first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Monday, the University of Utah’s men’s basketball team was selected to be among the participants at the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis at the Sanford Pentagon of Sioux Falls, S.D.The Utes will be joined at this prestigious event by traditional powers Creighton, Duke, Ohio State, West Virginia, Wichita State, Memphis and Texas A&M.Five of these squads, Duke, Creighton, West Virginia, Ohio State and Memphis are currently ranked in the “Rothstein 45,” a power-ranking system created by CBS Sports Network college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein.The official dates for this event will be decided after the Indianapolis-based NCAA announces college basketball’s official start following Wednesday’s Division I council meeting. Tags: Utah Men’s Basketball September 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball To Participate In 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis Written bylast_img read more

first_imgMore support is needed from government to tackle the skills shortage in the food and drink industry, a new report by the Food & Drink Federation has urged.A combination of an ageing workforce and uncertainty over the impact of Brexit mean attracting talent to the industry has never been more urgent, stated a report commissioned by the FDF and produced by Grant Thornton.The report – The Food And Drink Industry: Economic contribution and growth opportunities – is officially launched tonight (10 June) at a parliamentary reception, where Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary Michael Gove and his shadow counterpart Sue Hayman will speak.The report says perceptions of the industry make it difficult to attract people, while potential employees do not see the industry as “high-tech and with a wide range of fulfilling careers on offer”, instead opting to join other manufacturing industries.Meanwhile, there is uncertainty over access to EU workers, who make up 32.5% of the industry’s skilled and highly skilled workforce.Only a third of manufacturers surveyed said they felt apprenticeships would fill the gap left behind by EU workers, and the FDF said further support was needed from government to increase the apprentice workforce in food and drink. This should include investment to ensure education providers have the equipment and capacity to help bridge the skills gap.“Similarly, any new immigration policy must prioritise food and drink as the UK’s largest manufacturing industry and allow new workers from the EU to enter our sector,” stated the report.Other recommendations for government in the report include:Enhancing the image of the food and drink industry and raising awareness of the range of career opportunities on offer.Working with industry to reduce product sugar levels and taking an holistic approach to calorie reformulation.Further facilitating innovation through support for fundamental and applied research.The FDF also called on government to encourage more food and drink manufacturers to export to help grow the UK’s 2.2% share of the global food and drink export market. This should include working with industry to increase specialist export support for food and drink and identifying distributors in untapped markets.“The issues facing the food and drink industry are complex, but if we find the right solutions there is great reward – not just for our sector and the wider economy,” said FDF director general Ian Wright. “We believe a new sector deal, working in partnership with government and the ‘farm-to-fork’ supply chain, will harness this potential.”The Food Export ConferenceBusinesses keen to tap export opportunities should make a date in their diary to attend a new event organised by British Baker in partnership with sister titles Food Manufacture and Meat Trades Journal.The Food Export Conference has been designed to arm delegates with best practice advice from trade experts and British businesses enjoying success overseas. The one-day event will be held at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire, on Thursday, 5 October 2017.Speakers include: Adam Buckley, international sales director at Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods; Ed Wright, export director for Cranswick; Richard Clothier of Wyke Farms; and Paul Baker, director of Carrs Foods.To register for the Food Export Conference, visit foodexportconference.co.uk. Register before Tuesday, 20 July for an early bird delegate rate of £328.00 + VAT.For sponsorship opportunities, contact Samantha White on [email protected] or call her on 01293 846571.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena (WBKB) — It’s a quiet morning off the shores of Lake Huron, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. On a quiet lakefront property, an artist strokes his pencil, again and again.His name is Erv Lewandowski, a native of Posen. Lewandowski uses his color pencils to create masterpieces that are seen by people all over the world. Erv began to truly explore art during college at Central Michigan University. He continued his education at Eastern Michigan University where he pursued a master’s degree. During this time, Erv primarily used graphite and pigment ink as his tools.When Lewandowski graduated, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do so he came home. For 25 years, Lewandowski worked in the family business, gaining valuable experience in business management and marketing . It wasn’t until 2004 that Erv Lewandowski picked up colored pencils for the first time.“It took me about six to seven years to get my act together to where I knew where I was going and what my theme of drawing would be,” said Lewandowski.Lewandowski considers his artwork a mixture of contemporary realism meeting hyperrealism and abstract realism. Viewers will often find two similar types of landscape mashing in his drawings. Once, during a phone conversation with a gallery owner, Lewandowski’s style was called ‘signature.’ Signature in the art world means that an artist’s work can be recognized anywhere, anyplace, at any time. Local gallery owner and long time friend of Lewandowski, Augie Matuzak has a whole wall featuring Erv’s work. Matuzak has heard firsthand how amazing Lewandowski’s artwork is, even to disbelief.“One of the hardest things I’ve been told to paint or to draw is water and he does that to the point where folks that come in the gallery will have an argument with me that these are photographs,” said Matuzak.Since 2004, Lewandowski has won a number of awards from all over the world. Perhaps one his most prestigious accomplishments was winning two best in drawing awards from the prestigious International Guild of Realism. Now, Erv’s colored pencil masterpiece, Cascading Water XV, will be featured in the 26th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition in Chicago. Not only is he an artist, Erv is also a teacher — the Colored Pencil Society of America selected Lewandowski as a host instructor at their 2019 Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Los Angeles.Lewandowski poses with ‘Cascading Water XV’ which will be featured at the 26th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition in Chicago this July.“Once you have it, once you succumb to it, once you love it as much as I do, you feel compelled,” said Lewandowski, “Everyday, there is a drawing session in store for you.”Erv continues to keep busy at home and with his work. Each January, he sits down, assembles his business and marketing plan and attacks the year with passion and vigor. With no signs of slowing down, expect more of Erv’s artwork to flood galleries around the nation and right here on the sunrise side.Currently, Lewandowski’s art is featured in 11 galleries in the nation, including here in Alpena at Forty Five North Art Gallery. He lives with his wife Mary in Alpena. To learn more about the artist, visit https://erwinplewandowski.com/.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City Council Puts Breaks on Truck RouteNext What’s Trending for June 5last_img read more