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Exeter JCR committee sing ‘Call Me Maybe’

first_imgLast Sunday evening, the members of Exeter’s JCR committee performed an a cappella version of Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ to a 50-strong audience.Last Sunday evening, the members of Exeter’s JCR committee performed an a cappella version of Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ to a 50-strong audience.Following a motion passed in the first week of Trinity, Exeter’s JCR committee is constitutionally required to perform Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” before the start of every meeting.The motion was proposed at the first JCR meeting of term by second year classicist Ronan Magee and passed with a resounding majority.A friendly amendment to the motion called for Magee to be included in the proposals.Mr Magee and members of Exeter’s JCR committee’s rendition of ‘Call Me Maybe’ at the start of Sunday’s meeting was accompanied by two randomly chosen audience members who were asked to act out the lyrics of the song. Their performance was greeted with loud cheers by audience members.Mr Magee described the motion as ‘an important move.”“Had it not been for the utter tunelessness of our singing, I would be urging its extension to all JCRs as a mark of respect for this seminal song,” he added.When Mr Magee first suggested the motion, JCR President Benjamin Clayton said his first thought was, “This is crazy.”“After all I had only just met him and he was wearing ripped jeans and his skin was showing,”  Clayton explained. “But since it was constitutional I threw a wish in the well and went on my way to sing the song.” When one JCR member attempted to leave the meeting in order to avoid singing, Clayton promptly demanded, “Where do you think you’re going baby?”He added “The exec sang with nothing less than star quality. At the end of the night I was approached by someone from Out of The Blue, who was so impressed with my performance that he asked me to call him, maybe.’Following a motion passed in the first week of Trinity, Exeter’s JCR committee is constitutionally required to perform the song before the start of every meeting.The motion was proposed at the first JCR meeting of term by second year classicist Ronan Magee and passed with a resounding majority.A friendly amendment to the motion called for Magee to be included in the proposals.Mr Magee and members of Exeter’s JCR committee’s rendition of ‘Call Me Maybe’ at the start of Sunday’s meeting was accompanied by two randomly chosen audience members who were asked to act out the lyrics of the song. Their performance was greeted with loud cheers by audience members.Mr Magee described the motion as ‘an important move.”He added, “Had it not been for the utter tunelessness of our singing, I would be urging its extension to all JCRs as a mark of respect for this seminal song.’When Mr Magee first suggested the motion, JCR President Benjamin Clayton said his first thought was, “This is crazy.”“After all I had only just met him and he was wearing ripped jeans and his skin was showing,” Clayton explained, “But since it was constitutional I threw a wish in the well and went on my way to sing the song.” When one JCR member attempted to leave the meeting in order to avoid singing, Clayton promptly demanded, “Where do you think you’re going baby?”He added “The exec sang with nothing less than star quality. At the end of the night I was approached by someone from Out of The Blue, who was so impressed with my performance that he asked me to call him, maybe.’last_img read more

Boost your sales with Craft Bakers’ Week 2010

first_imgFollowing its success in 2009, British Baker is pleased to announce the official launch of National Craft Bakers’ Week 2010, which will run from 7-12 June.The event is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of independent craft bakeries and, as a result, bring in more customers and grow sales.A national media campaign is to launch soon, and bakers are encouraged to plan early for the event, which aims to be bigger and better than last year, when it gained TV, radio and newspaper coverage across the nation.Any dedicated activities for the week, from special promotions or products to school visits and demonstrations, are a great way to promote how important your business is in your local community.National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) chairman Mike Holling said one of the most important aims of the week was to get craft bakers to promote their products and skills within their local communities. “It’s important for bakers to build their customer base, by doing things such as school visits. It’s not just about the customers of today, but also the customers of tomorrow.”Neil MacSymons, president of the NAMB, said he hoped even more bakers would take part in the event this year.The week will include the launch of a national colouring-in competition. There will be two age categories: 4-7 year-olds and 8-11 year-olds. An official entry form for the competition will be included in the PR toolkit, which will be sent to all BB subscribers, in addition to an A2 poster and a window sticker. A ready-made image will be provided for the 4-7 age group, and a description will be given for the 8-11 years group on what to draw and colour in. Bakers can award their own local prizes, but the top two entries one from each age group will need to be sent to the NAMB who will judge the overall winners.The 2010 event is sponsored by the NAMB, the SAMB, British Baker, California Raisins, CSM UK, Bako, Bakels, BFP Whole-sale, Macphie, Marriage’s, Pura-tos and The Reynard Group.last_img read more

