Utah counting on experience as springboard this season

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Experience is turning into an area of strength for Utah men’s basketball.The Utes had one of the youngest rosters in Division I last season and suffered some major growing pains along the way.It’s a different story this season.Four starters return from a year ago, led by second-team All-Pac-12 selection Timmy Allen. Eight players in coach Larry Krystkowiak’s nine-man rotation from the 2019-20 season are back on the roster. It has Utah feeling confident about taking a leap forward from last season’s eighth place finish in the Pac-12. Tags: Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Written by November 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah counting on experience as springboard this seasonlast_img read more

The Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter!

first_imgYou still have time to enter the UK’s most prestigious property awards.  Due to huge demand from busy agents, we have extended the deadline until 31 July 2015 – so you have time to prepare your award-winning entry!Download the entry form and guidance by CLICKING HERE and learn more about the awards at www.thenegotiatorawards.co.ukRemember – The Negotiator Awards are free to enter. There are Regional categories as well as national, so you can prove you are the best in your area.Entering is very straightforward; you simply complete a short form and prepare a supporting statement telling the judges why your company deserves an award – full details and advice on preparing your submission are on our website www.thenegotiatorawards.co.uk. That’s it! There is no formality, no risk, no cost! The Negotiator Awards is absolutely free to enter – it is the only property awards event that carries no entry fee – another scheme charges £230 per office for the first category entered, £115 for the second and third categories entered – that’s £460 to pay before you even know if you are shortlisted. We don’t think that is fair, so we continue to follow our nine-year tradition – it’s completely free to take part!This is the second year that The Negotiator Awards will include Regional Agency of the Year – a superb opportunity for sales and letting agents to win an award that truly reflects their standing and success in their geographic region.There are 12 Regional Awards so you have greater chance of winning one of these than you do in the National Awards – so enter now and be seen as the leading agent in your region!There is a category for every sales and/or lettings agent, whether independent, corporate or franchised, every property manager, auctioneer and more.And we haven’t forgotten those who help agents to be the best – the industry suppliers; whether it’s software, insurances, signage, mortgage brokers or property portals, every supplier is in with a chance to win recognition for their technology, services and products or professional support.Our headline sponsor for The Negotiator Awards is The Property Software Group, well-known to you through its leading software brands: Vebra, Jupix, Alto, CFP and Core.Download the entry form and guidance now at www.thenegotiatorawards.co.ukThe Award categories are below – full details and entry forms are on our website.Category 1Community Champion of the YearCategory 2Marketing Campaign of the YearCategory 3Website of the YearCategory 4Rising Star of the YearCategory 5Residential Auction House of the YearSupplier AwardsAs a property industry supplier do you deliver more than you promise? Are your products and services making the agents’ businesses fly? Is your technology way ahead of the crowd? Suppliers may enter only one of these three categories:Category 6Supplier of the Year: Technology SoftwareCategory 7Supplier of the Year: Services and ProductsCategory 8Supplier of the Year: Professional SupportCategory 9Property Management Department of the YearCategory 10Property Management Company of the YearCategory 11Innovator of the YearCategory 12Employer of the YearCategory 13Online Agency of the YearCategory 14New Agency of the YearCategory 15Franchise or Network Group of the YearRegional Agency AwardsYou may not be the largest sales or lettings agency in your region, you may not be the longest established – or you may be. The question is, are you the best? Enter in these categories:Category 16 North EastNorthumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees.Category 17 North WestCumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside.Category 18 Yorkshire and The HumberSouth Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding, York, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire.Category 19 East MidlandsLincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland.Category 20 West MidlandsStaffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire.Category 21 East of EnglandNorfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire.Category 22 LondonCategory 23 South EastKent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey.Category 24 South WestGloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall.Category 25ScotlandCategory 26WalesCategory 27Northern IrelandAgency of the Year AwardsCategory 28Small Lettings Agency of the Year (1-3 branches)Category 29Medium Lettings Agency of the Year (4-11 branches)Category 30Large Lettings Agency of the Year (12+ branches)Category 31Small Estate Agency of the Year (1-3 branches)Category 32Medium Estate Agency of the Year (4-11 branches)Category 33Large Estate Agency of the Year (12+ branches)Awards The Negotiator Awards 2015 events July 16, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » The Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter! previous nextAgencies & PeopleThe Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter!You have until 31st July to get your entry in for residential property’s most prestigious awards. – don’t miss out!PROPERTYdrum16th July 20150565 Viewslast_img read more

