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Former West New York resident, Uber driver, dies after physical altercation…

first_imgWhen they arrived, they found a collision involving Randolph Tolk, 68, an Uber driver. EMTs took Tolk to Lenox Hill Health Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the report said. Tolk had previously resided on Boulevard East in West New York, the NYPD says.Tolk was driving a Toyota Camry livery cab at the time, per the report. The police report said that at an intersection, a man in his thirties had an altercation with the driver. The younger male allegedly struck Tolk in the head with a hockey stick before fleeing, the report states. The incident was caught on video, according to a media report.Tolk continued driving until he crashed into a center divider at West and Horatio streets.Officials later identified the suspect as Kohji Kosugi, 39. They arrested him Nov. 12. He is charged with manslaughter. Tolk had raised two sons in West New York, including comedian/comedy writer and former Hudson Reporter beat reporter Prescott Tolk. In internet posts, Tolk described his father as a “gentle” family man.The Tolk family started a GoFundMe.com fundraiser to raise money for the burial, which as of Wednesday exceeded its goal. Tolk’s younger son, Andrew, told the media, “He put everybody before himself, to a fault. He was a smart man. I know he was an Uber driver, but he was highly educated. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1971. He got a master’s degree in textiles in Leicester, England, and worked in the textile industry.”The suspect’s attorney has told the press that he was not the aggressor.The investigation is ongoing. × NEW YORK — An Uber driver from West New York died after a man allegedly hit him with a hockey stick in Manhattan on Saturday, per an NYPD statement.Around 11:58 p.m. Nov. 11, officers responded to a 911 call of a vehicle collision at West and Horatio streets in Chelsea.last_img read more

Government ban on unhealthy food adverts is ‘punishing blow’

first_imgA ban on advertising and promoting ‘unhealthy’ food – announced by the government today – is unlikely to combat obesity, the Food & Drink Federation has claimed.The government this morning (27 July) revealed a range of sweeping measures, stating the ‘urgency of tackling the obesity time bomb has been brought to the fore by evidence of the link to an increased risk from Covid-19’.“To help support people we need to reduce unhelpful influences like promotions and adverts that affect what you buy and what you eat,” said health secretary Matt Hancock.The measures include:Banning food adverts: New laws will ban advertising of food high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) on television and online before 9pm. Ahead of this, the government will hold a consultation on whether the ban on online adverts for HFSS food should apply at all times of day.Ending BOGOF promotions: New legislation will restrict promotion of HFSS food as ‘buy one get one free’ offers.Ban on display at checkouts: There will be a ban on HFSS food items being placed in prominent locations in stores, such as checkouts and entrances, and online.Calorie labelling: New laws will require large restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 employees to add calorie labels to the food they sell.Front of pack nutritional labelling: A consultation will be launched to gather evidence on the current ‘traffic light’ labelling system to learn how this is being used by consumers and industry.Alcohol calorie labelling: A new consultation will be launched on plans to provide calorie labelling on alcohol.The Food & Drink Federation (FDF), described the plans as a ‘punishing blow’ for food and drink manufacturers and their staff, particularly coming so soon after they were heralded as heroes by government for feeding the nation during the Covid crisis.Restrictions on promoting and advertising food and drink will increase the price of food and reduce consumer choice, while threatening jobs across the UK, claimed FDF chief operating officer Tim Rycroft.He also stated there was limited evidence the measures would effectively tackle obesity, with previous government figures suggesting a ban on advertising and promotions would reduce children’s average calorie consumption by just 17 calories a day.“At the heart of this programme are old and discredited policies that will raise prices, limit choice and hit two of the UK’s most successful industries,” he said.“It is extraordinary that the government is proposing a ban on promotions of food and drink in retail at such a precarious economic time.”The Federation also claimed government data showed a ban on promotions would push the average annual shopping bill up £634.And the move would limit innovation, suggested Rycroft.“Manufacturers will see little point in introducing lower-sugar or lower-calories variants of their products into a market in which it will not be possible to advertise or promote them to shoppers.He also claimed start-ups and challenger brands will find it harder to get listings against established brands without promotions to raise their profile.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Billy Iuso And The Restless Natives Share New Live Video From Tipitina’s

