Is an NUS Extra Card worthwhile?

first_imgThe NUS discount card has traditionally been seen as the most obvious benefit of NUS membership. However, with many shops and restaurants now offering a generic student discount and some Oxford colleges setting up their own discount schemes, some students are increasingly questioning whether having an NUS Extra Card is worthwhile.St John’s and Balliol both have college discount schemes, with the Oxford Union also negotiating ‘Treasurer’s Treats’ for its members at various businesses. These are perhaps more useful to Oxford students on a daily basis, considering the number of independent businesses in the city. On the other hand, access to these discounts requires membership of a college or society that operates a discount scheme and claiming to represent a market of seven million consumers is an obvious advantage for the NUS, when negotiating discounts; especially with national chains.By far the most valuable discount available with an Extra Card is the partnership the NUS announced in September 2013 with The Cooperative Food. They negotiated a discount of 10% for all Extra Card holders on their groceries from the Co-operative at more than 3,600 of their food stores. At the same time, given that many Oxford students eat their meals in their college hall, the usefulness of this discount may be limited. Other discounts which cardholders are entitled to, such as 10% off at ASOS or 20% off at Vision Express are also worthwhile. But it is questionable how useful or substantial some of the discounts the card offers are. For example, the offer of Virgin Balloon Flights for £89pp or 4% off holidays with easyJet Holidays are less appealing.Finally, the NUS Extra Card is not prohibitively expensive at £12, and can be used effectively if one is aware where discounts are available. This makes the loss of eligibility for the card Oxford students will suffer, if disaffiliation occurs, something that many are likely to consider when they vote.last_img read more

Local Distillery Donating Hand Sanitizer Proceeds To Local Food Bank Program

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Submitted Image.LAKEWOOD – A local brewery is donating 100 percent of its hand sanitizers proceeds to a local food bank program.Southern Tier Distilling Company, who pivoted their production to produce alcohol base hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has so far donated over $5,000 to FeedMore WNY, a group who helps the St. Susan Center in Jamestown.Company officials say since March they have sold nearly 1,000 4oz hand sanitizers bottles.“These unprecedented times require companies to think and act differently,” said Phin DeMink, Founder of Southern Tier Distilling Company. “Every individual and company in this community has an obligation to help out and support each other as we work through this crisis.” “We are proud of this effort and happy that we could pass on the proceeds to such a great cause,” furthered DeMink. “The inspiring work of St. Susan Center, in Jamestown, and similar organizations around Western New York, deserve as much support as they can get at any time, and especially now.”To purchase the locally made hand sanitizer, visit stdcspirits.com.last_img read more

Tap pension funds to finance nuclear plant, government urged

first_img“Pension funds really want to invest in infrastructure, and there’s no shortage of capital if the projects are structured in the right way with the right risk/return characteristics,” he told IPE.“[Wylfa Newydd] is a large project, relatively early in planning. The Thames Tideway is a pretty good model, so why not think about something similar?”The government has granted some guarantees to Thames Tideway investors, and it began paying backers a yield as soon as construction started.Weston added: “Thames Tideway was quite a success in accessing pension fund capital. It is an option that was proven to work. I’m not saying it would be exactly the same – it’s very different building a nuclear power station to digging a tunnel underneath London – but it’s a big construction project that will take a number of years to get built. It makes sense to look at Thames Tideway and see if those basic building blocks can be applied.”In July last year, Dalmore Capital – which manages money on behalf of the PiP – formed part of the Bazalgette Consortium that will finance the £4.2bn (€5bn) Thames Tideway Tunnel.In addition to Dalmore, the group included Allianz Capital Partners, Amber Infrastructure Group, DIF and Swiss Life Asset Managers.Last week, the PiP announced its first co-investment arrangement with founding investor Railpen.The £21bn pension fund invested alongside the platform to provide £20.3m of funds to refinance debt linked to a portfolio of nearly 2,000 rooftop solar panels. The UK government should utilise pension scheme demand for infrastructure to help fund a new nuclear power plant in North Wales, according to the chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP).Mike Weston, who has led the PiP since its formation in 2014, said the government should consider a similar funding structure to that employed in 2015 when securing institutional backing for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a project to modernise London’s sewers.The site for the nuclear power station in Wylfa Newydd on the island of Anglesey is owned by Hitachi.The company is reportedly in talks with the Japanese government to secure funding for its construction, but Weston argued that it could be an ideal investment for UK pension funds.last_img read more

Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: Gujarat Fortunegiants continue winning spree

first_imgMumbai: Led by strong performance of raiding duo Rohit Gulia and GB More, Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Dabang Delhi K C 31-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match here on Thursday.More delivered a critical all-round performance picking 9 points, supporting both in offence and defence, while Gulia grabbed 7 points to help his team remain unbeaten in the league.This was Dabang Delhi’s first loss in their fourth game.Naveen Kumar continued his rich form and notched another Super 10 to lead the raiding department in the league with 42 points from 4 matches.Naveen scored a raid in the 6th minute as Dabang trailed 2-6.Parvesh Bhainswal made a strong tackle to send Naveen to the bench in the 9th minute as Gujarat led 7-4.Delhi came back strongly to level the match at 9-9 after 16 minutes. Delhi inflicted an all-out in the 18 th minute to take the lead and after the first half, Delhi led 14-11.In the second half, Gulia got into the act as he scored 3 quick raid points as Gujarat leveled the match 16-16 after 24 minutes.He then made a two-point raid to give Gujarat 19-18 lead. Gujarat then inflicted an all-out in the 33rd minute to lead 25-20 and then held on till the end to emerge victorious For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more