‘Sales and rent-back’ scandal firms thrown out of TPO in March

first_imgHome » News » ‘Sales and rent-back’ scandal firms thrown out of TPO in March previous nextRegulation & Law‘Sales and rent-back’ scandal firms thrown out of TPO in MarchTwo companies facing High Court proceeding and freezing orders were reported by TPO to Trading Standards at the start of lockdown, The Neg can reveal.Nigel Lewis15th July 202001,272 Views Two companies exposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for taking advantage of financially distressed home-owners through unfair ‘sale and rent-back’ deals had been trading illegally for some time, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has confirmed.The London-based companies and individuals involved are London Property Investments (U.K) Limited (LPI), NPI Holdings Limited (NPI), Daniel Stevens (the sole director and shareholder of both companies) and his father Anthony Kafetzis.All now face proceedings in the High Court but it has also emerged that the companies involved were thrown out of TPO on 30th March this year for non-payment of fees and were reported to Trading Standards.The schemes being run by LPI and NPI are said to have affected dozens of home owners many of whom lost hundreds of thousands of pounds despite already being in considerable debt.Both companies offered to help home owners remain in their properties by providing seemingly miraculous deals that enabled them to clear their debt, keep their home and suspend mortgage payments for up to five years.Higher interestIn reality the loans were replaced with higher-interest mortgages for greater amounts than their original debt and required restrictive covenants to be registered at the Land Registry, preventing the owners from selling their homes at a later date. LPI organised the new mortgages while NPI often offered to buy the properties and then rent them back.TPO says its logo has subsequently not been removed from the companies’ websites. The FCA has now secured an interim injunction preventing the companies’ schemes from continuing and has frozen 17 residential properties worth £3.9 million and personal assets worth £867,770.The Property Ombudsman TPO FCA July 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Spanish Department Adjunct Position

first_imgIf no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Posting Details Position TitleSpanish Department Adjunct Position Teaching Responsibilities Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterCurriculum VitaeLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Unofficial Transcript A terminal degree in the field is preferred, although candidateswith a master’s degree who are working toward a terminal degree orhave significant experience in the field may be considered.Candidates must embrace the mission of California BaptistUniversity and demonstrate a clear understanding of, and commitmentto, excellence in teaching through the integration of the Christianfaith and learning. Nondiscrimination Statement Qualifications State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Position Summary The Department of Modern Languages and Literature ( MLL ) atCalifornia Baptist University invites applications for adjunctteaching positions in Spanish. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6069 * Are you a Christian?YesNo * Do you attend church regularly?YesNolast_img read more

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Oxford overpower Tabs in 155th Boat Race

first_imgOxford’s rowers have emerged triumphant from a dramatic boat race, coming back from an early Cambridge advantage to claim a convincing victory.Cambridge powered ahead in the first minutes of the race, establishing a three-quarter length lead over their rivals. But an Oxford push at around the halfway point, following a clash of oars, allowed the Dark Blues to pull ahead.Their light blue opponents proved unable to close the gap, with Oxford eventually winning by a distance of three and a half lengths.The result justifies bookkeepers’ faith in Oxford. The team, the heaviest ever fielded in a university boat race, had been the overwhelming favourites.Oxford cox Colin Groshong said he had been confident of victory. “I knew we had the guns for the whole course,” he said. “It was a great feeling knowing I had that at my fingertips.”The race began with bad luck for Oxford as Cambridge won the toss, allowing them to choose which side of the river to race on. They opted for the south or “Surrey” station, which is the faster side of the river early in the course.However, their attempts to build an unassailable lead before halfway suffered an early blow when they failed to respond immediately to referee Boris Rankov’s starting shout. The team managed to draw ahead at the three minute mark, following aggressive demands for a push from cox Rebecca Dowbiggin. But their fragile advantage was lost at the halfway point of the race as Rankov was forced to separate the crews after a clash of oars. Groshong chose the moment of confusion to order a push, and his men responded by increasing their stroke rate to a steady 38 strokes a minute. The Oxford team gradually pulled ahead as Cambridge proved unable to match the surge.By the time the crews reached Chiswick Steps, the Dark Blues’ power and the late advantage of the north side of the river had opened a two-length gap between the crews. The Oxford team crossed the line several seconds ahead of their rivals to win the race in a total time of 17 minutes, the fastest winning time since 2005.Oxford president Colin Smith told press “It was a really tough race, especially by halfway and Cambridge came close to making it their day.”“By choosing the Surrey station they had to win by halfway, but as long as we hung in there and rowed with rhythm, it was going to be tough for them.”Oxford’s victory means they have now won four of the last five races. However, Cambridge still lead once the event’s 180-year history is taken into account: they have won a total of 79 boat races to Oxford’s 75.last_img read more

