Pasadena Water & Power Billing System Will Go Dark Friday and Tuesday

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Water & Power Billing System Will Go Dark Friday and Tuesday Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 3:39 pm Community News Pasadena Water and Power customers will not be able to use the utility’s online bill payment system at certain afternoon hours on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and again on Tuesday, June 30, when PWP conducts a scheduled maintenance check on the system.Even its pay-by-phone service won’t be available, so customers will either have to pay in person or mail in their payment.PWP released an Important Notice Wednesday saying they will be conducting the maintenance on its automated account information and billing system starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday. On Tuesday, maintenance will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be over by 7 p.m.“Customers can still pay their bill at City Hall to the cashier,” says Jennifer Guess, spokesperson for Pasadena Water and Power.Customers who receive shutoff notices would not be impacted by the maintenance schedule because the online payment is not an option for shutoff notices.“In those cases, they are required to contact customer service directly to discuss over the phone with a rep or in person at City Hall,” said Guess.PWP is at City Hall is located at 100 North Garfield Avenue in Pasadena. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

MSU suspends payments to Nassar victims amid fraud allegations

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan State University has suspended payments from a $500 million fund set up to pay the victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar due to allegations of fraud.The firm that manages the Healing Assistance Fund notified MSU earlier this week of potentially fraudulent claims, according to ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV. The university said it halted further payments in order for authorities to investigate the allegations.The settlement was established in May for the more than 300 Nassar survivors.Meanwhile, the university filed a lawsuit Thursday, according to The Detroit News, against all of its insurance carriers, claiming they had not reimbursed MSU for its defense and settlement costs arising from Nassar’s conduct.“We are suing our carriers, including our largest carrier, United Educators, for failing to honor their polices,” Robert Young, general counsel for MSU, wrote on behalf of the university in a statement obtained by WXYZ-TV. “It is disappointing and unfortunate we have to go to court on this matter, but we are hopeful this lawsuit will bring us to speedy resolution and that the insurance companies will honor their contractual obligations.”During the historic trial, dozens of women shared personal stories of sexual abuse, testifying they had been victimized by the sports physician under the guise of medical treatments while he was employed by USA Gymnastics and MSU.Nassar was sentenced to spend up to 175 years in prison. At the time of his sentencing, he already was serving a 60-year term for possession of child pornography.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-out

first_imgRead full article Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in the HR/recruiting industry invariably will have been on the wrong end of candidate opting out of an application process. There are of course a multitude of reasons why this might happen, a lot of which are outside of our control, but sadly in a large amount of cases, accountability rests on the shoulders of the agent/HR pro and in a lot of cases this can have significant ramifications. For example, in agency-land the client can quickly lose faith in an agent’s ability to close the recruitment loop. In internal talent acquisition you will be held accountable for the cost associated with the time spent resulting in a no-hire etc. Not to mention the pounding your reputation could take from the candidate or client perspective if it a regular occurrence. Sadly in HR and recruitment the candidate opt-out is an evil that will always play a part in our role but if we ensure adequate focus on the quality of our communication and efficiency of our processes, the risk will be largely minimized. It’s not rocket science by any means, but it’s good to not lose sight of the basics as our experience grows.Clarity is King: Grey areas are the mortal enemy of any recruiter. When talking to a candidate, the more details that go undiscussed or the more inaccurate the information you give the applicant, the higher the no-hire’o’meter will rise. When talking to a candidate, if you get the impression that any details you’ve divulged about the remit, remuneration package, location or pertinent skills managed to raise the candidate’s eyebrows and perhaps caused un-easiness, DRILL DOWN!. Don’t be happy with getting a half-hearted approval to flick a CV to a client/hiring manager. Ultimately all you will be doing is facilitating the beginning of a fact finding mission for the candidate (which they will opt out of as soon as any facts they don’t like arise) as opposed to offering up all the facts and ascertaining that they are your/clients next superstar. Yes, your CV submittal rate will be higher but your conversion rate will stink.Recruit in a timely manner, without lacking substance. Anyone who has read my previous blog post (Why the long……process) will know my thoughts on drawn out, lengthy recruitment processes. IMO, if a recruiter or HR pro must ask a candidate to go through a 6 stage process in order for them to ascertain suitability, or if they lack the ability to consult properly with their clients/hiring managers around why this is not needed, then there is some serious training required. Personally, I’m a fan of a robust phone screening process followed by a panel interview or a well put together 2 stage interview process. Keeping in mind the candidate experience, neither option would be arduous but will give more than adequate time to ensure a full screening process.As I said, by no means rocket science but I’d suggest just keeping these two things in mind will largely contribute to overall recruitment success rate and conversion ratios. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.center_img Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-outShared from missc on 14 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img read more

