Source: Paul UKPaul UK is eyeing national expansion by seeking out ‘like-minded’ franchise partners.Partners can choose between three store models – Café, Express and Kiosk – for service stations and transport hubs, town and city centres or suburban villages.The operation, which has a BRC accredited bakery production site, will offer a national supply chain, economies of scale and a flexible retail format to fit any location, the business said.Franchisees will be fully supported throughout the entire set-up process, it added, from training courses and help with recruitment, to marketing and PR.The models include:Café – suitable for breakfast, lunch or coffee, the 1,500 sq ft site would be situated in busy footfall locations in towns or shopping centresExpress – comprising coffee and grab & go products, it is positioned to fit in travel hubs and high footfall areas where quick service is essential. The 500-800 sq ft site features self-service, a small eat-in space and yellow brandingKiosk – offers a 500 sq ft ancillary unit to a main café unit. It will be situated in high footfall areas such as train stations, travel hubs and shopping malls. These can be designed to look like more permanent fixtures, pop-up venues or grab & go concepts, it added.“As we enter the franchise market, we will be looking for like-minded, experienced investors and operators who are just as passionate about baking and quality as we are,” said Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK.Franchise partners are encouraged to e-mail Paul UK with any queries, it added.“Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London, we have also identified numerous national opportunities outside of the capital, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are currently determining priority cities, but if approached by the right investors outside of these areas, we are open to having dialogue with them.”
Get ready for a [adjective] time off-Broadway. The world premiere of Mad Libs Live!, a new musical inspired by the ultimate fill-in-the-blanks time passer, will play New World Stages beginning November 1. The interactive show features music by Jeff Thomson and a book and lyrics by Robin Rothstein—with audiences offering their own suggestions here and there.Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.The production, directed by Austin Regan, will feature choreography by Robin Levine, set design by Julia Noulin-Merat and costumes by Bobby Pearce. It is scheduled to play two performances on Saturdays and Sundays through January 3, 2016. Mad Libs Live! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
After 30 years, the Trial Gardens at UGA — that green, flower-laden oasis sandwiched between Snelling Dining Hall and the College of Pharmacy — is being tended by a new green thumb. UGA Department of Horticulture professor John Ruter took over the day-to-day operations from garden co-founder Allan Armitage on July 1. Armitage is officially retiring (he originally retired in 2010 and came back halftime) at the end of 2013. Ruter has spent more than two decades as a horticulture professor and a nursery crop research and Extension specialist on the UGA Tifton campus, where he also ran the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum. He moved to the Athens campus in 2012 after he was awarded the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. He now teaches classes in plant identification and environmental issues in horticulture. Ruter doesn’t want to rustle too many leaves as he eases into his new role, but he does want to spruce up the garden a bit — mostly planning changes to attract new visitors, allow it to run more efficiently and be used for more horticulture classes. “I’m just starting with it, but I do have lots of ideas,” Ruter said. While the Trial Gardens serves as a testing ground for new plant varieties, it’s also an integral part of the UGA Department of Horticulture’s teaching and research programs. It’s important to Ruter to maintain all the facets of the garden’s mandate. Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year to see if they can survive the hot and rainfall variable Southeast. They fund the garden by paying to have their plants evaluated by an outside source. That money pays for the gardens’ upkeep and a team of student workers who keep the garden running. While providing an important link with the green industry, the garden is also a research lab, where Ruter will work with graduate students to develop new plant varieties, and a classroom for plant identification and other horticulture courses. Ruter plans to make the garden more useful as a teaching tool by planting more perennials and annuals that bloom in fall and early spring when classes are in session. This will also be good for the entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, landscape architecture and visual arts instructors who also use the garden as an outdoor classroom. “We’re still going to get some perennials in there for evaluation, and they will always be there,” Ruter said. “We will always have a majority of summer blooming plants, but maybe we can have some other things that we can use for teaching purposes and that can help make (the garden) a little more showy other times of the year — rather than just during the summer.” Planting for a more diverse blooming schedule will also bolster the garden’s reputation as a destination — both for visitors to the Classic City and for Athens’ residents. Support on-campus and from the general public will be integral to maintaining it as green space on campus for decades to come, Ruter said. Like in every other part of the university, Ruter, Meg Green (Trial Garden supervisor), and her team of student workers and volunteers are operating within tighter budget constraints. “We’re trying to make some renovations to the perennial gardens and work on efficiency,” he said. “How can we do things differently with the limited resources that we have?” The garden will remain open to the public on a daily basis and continue its schedule of public and industry open houses throughout the year. Those seeking more information about the garden can visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Whether measurable by others or defined by ourselves, achieving success shouldn’t be the point at which we stop and pat ourselves on the backs. Inc.com contributing editor Jeff Haden says we should strive to be “incredibly successful.” While there is no “magic bullet” for achieving exceptional success, he says, “there are certain qualities that incredibly successful people share.”Some of these qualities include:– finding happiness in others’ successes; by: Dan BergerLeaders know what it takes to be successful. In fact, our successes, at least on a professional level, can often be seen by others. A couple examples: a decision made that led to increased sales or a new hire excelling in his or her role.
