A violent offender who attacked a man inside his home and smashed his head through glass had his jail term extended by the Court of Appeal after it was found to be too lenient.Desmond Sage, 52, forced his way into the victim’s house and attacked him, grabbing him by the throat, pushing him into a glass cabinet several times, causing the glass to shatter. When the victim managed to escape outside he was attacked with a baton – all while his elderly mother was in the house.The victim suffered a deep wound to his right forearm and lacerations to his scalp, the right side of his back and his right foot. He had to take 6 weeks off work and was left with permanent scarring, some of which required plastic surgery. The incident has also caused difficulty in caring for his mother.In March, Sage was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court for 6 years and 6 months for offences including aggravated burglary, wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. The Attorney General’s Office then referred this sentence for being unduly lenient. Today, after a hearing at the Court of Appeal, it has been increased to 9 years’ imprisonment.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:“Sage’s attack violated the safety of the victim’s own home. The injuries sustained in the attack have affected the victim’s ability to care for his elderly mother. It was important this harm was reflected in the sentence.”
Delice de France is to rebrand as Coup de Pates in a bid to appeal more to UK chefs.The two brands, both owned by Aryzta Food Solutions, will merge in the hope that the new bakery brand hybrid will offer more innovative and exclusive products to the UK.The brand merge applies purely to the company’s food service arm, and the 20 plus Delice de France branded food outlets in travel hubs will remain trading under the same name.Coup de Pates has traditionally been positioned as a specialist sister brand to Delice de France.As part of the rebrand, Coup de Pates has also signed a sponsorship deal with Salon Culinaire, a fine dining and global culinary competition for chefs.Managing director of Aryzta Thierry Cacaly said: “As we move into a bold new era for our business, we want to share our journey with our UK chefs and demonstrate that we are the authentic bakery experts – a true foodservice partner.“In France, the name Coup de Pates has long been synonymous with heritage, provenance, and artisanal skill; it’s time that the UK got to experience the same breadth of range and choice.“It’s with great pride therefore, that our official launch coincides with the headline sponsorship of La Parade des Chefs at Salon Culinaire – truly one of the world’s most challenging culinary arenas.”The company said the merger had been strengthened by the recent opening of its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden.Cacaly added: “This exciting new chapter is all about strengthening our partnerships with the UK foodservice community, continuing the drive for innovation and quality. Indeed, quality has a new name and we want Coup de Pates to be on the lips of UK chefs going forward.”The rebranded company will début its products at the Hospitality Show in Birmingham’s NEC from 19-21 January.
Though best known for their work in the live setting, STS9 has released many great albums over their illustrious career. One of the fan-favorites from their discography is Artifact, a 2005 album featuring well-known songs like “ReEmergences,” “GLOgli,” “Possibilities” and so many more. Today, the band announced that all 20 songs are featured on an exceptional new re-release, which is already available for purchase!The re-release of Artifact comes as a 2-LP set, capturing the band’s “ode to preservation and change.” The limited edition release is accompanied by a series of exclusive Artifact merchanidse, including shirts, hoodies, leggings and more! What an exciting way to celebrate one of the best livetronica fusion albums ever released.You can find all of the information about this new Artifact rerelease here, and act quickly! The band has mentioned that supplies are very limited.Artifact Tracklisting1. Musical Story, Yes2. Better Day3. By The Morning Sun4. Tokyo5. Artifact6. Native End7. ReEmergences8. Peoples9. GLOgli10. Today11. Tonight the Ocean Swallowed the Moon12. Forest Hu13. Somesing14. Trinocular15. Vibyl16. 8 & a extra17. Possibilities18. People pt. II19. first mist over Clear Lake20. Music, Us
The Vermont Department of Labor can help employers and contractors who are seeking to hire workers with the clean-up, repair or demolition work. The DOL Career Resource Centers ‘ located in 12 regions across the state ‘ have professional staff members who can help employers by using our Vermont Job-Link System to identify ‘ready and available’ workers to match to the job openings. As an example, last week a company from Johnson, Vermont working on the clean-up at the Waterbury office complex, asked DOL to refer 100 workers to them, and by the end of that same day 150 people were contacted and referred to the employer. Since last Friday, the Department has taken in over 15 job orders for more than 500 workers, and our regional offices are helping employers find laborers for these jobs. If you are an employer ‘ or a job seeker ‘ please contact the Vermont Department of Labor to assist you in finding workers or for help in finding a job. For a listing of VDOL’s regional offices, visit our website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) under Disaster Unemployment Assistance/VDOL Resource Centers, or by calling 802-828-4000. The Department’s VOSHA and Project WorkSafe staff are available for consultation and guidance to all employers and contractors involved in the disaster repair work to ensure that the work is being performed properly, to avoid health and safety hazards to workers performing the work. The Vermont Department of Labor also reminds employers and contractors to be certain that a valid Vermont worker compensation policy is covering the employees, particularly given the hazards that exist with the disaster clean-up, repair or demolition work. The Department can help you check if a contractor has valid Vermont WC coverage. VDL. 9.8.2011
The 2.4-mile Endless Wall Trail in West Virginia’s New River Gorge was named the top trail in the country by USA Today. The hike was one of 20 nominated by a panel of experts and then voted into the top spot by the public.The trail passes through forestland lush with hemlocks and other trees, crosses the Fern Creek and then meanders along the edge of the cliff, offering stunning views of the New River 1,000 feet below.The trail was pioneered by rock climbers in the 1980s before the land was a national park unit.The trail is named after a three-mile-long unbroken section of exceptionally hard sandstone cliff that is one of the Gorge’s most popular climbing features. Climbers use the trail to access climbing routes along the cliff, and they have installed rappel anchors and ladders in order to better access the bottom of the cliff line because there is no other way to walk from the top to the bottom.The Endless Wall Trail beat out several more well-known trails out West such as the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park and The Narrows in Zion National Park.Read the full story here.