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Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen Talks of Fun Reign

first_imgMr. Mature America 2017 loves his time as a “crown head” and has fun in store for the audience before he turns over the crown to the 2018 title holder at the Music Pier April 14. (Photo Courtesy Matt Allen) By Maddy VitaleMatthew Allen is a financial advisor. So, when it comes to helping people prepare for the future, he has the expertise to guide them. But when it came to the best way to walk, interview and perform on stage, the 2017 Mr. Mature America Pageant contestant turned to his mentors, nieces Charlotte Erickson, 12, Little Miss Ocean City in 2016 and Julia Erickson, 20, a former Little Miss Ocean City and former Junior Miss Ocean City.“They were going to help me with the walk, poise and some other tips because they knew what to do from their pageants,” said Allen, 65, of Newtown, Pa. “Once I entered the pageant I said, ‘Well, if I enter the pageant, I am in it to win, but I will have fun.”But to win the 55 and up pageant held at the Music Pier in Ocean City, Allen had to prepare. After all, there was some tough competition.And just like he puts all his effort into financial matters, he looked to his artistic side and got down to pageantry. The financial expert practiced poise, brushed up on his interview skills, body language and eye contact so that when the important day arrived, he would wear the crown.“Once I entered the pageant I said, ‘Well, if I enter the pageant, I am in it to win it, but I will have fun,’” Allen said.When it came to his act, his nieces had to give it the thumbs-up before it was pageant-ready.“The kids said, ‘We need to see it,’” and my sister-in-law Caroline (Erickson) said, ‘You need a costume.’”When Allen performed “I Got You Babe,” singing the dual parts of Sonny and Cher, his family loved it. Matthew Allen entertains the crowd with his rendition of “I Got You Babe” as both Sonny and Cher in 2017. (Photo Courtesy Matt Allen)They made sure he dressed the part too. He shed his business attire and transformed into a 1960s hippie, with a wig, “groovy” paisley shirt and peace necklace.The audience loved it and it even led to some remarks by TV personality Regis Philbin, who was the master of ceremonies.“Do you check these people before you land them?” Philbin had said.“We do a background check,” Michael Hartman, pageant director replied.Allen wondered what that reaction meant, he said of the time.“The silliest part of it all was we weren’t sure what Regis thought of it,” he said.Not too long afterward, when he became a “crown head” as his nieces call him, he realized his performance was a hit.Allen and his wife Sharon have been married for 37 years and have two daughters Kimberly, and Jeannette, both in their 30’s. The whole family was there to cheer him on in his pageant win, especially since they all know of his zany sense of humor.His Sonny and Cher performance didn’t begin at Mr. Mature America. It started as a spontaneous karaoke dare when he and his wife were on a cruise. The passengers liked it so much he went back and did it again the next night.“I guess it is my alter-ego,” Allen joked. “I keep this guy in the closet and let him out. I show relatives, friends and even clients the video of the performance and they do a double-take and say, ‘Is that you?’”Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen accepts the crown from Rene Sese,Mr. Mature America 2016.In 2014 then Ocean City’s public relations director Mark Soifer created the Mr. Mature America Pageant. Allen said it was an ingenious idea.“Whether by design or happenstance, part of the attraction of Mr. Mature is there is something unique about this baby-boomer generation,” Allen said. “We are living much longer; fuller lives and we are very active. Mr. Mature helps people see when you reach a certain age, you don’t have to fade into the sunset.”When he was crowned Mr. Mature America it was just the beginning of his exciting reign.“I went to eight or nine different events.  All of them were fun. The Miss New Jersey pageant was so entertaining to me. There were 30 of the most beautiful girls in New Jersey and me,” Allen said with a laugh.Then there was the Baby Parade. “One of my grandchildren was in the parade,” he said.He also made appearances at other Ocean City events including, Unlocking of the Ocean, the Quiet Festival, Christmas Parade and events during Wacky Wednesday. Allen said his last appearance will be in the Doo-Dah Parade which will be held on the day of the pageant April 14.“There is nothing like the perspective of sitting in the back of a convertible when people are lined up just to have fun. I enjoyed that, and I enjoyed having banter with the crowd. Something about Ocean City,” Allen said. “I think it is such a friendly place. Mark Soifer created the environment with all the activities. Michael Hartman has just run with it. It really is unique. It is such a wonderful place to go. It is a destination. It has been just a joy to serve as an ambassador.”And before Allen turns over his crown to the next Mr. Mature America, he has two acts in store for the audience.“Sonny and Cher will return,” he said with a laugh. “Literally no one has any idea what I am planning for the second act. People should just come on out and see it for themselves. It is a lot of fun.” Matthew Allen says his nieces Charlotte Erickson (pictured) and Julia Erickson, both pageant winners in Ocean City, really helped him get ready for Mr. Mature America. (Photo Courtesy Matt Allen)last_img read more