At Last: Liftoff for OCHS Science Experiment

first_imgAn unmanned rocket designed by a private company — the SpaceX Falcon 9 — launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 10. Photo credit: NASA/Jim GrossmannAfter months of delays and disasters, a rocket carrying a science experiment designed by Ocean City High School students successfully launched into space early on Saturday morning.The unmanned SpaceX rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 4:47 a.m. Saturday on a two-day journey to the International Space Station._______Read more about the liftoff._______The successful launch marks the end of a long wait for Ocean City High School seniors Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond, Mercy Griffith, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins and Alison Miles. They have experienced several last-minute postponements since the first planned launch in early October, and they witnessed the explosion of one unmanned rocket seconds after liftoff on Wallops Island, Va.The OCHS experiment is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), a national program designed to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the U.S. The Ocean City students competed against others nationwide for the opportunity to have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.__________See video of a briefing on all scientific experimentation headed for the Space Station.__________The Ocean City experiment analyzes the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of E. coli bacteria to lettuce cells — information that would be practical if people ever tried to cultivate food during long periods of travel in space.The experiment will be conducted aboard the International Space Station — with astronauts releasing the E. coli within a small plastic tube containing the experiment. The rocket is scheduled to return to Earth in about four weeks, and the experiment will be returned to Ocean City for analysis.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

The big issue

first_imgWhat will be the biggest issue your business faces in 2008?That was the question posed by British Baker in its last online poll at [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk]. Between 10 December 2007 and 5 February, when it closed, 39% of respondents believed that skills shortages would be the biggest issue to face their business in 2008. That’s higher than those who cited rising ingredients costs, at 35%.This will be the biggest issue facing your business and the industry for the foreseeable future, unless something is done to retain the skills left, and instil them into the next generation.What can be done? Quite a lot, actually. The industry has a chance to ensure any future training and education provision it receives is relevant. To that end, the ABST is working on a proposal for a National Skills Academy Training Centre for Bakery (NSATCB). It has already gained support from the British Society of Baking and the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and is now seeking support from other leading industry bodies – the Worshipful Company of Bakers, National Association of Master Bakers, Federation of Bakers and British Confectioners’ Association.The case for action will be put forward to the wider industry at the Baking Industry Exhibition at the NEC in April.The future of the industry has reached a fork in the road. It can either carry on along its current path, continuing to lose its skills and knowledge, or it can unite with one voice and work to retain its lifeblood for future generations.So why not engage in the debate and help to ensure the future prosperity of this industry?* Write to Matthew May, general secretary, Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST), email: [email protected] btinternet.com or BB: [email protected]last_img read more

News story: Community projects to benefit from £45 million of HS2 government funding

