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Open consultation: NHS pension scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019

first_imgThe government received almost 1,500 responses to the consultation.The outcome document summarises the consultation findings and the government’s response.,The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals to change NHS pension scheme regulations.Proposed changes include: introducing a new contribution rate of 20.6% for employers from 1 April 2019 renewing current member contribution rates so that the same rates continue to apply beyond 31 March 2019 providing civil partners and same sex spouses with the same survivor pension rights as widows extending the current forfeiture of pension benefits rules We are also proposing some additional changes that were set out in a previous consultation in November 2017.The consultation document outlines all the proposed changes and gives details on how to submit a response.last_img read more

Turkuaz Announces New Album & Extensive Fall Tour, Drops New Single & Music Video

first_img[Video: Turkuaz]With Life In The City due out in about a month, the group has announced a special promotion to encourage fans to preorder the album. From now until August 28th at 5 p.m. (PT), Turkuaz will offer a special pre-order bundle that includes “the LP with a limited edition Rainbow Marble Swirl colored vinyl, album t-shirt, and a digital version of the album on a USB, gift boxed in a limited edition Life In The City Nintendo Cartridge,” with the Nintendo cartridges available in an assortment of vibrant, Turkuaz-themed colors. Taking a page out of Willy Wonka’s playbook, the band will insert one gold cartridge into the pre-order bundles, with the lucky fan who receives the cartridge gaining “FREE Turkuaz tickets for LIFE!” You can pre-order the album bundle here.Furthermore, today, the band has announced their fall tour, appropriately named the Life In The City Tour. Across the three-month tour, Turkuaz will be joined by Butcher Brown, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Lettuce, Dynamo, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Rubblebucket, and Too Many Zooz at various stops. The Life In The City Tour kicks off with a three-night run across New York from October 4th through 6th, followed up by shows in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. On October 17th, the band returns to the Northeast, rolling through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York—including a performance at The Capitol Theatre, the legendary venue in Port Chester on October 19th—before heading back south on October 24th with a show in Greenville, South Carolina.Working their way to the fan-favorite festival, Suwannee Hulaween, on October 28th, the band will detour through Covington, Kentucky on October 26th. On Halloween proper, the band will perform a show in Asheville, North Carolina, followed up by a stop in Greenville, North Carolina, on November 1st. After shows in Philly and DC on the 2nd and 3rd, the group heads to the Midwest, routing through Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids from November 8th through 11th. Up next is a run across Omaha, Madison, Minneapolis, and Chicago from November 14th to 17th to close the main leg of the tour ahead of the band’s New Year’s Eve run, which will see the band ringing in 2019 in Worcester, Massachusetts.A special fan pre-sale begins on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 10 a.m. (local). Following the pre-sale, tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, August 24th, at 10 a.m. (local). For more information about the new album or Turkuaz’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here. Turkuaz is gearing up for a busy end to 2018. Yesterday, the Brooklyn-based band announced a brand-new album, Life In The City, which is due out on September 28th. The group will also be running a very special Willy Wonka-inspired promotion for fans who pre-order the album, with fans who receive a gold cartridge in their order gaining access to free Turkuaz shows for life. Keeping the announcements rolling, today, the funk-fueled nine-piece has detailed a fall tour supporting the new studio effort, which will span from October to New Year’s Eve.Due out on September 28th, Life In The City will mark Turkuaz’s fifth album, following up 2015’s Digitonium. In addition, yesterday, the group dropped a retro, video game-inspired animated music video for the album’s title track, “Life In The City”, which was premiered via Magnetic Magazine. Notably, one of the album’s nine tracks, “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, was produced by Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison and engineered by ET ThorngrenAs Dave Brandwein explained to Magnetic Magazine in the outlet’s video premiere article,For this album, we spent time sorting through lots of material and different ideas. We recorded much more than we ended up using, and across a few different studios over a couple of years. There was also way more collaborative writing occurring in varying ways compared to past records. Looking back now, although the process it was made was varied and took longer it feels really cohesive. I think it ended up as a theme album in its’ own way and that feels evident now listening to it in its finished state. “Life In The City”last_img read more

