News story: Stopping fraud against the NHS: new plans announced

first_imgNHSCFA will take forward these measures. It will work with its data-sharing partners to analyse large amounts of information and identify anomalies, unusual activity and inconsistencies in the NHS, referring to NHS investigators for further action.NHSCFA was set up in November 2017 and replaces NHS Protect, which has been working to stop fraud since 2010.Fraud in the NHS ranges from a few pounds, to hundreds of thousands and occasionally millions.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: I am delighted that the Health and Social Care Secretary is showing such a keen interest in addressing fraud and supporting the NHS Counter Fraud Authority in its vital mission to prevent and detect fraud against the NHS. It is key to our success that we collaborate with others and I am confident that as we work with partners this ambitious target will be achieved. The more data sets we are able to access from partners such as Cifas and the NHS Business Services Authority, the more fraud we can detect and prevent. NHSCFA are actively engaging with the fintech sector to identify technological solutions that could enhance data examination and exploitation capability. more collaboration and data sharing between the NHS Business Services Authority and NHSCFA to identify the small number of pharmacists and dentists claiming payments for services they have not carried out The government has announced how it will take tougher action on fraud and save hundreds of millions of pounds for the NHS over the next 5 years, increasing the money available for improving patient care.The plans were announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.The new approach will start with a commitment to halve prescription fraud, which costs the NHS £256 million a year.Prescription exemptions will be digitised, allowing pharmacies to check whether the patient does not have to pay charge before their medication is dispensed. This will be piloted next year, before being rolled out across the NHS.The focus on prescriptions is one aspect of a wider crackdown on NHS fraud, which will prevent up to £300 million being lost to fraud by April 2020. This is part of the government’s commitment to ensuring public finances are managed responsibly and that every penny invested goes towards improving care.Further measures being introduced to stop fraud include: the introduction of a new counter-fraud profession in central government, bringing together around 10,000 counter-fraud specialists, including 400 focused on fraud in the NHScenter_img a new partnership between the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) and the fraud prevention service Cifas, allowing NHS counter-fraud professionals to access Cifas data Sue Frith, interim CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, said: Those who abuse the NHS and choose to line their own pockets with money that should be spent on patients and frontline care will no longer have anywhere to hide. The new technology and analysis, combined with intel and experience of counter-fraud specialists will form the starting point of this new fight against NHS fraudsters. We’re determined to make sure every penny of the extra funding we are giving the NHS as part of our long-term plan is properly spent. The message is clear: the NHS is no longer an easy target, and if you try to steal from it you will face the consequences.last_img read more

The Peach Music Festival Announces Massive 2019 Lineup

first_imgThe Peach Music Festival will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA from July 25th through 28th, 2019. Today, the Peach announces the first phase of its annually huge lineup.Headlining the 2018 Peach Music Festival will be two sets of Phil Lesh & Friends, featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield and John Molo; two sets of Trey Anastasio Band; three sets of The String Cheese Incident; and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The Peach party will continue with Moe., Greensky Bluegrass, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Lettuce, Stephen Marley, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2 sets), Marcus King Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Billy Strings, the Allman Betts Band and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, fitting choices for the festival that was founded by the Allman Brothers Band in 2012.The impressive lineup is rounded out by Aqueous, Ghost Light, Larkin Poe, Magic City Hippies, Fruition, BIG Something, Andy Frasco & The UN, Southern Avenue, Organ Freeman, Kitchen Dwellers, Mungion, Hayley Jane & The Primates, and many more.Sounds like a fun weekend to us! Check out the first phase lineup below, and head to the Peach Fest website for details.last_img read more

