Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. Subscribe Parsons is pleased to announce that through its Brazilian subsidiary, Parsons do Brasil, it has completed the acquisition of privately held CT MAIN Engenheiros. On November 7, 2012, Parsons announced a definitive agreement to acquire CT MAIN Engenheiros, a leading provider of project management and engineering services to the energy and infrastructure market in Brazil. The completion of this acquisition increases Parsonsâ€™ presence in Latin America and enhances the corporationâ€™s efforts in the areas of infrastructure development, power systems, pipelines, and oil and gas.CT MAIN Engenheiros will be integrated into Parsonsâ€™ Environment and Infrastructure business unit, which delivers landmark commercial projects in healthcare, life sciences, alternative fuel and energy, education and environmental remediationâ€”watershed, and wastewater infrastructure projects.â€œWe are pleased to announce that Parsonsâ€™ acquisition of CT MAIN Engenheiros is complete,â€ said Chuck Harrington, Parsons Chairman and CEO. â€œThis acquisition greatly expands our services in several markets and provides us with a tremendous opportunity to expand our presence in Brazil and throughout Latin America.â€Harrington added, â€œThis acquisition also provides our new colleagues with the resources, management support, and access to additional customers needed to grow our shared business.â€Established in 1970, CT MAIN Engenheiros has a long history of providing a wide variety of engineering and management services for industrial and infrastructure customers, including such services as electrical system studies, feasibility reports, consulting, design, construction supervision and management, and ownerâ€™s engineer. CT MAIN Engenheiros is headquartered in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, with field offices throughout the country. As part of Parsonsâ€™ Environment and Infrastructure business unit, it will increase the size, scale, and capabilities of Parsonsâ€™ environmental/infrastructure services.Parsons, celebrating more than 65 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on transportation, environmental/infrastructure, and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News More Cool Stuff Business: Retail News Parsons Completes Acquisition of CT Main Engenheiros Published on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 11:38 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Make a comment 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website
According to Australia’s health ministry, the number of new confirmed cases rose on Monday by 33, the slowest rate in a month and less than a tenth seen two weeks ago. Australia has now recorded 6,322 cases, with 61 deaths.Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was too soon to relax restrictions despite the flattening in the curve of cases.”Now is the time to stay the course, to continue with these, self-isolation and social distancing,” Hunt said in televised briefing. “These are producing real reductions in the rate of growth.”Australia deployed its toughest crackdown yet over the long Easter holiday weekend, with helicopters, police checkpoints and hefty fines used to deter people from breaking a travel ban or breaching public gathering rules. Officials in New Zealand and Australia, hailed globally for their early signs of success in combating the spread of the coronavirus, said on Monday it is too soon to start easing social distancing rules or reopening their economies.The rate of new coronavirus cases has abated significantly in both countries without straining the capacity of their health systems. New Zealand has enforced a wide-ranging lockdown and Australia is also tightly restricting many activities.New Zealand recorded its fifth death due to coronavirus on Monday, but new confirmed cases in the Pacific nation of about 5 million rose only by 15, a sixth of what was seen in early April, bringing the total of cases to 1,064. Topics : Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio the government may start making decisions only “in the coming weeks” about what restrictions, if any, can be relaxed.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a decision on whether to extend the nationwide shutdown and state of national emergency, declared in late March, will be made on April 20.”Our number of cases may be small, but that doesn’t mean we have yet been successful in hunting this virus down,” Ardern said.With the economies of both countries taking a severe hit, governments are spending heavily on cushioning the impact.In Australia, which has already pledged spending of more than 10% of its annual gross domestic product to help the economy, the government was in talks over the weekend with top carriers Qantas Airways Ltd and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd about subsidizing domestic flights.New Zealand’s Ardern said her government will be issuing guidance next week on the economy’s ability to recover.”We are very aware of the need to get our economy running as soon as possible,” she said.
