Apply for Hurford Youth Fellowship in Washington

first_imgApply for Hurford Youth Fellowship in Washington 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM Tweet March 31, 2015 Published by michal ← Roma Education Fund Seeks a Consultant Research Assistant Reddit +1 Share 0 Deadline: 27 April 2015Open to: applicants no older than 30 years interested in democratic activismFellowship: monthly stipend for living, health insurance, travel expensesDescriptionThe World Youth Movement for Democracy and the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invite you to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellows Program in Washington, DC. Youth leaders from around the world will be considered for two positions throughout the year. For a period of four months, each fellow will have the opportunity to build his or her leadership and organizational skills and benefit from and contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement.Central to each fellowship will be an assignment to develop online discussion platforms that would generate active engagement of World Youth Movement members.  Each fellow will organize and lead a series of online discussions and information sharing on a key democracy issue that the fellow, in consultation with the Secretariat and Leadership Board, would identify. Youth Movement Fellows will identify, compile, present, and creatively share discussion materials and results. Youth leaders up to the age of 30 with a demonstrated interest in the advancement of democracy are welcome to apply, particularly those affiliated with democracy/civil society organizations are especially encouraged.EligibilityApplicants interested in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program must be no older than 30 years of age. They must demonstrate strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide. Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are especially encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program for general communication purposes. All application materials must be submitted in English.FellowshipEach fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C. Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington, D.C. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship related long-distance phone calls.How to apply?The application process has four parts:Personal Information;Project Proposal;Curriculum Vitae/Résumé;2 Letters of Recommendation. Please download this document and follow the instruction in second part.All application materials should be uploaded to the online application or sent via email to [email protected]center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021 LinkedIn 0 2021 Senesh Fellowship Pocket Rolex Laureate Awards for Enterprise →last_img read more

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Ittle Dew 2+ returns to Nintendo Switch

first_imgIttle Dew 2+ returns to Nintendo SwitchUpdate: Former publisher Nicalis denies allegations it attempted to re-publish title without permissionRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 16th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleLudosityOriginal story: Ittle Dew 2+ will return to the Nintendo Switch eshop next week, following its delisting last year by former publisher Nicalis.Though the game will be self-published by Ludosity upon its March 19 re-release, CEO Joel Nyström claimed in a tweet that Nicalis had recently tried to re-publish Ittle Dew 2 on console after it had been taken down from storefronts and the publisher had lost the rights.Ittle Dew 2’s troubles first came to light last September, when Nyström announced that Ludosity had terminated Nicalis’ publishing license six months prior due to a breach of contract, and that Nicalis had agreed to transfer the game back to them on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch storefronts.However, he went on to accuse Nicalis of ghosting Ludosity for “a few weeks” before removing Ittle Dew 2 from all console storefronts entirely, without transferring the store pages back to the developer and effectively leaving the game’s digital future in limbo until now.Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz today, Nyström says that while Ludosity has had the rights to publish Ittle Dew 2 since Nicalis allegedly breached contract, it took some time to return the game to the Switch storefront.”The issue was to then have a smooth transition for the players and transfer the ownership of the eshop entry to us,” he says.”While we had the option from day one to issue a takedown for Nicalis’ entry and republish our own, we wanted to transition the same entry so we, for example, could provide updates to the game people bought on release.”But for a transfer, it requires the transferers’ (Nicalis) consent. And they just didn’t bother replying to emails.”Nyström adds that Nintendo and other first-party partners had been “very accommodating and helpful” with the situation.Last fall, a number of developers and Nicalis employees spoke to Kotaku about Nicalis’ apparent history of communication problems, sudden termination of business relationships without warning, and president Tyrone Rodriguez’s history of racist, antisemitic, ableist, and homophobic slurs.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Update, March 16, 2020: Nicalis has responded to a request for comment a statement denying that it attempted to republish Ittle Dew 2+ after its contract was terminated.”In 2019 Nicalis and Ludosity terminated the publishing agreement for Ittle Dew 2+,” the statement reads. “The game was then removed from all storefronts as quickly as reasonably possible.”Nicalis has not attempted to re-publish Ittle Dew 2+ on any platform at any time since the agreement was terminated.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 2 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Financial Gym takes on ‘old-school’ financial planning

