News story: National Apprenticeship Week 2019 date announced

first_imgThis annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.Following the most successful National Apprenticeship Week ever that took place earlier this year, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – which also coincides with National Careers Week – will look to involve more individuals, employers, partners and providers in activities that highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and the opportunities apprenticeships present to individuals.National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was record-breaking: with 780 events taking place across England. The ambition of delivering a 10,000 talks movement – #10kTalks – to inspire the next generation of apprentices in schools across the country was exceeded, reaching over 33,500 people. Over 300 schools joined the 10,000 talks movement and a further 130 schools also hosted teacher-to-teacher talks – reaching an additional 2,300 individuals. The Big Assembly reached 20,000 people with a live video stream – showcasing apprentices and employers sharing their apprenticeships stories. Events also took place to celebrate International Women’s Day, apprenticeships diversity and a launch event with the BBC and Sutton Trust included the announcement of a new ground-breaking apprenticeship programme. Keith Smith, Apprenticeships Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: National Apprenticeship Week is an important date in the academic calendar and I am delighted to announce the date for National Apprenticeship Week 2019. The success of previous National Apprenticeship Weeks’, especially during 2018, tells us that one week dedicated to celebrating, promoting and realising the importance of apprenticeships and their impact enables an apprenticeship movement across our sector. This movement sees employers, providers, partners and apprentices themselves grasp the opportunity and get involved in our celebration, creating fascinating events and opportunities to share the many benefits apprenticeship bring. More detail, including the theme, will be confirmed over coming months. I am hopeful that by sharing the date 6 months in advance of the week partners will start to plan some new and exciting activity that they will run during National Apprenticeship Week 2019.center_img More information on National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will be announced on GOV.UK and on social media channels. Follow @Apprenticeships on Twitter and National Apprenticeship Service on LinkedIn to keep up to date.last_img read more

LCD Soundsystem Brings The ‘80s Back To Life In First Of Five Hollywood Gigs [Photos]

first_imgBy the time Thanksgiving Eve rolls around, LCD Soundsystem will have played five straight shows in support new album, “American Dream,” at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. But it took just one set for the reunited rock outfit from Brooklyn to not only send its shockwaves through Southern California, but also shed light on the paradigm behind the cyclicality of music, art and culture.Friday night, the nearly-80-year-old venue on Sunset Boulevard was fraught with 1980s vibes. Everything from the flashing lights and James Murphy’s vocals—part David Byrne, part Fred Schneider—on stage, to the proclivities of the floor in front of it evoked thoughts of what it must have felt like to rock out in Ronald Reagan’s post-disco America.The slow, heavy synth of “Oh Baby” in the opener instantly transformed the circular Hollywood dance hall into the scene of a cheesy prom night. The familiar tones of “I Can Change”—with it’s contradictory yet no less appropriate mantra to “never change”—got the crowd up and moving to the beat immediately thereafter. The set proceeded with a similar seesaw between new tracks and old favorites, lighthearted love songs and more melancholy considerations of longing and regret–or, in the case of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, both at the same time.The packed house featured a cocktail of young EDM fans and more middle-aged listeners seasoned in now-legacy forms of house and electro, but all gladly obliged when Murphy and company implored them all to “Get Innocuous.” The band lured their Palladium audience into purely physical expression with the punk-rock rhythms of “Movement”, then dropped deep into mournful souls with “Someone Great”.LCD Soundsystem Releases First LP In 7 Years, ‘American Dream’ [Full Stream]After a refreshingly brief break, LCD returned to the stage for an energetic encore that ended with two back-to-back Soundsystem standards—”Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”. As fans filed out of the Palladium and into another pleasant night in the heart of Hollywood, they seemed to emerge from a musical time machine that had transported them to an experience from three decades prior……And not by accident, either. Murphy, LCD’s revered frontman, has ranked the Talking Heads and the B-52s among his biggest influences, alongside the likes of the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Yes and, of course, Daft Punk The shoe certainly fits in this case, since Murphy grew up in Princeton, New Jersey during the ‘80s. Chances are, his musical life was steeped in the sounds of that decade, with the Talking Heads and the B-52s leaving arguably the biggest imprints on his own style.LCD Soundsystem Performs “Tonite” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!So it was, then, that Murphy and company helped to revamp and re-popularize ‘80s music during the 2000s, and have once again stoked the embers of that revival in 2017. And so it is that, as the rule of thumb goes, decades seem to recycle themselves every 20 years or so—the ‘70s syncing with the ‘90s, the ‘80s with the aughts, and so on. It’s the constant churn of generations, of one cohort shaping the minds of its successors and, thus, securing its own legacy. And as their five-night run in Hollywood continues, LCD Soundsystem is sure to further their already-indelible mark on whatever music emerges in the 2020s.You can check out photos from last night’s LCD Soundsystem show below, courtesy of Steve Rose.For more information on the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.SETLIST: LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Hollywood, CA | 11/17/17 Load remaining images LCD Soundsystem Hollywood Palladium 5-Night Run11-17 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium Photo: Steve Rose LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Steve Roselast_img read more

Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight & More Join Audra McDonald for Hello Again Movie

first_imgA host of stage and screen favorites will help bring the off-Broadway hit Hello Again to the big screen. Emmy winner Martha Plimpton, Emmy nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Underwood and Glee alum Jenna Ushkowitz have boarded the cast of the film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical. They join the previously speculated Audra McDonald; the six-time Tony-winner will star as Sally (billed as “The Actress” in the stage show).The film will be directed by Tom Gustafson, with Cory Krueckeberg penning the screenplay. No word yet on a release date. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, Hello Again follows a string of affairs among ten characters through each decade of the 20th century. The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1993 and was revived in 2011 with a cast that included Max von Essen, Elizabeth Stanley and Rachel Bay Jones.Plimpton won an Emmy for her guest performance on The Good Wife. She recently appeared on Broadway in A Delicate Balance and earned Tony nods for Pal Joey, Top Girls and The Coast of Utopia. Knight received an Emmy nomination for his performance on Grey’s Anatomy; he last appeared on Broadway in It’s Only a Play. Willis, winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20, recently made her Broadway debut in Chicago. Funk’s credits include Glee and Awkward on TV and Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway. Underwood has appeared on the small screen in The Following, Dexter and Homeland. Ushkowitz, best known for her role of Tina on Glee, has appeared on stage in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl and Spring Awakening on Broadway.The film is also set to feature Al Calderon and Tyler Blackburn. View Commentslast_img read more

Veto Varmints

first_imgTwo-Fingers Fawn. Swift runner with Bambi eyes and a white tail. Will eat anythingedible within reach. Forages at night, dawn and dusk. Sometimes leaves two-toed tracks andmedium-size dark pellets.An electric fence is the best way to keep deer out. The “Minnesota Peanut ButterFence” is good. It’s a single strand of electrically charged wire 2.5 feet above theground.Power the fence with a six- or 12-volt car battery to prevent fatal injuries regularcurrent could cause.Place strips of masking tape and/or aluminum-foil flaps smeared with peanut butter atthree-foot intervals.Other deterrents soon wear off. Hanging up bars of soap or nylon stockings filled withhair can help. Spraying plants with a water-and-Tabasco-sauce mixture can, too. Rabbits, raccoons, deer, skunks and even bears often do their shopping in your producedepartment. These bushy burglars eat an estimated 20 percent of home garden vegetables.Over the years, people have used soap, dog hair, Winchester rifles and chain-linkfences to stop these criminal critters.Fencing them out works best. But it takes the right kind of fence. A deer, forinstance, can jump as high as 10 feet. A raccoon may shinny up a nearby tree and sky diveinto produce paradise.Look for tracks or fecal droppings. Find out how and when the animals get into thegarden, too. These “fingerprints” may help you identify the suspect.Build barriers early in the season before the animals taste-test your garden. Thenthey’ll be less likely to attempt a break-in.Here’s a “most wanted” list of major pests, clues to look for, favorite menuitems and ways to protect your vegetables from particular plunderers.Taking these steps won’t protect against all pests, but it might keep these fromstealing you blind. Robber Raccoon. Suspect has dark eyes, a black nose and white markings on face. Hasdefinite “sweet corn tooth” but will eat melons. Works night shift, bending cornstalks to the ground and stripping ears clean or stealing them. Often leaves melons withsmall holes in them, which he scooped clean with his paws. Will also leave characteristicfootprints around the scene.Electric fences are the best way to curtail a ‘coon. It takes two strands. Place onesix inches and the other 12 inches high.Use fiberglass posts, since ‘coons can climb wooden ones. Turn off the power in thedaytime, since they feed only at night.Nothing else works. ‘Coons are hardened criminals with a thirst for sweet corn. Theirwell-honed criminal skills will likely overcome any obstacle but a charged fence. Paw Barker (a.k.a. Mr. Bear). Last seen wearing a brown or black fur coat. Haslarge teeth and is heavyset. Gave up Jenny Craig diet for corn and melons. May bedangerous. Don’t approach. Usually leaves Sasquatch-like footprints and large dung pilesbehind.A four-strand electric fence baited with bacon is the best bear barrier. Place the topstrand about three feet high. Flashing lights, loud music and dirty laundry may also keepBig Ben out of your patch. Burglar Bunny. Generally grayish brown with large, pointed ears. Prowls in earlymorning and late afternoon. Devours plants right to the ground and may leave small roundpellets as calling cards.A fence of one-inch-mesh chicken wire is the best protection. Make it at least two feethigh with another four to six inches turned outward at the top. Bury at least another sixinches belowground.Gardeners have used ground black pepper, chili powder, blood meal, rotten eggs, boneoil and hot pepper sauce around plants to keep rabbits away.Train Rover to patrol the garden and Mr. Rabbit won’t likely show his ears.last_img read more

