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02
May
2021

Danny Dragone of ‘Cake Boss’ shaves moustache for charity

first_img ×Buddy Valastro and Ralph Attanasia shave Danny Dragone’s mustache at the Samuel and Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township, home of Make-A-Wish New Jersey. (Photo by Christina Smith Photography) Buddy Valastro and Ralph Attanasia shave Danny Dragone’s mustache at the Samuel and Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township, home of Make-A-Wish New Jersey. (Photo by Christina Smith Photography) MONROE TOWNSHIP – Danny Dragone of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken and TLC’s Cake Boss fame announced in July that he would shave his mustache for the first time in over 30 years, but only if he was able to raise $25,000 for Make-A-Wish New Jersey.Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss himself, and Ralph Attanasia of Carlo’s Bakery and TLC’s Cake Boss, agreed to perform the ceremonial shave at a special event held on Aug. 9 at the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township, home of Make-A-Wish New Jersey.Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.The campaign took off and over the course of a few short weeks, Danny and the Carlo’s Bakery team raised over $18,000. On Aug. 9 invited guests and wish families gathered at the Make-A-Wish castle in Monroe Township for a day of carnival-like entertainment including a balloon artist, a stilt-walker, musical entertainment from a barbershop quartet, popcorn from a classic popcorn machine, and of course, pastries and sweet treats by the hundreds, donated by none other than Carlo’s Bakery.Guests then gathered in the Bolte Family Theater for an exciting program and the moment they all had been waiting for. Throughout the ceremony, hosted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey President & CEO Tom Weatherall, contributions continued to roll in from audience members and the online community watching via live broadcast. Gifts by longtime Make-A-Wish sponsors and supporters Fedway Associates, Make-A-Wish New Jersey Board Chair Francis X. Bolte, and Buddy Valastro himself brought the campaign to a staggering total of $55,000.And then, off came the mustache.“Danny has had that mustache for over 30 years, so it was a big deal when he said he was willing to shave it off,” shared Buddy Valastro. “But he wasn’t going to do it for a bet or for just any reason. He said he’d shave, but he wanted to do it for Make-A-Wish, the kids.”Buddy Valastro, Danny Dragone, Ralph Attanasia and Carlo’s Bakery are no strangers to the power of a wish. Since the first wish to bake a cake with Buddy was granted in 2010, dozens of children from around the world have experienced the power of a wish with the Carlo’s Bakery family.“Make-A-Wish was founded by a group of volunteers on the idea that as a community, we can change lives,” stated Tom Weatherall, president and chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. “Danny, Buddy, Ralph and the entire Carlo’s Bakery family have shown us that they believe in our seemingly simple, but oh-so-powerful mission. We cannot thank them enough for their friendship and their dedication to our wish kids!”Last year, Make-A-Wish New Jersey granted 483 wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions, and will grant over 500 wishes this year. The average cost of a wish in New Jersey is $10,000. Thanks to Danny’s efforts and the support of the community, Make-A-Wish New Jersey will continue to reach more eligible children and make their wishes come true.To support the Danny Shaves for Wishes campaign, visit wish.org/dannyshaves.For more information on Make-A-Wish New Jersey, visit nj.wish.org.last_img read more

16
Dec
2019

Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. If you are considering investing in an energy-efficiency improvement for your home — for example, additional attic insulation or a photovoltaic system — you probably expect the investment will lower your energy bills. So it’s only natural to ask, “Is this a good investment?”For example, let’s say that you are considering spending $5,000 on an improvement that will save you $350 a year on your energy bills. Does the investment make economic sense? The answer, of course, is “it depends.” Among the factors affecting such a decision:Some of the items on this list — for example, the interest rate on a loan — are quantifiable. Others — for example, the rate of energy cost inflation — can only be estimated. And some — for example, how much one values having a reduced carbon footprint — can’t be quantified at all.There are so many variables in this list, in fact, that some home performance contractors and solar equipment installers are sick and tired of hearing payback questions. The usual reaction from the sick-and-tired crowd is, “Nobody ever asks what the payback period is for a granite countertop or an SUV!”(Where would we be without granite countertops? They’re such handy devices for making almost any argument…)However, I’ve noticed that the people who make this speech are usually people who sell home improvements with a very long payback. You never hear CFL manufacturers make the same speech.Let’s face it: payback matters. It isn’t the only factor in making home improvement decisions — other factors are important, including improved comfort and a smaller carbon footprint — but it’s an important one.So now we come to the question: How should we calculate payback?If you start diving into the world of payback calculations, you quickly learn that there are many ways to… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