first_imgBilly Iuso and Restless Natives are basically synonymous with New Orleans, a musical gumbo with a blues-rock base, sprinkles of psychedelia, and hearty funk rhythms that take no direct route to the heart of your soul. Frontman Billy Iuso’s earthy vocal tone and the disarmingly raw sentiments embedded in his lyrics lend a richer dynamic to the muscular fretwork that’s always powered his performance. Now, the song-centric version of himself reveals a reinvigorated platform for his artistic output that will surely keep fans happy along the way.Today, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives share a pro-shot live video for “She Moves That Way” with Live For Live Music, from the 2014 record Overstanding. The performance comes from hometown venue Tipitina’s earlier this month, on 6/2/17. Check it out!Check out the band’s website for details on upcoming dates.last_img read more

Why IT is the Most Important Department in 2016

first_imgWe are half way through 2016 and for the first time in as long as I can remember IT has rightly started to be placed front and center of most organizations as a key component in the success or failure of that business. The organizations that are doing this are reaping the rewards that this change in strategy delivers, while the ones that don’t are finding it harder than ever to be relevant or even survive in today’s market.  Make no mistake about it, applications, data and services delivered by IT must be recognized (key word here!!) as the key to modernization, digitalization and growth of that business, and that excites me…greatly.Organizations of all shapes and sizes are all striving for agility, innovation, and speed to allow them to maintain and grow market share, profit and relevance in whatever industry they are in. This is to ensure survival, and is inspired by disruptive companies like AirBnB and Uber, that are changing the competitive landscape and driving this transformation. IT and the applications, services and data that are provided to both internal users, and external customers are vital to the success of this transformation. This is a massive step change for where we have previously found ourselves as an industry (remember when apparently all we did was provide email and access to corporate applications via Citrix!?) and one that we should all embrace.So this is great news right…absolutely, but it comes with some new expectations. Cloud computing and “Credit Card IT” has exploded and demonstrated how easy, responsive and agile services can be spun up and consumed and this presents a challenge to IT (note, I am not saying Cloud is the most economical or even the most appropriate platform but for speed and agility it has set the benchmark). CEO’s now want, no expect, a similar level of service from their CIO’s and it’s up to us in IT to deliver that. Here lies a challenge; many IT departments are unable to provide this cloud-like level of service and functionality, not because they don’t have the technical capability, but because they simply do not have time or resources to invest in the activities needed to provide platforms capable of this.There is good news though, and that is through the adoption of new technologies it is possible to free up both the time and resources required to invest and deliver this value back to the business. One of the areas that can have the most impact is around IT infrastructure, specifically the idea of whether you build or buy these platforms.Converged and Hyper-Converged platforms have removed the need to design, build and maintain IT infrastructure, giving the time back needed to invest in adding value to the business (think new applications and services, think Cloud, think everything Software Defined , think anything other than deploying and managing what is essentially incredibly boring pieces of hardware and operating systems). MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS A GREAT THING!! Building and managing infrastructure is essential but it adds little value to organizations and it’s not a good use of talented employee’s time (who actually wants to be building VMware hosts or spending their days figuring out how to upgrade the systems??). Don’t spend your time on repeatable tasks that deliver little innovation or value, don’t waste time fighting fires and keeping the lights on, don’t build what you can buy.True converged platforms (which today represent the fastest growing portion of the infrastructure market) deliver a pre-engineered, pre-validated solution that works from day one and continues to work through its lifetime. If it doesn’t you call “one” organization (or it automatically calls) and they fix it. When you want to move to the latest hypervisor version it’s done in a few clicks with no downtime as it has been pre-tested and validated by the vendor.Hyper-Converged delivers a new breed of infrastructure (one where storage and compute are integrated into the same appliance or node) but in the same way as converged, removes the need to perform many of these time consuming tasks, allowing IT to drive the innovation required to have a positive impact on the organizations they serve.We as an industry have a massive opportunity to impact and deliver bottom line value to the organizations we work for. To do this there needs to be a shift and change in service delivery that we provide and that requires an investment of time and resources, which can be difficult to find. It is vital that we spend most of our time on innovative projects and tasks that directly impact our businesses in a positive way. Using the latest technology and solutions (such as converged and hyper-converged platforms) is an incredibly simple way to achieve this. If we fail to make this change we run the risk of one day waking up to the decision of outsourcing IT or mass migration to a public cloud but even worse than that, as individual we will be irrelevant in a market place that is now so much more than infrastructure.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Bryce Pinkham & Lora Lee Gayer in Holiday Inn

