The U.S. Small Business Administration has increased its revenue-based size standard for small businesses in the facilities support services industry from $6 million in average annual receipts to $30 million.The new size standard will allow more companies to qualify for small business assistance and compete as a small business for federal contracts. It was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on October 15, 2003, and is effective on November 14, 2003. Under the new rule, the sub-category of base maintenance will also increase from $23 million to $30 million.The change was the result of numerous requests from small businesses in the facilities support services industry. Representatives from these companies argued that an increase in size standards is warranted to reflect the size of federal contracts in this industry and that it would allow them to grow to a size at which they can effectively compete with large businesses. Based on a review of these issues and data on the facilities support services industry, SBA concluded that a higher size standard for this industry is appropriate. SBA examined factors including average firm size, distribution of firms by size, start-up costs and industry competition.“We recognized the potential for growth in this industry and increased the size standard to ensure that small businesses will receive access to capital and their fair share of contracting opportunities,” said SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto.SBA’s size standards define whether a business entity qualifies as small and whether it is eligible for government programs and assistance reserved for small businesses, including some programs in other agencies. Under the new rule, more small businesses will be eligible to apply for SBA’s financing and loan programs as well as contracting and business development programs such as the 8(a) Business Development program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program and small business set-asides.Size standards are established separately for industry groups as defined by the North American Industry Classification System.For additional information on the new size standard, visit the SBA’s Office of Size Standards Web page at www.sba.gov/size(link is external), and click on “What’s New?”
Germany looks to add 40GW of new solar, wind capacity by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Germany plans to tender for 40 GW of solar and wind capacity between 2021 and 2025 as it strives to hit a 2030 target of 65% renewable energy in its power mix, according to an energy ministry draft of the country’s new renewable energy law seen Sept. 1.Ministries are discussing the 2021 draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Act, or EEG, dated Aug. 25, with the cabinet set to decide on a final version in late September.Onshore wind is to continue to play a leading role in the EEG, with 16.7 GW to be auctioned over the five-year period to 2025-end. Extra support is being targeted at projects in southern Germany. Solar would see 10.7 GW auctioned, of which 2 GW is for large rooftop projects, while offshore wind auctions would seek 9 GW, with details to be set out in a separate law.The numbers are based on assumed 2030 electricity demand being little changed at 580 TWh. The 65% renewable energy target would therefore require 377 TWh of generation from renewables, with the target potentially requiring adjustment depending on energy savings and new demand from electric vehicles, green hydrogen or electric heating.In total, the draft targets 100 GW of solar, compared with 52 GW installed and 98 GW targeted in last year’s 2030 climate law, and 71 GW onshore wind, versus 54 GW installed and a 67 GW to 71 GW range in the 2030 climate law. The government has already boosted its 2030 offshore wind target by 5 GW to 20 GW.[Andreas Franke]More ($): Germany plans to tender 40 GW of wind, solar by 2025
But as confusion reigned, Lao Gan Ma said in a statement that it had never entered the commercial agreement with Tencent, and reported the matter to the authorities.Police in the southwestern city of Guiyang said Wednesday that three suspects aged between 36 and 40 had been detained in relation to the case.Preliminary investigations showed the trio had faked a Lao Gan Ma company seal and pretended to be managers of the chili firm to sign a cooperation agreement with Tencent.”Their aim was to obtain online game package codes that Tencent gave away as part of its promotional activities, and they later illegally resold these online for financial gain,” said the police statement. Topics : Captivated netizens called the incident an “embarrassment”, with a hashtag on the topic racking up 460 million views on the Twitter-like Weibo by Thursday.Lao Gan Ma, a table-top staple in China whose name translates to “Old Godmother”, hails from Guiyang and has found a fan base both at home and abroad. Chinese tech giant Tencent has been fooled by impostors posing as representatives of the country’s most famous chili sauce brand, police said, in a saga that nearly pitched the two famous brands against each other in court.The dispute between Tencent — owner of the WeChat app — and legendary Chinese sauce Lao Gan Ma heated up this week when a court in the southern city of Shenzhen announced it would freeze assets of the chili maker worth 16.24 million yuan ($2.3 million).The court said the request came from Tencent, which had sued the manufacturer for not paying advertising fees under a 2019 contract.