first_img“I wasn’t allowed to take a meeting with anyone until I knew they had at least $250,000, but I didn’t know how to ask people what was in their bank account before having coffee with them, so I just took every meeting,” she said. “I learned there are a lot of people with less than $250,000 who need help with their finances.”Thus, the Financial Gym was launched in 2013 with the basic objective of providing financial guidance to the masses in a way McLay compares to the old-style community banks providing personal services before ATMs eliminated the need for personal banking interactions.While McLay embraces the nostalgic analogy of the Financial Gym as a kind of modern-day community bank, she admits the practical application is more like a hybrid of a health club membership and Weight Watchers program.Memberships, which start around $85 a month and require a three-month minimum commitment, begin with a “financially naked session,” during which members share their entire financial situation with a “trainer,” also referred to as a BFF (best financial friend).“We find out where you’re at financially,” McLay said. Men don’t ask for directions, so their wives and girlfriends are calling us.Shannon McLay, founder and CEO, the Financial Gym “We have a training program that is better than the CFP program because we get into things like credit card debt, student loan debt and budgeting,” McLay said. “We fall under an exemption rule that applies to teachers, lawyers and accountants. Under the Advisory Act, you don’t have to register as adviser if investment advice is not the main focus of what you do.”On the matter of trainer qualifications and backgrounds, McLay stands by her training program and eagerly presents that question back to anyone asking about her trainers.“How do you know about the background and qualifications of any adviser?” she said. “I worked with guys at Merrill Lynch who were selling cars before they went through the Merrill Lynch training program.”Samantha Russell, chief evangelist at FMG Suite, said the Financial Gym is distinct from the broader financial services industry in just about everything it does.“The Financial Gym is a financial planning firm that is set up differently from many other advisory firms we typically see, and their marketing is incredibly different and so good, as well,” Russell said. “Unlike many other financial advisers, they don’t manage money or sell investments. They focus on education and financial empowerment; things like budgeting, debt reduction strategies, negotiating a raise, building emergency funds, and retirement planning analysis with 401(k) guidance. Thus, they work with many individuals and families that typical financial advisory firms don’t work with because so many firms still get paid by AUM, meaning if the firm isn’t managing your money, they can’t take you on as a client.” McLay doesn’t pull punches when crediting the current state of financial services for creating an opening for her business model.“The financial services industry should be called the financial products industry, because the only way they make money is by selling you a product,” she said. “Meanwhile, 78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and the financial services industry wants to give you an app to use.”McLay recalls having to turn people away at Merrill Lynch because they didn’t have enough money and becoming frustrated with not having anywhere to send them.“People don’t know who those advisers are who work with smaller accounts, because they’re difficult to find,” she said. “At Merrill Lynch, I asked if they knew where I could send people to be treated like human beings. I didn’t see anything out there. And here we are eight years later, and I still don’t see it anywhere.”Megan Carpenter, chief executive at FiComm Partners, said the Financial Gym business model is filling a need not being met by “old school financial advisers.”“Most of the industry will read about Financial Gym and roll their eyes, which validates the huge opportunity Shannon McLay has in front of her,” Carpenter said. “They are leveraging successful new school marketing strategies to connect directly with their audiences in ways many traditional financial advisers fail to do by showing up in places their potential clients are, such as podcasts, Instagram, Pinterest and review sites, using relatable and simple language, and providing consistent educational content to build a following.April Rudin, founder and president of The Rudin Group, said a large part of the Financial Gym’s appeal is that it is relatable to just about everyone.“Most people don’t understand the structure of financial planning in terms of how to access it or what the fees are, but most people do understand how a gym works and the concept of a trainer and a membership,” she said. “It’s basically about self-improvement.”MONEY-BACK GUARANTEEMcLay backs up her subtle swipe at robo-advice platforms and various forms of less-personalized financial planning efforts across the industry with programs grounded in real conversations and actual accountability.For instance, a six-month commitment at the Financial Gym comes with a money-back guarantee, if the plan is followed, that clients will have a higher net worth, higher income and an improved credit score.McLay said she has never had to refund anyone’s money, and that on average clients over the first six months increased their net worth by $2,500, raised their credit score by 40 points, and increased their annualized income by $5,000.As those dollar amounts might suggest, the Financial Gym is not typically working with the mass-affluent type of clients most financial advisers are looking to recruit.According to McLay, the Financial Gym membership is currently about 65% women and 80% of the inbound calls are from women, something she attributes to the idea that “men don’t ask for directions, so their wives and girlfriends are calling us.”While the client base ranges from 17 to 72 years of age, McLay defined the core demographic as women between 26 and 32, making $60,000 a year.“The incomes of our members range from zero to people making seven figures,” she said. “We also have people with zero debt up to people with seven figures worth of debt. And we have people with negative assets, and we have a number of people whose net worth is in the $8 million range.”Because a big part of the Financial Gym model is community and accountability, there are regular social and educational events, in person and over virtual channels.McLay said she knew she was on the right track during one event when a woman stood up and said she didn’t understand what the “markets” are that everyone is always talking about.“She asked that question and half the room nodded their head,” McLay said. “If you don’t even know what that means, where do you go?” All it took was a few years working in the exclusive private client group at Merrill Lynch for Shannon McLay to recognize some vast gaps in service when it comes to traditional financial planning.McLay, founder and chief executive of the Financial Gym, which is geared toward bringing financial planning down to the retail consumer level, recalls not being able to work with any clients at Merrill unless they had at least $250,000 to invest.center_img “We’ve had clients come into the gym with stacks of envelopes they don’t want to open because they’re scared,” she said. “We know that 98% of people experience financial anxiety, even people in good financial health can experience that anxiety.”As McLay openly discusses on her podcast, the Financial Gym was not an instant success and has faced financial challenges when getting the business off the ground, but it now has physical locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.The business employs 52 trainers and serves roughly 3,000 clients.While Financial Gym trainers go through three months of training on working with clients and using the proprietary software programs to build financial plans and household budgets, they are not registered investment advisers or necessarily holders of any financial planning credentials. Within a week, members are presented with a 20-page report “that’s written in English to explain what you need to do,” she added.Among the things McLay is trying to address is the general fear of financial matters, which often leads to avoidance, which often leads to problems.last_img read more