Its no secret, credit unions are spending millions of dollars every year integrating technologies. These integrations happen vendor to core and vendor to vendor. It seems an unavoidable cost of doing business. But is it?The CUNA Technology Council launched a cooperative initiative with council members and credit union vendors to solve this expensive problem. This initiative is called Credit Union Financial Exchange Standards (CUFX Standards). As a cooperative effort for credit unions and vendors, CUFX is creating integration standards. These standards have a pre-set mapping of data field so every time a credit union needs to map this data field it is a plug and play standard versus a professional services development project. CUFX’s experience is indicating the savings to credit unions will be time to market of a new product or service can be launched in half the time.This cost saving initiative is provided at no cost to credit unions or vendors. There may be some incremental development costs in the creation of a standard but a lot of the work is jointly done with the credit union, the vendor and a team of volunteer developers from the Tech Council.The beauty of CUFX Standards is that once the standard has been developed it is now available to any credit union working with this vendor for integration. It is truly a cooperative effort in the true spirit of the movement. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, NCUA joined an Interagency Advisory on the Availability of Appraisers. While the Advisory does not provide any additional guidance, it does seek to alert credit unions to existing potential solutions to problems with appraiser availability.Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) requires NCUA to establish appraisal standards for all federally related transactions. Part 722 of NCUA’s regulations provides these standards. Generally, the rules require the appraisal to be performed by a state-certified or state-licensed appraiser. Whether the appraiser needs to be certified or licensed depends on the type of transaction involved. The Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines provide an overview of the applicable rules and guidance on developing an appraisal program, choosing an appraiser, and obtaining and reviewing appraisals.As part of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act review, commenters raised concerns with the timeliness of obtaining an appraisal. The commenters attributed the issue to problems with the availability of state-certified and state-licensed appraisers. This seemed to be of particular concern in rural areas. The recent Advisory explains a credit union’s options in the event a certified or licensed appraiser is not available. In certain situations, the FIRREA permits credit unions to use appraisers who have obtained a temporary practice permit or a temporary waiver instead of a state certificate or license. The Advisory explains both the permit and the waiver. continue reading »
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The sixth cooperative principle is probably the best definition of a credit union service organization, specifically:“Cooperation among cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.”Early CUSO models, like CU Direct Lending and CO-OP Financial Services were extremely successful because it gave access to essential products/services at an affordable price. And I have to admit I have always been smitten with the shared branch CUSO model. In my opinion that should have been our “National Brand Campaign” about the credit union difference. We work together!Then many of us became competitors with field of membership changes that included community charters that of course overlapped. In fact, one of the arguments I have heard against joining the shared branch network is, “I don’t want to send my members to my competitors.” But what if we collaborated with our competitors? continue reading »
