Working-class students pay more for university, NUS report says

first_imgWorking-class university students are penalised by a “poverty premium”, facing higher living costs than their peers, that makes maintenance loans insufficient for student survival.The report, published by the National Union of Students (NUS), found that student expenditure routinely surpasses income from loans, and leaves many parents who cannot afford to subsidise their children without the means to pay for necessities like food and heating.It suggests that accommodation fees are often unaffordable for those on maintenance loans, as many universities raise rents above inflation to generate income.A freedom of information request by the University of East Anglia students’ union, cited in the report, found that more than 20 universities generated more than £1,000 profit per bed space a year.One student said they had to find an additional £700 on top of their maintenance loan to pay for their accommodation.In England, the top bracket maintenance loan for students living away from home outside London is £8,430 for the 2017-18 academic year.“The report, titled “Class Dismissed: Getting in and Getting on in Further and Higher Education”, suggests that dropout rates from university are highest among working-class students, who are likely to be more concerned about debt than their wealthier peers.This pricing policy risks segregating working-class students in lower-cost accommodation from others who have access to additional funds from their families,” the report states.Another student voiced concern over the struggle to afford to participate in social events, being charged £200 to join a junior common room (JCR).Access courses, which are run by many universities including Oxford to further equality in the sector, often require students to pay an additional year of fees to gain qualifications.The report also suggests that working-class students struggle to find a guarantor to rent a property in the private sector, and are forced to use private schemes with higher interest rates and fees.The NUS calls for an introduction of a minimum living income for students in further and higher education, and recommends the restoration of maintenance grants, the education maintenance allowance (EMA), and NHS bursaries for healthcare students.last_img read more

Double D Food Engineering

first_imgDouble D Food Engineering (Broxburn, West Lothian) has developed a high temperature travelling oven for pizza and flat bread production, which can bake a 10-inch pizza in 1-2 minutes at 750?F.Pizza, quiche, pastries, pies, savouries, morning rolls and confectionery can all be baked consistently at high volumes on the firm’s Revoband Travelling Oven, it claims.Double D’s airflow technology means that customers can fulfil many different demands, it says. “The Revoband Travelling Oven can be fully programmed and accurately timed to bake each product exactly how you want it,” says sales and marketing director Ian Wallace.last_img read more

Tag New Media launches new online presence for hummel America.

first_imgTag New Media (TNM) has announced the launch of the hummel America website. Hummel, a soccer equipment and branded apparel company based in Denmark, partnered with TNM to assist them with their online expansion into the U.S. market.The Flash™-based hummelamerica.com website, reflects thecompany’s mission of branding by story-telling. The site’s interactive and youthful feel invites visitors to explore the hummel brand by interacting with virtual “Polaroids” placed within a hummel “keepsake” shoe box. Each “Polaroid” represents one of hummel’s ten key brand messages.Brian Kukon, CEO of hummel America says, “Tag New Media represents the cutting-edge, advanced thinking and dynamic team approach used in website development much the same as hummel approaches the soccer and fashion industries. Our companies have the same synergy.”Tag New Media is an award-winning Web design and development studio based in Burlington, Vermont. Since 1996, TNM has focused on delivering value to their clients through thoughtfully conceived and appropriate interactive design and technology solutions – solutions that address core businessobjectives.last_img read more

