Conoil Plc ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgConoil Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Conoil Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Conoil Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Conoil Plc (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileConoil Plc is a petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria that extracts, produces and sells crude oil as well as supplies a range of lubricants and household and liquefied petroleum gas for use by the domestic and industrial sectors. The company supplies what is referred to as White products, which is premium motor spirts, aviation turbine kerosene, dual purpose kerosene, low-pour fuel oil and automotive gasoline/grease oil. Products in its lubricant range include transport lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases, process oil and bitumen. Products in its liquefied petroleum gas range include liquefied petroleum gas sold in bulk, gas-packed, cylinders and valves. Established in 1984 and formerly known as Consolidated Oil Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Conoil Producing Plc. The company has exploration licenses for 6 highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta which it acquired and paid for after competitive bidding rounds organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Conoil Producing has discovered hydrocarbon offshore southeast of Niger Delta and initial logging interpretations is looking promising. Conoil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Conoil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Brooklin House / Galeria Arquitetos

first_img “COPY” Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•São Paulo, Brazil Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Pedro Kok+ 16 Share Houses Brooklin House / Galeria Arquitetos Year:  Projects Area:  166 m² Area:  166 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2008 Architects: Galeria Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2008 ArchDaily photographs:  Pedro KokPhotographs:  Pedro KokSave this picture!© Pedro KokRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewText description provided by the architects. This small house was built in 2008 in a quite narrow site (5,5m por 33m).The site is located in a residential and low density neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, in a very quiet street and its back overlooks the Hípica Paulistana.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe site limitations led the design of the open plan ground floor in order to provide a flexible fluid space without visual barriers.Save this picture!© Pedro KokA long concrete piece of furniture was designed along the wall to organize the space in the ground floor providing shelves for the living room, side board for the dining room and work top and storage for the kitchen.Save this picture!© Pedro KokThe stairs to the bedrooms floor were placed opposite to the concrete piece and bathed in sun light through a glass roof directly above it.Save this picture!SectionThe glass roof is also the access to the roof terrace where it is possible to appreciate the view to the green areas surrounding the site.Save this picture!© Pedro KokDespite the fact of being quite small in area, internal and external areas were design to feel like the same space providing a generous but very cosy ambience.Project gallerySee allShow lessRound Up: Made in ChinaMiscGP practice / LensºAss ArchitectenSelected Projects Share Brooklin House / Galeria ArquitetosSave this projectSaveBrooklin House / Galeria Arquitetos Year:  CopyAbout this officeGaleria ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSão PauloHousesBrazilPublished on April 27, 2014Cite: “Brooklin House / Galeria Arquitetos” 27 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

32.4°House / Naf Architect & Design

first_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Yokohama, Japan Photographs Japan Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Lixil Corporation, Sanwa, DAIWA JUKO, IOC FlooringSite Area:85.96 m2Building Area:51.51 m2Architect In Charge:Akio Nakasa, Teppei AmanoCity:YokohamaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess Specs CopyAbout this officeNaf Architect & DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYokohamaJapanPublished on May 03, 2018Cite: “32.4°House / Naf Architect & Design” 03 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 32.4°House / Naf Architect & DesignSave this projectSave32.4°House / Naf Architect & DesignSave this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano+ 19Curated by Fernanda Castro Share 2017 Architects: Naf Architect & Design Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoText description provided by the architects. A largest possible square floor plan was first drawn within the almost square lot of the house. Then a slightly smaller square plan was drawn inside the outer square, then it was rotated around the center of the square clock-wise by 32.4 degrees creating four right triangles inside the outer square; these are the elements which constitute the house, outer square, inner square and four right triangles in-between.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceSave this picture!DiagramRight triangle space serves as entrance porch or balcony of rooms of the house, and at the same time, subtracts adequate floor area from total floor area and building area to manage the area within allowed limit. If a house is built on the outer square, its total floor area would exceed the floor area which can be built within the budget or statutory building coverage ratio.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoLargest possible windows are designed on the walls facing right triangles, and modest openings are designed on the walls on the side of outer squares, thus, the view from the window is the wall of the owner’s house (inside the right triangle space) and not the next door, avoiding the sight from the next door without drawing the curtains.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoAs the sight from the house is not blocked by curtains, the wall of the outer square can be perceived as the wall of the interior, giving the impression of larger space than the actual floor area. Inside the outer square, the walls are painted in mat white color, so that the light pouring through the four right triangle walls is mildly reflected on the walls.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe house is built in a neighbor where lots of similar shape and size are prevalent and within the lots, old and new houses are built almost fully within the lots. The narrow street of four meters in width in front of houses is a community street whose ownerships are shared by the owners of the houses facing the street. In this neighborhood where houses as well as relationships of the residents seems close, some households are living for decades and some have just moved recently. The age groups are diverse and different life styles co-exist.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe family of four, a couple and two children, who are moving from different neighbor and starting a new life here, have their privacy protected by the house which provides buffer between the life inside the house and the neighborhood outside. The house is meant to secure interior spacious and quiet.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoIn the afternoon, community street in front of the house gets busy with children after school passing by, adults after shopping chatting and sounds of piano practice from someone’s house. We hoped that in time, the distance and relations between the neighbor and the family would gradually get closer and the family would blend in as part of the community.– Akio Nakasa –Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessSunyata Hotel in Dali Old Town / Zhaoyang ArchitectsSelected ProjectsBaan Klang Mueang Clubhouse / ForX Design StudioSelected Projects Sharecenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  32.4°House / Naf Architect & Design Area:  105 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Projectslast_img read more

