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Twelveinvestment banks are offering ethnic minority undergraduates work experience aspart of a recruitment initiative to improve diversity in the industry.Atotal of 180 undergraduates will take part in the Capital Chances project,which has the support of the Commission for Racial Equality and the African andCaribbean Finance Forum.Eachstudent will gain experience in two of the participating banks, taking part inbusiness games and activities based on ‘real work’ scenarios. They will alsohave the opportunity to talk to senior City figures, recent graduates and thebanks’ graduate recruiters.Ofthe students who participated in the programme last year, 53 per cent are inthe process of applying for internships.PamFarmer, head of private sector policy at the CRE, said: “In globalbusiness, race and nationality are irrelevant – talent is everything. CapitalChances encourages banks to recruit from all areas of the talent pool.”BrendaKing from the African and Caribbean Finance Forum said: “Attracting andretaining the best talent irrespective of colour or background should result ina company with workforce that is better equipped to win.” Bankers invest in staff diversity initiativeOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. read more

first_imgMr SpeakerI am acutely conscious of the fact that the House has other pressing matters on its mind today……and to avoid making this statement any longer than necessary……I am laying a WMS which contains additional announcements and provides further details of those that I will make.Mr Speaker,Last night’s vote leaves a cloud of uncertainty hanging over our economy.And our most urgent task in this House is to lift that uncertainty.But the economy, itself, is remarkably robust:It has grown for nine consecutive years……with the longest unbroken quarterly growth run of any G7 economy……and is forecast to continue growing in each of the next five years;An economy that has created over 3.5 million net new jobs [Political content redacted]That has seen female participation in the workforce increase to record levels……and that is now delivering the fastest rate of wage growth in over a decade.An economy that has defied expectations……and will provide the solid foundation that Britain needs to seize the opportunities that the future offers. [Political content redacted]And thanks to the difficult decisions we have taken in the last nine years……and the hard work of the British people……I can also report today on public finances that continue to improve.So that, provided we do reach a deal to leave the European Union with an orderly transition…[Political content redacted]…this country…for the first time in a decade…will have genuine and sustainable choices about its future.Today’s OBR report marks another step on Britain’s road out of austerity – and I’d like to thank Robert Chote and his team for their work.Despite the slowing world economy……the OBR expect Britain to continue to grow in every year of the forecast…At 1.2% this year……with both the IMF and the OECD forecasting the UK to grow faster than Germany;Then 1.4% in 2020, as forecast at the budget……and 1.6% in each of the final three years;Cumulative growth over the five years now slightly higher than the Budget forecast.Meanwhile, Britain’s remarkable jobs story is set to continue.By 2023 the OBR expect to see 600,000 more new jobs in our economy.And despite the constant attempts from the Opposition front bench to talk down our remarkable achievement on jobs…… the fact Mr Speaker is this, last year, 96% of new jobs were full-time.with the OBR revising up wage growth to 3% or higher in every year.And with inflation now around the target throughout the forecast period….…that means real wage growth in every year of the forecast.A growing economy;a thriving labour market;inflation on target;Mr Speaker, a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s future.And there’s good news on the public finances too.Borrowing this year will be just 1.1% of GDP – £3 billion lower than forecast at the Autumn Budget. [Political content redacted]Looking forward, borrowing will fall from £29.3 billion in 2019-20, then £21.2 billion, £17.6 billion, £14.4 billion and finally £13.5 billion in 2023-24 – its lowest level in 22 years.We remain on track to meet both our fiscal targets early……with the cyclically adjusted deficit at 1.3% next year, falling to just 0.5% by 2023-24…… and with headroom against our fiscal mandate in ’20-’21 increasing from £15.4 billion at the Autumn Budget…… to £26.6 billion today.Less borrowing means less debt – now lower in every year than forecast at the Budget, falling to 82.2% of GDP next year, then 79%, 74.9%, 74%, and finally 73% in 2023-24.Our National Debt falling sustainably – for the first time in a generation. [Political content redacted]Since 2010 we have been steering the country on a journey of recovery. [Political content redacted]Back then, the most important task was to get borrowing down to manageable levels.But when I became Chancellor in 2016……I recognised that, with the progress we had already made……as well as getting Britain’s debt down……our continued success as a nation would depend on investing in our future……supporting our vital public services……and keeping taxes low to attract talent and investment.I called it a ‘balanced approach’.And it is delivering:With the highest sustained levels of public capital investment in 40 years……cuts in income taxes for more than 30 million people in three weeks’ time…[Political content redacted]…and debt on a sustained downward path for the first time in a generation.I have made over £150 billion of new spending commitments since 2016…And at the Budget I announced that the long, but necessary, squeeze on current public spending would come to an end at the upcoming Spending Review……setting out an indicative 5-year path of 1.2% per annum real terms increases in day-to-day spending on public services……compared to real terms cuts of 3% per annum announced at SR 2010 and 1.3% cuts at SR 2015.We have made our biggest choice on public spending:putting the NHS first in line – as the British public would expect……with my RHF the Prime Minister’s announcement of £34 billion of additional funding per year by the end of the period – the single largest cash commitment ever made by a peacetime British Government – to support our long-term plan for the NHS……delivering Mr Speaker, improved cancer and mental health care……a