Legislation watch

first_imgThe Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called on the government to lift barriers preventing smaller businesses competing for contracts from public authorities.Its argument has been strengthened by a report on public procurement from the Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee that said smaller firms were hampered by the complex and costly tendering process.FPB campaigns manager Matt Hardman said that while the principles of the government’s procurement policy were clear, its practical implementation was “a huge problem and smaller firms, which could often provide authorities with the best value for money, are excluded from the tendering process”.The FPB provided evidence to the committee of MPs, supported by case studies from a selection of the 25,000 small and medium-sized firms it represents. It urged the government to ensure contracts are awarded according to the principle of best value for money.One FPB member commented: “Public procurement bodies tend to put out contracts to consultants who charge fees of between £250 and £600 just to add your name to their database, with absolutely no guarantees of any work.”Hardman said public authorities tend to “bundle tenders together for convenience when they could get better value for money by breaking them up and putting them out to tender individually”.Separately, the FPB has called on the government to cut or remove business rates on around 150,000 small businesses.last_img read more

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Women of Pangborn Hall begin to establish traditions regardless of next year’s change of location

first_imgMeet the Valkyries, Notre Dame’s newest female community, currently residing in Pangborn Hall.Rector Amanda Springstead said the community has “a spirit of ‘we’re going to do this, and we’re going to do this together.’”Pangborn is unique in its student composition. The sophomores, juniors and seniors of Pangborn chose to move to the dorm this fall in order to launch the new community.Next year, the Valkyries will move to a new home that is currently under construction near Dunne Hall on the east side of campus. The women who opted to join this community last spring received a blank page: no dorm colors, mascot or traditions already in place.Springstead said building these elements comes with its challenges, but the residents of this hall have stepped up.“The great thing about the spirit of the women in Pangborn Hall is that they really want to be involved,” she said. “We’re all really excited about the creativity that comes from starting a new hall.”Springstead made the same choice her residents did, leaving her five-year post as rector at Howard Hall to participate in this new venture. She said she believed in the importance of a “really good start” when founding a new community such as this one.“Hearing the women and their stories about why they chose to come to Pangborn, it strikes me that they are running to something. They’re excited about creating something,” she said.Though these women will not remain in Pangborn, moving one year early helped alleviate a campus-wide need for housing for transfer students, according to Springstead. Despite the temporary nature of their current home, the Valkyries have flourished.“Our community isn’t the building, it’s the group of people,” Springstead said.Signature events are a typical part of Notre Dame dorm culture, and Springstead said Pangborn will be no exception. She said Notre Dame can expect to see a signature event from the Valkyries next semester. Dorm leadership and the residents will make this decision, like all others, together.“Similar to how we voted for our mascot, I think we’ll be voting on what ideas people like,” she said.These votes will help establish parts of the new dorm’s culture while continuing the growth of the community that has already begun forming.“We’re pretty feedback driven,” Springstead said. “People want to be involved in creating these traditions.”While all returning students chose their spot in Pangborn, incoming first-years and transfers were randomly assigned, just as occurs for other dorms. The building currently houses the fewest women of any female dorm on campus.Next year, capacity for the Valkyries will increase from its current 130 residents to 225. Springstead says she looks forward to that transition.“I’m excited to meet who else will be joining us there,” she said. “When I think about next year, I’m really excited that our community will have another year to grow on what we started.”Springstead said she hopes and believes the spirit of ambition and unity will remain with them next year and many years to come.Tags: dorm community, Pangborn Hall, valkyrieslast_img read more

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Cazenovia volleyball upended by Cortland comeback

first_imgSimply put, the Chittenango girls volleyball team is not accustomed to regular-season defeats.The Bears’ sheer dominance in recent Section III winter season championship runs included long stretches where it would not so much as give up a set to an opponent.All of that changed last Tuesday night against Cortland, where Chittenango seemed on the way to another big win, only to get shocked by the Purple Tigers in five sets. Tags: Chittenangovolleyball Each of the first two sets was close and hard-fought, yet each time the Bears got the key points late, winning those sets 25-23 and 25-22.Somehow, Cortland absorbed this and claimed the third set 25-21. Then it pulled away 25-15 in the fourth, setting up a tense final set where, on this occasion, the Purple Tigers got the points that mattered.Winning that final set in another 25-21 decision, Cortland had Kayci Olson earn 27 kills and 25 digs, while Lexi Zacek and Marissa Parzynski each had 10 kills and combined for 32 digs. Grace Call amassed 48 assists and 13 digs as Tori Cruz got 25 digs.center_img On Chittenango’s side, Bayla Cutrie had 12 kills, eight assists and 10 digs, with Sarah Martin getting 10 kills and 17 digs.Savannah Penoyer (22 digs) and Tori Foran (21 digs) led the Bears’ defense as Carolyn Myka had 17 assists and 10 digs, with Jada Masciat adding four kills, three blocks and nine digs.The irony was that Chittenango’s next match was at Tully on Thursday, against a Black Knights foe long accustomed to success, but who had just taken its own defeat earlier in the week, a three-set sweep by Onondaga.Showing its resilience, the Bears would top Tully in four sets, dropping a close opener 25-23, but then taking the second set 25-21. The third and fourth sets both ended 25-23 in Chittenango’s favor.Able to claim most of the important points in those last three sets, the Bears had Cutrie earn 20 assists and Myka get 19 assists, passing it to a variety of front-line players, Cutrie adding 10 digs and six kills, too.Penoyer put up 11 kills, plus 13 digs. Masciat had eight kills, with Martin getting seven kills and 11 digs. Chelsea Lamphere gained five kills as Gabby Cutrie earned 10 digs.Chittenango plays just once this week, hosting Faith Heritage on Tuesday as a Thursday match with Onondaga was pushed back to Jan. 11, just as a match with Pulaski set for last week got moved to Jan. 28.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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The 7 Technology Trends That Will Matter Most To Small Business in 2013