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Polls Open 6 a.m. for Election Day

first_imgFor the May 12 municipal election, voters will not be going to the polls. Voters go to the polls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to elect the Senate and Assembly candidates in the First Legislative District and two Cape May County freeholders.Democratic Sen. Bob Andrzejczak is facing a challenge from Republican Senate candidate Michael Testa, a Vineland attorney. Democratic Assemblymen R. Bruce Land and Matthew W. Milam are running against Republican Assembly candidates Antwan McClellan, an Ocean City councilman, and Erik Simonsen, the mayor of Lower Township.Cape May County Republican Freeholders Gerald M. Thornton and E. Marie Hayes are being challenged by Democrats Joyce P. Gould, a commissioner in Wildwood Crest, and Elizabeth F. Casey, an Ocean City attorney.Ocean City voters will also elect three members to the Board of Education. Board members J. Tiffany Prettyman, Gregory Whelan and Dale F. Braun Jr. are seeking re-election. Conor Fleming, Patrick Kane and Melissa Flink are also running for the Board of Election.Because the front entrance to United Methodist Communities The Shores (the former Wesley Manor) is under construction, voters in Ward 3, District 1, must use the back entrance to the polling place there.The back entrance is accessible via the parking lot driveway off 23rd Street. There will be signs to direct voters to the polling place.last_img read more

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Keeping claims at bay

first_imgAccording to the Employ-ment Tribunal (ET) Service’s Annual Report 2005-06, 127,297 ET claims were received by employment tribunals in that year, whereas the number of claims presented in the previous year was 86,181.Given the statistics it is not surprising that, according to a recent survey by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, workplace conflict costs British industry £33 billion a year.The number of discrimination and equal pay claims continues to rise year-on-year. In 2005-06, 11% of all ET claims included complaints of discrimination alone. In spite of the increases, these claims are still dwarfed by the number of unfair dismissal claims that continue to be made to the employment tribunals. Unfair dismissal claims are still, all these years later, the most “popular” type of claim, accounting for 21% of all ET claims in 2005-06.The introduction of the compulsory dismissal and disciplinary procedure has caused difficulties to a number of employers, large and small, and has boosted the awards made to successful employees by up to 50%. Having got through the procedures unscathed, many employers then struggle to convince an employ-ment tribunal they acted fairly in all the circumstances.In terms of complying with the compulsory procedures it is not uncommon, for example, for an employer to get to the end of a redundancy exercise, having applied objective criteria, consul-ted meaningfully and considered alternative employment, only to find that its efforts have not protec-ted it from a claim of automatic unfair dismissal, because it forgot that a redundancy is a dismissal and did not apply the correct proce-dure. Fixed-term contracts cause similar problems.draw up a templateToo many of you are falling foul of the dismissal procedure by not making sure that well-drafted template letters contain all the required information and are used by managers.Forgetting to tell an employee of their right of appeal is a common breach of the procedure. The line between an investigatory meeting and a dismissal meeting can become blurred. Not sending an employee a ’statement of grounds for action’ letter before what turns into a dismissal meeting is often a problem.Here are some basic principles to protect your business:1. Apply the dismis-sal and disciplinary procedures whenever you are contemplating dismissing or disciplining an employee.2. Use template letters to comply with the procedures and make sure these are used by those who dismiss or discipline staff.3. Ensure that the dismissal is for a potentially fair reason.4. Get as much relevant informa-tion as is reasonably possible before you dismiss or discipline an employee.5. Give the employee a fair chance to argue against dismissal or a disciplinary penalty.6. Consider alternatives to dismis-sal or a disciplinary penalty.7. Before informing the employee of your decision, take a step back and consider whether what you are intending to do is something a reasonable employer of your size/resources might do and consistent with your normal practice.8. Keep written notes of meetings, as well as your investigations and enquiries.Ray Silverstein is partner head of the London employment team at Browne Jacobson LLPlast_img read more