transformation of GP services……more doctors, more nurses and better outcomes for patients.Now we need to address wider departmental spending for the next Review period.So, I can confirm today that assuming a Brexit deal is agreed over the next few weeks and the uncertainty that is hanging over our economy is lifted……I intend to launch a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess, to be concluded alongside an Autumn Budget.It will set departmental budgets beyond the NHS……to reflect the public’s priorities between areas like social care, local government, schools, police, defence and the environment…… and it will maximize value for taxpayers’ money through a renewed focus on delivering high quality outcomes.And if we leave the EU with a deal……and an orderly transition to a future economic partnership……we will see a Deal Dividend:An economic boost from recovery in business confidence and investment.And a fiscal boost from a reduction in the minimum necessary level of fiscal headroom once the risk of a ‘no deal’ exit is removed.Giving us as a nation real choices as we use the Spending Review……to decide how much of this ‘Deal Dividend’ we can prudently release……and how we would share it between increased spending on public services, capital investment in Britain’s future prosperity and keeping taxes low……while always continuing to keep our debt falling.Real terms increases in public spending;Record investment in Britain’s future;More jobs than ever before;Higher wages and lower taxes meaning increased take-home pay……and for the first time in a generation our debt going down;That, Mr Speaker, is what I mean by an end to austerity. [Political content redacted]But, Mr Speaker,The progress we have made will be at risk if we cannot secure a smooth and orderly exit from the EU……and a transition to a new partnership that protects the complex trading relationships businesses have built up over 45 years……and on which so many British jobs depend.I hoped we would do that last night……but I am confident that we, as a House, will do it over the coming weeks.Leaving with ‘No Deal’ would mean significant disruption in the short- and medium-term……and a smaller, less prosperous economy in the long-term, than if we leave with a Deal.Higher unemployment; lower wages; higher prices in the shops.That is not what the British people voted for in June 2016.Which is why all of us have a solemn duty in the days and weeks ahead……to put aside our differences and seek a compromise on which this House can agree……in the National Interest.But government also has a duty to plan for every reasonably foreseeable contingency……and we have done so.First, we have plans in place to minimise disruption to our financial system – and the Bank of England judges that it is resilient to any likely ‘no-deal’ shock.Second, we have worked across Whitehall to put in place mitigations at our border……although we cannot regulate how the EU will operate its border in a no-deal exit.Third, we have published today our temporary UK No Deal tariff schedule, carefully balancing the needs of producers and consumers in the context of the pressures the ‘no-deal’ economy would face.And fourth, the Treasury and the Bank of England together have all the tools of fiscal and monetary policy available to us, including the fiscal headroom I have held in reserve.But I need to be straight with the House: a no-deal Brexit would deliver a significant short- to medium-term reduction in the productive capacity of the British economy.And because our economy is operating at or near full capacity, any fiscal and monetary response would have to be carefully calibrated not to simply cause inflation……compounding the effect of any movement in the exchange rate on the price of goods in our shops.And while fiscal and monetary intervention might help to smooth our path to a post-Brexit economy……both could only be temporary……and neither would allow us to avoid the effects of a relatively smaller economy……nor the pain of restructuring.So, the idea that there is some simple, readily available, fix that can be deployed to avoid the consequences of a no-deal Brexit is, I am afraid, just wrong.But, Mr Speaker,I’m confident that we’re going to do a Deal.And when we do, the British people will fully expect us to fire-up our economic plan……to seize the opportunities as confidence in our economy returns.But, it isn’t just the spectre of uncertainty that we need to overcome if we are to restore confidence and unlock a brighter future. [Political content redacted]So our task is to demonstrate to the British people that……working with business, through the mechanism of a well-regulated market economy, our plan will deliver a brighter future for them. [Political content redacted]A plan which makes the most of the opportunities ahead as we make our own way……independent from, but in continuing partnership with, the European Union.A plan to embrace the technologies of the future and equip British workers to use them;to back the enterprise and ambition of British business;to support our world-leading entrepreneurs, creators and innovators…… inventors and discoverers;to build on the UK’s fundamental strengths and competitive advantages……so that we can slay once and for all the twin demons of low productivity and low wages……and build an economy that works for everyone.Mr Speaker,The only sustainable path to higher wages and rising living standards is to boost productivity.And to do that, we are investing in infrastructure, skills, technology and housing – under our plan for Britain’s future:With £37 billion in the National Productivity Investment Fund;the largest ever investment in England’s strategic roads;the biggest rail investment programme since Victorian times;and a strategy for delivering a nationwide full fibre network by 2033.At SR19, we will set multi-year capital budgets…following a zero-based review……protecting our record levels of capital spending……while ensuring that investment is focussed to deliver the greatest impact on productivity.And our investment strategy is benefitting the whole of the UK.I can announce today up to £260 million for the innovative Borderlands Growth deal covering the border regions of England and Scotland, on top of the £100 million HIF funding already announced for Carlisle…Negotiations are progressing on future deals for mid-Wales and Derry/Londonderry……and I reiterate today this government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse Rail project and look