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Gang Shootout at SOB’s Last Night During Fat Trel Show

first_img@TheReal_DEWBABY BRO DA NIGGA SHOT DA WHOLE CLIP AT DA GEOUND…1 NIGGA GOT HIT IN DA LEG Last night at SOB’s, during a mixtape party for rapper Fat Trel, injuring four patrons shortly after midnight at the NYC nightclub. Reports say that the shootout occurred over a member of the New Jersey Bloods starting talking trash about New York City.Four people were shot, with three people being shot in the leg, and one being grazed by a bullet, according to The Post. All victims were taken to Beth Israel hospital, and are expected to survive. An employee at the venue described the situation in the venue prior to the gunshots, saying that as the crowd began chanting the name of Fat Trel’s mixtape Sex, Drugs, Money, & Guns, she knew it was time to hide. “When I heard ‘guns’ I knew it wasn’t safe and I went downstairs,” she said.Other comments regarding the scary situation:“It was stupidity between some Bloods and Crips,” a witness said.“It was so ignorant. People started yelling at each other and then a gun got pulled.”Fat Trel tweeted:THE INSIDE OF MY SHOW JUS GOT SHUT UP IN NYC!!!! #KKKRRAAAZZYYYY— $$$FAT TREL$$$ (@FATTREL) September 12, 2013last_img read more

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PREMIERE: The Higgs Share Jam-Heavy Pro-Shot Video For “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)” [Watch]