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Speech: Mandate renewal’s effects on peace and stability in Mali

first_imgThank you, Mr President. Let me begin by thanking the SRSG Annadif for his very clear and objective briefing. And I’d also like to welcome Foreign Minister Dramé to the Council and we look forward to hearing from you in a few minutes’ time.Mr President, let me begin by joining others in offering my sincere condolences on behalf of the United Kingdom for the tragic deaths of those killed as a result of the massacre in Mopti region just a few days ago. I very much agree with the Russian Ambassador when he said that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This horrific attack highlights just how important it is for the international community and the Government of Mali to step up our collective efforts to help achieve long-term peace and stability in the country.MINUSMA’s mandate renewal offers an opportunity to make progress towards that goal. And I’d like to highlight three brief points in that regard.First, this mandate renewal should be used to help drive forward implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation. And this was very much a focus of the Security Council’s visit to Mali just a few months ago. While I very much welcome the fact that we have seen some progress since that visit – particularly, the SRSG mentioned the draft law establishing the northern development zones and you also talked about the progress on training and the reintegration of opposition fighters – we regret that overall, the pace of implementation has slowed down in recent months in part due to political developments. We must not lose sight of the fact that there is still a lot of work to do. The United Kingdom supports the call made by France just now that those that impede implementation of the peace agreement should be subject to sanctions by this Council.This mandate renewal offers the chance to inject new momentum into the process through the use of ambitious benchmarks to be met by the Government of Mali and signatory armed groups. From the United Kingdom’s perspective, these benchmarks should include advancement on constitutional reform and decentralisation, security sector reform, the economic development of northern Mali and, as the SRSG mentioned and the Ambassador from South Africa mentioned, the meaningful participation of women in the peace process.Second, I agree with all previous speakers that we have an opportunity now with the mandate renewal to tackle the instability in central Mali that has caused so many tragic deaths in recent months. Specifically, there is a need for both MINUSMA and the Malian Government to do more in the centre to restore State authority and protect civilians. MINUSMA has a unique role to play in the centre in using its good offices to reduce inter-community tensions – tensions that this most recent attack shows are currently all too high. On the part of the Government, there is a need for a truly comprehensive political strategy to deal with the situation in the centre in order to ensure that its efforts are effective. And from our perspective, a comprehensive solution should include the disarming of all armed actors, the restoration of peaceful relations between communities, and also the revision of the integrated security plan for the regions of the centre.Third, Mr President, we recognise very much the challenging circumstances in which MINUSMA is operating and the UK unequivocally condemns recent attacks against MINUSMA personnel on the ground. To perform its mandate effectively in such circumstances, MINUSMA will need to further adapt to become a more flexible, agile and robust force, as recommended in the Secretary-General’s most recent report. The UK commends the actions taken by the Mission leadership, including the Force Commander, to do this already, and we welcome the increase in tempo of operations in recent months.Mr President, in conclusion, I think we should all recognise that MINUSMA is cannot be a permanent solution but a means to an end in Mali – a means to achieve sustainable peace in Mali. We welcome the steps that have been taken so far by the Government, other Malian parties and MINUSMA to foster stability in Mali, but we can see from the fact that large parts of the peace agreement remain unimplemented and that security in the centre is quickly deteriorating that more needs to be done. This mandate renewal can catalyse progress towards a more sustainable peace across Mali.Thank you.last_img read more

