first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. One in three of the UK’s top board directors say skills shortages are themost important problem facing their company. That statistic alone is enough toconvince us all that the Government should be applauded for its £20m investmentin promoting union learning representatives in the workplace. But as is often the case with the DTI, it is rushing into implementationlater this year without the practical guidance to support employers (see page1). Many firms are justifiably concerned about the role of union learning repsin relation to existing company training departments. What remit will they have and how broad will their influence be? Will theyconcentrate on improving basic writing and numeracy among workers or go furtherthan that? Can they commission training and who pays if they do? Any initiative aimed at motivating more adults to learn is a good one andtrade unions have a big role to play in making training a top priority. Butsuch schemes will duplicate effort and undermine employers if they are notintroduced properly. Partnership is an over-used term, but in this instance itreally is essential. The Government, employers and the unions should be pullingtogether to make this effective by setting up pilots to show what can be doneand sharing best practice. Improving skills is good for business and the workforce, but UKorganisations have a mountain to climb: one in five adults do not have theliteracy or numeracy skills of secondary school starters; French and Germanworkers are better educated; and the Government estimates that, by 2010, 70 percent of new jobs in the UK economy will need degree-level skills. Addressingthis with some urgency is crucial. Few employers have made any specific provision for union learningrepresentatives, yet the majority agree that the principle is a sound one. Withjust months to go before learning reps gain statutory powers, employers needstep-by-step guidance now – future prosperity depends on it. By Jane King is editor of Personnel Today Comments are closed. DTI needs to clarify of learning repsOn 25 Feb 2003 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgI’ll never forget the scene around me when the news broke. We had just pulled into the village of Watkins Glen. We milled outside a local bar, where we’d meet up with a group of friends to caravan into the campgrounds. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Spirits were high. And just like that, Curveball was cancelled. Some people cried. Some people got mad. Some people panicked. Most were just in shock. We were there…so close.As we pulled into the festival gates, the police on duty confirmed the bad news we already knew. “Festival’s cancelled,” said one sympathetic officer, “but you can party as hard as you want until noon tomorrow.” I think it helped to see the grounds, to continue with the Thursday tradition of finding friends and catching up unimpeded. People donned their Saturday night regalia, pulled out every last glow stick they’d brought for the weekend. There was laughter. There were tears. It was almost like a funeral gathering. Everyone was heartbroken but so grateful to be together, to see their loved ones, to commiserate. We all wished it was under happier circumstances, but you can’t change the hand you’re dealt.On Thursday night, as dejected fans wandered the grounds, people traded stories about how Curveball threw a wrench in their plans, about where they were when they heard the news. Each one was more heartbreaking than the last. One couple was planning to get married over the weekend and was scouting locations for the wedding on site when the announcement came in. Others had quit their jobs to be there. People had travelled from all over the country and the world and were now stranded until their flights home on Monday and Tuesday. One fan had flown in from Jerusalem. Another, from New Zealand. Another, from Korea. Many people never made it to Watkins Glen at all. Nobody was immune. Nobody was prepared. We had all been thrown a nasty curveball.The next morning, we scattered, soggy and muddy and unsure of what to do next. But while there was no more festival to go to, the wonderful group of people that attends these events—the secret ingredient of every Phish fest—was determined to make the best of it. The rest of the weekend coalesced under a unifying theme: making lemonade. While Thursday and Friday were littered with stories of loss and disappointment, Saturday and Sunday were highlighted by the fans’ defiant commitment to finding positives in this negative situation.People headed to Knuckleball, a pop-up festival not far from Watkins thrown together in the wake of the cancellation. Some found campsites in the area, where they set up camp and celebrated with their friends anyway. Some went to Niagara Falls. Others set up their tents in their living rooms. Our crew made its way back to New York City, where we built ourselves a “day set” out of the exhibits we saw at the Natural History Museum and imagined what could have been as we