first_imgSouthern California’s cosmic quartet, The Higgs, began releasing a series of live singles over the past month. The Higgs, or as many of their fans affectionately refer to them, the “Los Angeles Jammers”, have recently shared both “Late Night” and “Rhyme Or Reason” ahead of today’s “Rose Will Fall (Part 1)”, which the band shared earlier in the day.“Rose Will Fall (Part 2)” will be the final single set for release ahead of the forthcoming live compilation album, Rose Will Fall – Mixtape, which is due out March 20th. In true mixtape fashion, the Higgs plan on gifting fans who order Rose Will Fall – Mixtape on CD a limited number of cassette tapes. Replete with raw emotion, excellent storytelling, and exploratory jam sections, Rose Will Fall – Mixtape prominently displays the band’s approach to songwriting and crafting an energetic live experience.Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere The Higgs’ new live single, “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)”, and the accompanying pro-shot video recorded live from the Moontower Soirée 2019. Part two of “Rose Will Fall” serves as the epilogue to part one, and together they form a monstrous, 30-minute tale of fading love and the spark that comes with finding it once more.“The reason the song is split up into two parts is that the first part is the beginning and the middle of a story,” guitarist John Lovero explained. “And the second part is the end of the story, the outcome.”The two parts are, of course, inextricably related, but also highlight different emotions. Lovero remarked,[Part 2] kind of has a triumphant ending, whereas Part 1 is more of a roller coaster ride where you’re going through ups and downs. But then you come out to the other side, which is the light at the end of the tunnel, a beautiful bliss moment with an epic jam and really good vibes. I see it as the phoenix rising from the ashes.Below, embark on The Higgs’ epic, half-hour journey with “Rose Will Fall” (Parts 1 & 2).The Higgs – “Rose Will Fall (Part 1)” [Video: The Higgs]The Higgs – “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)” [Video: The Higgs]The Higgs recently wrapped up a run with Twiddle in Southern California and Salt Lake City, UT, during which they made a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the late Kobe Bryant’s name. Following a spring run that will see them play some select venues in the Gulf Coast, The Higgs will make several festival appearances throughout the summer, including The Hog Farm Hangout, 4 Peaks Music Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival. Scroll down for a full list of tour dates. The Higgs encourage fans to head to the band’s website to stay up-to-date regarding any postponements, tour announcements, tickets, and additional information.The Higgs 2020 Tour Dates4/29 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box4/30 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s Downtown5/1 – New Orleans, LA – 18th Annual Bayou Rendezvous during New Orleans Jazz Fest6/12 – Laytonville, CA – The Hog Farm Hangout 20206/18 – Bend, OR – 4 Peaks Music Festival 20207/2 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music FestivalView 2020 Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the Vermont State Police, Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments throughout Vermont, will hold its fourteenth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan recommends that all members of the public safeguard and properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired drugs at National Take Back Day. This is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose safety and health hazards.Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,386 lbs.) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—about 4,000 tons—of pills.Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous service. No questions will be asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectable, and syringes will not be accepted. Locations of collections sites around the state can be found by going to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/(link is external) and entering Vermont or a zip code. All sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.Vermont AG: Oct 24, 2017last_img read more

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Vermont stores survive closure of 51 Lowe’s

