Statement to parliament: Maritime and Coastguard Agency business plan 2019 to 2020

first_img the vision for a future aviation strategy, including the next phase of helicopter contracts improvement to the already first class HM Coastguard the next phase of the Survey & Inspection Transformation Programme I am proud to announce the publication of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) business plan for 2019 to 2020. MCA does vital work to save lives at sea, regulate ship standards and protect the marine environment. The agency affects not just those working on the coast or at sea, it upholds the legacy of our great maritime nation.The business plan sets out: At the international level, MCA will work alongside the Department and with the input of other government departments to represent the UK’s interests at the International Maritime Organization, and at other relevant bodies.Domestically, MCA will continue to work collaboratively to grow the maritime sector in the UK so that it continues to contribute positively to the economy. They will also provide a valuable contribution to the delivery the ambitions set out in Maritime 2050 and its accompanying route maps.This plan allows service users and members of the public the opportunity to see how the agency i s developing and using new technologies to improve its services and performance.The key performance indicators will assess how the agency is performing in operating its key services, managing reforms and the agency finances throughout the year.The business plan will be available electronically on GOV.UK and copies will be placed in the libraries of both houses.last_img read more

Poetry unbound

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKv8nTIm57Y” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/DKv8nTIm57Y/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> For Elisa New, teaching poetry to the uninitiated has been as gratifying as teaching English concentrators and confirmed poetry lovers.Her Gen Ed course, “Poetry in America,”  attracts students from across disciplines. Now the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature wants to reach an even broader audience in a new course called “Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop.” The online offering — created, in part, with a new faculty fellowship from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning — aims to give secondary school instructors rich content and critical tools. The course, with key support from HarvardX and alumni, is a star-studded affair that includes hip-hop artist Nas reading Walt Whitman and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry reading Carl Sandburg.“I really want to influence the way language arts is taught in American classrooms by providing high-quality professional development that’s very rigorous and fun,” said New, who is teaching the course through the Extension School in partnership with the Graduate School of Education.The course is part of New’s Harvard Arts and Humanities Public Partnerships Initiative (HAHPPI), an idea designed to bring students, faculty, professionals, and alumni together to excite the “next generation of humanists” through a range of projects. This semester, in New’s other Bok-based course, “The Humanities Online Practicum,” students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Ed School, and the Medical School are working in teams to create content suitable for a wide range of learners. Projects include podcasts on poetry of the environment, adapting college-level Shakespeare for high school, and creating and curating English humanities content for Chinese online learners.Harvard professor, Nas, and Walt Whitman “We created the faculty fellows program at the Bok Center to support faculty in exploring and developing impactful new ideas in teaching and learning,” said Robert A. Lue, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center. “New’s work aligns beautifully with our commitment to social engagement through the fostering of an intergenerational learning community of faculty, graduate students, and high school teachers and students.”Early in her first “Poetry in America” HarvardX course, in 2013, New realized that far from addressing a world indifferent to the humanities, she was finding a world hungry for them. Her class of 7,000 included homeschooling Lutheran parents, history buffs, and elderly students living in remote parts of the world.“It was a crowd of passionate, spiritual types, and this material met their needs,” she said. “It kindled the intellect flame of a big audience I hadn’t expected.”Her focus on teachers is one that crosses disciplines and demographics easily. The course, produced by the Bok Center, includes footage filmed in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. Big-name guests go deep into their chosen poem.Gehry reads Sandburg’s “Skyscraper,” while journalist Andrea Mitchell takes on Robert Lowell’s Vietnam-era protest poem “July in Washington.” After his early Whitmanesque turn, Nas will return at the end of the course to perform and discuss “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” and “New York State of Mind” from his 1994 album “Illmatic.”“Nas is in the long tradition of urban poets like Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. He comes as a great learner,” New said.In April 2018, “Poetry in America” will make it to the small screen when it airs as a TV show on WGBH.“My challenge now is: How at Harvard do I move beyond my own content on poetry to help other faculty, grad students, and others to create content for a wider audience?” New said. “My goal at Bok is to give the humanities a higher profile and more purpose. What drives me now, as Dean Robin Kelsey puts it, is the opportunity to bring what we as humanists do more vividly and vibrantly into the world.”last_img read more

