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Press release: FE providers benefit from scheme to boost teaching workforce

first_imgSkills Minister Anne Milton announced today (12 October 2018) the first 37 providers to receive funding from the Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme, which has been set up to help recruit the best and brightest candidates from industry into the post-16 and further education workforce and support an ongoing exchange between industry and FE.The colleges and providers, in areas ranging from Cumbria and Northumberland, to Kent and Norwich, will aim to recruit the country’s first 80 TTF teachers from specific sectors and encourage them to retrain to work in those institutions.Alongside the support to train new teachers, 20 innovative projects are also being funded totalling over £900,000 to explore how industry and the further education sector can work together to make sure students gain the knowledge and skills businesses really need.Taking Teaching Further was launched in June as a pilot programme to further boost the quality of the post-16 teaching workforce by bringing in more diverse experiences and skills.The scheme represents one part of the government’s wider investment in the further education sector as it prepares to introduce the first gold standard T Level qualifications from 2020 – high-quality technical courses equivalent to A levels. T Levels will provide young people with the cutting-edge skills and experience they need to secure a good job or progress into further training.Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: The Taking Teaching Further programme shows how our sector is rising to the challenge of building the country’s future. This programme will add significant impetus to the recruitment of world-class teachers and trainers into FE who combine teaching excellence with hands-on industry experience. Those who have been successful in this first tranche will set a new benchmark for bringing in talent and expertise to improve technical teaching and support the development of our brilliant FE workforce. Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation David Russell said: Taking Teaching Further focuses on supporting priority sectors, including the first T Level subjects to be taught –Education and Childcare, Digital, and Construction – as well as Engineering and Manufacturing and other STEM subjects. The next round will open for applications in December.The first 3 T Levels will be taught in more than 50 colleges from 2020, with the remaining 22 phased in after that. This landmark reform will provide young people with a genuine choice between technical and academic education post-16.Colleges and FE providers to host the first TTF teachers: DfE enquiries Colleges and FE providers to run first projects: Abingdon and Witney College Bath College Blackburn College Bournemouth and Poole College Calderdale College DN Colleges Group East Kent College Genius Solutions Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network Harlow College Learning Skills Partnership London South East Colleges North Kent College Northampton College Petroc College Sandwell College The Consortium of Vocational & Educational Trainers (COVET) The Isle of Wight College Walsall College Weston College Blackpool and the Fylde College Bridgwater and Taunton College Buckinghamshire College Group Calderdale College Capital City College Group City College Norwich City College Plymouth East Kent College Grimsby Institute Kirklees College Lakes College Learning Skills Partnership Leicester College Northampton College Northumberland County Council Oldham College Petroc College Reaseheath College St Helens Chamber Tameside College Wakefield College Walsall College West Suffolk College Central newsdesk – for journalists 020 7783 8300 Attracting talented people to teach in Further education has never been more important. We are transforming technical education in this country with the introduction of new T Levels. We want staff with industry skills to pass on their expertise to the next generation. I’m thrilled that we have a chance to bring industry to colleges and it will be exciting to see the differences they can make to their colleges and the students they teach. Further education changes lives, and our inspiring teachers are a huge part of that. General enquiries – for members of the public 0370 000 2288last_img read more

Gift Cards

first_imgGift cards make great gifts, but it’s important to make sure gift givers understand the disclosures that come with the card. Otherwise, they could end up giving retailers the unintended gift of free cash.Gift cards are a type of stored-value card. They look like a credit card; they have a magnetic strip that stores information about how much the card is worth. Some cards can only be used at one retailer or only at stores in a particular mall or shopping center. Others can be used anywhere major credit cards are accepted.The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 makes giving gift cards a better option than was the case before the law. The act established rules to protect consumers from excessive fees charged by some retailers and banks.Money on gift cards is available for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. Value added to a gift card must be good for five years from the date the money was added. If the card expiration date is reached, but there is unspent money on the card from the past five years, a replacement card can be requested at no charge.The law requires clear disclosure of any fees at the time of purchase. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before making your purchase and send them along with the gift card to the recipient. Include the receipt in case the card is lost or stolen.The law restricts maintenance and usage fees. A fee cannot be charged for using the gift card, not using the gift card, card maintenance or adding value to the card unless the card has not been used for more than 12 months.Tips to Keep in MindUnderstand how gift cards work. Choose cards from specific retailers over cards offered by financial institutions. Cards that can be redeemed wherever credit cards are accepted tend to come with more and higher fees.Watch for hidden fees. There may be a charge to check the balance of the gift card, even in the first 12 months, so be sure to keep track of how much is spent. Watch for delayed fees that kick in if the card has not been used for 12 consecutive months.If a gift card is lost or stolen, it may not be replaceable. Some retailers charge a replacement fee, provided there is proof of purchase, such as a sales receipt, and the ID number of the card.Registering received gift cards with the issuer provides extra protections. Information about how to register the card should be included with other card details. If not, check the website of the issuer for information about how to register the gift card. Some issuers will not replace lost or stolen gift cards unless they are registered.Use the card promptly. About 10 percent of gift cards are never redeemed. Unused gift cards are a gift to retailers of more than $9 billion a year.last_img read more