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Lowe’s Companies, Inc (NYSE: LOW) today announced it will close 51 of its big box home improvement stores. Most of the closing are in Canada and none are in Vermont or New Hampshire, or near the borders in Massachusetts or Upstate New York. There are two Lowe’s in Vermont, both in the Burlington area. Lowe’s said in a statement that the wind-down of certain underperforming store locations is part of its ongoing strategic reassessment. The closest store closings to Vermont are in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Grandby, Quebec.To focus on its most profitable stores and improve the overall health of its store portfolio, the company said it will:Close 20 U.S. stores. Most associates at these stores will be extended opportunities to transition to a similar role at a nearby Lowe’s store. The majority of impacted stores are located within 10 miles of another Lowe’s store.Close 31 Canadian stores and other locations.“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO.  “We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”Lowe’s expects to close the impacted stores by the end of the company’s 2018 fiscal year (Feb. 1, 2019). To facilitate an orderly wind-down, the company intends to conduct store closing sales for most of the impacted locations with the exception of select stores in the U.S., which will close immediately. Lowe’s has partnered with Hilco Merchant Services to help manage the process in the U.S. and ensure a seamless experience for customers.The expected financial impact of today’s announcement of $0.28 to $0.34 per diluted share was not contemplated in the business outlook for fiscal 2018 which the company provided on Aug. 22 when it released its second quarter earnings. Additional details regarding the impact of the store closings will be provided in the next quarterly earnings release on Nov. 20.Below is a list of store locations in the U.S. and Canada that will be closing.U.S.AlabamaLowe’s of Graysville, AL (Store #3039)1100 Bankhead Hwy SWGraysville, AL 35073CaliforniaLowe’s of Aliso Viejo, CA (Store #1900)26501 Aliso Creek RdAliso Viejo, CA 92656Lowe’s of Irvine, CA (Store #769)13300 Jamboree RdIrvine, CA 92602Lowe’s of South San Francisco, CA (Store #2452)720 Dubuque AveSouth San Francisco, CA 94080Lowe’s of Central San Jose, CA (Store 2842)750 Newhall DrSan Jose, CA 95110ConnecticutLowe’s of Orange, CT (Store #621)48 Boston Post RdOrange, CT 06477IllinoisLowe’s of Granite City, IL (Store #3028)1333 Schaefer RdGranite City, IL 62040Lowe’s of Gurnee, IL (Store #1829)7735 Grand AveGurnee, IL 60031IndianaLowe’s of Portage, IN (Store #1778)6221 US Hwy 6Portage, IN 46368LouisianaLowe’s of E. New Orleans, LA (Store #2690)5770 Read BlvdNew Orleans, LA 70127MassachusettsLowe’s of Quincy, MA (Store #2267)599 Thomas Burgin PkwyQuincy, MA 02169MichiganLowe’s of Burton, MI (Store #761)4274 E Court StBurton, MI 48509Lowe’s of Flint, MI (Store #669)2100 T.A. Mansour BlvdFlint, MI 48532MinnesotaLowe’s of Mankato, MN (Store #2855)2015 Bassett DrMankato, MN 56001MissouriLowe’s of Bridgeton, MO (Store #2299)11974 Paul Mayer AveBridgeton, MO 63044Lowe’s of Florissant, MO (Store #748)3180 N Hwy 67Florissant, MO 63033New YorkLowe’s of Manhattan – Upper West Side (Store #3292)2008 BroadwayNew York, NY 10023Lowe’s of Manhattan – Chelsea (Store #3293)635-641 6th AveNew York, NY 10011PennsylvaniaLowe’s of Shippensburg, PA (Store #2816)250 South Conestoga DrShippensburg, PA 17257TexasLowe’s of Irving, TX (Store #1811)3500 W Airport FwyIrving, TX 75062CanadaBritish ColumbiaRONA Columbia Square (Store #61580)105-1015 Columbia Street, New WestministerAlbertaRONA Calgary (Douglasdale, Store #62520)11520 – 24th Street SE, CalgaryReno-Depot Calgary West (Store #62880)12330 Symons Valley Road NW, CalgaryOntarioRONA Mississauga (Westdale Mall, Store #55430)1133 Dundas Street West, MississaugaRONA Mississauga (Lakeshore, Store #55390)1692 Lakeshore Rd, MississaugaRONA Sault Ste. Marie (Store #33640)132 Black Road, Sault Ste. MarieRONA Sudbury (Store #33020)943 Barry Downe Road, SudburyRONA Peterborough (Store #55520)1575 Chemong Road, PeterboroughRONA Kingston (Bath Road, Store #55310)1452 Bath Road, KingstonRONA Lakefield (Store #33140)178 Water Street, LakefieldLowe’s North York – Centerpoint (Store #3320)6600 Yonge Street, North YorkLowe’s Sault Ste. Marie (Store #3276)248 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. MarieQuébecRONA Ste-Clotilde (Store #44000)335, Route 209, Sainte-Clotilde-de-ChateauguayRONA Iberville (Store #44110)870, boulevard d’Iberville, Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuRONA L’Assomption (Store #44070)723, boulevard L’Ange-Gardien, L’AssomptionRONA Granby Moeller (Store #44060)788, rue Moeller, GrandbyRONA Ste-Rose (Store #44040)134, boulevard Sainte-Rose, LavalRONA Rivière-des-Prairies (Store #43250)9200, boulevard Maurice-Duplessis, MontréalRONA Rouyn-Noranda (Store #43270)1200, rue Mantha, Rouyn-NorandaRONA Ange-Gardien (Store #43070)194, rue Principale, Ange-GardienRONA Saint-Elzéar (Store #43290)100, rue du Parc Industriel, Saint ElzéarNewfoundlandRONA Conception Bay South (Killigrews, Store #22040)825 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception BayRONA Goulds (Store #22030)53-59 Main Highway, GouldsRONA St. John’s (Topsail, Store #22010)1297 Topsail Road, St. John’sRONA St. John’s (O’Leary, Store #22070)60 O’Leary Avenue, St. John’sRONA St. John’s (Torbay, Store #22130)710 Torbay Road, St. John’sRONA Bay Roberts (Store #22120)239 Conception Bay, Bay RobertsIn addition to the stores listed, four non-store facilities are also being closed or consolidated.Source: Lowe’s 11.5.2018last_img read more

