Artful April Fool

first_imgBakery-based April Fool of the week goes to Sayers The Bakers for its mock left-handed sandwich, with “the ingredients rotated 180 degrees, redistributing the weight of the sandwich, so that the bulk of them skew to the left”. On the packaging, “the door opens to the left”. Hats off to them, but Burger King got there first in 1998, when it took out full page ads in the US for a left-handed Whopper…last_img

STS9 Announces 3-Night Aspen Run

first_imgIn the wake of their New Year’s celebration in Colorado, STS9 has announced their return to the Rockies for a three-night run at Belly Up Aspen. The mountain town run is set to take place on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2019.Pre-sale tickets for STS9’s upcoming Aspen run are now available here. Public on-sale begins this Friday, January 11th, at 10 a.m. MT here.The newly announced dates land in the middle of a busy early-2019 touring schedule for STS9. For a full list of the band’s upcoming dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Albertson House Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Critical

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 95-year-old man died and an 86-year-old woman was critically wounded in an Albertson house fire on Tuesday morning, Nassau County police said.Officers found the house fully engulfed in flames when they responded to a 911 reporting the blaze on Park Lane Drive, entered through the front door and pulled both victims out at 10:40 a.m., police said.The woman was found unconscious on the floor first and then the man was found 6 feet inside, police said.Both victims were taken to local hospitals, where the man was pronounced dead and the woman is listed in critical condition. Their identities were not immediately released.Albertson, Williston Park, East Williston and Mineola firefighters responded to the scene with 100 firefighters and 20 pieces of apparatus to extinguish the flames.Arson/Bomb detectives found no criminality involved.last_img read more

On-demand instant issuance is in the payment cards

first_imgIn recent years, much of the focus for instant issuance solutions of payment cards shifted from educating credit unions on its benefits to helping enhancing its on-demand convenience for members.Instant issuance for new starts and reissues gives members reasons to visit credit unions, which can then deliver securely-activated payment cards directly to them. The question becomes how to set up the infrastructure: software-for-purchase (in-house) or software-as-a-service process (outsourced).Rob Dixon, head of product and business development for the Littleton, Colo.-based CPI Card Group’s [email protected] solution held, when a credit union looks at an instant issuance program, there’s several business case drivers to choose from including higher activation and utilization.The average time to receive a shipped physical card from most financial institutions is seven to 10 days. In addition, consumers getting their card by mail don’t always activate it immediately, which obviously diminishes transactions and the fees associated with them. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Johnson City woman gets opportunity to honor husband months after his death

first_imgGina says for her, the day was all about finally having the opportunity to properly honor her husband. “Because of COVID we weren’t able to have a funeral, so this is the first time we’re honoring him for the incredible person he was and all that he accomplished in the 27 years he lived. Today is a day to honor him, play some soccer, and have a good time,” she says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A local family found a unique way to remember a Johnson City man after COVID-19 prevented them from being able to have a traditional funeral. Scott Ritter of Johnson City passed away earlier this year, leaving behind his wife, Gina. Gina is an avid soccer player, so the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex decided to hold a benefit to help her cover expenses. The tournament was followed by a reception at Fountain’s Tavern.last_img read more

Spain may quarantine UK visitors, foreign minister tells BBC

first_imgTopics : Spain counts on tourism for about 12 percent of its economy and more than one in eight jobs, making it essential for the country to try and salvage some of the summer holiday season.Britain’s Finance Minister Rishi Sunak told Sky News on Sunday that the quarantine was among measures it would review, saying the government could make changes including introducing travel corridors with specific countries.Spain’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Britain, with more than 41,000 documented coronavirus-linked deaths, and Spain, with more than 27,000, have been two of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.Both, along with other European countries, are in the process of easing lockdown restrictions that have included border closures.Spanish officials gave no mention of any quarantine curbs on Sunday, when the government moved forward the date for allowing European visitors back into the country to June 21 from July 1.In recent weeks, Spain has caused some confusion in neighboring countries by repeatedly changing the date and conditions for lifting the ban on foreign visitors it imposed in March in response to the epidemic.center_img Spain is considering imposing a quarantine on visitors from Britain when it re-opens its borders next week, Spain’s Foreign Minister said, in response to a similar policy introduced last week for travellers to Britain.Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the BBC she hoped Britain would lift its restriction, making a reciprocal Spanish one unnecessary.”We will be in a dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures than the rest of the European Union,” she said in an advance excerpt from current affairs program HARDtalk.last_img read more