Cargill to Follow Deere and Monsanto, Exiting Crop Insurance Business

first_img SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 31, 2015 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Cargill to Follow Deere and Monsanto, Exiting Crop Insurance Business Facebook Twitter Previous articleCruz and Paul Fail RFS TestNext articleArgentina Crops Setting Records Under New Rules Gary Truitt Cargill has agreed to sell its crop insurance unit, following the steps of Deere & Co. along with Monsanto, who sold their respective crop insurance units earlier this year. The sale marks the latest move by the company that’s reshaping its business amid low crop prices, according to a report by Bloomberg. The sale caps a difficult year for Cargill and other agriculture industry companies. Cargill reported its first quarterly net loss in 14 years in August amid sliding commodity prices and weakness in emerging markets.In September, Cargill announced the breakup and spinoff of investment arm Black River Asset Management. Brazil’s JBS SA bought the company’s U.S. pork business in November. Cargill to Follow Deere and Monsanto, Exiting Crop Insurance Businesslast_img read more

Iraq: Reporters sorely tested in battle for Mosul

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence News News June 19, 2017 Find out more March 24, 2017 Find out more French video-reporter Stephan Villeneuve and Iraqi Kurdish fixer and reporter Bakhthiar Haddad were killed by an explosive device in Mosul’s old town the day after the final assault was launched to complete the recapture of the city, still partially held by Islamic State fighters. A handful of freelance reporters permanently based in Erbil, 85 km to the east, and several dozen Iraqi and foreign journalists continue to cover this decisive battle, adapting to an increasingly dangerous terrain. Yesterday, one day after the explosion that killed Villeneuve and Haddad and also injured Swiss journalist Véronique Robert and her French colleague Samuel Forey, the authorities restricted access to the old town, which is located in the western part of the city and is the main focus of the current fighting. Similar measures were taken in October 2016, in the wake of the deaths of two Iraqi journalists a few days after the launch of the military offensive that enabled the Iraqi government forces and its allies to retake control of the eastern part of the city. Since the start of the land offensive to retake the western part, a total of 226 media crews, 84 of them foreign, have registered with the Joint Operations Command (JOC), according to its spokesman, Brig, Gen. Yahia Rasoul. It is hard to know the exact number of journalists currently on the ground as they do not necessarily have to register with any central authority. However, so far as French journalists go, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) had been able to establish that there are currently six in the Mosul area or in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital, which is the rear base of the battle for Mosul. Four of them are visiting and two are permanently based. They include Oriane Verdier, 25, an Erbil-based freelancer who works for RFI, Radio France, Libération and RTS. She based herself there in 2014 “not to be war reporter but rather to explain the region’s issues,” she said. She received training in security from France Médias Monde, which helps her “to think twice, to stay in control and always weigh whether the risk is worth the information that could be obtained.” Verdier has had to take this kind of decision with increasing frequency as a result of the marked deterioration in the security conditions in the region in the past three years. “The reporting conditions in Iraq are getting more and more difficult and complicated,” said Pierre Barbancey, a staffer at L’Humanité who has been covering the country for the past 17 years. In Mosul, which he visited in December 2016, “it is impossible to feel really safe because even when you think you are out of a combat zone, a car packed with explosives could appear out of nowhere or a mortar shell could land on you at any time.” Barbancey, who has covered wars in many other parts of the world, points out: “In Mosul, as elsewhere, we are not only targets to be killed but also kidnapped. This risk exists everywhere, but in Mosul’s maze of alleys, the danger is even greater.” Mosul’s old town, where Islamic State’s remaining forces have dug in, is a labyrinth for both the government forces and reporters. They have to advance on foot along narrow curved streets that are heavily-mined. At the same time, they are exposed to mortar shelling and Islamic State snipers posted inside houses