Paul KitchenerPremier FoodsFood manufacturer Premier Foods has appointed Paul Kitchener to the group executive in the newly created role of group technical and innovation director. Kitchener, who will report to chief executive Robert Schofield, joins Premier Foods after six years at Burtons Biscuits where he was chief executive.In his new role, he will be responsible for maximising and extending Premier Foods’ technical capability across its manufacturing business.Adrian PeckPidy UKPastry specialist Pidy has created a new managerial position, general manager designate, to support its growing business in the UK and has appointed Adrian Peck to the role. His tasks will include assisting the current sales team with plans to secure new UK business, particularly in the bakery, retail, café and frozen pastry sectors. Peck comes to Pidy from flatbread manufacturer Mission Foods.Rob FrancisBaker PerkinsBakery machinery business Baker Perkins has appointed Rob Francis as chief engineer. Francis is responsible for an ongoing product development programme for the company’s range of mixing and forming equipment for high-output plant bakeries, as well as supporting the sales team.Francis has worked with Baker Perkins throughout his career in various roles, latterly managing the design department.New directorsdeliciouslyorkshireRegional food group for Yorkshire and Humber deliciouslyorkshire has appointed two new directors to the board. Judy Bell of Shepherds Purse Cheeses and John Plant of GW Price were elected to the board by deliciouslyorkshire members and will now work to take the food group through its next phase of development. The food and drink sector in Yorkshire and the Humber employs over 54,000 people and generates £8.4bn for the economy.
Phish shows come as a complete package experience. From buying the tickets, to receiving the colorful pieces of paper in the mail, to the scene on the lot, to the show, to the after show, and beyond. But the Vermont band’s music isn’t the only to grace our ears. Often times we wonder where the interlude music comes from. How it keeps us so chill and contained. From the time it takes to arrive at our seats, and the horrifying minutes-that-feel-like-hours between sets, to the time it takes us to exit the premises, there is, thankfully, more music coming from within. It is of course, all by design.Creative Director of Phish, Inc. Julia Mordaunt compiled a playlist with all walk-in, setbreak, and walk-out music since the band’s return in 2009. The playlist varies from Thelonious Monk and Professor Longhair, to Beck and The Shins with over 4400 songs that clock in about 280 hours. These songs, without a doubt, carry significance of the memories we share in seeing Phish the last eight years. Perhaps musical discoveries were even made. Though released earlier this year, the playlist is as good as ever.So, thanks to Julia Mordaunt, we can relive those glorious moments between in the playlist below:The complete playlist can be found here.[cover photo by Dave DeCrescente Photography]
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2017. For this series of Live For Live Music staff picks, we’ll be reliving many of the glorious musical moments from the past year. We’ve already taken a look at a select few of the awesome jams and huge bust outs that went down this year, and today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite live covers of 2017. Enjoy!L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Jams Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bust Outs Of 2017Phish | “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/6/2017When Phish closed out their Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden this summer, they had completed the impossible—thirteen nights at one of the most iconic venues in the world with no repeats. On the last night, after their commemorative banner was raised to the rafters of the arena, the band returned with an encore of Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”, and it was deeply emotional for both musicians and fans alike. Hearing Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell’s voices crack during the tune has stuck with us, and the song’s lyrics and entire vibe were a perfect way to cap of such a monumental two weeks. You can listen to the song in its entirety here, and relive the magic of the “Glazed” night thirteen of Baker’s Dozen here. Umphrey’s McGee with Marcus King | “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” by The Rolling Stones| Augusta Commons | Augusta, GA | 6/1/2017Umphrey’s McGee is already a force to be reckoned with, so when the group had the wildly talented up-and-comers of Marcus King Band open for them at a performance in Augusta, Georgia, over the summer, we were hoping for a collaboration. Luckily, the young musical prodigy Marcus King did join the group during Umphrey’s second set, and we were blown away by this explosive cover of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”. Read more about this ferocious show here.