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News story: Karen Johnston reappointed as Deputy Pensions Ombudsman

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first_imgGuy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has reappointed Karen Johnston as Deputy Pensions Ombudsman for a further 2 years. Following on from a 3 year term, Karen’s reappointment will start on the 1 July 2018.last_img

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Britain’s Best Bakery judges describe winning formula

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first_imgThe judges on TV’s Britain’s Best Bakery have explained what they think is the winning formula at the Scottish Bakers’ Conference.Peter Sidwell and Mich Turner said they had visited more than 100 bakeries and tasted around 600 products during their time as the judges for the ITV show.And the duo, speaking in Glasgow, advised bakers to look at their businesses as though they were customers and to focus on being different.Turner, owner of the Little Venice Cake Company, said: “Think about what you think your brand stands for and ask your customers what you think your business stands for.”Produced by Shine TV, the company also behind BBC’s MasterChef, there has been two series of Britain’s Best Bakery, which is ITV’s answer to the Great British Bake Off. In February this year the title was awarded to The Cake Shop Bakery in Suffolk.ValuesAnd Turner said she and Sidwell were well placed as judges because they run their own businesses. “We both have our own businesses, we have seen from the grass roots up,” she explained. “It’s really important that you understand yourselves. Are you about quality, convenience? What are your key values?”Sidwell said it was important for bakers to have a “clarity” to their brand – and cited the example of Apple and Jamie Oliver. He argued that customers know what they are getting when they visit a Jamie Oliver restaurant or bought an Apple product.* Delegates at the conference also heard from either side of the Scottish devolution debate. Richard Lochhead, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and Michael Moore, MP, the former Secretary of State for Scotland held a Question Time-style panel on the subject of Scotland going alone. And bakers also heard from Australian motivation speaker and baker Tom O’Toole.last_img read more

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Watch Dave Chappelle Rock Out To Prince, Damian Marley, Radiohead With Ed Sheeran & Other Friends

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first_imgAfter nearly a decade out of the spotlight, 2017 has been a big year for comedian Dave Chappelle. After announcing a massive deal with Netflix late last year that paved the way for three new stand-up specials. Two of those special (recorded at Austin City Limits Live in April 2015 and at the Hollywood Palladium in March 2016, respectively) were released this past spring to widespread fanfare. Within a month, Netflix announced that they were the two most-viewed comedy specials in the streaming service’s history.This summer, Chappelle completed an extended residency at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with a slew of talented guests including musicians like John Mayer, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Childish Gambino as well as fellow comedians Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Ali Wong, and more. Chappelle and Mayer have also combined forces a number of times over the past year. Dave’s surprise appearance during one of Maryer’s solo shows sparked the idea for two last-minute comedy/music variety show performances in San Francisco, dubbed Controlled Danger. Yesterday, Chappelle and Mayer announced that they would reprise Controlled Danger” for a New Year’s Eve performance at The Forum in L.A. this December.Dave Chappelle & John Mayer Announce “Controlled Danger” New Year’s Eve Arena ShowCurrently, Chappelle is in the midst of a 11-show residency at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he lived for several years in his youth and got his start as a stand-up 30 years ago. On September 19th, in honor of the beginning of his D.C. residency and his 3-decade milestone in comedy, Chappelle hosted a private party where he and a bunch of familiar faces (including Ed Sheeran, who was in town for his own performance that night, and his Chappelle’s Show cast-mate Donnell Rawlings) jammed out late into the night. With a beer and his ever-present lit cigarette in hand, Dave led the band and the party-goers singing along to Damian Marley‘s “Welcome To Jamrock,” Stevie Wonder‘s “Superstition,” Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and, of course, his well-known favorite tune, Radiohead‘s “Creep.”You can get a fly-on-the-wall look at how Dave Chappelle and his friends get down with video of Thanks to YouTube user toolboxdc: [h/t – Consequence of Soundlast_img read more

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Riju Agrawal ’13 wins 2013 SAME award

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first_img Read Full Story The New York City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) has awarded Harvard College senior Riju Agrawal ’13 the 2013 Colonel and Mrs. S. S. Dennis, III Scholarship in recognition of his hard work and dedication to research.In a ceremony on April 26, Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), presented Agrawal with a certificate of accomplishment and a scholarship check for $1,000 from SAME.The organization has more than 27,000 members and is dedicated to advancing individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services, and private industry in the interest of national defense.As an engineering sciences concentrator in the S.B. program at SEAS, Agrawal completed a senior thesis while working in the laboratory of his adviser, Chad Vecitis, assistant professor of environmental engineering. Vecitis is known for his work using carbon nanotubes to develop extremely effective water filters.Aiming to contribute to a lower-cost water filtration system for developing nations, Agrawal explored another material called carbon fabric, which would cost approximately 100 times less than the nanotubes but could not produce quite as fine-grained a filter. He created a triple-layer filter and tested it using water from Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Mass., and the Charles River, which runs through the Harvard campus.last_img read more