first_imgcommunity projects along High Speed Two (HS2) railway route to get a cash boost from £45 million government pledge HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani visits Crewe to announce £5 million to help communities along HS2 Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe first recipients of the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) are confirmed today fund will provide legacy of improvements along the Phase One route from London to the West Midlands HS2 and major projects media enquiries Castlehaven Community Association in Camden, London, receiving £73,591 to support ‘Greengage’, a local community initiative to get more residents engaged in environmental issues Helmdon Acorns pre-school in Northamptonshire, receiving £5,442 to improve the safety and accessibility of the children’s play area Thorpe Mandeville Village Hall Trust receiving £4,600 to resolve damp issues at the village hall Steeple Claydon Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire, receiving £12,000 to make a number of improvements to the church premises West Euston Partnership in London, receiving £74,804 to support ‘Healthtrain’, a community-led local health initiative Wormleighton Parochial Church Council in Warwickshire, receiving £74,982 to install toilets and catering facilities in St Peters Church HS2 will be the backbone of our national rail network – supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build a Britain fit for the future. Whilst we know there will be disruption as we deliver one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects, we are absolutely committed to minimising the effects of building the new railway. That is why I am delighted to see this significant funding helping to unlock the potential of communities and businesses along the route, ensuring the legacy of HS2 extends beyond the railway. These diverse and empowering projects will help regenerate local areas and bring people closer together, and I look forward to seeing more grants being funded in the future. These funding allocations highlight the government’s determination to ensure HS2 is more than just a railway, but a catalyst for economic growth, driving regeneration as well as improving the transport landscape around the rail line.The cash will be spent on public projects such as the refurbishment of community centres, nature conservation and measures to support local economies and employment. Apply for the Phase One community and business funds Switchboard 0300 330 3000 As we deliver HS2, we have the opportunity to leave a positive legacy for the communities along the route of the railway. Our Community and Environment Fund, and its twin Business Fund, are starting to support important local initiatives, including building renovations and environmental projects. We’re encouraging local people to come forward with other opportunities, such as community-led nature projects which could contribute to the ‘green corridor’ we’re creating alongside the railway. This grassroots activity is in addition to the national benefits of HS2, which will rebalance the economy by connecting 8 out of our 10 biggest cities, increase rail capacity on the current system and reduce journey times, while also creating thousands of jobs across the UK. We have had a fantastic response so far and are proud to be supporting a variety of projects which will bring huge benefits to their communities for many years to come. More funding is available for eligible applicants in the HS2 Phase One area and throughout the construction of Phase One. We look forward to announcing more funded local projects for Phase One and the launch date for Phase 2a applications. Community projects near the HS2 route to benefit from £45 million fund The first organisations to secure CEF local grants are: Cathy Elliott, independent chair of CEF and BLEF said: Community projects along the new HS2 railway route will receive more than £245,000 as part of a £45 million pledge by the government to provide a legacy of improvements for generations to come, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani announced today (25 January 2018).A Northamptonshire pre-school, a 900 year-old Warwickshire church and an environmental awareness charity in London are amongst the first recipients of the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) – a £40 million fund to support local economies and communities affected by the Phase One construction of HS2 between London and Birmingham.Today HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Crewe station to announce an extension of the scheme – with a further £5 million being made available to help communities along HS2 Phase 2a route from the West Midlands to Crewe.Community projects to benefit from £45 million of HS2 government funding HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd chief executive, said:last_img read more