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9 Goold Close, Robertson. Picture: realestate.com.au“We found Robertson extremely easy to get in and out of because of the freeway,’’ she said.“We were able to buy a fairly large block of land, we have got a double block, and build the sort of house that we wanted.Mrs Prineas said the area had really grown and changed in the past couple of decades.“The housing in the area has changed a lot it has gone from just your normal two-level brick home to some homes that are really quite lovely.’’The five-bedroom home, is listed through Owen Chen of Place Estate Agents, who has operated in the area for about seven years.He said it was the most expensive suburb among those in demand with Chinese buyers.“There is very, very limited supply, every year you only have about 50 houses sold and Robertson itself is a very small suburb.’’“What we see is a lot of high end builders, they knock down older houses and put a mansion there.’’ Irene Prineas is selling her house in Robertson, a suburb with extraordinary growth in the past ten years. Picture: Adam HeadIF you bought in these suburbs ten years ago, you could now potentially be sitting on a property gold mine.New research has revealed the suburbs which now have a median house price of around $1 million, but were far cheaper to buy in ten years ago and how much they have grown in value every year.The best performer according to realestate.com.au analysis of CoreLogic figures was Robertson, on the south side.It was the best performer during that period with median house price growth of a whopping $38,900 every year for the past ten years.It started with a median house price of just $620,000 and had now breached the magic million mark to reach $1,009,000.The next strongest performer was Auchenflower where the median house price had now reached $1.065 million and grew at a rate of $31,900 a year.The Robertson result was good news for Irene Prineas who has now listed her house at 9 Goold Close for auction on April 7.Mrs Prineas and husband George built the home 22 years ago.They bought land in the area because they had family living nearby and found it a convenient place to live while their children were attending university. 9 Goold Close, Robertson. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe highest sale price in the suburb was $5.9 million for a mansion on 1ha of land in 2005.Peter Florentzos of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills has sold properties in the Robertson area for 17 years during which demand and prices had increased.Mr Florentzos said it was very central, close to the freeway and had in demand facilities including university campuses, hospitals and major shopping centres.There were substantial size homes and blocks of land in the suburb, which was also of interest to investors.“It has been such a strong growth area, people have invested there but also being so close to the university they get a good return from the students.’’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s back to the future suburbs05:10According to CoreLogic figures the number of properties selling in Brisbane for more than $1m is on the rise.Analyst Cameron Kusher said throughout 2017, 8.3 per cent of all houses and 3.4 per cent of all units were sold for at least $1 million.That was up from the previous year, when 7.5 per cent of all houses and 2.8 per cent of all units sold for at least $1 million. Million dollar suburbs you should of bought in 10 years ago Robertson $1,009,000 (up $38,900 a year)Auchenflower $1,065,000 (up $35,000 a year)Paddington $1,062,500 (up $31,900 a year)Broadbeach Waters $1,100,000 (up $26,875 a year)West End $1,002,500 (up $22,500 a year)Surfers Paradise $1,100,000 (up $13,500 a year)Pullenvale $1,100,000 (up $6500 a year)Brookfield $1,020,000 (up $1500 a year)
Months after Russian owners withdrew their ships that were chartered by Canada-based expedition cruise operator One Ocean Expeditions, the company announced it had entered into a restructuring procedure.Andrew Prossin, the company’s founder and CEO said in a statement on October 29 that the “sudden withdrawal” of vessels Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov caused a series of complex circumstances that the company is addressing.The CEO’s statement did not contain information on how passenger bookings would be affected or whether eventual refunds would be available.“The withdrawal of these ships was an unexpected and destabilizing event, and the violation of our contract remains the subject of ongoing legal action,” Prossin said.“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to passengers and our long-standing partners and we remain focused on doing everything possible to move our company forward.“The last few days have been quite eventful but please be patient for a few days as we work to restructure our business. We will be in touch as soon as possible regarding our future plans and operations.”The only ship remaining in the company’s fleet is the RCGS Resolute, an ice-strengthened ship that was acquired in 2017.In August this year, the ship was briefly arrested in Iqaluit after Nova Scotia-based company Atship Services filed a claim that it was owed nearly CAD 100,00 by the ship’s owner.