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The IT Forecast – Especially for Partners – Is Becoming Cloudy

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first_imgIn this headline, I’m actually referring to a couple of things. Yes, the cloud (for this post, virtual storage) is becoming more pervasive – no news there. But perhaps not as obvious is how this changing IT environment is clouding the previously distinct lines between the business models of our various partner types.At our recent Global Partner Summit, I spoke with more and more traditional resellers who are getting into the cloud service provider business, or partnering with EMC’s Service Provider partners who are already there. We also see our systems integrators reselling technology as they help larger customers build out massive data centers to develop their own on premises private cloud service. In essence, I’m seeing what used to be silo-ed partner communities melding together and becoming increasingly dependent on one another, significantly blurring the lines between technology partner types.So what does this mean to traditional resellers? Value-added resellers are well-positioned in this new environment, given their stronghold with customers.  Their customers depend on them to assess their IT needs and deliver a multi-faceted solution – which, by the way, could include brokering pay-by-the-drip cloud service with an established Service Provider (SP) partner.My advice to resellers is to get enabled to help customers build their own on premises private clouds, and to break down the silos and build relationships with established SPs. EMC has a robust SP program with a new entry path for resellers who want to add that capability to their portfolio, as well as a group of solid SP partners who are established on EMC technology. Resellers should also connect with systems integrators to help them meet their customers’ technology needs in building large data centers.Let’s face it. IT is the most dynamic, fast-changing industry and the changes are having a dramatic impact on our world. This leads to my most critical advice to technology partners: deepen your connection with a vendor who is at the leading edge of these changes – who has not only the vision, but the market strength and financial heft to invest in R&D and stay at the forefront of IT. I’m a bit biased, but I’m proud to say that EMC fills this bill. And we are committed to having partners alongside us every step of the way as we chart the course of the changing IT landscape.The partner ecosystem is alive and well, and will become even more vibrant as partners better understand how their success – and their customers’ success – depends on tighter connections with the right vendor and with partners in adjacent disciplines. Clouding – or blurring – of the lines between various partners is indeed a good thing.last_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims fall below last year’s levels

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first_imgWeekly unemployment claims fell last week, continuing a downward trend since a spike at the end of 2009. They are now well below levels from a year ago. For the week of February 13, 2010, there were 821 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 126 from the week before. Altogether 14,658 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 168 from a week ago and 2,383 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4997 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 48 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,552 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 74 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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Amber Alert Issued for Southampton Children

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This Amber Alert was canceled at 7:12 p.m.Southampton police have confirmed that two children were abducted by their parents in Southampton Tuesday afternoon.Scarlet Whitlock, 1, and 5-year-old Wiley Whitlock, who is developmentally disabled, has epilepsy and seizure disorder, were taken by Christopher Carcione, also known as David Cox, and Amy Whitlock from Magee Street at 2:52 p.m., according to police.The Southampton Police Department activated the New York State Amber Alert Friday night for a green 1996 4-door Mercury Marquis, New York license plate #GBH5264 that the suspects and the children are believed to be traveling in.Police say the suspects, who have a history of drug and weapons possession, fled with the children in violation of an imminent danger court order.Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Southampton Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.last_img read more

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Bay Park Plant Outfall Pipe Funding Rejected Again