first_img Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Bryce Pinkham View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Bryce Pinkham & Lora Lee Gayer Want to shake the blues away? We have a solution! Tickets are now available to catch Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer and more in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical. Directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones, the Roundabout production will begin performances on Broadway on September 1. Opening night is scheduled for October 6 at Studio 54.Along with Tony nominee Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide…) as Jim and Gayer (Doctor Zhivago) as Linda, the cast will include Tony nominee Megan Lawrence (The Pajama Game) as Louise, Megan Sikora (The Nance) as Lila Dixon, Corbin Bleu (In the Heights) as Ted and Tony nominee Lee Wilkof (Kiss Me) as Danny. Final casting will be announced later.With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, Greenberg and Chad Hodge’s new book is inspired by the Oscar-winning film, Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?The new tuner will include over 20 classic songs from the Irving Berlin catalogue including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Heatwave.” Lora Lee Gayerlast_img read more

Home landscapes = beetle buffet

first_imgMonitor plants closely in late May and early June. This is the time when adult beetles will start arriving. The first beetles to arrive are known as “scouts.” When they find a good food source, they release scents that attract other beetles. The key is to catch these scouts as soon as possible. Knock the adults off of plants and kill them by dropping them into a container of soapy water. This is a good organic control option for small infestations.Avoid installing plants that Japanese beetles prefer. Instead, plant non-attracting plants like begonias, carnations, boxwoods, columbine, daisies, dogwood, forsythia, hollies, hydrangeas, junipers and magnolias. Keep a journal of other plants that avoid beetle damage for making future garden selections.Several “lure” traps are available on the market. These traps are not recommended for general use in a small garden area because they can actually work too well and attract more beetles than would normally be present. Place traps in areas away from gardens and landscapes to lure beetles away.Control adult beetles with over-the-counter insecticides available at local garden centers. Select insecticides that contain the active ingredient carbaryl, bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin or permethrin. During heavy adult activity periods, sprays may be needed every 5 to 10 days to protect high-value specimen plants like roses. Applications of a systemic insecticide containing imidacloprid generally need to be made 20 days before anticipated Japanese beetle adult activity, which usually occurs around mid-May. Systemic treatment options are not labeled for use on plants that produce edible fruits. As always, read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions when using any insecticides. Japanese beetles and other summer beetles will soon be busy chewing plants. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents get the most calls about these destructive garden pests in June and July. Adult Japanese beetles live for four to six weeks, lay eggs and die. The rest of the year, the beetles live underground in a grub stage. These plump, C-shaped white grubs literally turn up in gardens when soil is tilled in the spring. They feed on the roots of grass and other plants before maturing into adult beetles the next summer. Adults can fly in and outMost homeowners rarely have grub populations large enough to cause damage to home lawns. If lawn treatments are necessary, late summer and early fall applications are most effective at killing young grubs. However, controlling the grub stage generally has little effect on the overall damage caused by adult beetles, since the adults can fly into your landscape from miles away. Adult beetles cause the most visible damage to plants in a very short window of time. The good news is that because the beetles only affect the leaves of trees and shrubs, plants that are otherwise healthy can tolerate significant leaf loss without long-term consequences. If they’ve dined before, they’ll be backIf Japanese beetles have plagued your landscape in previous years, there’s a good chance they will return to dine on their preferred plants. Japanese beetles feed on more than 300 species of broad-leaved plants, but some 50 species seem to be their preferred diet. Commonly attacked hosts include peach, cultivated and wild grapes, raspberry, plum, roses, apple, cherry, corn, hibiscus, hollyhock, dahlia, zinnia, elm, horse chestnut, linden, willow, crape-myrtle, elder, evening primrose and sassafras.To manage Japanese beetles, follow these steps:last_img read more

