New code sees staff monitoring tightened

first_imgRuleson covert staff monitoring and accessing employees’ e-mails have beentightened, following the launch of the long-awaited data protection monitoringcode.Thecode clarifies what employers’ rights are in monitoring staff internet use,e-mails and phone calls, as well as CCTV surveillance.Theguide, designed to help employers comply with the Data Protection Act 1998,states that organisations must inform workers if they are being monitored, evenwhen a breach of company rules is suspected.InformationCommissioner Richard Thomas, who has re-drafted the code, stressed that covertmonitoring is not allowed unless serious criminal activity is suspected,warranting police involvement.”Secretsnooping is nearly always unacceptable. Monitoring must be done for a clearreason, and it is fundamental that HR makes sure staff are fully aware ofwhat’s going on,” he said.Thomasis confident the code, which has been re-drafted twice and delayed for morethan a year following concerns over its complexity, will enable organisationsto draw up effective policies.”Ibelieve this code will help HR. I hope this will fill the vacuum that’s beenaround since the Act was introduced,” he said.TheCBI claimed the commissioner had still not gone far enough in addressingconcerns about the complexity of the code.However,Mike Emmott, employee relations expert at the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development, said: “The issue of the privacy of staff using workequipment in the workplace is always going to be difficult, but this codebroadly strikes the right balance.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. New code sees staff monitoring tightenedOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

UK to set up world’s first property register of properties owned by foreign companies

first_imgThe government has announced plans to introduced a nationwide register of foreign companies that own properties in the UK in a bid to tackle corruption.In what is claimed to be a world first, the system will reveal the beneficial owners of property controlled by overseas companies and other legal entities such as partnerships.This will end the current and very common practice of foreigners owning UK property through offshore registered companies, as highlighted by Channel 4’s From Russian with Cash documentary in two years ago.Offshore trustDuring it one of the agents was filmed suggesting how 80% of sales at the time in central London were with international, overseas buyers and that “50 or 60%” of them were carried out in “various stages of anonymity…whether it be through a company or an offshore trust”.Police investigations looking at international corruption within the UK have identified more than £180m of property in the UK that are suspected proceeds of corruption, and that 75% of those involved were using international companies to cover their tracks.“Greater transparency of ownership brings many benefits,” says Margot James, Minister for Small Business, Consumer and Corporate Responsibility. “We know that market transparency fosters confidence and trust. Transactions are improved and the market has greater confidence when peoel know how they are doing business with.”The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) says such properties can be difficult for agent to deal with because “members often report difficulties in determining the ultimate beneficial owner when a property is owned by a trust or corporate identity, particularly when it is a non-UK trust or company”.“We are committed to protecting the integrity and reputation of the UK property market and this register would be a valuable measure to increase transparency and investor confidence,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of the NAEA (pictured, right).“The extension of transparency requirements, which UK owners are already subject to, levels the playing field and means we would know who owns and controls UK property wherever they are from.“Today we are inviting the views of overseas investors, property and transparency experts on how this register could be delivered.”The plans are now to undergo a period of consultation before becoming law.Margot James Mark Hayward NAEA April 11, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » UK to set up world’s first property register of properties owned by foreign companies previous nextRegulation & LawUK to set up world’s first property register of properties owned by foreign companiesGreater transparency will help tackle corruption within property market, claims government and NAEANigel Lewis11th April 201701,395 Viewslast_img read more