Speech: Universities Minister speaks at UUK annual conference

first_imgWhen I took office in January, I said that we were now in the Age of the Student. Since then I’ve made it a priority to visit campuses and listen to students. I’m going to keep on doing this. Now, as the new academic year begins, I’m delighted to be here to talk to you, the leaders of the sector, at my first Universities UK Annual Conference. And not just any UUK conference: your centenary.Since it is both UUK’s hundredth anniversary and my first appearance, I’d like to take this opportunity to focus on the big picture. In particular the future of our universities and the critical role they can play in the fundamental transformation of our country.We all know that the coming year will be an eventful one. March 29 sees the Article 50 deadline, when the UK is set to leave the EU. A review of post-18 education and funding is underway. We are busy implementing the reforms set out in the Higher Education and Research Act. The Office for Students is getting to grips with its task. And we are working hard on urgent issues from Grade Inflation to Essay Mills. I know that in the weeks and months to come I will be working with you on all of these.But I also know that in times of change, it can be easy to be swept away by the rush of activity, – and if not to forget, then to be distracted from – our core mission. Today, as we reflect on a hundred years of UUK, it’s a good opportunity to renew the core mission of our universities for the next few decades.Let me start by setting out what I hope I have made obvious in the past 9 months: I love our universities.That is not just because university was a defining moment in my life. It is because I respect what universities represent at their best: places dedicated to the free and robust exchange of ideas. Places where curiosity and passion drives the search for knowledge. Places where you can break free of whatever handicaps the circumstances of birth and background bestow. Places to develop, that are at once safe and profoundly challenging.Going to university is worth it.My regard for Britain’s universities is more than just subjective. Given the state of debate on higher education in parts of the UK media, what I am about to say next may be controversial. But I will say it anyway: going to university is worth it.A good degree is worth the investment, both the investment that students make through fees, and the investment that the government makes through the T-grant and through the student loans system. Research still demonstrates that the graduate still earn a premium over their lifetime. What is more, university can be a ‘rite of passage’ – with an important opportunity to learn and grow as a person.Perhaps this is obvious to all of you in this room. But as George Orwell argued, there are times when “the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men”. While we’re at it, it is a good time to challenge other myths that surround our universities.Like the idea that universities provide only academic education, rather than a vocational one. One only needs to look at the list of courses at some at some of our oldest universities to realise the idea that degrees are academic, not vocational is mistaken.Let’s also challenge the false dichotomy between Higher Education and Further Education that dominates the public debate on post 18 education. In fact, we have further and technical education being taught in the Higher Education sector, and higher education qualifications being awarded in the Further Education sector. This is not a zero-sum game. If the UK is to thrive we need more technical skills and more general analytic and creative skills; more vocational education and more academic education; more Level 4 and 5 skills and more degrees, both undergraduate and graduate level.There is always the temptation for us policy makers to over-emphasise the need for higher education to produce the skills the country needs – and today these are defined broadly as stem skills. But we also need to recognise as most parents do of their children that people are born with different talents, passions and aspirations – and so what we need is a system with quality at it’s heart so that whatever path a young person chooses, they can still flourish.This is not to say that every degree at every university is as good as it can be. I have spoken before about the importance of understanding which degrees do not offer value for money, and making sure students have the information to make the choices that are right for them. But it is right that we make a full-throated defence of the value of university education as a whole.We should also be clear-eyed about the advantages of our Higher Education funding system. The English system of funding undergraduate study through fees and loans has allowed us to remove student number caps, made access fairer, and kept our universities adequately funded to pursue their mission.Young people from the most disadvantaged areas were 43 per cent more likely to go to university in 2016 than they were in 2009 and 52 per cent more likely to attend highly selective universities. Resource per student has increased by 25 per cent. This is not the case everywhere. In Scotland this summer, it was reported that Clearing places were available for English students and international students who pay higher fees but often not for Scottish ones. In Germany, resource per student fell by 11 per cent between 2010 and 2014. And many of you will remember how things used to be when it comes to funding: in the decades before fees were introduced, resource per student fell by 40 per cent. Fees and loans have allowed us to correct what was a dire financial situation for our universities. Our student finance system is not perfect. But it has some major advantages. And I can assure you, I am deeply aware of them.That is not to say that the political debate that universities find themselves in can be ignored. If universities want to play an active role in the public realm, you and the Government collectively have