24
Oct
2019

Gov’t Allots $132.17 Million for Relocation of Foreign Affairs Ministry

first_imgThe process to relocate the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to downtown Kingston is to continue this fiscal year, following an allotment of $132.17 million. This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives. This relocation project seeks to provide customised office space to adequately support the Ministry’s needs in terms of accommodation of staff, meeting and conference facilities, and waiting areas for diplomats and other visitors. The process is also expected to contribute to the re-development of downtown Kingston by virtue of moving the Ministry to that area; and to obviate the cost to Government arising from the high rate of office rental in New Kingston, where the Ministry is currently located. Up to February this year, feasibility and storm surge studies have been completed, as well as bathymetric, topographic and geographical surveys. In addition, a schematic design of the proposed building has been reviewed. For this fiscal year, it is intended that the procurement for land acquisition will be completed; designs and working drawings for the office building will be undertaken; and the construction of coastal revetment carried out. Other targets under the project for the period include: undertaking land preparation inclusive of clearing, removal of palm trees, relocation of earth drains and installation of water and sewerage facilities. After several extensions, the project, which began in April 2008, is scheduled to end in December 2016. It is being funded by a grant from the Government of the People’s Republic of China. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

15
Oct
2019

Bill Nye – The Science Guy – Introduces Nintendo Labo to Kids

first_imgBill Nye the Science Guy introduces Nintendo Labo to a group of lucky schoolchildren in Toronto on April 20, 2018. Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences from Nintendo, allowing kids to transform modular sheets of cardboard into interactive creations called Toy-Con – including a piano, a motorcycle, a fishing rod, and a robot. (CNW Group/Nintendo of Canada) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, April 20, 2018 – Bill Nye the Science Guy introduces Nintendo Labo to a group of lucky schoolchildren in Toronto on April 20, 2018. Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences from Nintendo, allowing kids to transform modular sheets of cardboard into interactive creations called Toy-Con – including a piano, a motorcycle, a fishing rod, and a robot.For additional information regarding Nintendo Labo – Click Herelast_img read more

12
Oct
2019

TV content consumption increasing despite burgeoning OTT mkt BARC

first_imgMumbai: Content consumption on television is increasing despite the burgeoning Over the top (OTT) industry, according to television rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC). Linear TV from 600 billion man minutes in 2015 has grown by 67 percent to 1 trillion in the last four years. There are 100 million homes yet to own a TV and still the size is two and a half times. Even from consumption standpoint, consumer consumed 3 hours and seven minutes of television on a daily basis in 2015 and this has gone up to 3 hours 53 minutes,” BARC India COO Romil Ramgarhia said at the Asia Video Industry Association event. This is despite all the plethora of OTT invasion that has happened in the last three years, Ramgarhia said. It has all been additive to television viewing and digital has eaten into leisure time, travel time and sleeping time, he noted. Television consumption remains rock solid. There is a sizable growth in consumption, he said. He noted that 93 percent of all video content consumption happens on linear TV while all OTT combined account for 7 percent. Almost 613 million viewers tune in to watch TV each day, just at 67 percent penetration. Regional has increased massively in terms of consumption he said, while noting that 75 new channels were added in 2018, of which 52 were regional. Regionalisation is what we see as s massive opportunity and a massive thrust that has happened on TV, he said. Ramgarhia said tier II towns are the next engine of growth for television. Advertising led video on demand is going to be the primary growth driver for the OTT sector. From 9 platforms in 2012 to 32 platforms in 2018, with more being added each year. Advertising led video on demand continues to drive the market, still 82 percent of revenues advertising led and 18 percent is what is subscription led video on demand, he said. The OTT space is estimated to be USD 500 million and expected to grow 10 times to USD 5 billion in the next five years, he said, adding that of the USD 500 million, 80-85 percent is advertising led video on demand. Advertising led video on demand is going to be the primary driver as far as India is concerned. Its a very price sensitive market. Advertising led video on demand is going to be a mainstay for some time to come, he said. He added that measurement would be a catalyst for advertising ecosystem on OTT space and there is a need for uniform currency matrix. BARC India also plans to launch its digital measurement service Ekam soon and is currently talking to industry stakeholders building consensus.last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Woman exposes husband says he was involved in many bank frauds

