first_imgI’m on a full-time NVQ Level 2 in bakery course at Brooklands College, in Weybridge, Surrey. We make all sorts of products, such as white loaves, brown loaves, puff pastry, lemon cake, doughnuts, ginger cake, scones – anything really. My favourite is bread, because I find it easy and more fun to make. You don’t have to think too hard when you’re doing it and you tend to make a lot more bread than other products.When I finish this year, I could go straight into work, but I’m thinking of doing a Level 3 NVQ, because I enjoy the course so much and because I have fun with my friends. I also have the option of taking an additional sugarcraft course, which involves icing and decorating cakes.In the future, I hope to become an experienced baker and, one day, I may open my own shop.There’s nothing else I’d rather do than be a baker. Baking bread would be perfect – but I’d have to get up very early in the mornings and work long days.Early startsThe hardest part of college is getting up at 7.30am. We have to be in the bakery by 9.15am and we don’t finish baking until around 12.30pm. I don’t really find any of the products hard to make; if we get stuck at any point, there are a lot of people around to advise us and we all help each other out. I really enjoy making bakery products and love being around other people who enjoy the same thing. The lessons are not too strict, so we can have fun, both with each other and with the tutors. Our tutors – Jane Hatton and Sue Haskell – are really good. They are also very helpful and friendly.We do practical work everyday, followed by a session of written work in which we fill in our folders, explaining what we have done and answering questionnaires, which test what we have learned. This is very useful and helps us to gain an NVQ at the end of the course.original ambitionOriginally, I wanted to be a chef and did a course in which I had one lesson of bakery. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to change to bakery, as I found it much more interesting. There always seemed to be a new challenge. I have always wanted to be in the food industry because I saw my mum cooking and wished I could do it myself.Now, some-times, I show her how to bake things. I like cookery programmes and alwaystry to make sure that I see Gordon Ramsay’s shows. I think that anyone who wants to get into bakery should work hard and try their hardest, but have fun while they are doing it.I have already recommended the baking industry to a couple of my friends. nlast_img read more

Press release: New government action to create stronger, more integrated Britain

first_img Email [email protected] General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Twitter – – – Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today (14 March 2018) set out an ambitious long-term plan of action to tackle the root causes of poor integration and create a stronger, more united Britain.The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, to which £50 million will be committed over the next 2 years, seeks views on the government’s bold proposals to boost English language skills, increase opportunities for more women to enter the workplace, and promote British values and meaningful discussion between young people.Britain is on the whole, a well-integrated society, with 85% of people reporting a feeling of belonging strongly to Britain.But the evidence, including Dame Louise Casey’s independent review into opportunity and integration, overwhelmingly points to a significant number of communities being divided along race, faith or socio-economic lines.This reduces opportunities for people to mix with others from different backgrounds, allows mistrust and misunderstanding to grow, and prevents those living in isolated communities from taking advantage of the opportunities that living in Britain offers.The strategy sets out a range of actions the government plans to take to bring divided communities together, including:Boosting English language skillsWe are proposing a new strategy to promote adoption of the English language across all communities in England, including a new community-based English language programme, a new network of conversation clubs, and support for local authorities to improve the provision of English language tuition for those who need it most.Increasing economic opportunity, particularly for womenJobcentre Plus will trial new approaches to support people from some of the most isolated communities into work through personalised skills training to address their individual needs.Ensure that every child receives an education that prepares them for life in modern BritainNew proposals to ensure young people have the opportunity to mix and form lasting relationships with those from different backgrounds, promotion of British Values across the curriculum and increased take up of the national citizen service.Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: Media enquiries Britain can rightly claim to be one of the most successful diverse societies in the world. But we cannot ignore the fact that in too many parts of our country, communities are divided, preventing people from taking full advantage of the opportunities that living in modern Britain offers. Successive governments have refused to deal with the integration challenges we face head on, preferring to let people muddle along and live isolated and separated lives. We will put an end to this through our new strategy which will create a country that works for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from. Integration challenges are not uniform throughout the country, with different areas and communities having varying needs. We want to start a debate on the Integrated Communities Strategy, to find the most effective ways to address integration challenges. The consultation will run for 12 weeks to 5 June 2018.Further measures included as part of the Integrated Communities Strategy:Building stronger leadershipThe strategy calls on leaders in national and local government, business and civil society to ensure all services have a strong focus on integration.Supporting recent migrants to integrate into the communityWe will provide a package of practical information for recent migrants in our integration areas to better help them understand and navigate British life, values and culture. We will also improve communities’ ability to adapt to migration and manage pressures on local services and amenities in order to promote more effective integration.Respecting and promoting equal rightsThe strategy sets out new measures to empower marginalised women, including exploring reform of the law on marriage and religious weddings. We will support training of faith leaders to practice in the British context understanding British culture and shared values. We will also strengthen action to tackle hate crime and encourage greater reporting of incidents.Building vibrant communitiesAn Integration Innovation Fund will be introduced to allow organisations to bid to test out new approaches to bring people from different backgrounds together and we will make better use of shared community spaces such as parks and libraries.Further informationSee the Integrated Communities Strategy.To deliver the vision set out in this strategy we recognise that we need to talk to individuals and communities to hear what they think the key issues are and how communities and local and national government can tackle them. The consultation period will run for 12 weeks.85% of respondents felt that they belonged ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ strongly to Britain. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Community Life Survey 2016-17. The government will work with 5 ‘Integration Areas’ to develop local integration plans: Blackburn with Darwen; Bradford; Peterborough; Walsall and Waltham Forest.These 5 local authorities have already demonstrated a keen grasp of the challenges they face and shown a desire to try new things and learn from what works. Learning from these areas about what works – and, just as importantly, what doesn’t work – will be shared more widely as the programme develops.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:center_img If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF £50 million to support new Integrated Communities Strategy strategy includes bold proposals to boost English language skills, increase opportunities for women and promote British values in education We want to make sure that all children learn the values that underpin our society – including fairness, tolerance and respect. These are values that help knit our communities together, which is why education is at the heart of this strategy. It’s also important that children are taught in a safe environment and that we can act quickly if children are at risk or being encouraged to undermine these values. Together, with Ofsted and communities across the country, we will build on the work already underway to achieve this. Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit…last_img read more