first_imgrieva lesonsky What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts Tags:#predictions#small business How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … If 2012 was a year of “wait and see,” for small business technology, 2013 will be a year to “go for it.”One key reason is that small business optimism is already rising. According to the Fall 2012 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report, more than half of small business owners project sales will grow in the next year, and almost one-third plan to hire. Just 7% expect sales to drop and only 3% plan to lay off employees. And entrepreneurs typically believe they’re local economies are doing better than the nation as a whole. (That can’t be true for everyone, of course, but it still speaks to increasing optimism.)That’s not all. Some 45% of business owners in a recent Kauffman survey believe consumer demand will grow in 2013. Record sales over Black Friday weekend sales suggest consumers have “frugality fatigue” and are ready to spend again. Consumer debt is falling, the housing market is improving, and even the job market is showing signs of recovery-all of which could increase consumer spending by 3.5% by late 2013, according to Moody’s Analytics. With pent-up demand for everything from housing to personal services to travel, there will be plenty of opportunity for small businesses who aren’t afraid to seize it.As always, though, technology trends will make a big difference in determining which businesses will be most successful. Here’s what to look for:1. Death of the desktop? Mobility will increasingly change how we do business. Already, according to The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 36% of small business IT managers say some of their employees have replaced a desktop or laptop computer with a smartphone or tablet. An additional 20% predict even more employees will do so by 2014. Adoption of tablets in the workplace is projected to grow a whopping 117% by then, while smartphone adoption at work will surge 33%. Smart entrepreneurs will tap into mobile’s potential to work faster, more efficiently and more effectively.2. Understanding your tech options will be critical. While small businesses recognize the opportunity technology presents, they’re often confused about how best to implement it. In a Techaisle study, 54% of small and midsized businesses say their technology “pain points” have increased in the last three years, and that they’re most mystified by cloud computing, virtualization, business intelligence, remote managed services and marketing automation.3. Competition for talent will get tougher. It’s never been easy for a small business to compete with big-company salaries, perks and bennies, and in 2013 it will become even more difficult, as employees are eager to search for those greener pastures. That’s especially true for technology experts, so small businesses will have to find other ways to meet their tech needs.4. Outsourcing will become an even better option. Freelancers and contractors, on the other hand, will be easier to find. MBO Partners’ second annual State of Independence in America study projects the number of independent workers (contractors, consultants, freelancers or solo-preneurs) will grow from nearly 17 million to 23 million in the next five years. That will make it easier to hire the talent you need on a temporary basis.5. SoLoMo goes shopping. Social/Local/Mobile is becoming the standard way to shop. People shopping on their mobile devices, “showroomg” (use their phones to compare in-store products with prices online), and use local search to find retailers and social media to find products. In a new study from the Advertising Research Foundation, nearly one-third of shoppers said social media affects their choice of brands; meanwhile, a survey by YP says 40% of consumers use local search daily. Making sure your website is optimized for mobile viewing and (if appropriate) developing a mobile app are the bare minimum of what you need to do in 2013.6. Connected millennials – and their moms – matter more than ever. Much of the change in shopping behavior is driven by two key consumer groups: Millennials and moms. Both groups are constantly connected, rely on their friends’ opinions (as well as those of social rating and recommendation sites) and aren’t shy about sharing their own opinions of your business online (and in person). In 2013 it will be more crucial than ever to monitor and reply to what’s being said about your business online.7. Social means more than Facebook. Facebook and Twitter are still the big names in social media, most used by both consumers and businesses. But 2013 could see a shakeup from newer social sites as Pinterest, Tumblr and other visually oriented social media grab the attention of Millennial and younger consumers. And don’t rule out Google+: The site’s unique visitors grew by 80% in 2012, says a report by NM Incite.What are we missing? What do you think will matter most in small business technology in 2013? How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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Punjab delegation meets Sikhs in Meghalaya

