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News story: New Chair of the Social Mobility Commission recommended

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgEducation Secretary Damian Hinds has today (23 May) recommended Dame Martina Milburn as the preferred candidate for the position of Chair of the Social Mobility Commission.Dame Martina has been put forward as the preferred candidate after showing that she had the skills and experience to drive forward the work of improving equality of opportunities for disadvantaged young people. She has spent 14 years as Chief Executive of the Prince’s Trust, supporting more than 450,000 disadvantaged young people across the country in that time, with three in four of these going on to work, education or training.Since 2004 she has led work to remove the barriers too many young people still face, including more than 100,000 through ‘Achieve’ – an education programme that helps those at risk of exclusion from school – and projects that improve young people’s emotional wellbeing and resilience. Dame Martina also oversaw the charity’s expansion by integrating the Fairbridge personal development programme and Mosaic, a mentoring initiative, extending links with young people from deprived inner-city areas and those from Muslim communities.She is also a non-executive director of the National Citizen Service and the Capital City College Group, and was previously Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need and of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: The Chair of the Social Mobility Commission will hold the government and Ministers to account on its work to spread opportunity evenly across the country.The Secretary of State for Education will now ask Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, to arrange for the committee to meet Dame Martina. He will consider the committee’s conclusions before deciding whether to proceed with the appointment. Dame Martina has spent her career as a tireless champion for underprivileged children, young people and their families, providing better opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. Her leadership of the Prince’s Trust has improved the education, skills and self-esteem of thousands of young people, and will be key in progressing our social mobility agenda. I am grateful to her predecessor Alan Milburn, whose work as Chair of the Commission over five years shone a light on the injustices that still exist too frequently in this country. I look forward to working with Dame Martina as she works with us to eliminate them. It is a privilege to be put forward to Chair the Social Mobility Commission. I hope my experience of working closely with and listening to young people from different backgrounds will help make a difference. The recommendation comes as the Department for Education publishes its response to the Education Select Committee’s report on the future of the Social Mobility Commission.Dame Martina was chosen out of a competitive field of applicants, and demonstrated strong commitment to the values of the Commission during the assessment process.Dame Martina Milburn said:last_img read more

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Alan Evans Announces Debut Solo Album, ‘Nothing To Say’ [Video]

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgAlan Evans (Soulive, Matador! Soul Sounds) has announced the coming release of his first-ever solo album, Nothing To Say, set to arrive on May 10th via Vintage League Music. In addition to playing drums on the record, Nothing To Say also sees Evans step out from behind to kit to man vocal, guitar, and bass duties, traversing elements psychedelic rock, funk, soul to produce a unique sound and a powerful set of songs.Alan’s wide-ranging musicianship on the album is complemented by contributions from his brother and Soulive bandmate Neal Evans as well as Danny Mayer (Star Kitchen, Eric Krasno Band), Kris Yunker (Jen Durkin Band), Darby Wolf, Beau Sasser (Kung Fu), and Ryan Hommel.Recorded over a period of 4 years, the record brings together all the aspects of the music-making for which Alan is known and respected throughout the live music scene—from quality, tasteful songwriting to incredible drumming—and adds some of his lesser-known strengths like his gripping vocal performances.Below, you can check out a sneak preview of Alan Evans’ upcoming solo debut, Nothing To Say:Alan Evans – Nothing To Say – Teaser Video[Video: Vintage League]Alan Evans’ new album comes along with a pair of other spring releases from Vintage League. On April 12th, they will release Crowd Company‘s Live at the Jazz Café, which follows the band’s acclaimed, Alan Evans-produced album Stone & Sky. Led by Rob Fleming, one of the label’s partners, Crowd Company’s new live album brims with energy, catchy hooks, and vintage organ funk.Finally, on June 1st, Vintage Music will release The Wild Root, the debut album from Ae3—the Alan Evans Trio—a new collaborative project comprised of Alan Evans, Danny Mayer, and Kris Yunker. As the press release notes, the trio’s sound is hard-driving and groovy with deep, funky melodies and powerful, rhythmic counterplay. You can get a taste of the talented new group below:Ae3 – Nothing To Say – Teaser Video[Video: Vintage League]Vintage League Music is a boutique record label that creates a place where musicians and music lovers can come together and bond over their shared love of soulful music. As Evans notes in a press release, “We are not trying to recreate the past with our music but we are taking what we like from the past and present to create our distinct future.” Label partner Fleming adds, “Our label philosophy is quality over quantity. We want to keep our roster highly curated, with the common thread of soulfulness spanning the releases that span funk, psychedelic rock and soul. We are also striking the balance to embrace modern music technology, but still believe there is a strong place for analog releases and vinyl. We believe each release to be high quality in terms of the music and detailed attention to the overall release including artwork and packaging. We want to appeal to genuine music lovers.”For more info about Vintage League Music, head to the label website here.last_img read more