Walk Georgia 2013

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Extension’s fall Walk Georgia program encourages Georgians to walk, swim, bike or garden their way to a healthier lifestyle, while learning a little bit more about the state a long the way.The free, 12-week program is designed to get Georgians moving by helping them track of their physical activity. As participants log their exercise, they virtually travel across the state and learn interesting facts about the counties along the way.Participants can register individually or form teams of four members. Past team participants have found that competing — informally — against other teams in their community has encouraged their entire team to be more active. Recent college graduate Andrea Gonzalez of Athens began participating in Walk Georgia with her friends two years ago as a way to keep themselves motivated to exercise. “I didn’t realize how competitive I would be until I saw the miles my friends were putting up,” Gonzalez said. “I kept thinking to myself, ‘If they can do it, so can I!’ I was suddenly motivated to go to the gym, so I could keep up with them. I tried new activities I thought I’d never do, like weightlifting and racquetball.” Participating in a spring session of Walk Georgia also led Gonzalez to run in her first 5K race, which led to her second and then her third. “I didn’t turn into a gym rat, but even after Walk Georgia was over, I did keep exercising,” she said. “In the fall I signed up for group fitness classes, which are awesome, and ran yet another 5K.”Ninety miles away in Griffin, grandmother Bonnie Dials used Walk Georgia to keep her running while she training for her first Peachtree Road Race. “When I joined the first session, I enjoyed walking across the counties in Georgia and finding out about each county,” Dials said. “I have even visited a few in person because of the program. The Walk Georgia program also gives me the motivation to keep going by tracking my mileage—trying to reach a higher goal each session.”Georgian’s don’t actually have to walk or run to use Walk Georgia’s activity tracker. Participants can log time spent biking, swimming or bowling, as well as spent doing activities like gardening and horseback riding. The time spent exercising is translated into walked miles online as members work to travel across the state. The goal is to “walk” 15 miles per week.The Walk Georgia fall 2013 session began Sept. 1 and registration will remain open through Oct. 9. Participants can register and log activity online at www.walkgeorgia.org. The fall program ends on Nov. 23.last_img read more

NAFCU supports new data security draft in House

first_imgNAFCU’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler expressed support yesterday for a new draft data security bill addressing data protection standards, outlining a process for notifications and recognizing financial institutions’ compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.The bill was announced earlier yesterday by House Financial Services Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Chairman Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, who said he plans to introduce the legislation with fellow House Financial Services Committee member John Carney, D-Del, in the coming days.Thaler wrote to both to express the association’s support for this effort.The Neugebauer-Carney bill would set a national data security standard for merchants, as sought by NAFCU. It also closely aligns with NAFCU-supported legislation introduced a couple weeks ago by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Liverpool’s Thiago tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League champions confirmed on Tuesday.The 29-year-old, who joined from Bayern Munich this month, missed Monday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal and will now self-isolate.”Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines,” Liverpool said in a statement. “The club has, and will continue to follow, all protocols relating to COVID-19 and Thiago will remain in self-isolation for the required period of time.”The Spanish international will miss another clash with Arsenal in the League Cup on Thursday aswell as  Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa, but could be available for the Merseyside derby at Everton on October 17.On Monday, the Premier League announced 10 players or staff had tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous week, the highest number of infections since mass testing began in May.Topics :last_img read more