2016 – The Year that Dell EMC Changed Hyper-Converged

first_imgGrab your hover board and power on your flux capacitor—we’re going back in time. The date is February 16, 2016. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) didn’t know it yet, but she was in for a wild day. HCI’s morning started routine enough… she woke up to find a handful of friend requests from start-ups. Several established players liked a pic she had just posted. And her latest blog was getting tons of shares (especially from analysts). But this type of thing didn’t get her HDDs spinning… HCI was fairly used to being the center of attention.Then everything changed… Her phone buzzed as someone tweeted to her:@DellEMC launches #VxRail Appliances; sets new standard for #hyperconverged. Jointly developed, optimized, and built with @VMware.HCI set down her coffee and surfed over to Dell EMC’s page to see what all the fuss was about. It was a huge announcement, and everyone she knew was commenting about VxRail. “…creates certainty for customers; leverages a proven building block powered by vSAN; customers can continuously modernize; it’s a simple, agile way to scale on demand; leverages existing tools and processes…”It was new. It was transformative. And one thing was clear. VxRail was about to change everything. HCI then did something that she had never done before. She sent her first friend request.And…. we’re back. Today is February 16, 2017 and one year has passed. From the moment we launched VxRail, we knew it was going to be big. But even we were surprised by its out of the gates success—more than 8,000 nodes sold to over 1,000 customers in more than 70 countries—all in the first year!Even more exciting is that when the dust settles on end-of-year industry numbers, we believe VxRail is the most rapidly adopted HCI appliance ever, and that Dell EMC will be the market leader for hyper-converged.More organizations than ever (over 60% of them) are looking to deploy HCI, if they haven’t already.1 Without question, many of them are choosing VxRail. In fact, with the addition of VxRail in 2016, the Dell EMC HCI portfolio outgrew one of the fastest growing IT markets by more 2x, and now represents more than a quarter of all hyper-converged systems sold.2We see customers that span across industries deploying VxRail for more and more use cases within the data center. Notably, this includes enterprise applications, which aligns to industry research that shows three out of four organizations are already deploying HCI in the core.1So what’s next? I’m glad you asked…Hybrid cloud is fast becoming the new operating model for most IT departments. Sure, transient workloads will continue to benefit from the elastic economics offered by the public cloud. But for long-lasting on-premises workloads, VxRail delivers enterprise performance and ease of manageability at half the total cost of ownership versus leveraging the public cloud.3Today, in addition to celebrating VxRail’s first birthday, we are thrilled to announce Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) on VxRail Appliances . This turnkey hybrid cloud platform helps organizations start small and grow on their journey to transform IT. With EHC on VxRail, customers with smaller deployments can now enjoy the same benefits as larger enterprises—automation, self-service, freeing up resources, minimizing costs, and reducing risk.For more information about this announcement, read the Press Release.Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible through collaboration. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” 30,000 times.  In each of the 1,000+ companies who invested in VxRail this past year, there were about 10 stakeholders who contributed to that decision. And each VxRail order was further supported by 20 individuals within Dell EMC and our partner organizations. So that is 30,000 people I need to thank.Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to what we will create together in 2017 and beyond.last_img read more