Kent Farrington and Creedance Take $73,000 1.50m Classic CSI5*

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP In the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*, the final class of the day in the International Arena for the ninth week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Kent Farrington (USA) and Creedance, owned by Farrington and Haity McNerney, were uncatchable for victory on Sunday, March 14.WEF 10, which runs on March 17-21, is sponsored by Horseware Ireland and features the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3* on Thursday, the finals for the Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper series for Five-, Six-, and Seven-Year-Olds and the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup CSI3* on Friday, the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI3* on Saturday, and $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final and $137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday.A total of 59 horse-and-rider combinations took their shot against Alan Wade’s (IRL) track. Featuring a line-up of 11 entries, the jump-off promised to be a hard-won effort, but the Farrington was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately secured the win.Wade’s top courses have been well-planned and challenging all week, and his last course of the week held true. A lengthy number of competitors missed the chance to return for the jump-off by a single unfortunate rail while several others suffered time infractions.Combinations that returned for the jump-off included top athletes such as Farrington, Daniel Deusser (GER), and McLain Ward (USA). Sweden’s Henrik Von Eckermann was the first to complete the second track fault-free after crossing the timers in 35.10 seconds with the Portfolio Horses, LLC’s Glamour Girl. His effort with the 10-year-old KWPN mare (VDL Zirocco Blue x Moonlight II) was enough to secure the third place ribbon at the end of the class. Eduardo Menezes (BRA) flew into second place with his own H5 Quintol. He and the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quintender x Cento managed an efficient time of 34.83 seconds but was still well-behind the class leader.Farrington returned late into the jump-off order with his winning 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris). The pair made it obvious they were a duo that would not be bested as they effortlessly cleared every obstacle and blazed through the timers in 34.12 seconds.“[Creedance] is a horse that is hyper competitive in these style classes,” explained Farrington. “I put him specifically in today’s class instead of the grand prix because it is still early in the year and, as he is getting a bit older, I am choosing classes that he is more comfortable in to save him up for the rest of the year.”Farrington and Creedance have won at events around the world in the years they have been partnered.“What is wonderful about him is that he can jump at any venue, whether it is Aachen or Wellington, and he always gives a great effort,” he detailed. “He is naturally just so fast across the ground that I typically have to make sure that I actually slow him down towards the end of the track or he can get too aggressive. He has been a great horse for my career.”“Alan Wade is a very good course designer but his courses are usually strong, much like today’s was,” Farrington continued. “His track today was challenging, and there was a very strong field of riders and top horses, so I thought the competition was excellent.”Earlier in the day, David Oberkircher aboard Corry Be Good captured the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Lugano Diamonds and also won the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award presented by Laura Fetterman.Final Results: $73,000 FEI CSI5* CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic1. CREEDANCE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lord Z x NotarisKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Haity McNerney: 0/0/34.122. H5 QUINTOL: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Quintender x CentoEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Eduardo Menezes: 0/0/34.833. GLAMOUR GIRL: 2011 KWPN mare by VDL Zirocco Blue x Moonlight IIHENRIK VON ECKERMANN (SWE), Portfolio Horses, LLC: 0/0/35.104. SQUIRT GUN: 2011 Oldenburg gelding by Diarado x Quick StarPAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Eye Candy Jumpers :0/4/35.515. SCUDERIA 1918 TOBAGO Z: 2008 Zangersheide stallion by Tangelo Vd Zuuthoeve x Mr BlueDANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex and Scuderia 1918: 0/0/35.876. BRIGHTON: 2006 KWPN gelding by Contendro II x Quick StarTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/4/34.417. BULL RUN’S PRINCE OF PEACE: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cardenio x ContenderKRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC: 0/4/35.338. CONTAGIOUS: 2009 German Sport Horse gelding by Contagio x For KeepsMCLAIN WARD (USA), Beechwood Stables LLC: 0/4/35.779. RMF TINKERBELL: 2008 Oldenburg mare by Incolor x ArgentinusJESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Rushy Marsh Farm LLC: 0/4/37.0810. SLIGO BALOU BOY: 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Balou Du Rouet x CatianaDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Michael Kearins: 0/4/43.75 Tags: Kent Farrington, Tiffany Foster, WEF, show jumping, Brighton, Creedance, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

