Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA The Work and Pensions Secretary revealed that she will review the government’s goal to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 with a view to making it more ambitious.Other improvements include combining the separate assessment processes for PIP, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit into one integrated service from 2021.The integrated service will simplify the assessment process for millions of people claiming health related benefits, reducing the need to submit information multiple times and for some people reducing the number of face-to-face assessments.A small-scale test to explore the viability of a single assessment for Work Capability Assessments (WCA) and PIP assessments will also be undertaken.The government will also work with stakeholders to understand how to help people submit the right evidence with their claim at the outset so that fewer people have to take their case to tribunal. London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Read Amber Rudd’s speech. England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 3267 5123 Press Office Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Follow DWP on: I want to change the landscape for disabled people in Britain. Progress has been made, but we need to do more to close the gap between our intentions and disabled people’s experiences. The changes I am setting out today, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners, are a step forward in improving quality of life for the UK’s 14 million disabled people. But we can’t achieve change alone, and I will be guided by disabled people as we work together to provide the opportunities and support they deserve and expect. Hundreds of thousands of disabled pensioners will no longer have to go through unnecessary reassessments for disability benefits, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said today (5 March 2019).Around 270,000 people receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) who have reached State Pension age will no longer have their awards regularly reviewed, instead moving to a light touch review every 10 years.The changes are part of a wider package of measures announced by Amber Rudd, signalling a shift in the government’s support for disabled people.Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
Chris Robinson Brotherhood have teamed up with (((folkYEAH!))) to present the third installment of Freaks for the Festival, a two day live music and camping event under the ancient redwoods and California coastal stars. The festival is set for April 21st and 22nd at the FernwoodCampgrounds in Big Sur, CA.The lineup includes four sets of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, David Nelson Band, Morgan Delt, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang, Farmer Dave & The Wizards of the West, and DJ sets by Ben Knight.This will be the first time ever the festival will be held in Big Sur, with the first two installments held in Pioneertown, CA. Only 333 tickets will be sold to the event to ensure it is an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Camping passes for the two day festival go on sale Friday January 19th, 2017 at High Noon PST. More information can be found here.
Earlier in the month, a crew of well-loved musicians gathered at Asheville Music Hall under the banner Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends. For this lineup, the young guitar prodigy, Marcus King, and Justin Stanton, who holds down trumpet and keys for Snarky Puppy, tapped some of their favorite musicians from the region and beyond to help celebrate the birthday of Empire Strikes Brass and Travers Brothership trombonist Kyle Snuffer while also doubling as a going-away party for The Digs and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra drummer Jaze Uries. Other musicians on the lineup for this massive super jam included Simon Thomas George (keys/moog; The Digs, Siamese Sound Club), Josh Clark (bass; Travers Brothership), Alex Bradley (trumpet; Empire Strikes Brass, Travers Brothership), Ben Colvin (saxophone; Juan Benavides Group, Pleasure Chest), and Marcus King’s bandmate in Marcus King Band, saxophonist Dean Mitchell.Recently, Barry2theB released a gorgeous pro-shot video of a song from the jubilant super jam. His video captures the super group’s collaboration on a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly,” a number off Herbie’s 1974 album, Thrust. Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends rendition of the instrumental song features a similar fluid and sultry, horn-heavy introduction. As the song progresses, trumpeter Justin Stanton takes center stage with his own energized solo, effectively stealing the show at its onset, before Marcus King tags in and lays down his own frenetic solo, switching off the lead with Simon Thomas George on the keys. You can check out the video for yourself below. Enjoy!
