Starmer and Long-Bailey are the most likely victors, polling showing both having a significant chance of winning. The Wigan MP represents perhaps the Party’s best chance at unifying its various factions. Nandy has a solidly left-wing voting record in Parliament, though is not seen as a Corbynite after she resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in 2016. Keir Starmer Cherwell met with, and interviewed, Long-Bailey last week. Our profile of her can be found here. The current candidates are Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry. Clive Lewis and Jess Phillips have already dropped out of the race. His left-wing credentials have been questioned by some within the Party. He backed Owen Smith “100%” during his failed attempt to defeat Jeremy Corbyn in 2016, and has since employed a number of Smith staffers on his leadership campaign. The MP for Holborn and St Pancras received the most nominations from MPs with 88; his closest challenger was Long-Bailey on 33. Among his supporters is the Anneliese Dodds, the MP for Oxford East, who hosted him in Oxford a fortnight ago. Here, Cherwell profiles the major candidates, their strengths and weaknesses. Nandy was one of the few Labour MPs to argue against a second Brexit referendum, and has based her campaign in attempting to reconnect with Labour’s traditional voters outside of metropolitan areas, many of whom were lost in the election. Unlike the other three candidates, Nandy remains a largely unknown quantity, and could pose a potent challenge to Starmer and Long-Bailey as the campaign continues. Lisa Nandy Thornberry scraped into the next round with 23 MP nominations, and has largely failed to gain traction in the campaign. Though all the candidates have committed to maintaining the Party’s policy platform created under Corbyn, Long-Bailey remains the candidate of the Left; the other three candidates are on the soft left of the Party. After Clive Lewis failed to secure the necessary parliamentary nominations to proceed to the next round, Nandy is the only BAME candidate for Leader, though Dawn Butler and Rosena Allin-Khan are standing for Deputy. Voting will commence on February 21, before the results of the election are announced on April 4. Emily Thornberry Still, he stressed in his launch piece for The Sunday Mirror that Labour “must not lose sight of our values” and has pledged to unite all factions of the Party. More damaging may be his role in crafting the Party’s Brexit policy, widely seen as pivotal to December’s defeat, though attacks have yet to land. Thornberry may be the candidate Boris Johnson most fears facing over the dispatch box at PMQs, ably deputising for Corbyn over the last few years in questioning both Johnson and Theresa May. She has been notably loyal to Corbyn, despite not standing politically on the left of the Party. One of the few who did not resign from the Shadow Cabinet in 2016, Thornberry served as both Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Brexit Secretary for several months. Labour is also undergoing an election for Deputy Leader after Tom Watson opted not to stand for reelection in 2019. The candidates include the frontrunner Angela Rayner, along with Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler and Ian Murray. Rebecca Long-Bailey Following December’s devastating election defeat, Jeremy Corbyn has announced his resignation and the leadership race to replace him has begun in earnest. Provided they receive the requisite nominations from Trade Unions and Constituency Labour Parties (which may not happen for Thornberry), the candidates will proceed to a membership vote, in which they will be ranked in order of preference. The candidate with the least number of first placed votes will be eliminated in each round, with their votes redistributed to the candidate ranked second on each ballot. This process will continue until a candidate receives a majority of the vote. The Shadow Brexit Secretary is widely seen as the frontrunner in the race, appearing as a ‘safe pair of hands’ to Party members who have experienced four consecutive election defeats. Nonetheless, she has been repeatedly dogged by claims of being the candidate of a liberal metropolitan elite. She was forced to resign as Shadow Attorney General in 2014 after she tweeted a picture of a house adorned with three flags of St George in Rochester and Strood. Thornberry has also been a key figure in the pro-European wing of the Party, wearing a necklace made of the EU stars at Party Conference last year. https://cherwell.org/2020/02/01/rebecca-long-bailey-on-aspiration-and-going-further-left/
NEWARK – In a surprise move, the U.S. Justice Department has dropped its corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.This decision came after a mistrial was declared in the proceedings against the New Jersey Democrat and co-defendant Salomon Melgen in November when the jury could not come to a verdict.The Justice Department refiled the charges earlier this month, but U.S. District Judge William Walls, who heard the original case, dismissed seven of the most serious charges against Menendez and Melgen. Walls said the trial had shown no evidence of wrongdoing in regards to Menendez accepting campaign contributions from Melgen.This left the lesser charges of Menendez accepting gifts and trips from Melgen. Menendez’s defense team was expected to request that the other charges also be dropped.But it appears the Justice Department decided the case was not worth pursuing and dropped the remaining charges against both men.“From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail,” Menendez said in response to the decision. “I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion. I thank God for hearing my prayers and for giving me strength during this difficult time. I have devoted my life to serving the people of New Jersey, and am forever thankful for all who have stood by me. No matter the challenges ahead, I will never stop fighting for New Jersey and the values we share.”The case could have had serious political implications. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate and Menendez faces reelection this fall.The two men were charged in a case that claimed Melgen had given Menendez significant campaign contributions as well as gifts and trips in exchange for helping in solving problems Melgen was having with several agencies of the federal government.A number of local officials had urged the federal government to drop the case, from Rep. Albio Sires to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498 or 020 7596 6187 The Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006 provide protection to the general public from unfair sales techniques by agents for companies operating within the claims management sector. Notes to editorsMr Clifford Martin Stanford is of Swansea and his date of birth is October 1954.Mr Timothy Mark Schubert is of Swansea and his date of birth is November 1982.The disqualification orders were pronounced by Deputy Registrar Kyriakides. Simon McLoughlin appeared as counsel, for the Secretary of State and the defendants neither appeared nor were represented.Cerys-Angharad Ltd (CRN 07073557) which was incorporated on 12 November 2009, traded in claims management: cold calling members of the public and offering claims management services including mis-sold payment protection insurance and mortgages. Cerys traded from Princess House, Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 3LW. Cerys ceased trading on 20 March 2014 and was dissolved on 5 January 2016.Ifonic Plc (CRN 03772954) was placed into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) on 17 June 2015 with a deficiency as regards creditors of £600,243. The company which was incorporated on 19 May 1999, traded in claims management, offering claims management services including mis-sold payment protection insurance and bank charges reclaims. Ifonic traded from 3rd Floor, Princess House, Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 3LW.On 27 November 2017, Disqualification Orders were made against Mr Stanford and Mr Schubert on behalf of the Secretary of State, effective from 18 December 2017, for a period of 11 and 6 years respectively.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 When company directors do not comply with legislation that is designed to protect customers and avoidable losses result, the Insolvency Service will seek lengthy periods of disqualification. LinkedIn Twitter You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Press Office Email [email protected] This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to breach customer protection legislation. The Insolvency Service will rigorously pursue directors who deliberately mislead and breach the trust of customers. Clifford Martin Stanford has been disqualified from acting as a director for 11 years for his conduct as director of Cerys-Angharad Ltd (Cerys) and Ifonic Plc (Ifonic).And Timothy Mark Schubert has also been disqualified from acting as a director for 6 years in relation to his conduct as a director of Ifonic.The order disqualifying the directors was made in the High Court on 27 November 2017 by Deputy Registrar Kyriakides.The Insolvency Service found that members of the public had complained to Trading Standards and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) about Cerys, which resulted in the MOJ conducting an investigation into the company’s claims management procedures.It was found that Cerys engaged in unfair trading practices in breach of the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules 2006 and 2013 (“COAPRs”) and had failed to comply with the Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006.Cerys misled the public in sales calls regarding claims services offered, fees charged and cancellations. Services paid for by customers were not provided and fees were deducted from customers without their authorisation. Customers also complained of Cerys’ failure to issue a refund of up-front fees paid.Despite the MOJ issuing warnings, the company failed to rectify the breaches, resulting in Cerys voluntarily surrendering its authorisation to provide claims management services.The Insolvency Service then looked into the activities of Ifonic and found that following the closure of Cerys in March 2014, Ifonic acquired over 4,000 of Cerys’ existing clients and promised to honor the terms and conditions of their contracts including an assurance that all those due a refund of fees would be paid. Ifonic also entered a number of contracts with new clients.However, existing and new clients of Ifonic experienced similar problems to those at Cerys and submitted complaints to the Legal Ombudsman and the MOJ.The complaints received included claims that Ifonic provided misleading information in sales calls, had failed to address complaints and provide the service customers had paid for, taken unauthorised payments from customers and failed to issue refunds of up-front fees to customers who had cancelled their contracts within the cooling-off period.The Insolvency Service found that similar to Cerys, Ifonic engaged in unfair trading practices in breach of the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules 2013 and 2014 (“COAPRs”) and therefore failed to comply with the Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006.Despite the MOJ issuing warnings, Ifonic failed to rectify the breaches, resulting in Ifonic voluntarily surrendering its authorisation to provide claims management services.Robert Clarke, Investigations Group Leader at the Insolvency Service said: The Insolvency Service is grateful for the assistance provided by The Ministry of Justice, Trading Standards and The Legal Ombudsman in achieving this outcome. 