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Increased bike park participation at MTBparks.com

first_img Related MTBparks.com, which recently revealed its ranking of the best bike parks in North America, has announced a Fall Ride Special giving riders access to more than 30 bike parks for the last months of the summer gravity season for only US$99.MTBparks.com – the comprehensive online guide to North American bike parks – continues a strong second season for the MTBparks Pass, in which more than 30 mountain bike parks across the United States and Canada have joined the program to offer pass holders free lift tickets and a wide range of other deals for one low price.To celebrate, the site has announced a Fall Ride Special promotion, giving riders access to the growing collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks participating in the 2015 MTBparks Pass program – priced at US$99.“As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, riders scramble to squeeze in as many trips to the bike park as possible.” said Michelle Good, MTBparks.com founder. “Many resorts across the country load bikes on the lifts well into October, so even if you didn’t get an MTBparks Pass earlier, there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the pass and get more resort riding in at a great price, before the snow flies.”The MTBparks Pass is a single pass giving members one free day of riding at more than 30 resorts. Additional benefits include unlimited discounts on lift tickets upon subsequent visits at many participating parks as well as deals on bike shop retail and rentals, food and beverage, training and coaching programs, bikes and components, and more.Many riders use the pass to ride free on road trips, and MTBparks.com recently published guides to riding the east and west US respectively.“The pass membership supports MTBparks.com continued mission to be the very best resource available to help riders plan those trips,” said Michelle Good, MTBparks.com founder.Michelle Good is the driving force behind the MTBparks Pass membership program, conceived as a way to support efforts to further develop the rider-driven MTBparks.com, a site she started as a labour of love to be a one-stop resource for lift-accessed mountain biking.While Good has worked to gain the support and participation of the resorts involved in the pass program, the site and the pass itself remain ‘proudly independent, grown through the dedication and passion of a core group of riders.’“We’re extremely grateful to have so many world-class resorts supporting a product that allows us to continue to improve MTBparks.com as a rider resource,” said Good. “Especially during a time of exponential growth among lift-served bike parks. We have a lot of work to do!”Beyond the one day of free riding members receive at each resort, additional benefits offered by premier partners include 50% off any return visit to Angel Fire Bike Park, NM; Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ; Snowshoe, WV; Big Sky, MT; Brundage, ID; and Sugarloaf, NB.Other benefits include 21% off return visits to Keystone Bike Park, CO; 10% of return visits to Plattekill Bike Park, NY; and Whiteface Mountain, NY; and 2-for-1 buddy tickets at Big Sky, MT; and Stevens Pass, WA.The MTBparks Pass normally retails for US$149, but with the Fall Ride Special, can now be purchased at store.MTBparks.com for US$99. The discounted price will automatically be applied to all orders.“It’s a unique spin on the traditional bike park season pass,” said Good. “And it pays for itself in a matter of days, making it the best value in resort mountain biking.”Participating bike parksNorthwest US1. Stevens Pass Bike Park, WA2. Silver Mountain Bike Park, ID3. Brundage, ID4. Big Sky Resort, MT5. Discovery Bike Park, MT6. Grand Targhee Bike Park, WYRocky Mountains / Southwest7. Steamboat Bike Park, CO8. Bike Granby Ranch, CO9. Bike Snowmass, CO10. Keystone Bike Park, CO11. Evolution @ Crested Butte, CO12. Angel Fire Bike Park, NM13. Pajarito, NM14. Bootleg Canyon, NV*Midwest US15. Spirit Mountain, MN16. Boyne Highlands, MIEastern Canada17. Sugarloaf Bike Park, NB18. Blue Mountain Bike Park, ONNortheast US19. Sunday River Bike Park, ME20. Attitash Mountain Resort, NH21. Highland Mountain Bike Park, NH**22. Evolution @ Mount Sunapee, NH23. Q Burke Mountain Bike Park, VT24. Killington Mountain Bike Park, VT25. Mount Snow Bike Park, VT26. Thunder Mountain Bike Park, MA27. Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, NY28. Plattekill Bike Park, NYMid-Atlantic / Southeast29. Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ30. Blue Mountain Bike Park, PA31. Timberline Four Seasons Resort, WV32. Snowshoe Bike Park, WV33. Bryce Mountain Bike Park, VA34. Bailey Mountain Bike Park, NC*Bootleg Canyon offers riders 50% off shuttles through the end of 2015.**Highland offers rider a recurring free day (or three pack) for members that enroll a guest in the resort’s ‘Find Your Ride’ program. Additional discount partnersCanfield Brothers Bikes and ComponentsSR SuntourScurvy Dogs RacingBetterRide.netEnduro MTB TrainingMTBparks.com is billed as North America’s most comprehensive guide to mountain-bike parks and resort destinations. Developed to be a one-stop guide to all of North America’s best bike parks, MTBparks.com provides news and event info, trail descriptions, maps, reviews, ticket prices and more. The site helps riders discover new bike parks and plan their next adventure, whether it’s a weekend in the nearby mountains or an epic road-trip across the continent.www.MTBparks.comlast_img read more

