A new opportunity is now open to tender for 2018 civil face to face contract work.Who can tender?The tender process is open to both existing contract holders and new entrants.This includes: Deadline for tender submissionsAll bids must be made through LAA’s e-Tendering system by 5pm on 10 August 2018.Further informationCivil 2018 contracts tender – to find out more and download the IFA documente-Tendering system – to submit your tender How will the tender work?It is a single-stage process that will assess an organisation’s: relevant invitation to tender (ITT) in the category of work you wish to deliver mental health suitability to contract with us community care family, including private law family and public law child care work How can I tender?Tenders must be submitted using the LAA’s e-Tendering system – see below. A link is also available on the tender pages of the LAA website.If you wish to tender then you must submit a response to both the: Contracts will be procured using a non-competitive process. Any organisation assessed as being suitable and meeting the minimum service requirements will be awarded a contract.Which categories of law are open to bids?Tenders are invited in the following categories of law: immigration and asylum ability to meet our service requirements housing, debt and welfare benefits clinical negligence public law family mediation selection questionnaire (SQ) organisations which have not previously tendered organisations that have already tendered for a 2018 Standard Civil contract and wish to deliver additional services to those already notified claims against public authorities, formerly known as ‘actions against the police etc’
This year’s Bakers’ Fair Summer 2012 at Kempton Park Racecourse attracted hundreds of bakers from across the country to talk to ingredients and equipment manufacturers, watch live demos and presentations, and take part in the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NAMB) bakery competitions.Awards were presented to winners and runners up on the day by television personality Anthea Turner and NAMB chairman Mike Holling.REGISTER FOR BAKERS’ FAIR AUTUMN 2012The next Bakers’ Fair will take place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Sunday 7 October 2012. To register in advance, please click here.www.bakersfair.co.ukYouTube link: http://youtu.be/3QXbFB1dPxUMusic: Dans un petit verre d’eau by Lohstana David (Creative Commons licence)
Carrs Foods has become a main sponsor of Manchester Rugby Club’s Mini & Junior section.Manchester-based Carrs will be sponsoring the Mini & Junior section – which teaches children from aged five and up – for three years. It will help to fund kit, equipment, training and match facilities for games.The sponsorship forms part of Carrs Foods’ wider community work in the North West that includes a partnership with Forever Manchester – a charity that funds and supports thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester.The business also works with local charities Recycling Lives and Wythenshawe Food Bank, as well as on local educational partnerships with schools and colleges.“As a business that was born and continues to be based in the North West, it’s really important to us to work with and support our local community,” said Carrs Foods managing director Jeremy Gilboy.“[The] Manchester Rugby Club Mini & Junior section does fantastic work with children locally, to enable them to have fun while they play and learn both rugby and some vital life skills and we’re delighted to be able to support this.”Tim Holmes, chairman of Manchester Rugby Club Mini & Junior, added: “Carrs Foods’ sponsorship and long-term support of mini and junior rugby will enable us to develop more coaches, buy more kit and improve the experience we give to over 200 junior players at Manchester Rugby Club.”
The Black Keys’ singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach is back to his solo roots, as he gears up to release a solo LP Waiting on a Song – due our June 2nd. The new album marks Auerbach’s first solo LP since 2009’s Keep It Had and the first album since the Arcs released Yours, Dreamily in 2015. In celebration of this new record, Auerbach served as the musical guest on Friday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.Auerbach and his band performed a stand-out version of his own “Shine On Me,” live for television audiences, as well as a post-show performance of “King of a One Horse Town” for those in the audience. You can watch both performances below:Auerbach’s band includes John Prine, who co-wrote the album’s title track, as well as a whole crew of Nashville-based instrumentalists, including guitarists Duane Eddy and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, Johnny Cash bassist Dave Roe, drummer Gene Chrisman, pianist Bobby Wood and engineer David “Fergie” Ferguson.