Indianapolis, In. — An in-depth study by Better Business Bureau finds that, while consumers may write fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all cases, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators.The investigative study– “Don’t Cash That Check: Better Business Bureau Study Shows How Fake Check Scams Bait Consumers” — looks at how fake checks dupe consumers. It digs into the scope of the problem, who is behind it, and the need for law enforcement and consumer education to address the issue.Scammers often succeed because consumers don’t realize:Crediting a bank account does not mean the cashed check is valid. Federal banking rules require that when someone deposits a check into an account, the bank must make the funds available right away – within a day or two. Even when a check is credited to an account, it does not mean the check is good. A week or so later, if the check bounces, the bank will want the money back. Consumers, not the fraudsters, will be on the hook for the funds.Cashier’s checks and postal money orders can be forged. A cashier’s check is a check guaranteed by a bank, drawn on the bank’s own funds and signed by a cashier. If a person deposits a cashier’s check, the person’s bank must credit the account by the next day. The same holds true for postal money orders. Scammers use cashier’s checks and postal money orders because many people don’t realize they can be forged.“Everyone should really understand fake check scams in order to protect themselves,” said Tim Maniscalo, BBB Central Indiana President and CEO. “Banks credit your account before verifying the validity of checks, so it’s critical to know how to spot the red flags before it’s too late.”Fake check fraud is a huge problem, with complaints to regulatory agencies and consumer watchdog groups doubling over the last three years.Fraud employing fake checks is rapidly growing and costing billions of dollars. Fake checks were involved in 7 percent of all complaints filed with BBB’s Scam Tracker. The number of complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel database and the Internet Fraud Complaint Center more than doubled between 2014 and 2017.Based on complaint data trends, the study suggests that there may be more than 500,000 victims of counterfeit checks in 2017. The study found the fraud affects victims of all ages and income levels, but consumers between 20-29 reported being victimized by the scam more than consumers of any other age range.One central Indiana resident lost more than $1,600 in a fake check overpayment scam. After posting his car for sale on LetGo, he was contacted by a buyer. The buyer sent two checks (each were $2,000 more than the asking price) via express mail delivery. Per instructions, the Indiana resident deposited one check, and sent $1,650 of the overpayment to the buyer in Texas via Western Union and Money Gram. His bank informed him later that the check was not valid and he would have to pay NSF fees.“The hard truth is that you are responsible for everything that is deposited into your account, said Andy Shank, Assistant Vice President Fraud Investigations Manager for Elements Financial. “If a check is returned later for any reason, it is your account that is subject to the funds being withdrawn and various fees. If you’ve already sent some of the money from the check back to the fraudsters, that money is long gone and you are responsible for the balance owed to your financial institution.”The National Consumers League, which also receives complaints from fraud victims at fraud.org, found that fake checks complaints in 2017 were up 12% and was the second most common type of complaint over all, after online order issues.Nigerian gangs appear to be behind most of this fraud, often using romance fraud victims and other “money mules” to receive money from victims. Many fake checks and money orders are shipped to the U.S. from Nigeria.The report recommends:Organizations such as BBB and regulatory agencies should do more to provide fake check fraud prevention education.With wide-scale use of money mules and others to assist in frauds, it would be useful for law enforcement agencies to work collaboratively to both identify these individuals and to take action to ensure that they end these activities.Investigative agencies may need more resources to effectively prosecute fake checks and other widespread frauds.Continued law enforcement coordination and training with enforcement counterparts in Nigeria and elsewhere should remain important and should be strengthened.Banks and financial institutions might consider more collective efforts to educate their customers about fake check frauds.What to do if you have deposited a fake check into your account:Notify your bank or the bank that appears to have issued the check. •File a complaint:Better Business Bureau, or call (317) 488-2222Federal Trade Commission, 877-FTC-HelpInternet Crime Complaint CenterS. Postal Inspection Service o Western Union, 1-800-448-1492MoneyGram, 1-800-926-9400Green Dot, 1-866-795-7597Victims who are seniors or other vulnerable adults may be able to obtain help through Adult Protective Services, which has offices in every state and many counties. Find a local office here.Avoid becoming a scam victim with these tips
Published on November 2, 2015 at 12:04 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Dark of Days of SU Football seriesFrom how Michael Vick spurned SU for Virginia Tech to Doug Marrone bolting from bowl games to Buffalo, with looks at how the Greg Paulus experiment backfired and Greg Robinson’s 10 wins in four seasons, here’s why Syracuse football’s struggles this season extend beyond 2015.Read the whole series here.Chris Clark: ‘Syracuse pulled my scholarship and I wanted to go there’Former five-star tight end Chris Clark is no longer transferring to Syracuse, he told The Daily Orange earlier this week after SU pulled his offer. He also said wanted to join the team.Read everything else you need to know about Clark’s situation here.Basketball is backWith Atlantic Coast Conference media day came some thoughts from SU head coach Jim Boeheim. His first, that the first-place vote Syracuse received in the ACC media poll poll was ‘ridiculous,’ was as lighthearted as the conversation got. He discussed the point guard situation, his appeal of the 9-game suspension and DaJuan Coleman.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlso, Louisville coach Rick Pitino didn’t show. Columnist Jesse Dougherty thinks he could learn something from Boeheim.Read more: ACC basketball media daySyracuse men’s cross country wins 4th consecutive conference titleSyracuse handily beat runner-up No. 12 North Carolina State as sophomore Justyn Knight paced the Orange and finished second overall. Syracuse put three runners in the top five as the Orange’s first conference championship since Mark Coyle was hired as director of athletics in June. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah has been relieved of his position as head coach of the senior national team.The decision was reached today at a board meeting of the GFA.Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac will replace him as head coach of the Black Star.Mr Appiah is being accused of bad faith after he granted a radio interview in which he said that he had not asked for a technical assistant, contradicting the position of the GFA.Sources close to FA say the condition under which coach Milovan accepted to Ghana’s was that he is made the substantive coach. He refused to be technical assistant to Kwasi Appiah, the source said. The GFA has scheduled a meeting with Coach Appiah tomorrow Friday, at which the FA will discuss his severance package with him. Before Ghana’s game against Togo there were reports that the former Ghana captain had been told he will be fired if he failed to win the game in Lome after drawing 1-1 with Uganda at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Saturday.Appiah’s popularity in Ghana dwindled immensely after Ghana’s poor World Cup outing, with many Ghanaians displeased with his perceived lack of control of the Black Stars team.