QPR linked with Lazio defender

first_imgQPR are interested in Lazio defender Abdoulay Konko, Italian media reports claim.West Ham and West Bromwich Albion are also said to be keen on the 30-year-old, who is out of favour at Lazio following a number of injury problems.Konko, who started his career with Juventus, could apparently be available for around £1.35m.Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to be linked with Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, with Metro touting the 21-year-old as a potential long-term replacement for Blues skipper John Terry.However, Stuttgart sports director Jochen Schneider has told German newspaper Bild that there has been no sign of interest from Chelsea and the Bundesliga club are looking to give Rudiger a new contract.“Our intention is to extend the contract with Antonio Rudiger,” Schneider is quoted as saying.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video: Randall Cobb Claims Aaron Rodgers “Went Dark” On Him After He Reached Out About A Final Four Bet

first_imgrandall cobb kentucky final fourrandall cobb kentucky final fourKentucky alum Randall Cobb, now a Green Bay Packer, confirmed last night that despite living in Wisconsin, he’ll be rooting for the Wildcats in Saturday night’s Final Four contest. It looks like he’s also willing to wager on UK ahead of the game. Cobb, who joined SportsCenter this morning, claims he’s tried to reach out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about making a bet on the game, but Rodgers has gone “dark” on him. Rodgers has been seen at numerous Wisconsin games rooting on the Badgers during the NCAA Tournament.Please excuse the video quality.Cobb still has a few hours to find Rodgers, but apparently, he also needs to find tickets. We’ll see if the two come to an agreement.last_img read more

System Of A Down Commemorate 100th Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide

first_imgApril 24th, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, System Of A Down refuse to let the victims and lessons learned be forgotten.On April 10th, 2015, they’ll commemorate the Genocide’s 100th anniversary on the world stage with their “Wake Up The Souls” arena tour, an international trek that begins at London’s Wembley Arena and culminates with the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square. For ticket info on the tour, which is the band’s first since 2013, visit systemofadown.com.“As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia,” says lead vocalist Serj Tankian. “To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor.”
“The first genocide of the 20th century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the empire’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations,” the band added in a statement. “The failure to prevent the atrocities or punish the perpetrators led to the modern cycle of genocide.“By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides. Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.”As pointed out in a recent Forbes op-ed piece by Jano Boghossian, the atrocities committed in 1915 marked and traumatized all subsequent generations of Armenians both in the small remaining homeland, and the far-reaching Diaspora. “Victim groups have no need for a justification of memory,” wrote Boghossian, “but they do need justice.” System Of A Down’s landmark tour will see them take the call for truth to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. In April 2009, Tankian made a short video urging President Obama to honor his campaign pledge to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The group made headlines in 2013 after a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles saw Tankian asking the packed-house crowd to imagine a government that remained silent on the Holocaust, as many did regarding the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides.“The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it’s one hundred years or one thousand,” says drummer John Dolmayan.Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit systemofadown.com, where they’ll see content curated by the band, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring their statement about the cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.When the user clicks on any highlighted city on the heat map, a fact about the Armenian Genocide will pop up, which will be sharable to the users’ social networks (example – France: “In 1915 France advises Young Turk leaders that they will be held personally responsible for crimes against humanity”). Each tour date will line up with a “Facebook Event Page” to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a global scale.The “Take Action” page will give fans the opportunity to send out a pre-populated tweet pledging to stand with the good people of conscience in Turkey and urge for global justice for the Armenian Genocide. This automated tweet will also contain the campaign hashtag, which will cycle back around into the heat map feed. System Of A Down want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. “Our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve.”Since their arrival in 1998, System Of A Down has released 5 studio albums, sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, garnered a Grammy win and amassed a global following whose members numbers in the tens of millions. They’ve written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1’s (2002’s “Aerials” and 2005’s “Hypnotize”). In 2005 System Of A Down released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.Los Angeles-based fans can catch System Of A Down headlining Night One of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13 at the Los Angeles Forum. More info at KROQ.com.Dates for the “Wake Up The Souls” tour are as follows:April 10—London/UK @ Wembley ArenaApril 13 – Cologne/Germany @ Lanxess ArenaApril 14 – Lyon/France @ La Halle Tony GarnierApril 16 – Brussels/Belgium @ Forest NationalApril 17 – Amsterdam/Netherlands @ Ziggo DomeApril 20 – Moscow/Russia @ OlympiskyApril 23 – Yerevan/Armenia @ Republic SquareSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Aviation sector needs to do better job attracting workers says ICAO boss