In a newly released video, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, and Leah Julius of Thunderpussy cover the late Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down”. The video serves as a tribute and a show of solidarity with the various protest movements surrounding a bevy of important issues that have recently taken root in our country, including women’s rights and common sense gun control reform.Explains the video’s written introduction:Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, KT Tunstall and Leah Julius of Thunderpussy decided to get together and record a song by one of their all time musical heroes–Tom Petty…The 3 musicians felt it would serve as a loud shout of support to all the people all over the world marching, protesting and standing up for justice and equality.Power to the People!Love Moke, KT & Leah xThe video, directed and edited by Mark Haldane, mixes footage of the artists recording the song with photos and clips sent in by fans around the world of them protesting or demonstrating for a cause. As Tunstall notes in the video description, “Huge thanks and love to all the fans who sent in photos and footage of their efforts to eradicate injustice and prejudice all around the world. You made this video possible.” Watch the video below:KT Tunstall + Mike McCready – “I Won’t Back Down” [Tom Petty cover][Video: kttunstallofficial]As Rolling Stone notes, Tunstall played the majority of the instruments on the track, including acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keys, and percussion, with Julius adding the punchy drum line. Mike McCready produced the track, in addition to adding a soaring guitar solo. Proceeds from the release of the Tom Petty cover will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.McCready will hit the stage with Pearl Jam for their run of “Home Shows” in Seattle and “Away Shows” at a selection of stadiums across the U.S. KT Tunstall is in the midst of a run of Irish and U.K. shows, after which she’ll head to the States for a run of performances supporting Barenaked Ladies. For more information, head to her website. [H/T Rolling Stone]
Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope that gaining a new understanding of a natural photonic device that enables a small sea animal to change its colors dynamically will inspire development of improved camouflage for soldiers on battlefields.The cuttlefish, known as the “chameleon of the sea,” can rapidly alter both the color and pattern of its skin, helping it blend in with its surroundings and avoid predators. In a paper to be published tomorrow in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the Harvard-MBL team reports new details on the sophisticated biomolecular nanophotonic system underlying the cuttlefish’s color-changing ways.“Nature solved the riddle of adaptive camouflage a long time ago,” said Kevin Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. “Now, the challenge is to reverse-engineer this system in a cost-efficient, synthetic system that is amenable to mass manufacturing.”In addition to textiles for military camouflage, the findings could also have applications in materials for paints, cosmetics, and consumer electronics.The cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is a cephalopod, like squid and octopuses. Neurally controlled, pigmented organs called chromatophores allow it to change its appearance in response to visual cues, but scientists have had an incomplete understanding of the biological, chemical, and optical functions that make this adaptive coloration possible.To regulate its color, the cuttlefish relies on a vertically arranged assembly of three optical components: the leucophore, a near-perfect light scatterer that reflects it uniformly over the entire visible spectrum; the iridophore, a reflector containing a stack of thin films; and the chromatophore. This layering enables the skin of the animal to selectively absorb or reflect light of different colors, said coauthor Leila F. Deravi, a research associate in bioengineering at SEAS.“Chromatophores were previously considered to be pigmentary organs that acted simply as selective color filters,” Deravi said. “But our results suggest that they play a more complex role; they contain luminescent protein nanostructures that enable the cuttlefish to make quick and elaborate changes in its skin pigmentation.”When the cuttlefish actuates its coloration system, each chromatophore expands. The surface area can change as much as 500 percent. The Harvard-MBL team showed that within the chromatophore, tethered pigment granules regulate light through absorbance, reflection, and fluorescence, in effect functioning as nanoscale photonic elements, even as the chromatophore changes in size.