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first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s training newsElectric skills plan The Electricity Training Association, an industry skills body, has launcheda pilot e-learning scheme for staff in the sector. Designed by e-learningspecialist EBC, the Business of Power package will be used as an electronicinduction course for staff joining the industry. The course can be completedon-line or via CD-Rom and takes students through some key areas includingtransmission and safety.  www.electricity.org.ukCalling on e-learning Call2Contact, a scheme launched by E-skills UK to address staffing, trainingand skills in call centres has published the second consultation draft of theContact Centre Career and Skills Framework. It has been drawn up with inputfrom 50 employers in the sector and should be finalised by the end of July.   www.e-skills.comVocational centre South West Durham Training is set to receive £600,000 worth of governmentmoney to become one of five new national centres of vocational excellence. Asthe only pathfinder centre in the engineering sector it will focus ondeveloping skilled workers to meet the needs of prospective employers. Thecentre will be funded by the Learning and Skills Council and the Department forEducation and Skills.  www.dfes.gov.ukFocus on epilepsy The National Society for Epilepsy has designed a new range of trainingcourses for healthcare professionals. Designed in conjunction withBuckinghamshire Chilterns University College it will cover the diagnosis,assessment and treatment of epilepsy. The training is aimed at nurses, socialworkers, commissioning managers, occupational therapists and other relatedprofessions.  www.epilepsynse.org.ukTracking e-learning International oil drilling company M-I LLC is introducing a new system totrack and manage online learning for more than 5,000 employees in sevendifferent countries. The firm, owned by Smith International and Schlumberger,will use THINQ LMS to manage employee certifications as well as technical,safety and training from a centralised system.  www.thinq.comStreamlining training Czech Telecom has implemented an e-learning system allowing its 15,000 staffto train online. The initiative has enabled the telecoms provider to streamlineits current training and offer greater support to employee development. Thesystem was developed by Kontis and has cut training costs by 60 per cent. Thefirm will use Click2learn software.  www.click2learn.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. TrainingOn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