News story: Gloucestershire robots sent to teach kids in the US and Australia

first_img The UK is leading the way in educational technology and is home to more than a quarter of Europe’s edtech businesses. By 2020, the global market for the sector is expected to total £129 billion and it’s great to see local, startup businesses like Ohbot tapping into this demand and creating new jobs as a result. Not only does DIT have a dedicated team of International Trade Advisers across the South West to support ambitious and innovative businesses like Ohbot looking to access new markets and increase exports, but we also have a team of experienced sector specialists and an overseas network in 108 countries. We can offer a range of guidance and support, including international market research and exporting workshops, as well as enabling contact with buyers and distributors in new markets. The Ohbot robot has formed an integral part of digital skills training in schools. (c) OhbotLast year, the business began working with DIT to help increase its exports and expand its international presence. DIT identified key target markets where demand for educational technology was growing and introduced the business to potential buyers. It also put the firm in touch with an export manager who offered on-the-ground support and advice about attending South by Southwest (SXSW), a series of film and technology festivals and conferences, in Texas earlier this year.DIT has also provided financial support to help Ohbot exhibit at global shows and meet with Microsoft representatives from the US.To cope with the increase in demand, Ohbot plans to hire 5 new members of staff to work at its manufacturing site at Halliday Mill, as well as brand and marketing specialists.Mat Walker, co-founder at Ohbot, said: Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of South West said: Ohbot, a Gloucestershire company that makes robots for the education sector, has secured contracts in the US, Australia, and Canada with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT).The business recently signed a contract with the Microsoft Store in the US after exhibiting at Bett, a global education training and technology show in London.The deal will see Ohbots supplied to all 80 Microsoft stores across the US and Canada to help children at its YouthSpark summer camps learn technical skills. The robots are used to help kids have fun while learning how to code. The business also secured its first deal with an Australian distributor to supply robots to schools across the country with additional orders expected over the next year.The Stroud-based business, founded by Dan Warner and Mat Walker in 2014, designs and manufactures affordable robots to teach children digital skills such as coding.center_img We’re a relatively new company and started Ohbot in 2014 using Crowdfunder and Kickstarter sites. We knew there was demand in the UK for technology that could teach children about coding and robots, but initially didn’t have the contacts or the know-how to showcase our robots internationally. Working with DIT was key to our international success. The team of advisers introduced us to buyers and distributors, which means that children across the globe will be able to learn about technology by using our products. For businesses that are considering launching their products internationally, I would say don’t hesitate. Working with DIT has had a huge impact on our business. If we can succeed on the global stage, so can other South West businesses. For more information or to access online support, including the find a buyer, and export readiness tools, visit great.gov.uk.last_img read more

Paul McCartney To Release Four-CD ‘Pure McCartney’ Solo Compilation

first_imgSure, Paul McCartney made a name for himself as a member of The Beatles, but the legendary musician has maintained his fame as a songwriter with a solo career spanning over forty years. It’s that career that will be highlighted on Pure McCartney, a 67-track compilation documenting the many, many hits written by McCartney.Due out June 10th, Pure McCartney will be released in 2CD, 4CD, 4LP and digital formats; an important collectors item for any Beatles lover. With tracks like “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Ebony and Ivory,” there’s a seemingly-infinite pool of material that will be featured on the new release.“Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to,” said McCartney in a statement. “Maybe it’s to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career.”“The word ‘career’ is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job… It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I’ve been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others.”For more information on the release, head to McCartney’s official website. Check out the tracklisting for the 4CD set, as well as the artwork, below:‘PURE McCARTNEY’: 4CD – 67 tracksDISC 1:    1. Maybe I’m Amazed2. Heart Of The Country3. Jet4. Warm And Beautiful5. Listen To What The Man Said6. Dear Boy7.  Silly Love Songs8. The Song We Were Singing9. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey10. Early Days11. Big Barn Bed12. Another Day13. Flaming Pie14. Jenny Wren15. Too Many People16. Let Me Roll It17. New DISC 2:1. Live and Let Die2. English Tea3. Mull of Kintyre4. Save Us5. My Love6. Bip Bop7. Let ‘Em In8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five9. Calico Skies10. Hi, Hi, Hi11. Waterfalls12. Band on the Run13. Appreciate14. Sing The Changes15. Arrow Through Me16. Every Night17. Junior’s Farm18. Mrs Vandebilt DISC 3:    1. Say Say Say [2015 Remix]2. My Valentine3. Pipes of Peace4. The World Tonight5. Souvenir6. Dance Tonight7. Ebony and Ivory8. Fine Line9. Here Today10. Press11. Wanderlust12. Winedark Open Sea13. Beautiful Night14. Girlfriend15. Queenie Eye16. We All Stand Together DISC 4:    1. Coming Up2. Too Much Rain3. Good Times Coming / Feel the Sun4. Goodnight Tonight5. Baby’s Request6. With a Little Luck7. Little Willow8. Only Mama Knows9. Don’t Let it Bring You Down10. The Back Seat Of My Car11. No More Lonely Nights12. Great Day13. Venus and Mars / Rock Show14. Temporary Secretary15. Hope For The Future16. Junklast_img read more