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CBRE sells 4 Phoenix apartment communities for $12.8M

first_imgCBRE negotiated the sale of four ideally located Phoenix multifamily communities totaling 12.8 million. Brian Smuckler, Jeff Seaman, Derek Smigiel and Bryson Fricke represented the buyer and seller in all four of the following transactions.400 On Pasadena, a 28-unit contemporary boutique apartment community, located in a dynamic Central Phoenix location, sold to Wildwood Hills Home Community Trust for $4.25 million. The seller was Clear Sky Capital Partner IX, LLC. Recently renovated and repositioned with premium finishes, the property is comprised of studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans that range from 500 to 800 square feet. Submarket rents increased 19 percent year over year ending in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to CBRE research.CBRE represented the seller, Level on 17th, LLC and the buyer, Mid-Century Apartments in the sale of Level on 17th. Located at 6725 N. 17th Ave. in Phoenix, the property commanded a sale price of $4.15 million. The 29-unit single-story community was repositioned in 2016 and offers one- and two-bedroom floor plans averaging 925 square feet.Cosmo, a 16-unit apartment community located at 6542 N. 17th Ave. in Phoenix, sold for $2.3 million to Mid-Century Apartments. Investapath Group, LLC was the seller of the garden-style community that features one, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 780 to 1,440 square feet.Flow Investments, LLC acquired Sunshine 12, a 12-unit apartment community located at 2737 E. Glenrosa in Phoenix for $2.1 million from Revival Midtown LLLP for $2.1 million. The seller recently renovated 30 percent of the units interiors with premium finishes and updated the exterior. The buyer plans to continue the renovation and complete the remaining 70 percent of the unit remodels.last_img read more

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Link between ADHD diagnoses and academic expectations identified

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Brosco and co-investigator Anna Bona, a graduating Miller School medical student, found that from 1981 to 1997, time spent teaching 3- to 5-year-olds letters and numbers increased 30 percent. They also discovered that the percentage of young children enrolled in full-day programs increased from 17 percent in 1970 to 58 percent in the mid-2000s. And 6- to 8-year-olds in 1997 saw time spent on homework increase to more than two hours a week, when a decade earlier their peers were studying less than an hour.While ADHD is a neurobiological condition, Brosco said it is influenced by age-dependent behaviors and demands of the environment. As academic activities have increased, time for playing and leisure has decreased, resulting in some children being seen as outliers and ultimately being diagnosed with ADHD. Although Brosco’s study does not prove causality, it does highlight a need for additional research on the effects of increasing academic standards for young children.“We feel that the academic demands being put on young children are negatively affecting a portion of them,” he said. “For example, beginning kindergarten a year early doubles the chance that a child will need medications for behavioral issues.”Brosco added that the study should not be seen as maligning full-day programming or education for young children. Children should, however, participate in learning activities that are developmentally age appropriate. At such a young age, he adds, what’s most important is that kids experience free play, social interactions and use of imagination. For parents eager to spur academic achievement, Brosco recommends putting away the flash cards and worksheets, and instead playing a board game, cooking a meal or reading a book together.“In the United States we’ve decided that increasing academic demands on young children is a good thing,” Brosco said. “What we haven’t considered are the potential negative effects.” Email Pinterestcenter_img A new study led by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has identified a possible correlation between the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasing academic demands on young children.In an article published in JAMA Pediatrics, Brosco hypothesized that increased academic standards since the 1970s have contributed to the rise in diagnosis of ADHD.“When we researched educational and public policy literature for studies that documented time children spent on academic activities, we were alarmed to find how substantially education had changed since the ’70s,” said Brosco, who is also associate director of clinical services at the Mailman Center for Child Development at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. “From time spent studying to enrollment rates in pre-primary programs, everything had increased, and not surprisingly, in the past 40 years we also saw ADHD diagnoses double.” Share Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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