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December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A firm hired by Hempstead School District last year for $85,000 to conduct a forensic audit of its financial records released an initial report with its “preliminary findings” to the District in early January.The memorandum of findings by Plante Moran – a highly respected firm that conducted the forensic audit of the Detroit public Schools – has not been released to the public, but the Long Island Press obtained a copy of it. The district extended the firm’s contract last week.Findings by Plante Moran auditors include:· 295 payroll distributions to 129 individuals who were not active employees at Hempstead Schools at the time. “It is unclear why individuals would still be receiving pay after their termination dates,” the memorandum stated.· Several employees listed with birthdates of Aug 31, 2017, several employees with ages exceeding 80 years old and one employee with a birthdate of 2013.· A match between the employee master file and the vendor master file identified several “vendors who shared addresses with employees.”· “Many” employees who received more than $3,000 in overtime pay in a month and a few who received between $4,200 and $8,150 in overtime pay in a month.· A vendor that received $2.8 million over the last 5 years had provided numerous instances of duplicative billings – including invoices by a single tutor providing home instruction services to multiple students at the same time; and multiple appointments without approval signatures, which is required of parents for the claims.last_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA kitchen sink broken by a frozen chicken was one of the more unusual insurance claims by a holiday home owner.FROM a frozen chicken being dropped and smashing a sink to strange burn marks all over the carpet, these are among the strange damages holiday home owners have had to deal with.New research has revealed it’s not just blocked toilets causing nightmares for holiday home owners.New insurance claims data released by general insurer IAG revelled accidents and damage in holiday homes was fairly common.It surveyed holiday home tenants and found one in six had accidentally broken something or damaged their accommodation while on a holiday.One in seven had been injured in the home and one in five had hosted a party or been to a party at a holiday rental property. Sparklers may be great for a party, but dropping them on the floor can cause substantial damage.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by IAG, ShareCover spokesman Mitchell Sweeney said the findings were a timely reminder for those who decided to rent out their property on Airbnb or other rental sites about the potential risks involved.“Our claims data highlights that the unexpected can happen from time to time,’’ he said.Mr Sweeney said many owners may not realise until it was too late that their normal home and contents insurance, landlord insurance or the insurance offered by some platforms, may not cover you for damage or liability caused by a paying guest.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenRun-down rentals, your rights as a tenant00:53Some of the more unusual claims they have handled were: — A frozen chicken broke a kitchen sink after being dropped on it— 14 circular burn marks (cause unknown) were found on the carpet of a property— One guest fell through a flight of stairs causing personal injury— A brawl after a party caused extensive damage throughout a property— Guests lighting sparklers that dropped onto floor causing burn to floorboardslast_img read more

August 2, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img            VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “Whether the pace was going to be slow or fast…everything changed out of the gate and I was ready for it. I bounced out of there and I was going to figure it out when we hit the first turn. I wanted to see how fast we were going. They slowed it down pretty good, so I kept her closer. That was the best thing because with that pace I couldn’t leave her too much to do.“I have to give Mike (Smith, aboard Tara’s Tango) a lot of credit because Tara’s Tango was really fighting and he was riding her so hard. But Stellar Wind got the job done and she felt great. I know it’s a little bit hot but she seemed to come back really well after the wire.”MIKE SMITH, TARA’S TANGO, SECOND: “I’ve been waiting for this, to run long. In saying that though, I didn’t want to have to make such a long run. But, it was a good tactical move on Victor’s part because I don’t think he wins if he didn’t move on me that early.“He had a horse that was more seasoned, who’s been around two turns several times and it was Tara’s Tango’s first time around two turns. All that happened was that she got a little tired at the end. If that doesn’t happen, I think I get it.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “She ran very well and had to give away the weight, she gave away five pounds today. With the pace slow she had a long, extended, wide run. The second filly, Tara’s Tango is a very nice filly. It felt like a Stonestreet exacta with Curlin (Stellar Wind’s sire) being so close to Stonestreet’s Mrs. Banke and the late Jess Jackson who also owned the horse that finished second.“I don’t really have anything planned yet. I’ll take her down to Del Mar and then we’ll decide if we want to take her out of town or if we want to run her on the grass. We have two choices with her down there. We’ll see how it goes.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. TRAINER QUOTES KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I think we’d like to keep her on dirt for now. If we stay home here at Del Mar, we’d probably have to switch her over to the grass. If we keep her on dirt, we might go to Saratoga.” -30-last_img read more

