Speech: Lord Ashton’s speech at the British Pavilion opening event

first_imgLadies and Gentlemen, good afternoon.I am delighted to be here today, as the representative of Her Majesty’s Government, for the opening of the British Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.I am very grateful to the British Council for inviting me to this auspicious event and allowing me to say a few words.May I begin by congratulating the artist, Cathy Wilkes, for creating the incredible works on show inside this building, and Dr Zoé Whitley, for so skillfully curating the exhibition.I had the pleasure of touring the pavilion this morning and I must say I was awed by the visually striking and thought-provoking display. I am sure that everyone here today and the many thousands of people who will visit the pavilion over the next 6 months will have the same experience.On behalf of the UK Government I would like to thank the British Council for successfully managing the British Pavilion programme, which, together with their wider work around the globe, has promoted the best of the UK’s arts and culture on the world stage.And may I also express my deep gratitude to the many sponsors, supporters and patrons of the British Pavilion, whose kind and generous support is so vital to its continued success. Thank you very much.Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot overestimate the power of art and culture to bring people together from different places around the world. Often it is our cultural links which are right at the heart of cooperation between different nations, even when we may disagree in other areas.As the world’s preeminent arts festival, the Venice Biennale exemplifies the value of international cultural collaboration and exchange.The British Pavilion holds a particularly special place within this magnificent festival, as one of the permanent national pavilions. And of course, it is also one of the longest-standing, having been established in 1909.Therefore, I hope, you will forgive my lack of modesty when I say that the British Pavilion truly is a ‘must see’ for any visitor to the Biennale. And this year’s exhibition truly lives up to its ‘must see’ status.I am also delighted to say that, beyond the Pavilion itself, the festival this year has an incredibly strong showing of talent from the UK, not least of course with Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, as Artistic Director of the festival, becoming the first UK-based curator to hold the coveted title.And in addition to this, the Central Exhibition will also feature the work of 5 further artists from the UK, all supported by the British Council.The 58th Venice Biennale is therefore set to be a great showcase for British arts, demonstrating that the UK is an international cultural powerhouse, not only in our heritage but in our amazing and thought-provoking contemporary art.So I would like to conclude by wishing the greatest success for the British Pavilion, and the UK artists in this year’s festival.Thank you.last_img read more

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

first_imgThis guidance should be used alongside PHE guidance on infection prevention and control and DHSC guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. This guidance is for anyone who employs people who work in adult social care. It provides a framework for how you should assess and support members of your workforce who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus. It covers: having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk measures you could put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals useful guidance and resourceslast_img

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The Disco Biscuits Kick Off A Two-Nighter In Maine [Photos/Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/9/18 | Photos: Vic Brazen Photo: Vic Brazen Load remaining imagescenter_img “Portland, Maine! The city so nice, we came to play it twice,” bassist Marc Brownstein declared right after The Disco Biscuits took the stage at the State Theatre on Friday evening.Indeed, yesterday’s show marked the first performance of a two-night stand in Portland, in addition to being the second show of a three-night run that kicked off the previous night in Providence, RI. Friday night’s first set was particularly focused on The Disco Biscuits early catalog, as each of the five songs played—”M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”, “Voices Insane”, “Spaga”, a cover of Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere favorite “Pygmy Twylyte”, and “Wet”—were tunes that first entered the band’s repertoire back in the 1990s. The Zappa cover’s appearance was an interesting one, seeing as it appeared in the middle of a “Spaga”The Disco Biscuits kept things interesting during the second set as well by delivering what amounted to a 90-minute “Story of the World” sandwich. The first portion of that Biscuits classic eventually melted into an inverted rendition of “42” before segueing into “Lunar Pursuit”. Next up was the second-ever inverted rendition of “Naeba”, a rarity that debuted in 2009 and has only appeared twice since 2011. The inverted tune went into strange territory and touched on a “Billy Jean” tease on its way to “Tricycle”, which eventually gave way to the second half of “Story of the World”. Finally, the band re-emerged after the encore break for a brief (by Disco Biscuits standards) “Times Up” to close out the show.The Disco Biscuits will return to the State Theatre tonight for the final show of their three-night New England run. You can watch a full, pro-shot video of last night’s show—courtesy of the band’s official YouTube page—below (the show starts around the 25-minute mark).The Disco Biscuits – 3/9/2018 (Full Show)[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Check out a gallery of photos below courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/9/2018Set One: M.E.M.P.H.I.S.-> Voices Insane, Spaga-> Pygmy Twylyte-> Spaga, WetSet Two: Story of the World-> 42* -> Lunar Pursuit-> Naeba* -> Tricycle-> Story of the WorldEncore: On Time*invertedlast_img read more

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Public hearings set for proposed fish, wildlife rule changes

first_imgStatewide— The Natural Resources Commission’s (NRC) Division of Hearings has scheduled two hearings to accept public comments on proposed rule changes.Proposed rule changes include adding ruffed grouse and cisco to the state’s endangered species list, establishing new size and bag limits for saugeye taken on the Ohio River, and allowing air guns during the deer firearms hunting season. For a complete list of proposed amendments with additional information about each proposal, click here.The hearings are scheduled for:• Wednesday, July 29, 6 pm, Mounds State Park, 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017. Fisheries Rules Hearing in the Nature Center, multi-purpose room. Wildlife Rules Hearing in the Pavilion.• Thursday, July 30, 6 pm, McCormick’s Creek State Park, 451 McCormick Creek Park Road, Spencer, IN 47460. Fisheries Rules Hearing in the Sycamore Room. Wildlife Rules Hearing in the Oak Room.Public comments can be submitted online by clicking here. Locate the “comment on this rule” link in the Rulemaking Docket for the FW Biennial Fisheries Amendments or the FW Biennial Wildlife Amendments, whichever rule package the comment applies to.Comments can also be mailed to:Natural Resources Commission Indiana Government Center North 100 North Senate Ave., Room N103 Indianapolis, IN 46204The deadline for public comments is July 30 at 11:59 pm.The NRC will review the public comments before voting on the final adoption of the changes later in 2020. Rule changes that are given final adoption must still be approved by the Attorney General’s office and Governor’s office, and filed with the Indiana Register before taking effect.last_img read more

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