Garden chess board adds to attractions at impressive three-level Paddington residence

first_img41 Upper Cairns Tce, PaddingtonAlthough Dr McPhillips is moving only next door, he hopes the next owners have the same type of idea as he did.“I hope the next person can retire here and enjoy the place with their family,” he said. A lift services all levels, allowing for easy movement, which makes it especially easy to get heavy groceries to the kitchen. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington“That was definitely her choice. She wanted something bold, something stylish. She liked art,” Dr McPhillips said.He said the design incorporated the transformation of the original workers’ cottage into a modern, aesthetically pleasing masterpiece. The stylish Paddington home exudes a Zen feeling once inside the front door. To the left is a ground-level water feature, and to the right, another elevated water feature.With more than half a dozen areas to entertain guests within the home, Dr McPhillips said he most enjoyed the space upstairs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington“I do like having a beer on the balcony,” he said with a smile.The property, designed by architect Frank Macchia, is nothing short of intriguing. On the ground level, there is a large garden chess board, frequently used by Dr McPhillips and his children. This area can be seen from the top level of the home. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington.THIS impressive property features a wealth of inviting and innovative spaces, from a large garden chess board and water features to stylish entertainment spaces the whole family will love.The time has come for Brisbane doctor Mick McPhillips to let another family enjoy what was to be his retirement home. Dr McPhillips and his late wife Clare built the three-level home in 2009, with the dream of enjoying the impressive, architect-designed property with their five children and grandchildren.Mrs McPhillips was instrumental in many of the design choices within the home, including blackbutt flooring. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington.“Although it could be considered an ‘open house’, the design is such that there is privacy and mystique on each level,” he said. The house has alarmed security and there is an intercom on each level.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgLyxor Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Burges SalmonLyxor Asset Management – Lionel Paquin has been appointed chief executive, replacing Inès de Dinechin, who will leave the group. Paquin has been head of the Lyxor Managed Accounts Platform since 2011. He has also held the position of chief risk officer and head of internal control at the firm, and has been a member of executive committee since 2007. Before then, he served as managing director and principal inspector for Inspection Générale at the Société Générale Group. He began his career in 1995 in the French Ministry of Finance.Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners – Chris Morser and Peter Vasiliadis, who work in the hedge funds group, and Jonathan Costello, who works in the private equity group, have been promoted to managing directors. Andrew Malek, Adam Piro and John Zaleski, who work in hedge funds; Edward Goldstein and Andrew Murray, who work in private equity; and Andrew Robinson, who works in real estate, have been promoted to executive directors. Brian Ksenak and Pennapa Tantiyakul (hedge funds); Silva Sevdalian and Pamela Fung (private equity); and Daniel Spear (real estate) have been promoted to vice-president.Burges Salmon – The UK law firm has appointed Caroline Harwood as director of Incentives in its Pensions and Incentives practice group. She joins from Grant Thornton, where her role was director and head of equity reward.last_img read more

OPF’s in-house team adds 2.7 points to global equity returns

first_imgThe municipal pension fund for Norway’s capital region, Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF), has thanked its active management for the overall returns it posted for 2019, saying its global equities portfolio beat its benchmark by 2.67% a year since OPF started managing the sub-fund internally in 2017.In its fourth quarter financial report, OPF – Norway’s largest independent municipal pension fund – reported a 10.3% overall return on investments for the whole of 2019, up from 2% the year before.Åmund Lunde, the pension provider’s chief executive officer, said: “The excess return from our internally-managed equity portfolio alone has given our customers NOK615m (€61m) more than if the money had been invested in an index fund.”OPF attributed these excess returns largely to the fund’s “solid” active management and long-term investment strategy, and said the 10.3% investment return equated to NOK8.7bn in financial income. The pension fund reported a pre-tax consolidated profit of NOK1bn in 2019, compared with NOK791m the year before, which, it said, was due to strong non-life insurance results and revenue generated from the group’s capital.Total assets grew to NOK104.6bn at the end of 2019 from NOK95.2bn a year before.OPF caters for a number of Oslo’s municipal companies and organisations including public transport operators Sporveien and Ruter, the city’s University Hospital and the Oslo New Theatre.last_img read more