John D Wood finishes gobbling up Countrywide stablemate Faron Sutaria

first_imgThe former Faron Sutaria branch in Earls Court few months ago….42-year-old London estate agency Faron Sutaria has disappeared for good following the completion of its merger with John D Wood.The company’s former shopfronts have now been replaced with John D Wood branded facades (see right and below).The move is part of parent company Countrywide’s plans to rationalise its branch network, which the plc says has so far saved it £3.5 million.The merger of Faron Sutaria was originally announced last month and since then its seven branches being added to the John D Wood network.These include its former branches in South Kensington, Sloane Square, Earl’s Court, Notting Hill, Fulham Broadway, Shepherd’s Bush and Islington.“I am delighted to have spearheaded the recent modernisation of John D Wood & Co. and now the merger of Faron Sutaria, bringing these two London estate agencies together,” says Tim van der Schyff, Head of Lettings at John D Wood.…and it’s new identity now.The new offices, refurbished in the fresh modern style John D Wood & Co. have [now been] rolled out across the network, look fantastic and are being very well received by our customers, colleagues and visitors.“John D Wood also recently had six other Countrywide stablemates added to its network, and Alan de Maid, Hetheringtons, Vanet, Fitz-Gibbon, APW Lettings and CHK Mountford are now all officiall ‘Part of John D Wood & Co.’Faron Sutaria was established in 1975 within Notting Hill but was bought by Countrywide in 1999. The company gained some notoriety in 2014 when the then chief executive of rival Chesterton, Robert Bartlett, tweeted a pic of their Notting Hill branch window.The TV screen behind it, which should have been promoting properties for sale in the area, was instead broadcasting a soft-porn channel. John D Wood Countrywide March 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » John D Wood finishes gobbling up Countrywide stablemate Faron Sutaria previous nextAgencies & PeopleJohn D Wood finishes gobbling up Countrywide stablemate Faron SutariaAll seven former FS branches are now branded John D Wood, ending a 42 year history.Nigel Lewis13th March 201701,617 Viewslast_img read more

UK Invests More in Submarine Successor Programme

first_img View post tag: europe UK Invests More in Submarine Successor Programme Authorities March 12, 2015 View post tag: funds View post tag: UK View post tag: programme View post tag: Successor View post tag: Industry View post tag: Naval Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Invests More in Submarine Successor Programme View post tag: Navy View post tag: submarine The UK’s submarine industry will benefit from £285 million of investment to continue design work for the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear deterrent submarines.The release of funding for the design work is within the existing Successor programme’s £3.3 billion Assessment Phase. The funding forms part of the MoD’s commitment to spending £163 billion on equipment and equipment support over the next 10 years to keep Britain safe. That includes new strike fighters; more surveillance aircraft; hunter killer submarines; two aircraft carriers; and the most advanced armoured vehicles.The Successor programme currently employs around 2,200 people in the UK, working for BAE Systems, Babcock and Rolls-Royce. For BAE Systems alone, the funding will sustain over 1,400 jobs on a programme that has already engaged with more than 240 suppliers.The work is largely based at the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria but also across the UK including sites in Raynesway in Derby and Bristol.BAE Systems will now proceed with an additional £257 million worth of design work, with a further £22 million at Babcock and £6 million at Rolls-Royce.The Successor submarine is designed to be one of the most stealthy submarines in the world. It will also be the largest, safest and most technically advanced submarine ever built in the UK.Under current plans, four Vanguard submarines – which currently maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent – will be replaced from 2028.All Royal Navy submarines will be based at Faslane by 2020, including the Astute and Trafalgar class attack submarines.Image: BAE Systems View post tag: benefit View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Ocean City Housing Authority to Seek New Bids for $4.2 Million Project