a duty to earn and retain the public’s trust.There are two particular areas where we need to be vigilant.The first is value for money. I’ve spoken before about the need to ensure that students get a quality education in return for the investment they make. If the perception grows that universities are offering threadbare courses, or prioritising getting bums on seats over quality, the credibility of the HE sector as a whole will suffer. Likewise if universities see applicants as commodities, and neglect the student experience or their mental health needs. Or if universities are seen as hotbeds of unjustified high salaries.This is why we have pushed ahead with the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework and Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset. And it is why I have been vocal on issues like the growth of unconditional offers, mental health on campus and the rise of essay mills.The other big risk for universities is becoming disconnected from the wider world. If universities are seen as ideological echo chambers; if research is seen as disconnected from the wider world; if universities are seen as distant from their communities, again, their mission will be compromised and their credibility will suffer.I know that many of you work hard to prevent this kind of turning inwards. Our best universities are not ivory towers. Still less are they “left-wing madrassas”, as one controversialist chose to describe them. But ideological diversity, strong research cultures, engagement with the wider world, and fair access are ongoing battles – and the price of failure will be very high.This is particularly important at this moment in our country’s history. I hardly need to name the inescapable political fact of the next twelve months – the one that is six letters long, and begins with “B”.I’m keenly aware that the UK’s departure from the EU raises a variety of important practical issues that we and you are working together to address, from the future of ERASMUS+ to how UK researchers will participate in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. Indeed, I have just returned from meeting with MEPs and officials in Brussels to continue our discussions on many of these issues.But there is another Brexit debate that we as a country need to have, alongside the negotiations over our future relationship with Europe. That debate is about the future of the UK – about our place in the world, how we will thrive as a nation, and the sort of country we aspire to be. Frankly, some of these questions were there before Brexit, but the vote to leave the EU has thrown them into sharp relief.When I think of what sort of country I want Britain to be… I think of a country that is open to and engaged with the world…and by that I mean the rest of the world AND the EU…one that lives by its wits, and stands at the forefront of science, of technology and of learning.A country whose economy is driven by knowledge and by innovation, one that harnesses our spirit of ingenuity and endeavour to enrich its people and to improve the lot of humanity.A country with a skilled, educated population, where everyone has a chance to get a good education.A prosperous country, and one where that prosperity is shared across the country.A country where no matter where you were born or where you grew up, you will have every opportunity to fulfil your potential and be who you were meant to be.No matter which way you voted in the referendum, if I asked you if you wanted to be better off than you were before, the answer would be yes. If I asked you if you wanted a better future for your children, the answer would be yes. If I asked you if you wanted to live in a country that was bold, innovative and inspiring then the answer would be most certainly be yes.It will come as no surprise to you when I say that thriving, world-class universities sit at the heart of this vision. This is a vision of Britain that draws on each of universities’ three traditional missions: teaching, research, and wider engagement.We cannot build the workforce the country needs to thrive in the new economy without a significant contribution from universities. Our HE sector can provide both the general, transferable skills demanded by jobs in the knowledge economy, but also the specific, vocational skills demanded by many jobs from nursing to video game design. Indeed, we should see the widely acknowledged need for Britain to improve its Level 4 and Level 5 skills and to train more apprentices as opportunities for the university sector.We will need to build on universities’ track record of improving access for those from the most deprived backgrounds. The track record since student number controls were removed is something we should be proud of – but none of us would pretend there is not far more than can be done.Universities’ research mission will also be vital for the kind of Britain we need to create. Research and development sit at the heart of the Government’s industrial strategy, and hold the key to creating productivity growth and good jobs. And, through our four Grand Challenges – of Clean Growth, Healthy Ageing, the Future of Mobility and Artificial Intelligence – they can help address the big challenges facing our society and the planet as a whole. Indeed, in the UK, our universities do a greater share of total R&D than in Germany, France or many other rich countries – making their role even more important.I am proud to be part of a Government that is delivering the biggest increase in public R&D funding in history, and our goals for the future are more ambitious still. These goals rest on the ingenuity and engagement of our universities and their partners in the world of business. And on continuing and building on our effective research partnerships with the best and brightest in the rest of Europe and in the wider world.This is not just a question for scientists and engineers. If we want to harness Big Data effectively, to build a green economy, or to make transport work better, we will also need the research of economists and psychologists, of