moe. Superfan Details The Incredible Journey To His 200th Show At Red Rocks

first_imgIf you are lucky enough to find someone or something that fills your life with light, frees you from your bonds and burdens, and gives you the inspiration to carry on, then you’d be a fool not to embrace it with all your heart. For eighteen years, from the first time I experienced the band called moe., to my recent magical 200th show at the revered Red Rocks Amphitheatre, I have done all I can to lose myself in the musical spell they cast. It’s safe to say you wouldn’t be reading these words if it wasn’t for the five friends from upstate New York and the wizardry they work.My name is Rex Thomson, and I’m a writer/photographer/videographer working for Live For Live Music. I’ve been given this opportunity to step out from behind the lens and the third person narrative voice, to get a bit personal on a topic that means the word to me: the band moe. For almost two decades, bassist Robert Derhak, guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey, percussionist Jim Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico have been performing the sound track of my life. Thanks to legendary guitar tech Frank Robbins, I even have some of the very tools they used to make that music during my 200th show!No one ends up seeing a band hundreds of times without a damn good reason, and I certainly have a few. First and foremost, the transformation I feel in myself during a show… it’s like being scrubbed clean of all of life’s cruddy residue on a spiritual level. I remember a swirling guitar crescendo at the tail end of a “Rebubula” that made me spread my arms wide to the waves of ringing perfection buffeting me in the crowd. It was completely involuntary, and I watched as if from beyond myself as it happened. It was bliss.Here’s an outstanding version of “Rebubula” from Mountain Jam, after it won a fan contest to pick a song for the set:Bliss is a pretty powerful concept, but until then it had been just that, a thought known but not understood. I’ve since learned of how powerful an effect your sense of hearing has on things like emotions and epiphanies through lots of science words. Long story short, humanity used to keep its collected knowledge and share its most basic concepts through song. We are programmed on a primal level to receive information on a mental and emotional level through music.Whatever subconscious burst of information I receive from those five minds fills me with a lasting inspiration that makes my every thought clearer and intention easier to form. Mixing laughter, fury and jaw dropping displays of musical skill and dexterity, moe. is sending out all the listener can handle and more. The rapport they share onstage makes it all the easier for fans to tune in and join the fun on the more ethereal planes.Without going to far into my final reason the band moe. means so much to me yet, I will say that some cognitive issues I face are all but gone after seeing the band, before slowly returning. Simply put, I am a better functioning, feeling human being after I spend some time seeing moe. play.I am here to tell you that not everyone finds perfect inspiration, but when it hits you, it changes everything. After first seeing the band in 1999, I made sure to catch them at any festival or show that came within striking distance. As the years flew by, the range I was willing to travel grew exponentially, all in an effort to plug into the white hot electric flow I first felt years ago. Saved ticket stubs piled up, and I continually had to find larger and larger receptacles for my treasures.In 2009, an opportunity to photograph the band’s annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois for a fly-by-night outlet gave me my first taste of life BEYOND the front row at a major event. My tendency to go on face melting mental adventures during their shows met the equally powerful experience of focusing on the visual spectacle of the lights and intense performances being laid down by the band and my fate was sealed. After three straight days of massive sets of music, all watched from about five feet away, I knew what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life.I quickly found out that I was nowhere near alone in my burgeoning devotion, emotional uplift or even willingness to travel. Though I was aware that moe., like many bands had a devoted traveling fan base, I hadn’t looked up long enough to learn the faces and names. My new gig changed all that, and the more moe. shows I went to across the nation, the more of the same faces I saw. The best part? They were all slipping into their own beatific trances as the music swept them away.There are a couple of terms used for diehard moe. fans. “moe.ron” is one of the most common, and part of the band and fans shared love of puns. The other, “famoe.ly.” The difference between them can blur, and in the end, the true meaning is love. These are people who share in something that is nearly beyond words, bonded not by race or creed but by mutual understanding and emotion and I was now a happy soldier in the army.Over the next five years, it would be fair to say I went a special kind of crazy in regards to moe. When the band hosted the annual moe.down festival for their most rabid fans in upstate New York, a tradition formed around a last day election for “Mayor of moe.down” or “Mayor of moe.ville,” depending on who you ask, time of day and sobriety levels. I decided that between my work as a pretend music journalist, my occasional working with bands and promoters, and my connection to the scene itself, I was the first actually qualified candidate for office.The details of my five and a half year campaign across the country are not only too long to go through here, honestly…it’s kinda scary to type. But behind my weird endorsements……full blown campaign commercials……and even the stupid sign I lugged across creation….…there was a secret plan. Wherever I went, whether I approached them or they approached me, I asked people, “Have you ever heard of a band named moe.?” And if they hadn’t, I either urged them to check them out or gave them some of the over two thousand burned CDs I have burned from their live shows and carry with me whenever I can.Through my… zeal… I have ended up interacting with the band on a personal level from time to time. I’ve gotten to request songs for acoustic performances……gotten the band to explain things like how they write set lists……even spent a half hour getting Jim Loughlin to go through his entire percussive toy repertoire!Basically, I’ve tried to make myself useful, and I think I’ve done a good job. Feels like the least I could do, really. I try not to let my crazy appreciation of what they do get too scary for them when I am around, but I am fairly certain they have a crew member in place to taser me into submission if I get out of hand. Can’t really say I blame them.Eventually I was appointed Mayor… but I didn’t stop spreading the love and I never will. When you stumble across something that resounds within you with such a positive, energizing level, all you want to do is bask in the magic and share the love, and that’s what I’ve done. You can read my review of the Red Rocks show that was my much ballyhoo’d 200th HERE. You can read my review of the spectacular follow up show the next night in Boulder HERE. Hell, you can read about the show they played with Yonder Mountain String Band a few days later in Wisconsin HERE.But just reading those reviews won’t tell you the real story. It doesn’t mention that, to see that Wisconsin show, I had to drive about 17 straight hours out of my way, or that I had to sleep in rest stops due to the remoteness of the location and my needing to get to the next event. I don’t do this for the money. I do this for the life and love moe., has inspired me to live. And seriously, when I say they gave me life, I mean it.My mom taught me to always have three reasons to do something, and my third reason for loving the music of moe. like I do is a dozy. My life, like most, has been fraught with obstacles, like most. Mine have taken the form of some rather bleak medical prognoses that hang over me like the sword of Damocles. I’ll say this bluntly: I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the spark moe. ignited inside me. The litany of surgeries, crises and moments of pure terror I have faced would have crushed me if I didn’t have their song in my heart.To me, a moe. show isn’t a simple entertainment, though there is certainly nothing wrong with that. That’s why they play, after all. They want to share what they can do with the world, and, thanks to my job, I get to help them do just that. I blew past my 200th show and am already at 203, with three more lined up for next month. My next goal is to reach show number 365, so I can know I spent a year feeling that same magic I felt all those years ago, but in the end, numbers aren’t what matters to me.What matters to me is building the fire of love and hope inside me burning bright, to face the long and scary nights ahead. In our primitive days we sang around the fire and danced into the night. Those rituals live on today. Bands like moe. roam the land giving us all the chance to build the strength to face the dark and the joy to truly embrace the light.Special Bonus! As usual al. took a moe.ment to thank the fans and crew on the night of my 199th show, and sent a little love back my way before nailing a wicked weekend closing cover of Cream’s “White Room.” Dig it!last_img read more