Merchants Bancshares declares 28-cent dividend

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2011) – Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, October 20, 2011, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable November 17, 2011, to shareholders of record as of November 3, 2011. Merchants plans to release earnings on or about October 25, 2011.Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer and Geoffrey R. Hesslink, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender of Merchants will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 28, 2011. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing U.S. number (800) 230-1074; the title of the call is Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Earnings Call. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Friday, November 4, 2011. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 200986.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 40 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of comm ercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns, and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs, and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. These statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe Merchants’ future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plan,” “potential,” “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “target” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on the current assumptions and beliefs of management and are only expectations of future results. Merchants’ actual results could differ materially from those projec ted in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among others, general, national, regional or local economic conditions which are less favorable than anticipated, including continued global recession, impacting the performance of Merchants’ investment portfolio, quality of credits or the overall demand for services; changes in loan default and charge-off rates which could affect the allowance for credit losses; declines in the equity and financial markets; reductions in deposit levels which could necessitate increased and/or higher cost borrowing to fund loans and investments; declines in mortgage loan refinancing, equity loan and line of credit activity which could reduce net interest and non-interest income; changes in the domestic interest rate environment and inflation; changes in the carrying value of investment securities and other assets; misalignment of Merchants’ interest-bearing assets and liabilities; increases in loan repayment rates affecting interest incom e and the value of mortgage servicing rights; changing business, banking, or regulatory conditions or policies, or new legislation affecting the financial services industry, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, that could lead to changes in the competitive balance among financial institutions, restrictions on bank activities, changes in costs (including deposit insurance premiums), increased regulatory scrutiny, declines in consumer confidence in depository institutions, or changes in the secondary market for bank loan and other products; and changes in accounting rules, federal and state laws, IRS regulations, and other regulations and policies governing financial holding companies and their subsidiaries which may impact Merchants’ ability to take appropriate action to protect Merchants’ financial interests in certain loan situations.You should not place undue reliance on Merchants’ forward-looking statements, and are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results of operations may differ materially from those projected or suggested in the forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties, which are included in more detail in Merchants’ Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Merchants does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.last_img read more

New York begins bidding process for 800MW of offshore wind

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:New York has kicked off the competition for the state’s first large-scale offshore wind development contracts.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the solicitation seeking 800 megawatts or more of new offshore wind projects is an initial step toward the state’s goal of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030 to combat climate change.The Democrat has mandated that 50 percent of the state’s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2030.Under the solicitation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has the ability to award 25-year contracts for projects ranging from 200 to 800 megawatts. Bids are due in February and awards are expected in the spring.The agency will award contracts according to price as well as economic benefits and project viability.More: New York kicks off competition for offshore wind contracts New York begins bidding process for 800MW of offshore windlast_img read more