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Rocky Mountain Power, Sonnen team up on major solar-plus-storage project in Utah FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:German home energy storage company sonnen fulfilled a long-time dream for its U.S. operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility.Sonnen will install more than 600 ecoLinx batteries in developer Wasatch Group’s Soleil Lofts apartments in Herriman, Utah, a rapidly growing region south of Salt Lake City. The fleet of batteries will total 5 megawatts/12.6 megawatt-hours of storage paired with onsite solar generation. The deal brings to life the company’s long-avowed wish to harness residential clean energy investments to help the broader grid run more efficiently.Sonnen, which was acquired by Shell in February, previously struck deals to supply new eco-conscious developments in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. But this is the first time the company has contracted with a utility — in this case, Rocky Mountain Power — to put its devices to work for the grid.“This is transformative,” said Blake Richetta, chairman and CEO of sonnen’s U.S. business. “This is what we’ve been working on for years.”The network of batteries, dubbed a virtual power plant in industry parlance, will shift the community’s solar production to serve the evening peak, incrementally reducing the utility’s need to run fossil-fueled plants during the hours of highest electricity demand. The batteries will also deliver demand response for the utility and provide backup power to the residents in case of grid outage.Rocky Mountain Power sees it as a trial run for a statewide push to tap distributed energy tools for the broader grid. Even more surprising, this deal is not pegged for future delivery after 2022, like the capacity market contract Sunrun won for its own network of home batteries earlier this year. Sonnen installations started last week, and customers will move into their battery-equipped rental apartments later this year.More: ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to deliver community battery network with grid services contract
People are scared of identity theft, and for good reason. If a bad guy gets his hands on your credit card information or Social Security number, he can set up accounts in your name, launder thousands of dollars and ruin your credit. It can take years – and countless amounts of time and energy – to clean up the mess.A survey of 1,000 adults by MasterCard released in July found that 77 percent of Americans feel anxious about having their financial information stolen, which is a greater percentage than those who fear their home being robbed (59 percent). Still, many respondents reported engaging in behavior that increases their risks of being a victim of identity theft or fraud, including rarely changing passwords for online financial accounts (46 percent) or using the same password for multiple accounts (44 percent). “The average person should be very concerned,” says Charlie Price, managing director in MorganFranklin Consulting’s corporate investigations and dispute solutions practice and a former FBI agent. “Every time you click on a link, you’re essentially opening up your front door to let a con man in,” he says.The risks that come with identity theft can be even higher than losing the money that’s in your bank account. ”Attackers aren’t going for the $5,000 or $20,000 you have in savings. They’re going for something far more valuable: your identity,” says Chris Hadnagy, CEO of Social-Engineer, a consulting company that helps organizations protect themselves, and an expert on financial fraud. The attacker can then use your identity to create credit accounts and steal far more money than you have in your bank account. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Be up-to-dateIndustries change, so you need to be ready and able to adapt. The people around you will change, the work environment may change, and trends within the industry will change as well. Always keep learning more about your work and take advantage of any free training or higher education opportunities. The more you know, the higher your value will be to the company.Focus and prioritize tasksYou gotta get things done. If you’re working on too many tasks at once, you’ll be tied up for a long time and won’t get anything accomplished. Focus on the most important things and put those at the top of your to-do list.Be an innovative thinkerYou may not come up with a new and exciting way of doing things on a daily basis, but if you train yourself to think outside the box, it will lead to innovation. Hopefully this way of thinking rubs off on the team, which can lead to more success in your office.Be positiveYou’ll never reach any goals or be as successful as you want to be if you don’t visualize how you’re going to get there. Keep pushing ahead when obstacles arise and find a way to succeed. Don’t give up when failures happen. Learn from those mistakes and let them make you a better employee.Seek out a mentorIf you’re new to an industry, you’ve probably got a lot to learn. Find a more experienced employee who can give you advice and help guide you down the right path. Make sure it’s someone who is respected in the office and someone who won’t lead you astray. 131SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to your family and your parental leave is ending, or you’ve stayed home to raise your kids and are returning to the workforce, getting back out there can be quite challenging. You may be resuming a position at the same organization or starting a new role at a completely different company. Either way, here are three tips for getting back into a groove and finding your place in the working world.Be realisticYou may be coming back from a twelve-week leave, or a twelve-year hiatus, but regardless of the time frame, things will have undoubtedly changed. Don’t expect to jump right back into things because while you were away, other employees were still going about their normal routine. Be patient with others and with yourself. If you’re returning to the same organization, personnel and organizational changes may have been made that will take some getting used to. If you’re starting somewhere new, look at it as a new adventure and although it may be scary at first, things will fall into place.Maintain your composureMost likely when you start back at work, other employees will know your situation. Therefore, it’s fine