first_imgghaziabad: A woman has lodged a complaint against her husband exposing him to have been involved in a number of bank frauds and other illegal activities. The woman alleged that her husband has taken bank loans worth crores which were never paid and were taken after producing fake documents.As per reports, Riya Singh (38), a native of Vasundhara area in Ghaziabad has alleged her husband, Manish Singh (38), for getting over a dozen car and housing loans by submitting fake identity and property documents. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Manish has taken multiple car and home loans from various banks after producing the pan card and other documents on fake address proofs. In many of the loans he has also changed his name to conduct the fraud and had purchased over a dozen luxury cars and properties while the installments were never paid” Riya mentioned in her complaint. She further alleged that her husband is operating the nexus nationwide. “Recently he purchased a luxury Hyundai car after getting the loan approved from Central bank of India and stopped paying the EMIs, similarly he did in previous loans. I suspect that few bank officials are also involved with him in the fraud which is presumed to be worth crores of rupees. He also deals in selling and purchase of stolen vehicles about which I have made several complaints to senior police officials and also in court but no actions were taken against him” the complaint further read. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, cops said that an FIR relating to the matter has been registered at Indirapuram police station of Ghaziabad. “Based on the complaint received, an FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery is valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged documents) has been registered against the accused. We are seeking details from the banks who have been allegedly defrauded by the accused. The documents produced to get loans from the bank are also being verified. Strict actions will be followed once we are done with our investigations” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House office, Indirapuram.last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Boundaries of MCC