England’s up-and-coming girl golfers have been invited to take on the tournament challenge of WPGA professionals. Girls from the England Golf U16 and U18 regional squads have the opportunity for the second successive season to enter the WPGA’s popular One Day Series and gain tournament experience. The amateurs made an impressive debut in last year’s Series. Megan Clarke (Cleckheaton & District, image © Leaderboard Photography) and Charlotte West (Harewood Downs) both won events while Bel Wardle (Prestbury), Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) and Aimee Wilson (Little Aston) were all runners-up. Rebecca Wood, the England Golf performance manager for women’s golf, commented: “England Golf is very grateful to the WPGA for opening up spaces at these events and supporting our regional programme. “The experience is invaluable and gives the girls a great opportunity to compete and to see at first-hand how the professional players approach the game.” The 2015 series of seven day events will run from May to August and will take place at Little Aston on 11 May, Dunham Forest on 27 May, Salisbury & South Wilts on 16 June, Kedleston Park on 29 June, Torquay on 9 July, Chestfield on 17 July and South Herts on 19 August. Squad players should click here to apply before the following England Golf closing dates, all at noon: Little Aston 13 April; Dunham Forest 29 April; Salisbury & South Wilts 19 May; Kedleston Park 1 June; Torquay 11 June; Chestfield 19 June; South Herts 22 July. Entry will be for up to 10 players per event with a maximum handicap requirement of four. 2 Feb 2015 WPGA challenge for England girl amateurs
4 Feb 2015 Edna shows that age is no handicap You’re never too old to get into golf – just ask Edna Bennett, who achieved her first handicap at the age of 73.“Age is definitely no barrier to playing golf,” says Edna, who plays at Three Rivers Golf Club in Essex, where she is pictured (left) with golfing friend Julie Williams. “I really enjoy everything about it, being outside, doing something physical, walking and making friends.“I now play abroad and in the UK and I belong to a lovely, friendly club – as soon as you walk in someone says ‘hi’ – there is so much on offer there.”Edna, a retired PE teacher, has been interested in golf for many years. She lives close to a golf course and her daughter, Sarah, took advantage of this to learn the game, becoming a Ladies European Tour professional for over 20 years, competing worldwide before concentrating on her coaching.But although Edna encouraged Sarah, introduced school pupils to the game and actually belonged to a golf club for many years, she didn’t get started as a player until she was over 70.“I didn’t have much time and when I first started there were not as many opportunities for new players as there are now, which made it difficult.” said Edna. She decided to postpone her golfing ambitions until she retired, but this plan was abandoned when she hurt her back in a boating accident. “That was the end of golf, I thought.”But her interest was reawakened when Sarah became increasingly involved with her coaching and took on the role of PGA head teaching professional at Three Rivers Golf & Country Club. “Sarah offered a structured beginners’ golf programme, which is very popular with the ladies, which I decided to join. I started a couple of years ago and was awarded my first ever handicap last summer,” said Edna.“Sometimes my back troubles me, but one of the reasons I like Three Rivers Golf Club is there are two courses and my membership includes the Jubilee, the shorter of the two courses which really suits my level of golf.”Friendliness is one of the key attractions of the club for Edna. “There’s never any problem in finding someone to play and roll ups are an attraction.“Sarah runs numerous coffee mornings and initiatives to help the beginners learn all off-course aspects of the game. She also organises holidays and ladies’ days out – we’re Bennett’s Birdies! It’s a very friendly club, everyone just joins in. I’d encourage anyone to play.”Edna’s golfing experience has brought the Bennetts full circle. It used to be Edna who taught Sarah PE at school; now it’s daughter teaching mother.“It’s really lovely for me to see mum enjoying herself so much,” said Sarah, who is also the head coach to the England Golf U18 East regional squad.Edna and Sarah are pictured right.To find out about Sarah Bennett’s coaching programmes click hereTo find out about Get into golf opportunities across the country click here