or on rooftops. “Islamic State is past master at the art of targeting journalists (…) with bombs dropped from drones and with snipers at the front lines,” said Ziad Al-Ajili, the head of the Baghdad-based Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), shortly after Islamic State seized control of Mosul in June 2014. Three years later, the figures compiled by Al-Ajili are sad. “Nine journalists have been killed in the battle for Mosul (…) and nearly 46 Iraqi and foreign journalists have been wounded,” he said. This high toll is due not due solely to the ferocity of the fighting but also, in his view, to the lack of protective equipment for journalists, their lack of experience in covering this kind of war, and the lack of prior training. Laurence Geai, a freelance photographer who has been covering the battle for Mosul for Le Monde and who is there right now, is conscious of all these dangers. “You have to watch out for the mortars, the snipers and the mines,” she said. Covering the fighting in the old town in the coming weeks will be even tougher for journalists, “because that’s where the heart of Islamic State is located,” she added. This is going to be “a terrible battle,” said Frédéric Lafargue, a freelance photographer who has worked often in Iraq since the First Gulf War in 1991 and who covered the start of the battle for Mosul for Paris Match. “Neither side are novices, the level of commitment of both the Iraqi forces and Islamic State is very high and the nature of the terrain [the old town’s maze of alleys] is unfavourable, so covering this kind of situation necessarily entails an enormous risk,” he said. Lafargue added: “The presence of civilians renders the equation even more difficult and then there’s the fact the Islamic State fighters may feel that this is their Fort Alamo and they there to stay and cause as much damage as possible. All this makes you think twice about going there.” Islamic State has been holding ten Iraqi journalists and media workers captured in Mosul for nearly two years. The jihadi group seized all of the media outlets in Mosul in 2014, turning the city into a news and information black hole until the Iraqi army and its allies launched their offensive last October. RSF and the JFO published a joint report in October 2015 about the media freedom situation in Mosul since Islamic State seized control of the city. Iraq is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. In partnership with UNESCO, RSF publishes a Safety Guide for Journalists that is available in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. Written for reporters going to dangerous regions, it offers practical advice designed to help mitigate the risks. June 21, 2017 Iraq: Reporters sorely tested in battle for Mosul Mosul blast kills French and Kurdish journalists IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence Organisation Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alertscenter_img News RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field RSF_en Kurdish journalist killed in northern Iraq October 26, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go further Bakhtiyar Haddad, a Kurdish journalist working as a translator for France 2 TV, killed in a bomb explosion in Mosul on Monday 19 June 2017.  The deaths on 19 June of two journalists who were doing a story about the last phase of the battle for Mosul have highlighted the increasingly difficult conditions in which hundreds of Iraqi and foreign reporters have been covering the fight to retake Iraq’s second largest city since October 2016. last_img read more

Calls for new Education Minister to defer junior cert reform

first_imgNews Google+ By News Highland – July 14, 2014 Previous articleDonegal case leads to warning of the dangers of pointing lasers at aircraftNext articleCity thump Bray as good form continues News Highland Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Calls for new Education Minister to defer junior cert reform Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Google+ A Donegal Deputy has called on the new Education Minister to defer reform of the Junior Cert for one year to allow for meaningful consultation with secondary school teachers.Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the new Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan needs to make a clean break from the policy of her predecessor.The main opposition from teachers relates to the proposed move from students being marked by the State Examinations Commission to teachers assessing their own students.Charlie McConalogue says the minister needs to address those concerns:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly last_img read more