Meryl Streep Will Star in Screen Adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Master Class

first_img View Comments Streep has been nominated for 18 Oscars and won three, for Kramer vs, Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady. She recently starred in another stage to screen adaptation, August: Osage County and headlines the upcoming Into the Woods movie. Her previous work with Nichols includes Angels in America, Postcards From the Edge and Silkwood. Master Class is a portrait of an opera diva told through her recollections of the glories, triumphs, and tragedies of her own life and career. The original production of Master Class won 1996 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actress (Zoe Caldwell as Callas) and Best Featured Actress (Audra McDonald as a student performing during one of the diva’s master classes). The 2011 Great White Way revival starred Tyne Daly and Sierra Boggess.center_img Oscar winner Meryl Streep is set to star as Maria Callas in an HBO adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. According to The New York Post, EGOT-er Mike Nichols will helm the project, which is planning to start filming in January 2015.last_img read more

D.W. Brooks Lecture 2020

first_imgJulie Borlaug is continuing the legacy of her late grandfather, agronomist and Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, and inspiring the next generation by advocating for innovation and technology in agricultural production to end world hunger.She will deliver the D.W. Brooks guest lecture, “Using Innovation and Technology to End Hunger and Poverty,” as part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) annual faculty awards celebration.The event, which is open to the public, will be held on Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2020, with a short Q&A session to follow.“Now is the time for us to demonstrate how our passion and dedication have found solutions to the major threats we face as a collective human species: food and nutrition security, environmental stability and sustainability,” Borlaug wrote in an Agri-Pulse column earlier this year, an example of her thought leadership and public communication about agriculture.Borlaug is vice president of external relations for Inari Agriculture, a seed company using data and biological science to transform plant breeding using approaches that significantly reduce inputs like land and water required to produce food and feed. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum last year.“Julie is the epitome of who we call an ‘agvocate’ — an agricultural advocate — who is using her skills and passion to solve and communicate global agricultural and environmental challenges,” said Joe West, interim dean and director of CAES. “We are delighted to have her speak to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.”Borlaug has developed agricultural partnerships between public, private and philanthropic groups to expand the mission to feed the world’s hungry. She previously served as director of strategic initiatives for Texas A&M Agrilife Research, associate director of external relations for the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, and director of development for the American Cancer Society. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Texas A&M University and her master’s in business administration from the University of Dallas.Faculty awards announcedThe 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the college, will be given to five faculty members for outstanding work across the college’s mission areas. The 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Gregory Colson, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, who has developed hands-on experiments and games for his classes to reinforce the material and give students a tangible experience to complement the theory lesson.The 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research goes to Esther van der Knaap, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, who has spent much of her career working to understand the genetic shifts that have occurred between ancestral, wild tomato varieties and modern, cultivated tomatoes.The 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension goes to Tim Coolong, a professor in the Department of Horticulture, who primarily conducts vegetable field research but has worked on a broad variety of topics, from germplasm evaluation to food safety in vegetables to hemp production.The 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension goes to Phillip Edwards, a UGA Cooperative Extension county coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Irwin County, who has conducted 139 applied research trials resulting in more than 50 state and/or national presentations and posters. The 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Programs goes to Bob Kemerait, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, who has been a leader in USAID-funded projects to improve peanut production among small-scale farmers in Guyana, Haiti and the Philippines and recently received a Fulbright award to work with faculty and farmers in the northern Philippines. “Although we can’t celebrate them together in person, we are delighted to honor these exceptional faculty members,” said West. “Each of them brings unique skills that strengthen our discoveries and dissemination of scholarly work through education and outreach programs. They exemplify the quality we strive for as a land-grant college.”The D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards is named in memory of the late D.W. Brooks, founder of Gold Kist Inc. Brooks started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941. An alumnus and faculty member of CAES, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on farm and trade issues.For more information about this year’s event and to tune in to the D.W. Brooks Lecture on Nov. 10, visit dwbrooks.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Onsite: PSCU’s Music City 2016 Member Forum in Nashville