strolled through Strawberry Fields.Despite the objective shittiness of the Curveball cancellation, Phish’s fans spent the weekend defiantly having fun anyway. We didn’t take our wristbands off until Monday morning, and I’m proud of that fact. That’s the thing about this band. A Phish festival is about more than just Phish. It’s about the people Phish brings together, the connections you make, the adventures you have together. We still came together. We still made new connections. We still had unexpected adventures. We’ll be telling these stories forever. Looking back, I can say with conviction that, despite the obvious obstacles, I genuinely had fun this weekend. Most people I saw and spoke to agreed. It wasn’t the weekend we intended to have, but good or bad, it was a weekend none of us will forget. I’ll leave you with this. As we stood along the concert field fence on Thursday evening, gazing over the grounds in a haze of disbelief and disappointment, I overheard a conversation between two fans.“Well, this has to be the worst day in Phish history. Worse than Coventry,” said the first. “Sure, that was a shit show, but at least we got to see the band play.”“Not a chance,” the second said, quickly and assertively shutting down the notion. “At Coventry, we wasted away in the mud and rain while we watched our favorite band play for the last time ever. Then we went home with nothing to look forward to.”This sucks, Curveball family. There’s no way around it. The fans that burned their money and time off to get there. The vendors that spent thousands on merch and food to sell. The volunteers and artists that slaved for days in the rain and mud to build this beautiful playground, only to take it down before anyone could enjoy it. The town that lost out on millions of dollars in local commerce. The band that never got to perform… Nobody won this weekend.But we’ve also got Dick’s in a couple weeks. We’ve got fall tour in a couple months. We’ve got little birdies chirping about New Year’s runs and returns to Riviera Maya in the works. Eventually, they’ll throw another festival, and we’ll love it that much more for having lost this one.We may not have a Curveball, but we’ve still got a band. And so, we forge on. I went to Curveball this past weekend.“Wait,” you’re thinking. “What’s this guy talking about? Curveball got cancelled.” You’re right, of course. Not a single note was played. But despite that, Curveball was very real. It was all there. The setup was beautiful. The art installations were incredible. The billboard signs along the fence—which weren’t finished until Sunday at Magnaball—were completed and ready to welcome us. Jim Pollock had painted us a wonderful mural. As he lamented in a Facebook post, “you would have loved it.” Anyone who stepped on the grounds felt the Phish festival feelings they never forgot. As one of the signs on the grounds offered on behalf of the band, “We are so glad you are here.” And they really were.Amid the various art installations in the venue was “BIG SILVER,” the focal point of the Curveball grounds. As noted in the Curveball program booklets, most of which never made it out of their boxes, “Steps from the concert field, and towering nearly six stories off the ground, BIG SILVER is a massive chrome sphere, surrounded by constellations of smaller orbs. During the day, come by BIG SILVER to relax and reflect on the world around you. Come sunset, the constellations come to life and offer visual and audio delights deep into the night.”Testing “BIG SILVER” At Curveball[Video: paul languedoc]The Curveball Guide merely hinted at the magic that was due to emanate from that giant chrome sphere. Mounted above a raised platform, BIG SILVER was surrounded by stacks of PAs and lights, facing both inward toward the ball and outward toward the crowd. Rumors have floated about a video element, incorporating the reflective translucence of the sphere to full effect. Smoke machines were affixed to the platform below BIG SILVER, and a trapdoor underneath it seemed to portend a certain four guys appearing beneath the ball late Saturday night for a secret set for the ages. Now, the secrets of BIG SILVER will never be revealed. Now, we’ll never know…last_img read more

first_imgDespite Wednesday’s expected high of 31 degrees, the Siegfried Hall Ramblers will be wearing only T-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their annual Day of Man. The event aims to promote solidarity with the homeless — many of whom do not have adequately warm clothing during winter months — and collect funds for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, junior Michael Hernick, Day of Man co-commissioner said.“Last year we raised $22,000, so I mean, our goal for this year is to beat that again,” junior Isaac Althoff, Day of Man co-commissioner, said. “That was $9,000 over our previous record, so [to] just keep pushing the record up there is always the goal.”Siegfried Hall president, sophomore Sam Bishop, participated in the Day of Man last year and said the event is “a lot of fun” despite the cold temperatures.