Time for Angels

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “Paintings of angels make special gifts for the birth of babies and for birthdays,” Peacock said. “I have requests for paintings of angles when someone passes away and in memory of someone. I’ve had requests of angels of all different kinds – of doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, anyone who helps in times of need.”And, in the year 2020, there was been even more interest in angels.“Right now, we are seeing more acts of kindness because so many people are hurting and for so many different reasons,” Peacock said. “There are all kinds of angels among us.”For Peacock, the year has been a challenging and busy one. So much so, that she put down the paint brush to tend to other things.“So much was going on that I didn’t have my head on straight,” Peacock said. “Then, around the first of December, I felt the need to paint. I wanted to paint.”So, paint she did. One angel after another. “It was a good Christmas for angels,” Peacock said. “So, I was able to do something in support of cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, even in a short time.” Peacock donates every dime that she receives from her angel paintings to St. Jude. She does not take any expenses from the proceeds, not for canvases, paints or anything associated with the angel paintings.“It all goes to St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer,” she said. “That is what I can do and what I want to do. It’s that important to me.” Peacock expressed appreciation to all of those who make it possible for her angel art to help the St. Jude children and their families.“There are no charges for the services at St. Jude and the angel paintings are what I can do to support childhood cancer research and those babies,” Peacock said. “Those who buy the angels also support St. Jude. Christmas 2020 was a good time for angels and I thank all of those who bought the angels at Christmas and throughout the year.” Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Her first attempt was not what she had hoped.“I tried to paint an angel and she was pitiful,” Peacock said, laughing. “Her wings looked more like butterfly wings than angel wings.”Peacock realized that, if she was going to paint angels, she had nowhere to go but up.That angel with butterfly wings was the beginning of what is now an ongoing mission in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and also to do something Peacock loves to do and something in which others find joy and peace. By Jaine Treadwell Peacock can’t put a finger on the exact date she made a commitment to help raise funds in her “small way” for St. Jude.“But, I started painting angels because I believed in what Danny Thomas was doing to help babies with cancer,” she said. “At St. Jude, lives were being save and I wanted to be a part of that in some small way.”Peacock’s dad was an artist and, just out of curiosity, she decided to see if she had inherited any of his talent. You Might Like Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img Published 8:37 pm Monday, January 4, 2021 Email the author Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Time for Angels Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Schools ready for students’ return By Lauren Johnson As the holiday break comes to an end, local schools are preparing for the return of their… read more Brenda Peacock is not sure how long she has been painting angels. But she has no intention of not painting angels.“As long as I can,” she said. “And, as long as it might help.”For Peacock, painting angels is a way of self-expression, a way to help others express joy or sorrow and, especially, a way to support the life-saving efforts of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.last_img read more

HMAS Wollongong arrives in Fiji

first_img View post tag: HMAS Wollongong HMAS Wollongong arrives in Fiji Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong arrived in Fiji, berthing at Kings Wharf in Suva harbor on Monday.Wollongong is visiting Fiji as part of a regular South West Pacific Deployment that helps to build relationships between the Republic of Fiji Military Force and the Australian Defence Force.During her deployment, the patrol boat is set for visits to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.Through the course of the deployment Wollongong will work with each country to enhance fisheries protection and maritime surveillance capability, and to develop interoperability with the ADF.En route to Suva, Wollongong conducted passage exercises and training with Republic of Fiji navy Ship Kula and Royal New Zealand Navy ship Hawea. The patrol boat will remain in Suva for the week conducting training, community engagement and sporting events. Authorities May 23, 2017 View post tag: Fiji View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Wollongong arrives in Fiji last_img read more