philosophers and historians – of the wisdom and judgment that the humanities and social sciences bring.Make no mistake: there will be plenty of big questions to solve. Our age is one of global upheaval: we are unstitching a 40-year relationship with the EU; the norms of world trade and the global economy are being questioned; with increases in life expectancy our society is grappling with the challenges posed by ageing like we never have before; we are striving to make sense and make use of new technologies; and the role of the nation state and national identity are under constant debate.It may not be fashionable to say it, but at times like this, we need experts more than ever. This is not the time for our universities to shrink back and sulk. We need our universities to engage and lead in these debates publicly, because you are the connective tissue to the next generation.We will need to make the most of universities’ direct contribution to the economy too. When the media talk about British industry, they’ll often send a reporter to a factory making cars, aero-engines or machine tools. But they’re missing something.The higher education sector accounts for £21.5bn or 1.2% of the UK’s national output. That’s more than our automotive sector, the advertising industry, or our defence industry though you won’t hear that on the news.Our universities employs nearly 420,000 people, for the most part in the kind of high-skilled, rewarding jobs that we all want to see more of.International students account for £11.5bn of exports each year – a bigger contribution to our balance of trade than a host of more familiar exports, including natural gas, Scotch whisky, or car components.We also need to think seriously about international students and researchers. Out there, somewhere in the world, there are people, young and not so young, with the ideas and the potential to send shockwaves through the status quo. A young scientist is thinking about how he can solve world hunger, an engineer is looking up at the stars and dreaming of technology that could take us out into the cosmos, and an aspiring doctor is devising ways to treat and cure cancer. I want the UK to be where current and future generations come to see their ground-breaking ideas come to life and truly make a difference to the world.The forthcoming report of the Migration Advisory Committee on student migration offers us an opportunity to ensure our policy on student migration recognises the contribution that overseas students make to our universities, our balance of trade and our communities. We can build on the global perspective of UKRI’s £1 billion Future Leaders Fellowship programme and the UKRI visa regime.I welcome the fresh thinking behind UUK’s proposals on an expanded post study work offer for overseas students. Certainly, if we want our universities to win globally, our actions must match our ambition.Our vision must be local as well as global. The great universities of the nineteenth and early twentieth century were founded with a clear civic vision. They promoted not just the republic of knowledge, but also their local town and community.Today, when our cities are no longer dominated by a the smokestacks of big manufacturing employers, this role is all the more important. So it is good to see the revival of the ideals of the civic university. If we want to promote growth and opportunity across the country, universities’ local engagement will be more important than ever. The role of universities as economic hubs, as magnets for investment and sources of support for businesses, will be vital if we want broadly based economic growth.In all these ways, universities have an essential role to play in creating the country I want to see in the years to come.And there’s one more factor, a factor that is intangible but vitally important: and that is optimism. In my visits to campuses across the country, one thing that is unmissable is the optimism and vitality of the people I’ve met, whether they are students soon to embark on their careers, or researchers tackling the greatest mysteries of nature and of society. This isn’t mindless optimism – it’s the spirit of those who know that with the right skills, knowledge and opportunities, they can change the world. Britain will need a strong dose of this tough-minded optimism if we are to build a better future.In recent months, some people have said that what global Britain needs to succeed is a new Royal Yacht Britannia. I disagree: nineteenth-century tactics are not going to secure our twenty-first century future. But our universities, if they’re globally connected and locally engaged, can be the UK’s flagships in the economy of the future.The vision I’ve described is a long-term one – it goes beyond the issues of the coming weeks and months and looks out to 2050. But make no mistake: the debates that will decide what sort of future we face are happening now.And the university sector can lead them. You can’t have a meaningful conversation about the future of the UK without talking about universities, and you cannot have a meaningful conversation about universities without talking about the future of the UK.Now, it is not my intention to make a window into your souls – but I would hazard a guess that not a few of you in this room voted “Remain” in the referendum. And so did I. But whether you supported Leave or Remain, now is the time to make your voice heard in the debates about the kind of country we wish to be in the future, and the role that our universities can play in this.Not so long ago, Sir Michael Barber made the point that Golden Ages didn’t have to be behind us. I’m not in the business of making predictions…but I think it is incumbent on us to do our best to make this a reality.It is a huge privilege to be minister for universities. And of course, no minister is in their job forever. But as long as I hold this post, I will be focused on delivering value for students, and putting our universities at the heart of Britain’s future. And I look forward to working with you all on it.last_img read more