forward to considering TfN’s business case ahead of the Spending Review.We will publish the updated National Infrastructure Strategy alongside the Spending Review……and I am publishing today a consultation on our approach to supporting private infrastructure investment once we leave the European Investment bank. [Political content redacted]But raising our productivity isn’t just about investing in physical capital – it’s also about investing in people.The Augar review will be published shortly and will represent an important contribution to our overall plan for post-18 education. The government will respond later in the year.We are committed to returning technical and vocational skills to the heart of our educational system……with the new T-level system on track to deliver the first three routes in 2020;the first phase of the National Retraining Scheme starting this summer;and the apprenticeship programme rolling-out 3 million new high-quality apprenticeships.And to help small businesses take on more apprentices, I can announce that I am bringing forward the £700 million package of reforms I announced at Budget to the start of the new financial year in April.The productivity agenda is, above all, about increasing the wages of the lowest-paid.And the pay of a full-timer on National Minimum Wage has risen by £2,750 a year since 2016..We’ve confirmed the Low Pay Commission’s remit for the National Living Wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.But later this year we will need to set a new remit beyond 2020.We want to be ambitious……driving productivity across the income distribution, with the ultimate objective of ending low pay in the UK.But we also want to take care to protect employment opportunities for lower paid workers.So we have asked Professor Arin Dube, a world-leading expert in the field, to undertake a review of the international evidence on the employment and productivity effects of minimum wage rates.This study will support the extensive discussions that we will be having with employer organisations, trades unions and the LPC itself over the coming months……starting with a roundtable which I will chair next month. [Political content redacted]Mr Speaker,Alongside our commitment to giving British workers the skills they need……is a commitment to maintaining the openness of our economy to talent from around the world.As we leave the EU, free movement of people will end……and we will take back control of our borders.My RHF the Home Secretary has set out a framework for a future immigration system in the Immigration White Paper……focussed on attracting those with the skills we need in the UK economy – no matter where they come from.We have committed to consulting with business to ensure that the new system supports the needs of our economy……and as we do so, I can announce that from June, we will begin to abolish the need for paper landing cards at UK points of entry……and we will allow citizens of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to start using e-gates at our airports and Eurostar terminals, alongside the EEA nationals who can already use them Mr Speaker. Our ambition is to be able to go further in due course.A signal to the World of our commitment to Global Britain.Another key pillar of our plan is backing Britain to remain at the forefront of the technology revolution that is transforming our economy.And to support that ambition, from this Autumn we will completely exempt PhD-level roles from the visa caps.Since 2016 we have launched our Modern Industrial Strategy…… and committed an additional £7 billion to science and innovation – clear progress towards our target of total R&D spending reaching 2.4% of the economy.But technology does not stand still, and neither can we.So, to maintain the UK’s technological edge, we will invest £79 million in ARCHER2, a new supercomputer to be hosted at Edinburgh University……I am told that it’s up to five times faster than the current generation……capable of a staggering ten thousand trillion calculations per second…(And I am told Mr Speaker that with the right algorithms it might even be able to come up with a solution to the backstop.)I am allocating £45 million of NPIF funding to the European Bioinformatics Institute – ensuring Britain’s continued lead in genomics research;I will guarantee our commitment to the UK’s funding for the JET nuclear fusion reactor, whatever happens with Brexit…and invest £81 million in a new Extreme Photonics Centre in Oxfordshire to develop new types of lasers -Literally the cutting edge of technology, Mr Speaker.The digital economy presents enormous opportunities……but enormous challenges as well.I have already responded to concerns about unfairness in the tax system with a new Digital Services Tax so that digital platform companies pay their fair share.But we also need to adapt our regulatory environment to ensure competition works for consumers in the digital market place, as it does in the real market place.I asked Professor Jason Furman, Barack Obama’s former Chief Economist, to review competition in the digital market place.And I welcome his report – published today. He sets out far-reaching recommendations including new powers for consumers and an overhaul of competition regulation……updating our regulatory model for the digital age.And as a first step towards implementing reforms, I am asking the Competition and Markets Authority to undertake a market study of the digital advertising market as soon as possible.Mr Speaker, the UK will remain a great place to do digital business……but it will be a place where successful global tech giants pay their fair share……where competition policy works in consumers’ interests……and where the public are protected from online harms.Under this government, Britain will lead the world in delivering a digital economy that works for everyone.Mr Speaker,[Political content redacted] a well-regulated market economy is the best – indeed, the only – way to deliver a brighter future for our country.Our challenge is to demonstrate to the next generation that our market economy can fulfil their aspirations and speak to their values.So, before I finish, I want to talk about two subjects dear to them: Housing and the environment.Last year, housing delivery exceeded 220,000 additional homes.