Snow Adds to Holiday Fun in Ocean City

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiUsually, the only white stuff found on the Ocean City Boardwalk is the beach sand that flakes off the feet of summer sunbathers while they are rushing to grab some ice cream or a slice of pizza.But on Sunday, Boardwalk strollers navigated through slippery patches of slushy snow left over from Saturday’s storm that turned the city into a winter wonderland.The snow, however, didn’t discourage people from venturing out on the Boardwalk or the beaches or from taking a horse and carriage ride downtown while enjoying a day at the shore.The downtown Asbury Avenue retail corridor, all dressed up in holiday bows, garland and lights, bustled with Christmas shoppers.People were also stopping in at City Hall’s welcome center to buy beach tags for the 2018 summer season. They also bought admission buttons for the First Night New Year’s Eve festivities and tickets to the Ocean City Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”“They took a ride today to see the shore,” Diane Stanton, a receptionist at City Hall’s welcome center, said of the crowds.Slushy snow left over from Saturday’s storm covers the Boardwalk.Evelyn Bonewicz, 89, and her daughter, Dolores Bonewicz, 64, who live together in Bethlehem, Pa., were visiting Ocean City for a weekend getaway. Bundled up for the chilly weather, they first took a horse and carriage ride on Asbury Avenue and then stopped in to see Santa Claus on the Boardwalk.Santa was posing for pictures with children while sitting in an Ocean City lifeguard boat parked outside the Music Pier. He was pleasantly surprised when Evelyn Bonewicz carefully climbed up some stairs to get into the boat with him.“She’s 89,” Santa exclaimed. “She’s the oldest person ever to be in this boat. It shows that you don’t have to be a kid to like Santa.”Evelyn and Dolores Bonewicz are thinking of making Ocean City their full-time residence, so their weekend trip allowed them to scout out some homes while also taking in the holiday sights.“The town is so clean and the people are so friendly. It feels like home,” Dolores Bonewicz said.“Actually, we call it home,” Evelyn Bonewicz added.The Groover family, of Logan Township, N.J., poses for a picture with Santa Claus in an Ocean City lifeguard boat.The Groover family, of Logan Township, N.J., also was in Ocean City on Sunday looking for a new home.“We come down here a lot and really enjoy it. We may move here,” Bob Groover said.Groover and his wife, Sharon, were joined by their children, Alex, 14, Brooke and Lexie, both 13, Ethan, 9, and Sienna, 4.The Groovers were enjoying some family time on the Boardwalk in the brisk, but sunny weather. At one point, they all piled into Santa’s lifeguard boat for a family photo with St. Nick.Although the snowy landscape on the Boardwalk and the beaches may have made it feel like the North Pole for Santa, it was a bit strange for the Groover family.“It’s different. I’ve never seen snow on the beaches before,” Alex Groover said.The Ambrosius family, of Philadelphia, stroll down the snow-covered Boardwalk.With the snow crunching under their feet, Amanda and Mike Ambrosius, along with their children, Riley, 11, Molly, 9, and Michael Jr., 5, were on the Boardwalk to buy a pizza for lunch.Down for the weekend from their Philadelphia home, the Ambrosius family caught up on some Christmas shopping, had breakfast with Santa and took a horse and carriage ride.For the children, the snow was a blast.“It’s awesome,” Riley said. “It was fun because we could have a snowball fight.”Molly admitted that she used some trickery to try to gain an advantage on her big sister, Riley.“When she wasn’t looking, I picked up a snowball and threw it at her,” Molly said, laughing.With the Music Pier in the background, the dunes are sprinkled with snow to create a wintry scene. Horse drawn carrages will whisk shoppers to their destinations over the holiday season along Asbury Avenue in the heart of the downtown shopping district.last_img read more