Press release: Working with nature to reduce flood risk in Norfolk

first_img I’ve always had an interest in how we can work more with nature to reduce flood risk, so I’m really pleased to get the opportunity to work on these natural flood management schemes in Norfolk. Work is under way on the first of five natural flood management schemes along rivers in Norfolk to help manage flood risk to local properties and improve habitats.Natural flood management helps store flood water upstream and slows the flow of water along river channels, complementing the use of more traditional hard engineering downstream such as flood walls and embankments. Techniques such as tree-planting, restoring peatland, building leaky dams and reconnecting rivers to natural flood plains can all be used to reduce flood risk naturally.The first two schemes under construction in Norfolk are on Camping Beck in the Bure Catchment at Buxton, and the River Yare at Marlingford.The Buxton project is being carried out through a partnership between the Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and the Environment Agency. Works here involve storing flood flows upstream of Buxton village in an area that will enhance the environment through providing habitat, whilst helping to reduce flood risk downstream.The Marlingford scheme is being carried out by a partnership involving Natural England, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and Environment Agency. A series of ‘flow deflectors’ and lengths of woody debris will be constructed in the channel of the River Yare to redirect flood water on to the flood plain, so it is stored upstream for longer and reduces the risk to communities downstream.Sections of the riverbank will also be lowered at strategic locations for the same reason, and ‘scrapes’ will be dug in to the floodplain to increase water storage capacity. This will have the added benefit of providing habitat for wading birds such as lapwing, teal and snipe, plus invertebrates and other wildlife.Similar techniques will be used at Ingworth on the River Bure, and Weybourne on the Spring Beck, with work due to begin soon.A fifth scheme will be constructed at Worthing on the River Blackwater in partnership with the Norfolk Rivers Trust, with work taking place late Autumn.The work is being carried out as part of a £15million Natural Flood Management programme, which was announced by Defra in 2017.The Environment Agency’s Peta Denham, Area Flood Risk Manager for Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, said: Local communities and wildlife will benefit from a package of measures put together which are aimed at reducing flood risk, improving the water quality of the river and enhancing and preserving a mosaic of important habitats for fish, wintering birds and wildflower rich floodplain meadows in the valley. Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: We’ll help manage flood risk to communities at the same time as improving habitats – so it’s a win-win situation. I’m really looking forward to working with partners and our Regional Flood & Coastal Committee on these exciting projects on the ground, which will leave a real legacy of multiple benefits for future generations. Notes to Editors: Neil Punchard, Broadland Catchment Partnership officer, said: The integration of staff, resource and ideas has opened up a number of projects, which have given significant efficiencies along with multiple benefits to wildlife, people and property. Emily Swan, Natural England lead adviser in farming and conservation, said: The scheme at Marlingford is an exciting opportunity for us all to work together to create a resilient landscape along the Yare river valley. For East Anglia press office please contact (24 hours): 0800 917 9250 The start of work on the new natural flood management (NFM) schemes is excellent news for Norfolk. The county is just one of the areas across England benefitting from our £15m investment in NFM and in the record £2.6billion we are investing overall to better protect against flooding. Once finished, the Norfolk schemes will provide additional support in reducing the flood risks to local land, homes and businesses. On top of this, they will also enhance and restore some of the county’s wildlife habitats and improve water quality in its rivers. This is a great example of how the Environment Agency is working with partners to protect Norfolk’s communities from the damage caused by flooding. The joint working on natural flood management projects has delivered important, tangible benefits for many local communities across our county. Working with nature and thinking in new, progressive ways about drainage opportunities has been highly beneficial and will continue to provide positive outcomes for many years to come. Matthew Philpot, Project Engineer for Broads & Norfolk Rivers IDB said: Natural flood management is an important part of the Environment Agency’s strategy in protecting communities from flood and coastal erosion risk. It can be a cost-effective and sustainable way to manage flood risk and coastal erosion alongside traditional engineering, while creating habitat for wildlife and helping regenerate rural and urban areas through tourism. Many flood and coastal schemes feature a mixture of hard and soft engineering and natural flood management. This partnership helps co-ordinate farmers and organisations in working together. This can cost-effectively provide multiple benefits including wetland wildlife habitat, improved water quality, and reduced flood risk for local communitieslast_img read more

Audra McDonald-Led Shuffle Along Pushes Back B’way Dates

first_imgAnother production has altered its spring dates after this season’s Tony Awards changed eligibility deadlines. Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will now begin previews on March 15 (from March 14) and officially open on April 28 (from April 21). Starring Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and more, the show is set to run at the Music Box Theatre.The production, which bills itself as a revival, combines the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with the backstory of the people who brought it to life, including the songwriting team Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller. Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover will reunite to direct and choreograph, respectively. Wolfe will also pen the new book.Shuffle Along first played Broadway and became a runaway hit in May of 1921. The show, which was expected to become an immediate flop following a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, ended up playing for 504 performances. The story follows two friends who both run for mayor in fictional Jimtown, USA. One wins and the other is appointed chief of police, but as they fight, their opponent plots to drive them out. The original production featured the talents of such soon-to-be theatrical stalwarts as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson and Lottie Gee.The company will also include Brooks Ashmanskas, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon. McDonald will not appear in performances from June 20 through September 25; she will return on September 27.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Shuffle Along Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Bus Safety