South End Beach Project Still on Schedule for Fall

first_imgSand berm at 57th Street in Ocean City in March 2014.Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported to City Council on Thursday that a  replenishment project for Ocean City’s southern beaches is still on schedule for late summer (after Labor Day) or early fall.Dattilo said representatives of the federal Army Corps of Engineers, state Department of Environmental Protection and cities of Ocean City, Upper Township (Strathmere) and Sea Isle City met last week, and officials see no impediments. Funding and permits are both in place.“It appears, in plain English, like it will happen,” Dattilo said.The Army Corps has approval to complete a multi-town project (with Strathmere and Sea Isle City) to rebuild eroded beaches and restore dunes decimated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The entire project is expected to exceed $100 million, and the federal government will pay 100 percent as part of Sandy disaster relief.The project will end a long waiting game for property owners at the south end, where the ocean met the bay during Sandy and flattened protective dunes. Since then, the city used sand recovered from streets and trucked in to rebuild a sand berm between 49th and 59th streets.Dattilo said the beaches are currently “in fairly good shape” and the city continues to monitor it daily. He said when the early spring storm season calms down, the city will harvest sand from other beaches to elevate and widen the narrowest beaches near 57th Street.Later in the meeting, Councilman Scott Ping, himself a south-end resident, said he walked the beach at a mid-tide recently and said he’s seen it both wider and narrower over the years.He said he recently saw an email in which a real estate agent complained about the beaches’ effect on summer tourism.“For anybody to be canceling their reservations for the summer is beyond me,” Ping said.last_img read more

O.C. Beach Project Stalls Again as Dredge Returns to Norfolk

first_imgCrews had set up equipment for dredging to resume at 51st Street on Monday (July 20), but after one test, the hopper dredge pumping sand for the project returned to Norfolk for more repairs.After one test pump on Monday involving mostly water, the hopper dredge that is powering Ocean City’s south end beach replenishment project returned to Norfolk for more repairs.Work crews are consolidating equipment on the beach just north of the 52nd Street entrance on Tuesday (July 21).The engine on the Liberty Island died on May 30 and the ship had been in port for seven weeks as it was replaced. It returned to Ocean City on Monday (July 20) for what was expected to be the restart of  work.But the test showed some sort of problem with the repair or the engine. Richard Pearsall, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, said Tuesday that the dredge experienced a mechanical issue with a reduction gearbox. Mechanics in Norfolk will need to evaluate the problem before the Army Corps can provide an estimate on when the repair can be completed and work can resume, Pearsall said.The beach at 51st Street where a brief test of the repaired dredge took place is now groomed and free of equipment on Tuesday (July 21).Work crews on the beach had run pipeline down to 51st Street and set up filter cages in anticipation of the project resuming, but on Tuesday morning, they appear to be pulling equipment back and consolidating it at 52nd Street.Work to rebuild eroded beaches between 37th and 59th streets in Ocean City began April 20 and was expected to be complete by now. But an engine failure on the Liberty Island brought the project to a standstill on May 30.If work had resumed Monday, the project would have been on target to be complete by Sept. 9.The delay pushes the restart of the project deeper into the heart of the summer vacation season in the resort.__________Sign up for free OCNJ Daily news updates by email.__________The hopper dredge is a ship that pumps sand into its hold from an offshore borrow area, then travels closer to Ocean City to hook up with a pipeline that feeds the new sand onto the beach.Crews from the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois have completed work between 37th Street and 47th Street. The current phase of the project started at 55th Street and was moving toward 47th Street when the dredge died at 52nd Street.The final phase of the project will start at 55th Street and move southward to 59th Street.When it’s done, Ocean City will have received approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.5 miles of beach from 37th Street to 59thStreet. The $57 million project includes Strathmere and Sea Isle City, and is funded entirely by the federal government.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Plays Surprise Show With The Majority Of Circles Around The Sun

first_imgAfter wrapping up two great shows at Terrapin Crossroads with “Darkness” and “Light” themes, bassist Phil Lesh surprised fans at his venue with a performance last night. Lesh called on some players that had been present for the last two nights, who incidentally comprise three-fourths of the famed instrumental group Circles Around The Sun: guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and drummer Mark Levy.Circles Around The Sun was a project borne out of “Fare Thee Well,” the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary show. The band was asked to compose instrumental music for the setbreaks, and wound up creating one of the most prized album releases of 2015 in the process. You can read our conversation with Casal about it here.Though the band didn’t play any Circles pieces, they did start each set out with instrumental jams that were reminiscent of them. The free show featured some Grateful classics like “It Must Have Been The Roses” and “Friend of the Devil.” You can watch some video highlights, courtesy of Troy Hooper, below.Peggy-ONo ExpectationsCheck out the full setlist below, courtesy of Jambands.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 7/7/16Set I: Jam > Peggy-O, She Belongs To Me, It Must Have Been The Roses, No Expectations, Friend of the DevilSet II: Jam > Mountains of the Moon, After Midnight, Mission In The Rainlast_img read more

