3 May

Oxford RAG is failing to raise

first_imgOxford Raise and Give charity is lagging behind its equivalents at other universities.The total raised by Oxford RAG in 2008/09 of £24,314 is dwarfed by the likes of Loughborough, who raised £974,048.Cambridge RAG have already raised £38,038 for the year 2009/10. This is more than double Oxford RAG’s current total of £16,000 for 2009/10.Oxford RAG, whose name stands for Raise and Give, appears not to have the profile it has in other universities, despite such events as the RAG Ball, and the controversy which surrounded the censored Christ Church naked calendar.Charles Bailey, who organised the RAG Ball, claimed that RAG “lacks publicity… people might not know who we are and what we stand for.”Bailey went on to state that the college system at Oxford presents problems which other universities, such as Loughborough, don’t have. “People often prefer to go to college arranged events with people they know, for the charities they vote for.”He added that “Magdalen in particular are very anti-giving money to RAG, preferring to give to their own charities.”Anastasya Molodykh, the OUSU Charities and Community Part-Time Officer, agreed that the college system “is probably the reason for Oxford RAG not making as much as RAG at other universities.”However, she insisted that “we are not trying to compete with colleges… it would be easier were the college system not there, but we have to work around the existing system to be as effective as possible.”Meanwhile, Rachel Dedman, President of Oxford RAG, argued that actually “the college system is very useful, as we have reps for different colleges to help to organise and drum up interest for our events.”“Being at Oxford does make it harder in certain ways, with our having shorter terms and a great deal more work”, admitted Dedman. However, she also pointed out, “We have great strength at Oxford with the amount of driven and creative people, who are genuinely excited about trying to raise money for charity.”There are signs of improvement for RAG as the success of the RAG Ball highlights. The Ball made a profit of just over £5,000, given a £9,000 budget. It reached a full capacity attendance of around 350 people in its first year. Molodykh commented that it was a “very successful first Ball”, adding, “It will only get better as we gain experience in organising and publicising such events.”Bailey claimed that RAG is also “getting better” at self-publicising. She highlighted the gain of Accenture as a sponsor. Their sponsorship is worth £2,300 per year, paying for publicity through t-shirts and posters.The running total for 2009/10 is already well over half last year’s total. The money will not only go to RAG’s nominated charities ‘Emerge Global’, ‘Helen and Douglas House’, ‘Pathway Workshop’ and ‘Shelter’, but also to other individual charities chosen by RAG reps for individual events.last_img read more

1 Jan

Lane Press first North American printer with integrated Hiflex and Creo solution

first_imgThe Lane Press, Inc has announced the implementation of the JDF- (Job Definition Format) compliant HIFLEXPRINT and Creo Prinergy solutions for a complete end-to-end automation of the printing process. Lane Press is the first North American printer with an integrated manufacturing resource planning (MRP) solution and prepress system. Together, these solutions provide real- time, job-specific data flow throughout the manufacturing process. According to Philip Drumheller, president of Lane Press, this action represents a sweeping process improvement in printing. The Lane Press implementation of HIFLEX and Prinergy will be completed this summer.last_img read more

30 Dec

Boy, That Escalated Quickly

first_imgIt’s possible that things are getting out of hand. It’s been two weeks since we’ve been able to ski Breckenwolf because, you know, warmest year on record. Damn you China and the global warming hoax! And when we can’t ski on Whiskey Wednesday, we have to come up with “alternative activities.”First, we just went to the climbing gym and then hit a bar to play ping pong. It was a wonderful night, but nothing too crazy, even though we had our ping pong paddles ceremoniously removed from us by the bouncer. But this week, one of the founding fathers of WW decided to take it up a notch and designed a series of sporting events that spanned multiple police districts and violated at least three city ordinances. There was hatchet throwing (a common pastime among WW members), archery, a light dive bar tour, rock climbing and finally ping pong and a gastro adventure that included gas station burritos and hot pockets. In that order. I missed the first half of the evening because my wife said I couldn’t drag the children on a hatchet/archery/dive bar adventure even if I ordered an Uber. Needless to say, it was a full evening full of spiritual fellowship and revelry.If this trend of escalation continues though, someone’s gonna get killed with a trident. We spent a solid 30 minutes at the last bar discussing the practicalities of getting into falconry while sipping pints of New Belgium’s new Voodoo Ranger IPA. Maybe even joining a skeet shooting club. Dear God, let it snow so we don’t join a skeet shooting club. We need to go skiing again because, as a group, we don’t need to be anywhere near shotguns. Our wives won’t stand for it.Luckily, the weather is supposed to turn. A cold front is on the way. Breckenwolf has already started blowing snow again. With any luck, we’ll be back on the snow (read: haphazardly groomed ice) trying to push each other off the mountain like adults. Safety first. Even on Whiskey Wednesday.last_img read more