[Video: Mike Geeslin]Dopapod & Motet Members | “Waterfalls” by TLC | Lincoln Theatre | Raleigh, NC | 11/16/2017This fall, The Motet and Dopapod teamed up for a number of shows during a mini-run across the East Coast. One of our favorite moments from this mini-tour came during a performance at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 16th. During Dopapod’s set, the band invited Motet vocalist Lyle Divinsky, keys player Joey Porter, trumpet player Gabe Mervine, and saxophonist Drew Sayers to join them, making for a stand-out rendition of the TLC classic “Waterfalls”. Read more about this special collaboration here. [Video: mk devo]Tedeschi Trucks Band | “Alabama” by Neil Young | Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA | 11/18/2017Back in November, Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted their take on Neil Young’s “Alabama” off his iconic 1972 album Harvest in Phoenix. The band kept the song in their song rotation for the remainder of the tour, later playing it on November 18th during their triumphant return to Oakland, California’s Fox Theatre. Derek Trucks himself said of the number, “This Neil Young song is as timely now as when it was written,” and we can’t help but agree. Take a listen to the official recording of the tune, and read more about the song and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s return to the studio here.[Video: TTBFromTheRoad]Brownie / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert / Hartswick / Cressman | “Toxic” By Britney Spears | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 9/23/2017At Brooklyn Comes Alive in Williamsburg, New York City, this fall, one of the most highly anticipated acts at the festival was the massive super jam featuring The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, Lotus’ Mike Greenfield, The Motet’s Ryan Jalbert, and Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. While the group laid out a number of pop classics and R&B tunes, one of our favorite was their out-of-left-field rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. Read more this super jam, and watch the group’s take on Blondie’s “Rapture” here. [Video: Live For Live Music]
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’76, J.D. ’79, joked with a crowd in Austin Hall that he determined from the start of his time at Harvard Law School (HLS) to be part of its historic moot court event.“I decided very early on in my first semester that I wanted to participate in an Ames final,” said Roberts, “and I decided the easier way would be to get appointed chief justice.”The HLS alumnus made good on that decision Tuesday evening (Nov. 16) as one of three judges presiding over the final of the rigorous competition for third-year HLS students. The two other federal judges of the competition were Julia Smith Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.Established in 1911, the Ames Moot Court Competition unfolds in three rounds over the course of two years and challenges students to develop briefs and oral arguments addressing legal issues that the Supreme Court has not addressed or answered on-point.Two teams of six advance to the final of the competition, where two HLS students from each team argue a case before a panel consisting of three distinguished judges.This year’s final hypothetical case concerned the plight of Kermit McBride, a disgruntled blogger turned hacker. The defendant was found guilty of sabotaging the computer screens and ticker on the trading floor of the “Ames City Exchange,” with the message “The Taxpayers Demand a Refund. Or Else …”After he was charged, it came to light that evidence discovered by a local police officer in McBride’s home, which the officer then fed to the FBI, was not obtained with a search warrant. The district judge refused to suppress the evidence that was later found by the FBI with a legal warrant, but that had been based on the tip from the local officer. In addition, upon sentencing, the district judge required that McBride be barred from using computers for a period of three years.The case explored whether the evidence obtained by the FBI should have been admissible when the evidence supporting the issuance of the warrant was obtained during a warrantless search, and if the district judge overstepped by imposing a ban on McBride’s use of computers during a three-year, supervised release.The moot proceedings offered insight into the judicial thought process, as well as an idea of the vast knowledge needed to argue a case at the circuit and Supreme Court levels. Not to mention an appreciation of the nerves of steel it takes to argue before the nation’s highest courts, where, if the moot court was any indication, arriving unprepared is simply not an option.The justices were quick to interrupt each oralist, challenging and countering the students’ arguments with probing questions and references to previous cases and opinions pertinent to the one before them. They effortlessly took both sides of the issues being argued.