s entry also won the Davis Center GIS Prize for Excellence in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.Both students will receive a $500 cash award for the Fisher Prize. See both prize-winning posters and judges’ comments here.The Fisher Prize was established in 1999 to promote and reward student work in this broad and potentially interdisciplinary area, from both undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University. The prizes were presented May 1 at the of the Center for Geographic Analysis Annual Conference. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Off-track students have new off-road Harvard Hero

first_imgCris Rothfuss, Executive Director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and 2016 Harvard Hero award winner, has launched a bold, new cycling event to raise money and awareness for off-track high school students. Slated to begin in Seattle, Washington in the summer of 2017, The REAL Ride is a 3-month, 5,000 mile, off-road cycling event ending in Boston.“Many cyclists have ridden across the country,” says Rothfuss. “What makes this unique is how and why we are doing it. We’re taking the hard way across, on dirt and gravel tracks, avoiding pavement whenever possible, camping out and carrying most of what we need.”The event, to include a team of five to eight riders, will benefit Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), a Roxbury high school that has pioneered innovative learning techniques to re-engage off-track students. For over 18 years, the school has served as the education stop of last resort for young adults who drop out of the traditional system. As they make their way across the country, the team will coordinate engagement opportunities with similar local high school students.Says Alison Hramiec, Head of School at BDEA, “Most all of our students come to us struggling to finish high school because they are trying to learn in an ecosystem of multi-generational poverty, with its attendant risks of food and housing insecurity, mental and physical health concerns, violence, and other traumas. What inspires all of us at BDEA is that our students continue to rise despite these challenges. They are warriors. We feel lucky to play a role in their lives, helping them realize their potential.”“It is so heartening when someone from outside education can come into our community and in a short period of time understand the impact our work is having on our young adults. When I shared with staff Cris’ goal for the REAL Ride, they were truly touched and amazed that someone was willing to take on this challenge for our students,” she continued.“BDEA demonstrates every day to their students that they are not defined by the immediate path in front of them, that they have the power and control to change the course. The REAL Ride was designed to reflect that,” says Rothfuss. “Creativity, determination, and grit are three qualities my parents instilled in me, and if I can pass that on in any way, I am going to try.”Rothfuss knows how to lean into a challenge, and has enjoyed both professional and athletic success. In her more than 10 years at Harvard, she has been lauded for being a thoughtful and transparent leader of IQSS and for being effective in forging strong partnerships with industry in her previous role as Director of Technology Transactions at the Office of Technology Development. She has a long history of athletic accomplishments, including varsity basketball and track at Yale, and racing cyclocross at the national elite level.“It can be pretty daunting to think that I am about to step away (temporarily) from my job and life to do this. That I am putting everything on hold so I can pedal day after day for three months, but then I remember why I am doing it and it makes perfect sense.”Support and enthusiasm around the event is building. The team’s social media campaign recently launched, and five corporate sponsors already have been announced, including Monster Worldwide Inc., and Better World Club, Inc. “I’m particularly grateful for Harvard’s support in allowing me to take a leave,” stresses Rothfuss. “It says a lot about the university’s commitment not only to its employees, but also in this case a cause that directly benefits our local community.”last_img read more

Scholar studies Generation Y in Hungary

first_imgProfessor and visiting scholar Tamás Karáth gave a lecture Tuesday entitled “Young and Broker in Hungary: Post-Communism and Generation Y” in which he analyzed the effects of generational transition and communism in his native Hungary. Karáth is a professor of Medieval English Literature at the Institute of English and American Studies of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary. This semester, he is a visiting scholar at the Nanovic Center for European Studies. His lecture addressed the situation facing the youth of Hungary based on a recent survey, Youth 2012, which gathered demographic information on Hungarians ages 15 to 29. Karáth said the toughest issue facing Generation Y in Hungary is living in a democratic society run by a generation new to democracy. “There is a paradox of socialization for these youngsters that they are expected to behave democratically,” Karáth said. “They are expected to grow up through the maturity of a democratic society while they did not really receive any inherited democratic values from the parent and grandparent generations.” Karáth divided his presentation into four parts, focusing on terms and definitions, generational patterns in Hungary, the Youth 2012 study and its implications for Generation Y around the world, and how Generation Y defines itself as members of the generation enter college and adulthood. Karáth said while Hungarian youth displayed unique social characteristics because of their post-communist society, they still share a common bond with the global Generation Y. “Indeed, the survey confirmed that there are striking differences in maturity, activity profiles and the autonomy level of this age group,” Karáth said. “However, certain findings in areas of media use, technology and communication strategies confirmed certain characteristics between the Hungarian Generation Y and the global Generation Y.” Karáth paid special attention to the term “post-communism” and defined it at the outset of the lecture. He said it was important to note the specific meaning he was using in his lecture. “Now, what we mean by post-communism varies greatly from country to country,” Karáth said. “Present-day democratic practices and the tradition of these democratic practices varies significantly between the countries. Also, post-communism might be different according to the type or nature of the communism that those countries had experienced before the transition. So it is important, in order to clarify this idea within Hungary, to see both sides of the transition before and after the change.” Karáth said the transition from communism to democracy is reflected in the generational gap evident today. “The transition has often been interpreted in terms of generational relations. All over Europe, there is a sense of a very critical Generation X, Generation Y age group, which are today’s youngsters,” Karáth said. “We can see a very drastic confrontational attitude of post-transition youngsters and pre-transition establishment, and the generation that is associated with the establishment.” Karáth said 34 percent of Hungarians ages 15 to 29 could not imagine living anywhere but Hungary, while 24 percent of the same age group could envision themselves leaving for more than five years, even forever. These mobility statistics give Hungarians reason to be relatively hopeful about the future, Karáth said. Karáth also said 29 percent of the individuals in Hungary’s Generation Y do not trust democracy, a number that is far below the European Union average of 49 percent. Karáth characterized this figure as a product of the paradox of socialization. Contact Jack Rooney at [email protected]last_img read more