first_imgMONTREAL – The global aviation sector has to do a better job attracting the huge number of workers that will be required in the coming decades to meet growing demand, the head of the United Nations’ aviation agency said Monday.Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told a global summit being held in Montreal that an expected doubling in the number of passengers, retirements and competition for high-skilled workers from other industries will strain hiring efforts.“Promoting excitement and passion for aviation is not enough,” she said in prepared speech remarks.“We also need to facilitate access to aviation training and education programs which lead to dependable recruitment opportunities and shorter-term career advancement returns.”ICAO recently updated forecasts that identify increased demand for pilots, air traffic controllers and aircraft technicians.It says 620,000 pilots alone will be needed by 2036 to fly aircraft with at least 100 seats and some 80 per cent of these future aviators aren’t even flying today.That means hiring almost 492,000 new pilots or 67 per day for the next 20 years.There will also be the need for 94,000 new air traffic controllers through 2036 and 1.3 million maintenance professionals.However, Liu said attracting aviation workers is aggravated by the growing high-tech careers in other industries.For example, she said Montreal’s growing global leadership in gaming and artificial intelligence may threaten the sustainability of the region as the world’s third-largest aerospace manufacturing hub.“The world over, similar dynamics have forced us all to recognize that aviation has to do a much better job of both attracting and retaining the skilled workers and managers it requires,” Liu said.Global aviation is a catalyst for economic development, she said. It supports 63.5 million jobs and contributes more than US$2.7 trillion annually to the global gross domestic product.Some 10 million passengers are currently carried daily on more than 100,000 flights but that number is expected to double in the next 15 years as emerging markets, especially in Asia, increase the number of flights.“At the same time as our sector is growing, its workforce is also shrinking due to the inevitable demographics of aging populations, lowering birth rates and other attrition factors,” she added.Liu said the best young minds are needed and that greater awareness about aviation needs to be instilled earlier by appealing to high school students including young girls, in addition to university level efforts.She also said a movement of aviation workers between countries and aviation employers needs to be supported to ensure all areas of the world have sustainable services.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it’s hiring about 1,000 workers over the next 18 months to complete the interiors of the Global 7000 which is scheduled to enter into service late next year.Aero Montreal, which promotes the city’s aerospace industry, says 31,681 positions will need to be filled within the next 10 years including 8,816 newly created positions and 22,865 positions resulting mainly from retirements.last_img read more

