Bayonne City employees not reinstated after layoffs

first_imgBAYONNE — The state Civil Service Commission has decided not to reverse the layoffs of three former Bayonne City employees.On Jan.18, Andrew Casais, chief of staff for Mayor James Davis, said in an email: “We have been informed that the CSC affirmed the layoffs, and therefore those subject to the layoffs will not be reinstated. The mayor maintains the opinion that the city administration followed the procedures to effectuate layoffs pursuant to Civil Service rules. At each step the administration sought to see this process out to the end. Today’s final ruling by CSC is that end.”Michael Mulcahy, a housing inspector, Gary Parlatti and Michael Smith, both field representatives for citizen complaints, all worked under the Department of Municipal Services.Mulcahy said in a statement that he plans to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision. “While we’re obviously dismayed in the panel’s decision today, we find it difficult to comprehend how a panel who only had a week to review the transcripts that could overturn an Administrative Law Judge decision that was labored over for six months,” said Mulcahy. “We’re confident in our judicial system and look forward to the next step in the process.”A Nov. 2 decision by an administrative law judge in Newark granted an appeal to the former employees who allege their layoffs in June of 2015 were not carried out in good faith.Judge Thomas R. Betancourt’s decision was sent to the Civil Service Commission for a final decision, saying that the “appellants should be restored to their previous positions of employment immediately.”Judge Betancourt previously found the testimonies of Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco and former Director of Municipal Services Robert Wondolowski “not credible,” after they gave conflicting testimony that showed inconsistencies in the city’s rationale for the layoffs. DeMarco and Wondolowski were two of 17 witnesses who testified. ×last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to make Dunkin’ Donuts coffee available in K-Cups

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, and Dunkin’ Donuts, a market leader in the hot regular, flavored and iced coffee categories, today announced a promotion, manufacturing and distribution agreement that will make Dunkin’ Donuts coffee available in single-serve K-Cup portion packs for use with Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.‘GMCR’s agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system’Beginning this summer, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer 14-count boxes of authentic Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in single-serve K-Cup portion packs exclusively at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. GMCR will exclusively package the new Dunkin’® K-Cup portion packs using coffee sourced and roasted to Dunkin’ Donuts’ exacting specifications. Dunkin’ K-Cup portion packs will be available in five popular Dunkin’ Donuts flavors, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin’ Dark®. In addition, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will, on occasion, offer Keurig Single-Cup Brewers for sale.‘GMCR’s agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system,’ stated Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR President and CEO. “Dunkin’ Donuts has top quality coffee, an extremely loyal customer base and impactful advertising programs. Combine those assets with consumers’ enthusiastic response to Keurig’s Single-Cup Brewing technology and we believe this alliance represents a truly exciting opportunity for both companies, with the potential to strengthen Keurig brewer adoption by consumers in one of the fastest-growing categories of the coffee industry.’”We believe customers will be delighted to learn that ‘America’s Favorite Coffee’ will soon be able to be prepared in America’s fastest-growing single-cup brewing system,’ said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ Donuts President. ‘By introducing Dunkin’ K-Cup portion packs and making them available exclusively in our restaurants, we are giving more people more occasions to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and more ways to enjoy using their Keurig Single-Cup Brewing Systems. We believe this alliance of two brand leaders means incremental sales for GMCR, for Dunkin’ Donuts and for our Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.’According to The NPD Group / CREST®, Dunkin’ Donuts serves the most hot traditional and iced coffee in America,* selling more than one billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. Dunkin’ Donuts uses 100% Arabica coffee beans, and the company’s coffee specifications are recognized by the industry as a superior grade of coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts was recently ranked number one in customer loyalty in the coffee category for the fifth consecutive year by the 2010 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Additionally in 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts opened more net new locations globally than any other quick-service (QSR) brand.GMCR’s Keurig Single-Cup brewers for in-home and office use utilize patented, innovative brewing and single-cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa every time at just the touch of a button. Brewers with Keurig Brewed® technology were the top five selling coffeemakers in the U.S. on a dollar basis for the period of October through December 2010 and represented an estimated 49% of total coffeemaker dollar sales for that period according to The NPD Group / CREST®.*For Quick Service Restaurants Year Ending October 2010.About Dunkin’ DonutsFounded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five years running. The company has more than 9,700 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts’ global system-wide sales totaled $6 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through three business units. The Keurig business unit is comprised of Keurig, Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of GMCR. Keurig is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems for both at-home and away-from home use, predominantly in North America. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces, markets and sells coffee, tea, hot cocoa and other beverages in a variety of packaging formats, including K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig Single-Cup Brewers. The Canadian business unit produces, markets and sells coffees in K-Cup portion packs and other packaging formats and is responsible for managing the Van Houtte business as well as the grocery channel for all GMCR coffee brand sales in Canada. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this press release express our opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results, including, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which we operate, and therefore are, or may be deemed to be, ‘forward-looking statements.’ These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms ‘believes,’ ‘estimates,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘expects,’ ‘seeks,’ ‘projects,’ ‘intends,’ ‘plans,’ ‘may,’ ‘will’ or ‘should’ or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in this press release. We do not undertake to revise or update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.GMCR Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward looking statements made by GMCR in this press release include: we believe this alliance represents a truly exciting opportunity for both companies with the potential to strengthen Keurig brewer adoption by consumers in one of the fastest growing categories of the coffee industry. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and GMCR’s actual results or performance could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which GMCR filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 9, 2010. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases. Source: WATERBURY, Vt. & CANTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-2.22.2011last_img read more