first_imgPlans call for replacing the Ocean City Housing Authority’s flood-prone senior citizen housing complex on Fourth Street with a new project. By Donald WittkowskiWasting no time, the Ocean City Housing Authority intends to reject construction bids that were dramatically higher than the estimated $4.2 million price tag for the agency’s proposed senior citizens housing complex.Only two bids were submitted Thursday by companies seeking the construction contract. Gary F. Gardner Inc., of Medford, N.J., submitted a bid of $5,767,000, while Fabbri Builders Inc., of Vineland, N.J., came in at $5,831,473.Jacqueline Jones, the authority’s executive director, said Friday that a letter will be sent to both companies rejecting their bids.The authority plans to advertise for new bids on June 7 as it starts the process all over again. According to the latest timetable, the bids will be opened on June 28.“I don’t think it’s all that serious because it’s only a month (delay),” Jones said of the rebidding. “It’s not a setback at all.”Assuming there are no problems with the new bids, the contract would be awarded within 30 to 45 days. The authority hopes to begin construction by year’s end and have the project completed by late 2019.“We’re on course there. Everything is good as far as the housing authority is concerned,” said Bob Barr, a city councilman who also serves as chairman of the authority’s board.Barr stressed that the first set of bids that were too high “didn’t derail a thing.” He noted that the project really won’t be delayed because the authority adjusted its schedule to include the possibility that it would have to seek new bids.An architectural rendering depicts the proposed $4.2 million Ocean City Housing Authority project.The proposed project will include 20 units of affordable housing for senior citizens. It will replace the authority’s flood-prone Pecks Beach Village senior citizens housing complex on Fourth Street.Pecks Beach Village was swamped by storm waters from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, underscoring the need to build new housing in a location less vulnerable to flooding. It continues to suffer from flooding during storms and even in high tides, Jones said.The new two-story building will be constructed on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the authority’s Bayview Manor housing complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue. Funding for the project comes from a federal Hurricane Sandy recovery grant.Senior citizens who already live in Pecks Beach Village will be transferred over to the new housing complex when it opens.Pecks Beach Village also includes a 40-unit complex for low-income families. That part of Pecks Beach will remain open after the new project is built. Jones said the family section of Pecks Beach sits on slightly higher land than the senior citizens complex and does not flood as much.The Ocean City Housing Authority uses federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor facilities.The new project will be built next to the housing authority’s Bayview Manor complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue.last_img read more

News story: Red Arrows’ North American Display list revealed

first_img Ottawa – Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow Chicago – Air and Water Show Atlantic City – Thunder Over The Boardwalk New York – New York Airshow, Stewart International Toronto – Canadian International Airshow St. Louis – Spirit of St. Louis Airshow & STEM Expo Portland-Hillsboro – The Oregon International Airshow Los Angeles (Huntington Beach) – The Great Pacific Airshow After displaying at the Royal International Air Tattoo, between July 19 and July 21, in the UK, the Red Arrows will undertake a short period of maintenance and preparation before departing for North America.Keep checking the Red Arrows’ social media channels for further details on the North America tour as they are released. Preparations are already being carried out to create a memorable and visually-exciting display to be enjoyed by people watching throughout the latest deployment.Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: The confirmed displays include appearances by the Red Arrows in Canada and on both the east and west coasts of the United States, with more events expected to be announced in the weeks to come.Speaking from Nellis Air Base, Nevada, UK Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: A map showing the locations of where the Red Arrows will be on display.Other public events, display locations and flypasts are still to be set, with engagement opportunities planned from coast-to-coast. Further announcements will follow as confirmations are made.The Red Arrows are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed almost 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965.Flying nine BAE Systems Hawk fast-jets, the team showcases the excellence of the Royal Air Force and demonstrates the global reach and capability of the Service, together with representing the best of British at home and overseas.Previous tours by the Red Arrows, including to the Middle and Far East, have helped generate important investment and sales for the UK across a range of sectors.UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: The team will fly to North America for the Western Hawk 19 tour this summer, expecting to arrive in Canada on August 8.During the deployment – which will be the largest to the region in a generation – the Red Arrows will help to support a range of British interests and promote trade and co-operation, as part of the United Kingdom’s prosperity agenda.As well as displaying at locations and shows across North America, the team will also attend several engagements on the ground, coordinated by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the UK Government’s GREAT campaign.The first locations being confirmed for where the Red Arrows will display are: Confirming this initial group of display locations where we will perform in North America is not just exciting for those people hoping to attend these events – but also for the whole Red Arrows team as well. Air and ground crews are now hard at work, preparing the display which will be seen by audiences in the UK, US and Canada this summer, while detailed planning is well underway to carefully, and safely, plot our overseas tour. With these airshows announced, we can now join friends and fans alike in visualising what people will be able to enjoy when the Red Arrows make our biggest ever visit to the US and Canada. However, the air display is only half the story – much of our activity in support of UK interests overseas is centred on considerable ground engagement. As a team, we are particularly enthusiastic about meeting so many individuals, from business leaders and military counterparts to young people and airshow crowds. The Red Arrows have a rich tradition of working with the GREAT Britain Campaign and DIT to promote trade, investment, tourism and education, all while presenting a positive impression of the UK. Their tour of North America will provide an invaluable opportunity to deepen the partnership with some of our closest allies and trading partners. It will include an integrated programme of trade missions and business engagement, involving both the display team and ground crew, and build on the experience of previous tours to provide even stronger support for our business objectives. I am delighted people all over the US and Canada will be able to see our world-famous Red Arrows in action. Previous tours have generated huge amounts of investment for the UK, and we hope the team lighting up the skies of two of our closest defence allies will bring more of the same.last_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends, ALO, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Jolie Holland Members Release Debut Album As ‘Magic In The Other’