August 2, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Toews On Ice heads a field of seven sophomores in Santa Anita’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on Sunday. (Originally scheduled for this past Friday, March 11, the San Pedro was cancelled due to heavy rain and re-drawn this morning).TOEWS ON ICE: Trained by Bob Baffert and named for Chicago Blackhawks star center and captain, Jonathan Toews (pronounced TAVES), Toews On Ice was an impressive winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back on Nov. 14 at Del Mar, but he comes off a disappointing sixth place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the one mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 18.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, who is Triple Crown nominated, was a close second to his highly regarded stablemate Mor Spirit two starts back in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19. A Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice has pressed or been on the early lead in all seven of his starts, resulting in three wins and earnings of $245,700.DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet has done little wrong in two starts. A stylish 3 ¾ length first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9, Denman’s Call hugged the rail en route to an impressive third place finish behind top Derby contender Nyquist in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15–an effort that earned him a lofty 94 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com or W.C. Racing, Inc., Denman’s Call is also Triple Crown nominated and could use a win in the San Pedro as a springboard to the Derby trail.THE SAN PEDRO STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRACE 8  Approximate post time, 4:05 p.m. PTMt Veeder – Rafael Bejarano – 120He’s a Tiger – Edwin Maldonado – 120Iron Rob – Stewart Elliot – 120Boldly True – Drayden Van Dyke – 120Denman’s Call – Flavien Prat – 120Toews On Ice – Victor Espinoza – 124Gold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 120last_img read more

January 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meanwhile, Cleveland is expected to honor Irving with a video tribute on opening night, according to a separate report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests againSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 17, 2017James also made it clear that he holds no ill feeling toward his former point guard and that he respects his decision to leave.“At the end of the day, the kid did what he wanted to do. That was his destiny,” he shared.“The three years that we had together, unbelievable three years. I wish we could have continued that, but it didn’t work itself out. Now, my energy is to the guys that’s in ‘The Land.’”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ View comments Former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyrie Irving (2). (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Kyrie Irving’s return to the Quicken Loans Arena for the first time as a member of the Boston Celtics remains as the top storyline heading into the 2017-2018 NBA season.The 25-year-old former Duke product is expected to receive a hostile welcome from the city’s fans, but LeBron James believes it won’t be as bad as the treatment he got during his first game back as a member of the Miami Heat on Dec. 2, 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Speaking alongside new Cavalier teammate Dwyane Wade in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, “The King” explained why he thinks Irving will be “fine” come opening night on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).“Everybody’s good. Everybody’s good. KD (Kevin Durant) last year in Oklahoma City, Paul George going to go back to Indiana, you know, D-Wade’s going to go to Chicago, Kyrie’s coming back to Cleveland. No (it won’t compare,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“They will be fine. People were throwing batteries at us,” James added, recalling his first game back in Ohio after the now infamous “The Decision.”The real story of @KingJames & @DwyaneWade‘s 14-year friendship: draft camp, playoff battles, ducking batteries, banana boats & so much more pic.twitter.com/7SFzLwzkUe Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNow 83 years old, Arthur Rosenfeld probably understands as well as anyone on the planet the consequences and opportunities inherent in our approach to energy use and conservation.Perhaps the best thing about Rosenfeld’s analyses of the costs, benefits, and potential drawbacks to increasing energy efficiency is that most of them yielded recommendations that were relatively easy to follow and produced remarkable results. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Shut down appliances when you’re not using them. Build energy efficient buildings and cover their exteriors (especially roofs) with light-colored material. Design appliances to operate more efficiently.In California, where Rosenfeld served on the California Energy Commission, the state’s principal energy planning and policy agency, energy conservation mandates have helped keep per-capita energy consumption flat for the past 30 years. The implementation of these mandates was, of course, incremental and often slowed by businesses and citizens interested in maintaining the status quo, but ultimately the state found itself using less electricity and petroleum-based fuel – and saving on energy costs – by applying remedies that required fairly straightforward changes in behavior or design philosophy. That, as Rosenfeld emphasized time and again during his long tenure with the commission, is cheaper and more ecologically beneficial than building more power plants.Battling profligacyRosenfeld, who recently retired from the commission, comes from an academic background that emphasizes the theoretical as much as the practical. As a recent Los Angeles Times profile points out, he studied particle physics (under Enrico Fermi) at the University of Chicago for his doctorate, but discovered his true calling in the early 1970s during the Arab oil embargo, when he realized the most expedient way to prevent or offset similar crises was to push policies that would reduce energy waste and increase energy efficiency.Rosenfeld and his colleagues backed up their recommendations with solid research – more than enough to help generate many of the initiatives that have made California a global leader in energy conservation and in energy efficient construction. Fortunately, too, Rosenfeld is adept at deploying a couple secret weapons when facing skeptics: his knack for self-effacement and elegant explanations that, as the Times notes, make “science understandable to people who couldn’t screw in a light bulb.”If you haven’t already seen the profile, consider checking it out. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has done a lot to lead us down the green path.last_img read more