Speech: Amanda Spielman speech to Annual Apprenticeships Conference

first_imgThank you for inviting me to speak to you today.IntroductionThis is a very important conference, at a critical time for the development of apprenticeship provision. It is gratifying to see apprenticeships on the news agenda regularly: whether as mentions in Prime Minister’s speeches or the subject of thoughtful newspaper columns from journalists you wouldn’t normally expect to care. Apprenticeships are, quite rightly, recognised as a vital component of our education and skills sector. Less gratifying, perhaps, is that too much of this recognition is about the system, not yet, working as it should.That’s why I am so pleased to be here today. I see it as essential that providers, policy makers and employers can have open and frank discussions about what works and what needs to be improved.It is almost a year now since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy–one of the most significant changes to apprenticeship funding that we have ever seen. Alongside the slow but inexorable move from apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards, providers and employers are working to secure the training and support that businesses need to develop a well-trained and productive workforce.And at Ofsted, we carry on supporting the reform programme. Indeed we’re putting our money where our mouth is, with our own award-winning band of 29 business administration apprentices.ChallengesWe know that it has been a challenging year for providers. The levy has required a different relationship with employers. There have been challenges in applying for, and receiving, non-levy allocations. There have also been problems getting on the Register of apprenticeship training providers. And, in too many instances, in finding a replacement standard for a framework–particularly at levels two and three.I suspect that the fall in apprenticeship starts is due to a combination of these factors. Nevertheless, any barriers that prevent employers taking on an apprentice, or standing in the way of good providers delivering high quality training, must concern us all.The first quarter of 2017 to 2018 saw almost 50,000 fewer starts than the same quarter in 2016 to 2017. There is no denying, that the low number of starts continues to be a concern, which is why I was heartened to see Anne Milton’s recent confidence that numbers will pick up in the new academic year. We all have to hope that this is true.It is not just about overall volumes though. We are also experiencing some unintended consequences from the emerging trend towards higher-level apprenticeships. Of course, I understand, indeed applaud, more apprenticeships at higher levels, especially when there is clear progression in an occupation, from level 2 through to degree level. However, around 40% of the standards approved or in-development are at higher and degree levels, while only 7% of apprentices work at these levels.This shift may be good for the economy in the long run, but the reduced number of apprenticeships at levels two and three is another destabilising factor in the system. To put it more brutally, there is a risk that young people, fresh from school, get squeezed out of apprenticeship routes because employers prioritise higher level programmes. This makes it more difficult for young people looking for entry-level employment straight from GCSEs.In this context, I am pleased to see that the Institute for Apprenticeships is upping the rate at which it develops and approves apprenticeship standards. Up till now, this process really has been too slow. I am also pleased that there is now more flexibility to include qualifications within apprenticeship standards. I see these positive developments as a sign that the institute is listening to the concerns expressed by employers and training providers. However, I would still like to see a greater focus on achieving a set of standards that really reflect the balance of training and development needs of the economy.Ofsted’s roleWith all the change, and uncertainty in the system, I am sure you want reassurance about Ofsted’s agility and ability to adapt inspection to fit the new reality.We know the challenges you face. We are working hard with you to make sure that inspection takes account of the changing landscape. But, let me be absolutely clear, we will not be excusing poor performance. Regardless of the changes that we are all dealing with: apprentices deserve high quality training at, and away from, work.Pilot inspection findingsWe have already carried out a number of pilot inspections to make sure that we are looking at the right things in this new environment. And we found a need for inspectors to focus on the bottom line, not the money, but what knowledge, skills and behaviours apprentices actually develop and acquire.Now I hope many of you will know that one of my big interests as Chief Inspector is looking at the substance of education. By this, I mean the entirety of what is actually learnt, whether at school, college or on an apprenticeship.As I said at the launch of my first Annual Report, our early research has shown that, all too often, the knowledge that we want young people to acquire is lost in the dash for grades and stickers.These pilot inspections of apprenticeship providers have revealed that many of the concerns we have uncovered at a school level are also evident in apprenticeships.We are seeing an over-emphasis on simply ticking the box to show that the next part of the qualification has been achieved. There is not enough focus on the actual skills, knowledge and behaviours learned.Indeed, most providers in our pilots found it difficult to demonstrate what actual progress their apprentices were really making. As providers, you need to consider how you make sure that apprentices are making progress. This isn’t for inspectors, not for Ofsted, but for apprentices’ and employers’ benefit. It is also to inform the training and development programme that apprentices need to be following to pass end-point assessments.The findings from our pilot inspections are informing changes to the inspection handbook. We will carry on iterating and adapting these as the systems develop.Inspections of apprenticeshipsMore broadly, we are now developing our new education inspection framework for September 2019. How we inspect and report on apprenticeships are important considerations in our thinking and planning for this new framework. What we learn on inspections now, and what we learn from our work with organisations like AELP, the British