News story: Carillion contracts complete transfer

first_imgThe liquidation trading period, which commenced on 15 January 2018, ensured the continued provision of essential public sector services across hospitals, schools, roads, rail and other key infrastructure without any service disruption or major incidents.Commenting on this milestone, the Official Receiver, Dave Chapman, said: Carillion is the largest ever trading liquidation in the UK. The continued uninterrupted delivery of essential public services since the company’s collapse in January reflects the significant effort put in by its employees, supported by my team and those employed by the special managers. The focus of the liquidation will now shift to the provision of limited transitional services for some supplier and finalising Carillion’s trading accounts to ensure that payment is made to suppliers who have provided goods and services to the various liquidations. Suppliers are asked to ensure they supply their final accounts as soon as possible. My investigation into the cause of the company’s failure, including the conduct of its directors, is also underway. During this period 83% of the original workforce have either transferred with the contracts or resigned with another job to go to. Staff have been very professional throughout the liquidation and I want to thank them for their support as we worked to find new suppliers. Further information: a further 429 roles have transferred to new suppliers taking the total jobs saved to 13,945 jobs (76% of the pre-liquidation workforce), while nine staff will leave the business this week taking total redundancies to 2,787 (15%) positions to date. Further information about rights in redundancy is available on gov.uk a further 1,272 employees have left the business during the liquidation through finding new work, retirement or for other reasons around 240 core employees are currently being retained to help close out the remaining activities the Official Receiver is investigating the causes of failure of the company and has wide-ranging powers to obtain information, material, and explanationslast_img read more


Patti Labelle Wows NYCB Theatre at Westbury With Soulful, Endearing Performance [Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Patti LaBelle show at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 can be summed up in one word: soulful. Yet of course, a singular adjective could never hope to capture all the passion, all the joy, all the emotional upheaval and celebratory enthusiasm unleashed in the symbiotic love-affair between performer and audience that is a Miss Patti Labelle concert. So I’ll expand.As the audience eagerly awaited the “Queen of Rock ‘n‘ Soul,” the show opened with the acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Downing, who captivated the audience with his rich baritone jazz and R&B vocals. Tearing up about halfway into his set, he looked out at all of the vibrant, happy people enjoying his music, sat back in a mirrored chair, and took a brief moment to reflect, sharing with the audience the story surrounding his last scheduled performance at NYCB. It was back in 2006, Downing said, with R&B singer Stephanie Mills, but he had to cancel because he came down with polymyositis—a rare inflammatory disease of the muscles. To be able to perform at this venue on Saturday—coincidentally, his 51st birthday, he told the packed house—was a dream come true. After a brief intermission, out stepped LaBelle, wearing a simply dazzling dress and absolutely igniting the packed house into a gushing frenzy of applause and cheers. She kicked off the intimate evening with the 1986 synthpop chart-topper “New Attitude” before gliding through an impressive and eclectic array of songs spanning her more than half-century as one of the most entertaining and talented singers of all time. The set included: “New Attitude,” “New Day,” “If You Asked Me To,” “If Only You Knew,” “What Can I do For You,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love Need and Want You,” “Somebody Loves You,” “Stay With Me,” “Right Kind of Lover,” “How Great Art Thou,” “On My Own (with Brandon Winbush),” “You Are My Destiny (with Brandon Winbush),” disco sensation “Lady Marmalade” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” LaBelle hit all the notes with style and ease, belting out the high octaves and injecting each and every number with her signature sass and soul. On the top of the black-baby grand up onstage was a Snow White/Cinderella-esque ensemble that included a handheld mirror and about a half-dozen pairs of illuminated electric-light stilettos, which she changed into throughout the show. LaBelle’s stellar performance left no question as to whether she still possessed the same zest, fire and love for the audience that she had 52 years ago when she first began her legendary career.As Alicia Keys (who was influenced by LaBelle) sings: “That girl is on fire!”LaBelle is a true diva—a legendary singer, talented actress, gifted author and even a talented cook who shares her recipes and has her very own line of BBQ sauces and marinades(!!)—but she’s also a humanitarian, and her support for adoptive services, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Diabetes Association, among so many other causes she champions, is well known. Her big heart was on full display at NYCB, too. LaBelle met a couple by the name of Larry and Denise before the show, she told everyone between songs. The singer made sure they had tickets for the performance and even gave them a special shout out during the gig! With not a bad seat in the house, and its amazing sound system, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury proved the perfect venue for such a riveting performance: cozy, intimate and rockin’! “I’ve seen Patti about 40-something times now and throughout the 10 years I have followed her, the one thing that never changes is her spirit,” raved 21-year-old R&B artist, radio show host and longtime LaBelle fan Joey Mannarino, of Philadelphia, afterward. “No matter what songs she sings or where she performs, the love for her fans is what always shines through the most. “Every year she comes to Westbury, her fans travel from all across the country, as they say it’s the best venue in the country to see Patti!” he continued. “As usual, she didn’t disappoint!” For an encore, the sultry songstress let loose an emotionally powerful “You Are My Friend.” The entire house was up on their feet, applauding and shouting praises. What a venue! What a performance! We love you, Patti!!With Zack TiranaFor more amazing gigs and performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com Watch Patti LaBelle perform “Somewhere Under The Rainbow” below!last_img read more


Lakers’ Byron Scott wonders if Dallas acquiring Rajon Rondo will be enough to contend

first_imgSo much for Kobe Bryant having breakfast in Boston two weeks ago with Rajon Rondo. The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. Meanwhile, a Lakers official downplayed reports the team had offered Steve Nash’s expiring $9.8 million contract and a first-round pick from Houston to Boston for Rondo. “We haven’t talked about anything as far as trades are concerned,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about recent conversations he had with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We talked about our players and how we can get them better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rondo will still become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Lakers will have enough cap space to offer a max contract to Rondo, though he makes $12.9 million and averages 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. But the Lakers’ chance of securing Rondo could become more difficult. Ellis joins a loaded Mavericks (19-8) team featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler. “Rondo is a hell of a basketball player,” Scott said before the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Staples Center. “Obviously (Mavericks owner Mark) Cuban and that group is trying to go for a championship right now.”Still, Scott tabbed the Golden State Warriors (22-3) and Memphis Grizzlies (21-5) as the Western Conference favorites. Scott lauded the Warriors’ prolific offense featuring Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the team’s defense. Scott argued Memphis’ rugged style suits postseason play. Cuban and Scott appear to agree on something different, though. center_img Scott likes Cuban’s recent proposal that the NBA should realign their conferences considering the disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference. Miami (12-15) and Brooklyn (10-15) are slated to make the playoffs as the seventh and eight seed, respectively, despite having records below .500. Meanwhile, Scott described the Western Conference as a “monster,” featuring Golden State, Memphis, Portland (21-6) and Houston (19-6). “It doesn’t make sense geographically. But other than that, he has a good point,” Scott said of Cuban. “There’s a few teams, us included, that would love to be in the Eastern Conference right now.”Fond memoriesThunder coach Scott Brooks holds Bryant in high regards for reasons besides his productive play and mentoring Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Brooks gushed about coaching Bryant in the 2012 NBA All-Star game when the Lakers’ star played both through a concussion and stopped LeBron James on a potential game-winning shot. “He wanted to guard LeBron James and he didn’t want him to score,” Scott said of Bryant. “I’m glad he didn’t because we got extra money by winning that game. So, thank you, Kobe.” last_img read more