U.S. Bailout Proposal Gets Coal Lobby’s Support, and a Thumbs Down From Everyone Else

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:The coal and nuclear industries made a big, last-minute sell on why the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should approve a proposed rule from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would prop them up, as the comment period on the proposal ended at midnight.The coal groups argue that FERC must employ its Federal Power Act section 206 authority on guarding against unfair rates by approving the rules, explaining that renewable energy and other generators have gained unfair advantages that forced many nuclear and coal generators to retire.A broad coalition of energy groups that includes everyone from the oil and natural gas industry to solar and wind is standing firmly against the Perry plan.Major trade associations held a call Tuesday morning with reporters calling it “wrong-headed” and completely unneeded.A solution without a problem: The coalition argued in its comments that “there is substantial evidence showing that electric systems that lack, or are transitioning to lesser reliance on, coal and nuclear resources are nonetheless operated in a manner that is both reliable and resilient.” Furthermore, any “outages caused by disruptions of fuel supply to generators appear to be virtually nonexistent.”Grid operator gives a big thumbs down: PJM Interconnection, which operates the largest of the FERC-overseen power markets, says the Perry plan is unnecessary.More: Daily on Energy: Coal, nuclear push Perry plan to prop them up U.S. Bailout Proposal Gets Coal Lobby’s Support, and a Thumbs Down From Everyone Elselast_img read more

What to do when you find a lost credit card

first_imgSome Good Samaritan urges could make things worse for you.by: Teri Cettina / CreditCards.comFrom time to time we bring you posts from our partners that may not be new but contain advice that bears repeating. Quiz: You’re in a restaurant or a retail store, or walking down the sidewalk. You spot a lost credit card on the ground. What should you do next?Should you:If you’re in a shop or restaurant, give the card to a cashier or a supervisor?Call the police?Try to track the owner down and return it in person?Call the toll-free number on the back of the card and report it as lost?If you chose option 4, you’re not just a Good Samaritan, you’re a smart one. Though the other options seem reasonable, they’re not the best choices. These three “don’ts” and one “do” explain why calling the 800 number on the card and reporting it as lost is the best choice if you find a credit card.Don’t: Give the card to a cashier or supervisor. This often feels like the first logical step: “Most of us would rather not handle someone else’s lost property, so our reaction is to turn it over immediately to someone who can be responsible for it,” says Greg Meyer, community relations manager for Meriwest Credit Union in San Jose, Calif. Unfortunately, however, you have no way of knowing how honest that employee is, warns Meyer. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump tax plan poses no threat to credit unions – yet

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » President Trump’s tax proposal, released Wednesday, so far poses no direct threat to the tax exemption that benefits credit unions.But the principles the administration released are general and merely represent the starting point for a debate over tax policy.And as Congress searches for ways to offset tax cuts, it may look to so-called tax expenditures—provisions of the tax law that benefit specific industries, including credit unions.The Trump principles does include a proposal to “eliminate tax breaks for special interests,” but provide no specific proposals to do so.And the administration said that throughout the month of May, administration officials will meet with stakeholders and will continue to meet with members of Congress to craft a tax plan that can pass both chambers.last_img read more

Consumers want to be your partner not your target

first_imgLanguage and words matter. Especially when you are undertaking a branding or marketing project.Too many times when doing branding efforts and marketing campaigns the term “target” or “target audience” is used. But the word target implies you are shooting at something or someone. And no one wants to get shot.What do consumers really want from you? They want to be your partners. They want you to help them. They want to know you have their back.Yes, target marketing matters. You certainly can’t be all things to all people and you must allocate your marketing dollars wisely by choosing certain segments with the right messages. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more