The article notes that Shanghai’s desire will only be offset if the Red Devils stump up the requisite fee to sign Ighalo on a permanent basis, with that sum slated to be around the £20m mark. Should Utd deem the deal unfeasible, Newcastle could become Ighalo’s surprise next destination. The Magpies are described as being ‘interested in Ighalo if their proposed takeover is completed this summer.’ The men from the North East are currently the subject of speculation regarding a Saudi Arabian-backed takeover, and if completed, are expected to be big spenders when the next transfer window opens. Meanwhile, Man Utd appear to have beaten off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign a 16-year-old academy ace. According to the Star on Sunday, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, head of first-team development Nicky Butt and first-team coach Michael Carrick were all impressed with the youngster’s performances at Under-18s level. read also:Rondon: I was ahead of Ighalo on Man Utd target list As such, the Red Devils have reportedly gone to sizeable lengths – for a teenager – in their bid to sign him by offering him a contract worth £1,200 per week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo may well be back in the Premier League next season, but it may be in the colours of Newcastle Utd rather than Manchester United, according to the latest report. Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford United signed Ighalo on loan on deadline day in January following Marcus Rashford’s back injury and it is unclear whether the forward will be handed a permanent deal at Old Trafford. The Nigerian, 30, is in the midst of a six-month loan spell at Old Trafford from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. Despite appearing to some to be a late panic buy as the winter window drew to a close, the former Hornet has performed admirably thus far, notching four goals from his eight appearances. His adjustment to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s setup was seamless, and the boyhood Man Utd fan recently name-checked three former Red Devils heroes he would’ve loved to have played alongside. Man Utd reportedly made securing his signature on a permanent basis a top priority for the summer ahead, though one particular financial aspect of the deal could prove tricky to overcome. Furthermore, Sky Sports now report that parent club Shanghai expect Ighalo to return from his loan spell ‘for the start of the new Chinese Super League season,’ tentatively scheduled to begin in July. Loading… Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?The 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action MoviesThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders
The Irish province succeeded in winning their final home game of the regular season at the RDS Arena, but they will want to forget this error-strewn encounter as Edinburgh, who were hammered by Munster last week, finished just two points in arrears in Dublin. Two Greig Laidlaw first-half penalties gave the Scots a 6-5 lead at the interval, in-between young flanker Jordi Murphy’s try, but Leinster , turning with the wind behind them, had the better of the second period. Press Association Jimmy Gopperth landed a penalty and converted Dave Kearney’s 57th-minute touch down to get Leinster over the finish line, albeit with Tim Visser’s converted try making them sweat right until the end. Importantly for both Leinster and Ireland, Sean O’Brien had a successful return from shoulder surgery with the fit-again back rower making his first appearance since December. Injury-hit Edinburgh lost winger Sam Beard to an early knock, but hit the front thanks to an opening penalty from the Gloucester-bound Laidlaw. Leinster replied within four minutes, Gordon D’Arcy and Dave Kearney combining to good effect on the left wing and Murphy spun out of Dave Denton’s challenge to plunge over from close range. Gopperth missed the conversion and after Richardt Strauss unfortunately had to hobble off, Leinster had a let-off when Carl Bezuidenhout’s try was ruled out for a forward pass from Visser. Having leaked 55 points to Munster, Edinburgh looked a very different team here and frustrated the hosts for much of the first 40 minutes. The Scots were severely hampered by two more injuries as number eight Denton and centre Matt Scott were forced off in quick succession. But they dug their heels in and pressed from turnover ball with prop Willem Nel just held up by Leinster’s retiring duo Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll. Edinburgh managed to edge in front for the break as O’Brien infringed at a ruck close to the Leinster line and Laidlaw tapped over the three points. Rob Kearney was central to Leinster’s fast-paced start when play resumed, Edinburgh clinging on despite Gopperth and full-back Kearney both going close. Gopperth’s 51st-minute penalty was all the home side had to show for a concerted spell of pressure, but the second try eventually came at the end of the third quarter. Gopperth’s inviting pass sent Dave Kearney darting past two covering defenders to score just to the right of the posts, with the conversion quickly added for 15-6. There was no sense of Edinburgh surrendering though and a smart break from talisman Laidlaw released Visser for a well-worked try in response. The scrum-half’s conversion made it a two-point game again. Edinburgh remained a live threat during the final 14 minutes, hunting for their final Dublin win since 2005. But off-colour Leinster held firm to secure home advantage in the semi-finals where they will face provincial rivals Ulster. Leinster finished top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table for the fourth time in seven years and will enter the play-offs as top seeds, but they were made to sweat in an uninspiring 15-13 victory over eighth-placed Edinburgh.
