News story: Leading industry experts to design new T Levels

first_img I am delighted to be chairing the Agriculture, Land Management and Production T Level employer panel, as I am convinced that T Levels will be of major benefit to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Environment and Animal Management and Care sector. This is because T Levels will ensure that the workforce has the experience and qualifications to enable employers to realise the opportunities offered in a post Brexit world. Those gaining T Levels will have achieved a gold standard in skills and knowledge that will greatly improve their employability, career prospects and professional recognition. Dr Steve Dowbiggin OBE, former Principal of Capel Manor College and now business owner with 50 years’ experience in the land-based sector, said: The youth will be responsible for keeping British hairdressing the best on this planet. We are responsible for helping to shape the youth, which is why I wanted to get involved in the development of T Levels. I’m over the moon to be chairing the T Level Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics employer panel as I believe T Levels will offer amazing opportunities for young people. I am delighted to be chairing the Animal Care and Management T Level employer panel. I worked in Further Education for 13 years and more recently with a wide range of animal care employers through my role at the Pet Industry Federation. As a result I can see the difference vocational education can make to a young person’s life and also how it can support the industry, providing individuals with practical skills and knowledge as well as other transferable skills essential when working with animals. The T Level development is an exciting opportunity to help shape vocational education for the next generation ensuring it meets the needs of an evolving sector. The visual effects, games and animation industries represent some of the most rapidly developing and valuable skills to the UK economy. Ensuring that we are encouraging young people of all backgrounds and levels to develop skills for our sector will be crucial to our continuing success and to the success of UK Plc. I am thrilled to have been appointed as Chair of the Media, Broadcast and Production employer panel as this is a unique opportunity to develop qualifications for our sector and to help young people to gain the skills that they need for the future. The biggest shake-up of technical education in decades has moved a step closer today (10 September), as more leading employers throw their weight behind the development of new world-class T Levels.Industry experts, including celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford, have been appointed to chair new panels which will lead work on designing the content of the next set of new T Levels so that young people will gain the skills employers and the country need for the future.From 2022 young people choosing to study the Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics T Level can be confident that they have been developed by world-famous businesses including Toni and Guy; those who opt for an Animal Care and Management T Level will be studying programmes designed by the Dogs Trust; and those looking to develop skills by studying the Human Resources T Level will have had their courses developed by experts from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.Welcoming the new panel members, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: Lee Stafford, owner and founder of Lee Stafford products and Lee Stafford Education, said: Amy Smith, Head of Talent at Framestore, a leading British visual effects company, said: Vicky Skinner, Education Manager at Pet Industry Federation, said: I am thrilled these talented industry experts have come on board to help make T Levels a success. They will play a key role in creating a world-class technical education system for our country. Introducing T Levels is a once in a generation moment. The direct experience of panel members will help to create gold-standard T Levels that give young people the skills that employers need. The employer led panels announced today will shape new T Level programmes in: Animal Care and Management; Agriculture, Land Management and Production; Human Resources; Management and Administration; Catering; Craft and Design; Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions; Media, Broadcast and Production; and Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics, and will be first taught from 2022.The 9 new panels will join the 16 existing T Level panels that are already up and running, designing the outline content for the first tranche of T Levels, in routes including Digital; Legal, Financial and Accounting; Education and Childcare; Health and Science; Engineering and Manufacturing; and Construction.T Levels are new programmes which will put the British technical education system on a par with the best in the world. They will be a real alternative to A Levels, providing young people with a genuine choice between technical and academic education post 16.The first three T Level programmes in Digital, Education and Childcare and Construction will be taught from 2020, with further T Levels delivered from 2021.Further information: The new T Level panel chairs and panel members appointed today can be found here.last_img read more

Brandy Norwood Extends Engagement in Chicago on B’way

first_img View Comments Brandy Norwood will continue to Razzle Dazzle ’em on Broadway! The Grammy winner has extended her engagement in Chicago and will now appear as Roxie Hart through August 2. The pop/R&B star had previously been set to leave the Ambassador Theatre on June 21. One caveat: Norwood will not be performing in the musical on June 22, June 23, June 27 or June 28.Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Screen credits include Moesha, Cinderella and The Game.The cast also currently includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Marco Zunino as Billy Flynn (through June 14), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Check out’s interview with Norwood below! Chicago Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