“Probably my best memory is standing outside of South Dining Hall for an hour in the freezing cold, and I was dressed as a banana and we had some funny signs, and just having a lot of fun with the passersby and people laughing at us,” Bishop said. “It hurts because it’s very cold. Your fingers and toes start to hurt, but it’s worth it.” Hernick said when he participated in the Day of Man during his freshman year, the temperature was between 15 to 20 degrees, and it was “snowing sideways.”“I remember I was standing outside [LaFortune Student Center] with one of my friends, and then on the way back, it was really cold out, obviously,” Hernick said. “We decided to sprint back to Siegfried, and then he slipped and dropped his cup, so I had to stand there in the cold helping him pick up all his money. … I felt like my fingers were about to fall off, and I was really mad at the moment, but it’s a good laugh now.”The Day of Man gives Siegfried students the opportunity to bond, Althoff said.“It’s definitely an event that everyone looks forward to,” Althoff said. “People wake up in the morning and they cut their shirts and make them even more scanty. It’s just a big group thing.”Bishop said suffering in the cold helps the men of Siegfried empathize with the homeless and gives them a sense of perspective.“It definitely bonds us because one of the main points of Day of Man — maybe the most valuable thing in it — is an expression of solidarity with the poor, with those who are exposed,” Bishop said. “In expressing that solidarity with them, we are also expressing it with each other. So we suffer together, we stand outside together. We do all of it together for others.”According to Hernick, raising awareness of homelessness is necessary, and a group from Siegfried volunteers at the Center for the Homeless every Saturday.“The goal of the whole day is obviously to raise some money, but it’s also to raise awareness and to work really hard this one day so that people think about homelessness, and think about the problems it poses a little more the other 364 days of the year,” he said.Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, Siegfried Halllast_img read more

first_imgJudge Grube honored nationally March 15, 2003 Judge Peter Evans Regular News Judge Grube honored nationally Special to the NewsFlorida had a right to be proud when the governor of Nevada proclaimed it “Judge Karl Grube Day” in the state of Nevada.A “Legacy of Quality” became the key phrase as judges and judicial educators from across the country gathered in November in Reno to honor Pinellas County Judge Grube for his 20 years of service as a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College. Since 1983, Judge Grube has taught courses in both civil and criminal law, served as a course coordinator, and provided leadership as chair of the college’s faculty counsel.The NJC was founded in 1963, and is celebrating 40 years of service to the nation’s judiciary this year.Since its inception, the NJC has awarded more than 61,000 professional judicial education certificates. The NJC, located on the historic 255-acre Reno campus of the University of Nevada, is the country’s leading judicial education and training institution.The surprise celebration brought colleagues to honor Judge Grube from across the country. National Judicial College President William Dressel was the first presenter who lauded the judge as a “devoted judicial educator of the highest caliber.”Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Deborah Agosti presented Judge Grube with a special order and commendation signed by all the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court, thanking him for his contribution in providing the highest quality judicial education to judges of Nevada and the nation. Justice Agosti also delivered a proclamation from the governor of Nevada declaring a day in celebration of Judge Grube’s accomplishments in the field of judicial education.On behalf of the ABA, Rhode Island District Court Judge Robert Pirraglia also recognized Judge Grube for his service in the annual education programs of the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges.From the U.S. Department of Transportation, Brian Chodrow brought greetings from the Outreach Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Judge Grube was presented with a distinguished service award for his development and presentation of judicial education programs in the areas of impaired driving and judicial outreach.Palm Beach Judge Peter Evans, representing the Florida Conference of County Court Judges, also presented Judge Grube an award for the “Lifetime Contributions” he made to all the judges of Florida. In recognizing the “legacy of quality” left by Judge Grube, the award quoted Aristotle in stating: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”“It is a privilege and an honor to be selected to teach judges and see some of the knowledge that one imparts actually improving the delivery of justice in our courts,” Judge Grube said in accepting the honors.last_img read more