18 Dec

Living the mission: Saving members money

first_imgHow Cardinal Community Credit Union helped members save $7 million.“I have a way to save you some money.” This simple sentence speaks volumes in improving the financial lives of credit union members, according to Michael Neill, CSE, CEO of Michael Neill and Associates, Atlanta, and CUES’ partner in offering ServiStar, a consultation-based member engagement system.The idea of serving members in a way that improves their financial well-being not only helps members, it helps employees. While being asked to sell can create a negative expectation for some employees, living out the credit union mission to help members can increase employee engagement.A 2014 Gallup Group Survey found that 52 percent of employees are disengaged and 17 percent are actively disengaged. During a CUES webinar in March, Neill saw many attendees type words of agreement when he called “actively disengaged employees” CAVE dwellers: Constantly Against Virtually Everything.“You’re not going to create outstanding organizational performance with disengaged people,” Neill said.The answer to increasing employee engagement, for many credit unions, is to offer incentives. Neill disagrees. He finds that incentives do not work on those who don’t want to sell. “Incentives work minimally, and it’s a shame that they work at all,” he said. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

19 Oct

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions

first_imgPalestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonorable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel.Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory.Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalizing ties with Israel. Topics : Palestine was supposed to chair Arab League meetings for the next six months, but Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah that it no longer wanted the position.”Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League’s council [of foreign ministers] at its current session. There is no honor in seeing Arabs rush towards normalization during its presidency,” Maliki said.After initial remarks, Maliki read from a letter he said he sent to Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit informing him of the Palestinian move and criticizing the UAE and Bahrain, both Gulf Arab nations that share Israeli concerns about Iran.The UAE’s deal with Israel “created a deep crisis in the Arab League” and the accord was followed “by a similar collapse by the Kingdom of Bahrain”, Maliki said, quoting from the letter.In a new move addressing internal Palestinian divisions, officials from West Bank-based President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas movement were due to hold reconciliation talks in Turkey on Tuesday.Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 from Fatah forces during a brief round of fighting. Differences over power-sharing have delayed implementation of unity deals agreed since then.last_img read more