first_imgToday, Magic In The Other has released their debut album titled What We Know Is Possible. For those unfamiliar, Magic In The Other is an all-star trio composed of Bay Area heavy hitters. Led by drummer Ezra Lipp (Phil Lesh & Friends, Sean Hayes) and featuring bassist Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers) and guitar wizard Roger Riedlbauer (Jolie Holland), the band tends to err toward the side of indie-rock. However, the group members’ extensive resumes clearly have influenced the band’s sound, with Magic In The Other relishing fearless and bold improvisation while creating an emotionally resonate and highly danceable sound. It’s appropriate that the mantra underlying the entire project being “it is in the unknown where the most potent ground lays for magic and discovery.”For What We Know Is Possible, Lipp, Adams, and Riedlbauer headed to John Vanderslice‘s legendary San Francisco analog studio, Tiny Telelphone. Recorded at the tail end of 2017, the group’s debut album is a triumph, particularly considering that it was recorded less than a calendar year since the band’s initial formation. Despite that relatively short time, Magic In The Other has always been known for its impeccably tight performances—a product, no doubt, of the group’s high-caliber lineup of musicians plus the band’s rigorous rehearsal and gigging schedule.As explained in a press release, for these recording sessions,The material was still fresh with band arrangements constantly evolving over the course of the year. Some of the flagship songs on the album (i.e. Light In My Window, Loveencee) were brought in as last-minute additions by Ezra, barely making it in time for the sessions with much to be worked out in the studio. Ezra knew he wanted to work with his longtime friend, often bandmate (Kacey Johansing, Mohsen Namjoo) and producer/engineer extraordinaire James Riotto (Geographer, Thao), who proved to be an invaluable asset in crafting the sonic soundscape of What We Know Is Possible. Recorded to all analog tape, the focus had to be on capturing the most magical performance rather than doing a bunch of takes and slicing something together in post-production. Between every song, drums were swapped out and re-setup in fresh orchestrations; tape-loops were created; different amps, basses, guitars, synths and glockenspiels were utilized; and Riotto worked his magic with pre-amps and analog effects in the control room. As a result, each track on WWKIP stands out as a singular sonic experience contributing to the cohesive sum of the record.Today, Magic In The Other releases its debut album, the highly anticipated What We Know Is Possible. Solidifying the band as a force to be reckoned with, the album’s nine tracks combine together to offer a delectable, cohesive work of art. Take a listen to the full album for yourself below. You can also check out the band’s upcoming tour dates, which includes an album release party tonight at Albany, California’s Ivy Room, below, or head to Magic In The Other’s website for more information and ticketing. Magic In The Other’s What We Know Is Possible Track Listing1) How Is This All Ending?2) Broke Whales3) East of Change I4) East of Change II5) Thin Veil6) Power of the Pelicans7) Child’s Tune8) Loveencee9) Light in My WindowView All Tracks Magic In The Other Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates9.14.18 Ivy Room – Albany, CA9.22.18 Camp Deep End, Camp Navarro9.27.18 Michael’s on Main – Soquel, CA9.28.18 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill – Nevada City, CA9.29.18 Lost on Main – Chico, CA10.26.18 Smiley’s – Bolinas, CAView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Artist touts ‘primacy’ of images