“The cuttlefish uses an ingenious approach to materials composition and structure, one that we have never employed in our engineered displays,” said coauthor Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering at SEAS. “It is extremely challenging for us to replicate the mechanisms that the cuttlefish uses. For example, we cannot yet engineer materials that have the elasticity to expand 500 percent in surface area. And were we able to do that, the richness of color of the expanded and unexpanded material would be dramatically different. Think of stretching and shrinking a balloon. The cuttlefish may have found a way to compensate for this change in richness of color by being an ‘active’ light emitter (fluorescent), not simply modulating light through passive reflection.”The team also included Roger Hanlon and his colleagues at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Hanlon’s lab has examined adaptive coloration in the cuttlefish and other invertebrates for many years.“Cuttlefish skin is unique for its dynamic patterning and speed of change,” Hanlon said. “Deciphering the relative roles of pigments and reflectors in soft, flexible skin is a key step to translating the principles of actuation to materials science and engineering. This collaborative project expanded our breadth of inquiry and uncovered several useful surprises, such as the tether system that connects the individual pigment granules.”Parker is an Army reservist who completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, so using the cuttlefish to find a biologically inspired design for new types of military camouflage carries special meaning for him. Poor camouflage patterns can cost lives on the battlefield.“Throughout history, people have dreamed of having an ‘invisible suit,’” Parker said. “Nature solved that problem, and now it’s up to us to replicate this genius, so, like the cuttlefish, we can avoid our predators.”In addition to Parker, Hu, Hanlon, and Deravi, the co-authors of the “Interface” paper are Andrew P. Magyar, a former postdoctoral student in Hu’s group; Sean P. Sheehy, a graduate student in Parker’s group; and George R.R. Bell, Lydia M. Mäthger, Stephen L. Senft, Trevor J. Wardill, and Alan M. Kuzirian, who work with Hanlon in the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior at the MBL.The work was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at Harvard, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the NSF-supported Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The national Republican Party is at war with itself, struggling to reconcile a bitter divide between former President Donald Trump’s fierce loyalists and those who want Trumpism purged from their party. The GOP need only look across the Potomac River into Virginia to see the dangers that lurk if it cannot correct course. In just nine months, Virginia voters will elect a new governor in what marks the first significant test of the Republican Party’s strength in the post-Trump era. And in a Southern state that had a Republican governor as recently as 2014, Virginia’s 2021 Republican field is facing the prospect of a political disaster.
Jennifer Damiano, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Caitlin McNaney), Jane Krakowski (Jeremy Daniel), Sutton Foster (Bruce Glikas), Adam Kantor & Alexandra Silber (Glikas) & Danielle Brooks (Matthew Murphy) Danielle Brooks Is a Balloon HistorianDanielle Brooks has audiences screaming “hell yes” at The Color Purple, but her acting and singing chops aren’t her only party trick. Next time you run into her (say, at a child’s birthday party), have her make you a historically accurate balloon animal. Brooks specializes in making animals from the 17th century, and creating elaborate backstories for them. That’s great, Danielle, but don’t quit your night job. Sutton Foster Can Sing…Who Knew?!Long before Sutton was rocking fur bikinis and selling panties on TV Land, she’s been wowing us with her signature belt. It’s hard to imagine new fans not knowing her Broadway past, but that’s what’s happening as people routinely approach her telling her she should try Broadway. Younger writers, take note: Liza needs to do a community theater production of Anything Goes in Paramus in season three. #LetLizaSing Michele McConnell Will Beat Your FaceWhat does it take to be a prima donna? High notes, yes, but also a ton of Mary Kay products. When The Phantom of the Opera’s Michele McConnell showed us around her dressing room, she showed off her abundant makeup supply and ever so subtly tried to hawk some of it on camera. We’re starting to think Sister Mary and Carlotta should open up a Walgreens together. Damiano’s in a Hairy Situation in PsychoLast week, we lamented about Jennifer Damiano not being able to show us the cool sets or costumes during American Psycho’s tech. Now, we finally got to see the wig she kept teasing last week and we have to admit, we can’t really tell it’s a wig. It looks great, but it also looks just like her hair! We were hoping for something a little more dramatic…like this. Either way, we’re thrilled you’ve finally mastered the pin curls! Star Files Garen Scribner Felt J. Lo’s LightGaren Scribner may have fidgety feet in An American in Paris, but when he’s with Jennifer Lopez, it’s his hands that are