Snow Women’s Basketball Falls To No. 20 South Plains

first_img Tags: Snow Women’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTWIN FALLS, Idaho-For the second consecutive game, the Snow College women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought contest to a top-ranked opponent.Despite pulling to within four points in the third quarter, the Lady Badgers dropped a 66-46 decision to No. 2 South Plains on Friday at the Southern Idaho Thanksgiving Tournament at Twin Falls, Idaho.Snow trailed 26-20 at the half and cut the lead to just four points early in the third quarter. The Lady Texans held a 45-35 lead after three quarters and went on to out-score the Lady Badgers, 20-11,  in the final quarter to take the 20-point victory and improve to 8-0 on the season.Freshman Reagan Yamauchi and sophomore Rachel Roberts teamed up to score a combined 30 points, including 15 points each. Freshman Regan Anderson was credited with five rebounds.Now 5-5 on the season, Snow College will take on Pierce College (Wash.) on Saturday at 1:30 pm. November 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Basketball Falls To No. 20 South Plains Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Investigation launched into Union president’s alleged rule breach

first_imgAs soon as a date is agreed upon, former Union officials – at least one of whom is supposed to be a qualified lawyer – will assemble to hear the case.The dates on which the hearings will occur will be decided by the SDC members themselves, but constitutionally must take place within 28 days of the official summons.The decision to appoint two unelected members is reportedly highly likely to be struck down, with Hawa and Joel to then be removed from the Standing Committee, according to numerous sources within the Union.Allegedly, Zabilowicz is unlikely to face further disciplinary proceedings himself as it will be near impossible to prove that any rule breach was committed intentionally.Under the terms of the Union rules, the SDC can then elect to expand the scope of their inquiry to consider any other possible rule breach, an option that Cherwell understands is a distinct possibility.The Union rulebook states further that any accused party and any member of Standing Committee holds the right to appear before the SDC and present evidence, that no person is required to give evidence that might incriminate themselves, and that no person can be convicted unless “the Committee is satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt”.Oxford Union president Chris Zabilowicz said in a statement to Cherwell: “I appreciate the efforts of the Cherwell Editors to amend the significant number of errors in their lead article dated Friday 20th October.“As their now amended article highlights, a Senior Disciplinary Committee will be convened simply to consider a ruling I made in Trinity 2017, and has no bearing on my position as President.“I hope, now, the focus can return to fulfilling the potential this term at the Oxford Union has to be a positive and engaging one.”An earlier version of this article published in Cherwell’s print edition (20/10/17) wrongly suggested that Oxford Union President Chris Zabilowicz was under investigation for “electoral malpractice”, that he was currently the defendant in this investigation, that he had “placed” the unelected officers onto the Union’s Standing Committee, and that he could be impeached directly as a result of the process. Cherwell would like to clarify that Zabilowicz is not as yet a defendant in the case, is not facing allegations of “electoral malpractice”, cannot face impeachment directly as a result of the process, and that the two unelected members of the committee were appointed by its existing members. We apologise for any confusion or upset caused. A formal investigation has been launched into the allegedly illegitimate decision by Oxford Union President Chris Zabilowicz to expand the Union’s Standing Committee.A Senior Disciplinary Committee (SDC) – the Union’s second-highest disciplinary body – is to be convened within the next several weeks to investigate claims that Zabilowicz breached Union rules by allowing two unelected members to be appointed to senior committee positions.Due to changes brought in under the presidency of Michael Li, the Standing Committee was set to increase from five to seven members, with an amendment stipulating that the new rule would take effect following the Michaelmas Term 2017 elections.After becoming President, Zabilowicz passed an interpretative ruling bringing forward the expansion to the close of Trinity term, which allowed Kaleem Hawa and Grace Joel to be appointed to the committee, the latter of whom had previously failed in her attempt to be elected.In an official notice issued at the time justifying the decision Zabilowicz stated: “Although the second schedule states that the first election affected will be that in Michaelmas Term 2017, it also states that the Rules change shall ‘take effect immediately’… I have therefore decided to issue a binding Ruling that this Rules change is now in effect… There should now be seven Elected members of the Standing Committee.”A subsequent notice calling for applicants for the position was displayed on the Union board during 9th Week of Trinity for four days, before an Emergency Committee Meeting lasting just six minutes on 26 June saw Hawa and Joel appointed to the Committee by its existing members, including Zabilowicz and other senior officers.Cherwell spoke to several influential figures within the Union who claimed that a process is now underway to assemble those eligible to sit on the SDC which will scrutinise Zabilowicz’s ruling.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Discusses Plans For First New DMB Album Since 2012

