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first_imgWe have known for decades that living with obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the chance of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In the last few months we have seen that excess weight puts individuals at risk of worse outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19).This publication outlines actions the government will take to tackle obesity and help adults and children to live healthier lives.last_img


first_imgABC sitcom black-ish, now in its fifth season, has been tackling issues of race and culture in America from the perspective of an upper-middle-class African American family since 2014. While the show mainly riffs on everyday racial issues in modern America, it will often focus its attention on a specific issue, historical event, or influential figure for an entire week’s installment, inhabiting that topic for a “special” episode. During last night’s episode of the show, the Johnson family purified themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka with a new half-hour dedicated to the towering legacy of the late, great Purple One himself, Prince.The episode’s plot stems from a simple premise: The older members of the Johnson family are trying to explain to their uninitiated young Millennial family members why Prince was such a big deal. In the episode, each of the family members explains the different ways in which Prince had an effect on their life or their worldview, from empowering their sexuality to giving them confidence in being themselves during difficult times. As they do so, they each flash to daydream sequences themselves as Prince at various points in his career, matching his various iconic looks, beloved music videos, and more with amusingly accurate reverence.You can watch the various Prince clips from the special black-ish episode below via ABC:“Purple Rain”“Kiss”“Erotic City”“Sign O’ The Times”“Sexy M.F.”“When Doves Cry”“Nothing Compares 2 U”To watch the full Prince tribute episode of ABC’s black-ish, head to the network’s website here.[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more


first_imgIt’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, a few of us were facing an angry hippopotamus while on a casual walking safari! In fact, the entire Dell Technologies Partner President’s Circle experience seems a bit like a dream. Being within a few feet of leopards, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and observing them in their natural environment created lifelong memories, and I was so honored to be able to share those experiences with our amazing Dell Technologies Partner President’s Circle winners.Dell Technologies Partner President’s Circle is a prestigious contest that recognizes the champions of champions: partners who continually defy gravity and who delivered outstanding results throughout the past financial year. Now in its second year, the Dell Technologies Partner President’s Circle contest is integral to our overall partner recognition strategy. The year-long contest spans all partner tracks, and each winner receives an incredible trip for two to a thrilling destination. This year, that destination was Johannesburg, South Africa and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve sits next to Kruger National Park, with game lodges nestled deep into its grassland. These breathtaking plains are home to the Big 5: elephants, rhinoceroses, Cape buffalo, lions and leopards. Our partners and their guests were lucky enough to spot all 5—and so much more!Delivering on our commitment to Progress Made Real As we participated in such a special experience, everyone on the trip was acutely aware of how incredibly lucky we were to be guests in such a treasured environment. Every day, Dell Technologies strives to make a positive impact, driving social and environmental good in the community with Progress Made Real.In South Africa we partnered with Code for Change — a non-profit organization that’s teaching coding skills in underserved schools. Together at the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, our partners and Dell Technologies staff took part in a giving back experience, preparing tote bags brimming with essential care items for three local community projects:Lillydale Home-Based Care Centre, which provides services to local impoverished children and elderly residents.Swa Vana Care Centre, which provides physical, social and emotional support to the many children and orphans with HIV in the area.Jabez Preschool, which provides access to education and healthcare in the small village community of Justicia B.It was an absolute privilege to be able to be able to support these impactful organizations. I watched as our partners contemplated what to write in their personal messages to the new moms, the recipients of the packs, and am confident the work we did together brought happiness to the community. I’d like to extend a special thank you to President’s Circle sponsors, Intel and Microsoft – for without them, this experience would not have been possible.Looking ahead to our next President’s Circle contest … and amazing locationSince photos of the South African President’s Circle trip appeared on Twitter, I’ve received a number of questions on how to participate in the next Dell Technologies Partner President’s Circle contest. It’s not too late to get in the running – you still have three-and-a-half months to advance to the top of the leaderboard. Full contest criteria can be found here, and these are the actions that will boost your organization to the top:Grow your total revenue in the Dell Technologies Partner ProgramDouble down with Dell EMC StorageAttach more Dell EMC Services, andSell more VMware through the Dell Technologies Partner ProgramNext year’s destination is Reykjavik, Iceland. Known as “The land of fire and ice,” and home to some of Europe’s largest glaciers and the world’s most active volcanoes. This luxurious five-star experience is sure to be a trip of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to experience it with you, our incredible partners!last_img read more