Caught Between MTA and Feds, Long Island on Fast Track to Nowhere

first_imgThe federal government is proposing a multi-billion-dollar monumental expansion of the Northeast Corridor passenger rail line that, if realized, would run high-speed trains straight through the heart of Long Island.Surprisingly, aside from a few well-connected insiders, most Long Islanders haven’t heard about this project, but they’ll get their first chance to express themselves at public hearing in Mineola on Jan. 12.“We’re hopeful that we’ll get the turnout to hear what folks are thinking about the effort,” said Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Northeast Corridor Future Program manager.Since 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been preparing a comprehensive plan for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to improve service and resiliency of the much-travelled route between Boston and Washington, D.C. The goal is the creation of an investment program that will guide passenger rail service improvement projects through 2040.The specifics can be found within the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Additional information is at The Foggiest Idea, my online land use resource, which first broke the story in December on how the proposal could impact Long Island.For us here, the proposal entails an all-new high speed rail network that stretches from Floral Park to the Village of Port Jefferson, where it travels 22 miles under the Long Island Sound via a tunnel to emerge in New Haven. Trains along the route might routinely reach speeds of nearly 160 mph, with stations placed at major existing transit hubs such as Ronkonkoma. According to the draft statement, “roughly 75 trains a day” would connect Ronkonkoma and Boston’s South Station through its proposed Alternative 3 route option.The draft statement raises significant questions that extend far beyond the realm of “how are they going to build it?” The most disconcerting comes from the seemingly lackadaisical public input process. For the length of LI, a lone public hearing is scheduled at the Nassau County Municipal Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., next Tuesday.Why are there public hearings set for Nassau County, New York City and other impacted areas, but not in Suffolk County, where a significant portion of this project is planned to be?This isn’t to say that some local officials aren’t aware of the NEC Future project.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (left) and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone (center), join Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a breakfast unveiling the governor’s 2016 agenda. (Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor)Politically, this project is both ambitious and unrealistic. It strives to set the tone for a developmental approach that local governments could take in the next five, 10 to 20 years. But hardly any input is being solicited for the 1.5 million or so residents who would be affected. This omission is especially troubling, considering that the public is being brought into the fold now, even though the planning process began in 2012. Starting that year, meetings were held with various transportation and railroad agencies, including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the MTA and LIRR.In 2013, a meeting on the NEC future proposal was held with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works as well as with Suffolk County’s Department of Economic Development and Planning. Officials from both counties were briefed in September and October of 2014. Seemingly, these meetings outlined the project thoroughly, as the DEIS states: “Briefings on the program were also provided to Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ (New York) representatives to explain the program and discuss potential Long Island route options.”In October 2014, an economic development workshop was held in Farmingdale to discuss the NEC Future proposal. As its agency reported: “Private developers, local planners, economic development professionals, and academic institutions were invited to the workshops to help understand the key factors that affect station area development, broader economic development, and barriers to development.”Has anyone heard a peep from our two county executives about this high-speed rail plan? They’ve been briefed, supposedly, but not even a discouraging word has come from either Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, nor from their deputies or planning officials.This week at the Crest Hollow County Club in Woodbury they delivered their “annual state of the counties report” to 800 people at the Long Island Association’s Executive Breakfast, but the big story was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of his sweeping infrastructure plan for the Island that highlighted his support for a 9.8-mile third track for the LIRR’s main line in Nassau between Floral Park and Mineola—an idea that’s only been kicking around since 1988. Cuomo said he would ask the State Legislature to include $7 million in the 2016 state budget for a feasibility study. Ultimately the third track upgrade could run as much as $1.5 billion, but he said he’d commit the MTA’s next capital program to funding it.Now, with the FRA’s ambitious plan for the Northeast Corridor coming down the line, what will happen to the MTA’s much-needed third track project? If Alternative 3, the option that uses Long Island as a viable option for increased rail service to New England, is selected, will the federal government utilize eminent domain to secure clearance on the new railway’s right-of-way? It certainly wouldn’t bode well for Stewart Avenue in Garden City, given what we know now.Here’s another question: are our local policymakers within Suffolk County and the Towns of Babylon, Islip and Brookhaven aware that the federal government is looking to tie together the Island’s large-scale regional projects with a high-speed rail network?When asked about the project, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said in a statement, “Increasing long-term investments for passenger rail infrastructure is vital to the economic growth of New York and the entire region. I will continue to fight for increased federal funding to strengthen the Northeast Corridor’s critical infrastructure and improve the safety and efficiency of rail service.”The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was mum on the plans.