G20 health ministers acknowledge health systems’ vulnerability to pandemics

first_imgThe statement said the ministers adopted preventative measures to contain the pandemic, but did not elaborate.A planned virtual news conference was cancelled as Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah had to attend “an urgent COVID-19 KSA (Saudi) taskforce meeting”. Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the G20.In opening remarks provided via video to media, Rabiah said urgent actions included the need for collaboration and engagement of global organizations for coordinated responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with an emphasis on supporting countries in need, and investing in research and discovery to produce technology, tools, vaccines and therapies.He also referred to the creation of a global task force to respond to pandemics, an innovation hub for knowledge sharing to improve value in health and a patient safety leaders group to provide shared platforms aimed at reducing patient safety risks.Leaders from Spain, Singapore, Jordan and Switzerland were invited to attend Sunday’s meeting as well as international and regional organizations including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, an earlier G20 statement said.  Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemics, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday.The Saudi G20 secretariat said that the ministers shared their national experiences, addressed necessary actions to improve preparedness and discussed systemic weaknesses exposed by the pandemic.”Health Ministers recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic weaknesses in health systems,” the statement said. “It also has shown vulnerabilities in the global community’s ability to prevent and respond to pandemic threats.” Topics :last_img read more

Paradise football kicks off season, first athletic event at the school since the Camp Fire

first_imgPARADISE — Lukas Hartley still gets goosebumps when he thinks about the first high school football game he watched as a fan at Om Wraith Field.Hartley was in the fourth grade when he witnessed Albert Stevens, a record-setting running back for Paradise High, display his running prowess on the field.Stevens broke from the 30-yard line to score a touchdown. It left Hartley in awe.“I was just like ‘that’s the manliest thing I’ve ever seen. That’s what I want to do when I grow up,’” Hartley said. …last_img

New Cambrian Fossil: Missing Link?

first_imgA weird animal from Chinese Cambrian strata looks like a worm with legs, the whole body studded with spines.  Was it on the way to becoming an arthropod?  The authors think so, but other members of its group were already known from the Cambrian fossil record.    The “walking cactus” with ten pairs of legs was named Diania cactiformis by the discoverers from China and Germany, publishing in Nature.1  PhysOrg discussed it briefly and National Geographic News included an artist’s conception.    Nature said it was already “derived” (advanced) on the arthropod lineage.  The editor’s summary stated, “The possession of what seem to be the beginnings of robust, jointed and spiny legs suggest that this bizarre animal might be very close to the origins of the arthropods.”  This was based on phylogenetic analysis, though, not on dating or genetics.  It seems similar to other creatures known as Lobopodia, “a group of poorly understood animals” according to Wikipedia, which evolutionists feel might be ancestral to both onycophorans and arthropods; however, “precise classification is still in flux.”    As for its place in the Cambrian explosion, National Geographic said, “It would have lived about 500 million years ago during a period of rapid evolution called the Cambrian explosion.”  It was not, therefore, a missing link leading up to the explosion.  The authors in Nature said, “How close Cambrian lobopodians are to the ground plan of the arthropod common ancestor remains a point of debate,” and as for its ancestry to arthropods, admitted, “Our new fossils cannot resolve this question in its entirety, but they do demonstrate that appendage morphology was more diverse among Cambrian lobopodians than is sometimes realized.”  They emphasized that, “to our knowledge, Diania has the most robust and arthropod-like limbs found in any lobopodian until now.”  But added doubt by saying, “However, we should caution that dinocaridids, Diania and other potential stem-arthropods typically express mosaics of arthropod-like characters, which makes resolving a single, simple tree of arthropod origins problematic.”    In fact, their own phylogenetic analysis of Diania put it in a “surprising” position in the evolutionary tree.  They entertained the option that it might represent a secondary reduction of more advanced animals like the large predator Anomalocaris; whatever it was, all could agree it was “a highly unusual creature.”1.  Liu, Steiner et al, “An armoured Cambrian lobopodian from China with arthropod-like appendages,” Nature 470 (24 February 2011), pp. 526�530, doi:10.1038/nature09704.It was a highly unusual creature among many highly unusual creatures, to the extent that the unusual was usual.  Simultaneous diversity and morphological disparity is not evolution.  Diania is no more advanced or primitive than any of the many other animal body plans from the Cambrian explosion, so this fossil is not going to help solve the evolutionists’ magic act (see 01/07/2011), especially with vertebrates already present in the early Cambrian (01/30/2003).  Remember, it’s what’s inside that counts.  This creature may have look primitive through Darwinian eyes, but it had the ability to move its limbs, detect food, eat, digest, and reproduce its body.  Such things do not happen without a body plan.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