20 Sep

Hancock County’s Gary Allen takes first in division in Sugarloaf Marathon

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Gary Allen of Cranberry Isles placed first in the men’s 55-59 division of Sunday’s Sugarloaf Marathon.Allen, 58, finished 43rd overall of more than 600 runners with a time of 3:10:21.9. Allen averaged a 7:16-minute mile over the 26.2-mile course.Marathon results for Hancock County finishers are listed below:Women 29 and underThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKassie Strout, 24, of Trenton, 15th in division and 170th overall (3:39:56.1).Shira Catlin, 22, of Bar Harbor, 18th in division and 191st overall (3:45:52.8).Rebeccah Geib, 26, of Southwest Harbor, 33rd in division and 273rd overall (3:58:54.7).Sabrina Vivian, 22, of Blue Hill, 50th in division and 376th overall (4:16:56.5).Kara Pratt, 22, of Bar Harbor, 75th in division and 516th overall (5:00:32.9).Men 30-34Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth, fourth in division and 18th overall (3:02:01.2).Jonathan Hogue, 33, of Southwest Harbor, 19th in division and 198th overall (3:46:41.4)Issac Marnik, 32, of Franklin, 39th in division and 559th overall (5:29:58.8).Men 35-39Petr Simecek, 35, of Bar Harbor, 30th in division and 177th overall (3:44:02.0).Women 35-39Rebekah Knowlton, 39, of Deer Isle, 41st in division and 572nd overall (5:49:01.3).Men 40-44Joshua Torrance, 41, of Ellsworth, 19th in division and 180th overall (3:44:43.2).Women 45-49Elizabeth Davis, 45, of Hancock, 27th in division and 560 overall (5:29:58.5).Results from the 15K are listed below:Men 29 and underVance Eldridge, 22, of Orland, 17th in division and 207th overall (1:22:27.3).Women 29 and underLetson Douglass, 25, of Deer Isle, 12th in division and 71st overall (1:11:28.7).Jessica Duma, 23, of Cranberry Isles, 22nd in division and 132nd overall (1:16:55.5).Tawney Jacobs, 25, of Ellsworth, 81st in division and 584th overall (1:58:26.9).Women 30-34Brandi Moore, 30, of Bucksport, 35th in division and 352nd overall (1:30:44.4).Jenny Racicot, 30, of Hancock, 60th in division and 566 overall (1:53:52.9).Men 35-39Matt Ingrisano, 35, of Southwest Harbor, eighth in division and 89th overall (1:13:01.9).Women 35-39Kathy Snow, 39, of Ellsworth, 61st in division and 474th overall (1:39:47.2).Men 40-44Adam O’Neill, 42, of Ellsworth, 25th in division and 474th overall (1:39:06.4).Women 40-44Elissa Haskell, 41, of Stonington, 29th in division and 313th overall (1:27:56.4).Alison King, 40, of Trenton, 55th in division and 496th overall (1:41:09.9).Women 45-49Traci Boddy, 45, of Ellsworth, 30th in division and 356th overall (1:31:33.3).Sarah Gilbert, 47, of Bar Harbor, 37th in division and 455th overall (1:37:35.2).Esther Shinn, 49, of Bucksport, 55th in division and 585th overall (1:57:44.4).Men 50-54Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth, second in division and seventh overall (57:58.6).Women 50-54Beverly Hawkins, 53, of Sedwick, 32nd in division and 498th overall (1:41:02.3).Men 55-59Jeff Dalrymple, 59, of Surry, 15th in division and 308th overall (1:27:51.5).Women 55-59Maggie Overton, 56, of Blue Hill, 27th in division and 500th overall (1:41:15.9).Men 70-74Lloyd Harmon, 74, of Ellsworth, second in division and 189th overall (1:20:44.5). Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly reported last year’s marathon results. The post has been updated with the 2015 results. Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

28 Aug

WATCH VIDEO: The history of FIFA

first_imgIn our latest Video of the Week, we delve deeper into the history of FIFA. Our journey begins 110 years ago, when seven founding members gathered in Paris to establish the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.Why was FIFA setup all those years ago? Which significant successes have it celebrated in the years since then? And what is the governing body of world football’s mission today?The answers to all these questions can be found by simply clicking on the video below.last_img read more

4 Aug

Sea Bright Restaurateur Has Plans For Lot

first_imgAt a June 8 public information meeting at which county engineers explained the proposals for the bridge, for which construction is planned to begin in 2020, officials said the former Sunoco lot was essential for the plan to provide for left turns onto and off Ocean Avenue as well as for parking since state regulations do not permit left turns in or out of Old Rumson Road, which is just south of Dunkin’ Donuts and Oar Fitness.Bonfiglio on Tuesday said he had met with county representatives about the lot to discuss “how could we work together and make it work.”Under discussion, he said, was perhaps having dual use of the former Sunoco lot, and having Tommy’s use a portion of Old Rumson Road for his parking lot access.Bonfiglio said that the use of the lot for Dunkin’ Donuts and Tommy’s could work out since his restaurant would use the lot mostly from noon to midnight while Dunkin’ Donuts parking was mostly from 6 to 11 a.m.He said the plans for the bridge were “still just talk,” and “not final yet.”Bonfiglio questioned if the county would seek to take over his lot. “It would be hard to take parking from one person to give to another,” he said. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT– A lot on Ocean Avenue, formerly the site of a Sunoco station, located north of Tommy’s Tap and Tavern, is an integral – and possible conflicting – part of future plans both for the restaurant and for Monmouth County’s proposed relocation of the bridge which connects the borough and Rumson.Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of the restaurant, wants to use the parking lot for 26 new parking spaces for his business. He said he owns the lot.Bonfiglio has applied to the Sea Bright Unified Planning Board to use an upstairs room in his building for private parties for up to 70 people and would use some of the spaces in the Sunoco lot to cover a portion of the parking spots required for this plan, according to C. Lance Cunningham, the chairman of the planning board.Asked if the board had taken into account that the county has designated the same parking lot for use for access to and parking for Dunkin’ Donuts and Oar Fitness, which will lose their present parking areas when the bridge is moved slightly to the south, Cunningham said “we have to deal with what’s before” the board.“Right now the county doesn’t own it, Tommy’s does,” he said, referring to the lot.The board heard Bonfiglio’s application on July 12 and will have a future hearing on the matter.last_img read more