News story: Douglas Gurr appointed to the National Gallery Board

first_imgDoug is Country Manager of Amazon UK. He joined Amazon in December 2011 and was President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016.His previous roles included teaching mathematics and computing at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, working for the UK Government, partner at consultancy firm McKinsey, founder and CEO of internet start-up Blueheath and 5 years on the Board of Asda-Walmart. Doug has two degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Computing from the University of Edinburgh.Outside work, Doug is Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, and a Trustee of the Landmark Trust, non-executive Director of the Land Registry and was until 2014 Chairman of the Science Museum Group of national museums. He is a former Scottish international triathlete, 12 times Ironman, keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents, and an enthusiastic mountain runner, recently completing the Bob Graham 24hr Round, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, and the Spine Challenger. Doug was born in the UK but his parents were New Zealanders and he grew up mostly in Africa before returning to the UK to attend high school and college. He is married with two children.This role is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Doug has made no such declaration.last_img read more

GRiZ Shares Soulful New Track ‘Before I Go’ Featuring Pianist Leo Napier [Listen]

first_imgElectrofunk phenom GRiZ continues to turn heads with his energetic blend of saxophone and production, and today he’s returned with a brand new track. The new offering sees GRiZ partner with soul singer and pianist Leo Napier, who wrote the new original tune “Before I Go.” Though the song deals with the heavy subject of addiction, its an infectious groove that showcases the stripped down style of Napier with the hyped-up energy that only GRiZ can bring to the table.GRiZ describes the track in his social media post, saying: “This song is about addiction and letting go. Leo did an amazing job writing and I’m happy I was able to bring this to life. It really hits home to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as it has helped me.”Listen to the new jam below.last_img read more

‘Frame by Frame’