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Gbinije leads Syracuse past Long Beach State, gives Orange offense much-needed 3rd option as conference play nears

By on September 17, 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Michael Gbinije watched from the corner as a Tyler Roberson jump shot arced toward the net.Then Gbinije instinctively took two long strides toward the hoop and leapt for a rebound that bounced into his waiting hands. Next came an emphatic putback dunk that lit up the Carrier Dome crowd and left Gbinije hanging on the rim, his legs dangling like Long Beach State’s hot start.Syracuse was in the middle of a 13-2 first-half run and Gbinije was foreshadowing a game-long theme: Whenever the Orange heated up, its combo forward was the one lighting the flame.“Stuff like that just happens once in a blue moon,” Gbinije said. “I was feeling an adrenaline rush and the ball came off in a place where I could get it. It’s just a combination of luck and coincidence.”In all, Gbinije tallied a career-high 24 points and was the catalyst of what SU head coach Jim Boeheim called his team’s best offensive performance of the season. The Orange (8-4) beat the 49ers (5-9) 85-67 on Sunday in front of 22,508 fans, and Gbinije rounded out his performance with four 3s on six attempts, six rebounds and eight assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were leaving Mike, they did a little bit like St. John’s did (on Dec. 6) by coming back and helping inside,” Boeheim said. “And he made them pay. He can make that shot and it makes us a different team when he scores in those situations when he’s getting open shots.“I thought he was great today.”Long Beach State’s quick ball movement and sharp shooting created frustration early on. SU head coach Jim Boeheim screamed at point guard Kaleb Joseph before taking him out 1:29 into the game, and Ron Patterson didn’t last much longer as his replacement.LBSU guard Mike Caffey missed a layup on the break and David Samuels swooped in to tip it in. SU guard Trevor Cooney threw his hands in the air in frustration and looked up at the scoreboard. It read 14-4 in favor of the visitors.But then Gbinije got going and the Orange offense followed.After the putback dunk, Gbinije assisted on two Cooney 3s while hitting one of his own, which helped SU erase an early deficit and head into halftime with a 44-40 lead.“That’s what he does,” Cooney said. “He does it in practice all of the time and he has confidence in himself to come out and do it in games.”Gbinije provided more of the same in the second half, going on two 5-0 runs of his own to kickstart the Orange’s victory lap.It was a flurry of assists — including a pair of alley-oops to Rakeem Christmas — that ultimately buried Long Beach State, as Gbinije’s ball-handling and court vision replaced his long-range shooting as the game wound down.And aside from carving up a 49ers team that has beaten Kansas State and Xavier and lost close games to No. 9 Texas, San Diego State and No. 13 Washington, Gbinije shed light on Syracuse’s offensive potential.In SU’s 69-57 loss to St. John’s, the Red Storm took away Christmas and Cooney and dared other players to beat them from beyond the arc. The Orange shot 3-for-22 from 3 and didn’t receive enough production from its other perimeter threats. Gbinije had 13 points in that game, but Boeheim said that SU needed a shooter aside from Cooney to beat good teams.The 49ers came out with a near-identical defensive mindset, doubling Christmas in the post and blanketing Cooney off the ball and around screens. It opened the door for Gbinije, who hit 2-of-3 3s in the first half and then two more in the second. And when Long Beach State defenders closed out too hard, he put the ball on the floor before finding an open teammate or finishing at the rim.Syracuse made 30 field goals in the game and Gbinije had a hand in 18 of them. The Orange scored its most points since it beat Kennesaw State on opening night on Nov. 14, and it wasn’t a coincidence that its most versatile offensive player never left the floor.“When he’s scoring it really opens up opportunities for other guys because he’s a really unselfish player,” Joseph said. “And when he’s playing the way he is I think it gives other guys confidence, too.” Commentslast_img read more