first_imgWilliam Kentridge, the South African artist, animator, sculptor, drawing master, opera designer, and mime, can now add poet to his list of credits, since he is Harvard’s 2011-12 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry.That makes him the latest in a long list of great artists, writers, composers, and poets who since 1926 have delivered Harvard’s Norton Lectures, sponsored this year by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. (Among past lecturers — all charged with advancing the understanding of “poetry in the broadest sense” in at least six lectures — were T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Leonard Bernstein, and Umberto Eco.)The 56-year-old Kentridge, who is gray-haired, funny, and still the supple mime, calls his lecture series “Six Drawing Lessons.” He roamed the stage at Sanders Theatre last Tuesday to deliver “In Praise of Shadows,” the inaugural talk. (The next, “A Brief History of Colonial Revolts,” is in Sanders at 4 p.m. on March 27.)Kentridge received the invitation from Harvard 10 months ago, an honor that occasioned a conversation with his father, who asked: “Do you have anything to say?” In the end, the artist decided on a simple plan of attack for lecturing at Harvard: “I listed every thought I have ever had, then divided it by six.”The “shadows” of the first lecture are those in “The Allegory of the Cave.” They flicker illusory and imprecise on a cave wall in Plato’s greatest work, “The Republic,” written around 360 B.C.E.Plato invented those shadows as a puppet theater of reality for denizens of the cave, as stand-ins for humans, who have been shackled neck and foot since childhood so they can only see forward. The trope served as Plato’s view of how people apprehend the real world: as a poor copy of reality, as shadows on a wall.That cave, and those deceiving shadows, said Kentridge, would be the centerpiece of the lecture series. “This is about the necessary movement from images to ideas,” he said, and also about the eventual “primacy of the image.”Looming behind Kentridge onstage was a broad screen, and on it appeared first the artist’s heaven and hell: a blank notebook. Over the next hour, that notebook filled with a fluid supplementary video of scrawls, lines, blocks of type, bits of cinema, and phrases that acted like chapter headings. Kentridge’s own flickering hands moved everything about.Early on, he showed a Plato-like fragment of “Shadow Procession,” his 1999 animation of the human condition. It is a foot parade of suffering, “a catalog of people on the move,” said Kentridge, inspired by street scenes from Johannesburg. Cutout puppets, hinged at the joints and in silhouette, limp, labor, and struggle to carry bits and bundles — even a city skyline. Plato’s philosopher, unshackled and free because he has seen the real light of knowledge, has a duty to return to the cave and free everyone, said Kentridge of that straggling procession. “If necessary, this has to be done by force.”Perhaps the best way to do that is not through Plato’s vaunted reason or his intellectualizing of the surrounding world. Perhaps better is the force of art, Kentridge said, “a need to arrive at meaning” beyond spoken or written words. Kentridge imagined the logical and the rational as being states of mind that just hover over the real world and never really penetrate it.But art penetrates. Humans “need to arrive at meaning,” said Kentridge, and what better way than to fall in with an artist “filling sheets of paper with signs and images.” In trying to capture reality in an image, he said, “the drawing becomes a meeting point” between image and reality. It becomes meaning, in all its glorious imprecision.Kentridge called drawing “making a safe place for uncertainty,” and he hoped that his lectures could help do the same.Plato’s would-be philosophers are unshackled and walk up toward the light of the real sun, Kentridge said, turning their backs on the shadows that flicker from the light of a fire. But then they are blinded, he explained, using the image of an eclipse of the sun. “All of Plato’s philosophical world has been simply blinded.”The artist, however, is instead a master of looking at the light of the world in the oblique. To look at the eclipse, he puts a pinhole in a piece of paper and lets the blotted sun flow through that. Art intercedes. Instead of rationality’s blindness, he said, there is “the mute crescent of darkness eating into the sun” without harm.Kentridge remembered the sun-scattering foliage at home in South Africa, where during an eclipse “there were as many moons as where the sunlight fell … 1,000 spots of light for every spot of darkness.”So art exceeds the purely rational by multiplying versions of a single reality, like the eclipse — for a time when “every pinhole had its own sun,” he said. In this “promiscuity of projection” comes the promise that art makes to the world: Reality, instead of being a single shining thing, is a container for multitudes of meanings.In that “universal archive” of light — as in art — there is also “everything that has happened on Earth … every event that has happened on Earth,” said Kentridge. We can see Pontius Pilate washing his hands, he said, and Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to a church door. But as in art, “every action, heroic and shameful, was there to be seen … Every foolishness is there.”So art makes us naked and helpless in the face of light, or truth, but it also makes our own messages heard, said Kentridge. We are no longer that procession of shadows.Plato was after the sun alone, the shining knowledge that stood at the peak of a hierarchy that descended from there to belief, illusion, and eventually delusion. That hierarchy opened the way to tragedy, said Kentridge, since knowledge always bring the right to power, and “the right to power is always the right to violence.” (More on that in the next lecture, he said.)Back in the studio, projected on the big screen in Sanders, we see Plato as a typewriter, a machine of letters alone, said Kentridge. “What hope is there in it?”The Norton Lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and available beginning at noon on the day of each lecture at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (service charge applies to phone orders) at 617.496.2222. They also are available starting at 2 p.m. at Sanders Theatre. Limit two tickets per person.last_img read more