first_imgIf you think Harvard is an animated place, you don’t know the half of it.Though it is not widely known, the University famous for literature, languages, and medicine also helped to pioneer the art of making still images appear to move.Sand animation got its start at Harvard (though artists in Switzerland were on the same sand-shifting track). And stop-motion clay animation — an art that has reached a zany zenith with the “Wallace and Gromit” films — had part of its start in Cambridge.Manipulating sand and clay to simulate motion were among the fruits of an animation program begun at the Carpenter Center in 1963. That was the year when Robert Gardner, a documentary filmmaker and longtime director of Harvard’s Film Study Center, hired animators John and Faith Hubley to teach.“I get bored of people saying: ‘I didn’t know there was animation at Harvard,’” said exhibit organizer Ruth Lingford. “And actually there’s this fantastic history.“Lingford, professor of the practice of animation in the Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) program, organized “Frame by Frame: Animated at Harvard.” The show of new and old work is in the Carpenter Center’s Sert Gallery through Sunday (Feb. 14).The show runs on seven screens and in two looping wall projections. It includes early work by sand animator Caroline Leaf  ’68 (the magical “Sand, or Peter and the Wolf” from 1969) and Eli Noyes ’64 (whose “Clay, or the Origin of Species” drew an Oscar nomination for best animated short).Another legacy Harvard film on view, Frank Mouris’ nine-minute “Frank Film,” an autobiography in frenetic collage animation, won a 1974 Oscar for best short subject.Viewers get the long and short of animation, from the 18-second “Orgasm Loop” by Terah Maher, M.Arch ’06, to the epic (in animation terms) “Asparagus” by Suzan Pitt, a lavish 1979 production now considered a feminist classic. In the exhibit notes, Pitt wrote that she made a film that “flowed slowly forward like a daydream.”But even daydreams take time to create on screen. Animators old and new admit to the art’s time intensity, saying it is “insanely labor intensive,” as Lingford put it.For one scene in “Asparagus,” in which a woman watches a garden pass by as if it were a movie, Pitt recalled a 48-hour shoot at the Carpenter Center, “where I never slept or left the camera room.”Animation’s time sink cost the 1997 movie “Titanic” a summer release — six extra months because of production bottlenecks. In those days, a single frame required a rendering time of 72 hours. (For today’s “Avatar,” whose credits include almost 1,000 animators, rendering time is now down to 24 hours per frame.)Maher, an animation teaching assistant at VES who designed the “Frame by Frame” exhibit, said it took her six months to create her 18-second animation loop, though she was not working full time on it.“It’s not just cartoons,” said Maher, who fell in love with the art form while studying architecture. “Animation is much more.”For one thing, it is an art form that takes advantage of optical illusion. Still objects that vary slightly, when separated by a slight interval of darkness, appear to move.In her exhibit notes, Lingford called animation “freedom from restraints of the possible.” And Leaf, visiting the exhibit at a Feb. 4 reception, recalled that at Harvard in the 1960s animation was taught like “another creative art, like poetry or writing.”Charlestown animation designer and teacher Pell Osborn, founder of, was a special student at the Carpenter Center in 1974-75, years that shifted his career path from French literature and playwriting to creating motion with still objects, drawings, or paintings.He chatted with Leaf at the reception. Both recalled how the Carpenter Center shimmered with creative energy. “The animation felt free,” said Leaf, now a London-based animation artist trying to break into oil painting. “Nobody was checking up on that.”Working at the 16mm Moviola editing machine was absorbing, Osborn said, but “you just felt this swirl of energy behind you,” as other animators worked with sand, puppets, and clay.Harvard’s old Moviola editing machine is on display at the exhibit. It’s a steel contraption the size of a Franklin stove with switches, buttons, pedals, and “exciter lamps” that evoke Jules Verne more than James Cameron. There are puppets too — doll-size models of plaster gauze and armature wire — from a work in progress called “Shapeshifter” by Lillian Fang ’10.Animation is even more than the liberation of art. It’s an expressive territory open to every academic path, said Lingford. “Animation includes acting, sound, music, painting, poetry, writing, physics, metaphysics — everything.”She is co-teaching a course this semester on animation for the sciences, along with two Harvard cell biologists. A similar course is under way at Harvard Medical School.“Harvard is the perfect place for animation,” said Lingford, whose work includes the eerie and erotic “Pleasures of War” from 1998. “Animation is such a meeting point of different disciplines.”Perhaps two or three VES students a year produce animation projects for their senior theses, she said. But many more use the art to supplement their scholarship, including students in biology and chemistry.“It’s quite a young art,” said Lingford of animation. “We’ve only scratched the surface of possibilities.” By design Animators old and new admit to the art’s time intensity, saying it is “insanely labor intensive.” Taking flight Perhaps two or three VES students a year produce animation projects for their senior theses. But many more use the art to supplement their scholarship. Animation at work Getting the point For today’s “Avatar,” whose credits include almost 1,000 animators, rendering time is now down to 24 hours per frame. Cutting edge Hsu’s piece is part of the show, which runs on seven screens and in two looping wall projections. Light touch Though it is not widely known, Harvard helped to pioneer the art of making still images appear to move. Up and coming Animation’s time sink cost the 1997 movie “Titanic” a summer release — six extra months because of production bottlenecks. In those days, a single frame required a rendering time of 72 hours. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer An eye for creativity “Frame by Frame: Animated at Harvard” will be on display at the Carpenter Center’s Sert Gallery through Feb. 14. In this particular series, Tiffanie Hsu ’09 received a Hoopes Prize for her work. What you see Animation is an art form that takes advantage of optical illusion.last_img read more