December 15, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite It’s been no secret that the music industry has been struggling over the past couple decades. After years of spiraling album sales, the industry hit a new low in 2016, with just over 100 million units sold — a nearly 14 percent decrease from the previous year, reflecting declines in both physical and digital album sales.That’s not the whole story, of course. The music industry’s sluggish sales gave way to music streaming, which overtook physical music in terms of revenue last year. With streaming music’s revenues skyrocketing to $6.6 billion — representing growth of 41 percent — the music industry has championed streaming as its new golden goose.This is a good change — the music industry lost billions by fighting the shift to streaming. By focusing on CDs and digital downloads, never mind the fact that CDs saw an 84 percent decline in sales over a decade, the industry found itself “fighting over pennies while waving goodbye to dollars,” as The New York Times pointed out.Musicians Take the HitThis sea change of embracing the technology the music industry once feared hasn’t necessarily paid off for musicians, however. Music manager Troy Carter told TechCrunch that labels are hoarding the royalties earned through streaming, keeping more than 70 percent of the fees. The contracts musicians sign with labels are intended to drive revenue for the record labels, not the artists themselves. The common refrain is that for every 20 artists signed to a label, only one is successful — with that math, it makes sense that labels hedge their bets to fund all 20.Carter believes, however, that streaming payouts could approach CDs’ revenue heyday as more users sign up. Platforms like Repost are making the same bet. The platform, designed to help musicians make a living through their online audiences, works with artists and their teams to monetize their music distribution and promote their work.Despite the democratization of many platforms and technologies, it’s been incredibly difficult for musicians to monetize their content, and fragmentation is a big part of the problem. “The music industry is way more complicated than it needs to be,” says Repost’s CTO Joey Mason. “Despite all of the advancement in tech, the structures in place on the revenue collection side are incredibly inefficient. To make matters worse, the copyright rules and regulations differ for each territory, so often, it’s not cost-effective to try to collect revenues in certain territories.”Mason says that for artists, this problem is compounded by the fact that there’s no seamless way to collect all of their earnings. They’d have to work with multiple entities — performing rights organizations, publishers, labels, distributors — to collect every cent they’ve entitled to. This forces artists to spend more time developing business skills than creating new music.Consolidating an Entire IndustryWhen Mason and his co-founder, CEO Jeff Ponchick, built Repost, they aimed to eliminate as many of the distractions for artists as they could. They recognized that most of the artists they spoke to struggled primarily in terms of exposure — they hit a wall as independent musicians and needed help getting to the next step. These independent musicians then faced a laundry list of tasks: optimize music on every platform; earn press write-ups; find promotional outlets; collect checks from SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.Seeing how confusing and draining this was for artists, Repost built itself as a one-stop shop for doing everything. By eliminating multiple distribution and payment touchpoints, the platform also removed the burden of dealing with a variety of infrastructures, accounting practices, and more.“A lot of people don’t know the difference between a music distributor and a record label,” Ponchick says. “For a distributor, we’d be seen as insanely expensive, taking 30 percent of artists’ money while others take 5 percent. But we offer label services and marketing the way a record label does, without taking any ownership of the music itself. It’s a way to make it OK to remain independent, for musicians to avoid signing with a label. They can make $20,000 to $30,000 per month and retain ownership.”Chance the Rapper is one well-known indie artist who’s avoided the dreaded “sellout” label and made a successful go of it. While his success is considered a “fairytale” within the industry, Repost’s team aims to make independent success attainable. It started its quest with an algorithm. Artists apply to join Repost’s platform with their SoundCloud IDs; the platform’s algorithm combs the artist’s channel, assessing her average play count per upload, follower count, and biggest and smallest track to determine her likelihood of making money through the platform.This data-driven approach has resulted in 100,000 rejected applications and 5,000 acceptances. But it enables Repost to put its focus and efforts behind the artists who are best positioned to benefit from its hands-on bevy of services, ensuring it doesn’t spread itself too thin or do what many in the music industry have done: sold a bill of goods to artists.Making Tech Music’s Best FriendRepost has recognized one thing many — other than artists — have failed to see: It’s inherently difficult to manage the varied tech infrastructures presented by SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, and others. And that remains true whether an artist is independent or well-established, selling out arenas.