Halloween Tricks for Treats

first_imgYou’ve been hearing about it for months. Your child’s ideal costumehas ranged from a firefighter to Chipper Jones to one of the “Eat Mor Chikin”cows. Now it’s your job to make sure his Halloween fantasies come true.What are the tricks that lead to a great Halloween?”The parent-child participation, making costumes and the excitementof preparing for it are all positive experiences,” said Connie Crawley,an Extension Service food and nutrition specialist with the Universityof Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Costumes don’t have to break the bank, either. Children can find fun,comfortable costumes in an old dress-up box in your attic. Makeup and nonflammablewigs can be easily added for creativity.All costumes, whether do-it-yourself or store-bought, should have reflectorpatches that make it easy for others to see the child at night, said DonBower, an FCS human development specialist.When spicing up your child’s costume, face makeup is often safer thanmasks.”However, if you include a mask in the outfit, make sure the mask doesn’tblock the child’s vision,” Bower said. He also cautions parents not todress children in floppy shoes or long dresses, shirts or pants that mighttrip children and cause them to fall.Some of the things parents worry about at Halloween, such as vandalismand adulteratedÿ candy, can be avoided with proper precautions. Bowersaid parents should “accompany childrenÿ and visit only homes youknow.”If older children do travel alone, warn them to stay in groups, neverenter a residence and only approach homes that have outside lights on asa sign of welcome.In spite of the negative stories you might hear about Halloween, itcan be a very positiveÿ holiday experience for families, Crawley said.”There are always questions concerning how scary it can be for children.Each family has to make an individual decision about their child’s reaction.”For those on the other side of the doorway, the esteemed treat-givers,there are many alternatives to sugary, fatty candy for kids that won’tleave you looking like the big, bad witch.”Prepackaged food like raisins in the box, bags of peanuts and crackersare good substitutes for candy,” says Crawley. “Also coloring books, crayons,stickers, special pencils, money, Halloween jewelry, sugar free gum, toothbrushesand even specially flavored dental floss are alternatives. If it’s cuteenough, a child will enjoy it!”Crawley said that a small child should never be given balloons or smalltoys with moving, detachable parts. She said that when deciding what togive small children, remember that children sometimes can’t digest nutsor raisins. “Juice boxes, Teddy Grahams and animal crackers are good choicesfor smaller children,” she says.Fruit is an often-debated alternative to candy.ÿ “You can giveit to the children whom you know,” Crawley said. Most families you don’tknow will likely prefer wrapped or prepackaged treats that are easier toidentify as safe.She said oranges are the best fruit to give because the child can easilycarry them and they will withstand a lot of dragging around.”The festivities don’t stop with trick-or-treating. “You can downplaydoor-to-door begging by bringing the kids together for games,” she said.According to Crawley, among the many great activities for children arebobbing for apples, making a Halloween pizza or decorating apples withraisins, peanut butter and cheese.last_img read more