3 Aug

Saints take to road looking for points against UVIC

first_img“They play with a lot of pride and now with a couple weeks off they’re going to be healthy and ready to go. These are going to be much tough games than a quick look at the standings would indicate.”The Saints will look to build off momentum gained in a lopsided 9-5 victory over the previously-unbeaten Clan when they take on a UVic squad that is still searching for their first win of the 2013/14 season. The Vikes currently sit in sixth place in the BCIHL standings with a 0-10 record. They’ve been coming closer and closer to breaking into the win column, however, as their most recent outings were a pair of one-goal losses on the road to TRU and SFU. Selkirk has had its fair share of success against the Vikes, including eight straight victories dating back to the team’s 2012/13 season opener. But only two of those wins have come in the uncomfortable confines of the Ian Stewart Complex, which houses the BCIHL’s smallest ice surface. “There isn’t a lot of time or space to make plays in their rink, so if you go into those games without a sense of urgency you’re not going to get a good result,” says Dubois.”Last season we put up some strong numbers on the road, but both games at UVic were one-goal margins and one of those was in overtime.” The Vikes’ primary trouble to date has been in the goal scoring department, as the squad has scored just 13 times in 10 games.But their roster does include a number of experienced BCIHL veterans, including 2012/13 league goals leader Shawn Mueller and a handful of proven point-per-game forwards in Eli Wiebe, Adam Klein and Evan Warner. Selkirk, meanwhile, has been hitting the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks, as the Saints lead all BCIHL teams with 59 goals.Cody Fidgett is coming off a five-point outing on Saturday against SFU and sits second in league scoring with 20 points, while linemate Logan Proulx sits just one point back and leads all BCIHL skaters in assists with 14.Not far behind are Connor McLaughlin, with 18 points, as well as Thomas Hardy (15), Jackson Garrett (14) and Darnell Dyck (13). Following this weekend in Victoria, the Saints will return home for their final game of 2013 against Eastern Washington University on Friday, November 29th. On the heels of a huge home ice win over Simon Fraser University on Saturday night, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will travel to Vancouver Island this weekend for a pair of B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games against the University of Victoria at the Ian Stewart Complex.Both games are being streamed on live FastHockey.com. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.”UVic is an honest, hard-working team that’s had some struggles early in the season, but their record to date isn’t a proper reflection of their talent level or competitiveness,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more