Read Full Story We need a variety of antibody types to help fight off invading foreign pathogens and our genome is exquisitely tuned to produce them to meet emerging needs. A new study finds that not just our DNA, but its configuration and packaging, help us generate diverse antibodies.Our DNA strands are organized, together with certain proteins, into a packaging called chromatin.In a paper published in the journal Nature, researchers from the laboratory of Frederick Alt of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children’s Hospital reveal insights into a new mechanism of chromatin regulation — changing the configuration of our DNA and its packaging — and how that influences antibody formation and gene regulation in general.The team showed that cohesin, a protein complex with a major role in organizing chromatin, is a key player in forming new loops in chromatin across long antibody genes. As the Alt lab showed earlier, this loop extrusion is essential for the process of V(D)J recombination — which bring bits of genetic code together from long distances to form new antibodies.Cohesin is the ring leader“There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not cohesin really is the protein complex that is responsible for this major process that organizes the mammalian genome into loops — loops that could be very important for all kinds of gene regulation, including antibody genes,” said Alt. These loop configurations physically position portions of genes that ought to work together in close proximity to one another, increasing their ability to work in tandem.The process of cohesin-enabled loop extrusion stops only when cohesin encounters blockades called CTCF-binding elements (CBEs). CBEs help segregate the entire genome into well-defined loops.Cohensin plus V(D)J recombination leads to diverse antibody typesFor V(D)J recombination to occur, cohesin sits at one point on the DNA but somehow pulls past it hundreds of gene segments scattered across the chromatin, often from huge distances. That process leads to the generation of a large repertoire of antibodies.“If we didn’t have diverse antibody repertoires, we would all be immunodeficient and might die, particularly in the face of the current pandemic,” said Alt.Until now, it was not understood how our immune system cells find these different gene segments over long distances of the chromatin, pick them out, and put them together to make very diverse antibody repertoires.Rolling past roadblocksThe paper addresses another important mystery in chromatin biology: How does cohesin get past the CBE obstacles on the chromatin that naturally prevent loop formation over long distances?“We found that shutting down the CBEs allows cohesin to move large regions of chromatin to bring gene segments together,” said Zhaoqing Ba of the Alt lab, first author on the paper. “This ultimately allows the V(D)J recombination complex to gather and assemble these important gene segments that are required to have very broad antibody repertoires.”A new form of gene regulationTheir research has larger implications beyond production of antibody diversity. It points to potential new mechanisms explaining long-range gene regulation in both health and disease.“Silencing CBE-blocking activity and allowing cohesin to pull long stretches of chromatin together may be important for regulation of many types of genes,” said Alt. “Our study provides an important step for understanding a new form of gene regulation at the level of chromatin architecture and chromatin biology, which could be very important for all forms of gene regulation.”
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 2.9 billion euros in subsidies from 12 member countries to develop a project aiming at developing the electric battery industry. The EU’s executive commission had already cleared a 3.2 billion-euro plan subsidized by seven countries in December 2019 to support research and innovation in a sector where Europe is lagging behind Asian competitors. The EU, which expects that demand for batteries will grow quickly in the coming years, said Tuesday that the latest public funding is expected to unlock an extra 9 billion euros in private investment.
Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) reported today consolidated earnings of $21 million, or $1.66 per diluted share of common stock, for 2010, compared to $20.7 million, or $1.74 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2009. The lower 2010 earnings per diluted share of common stock are due to the completion of its common stock at-the-market program (’ATM’ see below). Other operating expenses decreased $4 million, comprised principally of a decrease in transmission expenses of $8.9 million, resulting from higher NOATT reimbursements, partially offset by higher rates from ISO-NE. Under the provisions of our alternative regulation plan, changes in transmission costs are subject to true-up in rates so there is no bottom-line impact. Other operating expenses included a reduction in reserves for uncollectible accounts of $2.1 million primarily due to a large customer bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent recovery in 2010. These decreases were partly offset by increased service restoration costs of $5.6 million, of which $3.4 million of major storm costs were deferred under our alternative regulation plan; increased employee benefit costs of $1.2 million; increased environmental reserves and insurance costs of $0.9 million; increased depreciation expense of $0.6 million; increased property and other taxes of $0.7 million; and increased production fuel costs of $0.5 million. Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “CVPS 2010 Year End Earnings Call’ link on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website at www.cvps.com(link is external). An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 365459. 341,925 21,098 Resale revenue decreased due to lower 2010 contract prices associated with the sale of our excess energy, and a decrease in volumes sold due to the scheduled refueling outages at the Vermont Yankee plant and Millstone Unit #3. The provision for rate refund is primarily the net deferrals and refunds of over- or under-collections of power, production and transmission costs as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan. This increase included the unfavorable impact of $3.6 million of net deferrals and refunds in 2010 vs. the unfavorable impact of $1.7 million of net deferrals and refunds in 2009. The increase in retail revenue primarily resulted from a 5.58 percent base rate increase, effective January 1, 2010, in addition to a resurgence of retail demand in the second half of 2010. Other operating revenue increased primarily due to higher levels of mutual aid performed for other utilities in 2010 and the sale of renewable energy credits. $20,586 1,511 Condensed Income statement Dividends declared on preferred stock 2,286 $2,676 $0.92 $0.18 Per common share data $1.66 Earnings per share for 2010 reflect the impact of shares issued under our ATM program. From April to December 2010, CV sold an aggregate of 1,498,745 shares in open market trading and direct placements under this program for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $30.6 million. The sale of shares under this program has been completed. The net proceeds of the offering were used for general corporate purposes. 2011 Earnings GuidanceCV anticipates annual 2011 earnings to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.75 per diluted share. The earnings range reflects an approved retail rate increase of 7.46 percent effective January 1, 2011 and an allowed rate of return of 9.18 percent in 2011, down from 9.59 percent in 2010. 2010 2,490 38,485 Higher purchased power expense $0.18 Twelve Months 40,736 368 Total operating expense Higher equity in earnings of affiliates $1.74 0.03 Total operating revenues 11,335 $710,746 324,470 Central Vermont Public Service Corporation ‘ Consolidated 2010 results compared to 2009Operating revenue decreased $0.2 million, including a $16.3 million decrease in resale revenue and a $1.9 million decrease in the provision for rate refund, offset by a $16.9 million increase in retail revenue and a $1.2 million increase in other operating revenue. (2,183) 2010 vs. 2009 2,180 (Lower) higher other income, net 44,084 $2,069 Year-over-Year Effects on Earnings : $1.66 11,764,277 $272,728 ‘We continue to make steady progress,’ Executive Chairman, Bob Young said. ‘Increased demand in the second half, attributable to warmer weather during the summer and some easing of the economic problems of the past couple of years, helped significantly. Earnings Release Refer to our 2010 Form 10-K for additional informationForward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share $294,406 2009 Earnings per diluted share 4,276 $0.92 Income tax (benefit) expense (0.18) Earnings per share of common stock – diluted 5,317 3 323,210 Supplemental financial statement data 0.20 86,953 Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $3.6 million, principally due to the return on the $20.8 million investment we made in Transco in December 2009. 2010 Dividends declared per share of common stock (0.04) 0.01 0.04 $188,300 $277,529 $71,997 Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 11,705,518 Resale sales (3,598) $0.92 Lower operating revenue 13,027 0.16 6,236 Purchased power expense increased $0.6 million over the same period in 2009 primarily due to increased purchases from independent power producers. Balance sheet (1,689) Other 3,203 $632,152 13,160 Other (includes income tax adjustments, impact of additional common shares and various items) 156,151 (91,405) Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1 million for the same reasons described above. (Higher) lower taxes other than income 342,098 Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 2010 vs. 2009 $129,733 42,042 37,957 13,194,390 5,241 157,982 Other operating expenses decreased $5.8 million, largely due to the $4.3 million decrease in transmission expenses primarily resulting from higher NOATT reimbursements, and a reduction in reserves for uncollectible accounts of $1.2 million primarily due to a large customer bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent recovery in 2010. Changes in transmission expense are subject to true-up in rates so there is no bottom-line impact. Cash used for investing activities 81,121 2,091 13,343 3,802 1,078 $201,611 (0.07) Lower transmission expenses 160,774 0.03 92 (561) 11,560 Fourth quarter 2010 results compared to 2009Fourth quarter operating revenue decreased $1.4 million for many of the same reasons described above. $5,225 2009 $231,423 Equity in earnings of affiliates 20,749 4,468 84,667 17,472 $20,381 (5,942) 12,370,486 2010 Common Stock IssuanceOn January 15, 2010, we filed a Prospectus Supplement with the SEC, noting that we entered into an equity distribution agreement that allowed us to issue up to $45 million of common equity under an ATM continuous offering program. 