“We have no comment on the NEC Future draft findings, which are still undergoing public scrutiny,” said Sal Arena, a spokesman for the MTA, which oversees the Long Island Rail Road. “The MTA has monitored the process from the beginning and will continue to do so going forward.”Understandably, the MTA preferred to keep the focus on Cuomo’s plan for the LIRR, as he unveiled it at the event sponsored by the area’s largest business organization.“Monies would be better spent to do the necessary studies for the LIRR’s Third Track,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association. “The Third Track is real, albeit, it has been difficult to get off the ground. The NEC is a pie-in-the-sky alternative that will never happen, even if someone gives Long Island $100 billion or so to build it…. If you were starting Long Island from scratch, it could make sense, but not now.”Planners agreed.“The proposal makes no sense economically for the region, especially Nassau and Suffolk Counties, considering that we have more pressing priorities that have been around for the last half century that we haven’t been able to build,” observed Lee Koppelman, who served 28 years as the first Suffolk County Planner and 41 years as the regional planner for Nassau and Suffolk, and has been the executive director of the Center for Regional Policy Studies at Stony Brook University. “Those examples include double tracking the North Shore LIRR branches, creating an extension of the central main LIRR line to Calverton in Riverhead, or finishing up the Second Ave Subway, which would tie into the East Side Access project. All of these pre-existing projects would all have economic positives that Long Island would benefit from.”Koppelman raised an essential point that wasn’t addressed by Cuomo’s recent announcement at the Crest Hollow Country Club.“The MTA is short roughly $20 billion in funding to meet the current needs of their infrastructure,” said Koppelman. “Where will the money come from?”The master planner tried to look on the bright side.“I am all in favor of the mantra ‘make no little plans,’” Koppelman said, “but there has to be some rationale, evidence of need for this type of large-scale project. In this example, this is merely top-of-the head type of scheming.”Reached by CBS 2 News’s Carolyn Gusoff  for her on-air coverage of the NEC project, the LIA’s Kevin Law expressed his skepticism, whereas former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, a Democrat, was optimistic.“Of course, it’s feasible,” Halpin told Gusoff. “They do this all over Europe. The Chinese are doing it all through China, and there they have billions of people.”But, as Gusoff discovered, most Long Islanders in the affected area had no idea this federal project was even in the works.Alternative 3 isn’t the only avenue the NEC Future project could take. The other options include improving and maintaining the current corridor so that it is in a state-of-good repair, creating new NEC rail linkages in Connecticut, or, the most ambitious, building a new NEC “spine” that either cuts through Westchester County and eventually through Connecticut or an offshoot that cuts through the heart of Nassau and Suffolk counties.According to Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the FRA NEC Future Program manager, the costs range from $65 billion to $135 billion all the way up to $290 billion, but they’d be spread over time to make it less onerous. She told us that “the cost of doing nothing is so much greater,” explaining that all the current modes of transportation in the corridor, whether by rail, highway or air, are already at their capacity. What’s driving the federal effort, she stressed, are the number of choke points on the route now, plus the aging infrastructure—in some places more than a century old—and the region’s growing population.“Long Island is such an important market in the Northeast but it doesn’t currently have inter-city service,” said Reyes-Alicea. “We want to connect cities by rail… It is a challenging concept to absorb [because] it’s looking out to 2040.”Realistically, the NEC Future project faces enormous hurdles, thanks to the billions needed to build it, as well as the sizable expected pushback from residents and local elected officials up and down the corridor. For now, the main issue is the marked lack of input the public has had so far in the project’s promulgation.Planning, especially at the regional level, must include stakeholders across all levels of government and expertise. A project of this magnitude affects states, counties and, on Long Island, myriad local village governments. Further, the environmental impacts to our region’s sole-source aquifer were mentioned only briefly in chapter 7.7 of the draft.It is pretty damning that a project of this scale and breadth would not be mentioned once by any LI official during the various ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings or press conferences here.Unfortunately, it seems that keeping the public in the dark about this proposal is the typical business of “planning” on the Island, and for the vested interests and stakeholders involved, business couldn’t be better. All aboard?–with Spencer RumseyRich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea. Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