Majestic Hamilton wins in Belgium to close in on Schumacher record

first_imgTopics : Max Verstappen came third for Red Bull, seven seconds further adrift, to claim his sixth podium finish in succession.Hamilton, who had to nurse his car home on worn tires, has 157 points in the title race, 47 clear of Verstappen. The ‘black arrows’ lead the constructors’ championship with 264 points, well ahead of Red Bull on 158.”It wasn’t the easiest of races,” said Hamilton. “It was a bit of a struggle, but nonetheless I think it was ok in the end.”At the British Grand Prix at the start of August, Hamilton had clung on to win after one of his tires disintegrated. “I was concerned that we’d have a scenario like Silverstone, but the tire seemed to have quite a bit of rubber left on it at the finish.”Bottas admitted he could not match his team-mate’s pace.”The start was a good opportunity, but Lewis played it really well and I just couldn’t catch him. In the same car, with Lewis driving a flawless race, it was really difficult.”Verstappen said he had a dull afternoon. “It was pretty boring, not very interesting and not much to do,” he said. “I ran out of tire at the end so I was just stretching it out and saving the tires.”Daniel Ricciardo produced the fastest lap on his final lap as he claimed fourth ahead of his Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon, and Alex Albon, in the second Red Bull. Lando Norris was seventh in the sole McLaren.Pierre Gasly finished eighth for Alpha Tauri ahead of the Racing Points of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez. On a troubled weekend, last year’s winner Charles Leclerc was 14th, one place behind outgoing Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Drama and ceremony On a cool dry day in the Ardennes, the race was preceded by drama and ceremony with Carlos Sainz’s McLaren suffering an exhaust failure that ruled him out and then a minute’s silence, in memory of French F2 racer Anthoine Hubert, and the now-familiar drivers’ anti-racism demonstration before the national anthem.Hamilton made a smooth start from his record 93rd pole position ahead of Bottas while Verstappen fought to defend third position against Ricciardo.Bottas chased Hamilton in vain, the champion controlling his advantage with imperious speed in the early laps as they pulled clear of the rest.”We have one push now?” asked Bottas. “Yes, but we agreed not to use it against each other,” replied Mercedes.”I’ve never heard of that,” replied the clearly miffed Finn, who had said on Saturday that he would attack his team-mate to keep alive his own title bid.The safety car came out on lap 11 after  a collision involving Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell of Williams. The Italian spun into the barriers in front of the Briton whose car was hit by an errant rear wheel as he took evasive action.The damaged cars left debris strewn across the circuit, but the drivers walked away unhurt. “I’m ok,” said Russell on team radio. “Nowhere I could go, guys.”The leaders pitted immediately, Bottas only just returning ahead of Verstappen after a slow stop. Ferrari appeared unready when Leclerc pitted, another issue in a bleak weekend that saw their drivers bump wheels in a scrap for 12th.After the re-start, Bottas closed to nine-tenths briefly, on lap 17, but Hamilton raised his pace and was gone. Lewis Hamilton stretched his lead in the drivers’ world championship and closed to within two wins of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 on Sunday with a majestic, if ultimately tense, Belgian Grand Prix victory.The series leader and six-time champion registered his 89th career win with another flawless drive to take his fourth Belgian triumph, finishing 8.448 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.It was Hamilton’s fifth win in seven races this year and extended his record run of points-scoring races to 40.last_img read more

Construction starts on Hamilton’s Gallery House One project

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago Brookfield Residential Properties general manager Lee Butterworth said the success of the project proved that quality, riverfront property was in high demand in Brisbane.“Turning the sod on Gallery House One is a major milestone — made all the more significant by the fact we have simultaneously successfully launched the second phase of the project, Gallery House Two,” he said.“We have partnered with Multiplex to build these apartments to the highest standard and are looking forward to delivering our buyers their dream home.”Brookfield Residential Properties has already delivered six apartment buildings at the neighbouring Portside Wharf retail and residential community.Mr Butterworth said the company’s footprint in Northshore Hamilton would eventually total $1.3 billion — making up a fifth of the entire $5 billion urban renewal project, the largest of its kind in Queensland.The Northshore Hamilton Priority Development Area (PDA) covers 304 hectares of land, with a two kilometre river frontage. Developments are assessed and approved by Economic Development Queensland.“Brookfield recognised the potential of the Hamilton riverfront early and moved to control up to six hectares of unused State land that we have transformed from a disused industrial area into a thriving waterfront community,” Mr Butterworth said.“Our Portside Wharf development was the catalyst for the rejuvenation of Northshore Hamilton and a transformative project for the entire suburb.“Gallery House will continue this legacy, ensuring the Hamilton riverfront builds on its reputation of offering some of the best living opportunities in Queensland.”Gallery House One offers one, two, three and four bedroom apartments with balconies up to 240sq m. The building is topped with a residents-only rooftop sanctuary featuring resort-style amenities, including a 20 metre infinity pool, lounge and barbecue area.Remaining apartments in Gallery House One start from $419,000, with two penthouses available starting from $2.295 million. L-R Graham Cottam (Multiplex), Greg Chemello (EDQ) and Lee Brookfield Residential Properties general manager, Lee Butterworth, at the official sod-turning to mark the start of construction at Gallery House One.CONSTRUCTION at Brookfield Residential Properties’ Gallery House One project has begun, with the first sod turned yesterday.The start of works on the $140 million tower, which is now 80 per cent sold, comes as the project’s second and final tower — Gallery House Two — debuts to the market with $34 million in sales from registered buyers. Both towers, when completed, will form part of the $5 billion Northshore Hamilton riverfront precinct redevelopment.last_img read more