5,033 Income tax expense (0.02) (Higher) lower maintenance expenses (excludes exogenous major storms) Other income: 17,455 Common stock equity ‘Vermont saw a decrease of roughly 1 percent in its unemployment rate in 2010, and we are seeing signs of an improving economy,’ Young said. ‘In the meantime, we will continue to focus on providing exemplary customer service, reliability and storm management. We firmly believe that CV’s value to investors is intrinsically tied to the value we create for our customers.’ 0.05 2009 (Higher) lower other operating expenses (excludes exogenous deferral) Interest expense 2,953 $0.23 $76,993 Fourth Quarter 54,279 CV reported fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated earnings of $5.3 million, or 40 cents per diluted share of common stock, compared to $2.2 million, or 18 cents per share, for the same period in 2009. ANNUAL REPORT (52,931) Cash provided by financing activities 20,954 2,753 $2,069 $1.74 92 $0.92 (0.16) Earnings available for common stock $0.40 7,545 $0.18 (7,117) WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on March 16, 2011, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. At that time, CV President and CEO Larry Reilly, Executive Chairman Robert Young and Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company’s long-term strategy. Other, net $0.40 Twelve Months Ended December 31 $1.66 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) $0.00 About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services. Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period Dividends paid per share of common stock 40,091 (0.01) Three Months Ended December 31 11,697,392 (0.13) 11,660,170 11,979 Other operating expenses 368 18,888 Cash provided by operating activities 15,059 11,482 12,405,866 744 Operating revenues: $2,088 Purchased power expense increased $2.8 million, including a $9 million increase in short-term purchases, due to higher retail load and higher replacement power requirements, largely offset by a $6.4 million decrease in purchases under long-term contracts, due to the extended scheduled refueling outage at the Vermont Yankee plant and lower capacity costs from Hydro-Quebec. $0.23 85,589 Investments in affiliates (1,632) 0.43 $0.40 $171,514 492 Total assets (5,640) Total other income Other income, net decreased $0.4 million, largely due to changes in the cash surrender value of variable life insurance policies included in our Rabbi Trust. $1.75 38,294 Earnings per share of common stock – basic Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $0.00 53,527 (0.05) 2010 Earnings per diluted share Cash Flows 13,144,056 $6,722 Net income (0.11) (0.04) 160,195 Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic Provision for rate refund 2,647 Retail sales Cash and cash equivalents at end of period Utility operating income Other income, net increased $0.7 million, largely due to higher non-utility revenues and higher interest and dividend income. Form 10-KOn Tuesday, March 15, 2011, the company filed its annual 2010 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on our web site, www.cvps.com(link is external) , under the “Investor Relations” section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.
FBI Investigating $300 Million Whitefish Deal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Agents from the FBI’s San Juan field office are looking into circumstances surrounding the deal that the public power monopoly known as Prepa signed with Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, according to the people familiar with the matter.Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló canceled the contract Sunday, saying it had become a distraction from the U.S. territory’s efforts to restore the devastated grid. Only 30% of the island’s power customers have had electricity restored.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, multiple congressional committees and local auditors also have raised concerns and begun requesting documents about the deal.Whitefish, a startup firm based in the remote hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, had roughly 350 subcontracted workers and 2,500 tons of heavy equipment on the ground for restoring electrical lines destroyed in the Category-4 hurricane. But the firm’s small size and limited track record, as well as the terms of the contract, ignited concerns around Puerto Rico’s management of the flow of federal disaster-relief dollars to the island.More ($): FBI Is Probing Puerto Rico Power Contract
They also say the number of individuals in mandatory and precautionary quarantine has increased. The health department says, to date, there are 97 individuals in mandatory quarantine and 18 in precautionary quarantine. CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department gave an update regarding coronavirus numbers on Saturday. The health department says three individuals passed away, there are 59 recoveries and the county has performed a total of 550 tests. The health department has reported an increase of two positive coronavirus cases since Friday. On Friday, the health department reported 82 positive cases, while on Saturday, they reported 84. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