first_imgNextEra says tax credit phase-outs won’t slow solar, wind, storage adoption in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, the largest U.S. wind and solar developer, sees little threat to the renewables market from the fading federal tax credits, executives said Wednesday.With the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind already phasing down, and the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar set to begin declining next year for new projects, individual companies and their broader industries are grappling with how — or whether — to push for an additional extension.NextEra, for its part, is focused on its gargantuan development pipeline, and believes wind and solar will remain highly competitive without federal subsidies, CFO Rebecca Kujawa said on an analyst call Wednesday discussing the company’s financial results. “With continued cost and efficiency improvements, we expect new near-firm wind and solar to be cheaper than the operating costs of coal, nuclear and less-efficient oil- and gas-fired generation units, even after the tax credits phase down early in the next decade,” Kujawa said. “The combination of low-cost renewables plus storage is expected to be increasingly disruptive to the nation’s generation fleet, providing significant growth opportunities well into the next decade.”Pressed Wednesday on the renewed efforts to extend the solar ITC, Kujawa said: “We’ve benefited over the last couple of years from some of the most significant visibility for long-term incentives the industry has ever had.” While another extension could create a stronger tailwind for the renewables market, NextEra is “excited about our development program” with or without subsidies, she said.NextEra on Wednesday revealed that its renewables backlog — or projects to be built over the next few years — has grown to a record 11.7 gigawatts.More: NextEra sees little threat to wind and solar from fading tax creditslast_img read more


first_imgDo you know how much returned mail is costing your credit union? It’s probably more than you think. Every piece of undeliverable mail — whether it be an important financial notice or monthly statement — causes financial strains on your company, can impact your relationship with members, and ultimately affect your bottom line.Four point two percent of first class mail is returnedWhen we consider that 4.2 percent of all first class mail is returned, the effects can be a financial burden on your company in many ways. Returned mail reduces cash flow that is essential to maintaining an efficient billing process and streamlined member communication. Many credit unions resend information to a single undeliverable address multiple times until it catches the attention of someone in the mailing department. Repeating this costly cycle ultimately leads to a reduction in profit.Internal labor Returned mail impacts more than just external cash flow. Consider the internal labor costs associated with opening, processing, and disposing of each piece of returned mail. If your staff is spending valuable time handling returned mail, causing other important tasks to be neglected, returned mailed is ultimately draining your most needed resources. There are also material and mailing costs to consider — including paper, envelopes and perhaps the costliest expense: postage.Lost business relationshipsMember satisfaction and a professional reputation are core principals of success within the credit union industry. If statements and important financial notices are being returned as undeliverable, it means these documents are never reaching the intended recipient. Members who incur late fees due to incorrect addresses may abandon their relationship with the credit union. People move at the rate of 12 to 17 percent per year and only 60 percent of them update their new address with the United States Postal Service in a timely manner, creating the opportunity for future error.So how can you prevent these issues and ensure you don’t lose money, time and relationships because of returned mail? The best strategy is to track the number of undeliverable items, discover which members are receiving multiple undeliverable pieces and take action. Maintaining a high quality mailing list by removing bad addresses is essential to ensuring future mail is sent to the correct address. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Smith David M. Smith is the Director of Statement Services for OSG Statement Services, specializing in statement print, mail and electronic presentment. He brings thirty plus years of experience in the … Web: www.osgbilling.com Detailslast_img read more