Natural landscaping

first_imgMany homeowners desire a low-maintenance landscape, but don’t know how to achieve that goal. Following these recommendations from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will help you create an easy-to-maintain, beautiful landscape. The first step is to choose a hardy grass. When it comes to lawns, centipedegrass is low-maintenance and requires less frequent mowing and fertilization than Bermudagrass or St. Augustinegrass. The second step to a low-maintenance landscape is to plant a row of shrubs around the house or foundation. Finally, you may want to add a hedge to provide some privacy. A popular project for some home gardeners is reducing grassy lawn areas and problem spots by incorporating natural areas under trees. A poor stand of grass under trees is primarily caused by too much shade and tree root competition. Centipedegrass and Bermudagrass will not perform well in these shady areas. The easiest way to reduce this problem is by adding 3 to 4 inches of mulch such as pine straw, pine bark or hardwood bark under the trees. Although the area should appear natural, it should not detract from the overall landscape appearance. Mulch at least half of the drip-lineAllow existing trees to influence the landscape design. Do not be conservative with the mulch or make the area too small by cutting the boundaries too close to the tree trunks. Incorporate at least half of the drip-line area for large trees and all of this space for smaller trees. Choose mulch that cannot be easily disturbed by wind or erosion and that will define the area with a crisp boundary. Take care not to have grass growing into the mulch or mulch spilling over onto the grass.Free-flowing curves can make maintenance around these natural areas easier. Try not to create boundaries that project too abruptly. They will not appear natural and are hard to maintain. And, do not make curves so sharp that they cannot be easily mowed around. Before spreading mulch, remove all grass and perennial weeds. Identify the weeds and eradicate them physically or chemically. Several herbicides are effective for home use on most weeds or grasses. Be sure to read and follow label directions carefully.Match mulch to treeTo decide which type of mulch to use, look at the existing trees in the landscape. For example, add a 3 to 4 inch layer of pine straw under pine trees. When new needles and leaves fall they will add to the mulch and complement the area. Mulching the areas under trees also means there is no reason to rake and remove leaves. As leaves and mulch break down they add valuable organic matter to the soil and will provide a healthier environment for trees and shrubs. Many gardeners also like to add plants in the natural area. Perennials and low-growing, shade-loving annuals may be added to the outside edges to complete the design. With a little bit of planning and creativity, creating natural areas in your landscape can add beauty and reduce the time required to maintain your yard – leaving more time for you to enjoy it.last_img read more

