Thursday, 12 May 2016

Investigation wraps up at Colorado shooting suspect's building

AURORA, Colo. - Kaitlyn Fonzi, 20, had her hand on the doorknob of her upstairs neighbor's booby-trapped apartment here early last Friday, ready to complain about his blaring music. She had no idea how close she was to becoming one of the casualties in a massacre that left 12 dead and 58 injured. On Wednesday, Fonzi returned to the three-story brick apartment building with her boyfriend, Chris Rodriguez, 30, to see when they could come back. Many others in town were wondering the same thing - not only about the apartment building, but about the Century 16 theater, where police say James E. Holmes attacked moviegoers during the post-midnight premiere of the latest Batman installment,"The Dark Knight Rises.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Not all benefits are means tested

Some benefits help you with the extra care needs you have because you’re disabled or have a long-term or terminal health condition.
These benefits are not means tested. In other words they are not affected by your income and savings. They include:
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
Benefits that are means-tested are those that are designed to:
  • replace earnings – for example Employment and Support Allowance
  • top up your income – for example tax credits
  • help you with essential costs – for example Housing Benefit

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Are Women More Generous Than Men?

When it comes to giving to charity, women are in the driver's seat.

A recent survey conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) found that women are more generous than men when it comes to charitable giving, especially with respect to decisions about volunteer activities and smaller financial donations.

Large financial donations are often made jointly.

Reuters asked Lorna Sabbia, managing director and head of retirement and personal wealth solutions at Merrill Lynch, for insights into giving and issues surrounding philanthropy among families and women.

Sunday, 27 March 2016


The more detailed information you provide up front, the more accurate the quotes will be. “A quote is only as good as the information you put in,” says Des Toups, managing editor of
When you pursue a quote, the insurer will check your driving record, credit history and other information before finalizing the rate. Whether you’re working with a quote site or agent or dealing with the insurer directly, you should track down certain information ahead of time, says Toups, so there aren’t any surprises when the insurer pulls your record:


Sunday, 20 March 2016


I am of course overjoyed to be here today in the role of ceremonial object. There is more than the usual amount of satisfaction in receiving an honorary degree from the university that helped to form one’s erstwhile callow and ignorant mind into the thing of dubious splendor that it is today; whose professors put up with so many overdue term papers, and struggled to read one’s handwriting, of which ‘interesting’ is the best that has been said; at which one failed to learn Anglo-Saxon and somehow missed Bibliography entirely, a severe error which I trust no one present here today has committed; and at which one underwent excruciating agonies not only of soul but of body, later traced to having drunk too much coffee in the bowels of Wymilwood.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet.

By Edward Wilson-Lee. William Collins; 288 pages; £20. To be published in America by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in September; $26.
ACCORDING to the diaries of Captain William Keeling of the East India Company, in 1607 “Hamlet” was performed on his ship Dragon off the coast of Sierra Leone. If the extract is genuine, it was the first performance of the play ever to be mentioned in writing. Edward Wilson-Lee of Cambridge University has pulled together this and many intriguing threads in his “story of Africa less often told”. “Shakespeare in Swahililand” is an attempt to understand whether the great playwright’s work speaks across cultural boundaries to a shared humanity. It primarily looks at “Swahililand”: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and the parts of Congo, Malawi and Sudan, where the language is spoken, but cannot resist ranging farther afield. (Ethiopia’s emperor, Haile Selassie, said that after God, Shakespeare was “the greatest creator of mankind”, but his information ministry banned an Amharic-language staging of the regicidal “Makbez”.)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Get a Job Instagramming for Netflix, Check “Get Dream Job” Off List

At a not-too-shabby one million followers, it would hardly seem as though Netflix needs to work on its instagram account and yet, the fast growing company isn’t about to rest on its laurels. Why settle for one million when it could have two?
And now, it’s asking for help from Netflix fans everywhere. On March 6, it will select four “Grammasters” who will travel to Europe and the Middle East to take pictures on behalf of the company. While on location, these Grammasters will visit the sets of popular TV shows, films, and even Netflix original series, snapping photos for the popular social media platform. If they didn’t have instagram cred before, you can bet they will after the on-location gig has wrapped up. But, it’s not just a future job in social media for a big-name company that one of the chosen could realistically settle upon: The pay is $4,000 for the two weeks, and all travel costs are, of course, included.
Sound like the gig for you? The deadline for applying is fast approaching, and the requested material is (ostensibly) simple: follow the Insta account (as if you don’t already), and hashtag three photos with the hashtag #grammasters3. Very few, if any, guidelines about what kinds of photos to post exist, so obviously you’ll want to flex every single creative bone in your body if you want to stand a chance.
According to the job page, Netflix is “looking for TV & movie fans with a talent for taking pictures.” You’re encouraged to show off your “passions” via the three photos. To get a sense of what other applicants are posting (and how you might be able to stand above the rest), just search for the specified hashtag.
Here’s your chance, Muse readers. Time to put your Instagram-savvy to real, functional use. Snagging one of these four, no doubt highly competitive positions could be your big break. Until now, I bet you thought getting paid to watch netflix was the best thing you’d ever heard.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Hoffman's train set donated to Yesteryear Village's new exhibit

Two Palm Beach County staples - Yesteryear Village and Hoffman's Chocolate - are combining forces for a new exhibit at the village that combines history and nostalgia for its guests. Recently Hoffman's Chocolate donated its train collection to Yesteryear Village to be part of its new railroad museum exhibit, which is slated to open by next year's South Florida Fair, said Yesteryear Village manager Paige Poole. "We are always looking to expand Yesteryear Village; last year we added the dental office exhibit," she said.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

annuity 2016

Fixed-income annuities have never paid out so little, and yet had so much appeal. These annuities, which provide a lifetime of guaranteed income, are paying out 12% less, on average, than in 2011, and 25% less than in 2007. And yet sales jumped 17% last year, to their highest level in five years.  
The appetite for guaranteed retirement income is reshaping the industry, and drawing investors away from the enormously popular variable-annuity market. Sales of variable annuities usually rise with the stock market, but they have declined steadily for three consecutive years and are 24% below their 2007 highs. Why this new hunger for fixed annuities? As investors get real about how to turn their nest eggs into lifelong income, they’re discovering what academics and analysts have been preaching for years: fixed income annuities outshine all other income-producing options.

Monday, 22 February 2016


Assume that total ecosystem productivity is determined by dominance of the most productive species, and all species responses are independent of each other and obey the same stochastic process. Further assume that the mean of the response is 1/2, as in the β-distribution (Fig. (Fig.33A), in which case the variance of the species response may be viewed as a measure of a species’ contribution to maximum ecosystem productivity (in this case, 1). This is because a greater variance means a greater probability of a species taking on the maximum productivity at each time. The results are summarized in Fig. Fig.33B. For a given species richness, as the variance of the species response increases, the temporal mean of ecosystem productivity is elevated, that is, the effect of species richness is enhanced. But as a result, the species richness beyond which the ecosystem is redundant also decreases.