“So we’ve got an opportunity that we’re going to try to grasp.” Palace can record 12 away wins in the calendar year with victory over Bournemouth at Dean Court on Boxing Day, with Pardew now admitting the club can fight for European football. Former Palace midfielder Pardew admitted have punched above their weight so far this term – but backed the Eagles to continue in the same vein into 2016. “For me sitting here as the manager, nine wins speaks for itself,” said Pardew, of Palace’s Premier League form this season. “That’s the big target we’ve hit this year. “There’s only three or four other clubs have done that. “It’s a great achievement, a great set of players all very, very focused on now trying to do for the second part of the season what we’ve done all calendar year. “And if we do that then we’re going to find ourselves in Europe. “Because this club never has reached Europe. “We did when I was a player here, but unfortunately there was an international ban so we couldn’t play. “So that would be significant for the club, in this era it will be a fantastic achievement. “It’s a long, long way to go, but I’m buoyed by the fact that it’s not just the first half of this season. We did it at the back-end of last season too. “So for a 35-game period we’ve been very strong. “We are over-achieving for sure and we have done for a large part of this year. “I really hope we can over-achieve for another four or five months because it will end as a great season. “I couldn’t be prouder of the playing staff here; they never give in, we have been at it every game.” While Harris and Blitzer’s investment will offer significant boosts to Palace’s infrastructure, Pardew paid tribute to chairman Parish for overseeing the club’s steady rise. “For them (Harris and Blitzer) it was crucial to keep him,” said Pardew of Parish. “To have brought this club out of administration to where we are today that’s not down to any single manager, that’s down to Steve and he can drink his Christmas wine with great cheer. “That’s why the extra investment is important to him as he knows to make the next step we need more financial muscle.” Palace manager Pardew still has two-and-a-half years to run on his current Selhurst Park deal, and believes a new agreement remains “a long way off”. Americans John Harris and David Blitzer’s multi-million pound investment has bolstered Palace’s top-flight clout, and Pardew believes the deal represents a potential springboard for European qualification. “There has been some discussion but the bottom line is we’re in a great place,” said Pardew when quizzed over a potential new contract. “But personally a new deal’s a long way off I think. “And it’s very difficult not to change the dynamics of a club running very, very well when new owners come in. “And I think David (Blitzer) and Josh (Harris) are keen for it to progress as it has been progressing. “(Chairman) Steve Parish has tried to put foundations for the club to go forward. “We could become a bigger club, because we’re in London. “That gives us a massive advantage. “No disrespect to the rest of the country, it just does, location-wise for international players and access to their families. Alan Pardew has confirmed he is in preliminary discussions over a new contract with Crystal Palace. Press Association
The University of Washington announced May 22 that Denzil Suite, USC’s associate vice president for Student Affairs, will serve as the UW Vice President for Student Life starting July 29, pending approval from the university’s board of regents.This follows Michael L. Jackson, USC’s vice president for Student Affairs for nearly two decades, February announcement that he would retire. Suite has held the No. 2 position under Jackson.Student Affairs includes departments ranging from Student Publications, which oversees the Daily Trojan, to Greek Life, as well as the Office for International Students, El Centro Chicano, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and the Asian Pacific American Student Services.The Provost’s Office will make several structural changes to Student Affairs effective for 2013-14, following a yearlong review.Suite, who holds a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from USC, has worked at USC since 2003, and served as associate dean of Student Affairs from 2000 to 2001. He served as dean for Student Affairs at UC Santa Cruz between 2001 and 2003.Suite has also worked at Student Affairs departments at Berkeley and UCLA.Suite’s annual salary at UW will be $250,000, according to a statement from the university.