“Here we leave to the discretion of the district judge whether to sentence this person for six months or 10 years, right? Why don’t we leave to the discretion of the district judge the much less significant question of whether to cut off his computer access for one year or three years?” Roberts asked HLS student Jason Harrow.Later Roberts took the other side of the argument, challenging the length of the district court’s decision, noting that the district judge never gave an explanation for why it imposed a computer ban during the three-year term of supervised release.Before delivering the panel’s decision, Roberts praised the competitors. “We were very, very impressed by the briefs and the advocates,” he told the audience of HLS students, staff, and faculty.Roberts commended the students for effectively using language from actual Supreme Court opinions, “controlling the argument,” not getting “dragged into a detour” with arguments irrelevant to the case at hand, and even correcting him at one point when he misspoke about a particular statute.Bringing some humor to the proceedings, Roberts lauded HLS student David Denton, a member of the team representing the United States, for using Roberts’ own wording in answer to a question from the chief justice.“It was done beautifully. A little bit more intonation in your voice and it would have been offensive. I don’t mean that facetiously at all — it wasn’t,” Roberts said, over a roar from the crowd, adding, “It was very effective.”The judges gave the best brief award to the petitioner (those arguing for McBride) and the best oralist award to Denton.“As you might imagine, given that division, it was a very difficult call for best overall team,” Roberts said, “but we decided that that title goes to the petitioners.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is warning of a growing “cost of inaction” on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. And the White House says the new administration is searching for “creative” ways to garner public support for a package that has gotten a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans. In the age of the coronavirus, it’s not a matter of jumping on a plane to travel the country and try to gin up a groundswell. And at a time of deep polarization, Biden may struggle to convince Republican voters of the urgency at this particular moment after Congress already has approved $4 trillion in aid, including $900 billion last month.
Share: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) Photo Credit: PixabayFREDONIA – The Village of Fredonia will be distributing bottles of water this week after officials issued a State of Emergency due to a problem with its water system.Officials say the water will be distributed at the Village DPW, 176 Eagle St., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Health Department ordered customers of the Village of Fredonia Water System to boil water after high levels of cloudiness was found in a water sample taken on Wednesday.Residents who need further assistance can call (716) 679-1531 during normal business hours.
Job counts up slightly in October, jobless rate unchanged at 5.2%Montpelier (November 21, 2008) — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2008 was 5.2% percent, unchanged from the revised September rate and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”Though our employment and job numbers looked relatively good in October we believe that the impact is temporary,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “The increases we saw in seasonally adjusted employment and jobs may have been due to our surveys capturing a favorable foliage season. Never-the-less we welcome the stability in our unemployment rate in an environment where our national rate grew four-tenths of a point.”Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 2,000 or 0.6% from September to October. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.3%, or about 900 jobs, over the year. The largest monthly gainers in October were Local Education (+1,750 or 7.6%), Retail Trade (+500 or 1.3%) and Accommodations (+400 or 4.3%). On an annual basis Healthcare & Social Assistance is the only sector showing significant job growth (+950 or 2.1%). The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 750 and 950 jobs respectively over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased by 500 or 0.2% over September, but still lag a year ago by 900 or -0.3%. Leisure & Hospitality was primarily responsible for the job gain over the month, (+800 jobs or 2.5%). We believe this to be a temporary phenomenon caused by our sample capturing the impact of a favorable foliage season whereas in most years it does not.Employment GrowthVermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in labor force and employment were statistically significant and greater than September values, but unemployment levels and rates were not. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.5 percent, up four-tenths of a point form September 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.2 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down three-tenths of a point from September 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago.