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Scientists find signs of ‘snowball Earth’

first_imgGeologists have found evidence that sea ice extended to the equator 716.5 million years ago, bringing new precision to a “snowball Earth” event long suspected of occurring around that time.Led by scientists at Harvard, the team reports on its work in the latest edition of the journal Science. The new findings — based on an analysis of ancient tropical rocks in remote northwestern Canada — bolster the theory that the planet has, at times in the past, been covered with ice at all latitudes.“This is the first time that the Sturtian glaciation [the name for that ice age] has been shown to have occurred at tropical latitudes, providing direct evidence that this particular glaciation was a ‘snowball Earth’ event,” said lead authorFrancis A. Macdonald, an assistant professor in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “Our data also suggests that the Sturtian glaciation lasted a minimum of 5 million years.”The survival of eukaryotic life ­­­— organisms composed of one or more cells, each with a nucleus enclosed by a membrane — throughout this period indicates that sunlight and surface water remained available somewhere on the surface of Earth. The earliest animals arose at roughly the same time, following a major proliferation of eukaryotes.Even on a snowball Earth, Macdonald said, there would be temperature gradients, and it is likely that ice would be dynamic: flowing, thinning, and forming local patches of open water, providing refuge for life.“The fossil record suggests that all of the major eukaryotic groups, with the possible exception of animals, existed before the Sturtian glaciation,” Macdonald said. “The questions that arise from this are: If a snowball Earth existed, how did these eukaryotes survive? Moreover, did the Sturtian snowball Earth stimulate evolution and the origin of animals?”“From an evolutionary perspective,” he added, “it’s not always a bad thing for life on Earth to face severe stress.”The rocks that Macdonald and his colleagues analyzed in Canada’s Yukon Territory showed glacial deposits and other signs of glaciation, such as striated clasts, ice-rafted debris, and deformation of soft sediments. The scientists were ableto determine, based on the magnetism and composition of these rocks, that 716.5 million years ago they were located at sea level in the tropics, at about 10 degrees latitude.“Because of the high albedo [light reflection] of ice, climate modeling has long predicted that if sea ice were ever to develop within 30 degrees latitude of the equator, the whole ocean would rapidly freeze over,” Macdonald said. “Soour result implies quite strongly that ice would have been found at all latitudes during the Sturtian glaciation.”Scientists don’t know exactly what caused this glaciation or what ended it, but Macdonald says its age of 716.5 million years closely matches the age of a large igneous province stretching more than 930 miles from Alaska to Ellesmere Island in far northeastern Canada. This coincidence could mean the glaciation was either precipitated or terminated by volcanic activity.Macdonald’s co-authors on the Science paper are research assistant Phoebe A. Cohen; David T. Johnston, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences; and Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, all of Harvard. Other co-authors are Mark D. Schmitz and James L. Crowley of Boise State University; Charles F. Roots of the Geological Survey of Canada; David S. Jones of Washington University in St. Louis; Adam C. Maloof of Princeton University; and Justin V. Strauss.The work was supported by the Polar Continental Shelf Project and the National Science Foundation’s Geobiology and Environmental Geochemistry Program.last_img read more

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10 Tips & Tricks to Maximize the Value from your VCE Blocks and Racks – Part II