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details The 2016 PSCU Member Forum is being held this week in Nashville, TN at the Country Music Hall of Fame Theater. Chuck Fagan, PSCU Pres/CEO, welcomed the crowd of more than 750 credit union executives to the event. Chuck spoke about blending the best of PSCU’s past to create the PSCU of the future. The focus of the event was people, purpose and passion and the blending of community and technology to partner with member credit unions moving forward.The day started out with three general sessions that were all keynotes in their own right.Marcus Buckingham, founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company, was first up with Find Your Edge: Win At Work. Marcus focused on how tricky it can be to harness excellence in organizations. Stating that as leaders we spend more time focusing on employee’s shortcomings then building on their strengths. We need to flip the script on this and spend more time building on people’s strengths and looking for marginal improvements in their weaknesses. Marcus gave tips and techniques to become better coaches and get the most out of an employee’s strength. He showed how to move past a one-size-fits-all approach to management.Next up was the co-founder of Square, Jim McKelvey. He is a man of diverse interests. An inventor, entrepreneur, glass blower, author and licensed pilot. Jim spoke of noticing a need in the market that led to founding Square and the future of payments. Profound change is coming to the payments industry. Jim predicts this change will happen in 2017 with the introduction of indoor location technologies to the market. Jim feels purchase data is the largest treasure trove of information being unused. Everyone wants a piece of this data but no one owns it. A land grab is going on from an avalanche of super valuable data that is on it’s way.Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she founded with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Jenn is also a consultant at Zappos where she works on their culture and co-created the Zappos book, Delivering Happiness. The focus of her presentation was that happier employees create happier members which make our credit unions sustainable businesses. Jenn asked the questions “What are you goals in life? Why?” Usually all answers come back to being happy.Thursday’s line up includes NAFCU’s Dan Berger, speaker Jay Baer, and NFL Super Bowl winning coach and ESPN commentator Jon Gruden.You can follow along with live updates on Twitter at the hashtage #mforum16.last_img read more

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay: A primer in digital wallet technology

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to research conducted by Strategy Analytics and reported by NFC World, more than 100 million people will make an NFC (near-field communication) mobile payment in 2016. And within five years, the value of transactions conducted via NFC handsets will skyrocket to an estimated $240 billion.Digital wallets, such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay, sit squarely at the center of this growing market. And while the experts agree that all roads lead to a future economy that revolves around mobile, consumers to-date have been slow to embrace mobile payments, due at least in part to their perception that the technology is not secure.In fact, Raddon Financial Group research published in CU Today reveals that 56 percent of smartphone owners surveyed won’t make a mobile payment today over perceived security concerns.The reality is that the tokenization technology securing Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay transactions very effectively protects consumers from card fraud – and much more effectively than swiping a physical card, something consumers do routinely without hesitation. continue reading »last_img read more

Don’t miss today’s NAFCU call with important CU updates

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU members will hear important updates on issues currently facing the industry – including data security standards, compliance with the Military Lending Act and website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, among others – during today’s member-only call. The call is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Eastern; registration to join the call is still open.The “NAFCU Q3 Member Call” will provide a preview of the association’s Congressional Caucus – happening next week, Sept. 11-14 – and an insider view of the association’s ongoing advocacy efforts as Congress works on appropriations bills and nominations to regulatory agencies. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will lead the call along with other senior government affairs staff, who will also review recent activities at the NCUA and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (previously the CFPB).Register now for this free call, available as an exclusive benefit of membership in NAFCU. Members will be able to ask questions during the call; questions can also be submitted in advance during the registration process. continue reading »last_img read more