by: David MorrisonThe NCUA said its first round of grants for low-income credit unions will support their efforts to train staff and volunteers and to provide students with internship opportunities.The agency will provide at least $360,000 in funding during the first 2015 grant round. Credit unions may apply on the NCUA’s website Feb. 2 through March 3.In addition, the NCUA said it may provide funds to more than 100 low-income credit unions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has accelerated both the move from cash to cards, and the use of advanced card technology including contactless cards, central issuance, and instant issuance.But it hasn’t changed the need for credit unions to be top of wallet with their cards. The best way to achieve that goal is by building member engagement, according to Nicole Machado, executive director, product strategy card services, for Harland Clarke.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, sponsored by Harland Clarke, Machado explains how to build a best-in-class engagement strategy through payments, how to become top of wallet, new developments in the card arena, payment trends accelerated by COVID-19, and more. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
As a result, schools would rush through their selection process to find anyone who could replace their outgoing teachers, neglecting their selection criteria and perhaps sacrificing quality in terms of the incoming teacher.“We have [a saying] that ‘if a goat holds a bachelor’s degree, then the goat might as well teach’,” said Ramli.The policy to cancel the civil service exams also means that nonformal teachers would be denied the opportunity to advance to civil service status, which has a higher salary scale. At least 60 percent of all teachers in Indonesia were nonformal teachers paid by honorarium, Ramli said. Meanwhile, the preliminary results of an ongoing IGI survey found that 80 percent of all nonformal teachers it polled earned less than Rp 1 million (US$69.5) per month.Indonesia’s civil service system recruits both formal and contract teachers, and requires all teacher candidates to pass the civil service exam. Other aspiring teachers are informally recruited by individual schools as nonformal teachers who are paid by honorarium. Ramli’s warnings follow last week’s announcement from Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.Tjahjo announced on July 6 that the government had canceled the civil servant recruitment program for this year and next due to a delay in the final process of the 2019 recruitment program, which he attributed to the COVID-19 health crisis.Read also: Civil servant recruitment for 2020 and 2021 canceled due to COVID-19, minister saysTeguh Widjinarko, the reform ministry’s acting undersecretary for state human resources, said on July 14 that while no new civil servants would be recruited this year, including teachers, the government planned to resume the selection program for contract teachers next year.He added that the ministry also planned to collaborate with the health and the education ministries to hold “coaching clinics” for local administrations to manage state employees.“We are responding to the concerns of stakeholders, in this case the [regions], the Education and Culture Ministry and the public, with good planning right from the outset,” said Teguh.While praising the planned initiatives, IGI’s Ramli also cautioned the government’s “halfhearted” stance on teacher recruitment, warning that poor recruitment had resulted in many current teachers who were teaching subjects in which they lacked expertise.He pointed to poor regularity clarity for the shoddy recruitment process, low wages for the lack of professionalism among nonformal teachers, and teacher training institutions (LPTKs) for producing substandard teachers.Ramli recalled a recent teacher recruitment held at his school in Makassar, South Sulawesi, during which only two out of 12 teacher candidates for English-language classes had demonstrated fluency in the language.“No matter how good the curriculum or the facilities may be, the quality of the education that the students receive will be poor if the teachers are not good at teaching,” Ramli said. He stressed that Indonesia could lag behind other countries in education if it did not reform its teacher recruitment system.Read also: Spotlight on teachers as Indonesian student competence worsensThe 2019 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey found a declining trend among Indonesian students in reading, mathematics and science skills, with the country ranking below Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand.Meanwhile, the SMERU Research Institute published on June 29 a working paper indicating that the country was still struggling to improve the quality of its teachers because of institutional, political economy and social obstacles in recruitment.The paper revealed, for instance, the muddled delegation of tasks between the relevant ministries and the centralized recruitment system. This had resulted in ideas raised at interministerial discussions playing a greater role in teacher recruitment than the input from local administrations, all the while stakeholders pursued their own interests over educational goals.It also said that inequality between formal and nonformal teachers, as well as systemic bias for seniority over merit, had discouraged teachers from developing their professional skills and instead encouraged them to pursue civil servant status as a career goal.Read also: Nadiem’s reforms, up to teachers nowThe SMERU paper recommended limiting the term of contract teachers to identify the best qualified and most passionate candidates for the job.It also advised the government to address the absence of a state-level teacher management institution. Further, the government should develop mechanisms to stimulate public demand for high-quality teachers, instead of creating new laws to discourage politicking.“The key to improving education performance starts with improving the stock of the country’s teachers,” said the paper’s authors, who reviewed legal documents, conducted in-depth interviews and held focus group discussions.Topics : Indonesia could see a decline in the quality of new teachers, as the government’s recent cancellation of civil service entrance exams could result in a haphazard recruitment process, a teachers’ union has warned.Indonesian Teachers Association (IGI) chairman Muhammad Ramli Rahim said that the new policy would affect schools, which would struggle to replace outgoing teachers who retired or left for a different job.IGI data shows that over 544,000 civil servant teachers will be retiring in the next four years, while around 226,000 teachers had retired in 2017-2020.