doing the fidgeting. The two shot a L’Oreal ad together, where he expressed concern about having to slide his hand up her leg. She told him, “I don’t care what you do, as long as you make it look real,” which is good advice in general, or when you have to convincingly receive a first edition Iliad as a gift. View Comments Jane Krakowski’s Scent Is WackJane Krakowski plays a perfume store clerk (who’s prone to doing the splits) in She Loves Me, but when it comes to Krakowski’s own fragrance, we’re a little perplexed. At the revival’s opening night, the Tony winner said a Krakowski fragrance would smell like “wacky.” What exactly is the scent of wackiness? Beats us. Gabrielle Ruiz, can you help us out with this one? Kantor & Silber Are Their Own ParadeFollowing a parade of Motels in the final episode of Motel Citizen, Adam Kantor and his Fiddler bestie Alexandra Silber gave us a taste of their own Parade. If you were ever wondering what Motel and Tzeitel would sound like if the went south after heading to America, here’s your chance. And it’s not over yet: the two also teased a Jewish Oklahoma, and we wouldn’t mind seeing Fruma Sarah ride in on a giant windmill. Veanne Cox Got Bad with Sherie & JaneWe bet this dressing room smelled super, uh, wacky. While revisiting some of her favorite roles, An American in Paris’ Veanne Cox said she shared a dressing room with Krakowski and Sherie Rene Scott for the film Marci X, and that they were “bad” together. We’re not sure what that means, but we’re pretty sure this is what Waka Flocka Flame had in mind when popularizing the term #SquadGoals. Jenn Simard Is a Moonlighting PharmacistWhat’s the secret to Jennifer Simard’s show-stopping performance as Sister Mary in Disaster!? Tonics…which is code for lots of drugs. Simard essentially runs a backlot pharmacy to keep those vocals fresh. Hydrogen peroxide, antihistamines, oregano oil and Flonase make up just a fraction of what she has on hand. So if the line’s ever too long at Duane Reade, head over to the Nederlander. AKB Wants to Be Old & CreepyAndrew Keenan-Bolger’s returning to Broadway in Tuck Everlasting as the titular boy who never grows up. This isn’t exactly a stretch for the Broadway favorite. The Marci X star (so many of them this week!) claims he’ll inevitably have to play the “comedic old creepy man” someday, but we’re getting no indication of that yet. Keep wearing those shorts and putting “Twink Slave” on your resume, AKB. You’re still an Artful Dodger, not a Fagin! Happy Friday, Broadway fans, and happy early birthday, Jonathan Groff and Orfeh! We have some exciting plans this weekend (read: watching this and this on repeat), but before that, let’s make sure you’re up to speed on everything happening on the Great White Way. It’s been a busy seven days, so study up with the Lessons of the Week! Danielle Brooks
For a weekend in Wrightsville, Ga., the catfish will be king. Former President Jimmy Carter’s March 24 formal opening of the Catfish INT processing plant will trigger the three-day Catfish Festival and Trade Show. It’s not about straw hats, bare feet and cane poles. Catfish have brought big business to this east-central-Georgia community. Catfish INT expects to process 55,000 pounds of fish per eight-hour shift. It will take at least 3,000 acres of water to keep that much fish coming. The March 24-26 celebration of fun, fins and fenders will include an arts-and-crafts fair, antique farm equipment and antique cars. At the center of it all is a March 25 catfish trade show that spotlights this growing Georgia industry. Trade Show March 25 The trade show will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Highway 15 south of Wrightsville. Companies from all over the Southeast will display catfish equipment, feeds and supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a seminar will focus on getting started in the catfish business. University of Georgia scientists Gary Burtle and George Lewis and others will discuss all aspects of building ponds and raising catfish. To learn more about the Catfish Festival and Trade Show, call Mark Crosby (912-864-3373) at the Johnson County office of the UGA Extension Service. Or e-mail him at [email protected]
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich October 16, 2018 Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania State Representative Sid Kavulich.“Rep. Kavulich was passionate about life, whether it be sports or public service,” Governor Wolf said. “The people of Northeastern Pennsylvania have lost a dedicated community advocate and we all have lost a tremendous friend. Our thoughts are with Sid’s family, especially Linda and his children, and all of his colleagues and constituents.”Representative Sid Kavulich, 62, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He represented the 114th Legislative District from 2011 to 2018 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The Commonwealth flag shall continue to be lowered due to previous order, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.