CUNA follows up Treasury meeting with regulatory relief recommendations

first_imgCUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to Tresaury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday, thanking him for conducting a roundtable discussions with credit unions earlier this month, and providing additional information about how regulations can be more manageable for credit unions. Treasury conducted the roundtable to gather information as it prepares a paper in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on core financial regulation principles issued in February.“Credit unions’ ability to provide safe and affordable financial services has been significantly impeded in the last several years by a regulatory scheme rigged to favor the large banks and non-bank financial services providers that can afford to absorb regulatory changes,” Nussle wrote.The letter includes recommendations to streamline regulations for credit unions regarding:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) procedure and oversight; continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Senior players at Barcelona ‘totally against’ Pochettino as new manager

first_img Even important figures behind the scenes are encouraging president Josep Bartomeu to look elsewhere. It is claimed how the club and manager have remained in contact since January and Pochettino even had dinner with Bartomeu last month. Pochettino’s loss could be Xavi’s gain with the former midfielder touted for a return to his boyhood club. There are serious concerns that the size of the job would come too soon for Xavi who still has a year left on his contract managing in Qatar. read also:Messi now ready to leave Barcelona That could open up a shock move for Thierry Henry who has emerged as another candidate for the job. The Frenchman is currently managing Montreal Impact in MLS, having endured a dreadful stint at AS Monaco in the 2018-19 season. Other potential candidates include Ronald Koeman, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and Roberto Martinez. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mauricio Pochettino may have talked himself out of the Barcelona job with senior players “totally against” his appointment. Chiefs at the fallen giants want the Argentine to rebuild the squad as they plan a huge restructure behind the scenes after their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. Current boss Quique Setien is technically still manager but the writing is on the wall for the beleaguered boss. Poch, 48, has been without work since his was sacked as Tottenham manager in November. But his previous comments about managing Barca appear to have come back to haunt him. The gaffer once said he’d rather work on a farm than manage at the Nou Camp because of his affinity with neighbours Espanyol. Pochettino made 318 appearances for their rivals as a player and later returned to the club as manager. The Argentine even labelled Barca legend Xavi “his enemy” three years ago after the Spaniard allegedly tipped Dele Alli for a move to Manchester United. AS report how Barca’s senior players like Lionel Messi, who have a huge influence on decisions at the club, refuse to bury the hatchet. Loading… center_img Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animals10 Most Praised Historical Movies8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

New advocacy position proposed at USG meeting

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government Senate will vote next week on a resolution that would add a new position to its advocacy branch. The Senate also decided to rename the Director of External Affairs position to Director of Community Affairs, adding a Director of External Affairs position would entail different responsibilities if the resolution is passed. Alec Vandenberg, the co-director of the student service assembly, proposed the addition of a new director position in the advocacy branch to promote student interest in external affairs. Daniel Zhu | Daily TrojanAlec Vandenberg, a co-director of the Student Service Assembly, proposed the resolution at the Senate meeting Tuesday night. He said the new position would help advocate for the undergraduate population off campus, particularly in the political sphere. The new director’s role would include calling for town halls at USC for federal and state congressional candidates.“We want to make sure that [undergraduate students] have an avenue to express their opinions and make sure that their rights are protected,” Vandenberg said.He cited precedent for the proposed role, noting that the Graduate Student Government as well as undergraduate student governments at many other top universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University and the University of Chicago all have this position. Vandenberg said USC is currently only serving its students’ on-campus needs, and that off-campus policies that affect students’ rights are also important for USG to consider. “I see a lack of organization of making sure that we have a mouthpiece to connect people to outside voices and external actors,” Vandenberg said. “[Both] on- and off-campus policies affect students’ rights.”However, several senators including Preston Fregia, Buck Andrews, Debbie Lee, Tyler Matheson, Isabella Smith and Noah Silver expressed concerns. Andrews questioned whether this new position would politicize USG elections, noting that elected officials would influence which policy preferences would be supported by USG. He suggested that a check be placed on the potential director to ensure that policies are kept non-partisan.Fregia expressed concerns regarding the influence of this new position on the USG budget, asking if this position would be paid. Vandenberg, while noting that the cost of the new director’s activities would be minimal, said the position would be paid.Lee asked whether the new director would represent the true will of the undergraduate population or merely the views of more outspoken individuals. Vandenberg responded that polling would be conducted in order to fairly gauge the desires of undergraduate populations. Among the senators questioning Vandenberg’s proposal, Matheson was the most vocal, stressing the potential entrance of ideological politics and party affiliations into USG as a result of the position“I don’t see how, if this becomes a reality, senators can not bring their political ideologies into USG,” Matheson said. “I can’t see a possibility where I wouldn’t identify as a Democrat or Republican in order to help me win.”Matheson also noted the existence of political groups on campus, saying that they could serve this purpose better. He expressed fear regarding the politicization of USG if this new position is implemented.“You can see why that’s a slippery slope because then all of the sudden, you have the USG office filled with party politics, as opposed to actually serving the students,” Matheson said.Vandenberg attempted to ease the senators’ concerns, emphasizing that the new position would focus on specific issues rather than broader ideological commitments.“It’s making sure that government is accessible to students, not dictating that government should influence them or how we should influence them to engage with the government,” Vandenberg said. “There is going to be an emphasis on making sure that this is issue focused. It’s not about partisan politics.”The senate also voted 11-1 in favor of sending Cindy Pineda, a USG co-chief diversity officer to a first-generation and low-income students conference taking place from Feb. 16 to 18 at the University of Pennsylvania. Senator Natalie Antounian cast the dissenting vote.last_img read more