Imagination and Logos: Essays on C.P. Cavafy

first_imgPanagiotis Roilos, professor of Modern Greek studies and of comparative literature, edits this volume of essays by international scholars exploring the work of C.P. Cavafy, one of the most important 20th century European poets.last_img

Student attends Grammy’s

first_imgWhile many students spent last Sunday watching the Grammy’s on TV, Saint Mary’s senior Briana Coyne experienced the red carpet, celebrities and awards up close as her father was nominated for his work on Adele’s album “21.” “After going to the Grammy’s two years ago for his work on Beyonce’s ‘I am Shasha Fierce’ album, he promised my mom that if he was ever honored with another Grammy opportunity, he would make it a family affair,” Coyne said. Coyne said she would never forget walking down the red carpet and sitting with nominees. “I just had to pinch myself to see if it was real,” she said. “I was within touching distance of bands like Foster the People and Kings of Leon, and I accidentally bumped into Paul Schaffer from ‘The Tonight Show.’” Her father, Tom Coyne is partner of Sterling Sound Mastering Studios in New York City. He said the event was even more enjoyable because he was able to experience it with his family. “It’s always fun to share experiences with others and having my children attending the parties and all the hoopla surrounding the Grammys was great,” he said. “[I wanted] to start filling up their memory bank.” Coyne said the most memorable part of the weekend was seeing her dad receive his award. “My dad booked it up to stage. He would have won the 100-meter dash,” she said. “He even got up there before Adele.” Tom Coyne said he tried to wait long enough for Adele to reach the steps. “I walked a little too quickly and reached the steps of the stage before Adele. I stopped cold and … that was just enough time to see Adele start up the steps,” he said. “So after another second I walked up and LL Cool J came over and congratulated me.” Coyne said if he were lucky enough to be on the Grammy stage again, he’d take a back row position. “I [initially] put my cement shoes on and stood just to the left of Adele,” he said. “If I were lucky enough to win again, I’ll go right to the back row and give someone else their chance. The pressure is just too great.” But Briana Coyne said her dad deserved the front-row recognition. “No one deserved [this recognition] more than my dad,” she said. “I know that’s being biased, but seriously, I saw him work so hard. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”last_img read more

Juneteenth Now An Official Holiday In New York State

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageALBANY – Juneteenth is now an official holiday in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo first made it a holiday by executive order earlier this year and now made the act permanent after signing legislation on Wednesday.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas first learned they had been freed years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.It also celebrates achievements in the Black community. “I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.”The new holiday makes 13 paid holidays for state employees.last_img read more

Jason Danieley Will Step Into Chicago

first_img View Comments Related Shows We’ve known for some time that he can wear the hell out of a tux, so this seems like a natural fit. Broadway alum Jason Danieley will step into the Ambassador Theatre courtroom as Chicago’s next Billy Flynn. He begins performances on October 13, stepping in for Ryan Silverman, who will depart the production on October 12.Danieley last appeared on Broadway in The Visit. His additional credits include Next to Normal (opposite his wife Marin Mazzie), Curtains, The Full Monty and Candide. He has also recently appeared in Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.The cast currently features Dancing with the Stars victor Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (through November 1), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

Tornado Watch Includes Water South of Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The yellow indicates a tornado watch and the purple indicates a small craft advisory (NWS)A tornado watch in effect across the New York area through 5 p.m. Monday includes the offshore area south of western Long Island to the Fire Island Inlet.The tornado watch, which mean the weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to produce tornadoes, includes New Jersey, upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond, according to the National Weather Service, which also issued a small craft advisory for boats in waters around LI.“I strongly encourage all New Yorkers to take extra precautions and stay tuned to local media reports for the latest information on today’s storms,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “Weather conditions can change with little warning, so it is important that New Yorkers take appropriate measures to ensure their preparation and safety throughout severe weather events.”The tornado watch comes as the forecast calls for a 70-percent chance of thunderstorms that could bring a quarter of an inch of rain or more Monday afternoon.A severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect for Nassau and Suffolk counties through 10 p.m. Monday.Showers and windy conditions are expected to continue overnight into Tuesday before clearing up and leaving partly to mostly sunny skies through the weekend, when a slight chance of showers are forecast Friday through Sunday.last_img read more