…the highest level in all but one of the last 31 years.Mr Speaker, our ambitious plan to restore the dream of home ownership to millions of younger people is already delivering:Planning reform to release land in areas where the pressure is greatest;A five-year, £44 billion housing programme, to help raise annual housing supply to 300,000 by the mid-2020s;the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme;abolition of Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers……which has so far helped 240,000 people onto the property ladder……and restored the proportion of first-time buyers to above 50% for the first time in a generation.And today I can announce:A new £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee scheme, to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes;The launch next month of the £1 billion Enable Build SME guarantee fund that I announced at Budget;And £717 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock up to 37,000 new homes on sites in West London, Cheshire, Didcot, and Cambridge……the latter two being at opposite ends of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc……for which I am publishing a new vision statement today.Mr Speaker, as with the challenge of adapting to the digital age……so with the challenge of shaping the carbon neutral economy of the future……we must apply the creativity of the marketplace to deliver solutions to one of the most complex problems of our time – climate change……and build sustainability into the heart of our economic model.The UK is already leading the world – reducing the carbon intensity of our economy faster than any other G20 country……with ambitious and legally binding targets for the future.Today I can announce our next steps:First, we will publish a call for evidence on whether all passenger carriers should be required to offer genuinely additional carbon offsets……so that customers who want ‘zero carbon travel’ have that option……and can be confident about additionality.Second, we will help small businesses cut their carbon emissions and their energy bills, publishing today a call for evidence on the Business Energy Efficiency Scheme that I announced at the Budget.Third, we will publish proposals to require an increased proportion of green gas in the grid, advancing decarbonisation of our mains gas supply.And finally, we will introduce a Future Homes Standard, mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new houses from 2025.Mr Speaker,Delivering lower carbon – and lower fuel bills too.But Mr Speaker,Climate change is not our only environmental challenge.We are already consulting on new tax and regulatory measures to tackle the scourge of plastic waste defacing our countryside and choking our oceans…Now, for the first time in 60 million years, the number of species worldwide is in sustained mass decline.The UK’s 1,500 species of pollinators deliver an estimated £680 million annual value to our economy – so there is an economic, as well as an environmental, case for protecting the diversity of the natural world.So, following consultation, the government will use the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate biodiversity net gain for development in England……ensuring that the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing is not at the expense of vital biodiversity.But this is a global problem Mr Speaker……so later this year, the UK government will launch a comprehensive global review of the link between biodiversity and economic growth……to be led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge.We in this House Mr Speaker should be proud that the UK, with its Overseas Territories, has already declared more than 3m square kilometres of Marine Protected Area. And today I can announce our intention to designate a further 445,000 square kilometers of ocean around Ascension Island as Marine Protected Area.[Political content removed]…taking action today on our pledge to be the first in history to leave our environment in a better condition than we found it.Mr Speaker,Before I conclude, I have three further short announcements to make.First, in response to rising concern by Headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.I congratulate those Honourable Members who have campaigned on this issue on all sides of this House and my RHF the Education Secretary will announce further details in due course.Second, I announced a year ago that we would take definitive action to tackle the scourge of late payments for our small businesses. A full response to last year’s call for evidence will be published shortly, but I can announce today that as a first step we will require company Audit Committees to review payment practices, and report on them in their Annual Accounts. My RHF the Business Secretary will announce further details in due course – and I congratulate the FSB, in particular, on its tireless campaign on this issue.Third, Mr Speaker, the recent surge in knife-crime represents a personal tragedy for the scores of families of victims, and I know I can speak for the whole House when I offer my deepest sympathies to them. We must, and we will, stamp out this menace.Police funding is due to rise by up to £970 million from April. Many Police & Crime Commissioners have already committed to using this extra funding to recruit and train additional police officers.But that takes time. And action is needed now.So, the Prime Minister and I have decided, exceptionally, to make available immediately to police forces in England and Wales an additional £100 million over the course of the next year, ring-fenced to pay for additional overtime targeted specifically on knife crime……and for new Violent Crime Reduction Units to deliver a wider cross-agency response to this epidemic.Ahead of the Spending Review, my RHF the Home Secretary will work with the police to consider how best to prioritise resources going forward, including newly funded manpower, to ensure a lasting solution to the problem.Mr Speaker, to be frank.Last night’s events mean we are not where I hoped we would be today.Our economy is fundamentally robust…But the uncertainty I hoped we would lift last night, still hangs over it.We cannot allow that to continue:It is damaging our economy……and it is damaging our standing and reputation in the world.Tonight, we have a choice:we can remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy.Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward……towards building a consensus across this House……for a deal we can, collectively support, to exit the EU in an orderly way……to a future relationship that will allow Britain to flourish……protecting jobs and businesses;We have huge opportunities ahead of us:Our Capital is the world’s financial centre;Our Universities are global powerhouses of discovery and innovation;Our businesses are at the cutting edge of the tech revolution;And we have shown that we are not shy, as a nation, of the tasks that lie ahead:We are addressing the environmental challenges that threaten our planet;We are building the homes that the next generation desperately need;We are investing in our future……tackling the productivity gap……and embracing technological change, rising to its challenges and seizing its opportunities;Our potential is clear;Our advantages are manifest;We are the fifth largest economy in the world…A proud, successful, outward-looking nation……with no limit to our ambition……and no boundaries to what we can achieve.A brighter future is within our grasp;Tonight, let’s take a decisive step towards seizing it……and building a Britain fit for the future;A Britain the next generation will be proud to call their home.I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

first_imgColorado based jamtronica outfit Skydyed is set to make their debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend, playing as part of the Global Dance Festival! It’s a great time to get down with Skydyed, as the group recently released their debut album, A Quantum Dream, earlier this year. The new release sees this group pushing their creative capacities to new heights, and it all comes together in the live setting.To get you in the mood for Skydyed’s big summer ahead, which also includes plays at festivals like Backwoods Music Festival and Sundown in Texas, we’re delighted to share some prime live footage of the band at work. Taken from their May 27th, 2016 performance at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO, this live footage of the band playing “Mind’s Eye” is sure to get you grooving. The Quantum Dream track is a great one!“Playing at Belly Up is always such a treat for us. The drive through the Rockies out to Aspen is absolutely gorgeous, the venue is top-notch, and the crowd always shows us love. Aspen definitely knows how to get down,” said Andrew Slattery. Check out “Mind’s Eye” from Belly Up below!And you can watch the full show video below:Since Skydyed’s debut in 2014, the electrifying trio has made big waves in the Colorado music scene, and today is poised as one of today’s hottest emerging live-electronic bands. With roots in rock, funk, and jazz, Andrew Slattery (bass and synth), Max Doucette (guitar and synth), and Shane Eagen (drums) create a dynamic musical journey that mesmerizes audiences with every performance. Intertwining organic live instrumentation with electronic production, soulful jams and profound break-beats, the band strives to spread positive vibrations through music.The band’s members come from diverse musical backgrounds, and together they have developed a deep appreciation for music’s power to transcend language and move people in mysterious ways, which is precisely what the band accomplishes on A Quantum Dream. Featuring high-energy, head banging tracks such as “Grow” and “Mind’s Eye,” as well as softer, mellow songs like “Endless Space” and “Mushroom,” A Quantum Dream truly takes the listener on a melodic journey through a multitude of emotions and sonic landscapes. With jams perfect for relaxation, partying, and everything else in between, A Quantum Dream is a truly imaginative creation that fulfills Skydyed’s artistic vision and redefines the boundaries of Live-Electronica.Don’t miss Skydyed on the road this summer! You can see their upcoming tour dates below, and find more information via their official website.Skydyed Tour DatesJuly 10 Global Dance Festival Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, COJuly 22 SubOctave Music Festival Houston, MNAug 5 Arise Music Festival Loveland, COSept 1 Backwoods Music Festival Stroud, OKSept 15 Sundown at Granada Dallas, TXlast_img read more

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaWhen you think of holiday food and your freezer, don’t think justof leftovers. Think of “planned-overs,” too.Planning ahead can make good use of your freezer and your time,says Elizabeth Andress, director of the National Center for HomeFood Preservation hosted by the University of Georgia College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.”There are many advantages of freezing prepared foods,” Andresssaid.Cooking ahead and freezing theprepared foods enables you to: Be safeIf you cook ahead and freeze the prepared foods, though, rememberthat even fully cooked foods can grow bacteria if you don’t carefor them properly after you cook them.”Cool cooked foods quickly for safety and freshness,” Andresssaid. “Keeping foods at room temperature for several hours beforefreezing increases chances of spoilage and foodborne illness.”To cool hot food faster, put it in a pan or sink of ice water.This is especially important, she said, when preparing largeamounts of food. Change the ice water often or run cold wateraround the pan. When the food is cool, package and freeze itimmediately.What’s your bag?A recent NCHFP survey found that nearly everyone (94.4 percent)prefers to freeze foods in plastic freezer bags. You don’t haveto use plastic bags, though. There are many choices.”Packaging materials must be moisture-vapor-resistant, durableand leakproof,” Andress said. “Bags shouldn’t become brittle andcrack at low temperatures. They should be resistant to oils,grease or water. Packaging should protect foods from absorptionof off-flavors or odors. They should be easy to seal, too, andeasy to write on.”Good freezing materials include rigid containers made ofaluminum, glass, plastic or stainless steel. Bags and sheets ofmoisture-vapor-resistant wraps and laminated papers madespecifically for freezing are good choices, too.”Package foods in the amounts you want to use at one time,”Andress said. “Once food is thawed, it spoils more quickly thanfresh foods. Be sure to label each package with contents anddate.”Troublesome foodsSome foods don’t freeze well.”Milk sauces sometimes curdle and separate when frozen,” Andresssaid. “Stirring while reheating helps keep the product smooth.Using waxy rice flour or waxy corn flour as the thickener alsohelps to fix the problem.”Gravy also tends to separate and curdle when thawed, she said.”It’s better to freeze broth and make gravy just before serving,”she said. “Or use waxy rice flour or waxy corn flour as thethickener.”Cooked, creamed vegetables tend to lose flavor