Trump Sanctions reinstated against Iran for WORLD PEACE

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. sanctions that kicked in early Tuesday against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said.The first set of U.S. sanctions that had been eased under a landmark Iran nuclear accord target financial transactions involving U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial airplanes and metals, including gold.Additional sanctions on Iran’s oil sector and central bank are to be reinstated in early November.The sanctions went back into effect under an executive order Trump signed three months after he pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear activities. Trump called the deal, signed by the Obama administration, “horrible.”John Bolton, the U.S. national security adviser, said Tuesday that the intent of sanctions is not to bring about Iranian “regime change.”“But we definitely want to put maximum pressure on the government, and it’s not just to come back to discuss fixing a deal that’s basically not fixable, dealing with the nuclear weapons aspect,” Bolton said Tuesday on Fox News. “We want to see a much broader retreat by Iran from their support for international terrorism, their belligerent activity in the Middle East and their ballistic missile, nuclear-related program.”“There’s a lot going on here that Iran needs to be held accountable for,” he said.In a morning tweet, Trump said the re-imposition of sanctions means, “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”“I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”The stiff economic sanctions ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies. Trump said the landmark deal left the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East.Iran accused the U.S. of reneging on the agreement and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest. European allies said they “deeply regret” the U.S. action.As the sanctions loomed, Trump said in a statement Monday: “We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behaviour and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”Trump warned that those who don’t wind down their economic ties to Iran “risk severe consequences.”The Europeans didn’t like any of it.Despite Trump’s claims, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a statement that the accord “is working and delivering on its goal” of limiting Iran’s nuclear program.The ministers said the Iran deal is “crucial for the security of Europe, the region and the entire world” and the European Union issued a “blocking statute” Monday to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.A senior administration official, briefing reporters under ground rules requiring anonymity, said the United States is “not particularly concerned” by EU efforts to protect European firms from the sanctions.Bolton denied any worsening of U.S. relations with Europe, saying the administration has been in “constant communication with them” over the issue.“We all still share the same objective of making sure that Iran doesn’t get deliverable nuclear weapons,” he said.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran still can rely on China and Russia to keep its oil and banking sectors afloat. Speaking in a television interview, he also demanded compensation for decades of American “intervention” in the Islamic Republic.Months of uncertainty surrounding the sanctions have already further hurt Iran’s economy. The country’s rial currency has tanked, and the downturn has sparked protests across the nation.The “Trump Administration wants the world to believe it’s concerned about the Iranian people,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. But, he said, the re-imposed sanctions would endanger “ordinary Iranians.”“US hypocrisy knows no bounds,” he said.U.S. officials insisted the American government stands with the people of Iran and supports many of their complaints against their government.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said sanctions are an important pillar in U.S. policy toward Iran and will remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes course.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a firm foe of the Iranian government, said the sanctions symbolize “the determination to block Iran’s regional aggression as well as its continuous plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons.”He called on the countries of Europe to join the U.S., saying, “The time has come to stop talking; the time has come to do.”The U.S has long designated Iran as the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.___Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem contributed.last_img read more

PUBLIC NOTICE Relocation of Maritime Office Providenciales

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Providenciales – The general public is hereby notified of the relocation of the Department of Maritime from the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources to 176 South Dock Road, Providenciales, effective 1st May 2017.We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but do ask that all are guided accordingly.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Guardiola backs Laporte for France callup

first_imgAymeric Laporte has become one of the most crucial members of the Manchester City squad after his winter arrival from Athletic Bilbao – and his coach Pep Guardiola believes that his national team call-up is just a question of time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager opened up on his thoughts about the French centre-back as he claimed, according to mancity.com: “Laporte is not selected but he will be selected. It is difficult to find a better left central defender than him in the world.”He also added that he leaves the decision on leaving the national teams on the players: “At some point, it’s good for them. It’s their decision – we never push for them to retire or tell them to play for their national team.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We cannot deny that for players who are 32, 33, 34, to have a week or ten days off to regenerate is good for their minds and legs.”“On the other side, the World Cup or the Euros are huge competitions for them. In the end, it is their decision. The manager or the Club do not decide.”last_img read more

Roy Hodgson reveals failed move for Solanke

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed the potential loan move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke will not be going ahead.Solanke, who was part of England’s U-20 triumph in 2017, is yet to feature for the Reds this season and Hodgson confirmed he was interested in bringing the striker on loan to Selhurst Park.However, following Palace’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night, the former England head coach revealed the deal wasn’t going to happen.“It is a club decision,” said Hodgson, according to Sky Sports.“We were interested, I think he is a good player.”“It turns out there are complications, other factors involved in it, and the club decided in the end it was not the right moment for us to be doing it.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I do feel a little bit disappointed for the player, because I think at one stage he made up his mind in our favour.”“So it looked as if it was going to work out, but it didn’t work out in the end.”“These are things you accept as a manager, because there are always elements that are beyond (a) coach’s control.”“If there are other players the club can bring in I won’t be adverse to that, because we have a very small squad and we don’t have a lot to back us up.”“We are on the look out and the chairman and technical director are anxious to do what they can.”“But it’s not easy, certainly when you have limited financial resources.”last_img read more