Real conversations: How to lead a meaningful discussion

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susanne Biro Susanne Biro is a coach to C-suite and executive level leaders. She is also a seasoned facilitator, program designer, author and TEDx speaker. Along with Carrie Birkhofer and Christopher Beltran, … Web: www.syntrinaleadership.com Details When I ask executive audiences, “How many of you know that you need to have a conversation but you have been putting off actually having it?”, almost every hand will raise. Maybe your direct report hasn’t delivered the report when he said he would. Or perhaps you noticed how a newer team member has been a courageous voice on a challenging project. Whatever it is, we know we need to get better at addressing the real conversation, in real time, and to do so directly with the person or people involved. However, not many of us are comfortable doing so. Many prefer to avoid confrontation or any form of conflict. We are also surprisingly inept at sharing the positive impact others have upon our lives and/or the incredible contribution of their work. There are so many great things we think and feel about others that we simply do not share. For some, sharing the positive impact others have can be even more challenging than sharing the things we want them to do differently or better. After all, why provide feedback that sounds like praise? Isn’t it their job to get the work done well?We need to get better at having real conversations.  The real conversation is the conversation you are having with yourself but are failing to have with the person or people involved. Unfortunately, whether you verbalize it or not, it is impacting you, all of your relationships, and the business.To be a truly effective as a leader, to lead with executive maturity, you must be able to have any level of conversation (the good, bad, and the ugly), with anyone (up, down, or across the organization) while remaining open, curious, and solution-orientated. If this sounds easy, it isn’t. Most of us are easily triggered by particular words, behaviors, or personalities, and can be highly sensitive and reactive on at least a few topics. We all have work to do. Here’s how to advance:The Five Questions Worksheet (below) is designed to help you bring greater awareness to the conversation playing out within you. Take pen to paper and complete the worksheet at least twice: once to prepare yourself to have a real conversation in which you want something changed. Then, complete it a second time for a conversation about something that is working exceptionally well that you simply need to acknowledge. The purpose of The Five Questions Worksheet is to speed up the time it takes for you to: (1) recognize the real conversation begging to be had, and (2) ensure you can effectively have it in real time.Your answers to these five questions will often be the exact conversation you want and need to have with the person or people in question. Answer the questions and then consider your answers a script for the conversation, which you might even share verbatim.When you have the conversation, speak from your own experience. You can do this most effectively by using “’I’ statements.” The five questions are designed to draw these from you (i.e., what I think, what I feel, what I want). Using “I” rather than “you,” “one,” or “we” when speaking makes your words direct statements of your own experience rather than attempts to interpret someone else’s. Making this one simple change can have a significant impact on your real conversation.Here is an example: “Raj, I thought we agreed (speak using “I” statements) that you would deliver the report to me on Friday at 10 am. However, I never received it nor heard from you (the situation/facts from your experience). What happened? (curiosity). For myself, I am confused and frustrated (what you are thinking and feeling), as this now holds up my ability to deliver the completed report to Mary on time, and thus, my reputation with her (what I am thinking, feeling, the impact). I am concerned I can’t count on you to do what you say you will do (the larger impact). Normally, I wouldn’t raise this because I have such respect for you and your work (what could hold me back from having the real conversation). However, I fear that if I do not raise it, I will no longer trust you or want to work with you (the important impact for the relationship and business). I am having this conversation because I really do want to work with you (my intention in having it). I would like us to set clearer expectations (what I want, my intention for having the conversation, solution-seeking). Another example:“Alex, I noticed (“I”-statement) you speak up at the recent all-hands meeting (situation, facts) and I want you to know I think it took a great deal of courage to share a dissenting opinion when the entire group wanted to proceed (my thoughts and feelings). I am glad you raised the issue because it made us all realize we were failing to consider critical aspects of the project (the important impact for the business). This is hard for me to say because I don’t want it to sound phony (what could hold me back from having the real conversation) but I want you to know admire your courage and that my trust and respect for you went through the roof (the important impact to the relationship). I am sharing this with you to ensure you know just how much I value you and your leadership (my intention for having it).We all need to become more aware of the conversations occurring within us and then to have the courage to share them directly. Let The Five Questions Worksheet be your guide to finding the most powerful and authentic language in which to have them.last_img read more