Earlier this year, I was working with an executive who had all the characteristics of a great leader: high emotional intelligence, an engaged team, an approachable leadership style, and great results. There was just one thing missing: He didn’t have a successor.Although his team members met or exceeded expectations in their current roles, not one of them was prepared to move into senior leadership. This was a concern for the organization, as the CEO realized he had several executives nearing retirement, yet didn’t have the talent in the pipeline to fill these high-level leadership roles.This isn’t uncommon; many leaders focus on personal development and don’t always see the immediate need for developing a successor. Perhaps you’ve been through leadership training, you listen to personal development podcasts and read leadership books; you are self aware and work to develop your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. You are always looking to improve, reading trade magazines, and attending webinars, conferences and industry events. You may even spend time coaching your employees to perform their best in their current roles.Personal development and applying what you learn has a significant impact on your success as a leader. Yet many executives and managers are so focused on self-improvement, that they sometimes forget an important piece of successful leadership: developing the bench strength a level below them and preparing mid-managers for executive level roles. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As a marketer, you know there’s a lot more to your brand than just a logo. It’s the overlap of how you want to be perceived and how people actually perceive you. There’s a lot that goes into both sides of that equation. And periodically, you’ll need to update your brand to make sure it stays strong and relevant.Here are four elements of a strong brand:1. Storytelling.Storytelling is an essential component of good marketing. It captures interest, helps consumers understand who you are, and makes you more memorable. Every time you communicate with your members or community, you should be telling part of your brand story. Think of your brand as a novel and your marketing campaigns as chapters. Then ask yourself why this story matters to your most desired target audience.2. Consistency.It’s hard to tell a compelling story if you’re always jumping between storylines. Make a collage using examples of all of your promotional campaigns and member communications from the past 12 months. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
He claimed the explosions were part of the Air Force’s tradition and that the resulting rumble was simply a “sound effect” of the ceremony.“[…] the rumbling was only a sound effect; it was not destructive,” Rizwar said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.Previously, social media users in Jakarta reported hearing two loud rumbles of unknown origin on Sunday evening. Some claimed that the sound – described as resembling distant thunder – was significant enough to have rattled objects in their homes.Prior to the Air Force’s statement, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) assumed that the sound was likely produced by thunder over Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.“The result of the BMKG’s inspection using lightning detectors shows a number of lightning-related activities around Mount Salak between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” BMKG tsunami and earthquake mitigation head Daryono told kompas.com on Sunday.He said the noise was not produced by seismic activity, adding that it was possible that similar sounds would be heard in the future. (rfa)Topics : In a strange turn of events, the Indonesian Air Force has said the rumbling noises that rattled Jakarta over the weekend originated from a ceremony held at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta.Air Force spokesperson First Marshal Fajar Adriyanto said the event, which was held to welcome new recruits, featured a series of ceremonial gestures, including the ignition of the highly-explosive substance trinitrotoluene (TNT).Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base base spokesperson Maj. Rizwar confirmed that TNT had indeed been exploded twice on the site at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening and at 5 a.m. on Monday morning.