Quibi, LeBron James and ‘I Promise’: What to know about the streaming service’s documentary

first_imgEpisode 3, titled “Trust,” details how school officials and other students build trust with one another. The episode also details the life of Nate, one of the school’s third-grade students, and his struggles with the school, partly due to his behavior and home life.New episodes will be distributed daily starting on April 7. List of upcoming Quibi programmingQuibi is going to be the future home of many intriguing documentary, TV and comedy series. Here are a few current and upcoming shows on the platform:TitleGenreReleased”Legends of the Hidden Temple”Game showApril 2020″The Fugitive”ActionApril 2020″Reno 911!”ComedyTBA”Spielberg’s After Dark”HorrorTBA”I Promise”DocumentaryApril 2020″Most Dangerous Game”ActionApril 6, 2020″Punk’d”RealityApril 2020 Part of the goal of Quibi is to deliver digestible videos to viewers via mobile phone or tablet. Among the dozens of shows being distributed on the platform is “I Promise,” a series in partnership with NBA superstar LeBron James that details the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.MORE: Broadcast changes are needed in “NBA 2K” Players TournamentHere’s what you need to know about the service and the documentary series:What is Quibi?Quibi is a newly launched video streaming service which features bite-sized videos 10 minutes or less in length. The content varies from documentaries to news programming, action, comedy and more.There are a few catches: Quibi is solely a mobile service, available only via Google Play or the Apple App Store. With videos and series on the app all under 10 minutes in length, then it might be the platform for you if you’re strapped for time during your lunch break or just aren’t looking for a big time commitment.The first 90 days are free. Afterward, it’s $4.99 per month (with ads) or $7.99 a month without ads.The company was founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg of Walt Disney and DreamWorks fame. Under Katzenberg’s regime, the company pushed out some of its biggest hits, including “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.” After departing Disney, Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks, which is famed for its “Shrek” franchise, along with other films, such as “Kung Fu Panda” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”You can see an incomplete list of programming on the app below.LeBron James and QuibiThe Lakers forward and Quibi partnered to bring a documentary series titled “I Promise,” a 15-part series that details the first academic year of the James-founded I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.The public school aids at-risk children, currently with curriculums for third and fourth grades, and will teach up to Grade 8 come 2022.The first three episodes of the series are available on Quibi, with new installments coming each day.’I Promise’Episode 1 of “I Promise” features the birth of the school and what makes it different from other public schools in Akron.”For me to be able to have a platform and to use my resources — obviously I didn’t know the ins-and-outs of how to create a school,” James says in Episode 1. “But I was passionate about having our kids in our hometown living under one roof.”Featuring several of the school’s students, teachers and the school itself, the episode explains what the “I Promise” philosophy is and how it’s separate from other public schools.Episode 2 features more specifics on how the school is different from other schools, such as having a food pantry, and shows how each student’s family plays into the student. The episode also details some of the challenges, including having to deal with children who are held back in elementary school. Quibi? What is a Quibi?If you think it sounds like a new cartoon show on Nickelodeon, you wouldn’t be too far off. The latest streaming service to hit the app store — and only the app store, as you’ll soon find — offers an intriguing concept for those who are short on time but craving some form of content.last_img read more