This Algester home is cosy but still has plenty of space for families

first_img21 Tingiringi Street, AlgesterShe loved spending time in the living room where she kept souvenirs from her travels around the world, including the US, Hawaii, China and Hong Kong.The main bedroom was her favourite part of the home though. 21 Tingiringi Street, AlgesterWhile she bought the house to downsize, Ms Wilson said it would make a great home for a small family.It is on a 683sq m block and has three bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobes while the master has an ensuite.It has an open kitchen and dining area and a separate living room.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202021 Tingiringi Street, AlgesterOutside, there is an outdoor patio for entertaining as well as a swimming pool.The home was renovated before Ms Wilson moved in, particularly the kitchen and bathrooms.However, she has added a few extra bits and pieces over the years, including paving around the pool, new fencing and airconditioning. 21 Tingiringi Street, Algester“I feel like it’s just my sanctuary and I can go in there and get away from the world,” Ms Wilson said.She was going to miss the home as well as her friendly neighbours. 21 Tingiringi Street, AlgesterKRIS Wilson fell in love with this modernised house in Algester the moment she walked through the front door.“I just knew this was somewhere I could live,” Ms Wilson said.“I think it was the colours, and also I could picture my furniture matching the decor.”Seven years on and the property at 21 Tingiringi St has served as the perfect home. 21 Tingiringi Street, Algester“I really do have fabulous neighbours – I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to them,” Ms Wilson said.The home also has a remote double lockup garage plus an extra carport, a garden shed and water tank.Ms Wilson took her two dogs for walks in surrounding parks and said public transport and shops were also close.last_img read more

Russell Investments awarded £15bn LGPS pooling mandate

first_imgEight public sector pension funds in Wales have appointed Russell Investments and Link Asset Services to help pool and run £15bn (€17bn) of investments.The Wales Pension Partnership (WPP) – one of eight asset pools being set up by UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) – announced today that Link Asset Services would operate a collective investment vehicle to pool its assets.Russell has been appointed for investment advice and manager selection. The mandates for Russell and Link include portfolio construction, cost reduction, currency hedging, transition management and other services.Chris Moore, director of corporate services at Carmarthenshire County Council, described the appointments as “a significant milestone” in pooling the Welsh funds’ assets. Peter Hugh Smith, managing director of Link Fund Solutions, part of Link Asset Services, said: “We are pleased to have been selected by WPP to facilitate the pooling of the assets of the eight existing local government pension schemes in Wales.“The pooling of the assets into a collective investment vehicle means the constituent authorities will benefit from enhanced governance and the protection of a regulated tax transparent structure.”Jim Leggate, head of UK institutional and Middle East at Russell Investments, added that pooling “provides the opportunity to deliver significant savings over the long-term, which will create additional value for scheme members”.In 2016, WPP appointed BlackRock to run nearly £3bn of passive mandates on behalf of the eight pension funds, replacing State Street Global Advisors and Legal & General Investment Management. This arrangement will continue outside of the collective investment vehicle being established by Link.The LGPS pools must be ready to accept assets from early April, according to the government’s deadline.Link is one of the UK’s leading fund administration providers, and according to its website oversees roughly £45bn of annual payments across various product types.last_img read more

Cairns’ fastest selling suburbs: Brinsmead still in demand

first_imgSIX months after it last topped the list of fastest selling suburbs, Brinsmead has again beat out premium suburbs such as Whitfield and Trinity Park as one of the most popular places to buy a home.Houses in the leafy, hilly suburb on the northern side of the Western Arterial only lasted a median of 22 days on the market, according to October 2018 data from Core Logic.Kewarra Beach came in second place at 26 days on the market, while Bayview Heights at 28, Edge Hill at 34 and Redlynch at 36 rounded out the top five.LJ Hooker Edge Hill agent Kim Ryan said Brinsmead’s location near multiple schools, state and private, was behind its popularity.“It is close to all your main amenities. If the market slows down Brinsmead is always one of the suburbs that bounces back first,” she said. “I’ve been selling in Brinsmead a long time and if the property is presented well and perceived as good value you’ll sell it quickly.Ms Ryan held the first open home on the weekend for 2 Matheson Dr and said more than 16 couples inspected the property. “When it really pours, people want to see where the water sits and that property didn’t have an issue,” she said.“People often comment that because it’s an established older suburb, it is leafy, with lots of parklands, and views.” FASTEST SELLING CAIRNS SUBURBS (by median days on market)Brinsmead 22Kewarra Beach 26Bayview Heights 28Edge Hill 34Redlynch 36Whitfield 41Caravonica 45Trinity Beach 50Mount Sheridan 57Smithfield 57Trinity Park 57Bentley Park 61More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoGordonvale 63Manoora 65White Rock 67Yorkeys Knob 68Westcourt 70Manunda 72Mooroobool 74Palm Cove 85Mount Peter 94Holloways Beach 96Edmonton 96last_img read more