“Every music platform is unique in how its content is delivered, monetized, and consumed. In order to maximize revenue, artists need to have a solid understanding of best practices and a monetization strategy for each store,” Mason says. “They need to work with a distributor that provides them a high level of insight and control of their content on a per-platform basis.”Unfortunately, Mason says, most distributors take the one-size-fits-all approach, meaning artists’ revenue generation can’t be maximized. Repost has sidestepped that issue by building deep technical integrations with the platforms artists value most, with an emphasis on marketing, monetization, and content protection. And it’s worked: Repost’s client base has been driven through word of mouth, and it’s currently paying tens of millions of dollars to artists annually.For example, Repost does fingerprinting through YouTube to drive revenue back to artists. Repost aggregates, packages, and delivers sound recording rights information to YouTube at scale for thousands of artists; using this data, YouTube utilizes audio fingerprinting to find videos on its platform that match the provided sound recording. When a match has been found, the YouTube video is “claimed” on behalf of the artist. Any advertisement or subscription revenues generated by the video are then sent back to the artist through Repost.Technology is making what was once impossible possible for the music industry, and it’s democratizing music creation. “Music production is cheaper and more accessible than ever before — anyone with a laptop and Ableton can produce a hit track,” Mason explains. “Because of this, a ‘middle class’ of musicians has emerged, and more and more money is shifting into the mid- and long tail. Record labels aren’t equipped to handle this scale. They’re not tech companies, and their business models are built around breaking a smaller roster of artists and, ultimately, taking ownership of their clients’ music.”Repost sees itself as a tech company in music, not a music company in tech. Because its business model is built around working with thousands, not hundreds, of artists, it’s invested heavily in automation. That’s enabled it to operate on a revenue-share model, not an ownership model. “This is better for creators, which is why so many artists are choosing to go independent rather than work with labels,” Mason says.While the music industry has been struggling for years, technology is on track to put an end to that. With companies like Repost applying automation and technology to the many hoops the industry has erected over the years, they’re putting music on a path to become as streamlined as businesses in other industries. And that’s exactly what music needs. 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October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal cannot afford £10m for Barcelona midfielder Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have agreed with personal terms with Denis Suarez, but are struggling to come up with the £10m fee demanded by Barcelona. The Gunners are on a tight budget this month after spending in the previous three transfer windows.Marca believes the north London club have practically no money as they are unable to fork out £10m for the 25-year-old. Manager Unai Emery wants to add another winger to his squad and has pinpointed Suarez as a suitable option, having worked with him for one season at Sevilla.Barcelona have promised Suarez that he can leave this month, but they will continue to hold out for a fee. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Going whole hog to sell Air India this time after the Modi 1.0 government’s failed bid, the group of ministers (GoM) led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to decide the reserve price of the national carrier and dealing with its large debt. Among other issues are golden handshake to staff reaching a certain age and extending medical facilities to those who have already retired or would retire in years to come. Official sources said that the government is nearly decided over a complete exit and making necessary change in eligibility criteria and other terms to align it with the needs of the potential investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Major decisions left are fixing the fair price of Air India and handling the debt. Then contours of the disinvestment and retaining employees are other issues,” said an official. The meeting schedule of the group of ministers is yet to be decided but is expected shortly. Apart from Shah, the ministerial panel has Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri as the members. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe previous Modi government had dropped the disinvestment plan citing adverse operating environment with global crude prices rising and rupee weakening against the dollar. The investor sentiment was also tepid. Above all, an impending general election did not make political sense to go for disinvestment of Air India which is generally associated with the country’s pride and sometimes termed as “jewel of the nation.” While the country’s aviation environment has changed in the last one year with Jet Airways out of the scene now, experts see prevailing conditions better than May, 2018 when not a single bidder showed interest for Air India at EoI (expression of interest) level. Kapil Kaul, CEO (South Asia) of Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) sees the current operating and investment environment better than last year. He sees investors showing interest for the national carrier provided some of their issues are sorted out. “Post-Jet Airways closure, demand-supply dynamics are more stable. Oil is expected to remain under $60 and rupee around 71-72 which indicates favourable trading conditions compared to last fiscal,” Kaul said. “Globally, funds are available for the right project subject to favourable conditions for investment,” he added. Air India has a total debt of about Rs 60,000 crore. The cumulative loss of the national carrier is to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore. In the financial year ending March 31, 2019 the airline is estimated to have reported a loss of Rs 7,600 crore.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHONOLULU — A new Hawaii law making it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal is about to go into effect.Starting Jan. 1, misrepresenting a service animal will carry fines ranging from $100 to $500.Some service animal supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who actually have disabilities, but critics say it will be too hard to enforce.Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the state senator who introduced the bill says it will largely serve as a deterrent. Sen. Russell Ruderman of Puna likens it to a littering law.Hawaii News Now reports at least 21 states have passed laws governing service animals in an attempt to keep unruly pets out of places such as grocery stores, movie theatres and restaurants.The Associated Presslast_img read more