The P.R. Chase: Speedy P.R. Races for Every Distance

first_img8KCrazy 8s 8K Kingsport, Tenn. • July 17 It’s the “World’s Fastest 8K” because the current 8K world records were both set on this figure-eight course through the candle-lit streets of Kingsport. There is currently a $10,008 bonus for the first man or woman to break the world records. crazy8s.orgRunner-Up: Neptune Festival 8K Virginia Beach, Va. • September 24 Cruise down Atlantic Avenue along the flat coastal oceanfront of Virginia Beach, just as the summer temperatures finally start to break. neptunefestival.com 10KRural Hall Flat & Fast 10K Rural Hall, N.C. • October It’s all in the name. The venerable Twin City Track club helps organize this race near Winston-Salem that sees plenty of finishing times in the low 30-minute range. ruralhall.comRunner-Up: Capitol Hill Classic Washington, D.C. • May 15 Cruise through the flat streets around Capitol Hill with substantially smaller crowds than some of D.C.’s other road races. capitolhillclassic.com 10 mileBroad Street Ten-Mile Run Philadelphia, Pa. • May 1 Named the fastest 10-miler in the country by Runner’s World, Broad Street is also the country’s largest 10-mile race. Over 30,000 runners dash the traffic-free course from Broad Street to the Navy Yard. Broad Street has been attracting PR-hungry runners for 32 years. broadstreetrun.comRunner-Up: American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler Apex, N.C. • October Site of last year’s North Carolina State Championship 10 Mile, the race takes place on a converted rail trail. Not only is it completely level, but the greenway’s low-impact compacted soil is easy on the legs. ncroadrunners.org Half-marathonKiawah Island Half Marathon Kiawah Island, S.C. • December 11 There’s a net elevation gain of zero on this flat course that moves past coastal forests and quiet oceanside communities. With a field under 1,000 and consistently mild December temperatures, Kiawah is a place to discreetly post your best. kiawahresort.comRunner-Up: Marshall University Half Marathon Huntington, W.Va. • November 6 Huntington was once named the fattest city in America. To combat his hometown’s battle with the bulge, a family physician named Tom Dannals started a race series to help locals get active. Approaching its eighth year this fall, the Marshall University Marathon has become a PR chaser favorite for a fast and flat course in the floodplain along the Ohio River. Runners carry a football during the last 100 yards for a big finish at the university stadium. healthyhuntington.org MarathonShamrock Marathon Virginia Beach, Va. • March 20 This PR chase is a scenic out-and-back along the oceanfront. Once you round the Cape Henry Lighthouse—the oldest in the country—it’s a gradual downhill finish for the final six miles. shamrockmarathon.comRunner-Up: Potomac River Run Marathon Carderock, Md. • May 1 How can you go wrong with a race dubbed the “Easiest Marathon in America”? This one is prime for good time, taking place on the flat and extremely shaded C&O Canal Towpath just outside of D.C. The Boston qualifier also offers gorgeous views of the Potomac. mc-coop.org/marathon UltraNew River Trail 50K Fries, Va. • October 8 Most ultras include rugged terrain with plenty of incline, so if you’re looking to break into the distance or just want to shave some time, try this flat and scenic jaunt in Southwest Virginia. Ultra ace Annette Bednosky started this race on the level New River Trail—a linear state park created from a converted rail trail—a few years ago as an effort to preserve the namesake waterway. Proceeds go to a regional river keeper and all of the food served is local. ncnr.orgRunner-Up: Nashville Ultra Marathon Nashville, Tenn. • October 15 Connect the downtown greenway system and cruise along the Cumberland River at this urban ultra in Music City. nashvilleultra.com 1 2 Fasten your laces. Here are the flattest and fastest races in the region for chasing a personal best.last_img read more

‘Shabu’ worth P180K seized

first_imgPeñoso was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 on Dec. 1, the report added. Bacolod City – Suspected shabu weighing about 12 grams was seized in abuy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 3, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Resident Michael Peñoso yielded thesuspected illegal drugs valued around P180,000, a police report showed.last_img read more

Lampard confident over Euro aims

first_imgFrank Lampard is confident Chelsea will secure a return to the Champions League next season at the end of another turbulent campaign at Stamford Bridge. Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and has five games remaining – six if Chelsea advance to the Europa League final by beating Basle on Thursday night – to surpass Tambling’s mark, but the England international is focused on collective, rather than personal glory. He added: “If we can keep our rhythm with the way we’re playing and stay positive, the big games that are coming we need to try and win. “If we don’t it will go to the wire, but I believe we’ve got the strong-minded players to go and do it.” Chelsea play Manchester United, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton in their remaining four league games and currently hold a one-point lead over fourth-placed Arsenal, having played a game fewer, and a three-point advantage over Spurs. Lampard began the Swansea contest on the bench, but came on for dead-leg victim Ramires midway through the first half, set up Oscar’s opener and converted a penalty for his first goal in eight appearances. As well as drawing him closer to Tambling’s tally, Lampard celebrated his 400th Chelsea appearance in the Premier League and 800th career appearance by becoming only the second player, alongside Andy Cole, to score against 38 different teams in the Premier League. Lampard, who paid tribute to Tambling, was relieved to net the spot-kick after failing to score a penalty at Manchester City in February, and he said: “I missed the last one against Manchester City, so you think about it a bit more, but I felt I’d score because of the momentum of coming on when the game started to change.” Press Associationcenter_img The 34-year-old midfielder’s 201st Chelsea goal – a penalty which saw him move within one of the watching Bobby Tambling’s club goalscoring record – completed a 2-0 victory over Swansea on Sunday to take last season’s Champions League winners to third in the Barclays Premier League. “What’s more important is for the club to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and we’ve also got a Europa League final to try to get to and win,” Lampard told Chelsea TV. “That’s why (the Swansea win) was crucial, and so is Manchester United next week.” last_img read more

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