to briefly catch up with them about your home life, but don’t dwell on personal matters. Sometimes returning to work can be emotional, so it’s important that you don’t let yourself get too hung up on either your baby in childcare or your older children in school. Keep yourself focused on your job responsibilities and others will see that you’re dedicated despite going through a transitional time.Let go of the guiltMany new parents return to work out of necessity and others do because of their dedication to their career. Whatever the reason, going from being with children and family to being with coworkers in the workplace can be a disorienting change. Many who are in this position feel a sense of guilt for making the decision to return to work. The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to let go of your guilt and be proud of your decision. Trust in yourself and have the strength to move forward. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Going back more than four decades, PSCU was established for collaboration and scale on behalf of credit unions and their members. Our commitment to the “people helping people” values of the credit union movement is strengthened by ensuring our PSCU staff understand the history and philosophy of the movement, as well as the current issues impacting credit unions and their members.We are proudly growing the number of PSCU Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) on staff, each who have studied the development issues that affect our communities. Our CUDE graduates emerge thoroughly motivated to see where they can make an impact. PSCU also actively and enthusiastically supports and endorses CUDE projects – it is part of who we are.Fostering Development EducationPartnering with the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), we developed “The Credit Union Difference: CU Principles & Philosophies” training course for our staff. To date, more than half of PSCU’s 2,200 employees have completed the course.
Schools, places of worship, shopping malls, cinemas and gyms must remain closed, the ministry said, and bans on large gatherings for religious and sporting events will be extended.City metro train services and domestic and international air travel will remain suspended, it said. A night curfew restricting public movement, except for essential services, will be kept in place between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. Restaurants however will now be allowed to operate their kitchens for takeaway services. Sports complexes and stadiums are permitted to host events — but without spectators.Inter-state and intra-state buses and passenger vehicles were authorized to operate, but with the discretion of states and territories. ‘Growth prospects remain weak’ The dire economic situation has sparked a migrant worker crisis, as many businesses shut down when the lockdown was imposed.Jobless and hungry, many migrants fled the cities, some walking hundreds of kilometers. Dozens have lost their lives to accidents or exhaustion.Some of those stranded in urban areas have also clashed with police in a recent spate of protests as they clamored to be allowed to return home to their villages.On Sunday, five policeman and a journalist were injured in Rajkot city of western Gujarat state after up to 3,000 migrant workers clashed with officers when a special train to bring them home was cancelled. Twenty-nine people were arrested.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week announced several stimulus measures, although analysts said they focused on easing the supply side of the economy.”Near to medium-term growth prospects remain weak in the absence of demand boosts,” Kotak Mahindra Bank senior economist Upasna Bhardwaj said in a note. Cases on the rise The third extension to the lockdown came as India recorded its biggest single-day jump in cases with 4,987 new infections in the last 24 hours.It took the total number of cases to 90,927 with 2,872 deaths.Health experts say infections may only peak in June or July, and have called for more testing to determine the spread of the disease.Earlier Sunday, India’s worst-affected coronavirus state Maharashtra, home to the financial capital Mumbai, extended its lockdown to end-May ahead of the national announcement.Maharashtra, with a population of 112 million, has reported 30,706 cases including 1,135 deaths.Mumbai — India’s worst-hit city — has 18,555 infections, and the pandemic has pushed its hospitals to breaking point.A city authority spokesman said Mumbai was considering turning Wankhede Stadium — the site of India’s cricket World Cup final triumph in 2011 — into a virus treatment facility.The conversion could happen if other facilities get overwhelmed with the onset of the monsoon, which usually starts around mid-June — and monsoon-related illnesses, although “nothing has been decided yet”, the spokesman said.There were some nationwide relaxations for industry and agriculture last month, while offices last week were allowed to operate with one-third capacity.Limited service resumed Tuesday on the country’s massive rail network. The National Disaster Management Authority said the restrictions would be updated “as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities” in Asia’s third-biggest economy while containing the virus.”India will not see the worst of COVID-19, like in other countries,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted, adding that state governments had the flexibility to implement locally tailored measures. India extended its coronavirus lockdown until the end of May on Sunday as it reported its biggest single-day jump in cases, but said some sectors would be permitted to open up to ease the economic pain.The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people — the world’s largest — has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India’s poor, with millions of migrant workers losing their jobs.”Lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 will continue” until at least May 31,” the home affairs ministry said in a statement. Topics :