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Blues give Craig Berube 3-year deal after historic Stanley Cup run

By on August 16, 2020

first_imgThe Blues finally have taken the interim tag off of coach Craig Berube.St. Louis announced Tuesday it has given Berube a three-year deal to be the team’s official head coach. He was named the interim coach Nov. 20 after Mike Yeo was relieved of his duties following a 7-9-3 start to the season. That physical play became the hallmark of the Blues’ playoff run and slowed down a Bruins’ team that swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals and had the second-best record in the NHL.Berube earned his promotion by making the right move in net for the organization as well as helping the team find a hard-nosed identity leading the Blues to a historic second-half and postseason run. His performance as the leader of St. Louis earned him a third-place finish for the Jack Adams Award which rewards the NHL’s coach of the year.”This is a proud day for me and my family,” Berube said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for this team and this organization and the city of St. Louis has embraced me as one of their own. This past season was the experience of a lifetime and I’m anxious to get started on our title defense.” Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo hands off cup to Jay Bouwmeester Berube led St. Louis to a 38-17-6 record over the remainder of the season and a second-place finish in the Central Division.More importantly, he led the Blues to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history as St. Louis defeated the Bruins in seven games after defeating the Jets, Stars and Sharks to get to the championship series. Related Newscenter_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly wins Conn Smythe Trophy “Craig made an enormous impact on our team when he took over last November,” general manager Doug Armstrong said, via the team’s website. “He restored our identity and provided our players with a clear sense of direction and purpose. The chemistry and trust that he developed with our players was integral in bringing our franchise the 2019 Stanley Cup.”The biggest move Berube made may have come in early January when he replaced starting goaltender Jake Allen with 25-year-old rookie Jordan Binnington. At that point in the season, the Blues had the worst record in the NHL at 16-18-4.After Binnington was named the starter, the Blues went 29-10-5 and earned a spot in the playoffs. Binnington went 24-5-1 as the team’s top goalie in the regular season and eventually set a rookie record with 16 playoff victories.Binnington finished second in the Calder Trophy voting for the NHL rookie of the year.As good as Binnington was, the defense improved substantially when the rookie took over. It gave up significantly less shots and forced more turnovers in the opponents’ zones, which led to more scoring on the offensive end.last_img read more

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KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED SECOND BEST CONVENIENCE STORE IN IRELAND

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgKelly’s Centra have been awarded with a SILVER MEDAL at the National Convenience Store awards ceremony which was held earlier this week.It’s yet more recognition for a business that has established itself as one of the best convenience stores not only locally but also nationally.With over 500 entrants, a rigorous elimination process was used to narrow down those nominated for the best convenience store in Ireland. Martin Kelly admitted that the fact they placed 2nd in the entire country is unbelievable acknowledgment and recognition for all the staff and management for their effortsMartin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We are regular industry award winners and it’s our goal to be the very best we can every single day.“We strive for that because we pride ourselves on our customer service excellence.KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED SECOND BEST CONVENIENCE STORE IN IRELAND was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardbusinessesFeaturesKelly’s CentraMountain Topnewslast_img read more

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