fast when frozen.Don’t put them in the freezer unless you’ll use them within threeweeks. Vegetables packed in sauce tend to retain their flavorlonger.Cook your vegetables, cool them quickly and then add sauce.Package them in freezer containers, leaving space to allow forexpansion.Lettuce, other greens, cucumbers, radishes and celery losecrispness and become soggy when you thaw them. Raw potatoes don’tfreeze well, either.Slice the turkeyFreezing whole, cooked turkeys isn’t considered safe.”As with any food, the time needed for freezing to take place inthe center of the item is the critical factor,” Andress said.”Trying to freeze a large mass like a whole cooked and stuffedturkey can keep the center warm enough for the hours it takessome bacteria to multiply to harmful levels.”Slice the turkey off the bone and package it in usable amounts,she said. Freeze stuffing separately, so it freezes quickly, too.One last disappointment: don’t save your holiday chocolatecovered cherries in the freezer. Expansion during freezing causesthem to break open.(April Reese is a writer for the National Center for Home FoodPreservation with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences.) Prepare food at your convenience.Use the oven more efficiently by baking more than one dish ata time.Save time by doubling or tripling recipes and freezing theextra planned-overs.Save small portions, if you cook for one or two.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Four times a year, credit union professionals from around the U.S., and some from around the globe, gather for a one week credit union “boot-camp” filled with lessons in principles, philosophy, history and more. In fact, we just completed the first training of the year with 45 new Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs)!While many aspects of what goes on during Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training remain unknown to those who haven’t joined the secret circle, there is one aspect of the training that is well known – it is life changing. Often times this experience helps credit union professionals to discover and ignite a passion they didn’t know existed, which ultimately benefits their credit union career and the credit union movement as a whole.To highlight the incredible successes that can come from attending DE Training, we have started capturing the stories of past attendees and learning how DE has changed their life. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSky Sports has announced 25 of its 64 matches will be free-to-air on its Pick channel, while the BBC has the rights to screen four games on terrestrial TV.It will be the first time the BBC has shown any live English top-flight action since 1988. Amazon will make its four Premier League matches in the remainder of the 2019/20 season free-to-air as broadcasters prepare for the return of the English top-flight.The Premier League is set to resume behind closed doors on June 17 after being suspended since March due to the coronavirus.All 92 remaining fixtures will be televised live and Amazon has a small package of games. Topics :center_img Unlike earlier this season, fans will not need a Prime membership to watch fixtures on the online platform.”Like the rest of the country, we are excited to see the Premier League return to action,” said Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe.”We will be making all four of Amazon Prime Video’s additional fixtures in the 2019-20 season available free of charge. Fans will not need a Prime membership to view the games on Prime Video.”The online streaming service entered the competitive Premier League live rights market in 2018, changing the landscape of British sports broadcasting.last_img read more

first_img“When I was going back for the winter break, my parents had a boy lined up for me to meet,” she said.”So to de-stress from that I started creating this list of all the crazy things I used to do, or that my cousins used to do, to try to discourage the Rishta aunties.”UndesirableIn “Arranged!”, the girls attempt to deter auntie by drawing cards with commands like getting a tattoo, wearing a sleeveless shirt, talking about pursuing a career, or being seen hugging a male friend.But cards like being able to make a perfectly round roti flat bread, or having a sister who is known to be very obedient to her in-laws, move auntie closer to a player.When the board game was released in 2017, it drew anger from some acquaintances in Pakistan – but the media attention also made Balagamwala an undesirable wife in the eyes of the aunties and convinced her family to stop pressing her to marry.”My dad essentially said, ‘You wanted to not get married and now you’ve made sure you won’t do that’,” she said.She was contacted by dozens of young women, mostly in India, who said the game helped them to start conversations with their families and opened their eyes to the stress they felt.”I’m hoping that with the game someone else will be inspired to be like, ‘No, I can break free too’,” Balagamwala said in “Gamemaster”, which follows the lives of four game designers.One unexpected outcome was a deluge of marriage proposals on social media – but Balagamwala said her family have accepted that she will not marry any time soon.”Now they’re like, ‘You do you, find your own guy,” laughed Balagamwala, who is studying for a master’s degree exploring the links between design and social justice at Harvard University.”There is still a little bit of that stress in their hearts and minds where they are like, ‘Oh my God, she’s 27 and there’s no boy on the horizon’ so I think that stresses them out.”It doesn’t stress me out at all.” When Nashra Balagamwala’s Pakistani family started pressuring her into an arranged marriage, she decided to get creative to avoid the myriad of suitors being foisted upon her.Like many young women in South Asia, she was targeted by older women, nicknamed Rishta aunties, who wanted to pair her up with eligible men.”It truly started when I was 18, right as my sister got married … literally, the day of wedding, all the aunties started coming up to me and saying, ‘You’re next, you’re next’,” said Balagamwala, now aged 27 and living in New York. Topics :center_img “I’d wear the fake engagement rings, or whenever an auntie was looking I’d pour an extra helping of food on my plate,” she said, as the matchmakers considered women who didn’t watch their figure to be less desirable brides.Those real-life strategies inspired her to create the board game “Arranged!” where players take the role of teenage girls trying to escape an ‘auntie’, which features in “Gamemaster”, a documentary about aspiring game designers released this month.Arranged marriages – where a couple are matched by family members – are common in South Asia. Whilst it is different from forced marriage, many young people face intense pressure to wed and start a family shortly after reaching adulthood.Wanting a different life, Balagamwala convinced her family to allow her to wait until she was 21 – and as she reached the deadline as a student at Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, she came up with the idea for the game.