first_img Photo: Sharon Omahen Once on the school bus, children are very safe. Getting to and from the bus is a problem. Teach children to walk well in front of the bus so the driver can see them. Photo: Sharon Omahen Watch for Cars Millions of children in the United States ride safely to and from school on school buses each day. But an average of 33 school-age children die in school bus-related traffic crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “In the 1997-98 school year, more than 800 students (ages 5-18) were killed on their way to and from school,” Bower said, “if you include all modes of transportation — not just school buses.” Most of those killed in bus accidents are pedestrians, 5 to 7 years old. They are hit in the danger zone around the bus, either by a passing vehicle or by the school bus itself. “Many more kids are killed running in front of or behind the bus and getting hit by another car,” Bower said. “They can get their backpack caught on the bus hand rail and get injured or stoop to pick something up under the bus and the driver doesn’t see them.”Bus Safety Tipscenter_img Bill Barnett of the Pupil Transportation division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety offers these tips for parents to make a safer bus trip to school: Get to the bus stop five minutes before the bus’s scheduled arrival. “Kids get hurt when they are rushing to catch a bus,” he said. Don’t play at the bus stop. Wait well off the road. Dress for the weather. Don’t start toward the bus until it stops completely and the red lights come on. When you get on the bus, use the handrail and take the steps one at a time. Cross in front of the bus, far enough out so the driver can see you. If you have to cross the street to get on the bus, check for traffic and wait for the bus driver to signal you to cross the road. “After the driver signals, check for traffic again before you cross the road,” Barnett warns. Recent bouts of school violence have parents more worried than ever about the safety of their children in America’s schools. Statistics show that their concerns should begin long before the child reaches the classroom. “Students are much more at risk traveling to and from school than at any other time during the school day,” said Don Bower, a University of Georgia Extension Service human development specialist. When to Walk Alone Another question parents often face is: When is my child old enough to walk to school or to the bus stop alone? “It all depends on the maturity of the child,” Bower said. It also depends on neighborhood safety. “A child should not walk to school by himself younger than age 9,” Bower said. “They should walk with an adult. But at 9 years old and up, depending on the neighborhood and the distance to school, most mature children should be fine.” The same can be used as a guideline for going to a bus stop alone. “A parent should walk with the child to school or the bus stop the first few times for practice,” Bower said.Seatbelts Safer? Seatbelts on school buses are an often-debated issue, but Bower says full-sized buses are very safe with or without them. Some states require belts on buses, and the NHTSA is reviewing these standards. The greatest risks to children on school buses are other cars. The NHTSA warns that in neighborhoods, near schools and at bus stops, drivers need to take special care because children don’t behave like adults and may dart out into the road. Watch carefully as children exit a school bus. And wait for the bus to move along before driving forward.last_img read more

Deer Park Man Sentenced in Home Depot Bomb Plot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Deer Park man was reportedly sentenced Friday to 30 years and one month in a federal prison for planting a pipe bomb inside a Huntington Home Depot and threatening three other bombings more than two years ago as part of $2 million extortion plot. The failed bomber, Daniel Sheehan, had been facing a 30-year mandatory sentence following his 2013 conviction. Sheehan, a former Home Depot employee, was arrested in November 2012 following an aggressive federal, state and local law enforcement investigation. Federal investigators said Sheehan sent an anonymous letter to the Home Depot in Huntington, warning that a bomb had been placed in the store’s lighting department. In the letter, Sheehan demanded $2 million, investigators said. Suffolk County police bomb technicians located the pipe bomb inside a light fixture and performed a controlled explosion. Sheehan sent a second letter to Home Depot, warning that if the money was not delivered, all of the retailer’s stores on Long Island would be “shut down” on Black Friday, investigators said. Sheehan was later identified as the writer of the letters and arrested.last_img read more