Pizza, Pop and Politics addresses voting rights

first_imgND Votes hosted this semester’s third installment of Pizza, Pop and Politics, which explored voting rights in the U.S., on Tuesday. The discussion was led by professor Jennifer Mason McAward, an associate professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame, and professor Jason Pierce, an American studies professor who specializes in American history and civil rights.Pierce began the discussion by giving the audience a historical perspective on voting rights, specifically those of African Americans. In 1864, a group of African Americans created a list of demands for the union after the Civil War, including the abolition of slavery, full citizenship rights for all African Americans, voting rights for African American men and land redistribution, he said.“Voting was a political right because it was a preservative of all rights … the court recognized that voting was a political act,” Pierce said. “Politics is about power, and voting allows power to be exercised. So central to the African-American reform effort has been the right to vote — not land reform, not reparations, but the right to vote. It shows how powerful it is, but it shows how contested it is. Voting restrictions allow power to be retained.”They received almost all of their charges through the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments between 1865 and 1870, Pierce said, but in 1898 the Mississippi court upheld that voting restrictions, such as a poll tax and literacy tests, were reasonable.“Americans think that voting is a privilege and a right, but those two things don’t necessarily go together,” he said. “That which is a privilege and that which is a right — not to be politically oxymoronic, a right is not something that you earn, it’s something that you gain because of your standing as a United States citizen. A privilege, it may be an honor to vote, but it’s not a gift.”Voting restrictions did not change until the U.S. introduced the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Pierce said was “flawed as an effective device, but effective as a political device.”Following Pierce, McAward reflected on the role law has played in voting rights. The 15th amendment, which in name prevented racial discrimination in voting, was disregarded for 95 years, she said.“There was a mass campaign of terror in the South, and African Americans were effectively barred from exercising their constitutional right until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which congress passed to ban racial discrimination in voting practices,” McAward said.Although she agreed with Pierce about the flaws of the 1965 act, McAward said it was the most effective law of its kind, allowing a quarter of a million new voters to register.McAward examined President Trump’s claims of voter fraud — which has gained a national spotlight since the 2016 election — and said there are a few different claims of voter fraud, including impersonating a deceased person, a false claim of citizenship, incorrectly filling out an absentee ballot or government officials intentionally creating false votes.Though not denying its existence, McAward said voter fraud is rare and most likely did not cause Trump to lose the popular vote, as he claims.“Neither one [of the studies Trump has cited] supports his claims, although they do point to other problems in the system,” she said.The first study, which states that there are 24 million inaccurate voter registrations, does not necessarily mean that those people attempted to vote in multiple jurisdictions, McAward said, and a 2014 study, which said six percent of noncitizens voted in the 2008 presidential election, is based on an Internet survey which used methodology that may have skewed the data.“The author said that we have no information that these illegal votes actually impacted the outcome of the election,” she said. “Bottom line, voter fraud exists, and it happens, but it’s infrequent — particularly in-person voter fraud — and when it does happen it’s almost never outcome determinative.”Citing these surveys, McAward said identification requirements for voting aren’t necessary to prevent voting fraud and serve to disenfranchise those without state-issued identification, namely minority, elderly and low-income populations.“The voting rights movement started with bloodshed from the Civil War to Jim Crowe,” she said. “While the bloodshed is behind us, I hope, the struggle continues — just in a new form. For those of you who are interested in political participation, it requires our continued vigilance and commitment.”Tags: Law, Pizza Pop and Politics, race, Voting rightslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Switches Her Fences Awards Category & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis Switches Her Fences Awards CategoryViola Davis has made a notable decision regarding her reprise of her Tony-winning leading actress role in the much-buzzed about film adaptation of Fences. According to Variety, the stage and screen favorite has decided her performance as Rose Maxson in the movie is a supporting one. Paramount is thus submitting her where it can in awards season in that category, including for Screen Actors Guild Awards consideration, although the studio cannot control where she’s put in the Oscar race. Fun fact: the only person so far to win a Tony and an Oscar for the same performance in two different categories is The King and I’s Yul Brynner.Micah Stock & James Roday Set for RabbitTony nominee Micah Stock (It’s Only A Play, The Front Page) and James Roday (Psych) will take the leap in White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. Stock is scheduled for December 5, with Roday on December 12. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Dates Set for Hairspray Live! Album & DVD ReleaseRun and tell that! The original soundtrack to Hairspray Live! will drop on December 9, with the DVD of the telecast scheduled for release on December 20. As you all know by now, the musical is set to air on December 7 on NBC, starring Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad and so many more. You can’t stop the beat!Aleshea Harris Wins $45,000 Relentless AwardCongratulations to Aleshea Harris, who has been selected for the 2016 Relentless Award, winning $45,000—the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a play. Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, her show, Is God Is, is a revenge tale of twin sisters that takes its cues from the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk. The play will receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country.P.S. Take a look below at a snippet of “You’re Welcome,” the brand new song from Moana performed by Dwayne Johnson and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Oh, and Jordan Fisher will perform the song with Miranda on the film’s end credits. You’re welcome! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 White Rabbit Red Rabbit Related Showscenter_img View Comments Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fences.'(Photo: Paramount Pictures)last_img read more