Voodoo Dead Kicks Off In DC With Oteil, Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, & More [Audio/Video]

first_imgAny Grateful Dead fan who has visited New Orleans Jazz Fest knows Voodoo Dead, the annual late night show that mixes New Orleans influences with Grateful Dead music. This year, an elite group of all-star musicians are taking Voodoo Dead to the Northeast as part of a four-night run that hits venues in Washington DC, New York, and the Philadelphia area.Last night began the tour with Steve Kimock and Jackie Greene on guitars, Oteil Burbridge on bass, Jeff Chimenti on keys and Wally Ingram on the drums at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. NOLA guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali was also on deck to sit in on a few favorites.Thanks to taper Alex Leary, you can listen to the full show below:Furthermore, YouTube user Tom Libera was on site to record some video.Big Railroad BluesBerthaCassidy > New Speedway BoogieI Know You RiderVoodoo Dead returns to The Hamilton tonight, before heading on to Irving Plaza in New York, NY on February 10th and the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on February 11th.Setlist: Voodoo Dead | The Hamilton | Washington D.C. | 2/8/17Philadelphia Mambo, Big Railroad Blues (JGe), Bertha* (JGe on keys w/ JC), That’s What Love Will Make You Do* (JGe) > Cassidy* (JGe) > New Speedway Boogie* (PM) > I Know You Rider* (PM)Encore: I Shall Be Released (JGe)* – w/ Papa Mali[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Nikki Davis-Jones Will Defy Gravity in London’s Wicked

first_img View Comments Nikki Davis-Jones has proven so popular as Elphaba in the current U.K. tour of Wicked that she will be taking over from Willemijn Verkaik in the role in the West End production from October 27. Also joining the cast on that date are Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible and Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, taking over Sue Kelvin and Paul Clarkson respectively. Verkaik, Kelvin and Clarkson will all play their final performances on October 25 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. The West End cast also currently includes Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Sam Lupton as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose. Davis-Jones’ stage credits include Blues in the Night, Rent, LIFT and Little Women. She will play her final performance in the Wicked U.K. Tour on September 6 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Sadovy appeared in La Bête on Broadway and in the West End. Her many other theater credits include Oliver! and Sunday In The Park with George. Child’s stage credits include The Hired Man, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, People and The Habit of Art.last_img read more

Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed

first_imgSaycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah will join the previously announced Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Sengbloh will play Helena. Her Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, Motown the Musical, Fela!, Hair, The Color Purple, Wicked and Aida. Armand is set to take on the role of Bessie and has appeared on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as well as off-Broadway in An Octoroon. Busia will appear as Rita and made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone and her West End debut in Gloo Joo. Jah will take on the role of Maimi; her stage credits include In Darfur, Hamlet and Ruined.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The production will feature scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and voice and dialect by Beth McGuire.The limited engagement will run through November 8. Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Kudzu Jesus Debunked