first_imgA growing number of organizations have recognized that architecting, planning, testing, verifying, deploying, and maintaining interoperability among IT infrastructure components wastes budgets and resources while not contributing desired value to your business. As a result, they have chosen to buy not build converged infrastructure.VCE makes the leading converged infrastructure solutions: Vblock® Systems, VxBlock™ Systems, and VxRack™ Systems. But once you’ve deployed your VCE systems, you may still be uncertain whether you’re truly maximizing the value of your investment.In my last post, we explored five of the 10 Tips & Tricks that will ensure you make the most of your VCE Blocks and Racks. Today, let’s look at five more steps you can take.Tip 6: Quickly Migrate WorkloadsIt might seem obvious, but in the daily realities of a data center environment, one of the biggest challenges is completing the migration process efficiently and effectively. I had one data center manager tell me, “My new Vblock System is like a big paperweight sitting in the middle of the room because I haven’t migrated my workloads yet.”VCE offers a proven methodology that will enable you to virtualize physical servers with up to 1 TB of data and easily migrate your entire data center to a virtualized environment within twelve weeks or less. Once your workloads are on your new VCE converged infrastructure, you can begin enjoying the full return you expected.Tip 7: Get High-Value SupportObtaining the right support is essential to realizing the greatest value from your VCE Systems. VCE’s incomparable support experience for customers is facilitated through two types of team members:VCE Customer Advocate—A trusted advisor who works to identify and resolve issues quicklyVirtual Platform Support Engineer or Escalation Engineer—Technical resources with the expertise to ensure your system’s optimization and reduce riskRegardless of the resources you use, our experience has been that as long as you’ve got a single VCE system in your data center, our Core support is likely to be satisfactory. But as you increase the number of VCE systems, you’ll likely prefer our more proactive options—Plus or Premier—which can dramatically decrease the frequency and severity of reactive service requests.Tip 8: Love Your RCMRecently, I had the CIO tell me, “Before I implemented my VCE systems, I had ten team members who just did testing for firmware and software upgrades.” This CIO was responsible for a large, complex IT environment and clearly couldn’t afford to have things break every time there was a new release.That all ended with his move to VCE systems. Our Release Certification Matrix (RCM) is essentially a “gold copy” configuration. VCE spends 400-500 hours testing and validating the interoperability of each infrastructure component—compute, storage, network, and virtualization—for every relevant firmware or software release by various vendors. No one else offers an RCM—and it reduces costs by 50% while minimizing the risk of downtime and enabling you to reallocate resources to value-creating activities.Tip 9: Keep Your Systems Healthy, Optimized, and SecureEvery Vblock, VxBlock, and VxRack System comes with VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations built in. The software offers unique intelligence, automation, and visualization capabilities to help you understand and manage your infrastructure.You get a unified view of your environment to keep systems and application workloads healthy. You’re notified when you need to upgrade components with RCM-approved firmware and software to ensure your systems are stable and optimized. VCE Vision also discovers vulnerabilities and delivers software patches to keep your data center secure.Tip 10: Become a Certified Converged Infrastructure ExpertThe final tip to ensure that your VCE systems will perform up to their potential is to become a certifiedconverged infrastructure expert. VCE has a well-established certification program, and we encourage everyone to get certified based on their roles within your IT team. Credentials include Associate, Engineer, and Master Engineer.A number of our customers have created incentives for team members to get certified in converged and hyper-converged infrastructure. This has really paid dividends for these companies.So, there you have it: 10 Tips & Tricks designed to generate maximum value from your VCE converged infrastructure. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help meet your IT demands, visit our Professional Services page.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Engaged & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Unheard Frozen Songs to Be Unveiled Frozen’s Oscar-winning songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are set to reveal never-before-heard songs from the hit Disney movie! They’ll be letting it all go at an upcoming show and tell on November 9 at Brooklyn College’s Whitman Theatre. Broadway fave Kerry Butler, along with her hubby and puppeteer Joey Mazzarino, will also join in the fun, which is all in aid of the Poly Prep Country Day School. Oh, and rumor has it a certain snowman may be making a cameo… 007 Turns to The River’s Jez Butterworth Jerusalem scribe Jez Butterworth has been working with director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on the new James Bond movie, reports The New Yorker. It’s the second 007 script he’s tinkered with—the playwright was also brought in for Skyfall. Butterworth is currently represented on Broadway by the Hugh Jackman-led The River and Mendes is by Cabaret. Craig appeared on the Great White Way last year in Betrayal. Adam Brody Boards Neil LaBute Incest Drama Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Lisa Joyce (A Master Builder) have been tapped for playwright Neil LaBute’s DirecTV drama Billy & Billie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-episode series will follow two young adults, Billy (Brody) and Billie (Joyce), as they fall in love. The problem? They’re stepbrother and sister. LaBute’s work will next be seen off-Broadway in The Way We Get By, starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Tony-nominated The Newsroom star Thomas Sadoski.center_img View Comments Benedict Cumberbatch Picks His Cumberb*tch The interweb sobbed celebrated today with the news that stage and screen star Benedict Cumberbatch is getting Cumberhitched. The Olivier-winning class act announced, old-school style in the London Times, his engagement to theater director Sophie Hunter. We are very jealous hope that Oxford graduate Sophie is very happy with her sweet prince; we’ll just have to make do with loving him from afar (or a few rows back) in Hamlet next year and The Imitation Game in movie theaters from November 28.last_img read more

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