first_imgIn a brief interview published yesterday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dave Matthews spoke about a variety of topics including the recent events in his native Charlottesville, VA, his charitable efforts through Farm Aid, the ongoing Dave Matthews Band hiatus, and–to the great excitement of fans everywhere–plans for a new DMB album.Dave Matthew’s Band’s Boyd Tinsley Condemns Recent Bigotry & Violence In His Native Charlottesville On CNN [Watch]As Matthews explains in response to an inquiry about what’s next for DMB, “Yeah, actually, before I went on this trip, before all hell broke loose, me and Carter [Beauford, the DMB drummer] were recording some music together. We have a lot of stuff, so my plan is that we’ll put together some music this fall so we can have something out hopefully the beginning of next year. Hopefully, get it finished before that.” The projected early-2018 release would mark the band’s first since 2012’s Away From The World.Dave Matthews Band To Host “A Concert For Charlottesville” With All-Star LineupMatthews has a rather long list of new songs that he has played live–either with DMB, with Tim Reynolds, or solo–but has not recorded for an album. “Death on the High Seas,” “Samurai Cop,” “Bob Law,” “Bismarck,” “Virginia in the Rain,” and more fall into that category. However, he muses that sitting on these songs has not been part of some larger plan: “I think we have some great music and some stuff that Carter and I worked on that’s added to the pile. There’s a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely…Yea, I don’t know what my problem is [laughs]. I just, yea, I don’t have a plan, I think that’s my problem.”Watch the Dave Matthews Band debut of “Samurai Cop” in Charlottesville in May of 2016 below, via YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:Matthews also spoke about his rare DMB tour-less summer this year: “It was great. I worked a bit earlier in the year with Tim [Reynolds, DMB guitarist]. We did some stuff in Europe and a few shows in the States here, and a show in Mexico, so we had some fun. It’s a lighter craft to move around. I just felt like last year was 25 years and I should…maybe that’s why I’m grumpy [now]— I didn’t go out on the road with the band this summer. I don’t think so. I had a great summer full of ups and downs, and I had more time with my family, which was really special. It was beautiful and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so hopefully I have some extra Wheaties in me when I take the larger ship on the road again.”[h/t – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette][Cover photo – Dave Vann]While the Dave Matthews Band live hiatus officially continues for the time being, fans can still catch Dave Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds at Dave and Tim Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive Mexican resort destination event set to take place  January 12-14, 2018 in Riviera Maya, MX. The three concerts will take place at the Barceló Maya Beach Resort, sitting on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach that features breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property.For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event website.last_img read more