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce LED Energy-Saving Initiative at Annual Governor’s Residence Earth Day Celebration SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 22, 2019center_img Environment,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In accordance with Governor Wolf’s 2019 GreenGov Executive Order, Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced a new LED lighting initiative during the third annual public Earth Day celebration at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.“We are proud to announce that the Governor’s Residence has taken important steps to convert all interior lighting from traditional bulb to energy-saving, efficient LEDs,” the First Lady said. “The return on investment for these new bulbs will occur in just six months – a smart move from both an environmental and economic standpoint.”The governor and first lady were joined at the Earth Day Celebration by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Curt Topper.“Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to appreciate the tremendous natural environment we have in Pennsylvania and set an example for how everyone can reduce their carbon footprint to help protect it,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “With signs of climate change increasing, Governor Wolf has set state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and all Pennsylvanians have a part to play. DEP is committed to leading by example in our offices and to providing guidance and funding that enable other state and local leaders, business owners, community organizations, and citizens to take action.”Governor Wolf’s GreenGov Executive Order requires Pennsylvania to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. Governor Wolf has also established the GreenGov Council to improve energy efficiency across Commonwealth agencies, reducing Pennsylvania’s climate change contributions and saving taxpayers money. The Department of Environmental Protection has released strategies to lower greenhouse gas emissions through increased solar power energy and increased use of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.Secretary Dunn noted DCNR’s contributions to the Governor’s Residence and the Earth Day gathering, including planter boxes made by the Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps; installation and planting of a rain garden; and distribution of free white pine seedlings to residence visitors.“Whether it’s energy conservation or waterways protection, the enhancements seen, and information offered here today are directly in line with our department’s mission,” Dunn said, “DCNR is proud to be a partner in this annual observation.”Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper noted that through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA), the commonwealth has made an $89.9 million investment in 10 projects to renovate state facilities with energy efficiency measures that once complete, will result in carbon dioxide emissions being cut by approximately 17,000 tons which is the equivalent of more than 37,000 trees planted annually, removing over 3,100 cars off the road yearly and the annual energy usage of 1,500 homes. In addition, the completed projects will produce $4.6 million in savings annually.The program enables the commonwealth to take on energy efficiency projects at state facilities paying for them over time with the annual savings from reduced utility consumption, rather than using commonwealth funds for upfront capital investments.“Through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Program, the state reduces our carbon footprint, lowers our energy bills to fund new construction projects and ultimately generates savings for the commonwealth,” Topper noted. “We are not only protecting the environment, but we are also protecting the use of taxpayer dollars. It’s a true win-win for everyone involved.”Additional green features of the Governor’s Residence interior and grounds include:Rain barrels. The Residence utilizes several rain barrels placed strategically throughout the property to reuse and prevent storm water runoff.Solar panels on south-facing roof of Residence. The panels provide not only a source of clean electricity to the Residence, but also an uninterrupted power supply of renewable energy for critical communications systems. Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system, which replaced existing electric resistance heating. GSHP systems, also called geothermal heat pumps, concentrate existing heat, rather than burning fossil fuels to release energy. The GSHP system provides heat as well as supplemental cooling to the Residence.Reduction of paper products where possible. This includes a major reduction in the use of paper plates, paper and plastic cups, and bottled water daily at events held at the Residence.Recycling of glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard.Herb and vegetable gardens. The Residence is currently home to an herb garden and raised vegetable beds, the produce from which is used for cooking at the Residence. Hydroponic garden. To address the need for fresh herbs and vegetables that do not grow well on the Residence grounds or are needed for events in harsh winter months, Residence staff recently built an indoor hydroponic garden.Working and observation beehives. In additional to honey-producing beehives, the Residence installed observation beehives in 2017 so children can view the honey-making process and learn how important bees are to the environment and how the honey for culinary purposes at the Residence.last_img read more