first_imgWhen Germany was divided, an East Germany citizen one day illegally crossed the border and entered West Germany in anticipation of enjoying greater freedom. Confident of getting freedom, the person swinging his hand stick started wandering in the streets at will. Incidentally, the stick hit the nose of a person who in turn complained in the police station against the East Germany citizen. The issue was taken to court where the Judge questioned him about reasons for hitting the plaintiff. His reply was that he got freedom immediately on entering West Germany and hence rotated the stick freely. The Judge observed that his “freedom starts where others’ nose ends”. This is exactly how the Election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) unfortunately is! No one has any clue where, when and how it begins and then ceases. In an unending and incessant process of Indian Electoral System that goes on for months, the question often asked is how could the democratically elected governments function with MCC? Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the recent past, several political leaders as well as CMs have raised their eyebrows and objected to the continuance of MCC for long. Their objection is that in the name of MCC, the Election Commission (EC) performs the way it likes. MCC is meant for a limited period beginning with the announcement of schedule till the end of elections but certainly not far beyond that. The Indian electoral process is a long-drawn affair. The result is announced sometimes months after the elections are held. If there are restrictions on the government, CM, his cabinet colleagues and officers about what can be done and what can’t even after the elections are completed then it may be inappropriate. We often see the issuance of notices to CMs and others on alleged violations during electioneering like the one served on Telangana CM. Also Read – The future is here!It may be inappropriate on EC’s part to impose sanctions on the government and CMs for conducting official review meetings, though the elections have already been concluded. For instance, in states like Telangana, AP and Odisha, strict adherence to MCC is not conducive to democratic functioning. Is it necessary for Odisha CM to obtain permission from EC to review relief measures in the context of cyclone Fani? Is he bound by MCC to call for a cabinet meeting? In a democratic setup, it amounts to fault if reviews and cabinet meetings are not held in such a situation. As the election process is over, there is no possibility of influencing the voter and hence it is not wrong to go for routine administrative measures including reviews and cabinet meetings. Given this, the fundamental question is what an elected government can or can’t do until the entire election process is completed. In fact, until the new government is formed after the general elections, the government in office shall be vested with all powers to discharge its responsibilities and constitutional obligations. Nowhere in the Constitution has any mention been made whether an elected government could be restricted on the pretext of MCC. Then why this limitation? In a democratic polity for continuity of good governance, for the welfare of weaker sections and downtrodden, for taking timely decisions, there shall not be any unnecessary limitations. Parliamentary democracy presupposes frequent reviews by the government both at the official level and at CM level irrespective of MCC or not. It should be more of a self-discipline mode rather than imposing type. This was how originally it was conceived way back in 1960 in Kerala state, not by EC but through a consensus among political parties during Assembly Elections in the state. That was later adopted by EC and finally transformed into the present style. It appears that, while the MCC is still in execution, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu decided to convene a Cabinet meeting and the process began with a note from CMO to the Chief Secretary. He seems to have expressed the opinion that, subject to permission from EC, the meeting can take place. Whether it is right on CM’s part to have cabinet meeting while MCC is in operation is the subject of discussion among many IAS officers and others in the state. In normal circumstances, CM has every right to decide on the date and time for a Cabinet meeting and CS has no option as Secretary to Cabinet to convene the same. Contrary to this, his right to have the same while MCC is in operation has become questionable since it requires EC’s prior permission. Will it be appropriate for EC to reject the proposal of CM and CS? An interesting discussion has been going on that the decision of CM to have a cabinet meeting is leading to differences between CM and CS. In fact, it is also equally interesting as to what should be the manner of the relationship between a civil servant and minister or CM in a parliamentary democracy. CM reviewing at different levels with officers is a normal thing and implementation of decisions taken in the reviews is the sole responsibility of civil servant. In policymaking, both the official and non-official share equal responsibility and if only there is a cordial relationship between both, there is every possibility for better governance. The Armstrong Memorandum of Great Britain details the roles, responsibilities and the manner of relationship between a minister and civil servant. India has adopted the parliamentary system of the UK. Civil Servants are accountable to Ministers – democratically elected government. They should be above political considerations. They should gain the confidence of the concerned minister and also the CM. Irrespective of their personal views they should advise the minister or CM as the case may be, and their entire experience shall be, placed at their disposal. Even when they differ, they should extend their advice and allow them to take the final decision which they have to implement. Against this background and in the context of the AP developments, there exists a difference of opinion between the CM and CS at least as reported in a section of the press. CM, instead of sending a routine note through CMO to CS for convening a cabinet meeting would have spoken to him either over the phone or in person. CM should have discussed with CS about the pros and cons of convening cabinet meeting and should have sought his opinion. CM should have solicited CS’s opinion as to how they could overcome the MCC stipulations. Similarly, instead of perseverance in his own style, CS should have met the CM and discussed the issue threadbare and offered his view. Still, there is enough time for these parleys before the cabinet meets if permitted by EC. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

17
Sep
2019

LoftusCheek enjoying life at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he enjoys getting a lot of playing time at the moment as he becomes an important member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad.After a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is finally getting the opportunity he wants at Chelsea.The 22-year-old is increasing playing more for Chelsea and scoring as well.Manager Maurizio Sarri described his performance against PAOK as his best tactically.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It’s been really good for my confidence,’ he said of his recent involvement,” Loftus-Cheek told the club’s website.“I’ve had a lot more game-time on the pitch and I’ve been doing well when I’ve played so I’m raring to go at the minute.“I want to enjoy it and improve on my game as much as I can when I’m playing. It’s given me more confidence that the manager is playing me more so I’m heading in the right direction.”last_img read more

17
Sep
2019

Howe says he doesnt want to sell Wilson

first_imgThere has been some interest for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, especially from Chelsea, but manager Eddie Howe says he’s not for sale.The good performance Callum Wilson has had in Bournemouth this season in the English Premier League is attracting many clubs.And one of them is being said to be Chelsea, who want to buy the footballer.But Bournemouth’s coach Eddie Howe has said the player is not for sale.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think it is a huge compliment to the player involved,” Howe was quoted by Sky Sports.“But with all the rumors, there is no point in me thinking about these different situations until we have something to answer.”“From our perspective, we don’t want to sell anybody this window that we don’t want to,” he added.“We want to continue to take the club forward and the team forward, and to do that, we’ve got to keep our best player.”last_img read more