AJ Baltes, Nov. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re frozen this morning. There were some guys running last week but they were cutting fields up pretty good. We’re combining corn right now to get our drying bins filled again. We ran a little yesterday too. It seems like the fields have dried out a little bit.It is supposed to snow tonight and maybe tomorrow a little bit. Then it looks like we may have some more frozen mornings. We have about 150 acres of beans to run yet. It is getting down into the low 20s at night. We’ve only had two nights so far that have gotten that cold. Hopefully our late season beans do better. They look better. The corn is still averaging around 175. We had one field run over 200 for an average but as a whole the corn is right around that 175 range.Guys are starting to wind down around here. Some of them have run in the mud just to get crops out of the fields and get finished up. Once we get the bins filled we’ll have to wait a bit. If it keeps freezing we’ll be able to sneak in and get more off.The wheat is pretty spotty and we aren’t sure what is going to happen. We don’t have any fields that have a really good stand. The cover crops are about like the wheat. It just got too wet. We might on a frozen morning go out and broadcast some more cereal rye. The stuff we inter-seeded in the corn looks pretty nice.There is not much fall tillage that is done around here. We’re just lucky to get stuff off. It is a pretty normal harvest schedule for us. We usually finish up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Putting up that second drying bin this year really helped us because we can run about 100 acres at a time and fill both of them up.last_img read more

Harry Kane topples Lionel Messi to end as top goal scorer in 2017

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane scored twice against Southampton to be assured of finishing the year as the top goal scorer in the in European football for the calendar year of 2017.Kane now has 56 goals across all competitions for club and country and overtook Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals. He scored his 8th hat-trick n this year, as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Southampton5-2 at Wembley.”You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work,” the former England and Newcastle United great wrote on Twitter.You�??ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work. �??��?���???�?���?��??️- Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 26, 2017Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, are all tied in third with 53 goals.Kane equalled Messi in the 22nd minute of the game at Wembley as headed his team ahead  from a peach of a delivery from Christian Eriksen. He set the new record just before half-time as he taped in a beautiful ball from Son Heung-min. Kane got to his hat-trick in the 67th mnute of the game, with a sublime chip over Ben Foster. He now has 96 Premier League career goals.67 – @HKane sends a majestic chip over Forster to complete his hat-trick in style. Sublime.�?�️ #THFC 5-1 #SaintsFC �??� Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017It is the also the first time since the year 2009 that anyone else apart from Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi  have not finished as the top scorer. It was David Villa had done the honours on that occasion.Villa has scored 43 goals in 2009, Messi scored 60 in 2010 and Ronaldo returned with 60 too he next year. It was Messi again with 91 goals (a record) in 2012, as Ronaldo fished as top scorer in three consecutive years with 69, 61 and 57 goals in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.  Last year in 2016, Messi finished on top with 59 goals.He also surpassed Newcastle United great Alan Shearer’s record as the highest goal scorer in a calendar year in the Premier League. Kane now has 38 goals in 2017 and beat a 22-year old record.It was Kane’s seventh hat-trick, against Burnley at Turf Moor that he had equalled Shearer’s record of most goals scored in a calendar year. His three goals took his tally to 39 goals in 2017, to match the same number Shearer had managed in 1995.”He is amazing, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game. But it is fantastic for him,” had said Pochettino after Spurs’ win over Burnley.”It’s difficult to find words to describe Harry Kane. Even during my time at Spurs I’m surprised by him. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. I’m worried when you don’t create chances though,” he said.THAT record-breaking moment… �???#OneOfOurOwn Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017Pochettino said Kane’s tally was just reward for the effort he has put into his game.”During my three and a half years with Tottenham, he always surprises me — not only with goals but his contribution, with his attitude, professional ethic, how he works across the pitch, he is a massive example for everyone.last_img read more