Jessica Rudd is doing it her way

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoJessica Rudd and husband Albert Tse bought this spacious two bedroom unit the year before they married. $1.9m for Brisbane home on tiny block They bought this home for just over $1m after returning from a five-year stint in China. Jessica Rudd and Albert Tse’s Chelmer home is an entertainer’s dream.The couple moved back to Brisbane in 2014 when they bought a $1.07m five bedroom home in Fairfield, before upgrading to a sprawling 1920s home in Chelmer that they paid $2.18m for three years ago. MORE: Is this Australia’s luckiest property? The couple had spent five years in Beijing where Ms Rudd became known as “a key opinion leader an important attribute in the world of eCommerce in China”, according to ECG executive chairman John Lau. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58center_img Jessica Rudd in Shanghai where she is considered a “key opinion leader” or social influencer.Since buying the unit, Ms Rudd and Mr Tse have gone on to make millions off their work in eCommerce and fund management respectively.Ms Rudd sold off 45 per cent of her successful Jessica’s Suitcase eCommerce retail business to Australian Stock Exchange listed tech firm eCargo (ECG) a year ago for stock. The China-based firm then announced it had bought the remaining 55 per cent of Jessica’s Suitcase three months ago. No figure was released but it was reported to be a deal involving $5m cash and stock. The view from their investment unit’s balcony is part of the charm. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Aussie castle with hydro plant firing on all cylinders Jessica Rudd in the front yard of her home in Chelmer, Brisbane, soon after she sold 45 per cent of her successful Jessica’s Suitcase business to an ASX-listed tech firm last year. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian.Businesswoman Jessica Rudd — daughter of one of Queenslander’s richest women Therese Rein and former prime minister Kevin Rudd — is letting her own investments tick over.The rental property has sentimental value, having been bought for $332,000 by Ms Rudd and her investment fund manager husband Albert Tse the year before they married.The spacious 114sq m two bedroom unit is in Norman Park — close to where her parents lived at the time — and has come up for rental at $450 a week ($20 less than they were asking just two years ago).last_img read more

Argentine Bishop Bargallo quits over ‘amorous ties’ row

first_img Share 86 Views   one comment FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Argentine Bishop Bargallo quits over ‘amorous ties’ row by: – June 27, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Monsignor Bargallo had been leading the diocese of Merlo-Moreno since 1997The Pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop after the publication of pictures showing him embracing a woman on a Mexican beach. Bishop Fernando Bargallo, 57, was photographed in the sea, hugging a woman in a bikini. He initially said she was a childhood friend, but later admitted to having had “amorous ties” with her. Bishop Bargallo was in charge of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, in the province of Buenos Aires.The scandal broke last week, when an Argentine television station broadcast pictures of Monsignor Bargallo on holiday at a beach resort in Mexico in the company of a woman.‘Childhood friend’In one of the pictures, he is seen half-submerged in the water, embracing a woman in a bikini. Shortly after the pictures were published, Monsignor Bargallo gave a public statement saying that the woman was a childhood friend, whom he had known all of his life.He said the situation in which he had been photographed was “imprudent, as it could lead people to jump to the wrong conclusion”.He asked his flock to forgive him for “the ambiguity of the pictures” and urged them to view the photos “in the context of a long friendship”.But later that same week, Monsignor Bargallo convened the priests of his diocese and told them he had had “amorous ties” with the woman and would resign.The Vatican said he would be replaced by Monsignor Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto. BBC Newslast_img read more