Despite the surge in remote working arrangements among companies in Indonesia, demand for office space is expected to return after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, according to property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Indonesia.The current health crisis might even lead to expansions in office space, as companies try to accommodate needs for physical distancing among their employees in the post-pandemic era, the firm stated.JLL Indonesia head of research James Taylor said that Jakarta might experience the most significant impact from the pandemic on new leasing deals in the second quarter, as businesses continue to implement work-from-home arrangements. For example, JLL noted that millennials in the region struggled with smaller apartment sizes, slow internet connectivity and the need to juggle family duties while working from home. Meanwhile, offices still play a central role in creating spaces for collaboration and interaction and for boosting staff morale and productivity.“The office, as we know it, will evolve. Owners and investors who can take advantage of this opportunity to think about long-term redevelopment plans and designing or refitting their facilities will benefit greatly,” Couse said.Companies might also consider flexible options such as coworking spaces as an alternative to short-and-medium-term expansion plans, JLL notes.Previously, real estate services firm Colliers International projected that if more companies implemented remote working arrangements, demand for office space was expected to drop, according to its report released in April.Topics : “However, we expect tenant demand to return once the worst of the crisis has passed. In some ways, COVID-19 is accelerating the changes to the workplace that were already coming,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.In the first quarter this year, leasing activity in the Asia Pacific region dropped 9 percent from the previous quarter last year, even though a 14 percent increase year-on-year (yoy) was recorded, JLL data show. Vacancy rates have remained stagnant at 10.9 percent in the region.“We think offices will remain central to people’s daily business life,” said JLL Asia Pacific CEO Anthony Couse. “Looking ahead, we believe that this is a resilient sector that will continue to draw long-term investor interest and confidence.”He added that despite a seemingly successful global adaptation to work-from-home arrangements, offices would continue to be sought after the pandemic, as remote working might not be a sustainable or optimum long-term option for all companies.
Phil HaighWednesday 3 Jul 2019 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is heading to Glasgow (Picture: SEPA.Media/Getty Images)‘As for Bolingoli-Mbombo, we are not too far away and he will be another good addition to the squad.‘He gives us competition at left back, he’s strong, athletic and good on the ball.’Sky Sports report that the Bolingoli-Mbombo deal is being done on the premise that Tierney is heading to Arsenal for a fee of around €25m (£22.4m).However, the Gunners are yet to make a bid of that size and if Napoli match or outstrip it, then they could miss out on one of their primary defensive targets.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Celtic striker Chris Sutton suggested Arsenal’s first bid for Tierney was insulting and described it as ‘transfer marker murder’.‘Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him,’ Sutton wrote in the Daily Record. ‘Celtic and Scottish football should also be seeing disrespect in what the Gunners are offering.‘Yet again I’m having the same argument I’ve been having year-on-year since Virgil van Dijk was inexplicably allowed to leave Celtic for a fee of £13m in the summer of 2015.‘Nothing has changed. English clubs believed then they could get away with transfer market murder and they still do.’MORE: Arsenal make contact over Nabil Fekir move but may need to sell Mesut Ozil to sign the FrenchmanMORE: Arsenal enquire about Manchester United target Harry Maguire Comment Celtic set to announce Kieran Tierney replacement but Arsenal face Napoli competition for Scot Kieran Tierney looks certain to leave Celtic this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Celtic are close to announcing the signing of a new left-back, moving Kieran Tierney one step closer to a move away from Glasgow.A £3m deal to bring Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in from Rapid Vienna is expected in the coming days, with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon describing the transfer as ‘not too far away.’This would appear to clear the way for Arsenal to follow up on their initial £15m bid for Kieran Tierney, but the Gunners will have competition from Napoli for his services.The Scottish Sun report that the Italian side are planning to significantly out-bid Arsenal for Tierney this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLennon confirmed that the Scotland international would only be sold for a price the club has set, although he would not confirm that fee.‘We have a price for our player,’ said Lennon. ‘He’s on a long-term contract and we won’t sell him for anything less than we feel is the right price. In terms of where he is mentally, it’s got to be unsettling for him, it’s only natural.’ Advertisement