Chambers of Commerce and the CBI, will inform our development. And of course, we will consult on our proposals.But the changes in the system aren’t just about new frameworks and new ways of inspecting. I know that many of you have concerns about the number of untested providers entering the market and the effect this could have on quality. Well, rest assured, we are not standing idly by and waiting for new providers to fail. We are doing all that we can to make sure that no apprentice’s future opportunity is ruined by poor provision. It is essential that poor quality provision is spotted and tackled quickly, so that it doesn’t damage an individual’s prospects or the overall apprenticeship brand.We have already begun a series of early monitoring visits to assess the quality of these new providers. Some of you will have heard about our first monitoring visits, which hit the headlines, at least in the trade press, last week. There is no hiding the fact that what we found at Key6 Group was worrying. And I’m very pleased that there has been a prompt reaction by ESFA [Education and Skills Funding Agency].But, it is important that we don’t over-interpret this one result as a judgement on all new providers coming on stream with the levy. We are doing more monitoring visits of this type. And I very much hope that positive results will significantly outnumber the disappointments.Besides these monitoring visits to new providers, we have increased our inspection focus on subcontractors, many of whom are providing apprenticeship training. We are doing this in two ways. Firstly, as part of our standard inspections, where providers have a significant proportion of subcontracted provision, we are increasing our focus on this part. This will mean that teams can evaluate and report, in more detail, on the quality of education and training in individual subcontractors.In addition, we are making monitoring visits to a number of directly-funded providers to look specifically at subcontracted provision. This way, we can make sure that apprentices are getting the best possible training. We expect the first of these to be published in the next couple of weeks.Our message here is simple. As the direct contract holder, you are responsible for your learners. If you subcontract, for whatever reason, you are still responsible for making sure your apprentice gets high quality training. If you are sitting back and collecting the money, without taking proper responsibility for quality, you are failing your apprentices. We are determined to expose this in the system.And, just in case, any of you were being kind enough to worry about us, and whether Ofsted has the resources to deliver this increased volume of inspection, please don’t worry: we are being equally robust in our approach to government for funding. Indeed the DfE has already acknowledged that it needs to fund us properly for this work.StandardsWith the experience of Learndirect still prominent in all of our minds, I have no doubt that you are all acutely aware of the risks when large sums of money flow into a system.It is sobering, in that respect, to look at recent inspection outcomes. Between September 2017 and February 2018, we made a judgement on the apprenticeship provision at 55 providers. We found three-fifths of them to be good or outstanding, with 16 requiring improvement. Six were inadequate. This means that 4 in 10 providers did not offer high quality training for apprentices. There is no way of dressing this up – it is not good enough.But looking at it another way, the good and outstanding providers were generally the larger ones, so 33,000 apprentices were in good or outstanding provision – almost 80% of the overall places. And this is a lot higher than the provision looked at in the previous year. Then, only 60% of apprentices were being trained in providers of the same quality, we have excluded Learndirect from those figures. To be clear, it is not a perfect year-on-year comparison because inspection priorities and scheduling decisions affect which providers are selected for inspection. However, I do believe the figures are cause for optimism about quality in the sector.So, while we rightly shine a light on concerns in the system, and I do have to talk about where things are going wrong. I also believe it is important to celebrate where things are going well. We see outstanding apprenticeship providers like National Grid and Craven College and Fareham College. There we see leaders and managers who work very closely with local employers to make sure that apprenticeships meet the needs of the local economy. They expect the best of their apprentices who show exemplary skills, getting the qualifications and competencies they need.And whether it’s TTE Training with 160 engineering apprentices on various pathways, Busy Bees Nurseries and its range of early years apprenticeships or CITB supporting 10,000 apprentices in the construction industry–these very different types of outstanding provider are similar in one thing: the determination to give their apprentices top-notch training and to set them on a path to a successful and fulfilling career.ConclusionSo, to conclude, we cannot escape the fact that this is a testing time for apprenticeships, a period of significant change that has inevitably brought a level of uncertainty alongside great opportunity.There is still a way to go before we can confidently declare the new approach a success, but it is possible to see it beginning to take shape.My inspectors are seeing some excellent provision around the country, but not enough of it and we need to see more. The sector is adapting confidently to change, but we need to make sure that the pace doesn’t slacken.Ofsted’s overarching goal, as set out in our corporate strategy, is to be a force for improvement in all the sectors we inspect and regulate. This is as relevant for apprenticeship provision as it is for schools or child protection. Through our work, we will provide the evidence of what is working and the early warning of where things are going wrong. For a system in the midst of change, this could not be more vital.After all, success of this ambitious apprenticeship programme is essential, not only to the needs of our wider economy, but for the young people and adult learners so desperate for the right opportunity to prosper.I know all of you in this room are working hard to ensure this success. I am delighted to be joining all the winners of the inaugural AAC apprenticeship awards at tonight’s ceremony in recognition of that commitment.Thank you.last_img read more