first_img continue reading » Understanding and managing the risks associated with the changing world of data security, and being prepared for breaches and how to respond, have become business necessities. This three-part series, based in part on a presentation given by Michele L. Cohen, a principal with the law firm Miles & Stockbridge P.C. at Trellance’s immersion 2018 conference, outlines the balancing act between convenience and data, and provides a framework for preparing for breaches and what actions to take in response. Part 1 focused on what is at risk; what causes breaches, and the fact that breaches are inevitable. Part 2 focused on planning and preparing documentation for the inevitable. This Part 3, will explore three areas that require special attention: the legal considerations regarding breach notification; the contracts an organization has with vendors who have access to data; and having the right insurance coverage.The popular ride-sharing app Uber disclosed in November 2017 that hackers had stolen 57 million driver and rider accounts. What was more disconcerting was that the company had kept the data breach secret for more than a year after paying a $100,000 ransom. According to Stateline magazine:The state of Pennsylvania sued Uber for waiting more than a year to alert drivers and customers that their personal information had been hacked; the state’s attorney general argued that the ride-hailing company had violated a state law mandating that companies notify people affected by a data breach ‘without unreasonable delay’. Suits were also filed against Uber by Los Angeles and Chicago for violating their laws that defines how quickly consumers must be notified once a data breach is discovered. Pennsylvania’s phrase “without unreasonable delay” is typical of many states, as is “in the most expedient time possible”. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgA report of a suspicious vehicle leads police to stopping a potential meth operation.After receiving a report of suspicious activity on Wednesday evening, deputies with the Ripley County Sheriffs Office arrived to the scene on County Road 425N in Osgood and located several people.As the investigation continued, police say they located, what they believed to be, a meth manufacturing operation inside a vehicle that the people were in.Giana Getz, 26, and Travis Manlief, 27, both of Greensburg were arrested along with 54-year-old Allen Herbert of Millhousen.All three were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.Sheriff Tom Grills says, “The investigation to this point has been forwarded to the Ripley County Prosecutor Office for formal charging.”The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Osgood Police Department, and the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team.last_img read more


first_img Press Association The Reds moved within four points of the Barclays Premier League top four after goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen saw off the struggling Magpies at Anfield. With fading champions Manchester City now looking vulnerable in fourth, Liverpool’s hopes – which took a hefty blow in back-to-back losses to Manchester United and Arsenal – could have been reignited. Their misery was compounded when Moussa Sissoko was sent off for what was deemed a second yellow card offence, when he caught Lucas Leiva on the ankle. Manager John Carver admitted Sissoko could easily have been shown a straight red, however. He said: “The sending off, it could have been a straight red, I will be honest. I have said that to Moussa, I am quite straight and I won’t defend anyone if it is indefensible.” Asked if Sissoko could be fined, Carver said: “I am sure there will be some kind of disciplinary procedure. I said before the game we needed to keep 11 players.” While Carver did not complain about that decision, he was angry that Ayoze Perez did not earn a penalty after apparently being felled by Dejan Lovren. He said: “The game hinged on a huge decision. I don’t want to be seen to be a moaner but it is fact we don’t get big decisions for whatever reasons, it could be me. I have spoken to the referee, but it doesn’t help me.” Carver did see reason for some optimism, feeling that his side’s performance was much improved from their derby loss to Sunderland last time out. He said: “I thought the first nine minutes we were very tentative, nervous after our performance against Sunderland. It was a bad goal to concede. “After that we grew into the game. It is easy to crumble at Anfield but we didn’t. One or two guys rolled their sleeves up. “I think we got a response. We didn’t get a result but I saw enough. “There are lot of positives to take from the game. A lot of people expected us to get a hiding and I think we held our own for the majority of the game.” Rodgers said: “The players and myself are very motivated to do the best we can. We have shown we can put results together consistently. We have important players coming back which is good news. “But we are looking for other teams to slip up and we have to continue winning. “There are teams above us but, as we have seen last year, there can be changes and points dropped and I think there will be changes.” Liverpool, inspired by Philippe Coutinho, started superbly with Sterling scoring after nine minutes and several other chances being created. Newcastle rallied before the break and had a strong penalty appeal turned down but Allen made the game safe in the second half. Rodgers said: “It was a good performance. I thought that our attacking play was very bright, we looked exciting going forward, we worked hard in the midfield. “At times our possession could have been better but we had a real attacking intent and created chances and could have scored more goals.” The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth in succession and left them with work still to do to ensure they do not get pulled into the relegation battle. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers vowed not to give up on Champions League qualification after a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle.last_img read more