Vermont gets $2.25 million from US Dept of Labor for program systems

first_imgGeorgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (lead)$50,000,000 Delaware$698,769 Utah$1,048,030 Program integrity$63,474,747 Ohio$2,102,382 New Mexico$2,499,029 Colorado$233,458 South Carolina$1,993,051 Iowa$1,444,570 Mississippi$1,999,000 Massachusetts$2,353,081 Program integrity awards District of Columbia$2,233,854 Pennsylvania$1,254,977 Nevada$2,150,000 Maine$1,941,000 Total$191,474,747 Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming (lead)$72,000,000 Arizona$976,396 Kentucky$1,649,886 Alabama$1,177,782 Florida$2,310,791 Oklahoma$1,723,967 Vermont$2,246,844 Total$63,474,747 Kansas$1,077,706 Maryland$1,585,801 Oregon$1,274,464 Tennessee$1,551,365center_img Illinois$2,699,667 Michigan$618,400 Funding CategoryRecommended Amount New York$2,100,000 Georgia$1,439,976 Idaho$2,279,112 Technology infrastructure consortium projects$128,000,000 New Hampshire$198,040 Puerto Rico$1,959,416 ConsortiumRecommended Amount New Jersey$1,650,000 South Dakota$1,507,116 Rhode Island$1,155,696 Missouri$1,403,000 Texas$1,172,918 Louisiana$2,397,750 Total$128,000,000 West Virginia$1,318,593 StateRecommended Amount The state of Vermont will get $2,246,844 as the US Department of Labor today announced awards totaling $191.5 million to 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for unemployment insurance program integrity and technology infrastructure systems. The grants are intended to accelerate actions to reduce UI improper payment rates; provide an opportunity for modernizing UI tax and benefits systems; and enable the design of technology-based tools to prevent, detect and recover improper UI payments. Wisconsin$1,450,536 North Dakota$198,324 Technology infrastructure consortium project awards Maryland, West Virginia and Vermont (lead)$6,000,000 “I was pleased to join Vice President Biden today in announcing efforts to reduce government waste, fraud and abuse,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “We owe it to the American people, especially those who rely on unemployment insurance as a safety net, to be responsible stewards.  This funding will help ensure state UI programs have integrity and run efficiently.”In order to qualify for program integrity funding, states must have implemented or committed to implement all of the core integrity activities.  Awards support activities to address worker misclassification; implement technology-based prevention, detection and collection activities; implement the State Information Data Exchange System for earnings/wage verification, as well as monetary and potential employer charges; implement subscription fees for SIDES; contract staff support for benefit payment control activities; implement the federal Treasury Offset Program; and implement automation efforts that result in overall performance and system improvements.In order to qualify for technology infrastructure consortium project funding, all members of state consortia had to commit to implementing the full range of core integrity activities.  These funds will be used to modify and/or develop one of the core UI benefits or tax and benefit system designs; design additional core UI tax and/or benefit systems using open source components that are exportable to other states; and implement technology-based tools designed to prevent, detect or collect/recover improper UI payments.Fiscal Year 2011 Awards ‘ Unemployment InsuranceSummary Virginia$2,400,000 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

IKEA adds solar PV systems to its product lineup in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:On Wednesday Ikea will launch its photovoltaic “Solstrale” offer in Germany, with the date having been brought forward from February 1. Since October, Ikea has been testing the offer in German stores in Kaarst, Eching, Walldorf, Ulm and Freiburg.“We are very satisfied with the demand so far and have been able to convince some Ikea visitors in the five stores of our offer,” said Sustainability Manager Christiane Scharnagl. The company was unable to report sales figures at pv magazine’s request, or to provide expectations about future sales.The online offer will not differ from that available during the test phase. The Solstrale PV package is available from €4,730 and applies to a fully installed photovoltaic system without home storage. There is also a higher priced package available at Ikea.The offers are available at ikea.com/solar, a spokeswoman for the company said. As a partner, the group continues to work with British solar company Solarcentury, which has set up a German subsidiary to implement Ikea orders. “We offer an integrated service from development to construction and operation,” said Dennis de Jong, CEO of Solarcentury Microgen (Germany).“We are delighted to hear from all of our five furniture stores that customers are very interested in our range of home solar systems,” said the Ikea spokeswoman. In addition, the Swedish furniture company will soon launch German marketing campaigns for its Solstrale offering.Ikea already sells residential PV systems in Belgium, the U.K., Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.More: Ikea begins online sale of PV residential module systems in Germany IKEA adds solar PV systems to its product lineup in Germanylast_img read more

Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router With Up to 1.2Gbps Speed, 1,000 Square Feet Coverage Launched in India

first_imgThe Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router boasts of up to 1.2Gbps speeds. It has a compact design free of external antennae. It has a claimed coverage of up to 1,000 square feet and is said to be able to handle more than 10 devices at a time. The router also has features like parental controls and separate guest access.There is a dedicated WPS button to connect devices to your network. It is a dual-band router, meaning that it supports both 2.45Ghz and 5GHz WiFi bands, with the former capable of up to 300Mbps speed and the latter up to 866Mbps. Hence the name AC1200.The Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router also comes with MU-MIMO technology that allows it to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. Being a Wi-Fi 5 router, it supports 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). You get one WAN port and four LAN ports for connectivity, and these ports are placed in a vertical orientation. There are four internal antennae present on the Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router and the device is powered by a dual-core processor. It also has 128MB NAND Flash and 128MB DDR3 memory.- Advertisement – The router comes with WPA2 personal encryption, SPI Firewall, connection indicator LED, and Ethernet port LEDs. The Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router can be set up through a web browser on your phone, tablet, or computer. Lastly, in terms of dimensions, the router measures 220x 235.7×91.1mm.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement – Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router has been launched in India after originally debuting in Indonesia last month. It is a relatively budget-friendly model that offers impressive specifications, such as 1,000 square feet area coverage and connectivity for 10+ devices. It is easy to setup and comes with dual-band Wi-Fi support. It is an AC1200 router, which means it can deliver 866Mbps speeds on a 5GHz connection and 300Mbps on a standard 2.4GHz connection.Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router price in IndiaThe Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router is priced at a maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs. 4,999 with a suggested retail price (SRP) of Rs. 3,499. It can be purchased via Amazon among other IT channels.Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router specifications, features- Advertisement –last_img read more

Arsenal’s record safe as Watford stun Liverpool and end 44-game unbeaten run

first_img Comment Ismaila Sarr scored twice as Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to an end at Watford (Picture: Getty)Ismaila Sarr scored twice as relegation threatened Watford recorded a stunning upset to end Liverpool’s marathon unbeaten run.Jurgen Klopp’s side had gone 44 games without tasting defeat in the Premier League, just five matches short of Arsenal’s all-time English record, and had threatened to match Arsene Wenger’s 2003/04 Invincibles.Liverpool nearly came unstuck at Anfield against West Ham on Monday night, coming from behind to edge a five-goal thriller, but they had no answer to a relentless Watford side who have been transformed under the management of Nigel Pearson.Despite Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea on the horizon, Klopp selected his strongest possible starting XI with only Joe Gomez absent through injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLiverpool lacked their usual cohesion, however, and failed to trouble Ben Foster during a largely subdued opening period, during which the home side carried the greater threat, even after Gerard Deulofeu was forced off with a serious knee injury. Arsenal’s record safe as Watford stun Liverpool and end 44-game unbeaten run Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Feb 2020 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link547Shares Troy Deeney scored Liverpool’s third goal in a stunning win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty)A half-time pep talk from their manager failed to wake Liverpool from their slumber and the hosts deservedly took the lead in the 54th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure latched onto a long throw and crossed for Sarr who prodded home from close range.Watford’s record signing doubled the lead just six minutes later when he latched onto Troy Deeney’s through ball, outpaced the Liverpool defence and calmly chipped the ball over Alisson Becker.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalKlopp responded by throwing on Adam Lallana and the former Southampton midfielder, who scored the equalising goal on the only other occasion the runaway leaders have dropped points this term at Old Trafford back in October, immediately threatened with a curling shot that thumped against the woodwork.Shortly after that reprieve Watford killed the game when Trent Alexnader-Arnold’s errant backpass was collected by Sarr who kept his nerve and teed up Deeney for the clinching goal.MORE: Jurgen Klopp pleased to hear Timo Werner praising Liverpool amid transfer linksMORE: Coronavirus could prevent Liverpool from winning the Premier League title Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Trump Retweets Conspiracy Theory About Epstein’s Death

first_imgPresident Trump retweeted a theory over the weekend from comedian Terrence K. Williams regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein.According to federal officials, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. He had been on suicide watch last month, but was later taken off, a person familiar with the matter reports.A Clinton spokesman responded on Twitter to Trump’s retweet: “Ridiculous, and of course not true – and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s Cabinet to remove him from office.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump “just wants everything to be investigated.”She also criticized people who she says are “trying to connect the president to this monster from years ago where they are seen dancing in the video,” in reference to an NBC News video of Trump and Epstein attending a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach in 1992. Conway adds that those individuals “were actively, I suppose, flying around with this monster on his island…Perhaps there’s a public interest in knowing more about that.”Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, of New Jersey, says Trump is “using the same tactics and languages of the Russians, if you look at the intelligence reports about how they’re coming at our democracy.” Booker calls Trump’s actions “dangerous” and says the President has “been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of his false accusations.”last_img read more