first_imgThe entire country is a-twitter with news that a hot-dog stand owner outside of Raleigh has discovered the image of Jesus in a telephone pole overtaken by kudzu. A number of news outlets have carried the story, turning the Kudzu Jesus into an overnight sensation.Oddly enough, this isn’t the first Kudzu Jesus to be found in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2009, believers spotted a similar structure just outside of downtown. The double-sighting is a bit worrisome. I’ll have to check my scripture, but I think that means this latest Kudzu Jesus is actually the Kudzu Jesus Second Coming, which would kick off the End of Days. Is it simply a coincidence that the Kudzu Jesus Second Coming is spotted within months of the proposed apocalypse (set for some time in October, I believe)?As all good Southerners know, kudzu will somehow play a role in the end of the world. Ever since kudzu was introduced in the ‘30s, it has been slowly trying to take over the Land of Dixie. It’s like a really slow version of eminent domain. After humans are long gone, planet Earth will be overrun by cockroaches and kudzu.But fret not, apocalypse-fearing Southerners. The Kudzu Jesus has been debunked! Yes, the plant/pole looks like Jesus, but it’s not real kudzu. It’s trumpet vine, a cheap kudzu look-a-like, according to some local folks who can tell the different between kudzu and trumpet vine.  Given that this is the first reported sighting of a Trumpet Vine Jesus, I don’t think we have much to worry about. Although, I do foresee a few goth-rock bands adopting the name Kudzu Jesus in the near future.last_img read more

Photos Taken at Chilean Observatory Show How One Galaxy Ate Another

first_imgBy Dialogo December 01, 2009 Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile have taken photographs that show how the galaxy Centaurus A ate another, spiral one, between 200 and 700 million years ago, the scientific body announced. The clarity of the new photos is due to the use of the 3.58-meter New Technology Telescope located at La Silla Observatory, in northern Chile, which makes it possible to obtain an even sharper view of the structure of this galaxy, completely free of the dust that obscures it. Centaurus A is the giant elliptical galaxy closest to Earth, at a distance of about 11 million light-years, and is one of the most studied objects in the southern sky, according to the ESO. The well-known British astronomer John Herschel, the author of one of the largest catalogues of the southern skies, detected this galaxy in 1847. Years later, and thanks to observations by the ESA Infrared Space Observatory, a structure 16,500 light-years across was identified, and more recently, the U.S. space agency (NASA)’s Spitzer Space Telescope clarified that the structure is a parallelogram, a giant spiral galaxy, the result of the fusion of two galaxies. “Further analysis of this structure will provide important clues on how the merging process occurred and what has been the role of star formation during it,” Jouni Kainulainen, the principal author of the article published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, maintained in a statement. The activity in the interior of Centaurus A is ongoing, and images captured by the Very Large Telescope, installed in the Cerro Paranal observatory, also in northern Chile, have revealed a black hole at the center of the galaxy with a mass equivalent to 200 million times that of the sun. Unlike the case of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the Centaurus black hole is continuously fed by material falling into it, confirming Centaurus as a very active giant galaxy. The ESO is the principal European intergovernmental astronomical organization. It is supported by fourteen countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Hamptons Paramedic Dies Responding to Emergency

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ralph Oswald, a supervising paramedic with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, suffered a fatal heart attack while treating a patient Monday, Feb. 9, officials said.A 64-year-old Hampton Bays paramedic suffered a fatal heart attack while treating a patient Monday morning, officials said.Ralph Oswald, a supervising paramedic with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, responded to a call for an unresponsive male just before 9 a.m. when he experienced “distress” and “immediately collapsed in cardiac arrest,” the agency said in a press release. Oswald was providing an emergency medical assessment on the patient when he collapsed, officials said. Oswald, an eight-year veteran, was transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. Attempts to resuscitate Oswald were unsuccessful, officials said.Southampton Town police said the unidentified male patient also died. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine a cause of death. Oswald’s funeral arrangements are pending, officials said.last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Grace under fire

first_imgThere’s no question about it: Today’s workplace can be stressful. The long work hours, the endless flow of information, the competing demands on our attention—all of these factors can make us feel perpetually overwhelmed and out of control.The conditions that lead to workplace stress are not necessarily “bad.” They’re just reality. But the best leaders learn to deal with these conditions or the problems that lead to stress in a way that keeps everyone on track.How you behave under pressure truly defines you as a leader and sets the tone for how others manage the situation. If you create a culture where people fall to pieces when things get tough, it will be too stressful for employees (and they will likely leave), productivity will suffer—and your job will get even harder.Difficult, busy times can put strain on relationships, but they can also forge stronger bonds if handled the right way. When your team sees you navigate them out of a tricky situation, it can be a huge credibility builder. Conversely, when they see you fall apart, it can create a trust deficit that is hard to recover from even when things settle down. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

IASC sets fair value standard

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