Mapping a genetic world beyond genes

first_imgMost of the DNA alterations that are tied to disease do not alter protein-coding genes, but rather the “switches” that control them. Characterizing these switches is one of many goals of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project — a sweeping, international effort to create a compendium of all the working parts of the human genome that have not been well studied or well understood.The function of the vast majority of the human genome has remained largely unknown, but the ENCODE project, launched in 2003, set out to change that. Composed of more than 30 participating institutions, including the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the ENCODE Project Consortium has helped to ascribe potential biochemical function to a large fraction of the noncoding genome. This work has revealed elements that act like dimmer switches, subtly turning up or down a gene’s activity and influencing what parts of the genome are utilized in different kinds of cells. The team characterized and mapped out the locations of thousands of these switches and signals. More than 30 papers detailing these results appear online in Nature, Science, Genome Research, and Genome Biology this week.“With these maps in hand, we can begin to understand why genetic variants that land in the annotated regions may predispose people to disease,” said Bradley Bernstein, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor of pathology at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. Bernstein is also a principal investigator in the ENCODE Consortium. “It turns out that many of the variants that genetic researchers have tied to various diseases — lupus, Crohn’s disease, metabolic diseases, high cholesterol, and much more — sit in these regions that alter how genes are expressed in specific kinds of cells.”Researchers from the Broad, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and MGH found that variants associated with autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis sit in regions that are active only in immune cells, whereas variants tied to cholesterol and metabolic diseases sit in regions active in liver cells.In order to generate detailed maps of the switches that lie between — and even nestled within — genes, data collection centers in the consortium amassed high-quality and comprehensive datasets detailing the function of elements in the genome. By looking across more than 140 cell types, they generated more than 1,500 datasets.Several groups at the Broad Institute contributed to this work, including the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program and the Epigenomics Program, which helped generate many of the datasets for the project. The term “epigenome” refers to a layer of chemical information on top of the genetic code, which helps determine when and where (and in what types of cells) genes will be active. This layer of information includes a suite of chemical changes that appear across the genetic landscape of every cell, and can differ dramatically between cell types. Researchers at the Broad and at the other ENCODE data collection centers developed ways to characterize these epigenetic “marks” across cell types.“By bringing together computational groups from across the world and gathering all of the data generated, we can get at much more complex questions,” said Manolis Kellis, an associate member of the Broad Institute, principal investigator at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and an associate professor of computer science at MIT. Kellis is also head of the MIT Computational Biology Group and a principal investigator in the ENCODE Consortium.Maps and data generated through the ENCODE project have been publicly released as they have become available. With these maps, Bernstein, Kellis, and their Broad colleagues:Recognized regions upstream and downstream of genes that control when and where a gene is turned on or offMapped small sequence patterns within these control regions that play important roles in region activity and disease associationStudied the differences in the behavior of genetic variants inherited from the mother or fatherGrouped elements from across the genome into “neighborhoods” of similar activity that are typically associated with similar gene functionsProposed candidate biochemical functions for the majority of genetic variants associated with disease but residing outside of protein-coding genesThe ENCODE project challenged members of the Broad’s Epigenomics Program to create new tools and methods and improve data generation. “As a data production center, we take very seriously our responsibility to only let high-quality data out the door,” said Chuck Epstein, who manages the Epigenomics Program. “We’re constantly trying to develop better ways to know that data are high quality, and that involves developing good systems to annotate and view data.”The project also led to challenging new problems for data integration across different labs and institutions using a variety of experimental protocols. “We developed novel statistical methods and robust automated pipelines for uniform processing, quality control, reproducibility analysis, and integration of massive amounts of diverse data,” said Anshul Kundaje, who led the data coordination efforts of the consortium and is now a research scientist at the MIT Computational Biology Group. “This resulted in very high standards of data quality across the consortium as well as freely available software pipelines that we believe will serve as a valuable resource to the larger scientific community.”With epigenomic maps in hand, researchers are now turning to the next phase of the project. They will look across more cell types — each of which contain different epigenomic instructions — and will begin looking at the wiring of these switches.“We now have a map of the genomic locations of these switches, but we don’t have a map showing which switch controls which gene,” said Bernstein. “What turns on the switch? And when it turns on, what gene or genes get upregulated? Having a map of the way these elements are wired and connected is a critical goal.”last_img read more