first_imgThree London boroughs that currently jointly manage £2.3bn (€2.9bn) in local authority pension assets are to review their resource-sharing arrangement.The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F), which in May’s local elections went from being run by the Conservative Party to being a Labour Party borough, said a review of all its joint services with two neighbouring councils would look to improve performance.The borough currently jointly administers a number of its services with Westminister and Kensington and Chelsea councils, which have local authority pension schemes (LGPS) worth £880m and £630m, respectively.Hammersmith and Fulham’s own £763m LGPS currently shares a treasury department with the two other councils, with the officers conducting the required due diligence for all asset management and other mandate awards. However, decisions on where each individual fund should invest remains with the local council, although all three have a number of providers in common.The review will be led by Andrew Adonis, a transport secretary under former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown.A spokesman for H&F confirmed that all areas of cooperation would be reviewed, including the tri-borough treasury set-up, but said it was too early to provide details.In a statement on the review, the council said it would examine the potential for widening its model of cooperation beyond the three local authorities.Adonis stressed the need for value-for-money arrangements due to the restricted budgets facing councils.“The tri-borough arrangements are innovative but it is right that, after more than two years of operation, there is an independent review,” he said.“I hope we will be able to compare and contrast with other effective organisations and offer some useful insights and proposed ways forward.”In a report presented at H&F’s most recent pensions committee, the council noted it was happy with the “benefits of resilience and sharing of ideas” since the tri-borough treasury team had been in place since 2012.“It is also leading to more competitive fees from external providers through joint procurement and common mandates where they are appropriate for each fund,” it said.In addition to cooperating on investment management matters, two of the boroughs are undertaking a joint tendering exercise to appoint a new custodian, while all three are advising London Councils on the proposed launch of a London-wide common investment vehicle (CIV) for the capital’s LGPS.A move away from the cooperative approach on pension matters is unlikely despite the review, as the three councils have often been championed as an example of how cooperation can lower costs for the LGPS.Additionally, the Department for Communities and Local Government recently concluded a consultation that looked at greater efficiencies within the LGPS, with one of the suggestions being the launch of a limited number of LGPS-wide CIVs.last_img read more

first_img Share Should there be a junk food tax?Eating like the English could save 4,000 lives a year in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a study claims.People in England eat more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing heart disease and some cancers, say Oxford University experts.A tax on fatty and salty foods and subsidies on fruit and vegetables could help close the diet divide, they add.The British Heart Foundation says the study shows inequalities in the nations that must be addressed by authorities.Death rates for heart disease and cancer are higher in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland than in England, according to official figures.Diet is known to be an important factor. Last year researchers estimated that more than 30,000 lives a year would be saved if everyone in the UK followed dietary guidelines on fat, salt, fibre, and fruit and vegetables.Now, the same experts – from the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford – have turned their attention to differences within the UK.They looked at whether deaths from heart disease, stroke and 10 cancers linked with poor diet could be prevented in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, if everyone switched to the typical English diet.They say the diet in England is far from perfect – but should be achievable in other UK countries.Over the three years studied there were nearly 22,000 excess deaths in total. Scotland had 15,719, Wales 3,723 and Northern Ireland 2,329.Hamburger taxLead researcher Dr Peter Scarborough of the Health Promotion Research Group said: “The chief dietary factor that is driving this mortality gap is fruit and vegetables. “Consumption of fruit and vegetables in Scotland is around 12% lower than in England, and consumption in Northern Ireland is about 20% lower than in England. Consumption levels in Wales are similar. “Other important factors are salt and saturated fat consumption, which are lower in England than in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.”The researchers believe one way to tackle the “mortality gap” is to bring in food taxes.Denmark recently introduced a tax on foods high in saturated fat, while other countries are toying with the idea of taxing fizzy drinks or high-calorie foods.Dr Scarborough told the BBC that while the study did not consider the effectiveness of policies and interventions, the area should be investigated.He said: “Junk food taxes and subsidies of fruit and veg could be a very important tool in addressing health inequalities in the UK.”The researchers say they used the English diet as their model not because it is particularly healthy, but because it is regarded as an achievable goal.Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This research isn’t about bragging rights to the English or tit-for-tat arguments about how healthy our traditional dishes might be.“This is a useful exercise in comparing influential differences in diet across the UK, namely calorie intake and fruit and veg consumption. However, saying the rest of the UK should follow England’s lead to cut heart deaths isn’t a foolproof solution; a quarter of English adults are obese and only 30% eat their five-a-day.“The findings have thrown up some clear inequalities in the four nations and our governments must do everything they can to create environments that help people make healthy choices.”The research is published in the medical journal BMJ Open.By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News website Share Tweet HealthLifestyle English-style diet ‘could save 4,000’ in rest of UK by: – November 7, 2011center_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more