Nagano Shinkansen opens

first_imgEAST JAPAN Railway formally inaugurates the first stage of its Nagano Shinkansen between Takasaki and Nagano on October 1, with the launch of Asama super-express services from Tokyo. The 126 km branch diverges from the existing Joetsu Shinkansen, and is designed for operation at up to 260 km/h.The line was originally to be known as the Hokuriku Shinkansen, as it is intended to serve the Hokuriku region along the Sea of Japan coast, including the towns of Toyoma and Kanazawa. As this area is currently served by JR West and no timetable has been set for completion of the shinkansen extension beyond Nagano, JR East has dropped the Hokuriku name as potentially confusing.Services to Nagano will be worked by Series E2 trainsets (right). The line is expected to carry heavy traffic in the early part of next year, when Nagano hosts the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. An additional island platform has been built at Tokyo Central to accommodate the increased JR East shinkansen activity; there are now four platform tracks for Tohoku, Joetsu, Yamagata, Akita and Nagano services, and six tracks for JR Central and JR West trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen. olast_img read more

Asset Management roundup: Invesco equity co-head leaves after 24 years

first_imgMark Barnett, co-head of equities at Invesco, is set to leave after more than 24 years, the asset manager confirmed, as it also announced further changes to its UK equity product range and investment management team.The move followed a review overseen by chief investment officer Stephanie Butcher, it said.Butcher, who was appointed at the beginning of the year, carried out the comprehensive review of the firm’s UK equity product range, “recognising a period of disappointing performance and listening hard to client feedback,” it stated.Firstly, there is a proposed reorganisation of the Invesco UK Equity product portfolio to help add further clarity, differentiation and focus. Secondly, it has been mutually agreed that Barnett leaves Invesco, with James Goldstone and Ciaran Mallon taking over as co-managers of the open-ended funds that Barnett had been responsible for.The firm said that Martin Walker will continue to lead the team as head of UK equities and will manage the Perpetual Income and Growth Investment Trust.These team changes are with immediate effect and “reflect the importance we place on stability and teamwork to ensure investment objectives are met”, Invesco said.Butcher said: “In reorganising the UK equities portfolio and after discussion with Mark Barnett, we have mutually concluded that this is the right time for him to hand over the leadership of these funds and leave Invesco.”He added that the firm remains “committed to our valuation-driven investment philosophy” and that the new team has “the right leadership in place to capitalise on the value that exists in the UK market”.ShareAction: largest asset managers pay lip service for humans rights abuse preventionIn a research report, ShareAction has found that while a large majority of the world’s largest asset managers say they aim to tackle human rights issues, very few take meaningful action – through proxy voting, exclusions, engagement, or adherence to international frameworks – to mitigate human rights abuses like modern slavery and harm done by controversial weapons.The report disclosed that three quarters of the world’s largest asset managers, which were surveyed by the campaign group, make reference to human rights in their environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy documents.However, a whopping 47% – with a combined  $45trn (€41trn) in assets – fail to bar investing in weapons that cause excessive or indiscriminate harm, the production of which is banned in countries that have ratified international arms treaties, the study showed.It also disclosed that 84% of asset managers make no stand against purchasing sovereign bonds from countries under international sanction for human rights abuses, thereby undermining international efforts by allowing investment in governments issuing these bonds, for example Libya, Yemen, and North Korea.Furthermore, 15% of asset managers in ShareAction’s research scope make no reference to human rights at all, showing a complete disregard for their impact on human rights and society.“Savers in particular will no doubt be shocked to find how little the industry has done”Felix Nagrawala, ShareAction senior analystOnly 4%, or three out of 75 of the asset managers, have their own dedicated human rights policy, showing greater consideration of their human rights impact, it added.“Aligning investment policies with internationally agreed frameworks to protect human rights is a basic first step, and yet 70% of the world’s largest asset managers – representing $47trn in assets under management – do not have a policy to exclude or even start a meaningful dialogue with companies out of line with guidelines, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” it said.Felix Nagrawala, ShareAction senior analyst, said: “The findings of our assessment show that the world’s largest asset managers, while paying lip service to the protection of human rights, are largely failing to hold the companies in their portfolios to account for human and labour rights abuses.”He added that the majority of the most influential investors not only fail to do the minimum by complying with international human and labour rights frameworks, but also actively finance activities which cause human harm and violate labour rights.“Savers in particular will no doubt be shocked to find how little the industry has done to build in safeguards that could prevent their money from being used to fund weapons manufacturers and governments involved in human rights abuses,” he said.Nagrawala suggested that as the COVID-19 pandemic “shines a brighter light on the reality of labour market inequalities and imbalances in access to basic services, it also marks a critical opportunity for asset managers to step up and play their part in ensuring that human and labour rights are protected, in the midst of this crisis and beyond.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Notice of order for Leiv Eiriksson rig following safety audit