3 Aug

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Stick to shorelines

first_img  What are they biting on???The Rainbows on Kootenay Lake are keying in on the small fry that have entered the lake, so our best presentation has been 4″ bucktails.  Fished close to shore and right on the surface.  The color patterns haven’t changed much.  The usual black & white, grey & white, and green & white have been working well.  The standard numbers lately have been:  210, 228, 234.  Other small lures have been working as well.  Small spoons and small rapallas have been catching a few lately as well.On the river, we have been catching our Walleye on the usual three-way rig on the bottom with a worm.  Also working well are our weighted jigs with rubber twisters or tipped with a worm.  The Rainbows for us  have been mostly caught on flies.  Try swinging a nymph during the dead heat of the day, and then switch to the dry caddis when the fish begin to rise.  It’s getting better every day.Hope this helpsSo, if you’re looking to go fishing, we have lots of options at this time of year.
Tight lines………………….Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C June is in the books, but Kerry Reed from Reel Adventures has all the tips and news for July in the Kootenay Lake Fishing Report.It is now July and we are excited to announce that we have placed our boats in all of our favourite fishing locations.  We now have our two boats on Kootenay Lake, as well as one boat on the Columbia River, and just recently placed our other boat on the westcoast of Vancouver Island out of Ucluelet.  So, we have plenty of options for everybody throughout the summer months.’We would also like to welcome our newest member to the team.  Expert flyfisher and instructor, Captain Ken is available throughout the summer to help you with your flyfishing techniques and put you into some great fishing days on the Columbia.  Welcome aboard Ken!And now, here’s the latest fishing report:Kootenay Lake:With the latest heatwave upon us, the fishing has been hit and miss. Although there are lots of two to three-pound Rainbows still coming in regularly, with the odd 10 – 15 pound fish being caught lately.In the past couple weeks we have noticed a lot of fry entering the lake and this is what the fish are keying on.  So, keep your presentation small and stick to the shorelines and you will catch fish.One of our latest trips had four lovely ladies join us for the day.  The day started out calm and a few nice fish were caught.  And then, as it has happened a lot lately, the weather changed in an instance.  We went from flat, calm water to three-to-four-foot waves and crazy wind gusts.  I asked the women if they felt uncomfortable and would like to return to the dock.  They replied, “not a chance, this is our day to be on the water”.  So, we decided to stick it out for the day.It proved to be worthwhile as we continued to catch fish all day long. Even though the captain was ready to head in, the ladies were happy to keep fishing.  At the end of the day, they ended up with 10 nice Rainbows to share between the four of them.  Always nice to head home with some great feast for the BBQ.As the day was coming to an end, we notice the blackest clouds moving in and we could see huge whitecaps coming from the north.  It was time to call it a day.  As quick as we could get the lines in, the wind and waves were upon us.   Five foot waves and 40km winds made for an exciting ride back.  More like a ride at the amusement park.  We made it back to the dock with a sigh of relief from the captain.  Just another adventure.  But still a great day. It looks like theres still a lot of fish to be caught throughout the summer, and they seem to be hungry.  So, stay tuned……..  Columbia River:The river seems to be at its highest level lately.  And while that doesn’t usually provide the best fishing when it is rising, it seems to have stabilized over the past week or two, and the fish are getting into a feeding pattern.  Our last few trips have seen 10 – 20 Rainbows come to the boat.  And our favourite time has just arrived.  The caddis hatch!  That means that these fish are now looking up.  They are keying on insects on the surface, which means its dry fly season.  The most exciting time to catch these feisty Rainbows.One small pool we drifted into was holding a couple dozen fish.  We could sit and watch these fish cycle from the top end of the pool to the bottom end.  Each taking turns coming to the surface to sip a skittering caddis.  This made for an exciting afternoon.  Sight fishing for these great fish is very exciting.  And getting your presentation just right is rewarding.  When that fish finally comes to the surface to take your offering.  Zing……………..goes the reel and into the air goes the fish.  These fish are powerful.  Being raised in the strong currents of the Columbia makes for some strong swimming fish.  And these fish will take you well into your backing before you can gain control.  Just another exciting afternoon on the Columbia.That’s only the fly fishing part of it.  We have also been hooking into some nice Walleye on the spinning gear.  They’re not really thick in the river yet, but that will soon change.  The next couple of months should see more and more Walleye hanging around and the fishing will just get better and better.  Most of the Walleye have been two to four pounds.  And most of our Rainbows have been 16 – 22 inches, with the odd 24 -27 inch fish as well. Were just getting into the prime river fishing.  So stay tuned for that as well. The Salmon fishing is in full swing.  And there seems to be lots of bait around this year, which has been bringing lots of big fish in with it.  This is the beginning of our 2 month Salmon season, so we are looking forward to the fish getting even bigger and more abundant as July and August approach.  Already consistent Salmon in the 20 plus pound range, with a few 30 pounders coming in lately.  Looking forward to the rest of the season.last_img read more