Cooking in College

There is quite a lot to learn for students who have always had their meals cooked for them until they are suddenly out on their own.  The big challenge is also how to keep it all healthy.  It is so easy to get into very bad habits when you are first beginning to test out your culinary skills.  So make sure you always have a lot of fruit and vegetables on hand and check on the Internet for recipes.  You can even type in “easy vegetable recipes” if you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.  The more fresh produce you have, the better.  And make sure you make stuff that you like.  There is no point in making healthy dishes that you know you are never going to eat.  Soups are very good for winter; they pack in a lot of essential vitamins and minerals through the vegetables and are incredibly filling which means that you are less likely to eat junk after.  So start doing some internet searches and see what you can come up with.  It really does make a difference and will give you a ton of energy if you do it right that you will need for your college experience.

Benefits of Swimming

Everyone can benefit from swimming. There are so many health benefits, no matter what your age or physical fitness.  Plus, since most cities have swimming pools that are relatively cheap in the States, you won’t break the bank or drive yourself crazy trying to get your workout in.  Also, no one needs to be intimidated before they start swimming; it is such an easy exercise.  You don’t have to be in good shape to start with.  And you won’t have to over-exert yourself either; you can just take it in your stride and go at your own pace.  Plus, especially on a hot day, you will come out of the pool feeling so refreshed.  You can spend an hour in the pool and not even be exhausted afterwards, even if you’re not in great shape.  So try it out and start improving your fitness level one stroke at a time.

Tycon Creek State

There’s often not all that much to do on a Saturday afternoon for the more conservative college student.  It is pretty typical for most students to be sleeping off their Friday night hangovers.  But if you just want a bit of quiet time, and want to enjoy the leisure time you have in a city that is perhaps far from home, your best bet might be a nature trail.  Especially if you are in a place as glorious as Portland, Oregon.  It doesn’t take long to get to the state park, that is just minutes from downtown Portland.  There you can enjoy a wonderful hike (in pretty much all weathers; even in the rain), check out the park’s many nature trails nestled between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard, southwest of Portland or get your workout done by cycling around.  You will be privy to trilliums and all sorts of beautiful things and if you’re  not in the mood for exerting yourself then you can just take a seat and listen to the birds and squirrels talk about their day.  It’s an incredibly peaceful place to be and a wonderful experience no matter what you’re seeking.

United Malt Makes Pretty Profit for Castle Harlan

Castle Harlan Logo
Castle Harlan Logo

With their sale of United Malt Holdings for $655 million, Castle Harlan was able to realize a respectable profit, approximately 4 and a half times the money invested.

Castle Harlan and Champ Private Equity, an Australian affiliate company with Castle Harlan, sold the portfolio company, the world’s fourth largest producer of malt, to GrainCorp of Australia.

In 2006 the partners invested in total $90.54 million in equity in United Malt, which was purchased at the time from Conagra Foods and Tiger Brands. Castle Harlan supplied 55 percent of the investment, while Champ supplied the remaining percentage.

The internal rate of return was about 80 percent, but it would be incorrect to believe that the deal was risk free. Earlier tries to see United Malt ended unsuccessfully, according to BusinessWeek.