first_img Press Association Sport understands the transfer is worth up to £8million should all the clauses in the deal be triggered while Chester is an Albion player. West Brom have also dismissed speculation linking Saido Berahino with a move to Tottenham. Reports claimed Spurs were lining up a bid for the England Under-21 international but West Brom insisted they have received no offer. The club tweeted: “Ok, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That’s it. Carry on everyone.” West Brom want to tie Berahino, who scored 20 goals last season, down to a new contract with Pulis focused on bringing players in rather than selling. Chester will be the latest arrival, with the former Manchester United defender out of contract at the KC Stadium next year and the Tigers cashing in following relegation from the Barclays Premier League. He made 171 appearances for Hull – scoring eight goals – after signing from Old Trafford in 2011 and is set to become part of Pulis’ revolution at West Brom. Pulis has already signed Wigan winger James McClean and remains keen on Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio, despite having a £5million bid turned down, QPR’s Matt Phillips and Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry. The club have held talks with Bakary Sako after the former Wolves winger lowered his wage demands having failed to find a club since leaving Molineux at the end of last season. The 26-year-old is due at the club for a medical on Tuesday afternoon with terms agreed to move to The Hawthorns. He is expected to tie up the switch within the next 24 hours after leaving Hull’s training camp in Austria as Tony Pulis’ recruitment drive gathers pace. But Abou Diaby has rejected a move to the Baggies and is set to join Marseille on a free transfer. The former Arsenal midfielder had a medical at The Hawthorns ahead of a proposed move but while Albion are believed to have offered him a more attractive package he has opted to return to France. Marseille announced on Tuesday evening that they had agreed a deal in principle with 29-year-old Diaby, who was released by the Gunners when his contract expired this summer. West Brom have agreed a deal worth up to £8million for Hull defender James Chester. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgICC Test rankingsDubai: Cheteshwar Pujara, whose knocks of 123 and 71 were the cornerstone of India’s victory against Australia in the first Test, moved ahead of Joe Root and David Warner to take the fourth position while pacer Jasprit Bumrah achieved a career-high ranking of 33rd, after his three for 47 and three for 68, in the latest ICC rankings.Pujara helped India out of a hole in the first innings with a brilliantly crafted hundred and then in the second innings played a vital role in helping the tourists set the Aussies a target of 323.Bumrah, meanwhile, restricted the hosts to 235 by taking the wickets of Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. In the second essay too, he accounted for the dangerous Shaun Marsh, skipper Tim Paine and Cummins.Kane Williamson also became the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen following a stellar performance in the third Test against Pakistan, which helped his side win their first away series against the Asian side in 49 years.Williamson scored 89 and 139 in Abu Dhabi last week, which set up New Zealand’s convincing 123-run victory over Pakistan.This performance not only helped Williamson win the Player of the Match award, but also earn 37 points in the latest player rankings, which, in turn, has allowed him to leapfrog Australia’s Steve Smith into second position on a career-high 913 points.Richard Hadlee, ICC’s Cricket Hall of Famer, is the only other New Zealand player – with bat or ball – to reach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings.While Williamson shone with the bat in Abu Dhabi and was richly rewarded, number-one ranked Virat Kohli managed only three and 34 in his side’s impressive 31-run victory over Australia at the picturesque Adelaide Oval.As a result, Kohli has conceded 15 points to slip to 920 points, just seven points ahead of Williamson.With Williamson breathing down Kohli’s neck, the India captain will be under pressure to perform strongly with the bat in the second Test starting in Perth on Friday otherwise he will potentially lose his number-one ranking he has been holding since the Edgbaston Test against England in August.The other two notable movers from the Adelaide Test are Ajinkya Rahane in 17th (up by two places) and Mitchell Starc in 16th (up by two places).Amongst the newcomers, Australia’s Marcus Harris has reached the 116th batting position, while amongst the bowlers, off-spinner William Somerville of New Zealand has emerged in 63rd spot and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has popped up in 111th place. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more