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County’s request for half a billion dollars to fund an ocean outfall pipe and de-nitrification system at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway was once again rejected by FEMA—a move that will most likely force the county to look elsewhere for the desired funding.Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator Jerome Hatfield, responding to a letter from state officials asking for additional funding, said the request was deemed “ineligible because it doesn’t meet FEMA guidelines.” Hatfield, in a letter dated March 16, noted that FEMA has already agreed to pay $729 million for Superstorm Sandy-related repairs and mitigation stemming from the historic October 2012 storm.The plant, which serves a half million county residents, was knocked off line when the storm flooded the plant under nine feet of water, causing treated and untreated sewage to spew into the streets, some homes and Reynolds Channel.Since then, the county has successfully lobbied for federal funds to repair the plant, but has been unable to convince FEMA to approve $550 million for an outfall pipe that would extend into the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, effluent is discharged into Reynolds Channel, which connects to the Western Bays.New York State in February committed $150 million to pay for the nitrogen removal system that had also been requested. That announcement came one day after outspoken county officials called on the state to act on an original promise to fund the project.FEMA’s most recent rejection letter comes 10 months after the agency originally declined the state and county’s outfall pipe proposal.While outlining several reasons why FEMA determined the project to be ineligible, Hatfield said agency personnel “found no damage to the existing outfall pipe” upon inspection following the epic storm.“As there is no damage to the outfall pipe, the proposed project is not eligible for” hazard mitigation funding.After receiving the letter, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens met with FEMA officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.“FEMA presented its decision not to fund from the disaster assistance program and suggested the ocean outfall pipe may be eligible for other federal funding programs—which we are working with NYSDEC to identify and evaluate,” Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman, said in an email.“The county offered to participate in funding at a level to be determined during future funding discussions,” he added. Nevin did not specify what those federal funding options are.The U.S Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has already dispersed Sandy-related funds to areas impacted by the hurricane. “As such, it is up to a grantee, such as New York State, to determine the specific uses for their remaining funds,” a HUD spokesman said. A state DEC spokesperson did not return a call for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has also been involved in lobbying for an outfall pipe, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.A source said other members of the state’s congressional delegation also met with FEMA this week to discuss the issue.Both the county and state has argued for months that an outfall pipe would help improve the health of the Western Bays. Scientists have said that nitrogen from the effluent discharged into the bay is harmful to marshland that protect the shorelines from erosion.“Everyone agrees the pipe needs to be built. FEMA has made it clear that they can’t provide the funding for it, so we have to find another solution,” Rice said in a statement, adding that her office will explore “every possible option” to secure the necessary funding. In February, Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) expressed a desire to hold hearings with regard to the outfall pipe. A date has yet to be announced.“I am extremely disappointed in FEMA for denying Nassau our outfall pipe, and I will not take ‘no’ for an answer,” Gonsalves said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “I will continue to challenge our federal representatives to locate a source of funding for this desperately needed project because I will not give up on our waterways.”last_img read more

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Kagiso Rabada returns to South Africa squad for ODI and T20I series against England | Cricket News

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first_img– Advertisement – Kagiso Rabada is back in South Africa's one-day fold
Kagiso Rabada is back in South Africa's one-day fold

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Tesla’s Musk qualifies for $2.1 billion payday

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first_imgTesla Chief Executive Elon Musk qualified on Tuesday for a payout worth an unprecedented US$2.1 billion, his second jackpot since May from the electric car maker following its massive stock surge.Tesla’s stock was down 3 percent in afternoon trading, eroding a recent rally that has elevated the company’s market capitalization to almost $300 billion, larger than any other carmaker.Despite Tuesday’s stock dip, and importantly for Musk’s personal finances, Tesla’s six-month average market capitalization for the first time has reached $150 billion. That triggers the vesting of the second of 12 tranches of options granted to the billionaire in his 2018 pay package to buy Tesla stock at a discount. Musk, who is also majority owner and CEO of the SpaceX rocket maker, receives no salary. Musk’s first tranche was worth about $700 million in May, when it vested, but its value has since increased along with Tesla’s stock price.The median compensation for Tesla employees last year was about $58,000, according to a company filing.Tesla’s stock has surged more than 500% over the past year as the company increased sales of its Model 3 sedan.Following higher-than-expected second-quarter vehicle deliveries, some investors believe Tesla might report a profit in its second-quarter report on Wednesday after the bell. That would mark four consecutive profitable quarters, a first for Tesla and a key hurdle for it to be added to the S&P 500 index.Analysts on average expect a $240 million loss for the quarter, according to Refinitiv. A month ago, analysts expected a loss of almost $340 million.Topics : Even with Tuesday’s decline in Tesla’s stock, its six-month average market capitalization rose, thanks to the stock’s strong rally in recent months.In early May, Musk’s first tranche vested after Tesla’s six-month average stock market value reached $100 billion.Musk has already achieved targets related to Tesla’s financial growth that are also required in order to vest the latest options tranche.Each tranche gives Musk the option to buy 1.69 million Tesla shares at $350.02 each, less than a quarter of their current price. At Tesla’s current stock price of $1,594, Musk would theoretically be able to sell the shares related to the tranche that vested in May and the current tranche for a combined profit of $4.2 billion, or almost $2.1 billion per tranche.last_img read more

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