Heisler: A Happy NBA New Year somewhere, if not in LA

first_imgJeanie: Would you consider putting off retirement and coming back?Kobe: Would you consider coming up with another one of those $55 million extensions?Byron Scott: I’m cool. Would I be benching our lottery picks if they haven’t told me I’m safe? No, we’re not tanking. Lakers don’t tank, even if it has looked like they do since about 2010. We’re just rebuilding, backwards.D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle: When the Lakers took us on draft day, could we have said, “I pass?”Kevin Durant: Someone said the Lakers are hoping to land me as a free agent. They must mean in 2022 after the deal I sign in 2017 is up. Paul Pierce: It’s great to be home, but I wish I had gotten here before I retired. Oh, I’m still active?Lance Stephenson: I want to thank the Clippers for giving me another chance. Oh, I’m still here?Josh Smith: I wanted to show Stan Van Gundy what he was missing after paying me $26 million to go away. Well, at least I got to keep the $26 mill.Matt Barnes: I must look pretty good to the Clippers now. Of course, from Memphis they look pretty good to me.Doc Rivers: Whoever is running personnel is in big trouble. Oh, wait, that’s me.Steve Ballmer: Now that I think about it, maybe $2 billion was a tad high.DeAndre Jordan: This is the year I learn how to shoot free throws.Dwight Howard: Me, too. I wanted to be an icon like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Instead, I keep getting compared to DeAndre Jordan.DeAndre: Did you ever think of trying to leap from the foul line and dunk? Back when you had hops, I mean.Dwight: I like the way you raise both arms straight up to shoot yours, like you’re being held up. Nice free-agent tour, by the way. Why didn’t you wait until the Mavericks held the press conference to introduce you and tell them, “Just kidding.”DeAndre: Hey, it gets crazy. You’ll see when you opt out next summer, assuming you’re willing to risk having to play for the veteran’s exception. At least I didn’t take $30 million less to get away from Kobe so I could play with James Harden, aka Lone Star Kobe.James Harden: Don’t worry, Dwight, I’m working on getting traded to an L.A. team to be closer to Khloe. Or maybe the Warriors if they don’t mind me taking my 19.9 shots per game.Steph Curry: Maybe you could come off the bench. That’s what we do with guys who shoot 42%.Khloe Kardashian: Oh, James! It’s such a fairy tale for me, dating an NBA star. What could go wrong now?Derrick Rose: I resolve to go back to playing basketball, one of these years.Sam Hinkie: It’s OK if my 76ers have posted win totals of 19-18-2 in my two-plus seasons as GM, we’re rebuilding. You’re right, we can’t do this forever. I resolve to try to win one of these seasons … just not this one.Jerry Colangelo: I don’t think we’ve met. I’m the new president the Sixers just hired to carry the rebuilding into the front office, starting with you.On the bright side, you’ll be leaving with a record that will never be broken.Adam Silver: Yes, it’s unusual for the commissioner to be involved with team hires, but the owners wouldn’t let me reform the lottery. So I reformed the Sixers.Phil Jackson: I turned the Knicks around, all right, from a 37-win team to a 17-win team. Now I have to do it so they’re facing forward but they tell me that’s harder.I’ve got it! What if Kobe plays one more season here? If not, how about Michael?If not, I know someone very high up in the Lakers, so maybe I can get a job trying to turn them around instead!Of course, that’s a resolution for another year.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. New Year’s resolutions for 2016, not a moment too soon for the local teams that had a challenging 2015.Jim Buss: I’d like to get us into the West Finals next season, even if I have another one or two after that. Right, sis?Jeanie Buss: I’d go all-out next season if I were you.Kobe Bryant: I didn’t forget how to play. I was just in a little slump the last three seasons.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more