Valuing pension fund liabilities based on index-linked gilt yields is useful as an accounting device. It is a mathematical exercise based on two assumptions: Firstly, that a government-backed risk-free yield is the correct rate to discount future liabilities. Secondly, there is an implicit assumption that all pension funds can match liabilities exactly using the index-linked gilt market. What the valuation is not is an economic truth.The second assumption is patently not true given that the size of the pension fund liabilities is four times that of the total index-linked market: The size of the UK index-linked gilt market is around £400bn (€452bn) while the UK’s defined benefit pension schemes have a combined liability of around £1.6trn.Therefore the idea that the methodology for providing an accounting valuation of pension fund liabilities should be the basis for the strategy used to manage them cannot be sensible either. It is impossible for all pension funds to be able to acquire enough index-linked gilts to be able to do so. The reason why index-linked real yields are negative is because of demand from schemes under pressure to match estimated liabilities with expensive bonds with exact cashflows, irrespective of the price. The strategy suffers from, as the actuary in the sheep joke, the lack of incorporation of error margins.The ‘present value’ calculation of liabilities incorporates a number of estimates, each of which has its own error margin. As any physicist knows, these error margins need to be published along with the measurement itself. If error margins in liabilities are large, then adopting an approach of approximate matching using asset classes such as equities and other assets aimed at producing high long-term absolute returns with given levels of risk may be more sensible than investing in bonds with precise cashflows to match liabilities with much more imprecise cashflows.Investors may be better off (even in an LDI context) with approximate matches that are cheap, rather than purchasing expensive and precisely tailored cashflows via sovereign debt to match liability streams that are themselves only imperfectly defined.The idea that LDI is purely a risk management problem needs to take this into account. The controversies over schemes such as the Universities Superannuation Scheme can then be understood as at least partly arising from a collision between an accounting methodology designed for book-keeping and economic realities.Sometimes measurements can be misleading. Focusing on solutions based on flawed measurements is bit like the story of the actuary found on his knees searching round a lamp post in the middle of the night. When asked by a passer-by what he was doing, he replied that he was searching for his phone which he had dropped in the fields opposite. When asked why he was therefore looking under the lamp post, he replied: “Because there is more light here.”If analysis and management of financial issues requires a rigorous scientific approach, then understanding the flaws, assumption failures and error margins in measurements is a pre-requisite. Otherwise, you may be scrambling around where there appears to be light, but you won’t find what you are looking for. ‘You can only manage what you can measure’ is a fundamental plank of any management approach – but if too much credence is given to the measurements themselves without understanding their limitations, it can create chaos.One of the more revealing actuarial jokes I have heard (told to me by an actuary), was the story of an actuary standing next to a farmer who was surveying the sheep grazing in his fields. “How many sheep do you think I have?” asked the farmer. The actuary, after a few moments’ thought, answered: “1,007.” The farmer looked astonished and asked the actuary how on earth he was able to get a precise answer so quickly. To which the actuary answered: “It was quite simple, you must have around 1,000 in that field in the distance, and you have seven sheep in the field next to us, so adding them together gives a thousand and seven.”That type of thinking perhaps underlies many of the issues relating to liability-driven investment (LDI) and the concept of matching estimated long-term liabilities with expensive risk-free bonds.
Interstate buyers flock to Queensland for life in the sun Yet the Pietrobon family, Fran, Vic and their two children in their early twenties, have lived in the house for almost a decade.Its everlasting appeal is mostly down to Fran, who designed the home with the help of an architect after the family bought the corner block in 2010.“It wasn’t easy but the architect was great, and allowed me to go back and forth and make so many changes,” Fran said. One of the living rooms has a bespoke stone feature wall.“Generally I knew what I wanted but it took 12 months to finish. I don’t think there is anything I would change. I have loved this house.”One of the rooms on which Fran was not prepared to compromise was the kitchen, or rather, kitchens.There are two — one indoors, one outdoors. Both are topped with hard-wearing quartzite benchtops; the main island alone is made up of nine tonnes of quartz that had to be craned in. The kitchen island is made up of nine tonnes of quartzite.Being from an Italian background, Fran said she loved to cook and the kitchen was where she and the family spent most of their time. “A lot of tomatoes have been chopped on that island bench,” Fran laughed.There is also a large butler’s pantry, hot and cold zip tap, integrated fridge, and suite of Smeg appliances including two ovens, a microwave, steamer and induction cooktop. The back deck offers fabulous views of the city.Elsewhere in the home are a number of living spaces including a pool room, cinema room, study, store rooms and an outdoor patio leading to the family’s infinity pool.Ascend the central staircase and you will find the master bedroom, with a generous walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and an additional three bedrooms. From this level you can also capture spectacular views of the city and sunsets across the rooftops of neighbouring houses.One thing that is definitely not lacking throughout this home is storage; Fran made certain of that. The house has two kitchens, one indoor, one outdoor, as the owner loves to cook.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago“There is storage galore. I put cupboards in every nook and cranny. For me a house has to be practical. It has to look pretty, but it also has to be usable,” Fran said. “The down side of that it the joinery bill is through the roof,” she laughed.The house has four garages, two on the ground level and two on the middle level. For the family of four it has proved a spacious home, but its sheer size is part of the reason why the Pietrobons are now selling. The home’s cinema room is one of several living spaces.“It’s a very comfortable home and took a lot of time to get right,” Fran said, “but there is also a lot of cleaning and we just don’t have time for that anymore.”I suspect it’s Fran’s fastidiousness that has kept the house in pristine condition all these years.“It is well maintained. For an eight-year-old home it does look almost like new,” she said.Cleaning gripes aside, will Fran miss the home she has put so much work into?“On the one hand I think I will be a bit sad, but on the other hand I won’t. I love the position and I love the house, it’s just too big for us now and I want to reclaim my weekends.”The house is open for inspection today at 10am. 9 Spa Street, Holland Park West, is a large family home on a corner block.Anyone looking through the family home at 9 Spa Street Holland Park West would be forgiven for thinking it had not long been built.It has a modern layout, generous accommodation (six bedrooms, including a self-contained apartment on the lower-ground floor, very COVID-19), and is in immaculate condition.MORE NEWS Susie O’Neill lists her riverfront home Clive Palmer: what he is up to in his home surburb Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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