Scientific concepts govern the universe, but according to USC professor Clifford Johnson, sometimes they can be difficult to understand — not because they are hard, but because people are wrongfully told that they cannot master them, he said. Clifford Johnson, an astronomy and physics professor, combines pop culture with astronomy in his graphic novel. Photo from the MIT Press.In November 2017, Johnson published the graphic novel Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe. With visuals and a conversation-based approach, Johnson hopes to expose the general public to basic scientific principles and enforce the idea that anyone can engage with science.According to Johnson, the media heavily espouses the idea that it is difficult for the general public to understand scientific principles. Therefore, instead of making a textbook aimed at the scientific community, Johnson set out to make a graphic novel that could creatively explain science for everyone to understand. “People shut down,” Johnson said. “People stop keeping themselves open to appreciating scientific ideas because they’re already told that it’s going to be hard.” Through the visual medium of the graphic novel, Johnson attempted to help people outside of the community better understand science. The novel takes a conversational approach to breaking down complex concepts and relaying them in a way that humanizes scientists. “It allowed me to show that these people are out there in the world, as opposed to just being in the lab,” Johnson said.To give the graphic novel authenticity, Johnson learned to draw at a level where he could illustrate the work himself. Since such a book had not been published before, Johnson felt that the only way to find out if completing this project was possible was to finish it himself.“There certainly has been a push toward more nonfiction comics in recent years, including comics by scientists,” said USC professor Henry Jenkins, who conducts research on comics and has worked with Johnson through the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. “But I don’t know of any case where the scientist is also the cartoonist. Where a scientist on Dr. Johnson’s level translated his own ideas directly in the comics as a form.”Being both the illustrator and writer of his book gave Johnson more control over how the scientific concepts are presented. In his mind, this makes the ideas more accurate and reduces the risk of translation errors. “The science is the core of the book,” Johnson said. “It’s about ideas, and so you’re seeing those ideas being discussed.” At USC, Johnson also founded the USC Science Film Competition during the 2011-2012 academic year to get more people involved with science. An annual event, the contest has teams of USC students from varying disciplines make a video explaining a scientific concept. This way, they can develop the skills needed to break down science in a more engaging format. The competition also serves to establish connections between students who will go on to be scientists or those who will have roles in the media. Johnson believes some of the problems in media representation of science stem from a lack of exchange between the science and media communities. Bridging the gap between the two fields can improve the way science is portrayed in the future, he said, thus inspiring more people to get involved in the field.“The people who are going to be in the media are the people who need to know this, as well as the people who are creating the scientific ideas and making discoveries,” Johnson said. “They also need to learn how to communicate.”Aside from working on his novel, Johnson also served as a science adviser for books, television shows and films like Thor: Ragnarok, Agent Carter and Genius. Most of Johnson’s advice is aimed at creating fantasy worlds that run with scientific logic and consistency so their overall story arcs make more sense and remain entertaining for all audiences.According to Johnson, removing scientists from the context of a lab or classroom setting can engage more kinds of people and create a more informed world. Being given examples of science functioning in different settings can help audiences feel less intimidated and want to try it out for themselves.“Right now there are very narrow perceptions as to who does science and who has access to science and who engages with science,” Johnson said. “And those perceptions are wrong.”
The No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (13-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) welcomes the Harvard Crimson (2-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) to LaBahn Arena this weekend.Junior goalkeeper Kristen Campbell earned her second WCHA Goaltender of the Week award Wednesday after notching a pair of shutouts against Bemidji State last weekend. She enters the weekend with a 191:32 shutout streak, the second-longest of her career. Her four shutouts this season lead the WCHA and are tied for the NCAA lead.Women’s hockey: Badgers outscore Bemidji State 8–0 in dominant weekend sweepThe No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued its commanding 2018 campaign over the weekend, sweeping the Bemidji State Beavers Read…Wisconsin outscored Bemidji State 8–0 over the weekend, with six of their goals coming in the opening frame. The Badgers ability to control games early has contributed to their success this season, as they’ve outscored their opponents 23–6 in the first period and their 23 goals lead the NCAA in first period goals.This weekend’s matchup pits two of college hockey’s most accomplished coaches against each other — Wisconsin’s Mark Johnson and Harvard’s Katey Stone. Johnson, who became the NCAA’s all-time leader in wins, enters the weekend with 472 victories to his name. Stone is not far behind with 465 career wins.For two storied programs, Friday’s matchup marks just the seventh meeting between the two all-time, with the Badgers having won five of the six matchups dating back to 1999. Their most recent meeting came back in 2014 when the Badgers earned their first NCAA playoff victory at LaBahn Arena and defeated the Crimson 2–1 in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.Men’s hockey: Ailing Badgers can’t keep up with No. 6 Buckeyes on the roadIn their first series matchup of the season, the No. 6 The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3-1, 3-1-0 Big Ten) steamrolled Read…After lighting up Holy Cross 7–3 Tuesday, Harvard comes to Madison with a great deal of confidence. Six different Crimson players posted multi-point efforts Tuesday, giving 15 of their 19 players at least one point this season.So, should the Badgers be worried? Well, sort of.Harvard has some recent success against No. 1 teams. Back in 2015, the Crimson took down then-No. 1 Boston College at home for a major upset in their historic rivalry.On the other hand, Wisconsin has been a force at home this season, outscoring opponents 35–10.Puck drop is set for 7 p.m Friday, while Saturday’s contest will begin at 8 p.m., an hour later than originally scheduled. Both games will be streamed on Big Ten Network Plus (BTN Plus) and FloHockey.