Double Dawgs

first_imgThe University of Georgia’s Double Dawgs program is a significant recruiting tool for the university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), according to Breanna Coursey, CAES director of student and employer engagement.The recently instituted program enables UGA students to save time and money by earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years or less. Double Dawgs allows a student who wishes to pursue a graduate degree to enter the job market one year earlier and with a significantly higher salary than a student who follows a traditional academic pathway.“We’ve got students coming into college now sooner and with more credit. This Double Dawgs program allows them the opportunity to get a valuable second degree in the same amount of time that they would spend in a bachelor’s program, in most cases,” Coursey said. “Why not go ahead and pursue that master’s degree if you’re already ahead of the game when you enter college?”More than 100 Double Dawgs degree pathways have been approved by the university and are now available to UGA students at the university’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. In CAES, there are 17 Double Dawgs pathways available, and each of the college’s departments is represented by at least one pathway.Double Dawgs degree pathways offered on the UGA Athens campus include:A bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and a master’s degree in agribusinessA bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economicsA bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and a master’s degree in environmental economicsA bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and a master’s degree in agribusinessA bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economicsA bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and a master’s degree in environmental economicsA bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in agricultural and environmental education (non-thesis)A bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems and a master’s degree in plant breeding, genetics and genomicsA bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems and a master’s degree in plant protection and pest managementA bachelor’s degree in avian biology and a master’s degree in poultry scienceA bachelor’s degree in biological science and a master’s degree in poultry scienceA bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and a master’s degree in agribusiness (non-thesis)A bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economicsA bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and a master’s degree in environmental economicsA bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in horticultureA bachelor’s degree in entomology and a master’s degree in entomologyA bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in Plant Protection and Pest ManagementDouble Dawgs degree pathways offered on the UGA Tifton campus include:A bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems and a master’s degree in plant protection and pest managementA bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in agricultural and environmental educationUGA-Tifton Admissions Counselor Katie Murray said that, in addition to the time and cost of a year of college, the Double Dawgs program offers students significant financial advantages upon graduation.“For example, a student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in agricultural and environmental education who takes a job as an agricultural education teacher at a Georgia middle school or high school will have a starting salary that is approximately $8,000 higher than the student who takes the same job with only a bachelor’s degree,” Murray said. “This should only enhance the quantity and quality of the students who wish to attend UGA in Tifton.”Each Double Dawgs degree pathway has a pathway-specific advisor for students. The advisor explains the admission requirements and process to students and guides them through their undergraduate coursework.“They’re able to earn an additional degree, which is super beneficial as they enter the workforce in terms of starting salary and the type of jobs that they’re qualified for,” Coursey said.For more information about UGA’s Double Dawgs program, visit read more

Not all data is big

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryce Roth Bryce Roth is the Director of Marketing and Social Strategy at CitizensFirst Credit Union and Co-Founder/President at the credit union service organization (CUSO) Chatter Yak!. Born and raised in … Web: Details Big data. It’s one of the latest buzz words flying around these days. I don’t mean to downplay its significance or how it will change how all businesses operate, but when it comes to the finance business, many community banks and credit unions have a long way to go. It’s basic human nature. When a new way to look at, approach or conduct business presents itself, people naturally gravitate toward the implications and all of the possibilities this new approach brings. The problem with big data is that many financial institutions are struggling to harness the power of the data that they already possess and this is a problem.While it is exciting to think about predictive analytics and futuristic decision-making models, most financial institutions would be better off looking at all of the information they already have at their disposal and how they are or aren’t using it. Before we can take the plunge into managing large (I mean really large) chunks of data, many financials can practice by taking the data they have and figuring out how little changes in consumer data can make a big impact on their bottom line.Looking for non-interest income? Why not look at the activity of your current cardholders and figure out how you can generate more income by changing existing consumer behavior? You don’t need a huge data processor to do this. Rather, you need someone to pull reports and run the numbers. Looking for more loans? Why not look inside your consumer base to find those who are most likely in or closely approaching a lending window of opportunity?When financials start to become more data savvy with the information they already have at their disposal, opportunities present themselves. I understand that many banks and credit unions are strapped for time and money, but when we don’t understand that an investment of time can yield more money, we become more and more focused on future solutions rather than creating the solutions that will become the building blocks or bridges to new ways of thinking about and doing things.I’ll leave you with this. One of our clients at Chatter Yak! was recently looking for an uptick in mortgage business. After working with them on their strategic goals, they took a look at the data in their core processor. They were able to identify the most likely candidates for mortgage lending opportunities. By combining that list with their email database and running a loan-lead generation campaign using Yak Tracker, they were able to generate 840 loan leads in 6 days! Many financials would love to have that many loan leads in a quarter.Not all data is created equal and not all data must be “big”. When you start with what you have and do a little work, you create new possibilities for your business. Possibilities are not limitless, so financial institutions large and small must capitalize on every opportunity they get or can create. Start small, then go “big.”last_img read more