first_imgA four-member delegation from Punjab on Wednesdaymet members of the Sikh community in Meghalaya after reports emerged that they have been told to leave the State by the authorities there. The delegation assured full support of Punjab government to them. The delegation is scheduled to meet Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday, an official release stated here. The delegation, led by Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, included MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa and MLAs Kulbir Singh Zira and Kuldeep Singh Vaid. ‘Infringement of rights’“The Punjab government will take all possible steps to bring the current dispute to an amicable settlement,” said Mr. Randhawa, adding that the “infringement” of the civil rights of the Sikhs who lived in Shillong for over 200 years would not be allowed at any cost. An official release quoting the Minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was fully seized of the matter and was personally in touch with his counterpart in Meghalaya on this issue. ‘Serious view’Mr. Randhawa appreciated Mr. Sangma for his efforts to diffuse the tension, maintaining that the Punjab CM had taken a serious view of the media reports regarding threats being issued to Sikhs in Shillong. The members of the Sikh community in Meghalaya told the delegation that the administration there had dubbed the area where they lived as “slum” and wanted their eviction. The delegation said they were for a peaceful solution to the problem and would discuss the matter with the Meghalaya Chief Minister. The delegation also visited Gurdwara Nanak Darbar in Shillong, whose president Gurjeet Singh complained that they were being forcibly evicted by the Meghalaya government.last_img read more

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Alora determined to finally beat Cambodian rival if they meet in AIMAG

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaFilipino jin Kirstie Alora said she still feels the pain of losing in the gold medal match in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games two games ago.But with new challenge coming up in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 17-27, Alora is determined to leave her Malaysia frustrations behind.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments A familiar face, though, could stand in her way once again with Cambodian Sorn Seavmey also in the competition and Alora is looking to turn in a different result if they meet.“Of course it still hurts,” said Alora in a round table discussion at College of St. Benilde on Thursday. “But I need to move on and keep fighting because I might face her once more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Right now, I want to beat her but the Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games and I want to get a podium finish.”Seavmey beat Elora 13-6 in the final of the women’s kyorugi -73 kilogram event marking the fourth straight time the Filipina lost to her Cambodian opponent. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ UAAP Season 80 Preview: New look, same goals for FEU Tamaraws Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Alora, who will stay in her weight division, said her disappointment in the SEA Games will be her motivation come the Aimag.“The Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games, and the loss was a learning experience for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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THURSDAY ISLAND- GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT TOUCH

first_imgRecently Queensland Game Development Officers Karley Banks and Glen Richardson headed to Thursday Island. Both came back in awe of the people, the island and their passion for Touch. Karley has written a fantastic story about their experience, click here to read it: THURSDAY ISLAND- HAVE BOAT, WILL TRAVELlast_img

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2009 ACT Super League

first_imgFour teams will take to the fields in both the Men’s and the Women’s divisions as they aim to take out the 2009 ACT Super League title.The teams competing in 2009 are the Canberra City Bears, Tuggeranong Valley Vikings, UC Otters and Woden Eagles. The competition will run over four weeks, with a double header to be played in the final round on Sunday, 22 November 2009. Finals will be played on Thursday, 10 December 2009. The Men’s competition will commence at 6.50pm, with the Bears up against the Vikings, while the Otters will play the Eagles. The Women’s round one games will be played at 7.40pm, with the same team’s playing each other as in the Men’s division. The Eagles will be out to put back to back titles together in the Men’s Open division, after last year’s grand final win over the Vikings. The Eagles again have a team full of talent, and will remain favourites, with Matt Curran, Scott Naughton and Chris Rawlinson among their best players. The Vikings are also fielding a strong side, with the likes of Nick Keech, Liam Taylor and Dean Taylor, as well as up and coming players Nick Tankey, Rob McCarthy and Joe Powell.Canberra City and UC will also be competitive in the Men’s division, with the Canberra City side including the likes of Steve Callander and Tim Spence as well as Canberra Raiders players Josh Dugan and Josh McCrone. The Otters are seeing some of their hard work over the last few years pay off in developing their younger players. Chris Tarlinton and Dee Prendergast are two of the more experienced players on the team, and will help develop the team’s younger players including Ben Hughes, Steve Meikle, Josh Wilkinson and Matt Atkins. In the Women’s Open division, the Bears will be looking for consecutive premierships in 2009, after defeating the Eagles by one touchdown in last year’s decider. Lining up for the Canberra City team in 2009 include sisters Kelly and Danielle Goodwin, Ash Kara, Carly Hill and Courtney Hinchcliffe. The Eagles will once again have a strong side, including Kate Bradley, Gen Netting, Rohanna Price and Erin Taylor.The Tuggeranong Vikings are beginning to see the benefits of their strong junior program and with players like Amanda and Mel Ingram, Amelia Kent and Shannon Frazer as well as younger players including Bec Beath, Jacinta Williams and Silvia Gonzalez, the Vikings are expected to be the surprise packet of the competition. The UC Otters are back this year after their absence in 2008 and include the likes of Kath Finn, Angi Donaldson and Donna Fraser, along with up and coming talent including Sarah and Jess O’Rourke, Lauren Bersinic and Pip Langford. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.aulast_img read more

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