first_imgNorwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has given a notice of order to Ocean Rig regarding the working environment and emergency preparedness on the Leiv Eiriksson rig.Ocean Rig’s Leiv Eiriksson semi-sub / Image by Lundin PetroleumThe PSA said on Thursday that the notice of order was given to Ocean Rig following an audit, conducted from December 6-13, of the management of the working environment and emergency preparedness, the helideck, and the working environment on the Leiv Eiriksson rig.To remind, Ocean Rig was taken over by Transocean following a $2.7 billion acquisition deal in December 2018.The safety body added on Thursday that it identified extensive breaches of regulations and that it issued Ocean Rig with a notification of order.The audit showed that Ocean Rig exercised defective systematic management of the working environment and emergency preparedness for the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig.Also, findings and deficiencies from a previous audit of emergency preparedness regarding the helideck and the working environment were not fully followed up or rectified. Notice of orderThe audit identified nine regulatory non-conformities linked to oversight and control of working environment risk; prioritization, implementation and follow-up of measures; noise exposure harmful to hearing; and follow-up of the working environment for contractors.The other non-conformities included system for training and competence, evacuation routes, float-free function for forward rafts, lighting in lifeboats, and personal protective equipment (MOB suits).PSA also said that the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority identified a number of non-conformities and remarks concerning the helideck. The findings mainly related to obstacle conditions, the view from the helideck control station to the helideck, and training of the helideck crew.Based on the observations during the audit, Ocean Rig was given a notice of order. According to the notification, Ocean Rig is ordered to review the company’s management system for the working environment and emergency preparedness and associated work processes, which is intended to safeguard competence, surveys, risk assessments, rectification of faults and deficiencies, and improvements.The work should include an analysis of why defects related to management of the working environment and emergency preparedness were not identified and corrected.A time-delimited schedule for complying with the order shall be sent to the PSA by April 12, 2019. The schedule should describe how this work would be performed and followed up and when the order would be complied with.The PSA added that it must be notified when the order is carried out.last_img read more

Wrongly Convicted Leonard Cure to be Released from Florida Prison

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man serving a life sentence for a 2003 armed robbery and armed aggravated assault in Dania Beach should be freed while his case is reviewed further, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. The prosecutor who convicted him is having serious doubts about eye witness testimony and the lack of any evidence connection Cure to the robbery.Leonard Cure, 50, was found guilty of robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm by a Broward jury. Because he was classified as a habitual felony offender, he was sentenced to life in state prison on Nov. 3, 2004.But the Broward State Attorney’s Office is recommending that he should be released immediately “while prosecutors complete a more extensive reexamination of his case.”“This is the right thing to do,” added Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.Cure is expected to be released from the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell next Tuesday.He was convicted of stealing $1,700 in cash from two employees of a Walgreen’s store in Dania Beach on Nov. 10, 2003 (Case Number: 03-019405CF10A).A memo written by Berger reads in part:“The issues we find most troublesome are those surrounding how Cure became a suspect in the first place. Seemingly, a man who had no connection to a Walgreen’s robbery became the main suspect after someone reviewed photos of well-dressed/neat-appearing African-American males. That was it, there was no physical evidence, no witnesses who knew him, nothing but an alleged search in the questionable ‘TRAP’ Program. The case became questionable at the very onset. If the identification was bad, then everything that comes after is bad as well.“The original prosecutor also saw the weaknesses in this case. Once one of the two victims had a difficult time identifying Cure in the lineup and after the first jury came back hung, he offered a below guidelines sentence of 7 years. Cure has now served significantly more time than that, over 16 years. After the hung jury, he continued to maintain his innocence. A second jury convicted him and he was then sentenced by the Judge [Fred Berman] to life in prison.“After considering all the facts and circumstances of this case, it is our conclusion that it is in the best interest of justice to release Cure as soon as possible. We would like to modify his sentence and give time served for his 16 years plus in Florida State Prison. This will allow for the defendant to be released after serving a significant amount of time while we can thoroughly review his case for a potential exoneration.”Click here to read the order modifying Cure’s sentence.Broward County Judge Circuit Judge John J. Murphy III signed the order to release Cure from prison.“I am beyond excited. I have so many thanks for the State Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project of Florida for paving the way for my freedom. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family for the first time in 16 years,” Cure said to the Innocence Project of Florida upon finding out about his release from prison.last_img read more