Ag awareness week

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-20 “Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week” to honor an industry that touches every life in Georgia and is the economic backbone for much of the state.Special events throughout the state will help Georgians learn about agriculture’s impact. Perdue plans to kick off the week with the signing of a proclamation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.Perdue will speak to fourth- and fifth-grade classes statewide via Webcast. He’ll be joined by state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, state Future Farmers of America President Cliff Tippens and state 4-H President Nekeisha Randall.FFA and 4-H officers will be in classrooms throughout the week with interactive presentations. An agriculture curriculum and video will be on hand for all fifth-grade classes during the week.Georgia Extension Service agents and young farmer teachers will meet with civic clubs to champion agriculture in their area.A Web site (www.agawareness.com) has a complete list of activities, lesson plans, facts and resources. You can test your agriculture knowledge there, too, and earn a certificate.”The ag awareness week activities are designed to encourage agricultural literacy,” says Donnie Smith, ag awareness week chairman. “Knowledge of agriculture is important for informed consumers, for the continued economic success of our state and for good stewardship of our environment.”Georgia ag awareness will coincide with National Agriculture Day, March 20.Economic engineGeorgia’s climate allows for many crops from the north Georgia mountains through the piedmont region to the coastal plain. Vegetables, tobacco, cotton, corn, trees, soybeans, livestock, peaches, onions, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops are just a few Georgia commodities.Georgia farmers produce more broilers, eggs and peanuts than any other U.S. state. In most years, they grow more pecans, too.And Georgia doesn’t just grow food and fiber. It processes, packages and transports it, too.Agriculture adds more than $57 billion each year to the Georgia economy. That’s 16 percent of the state’s economic output. One in six Georgians works in a forestry- or agriculture-related job. Almost half of the state’s manufacturing jobs are in agribusiness.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has scientist working throughout the state to develop better, more economical and environmentally safer ways to grow Georgia’s crops. They’re leaders, too, in ensuring the quality and safety of the food supply.The UGA Extension Service has agriculture and family and consumer sciences agents in most Georgia counties. They link the university and agriculture to the rest of the state.Extension agents oversee the Georgia 4-H program, too, which provides youth education and leadership training.last_img read more

10 reasons you’re not rich yet

first_imgby: Jocelyn Black Hodes, Daily WorthAs a financial advisor, I have spent many years helping other people overcome financial stumbling blocks so they can become rich. Ironically, the one person I have had the most trouble helping is myself.Being “rich” can mean different things to different people, but I believe it means having the financial freedom to achieve your goals and live the life you want. I am great at giving advice; I am not always so great at taking my own advice (know anyone like that?). So, when it came to helping my clients understand why they weren’t rich yet, the easy part was explaining the culprits, because I was all too familiar with most of them.Regardless of our upbringing, education, profession or lifestyle, most of us are not where we want to be financially and our reasons are probably more similar than different. The good news is that it is never too late to become rich if you, like me, are ready to own up to the reasons you’re not and do something about it.Want to know why you aren’t rich yet? Keep reading. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sue Margaret Lynn

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeview.  Burial will follow in Metamora Cemetery. Sue Margaret Lynn, formerly of Metamora, was born on February 4, 1940 in Jackson County, Kentucky, the daughter of Aaron and Cleona Johnson Parrett.  She graduated from Laurel High School and later married Lee Lynn on December 24, 1959 at Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeview.  Sue was a devoted wife and mother; loved her weekly games of Yahtzee with her sisters, and enjoyed her dogs.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the age of 77, she passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Those surviving who will cherish Sue’s memory include her loving husband of nearly 58 years, Lee Lynn; a son, Terry (fiancé Tracey Adams) Lynn of Smyrna, TN; a granddaughter, Nicole (Ryan) Wheeler of Peru; great grandchildren, Cameron, Mason and Sophie Wheeler; three brothers, Ernest Parrett of Franklin County, Donnie (Darla) Parrett of Rushville, and Harold (Donna) Parrett of Franklin County; four sisters, Margie Milbourn of Metamora, Barbara Wyatt of Rushville, Lucy (Joe) Halcomb of Metamora, and Mae Baker of Metamora.  Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Aaron “Jr.” Parrett, and several nieces and nephews.center_img Memorial contributions can be directed to the donor’s choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Sue Lynn.last_img read more