WazUpWidis Is Roanoke’s Most Breathtaking Event

first_imgWazUpWidis is being talked about as the most unparalleled and breathtaking urban race in all of Virginia, taking place on February 7, 2015.Only a few have tested the course, and even today’s most sophisticated GPS systems can’t measure the overall pain — and gain — from the inherently complicated urban elevation changes. In no other place can you find such extreme elevation on such a flat topography.WazUpWidis is what you get when combine the urban race concept of Roanoke Parks and Recreation, with the downtown elevation idea of Mountain Junkies LLC.Together, these two identities have partnered for a one-of-a-kind event that will reach epic proportions.This race is billed as “Roanoke’s Most Breathtaking Event.”The race starts by running down an urban stretch of greenway that enters the Virginia Transportation Museum, where runners zig-zap in and out of a series of historical trains. Upon exiting of the train yard, runners will be challenged by climbing the stairs and decks of several city parking garages.After crossing two urban bridges, the grand finale incorporates a 20-story climb, a descent of the Wells Fargo Tower, and a 7-story run up the deck of the final parking garage to the finish line.You may be able to run, you may be able to climb, but can you do both?It is very likely that at some point in this race you will think the words, “what’s up with this?!” But due to the level of this challenge, it will most likely come out as a one word gasp, thus the name: WAZUPWIDIS!last_img read more

Al Gore Addresses Long Island Leaders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Al Gore and Long Island Association President Kevin Law in Woodbury on Friday (Gary Duff)Former Vice President Al Gore spoke with Long Island Association’s president Kevin Law at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury during the organization’s biannual luncheon Friday morning.The conversation highlighted a range of topics from corporate interest to the state of American politics, to Hurricane Sandy and the effects of climate change on Long Island.The nation’s 45th vice president didn’t shy away from calling out influential lobbying groups like the National Rifle Association either, while also promoting his new book, The Future.On corporate interests:“The congressman running for re-election has to beg special interests for money to buy ads against their competition.  Lots and lots of members in the House and Senate are influenced by this. The next time they vote, are they thinking how the founders wanted them to, or are they thinking if I vote with this interest I am going to get money from them? That’s the reason there is no reform that can pass the Congress with the exception of the healthcare bill.”On the National Rifle Association:“The NRA—I used to be a member! It’s a complete fraud.  It’s financed by the gun manufacturers… The NRA is a puppet. You have one puppet controlling another puppet.”On Hurricane Sandy and climate change:“Look at what we’ve been through—what you’ve been through…110 billion dollars in climate damage—95,000 homes in Nassau country destroyed… The ocean temperatures were five degrees higher when super-storm Sandy hit.”Gore later added, “And not one single journalist asked one single question at any debate about climate change.  That’s pathetic.”On innovation, and America’s future:“The United States of America remains the only country that can provide leadership to the rest of the world.  I challenge people to tell me who can.  The European Union? Not with the shape that it’s in now.  China? People don’t know if it will truly live up to its commitments.”On Current TV and it’s merging with Al Jazeera:“They are owned in significant part by the nation of Qatar, but they have staked out a role in remaining objective. It will surely shake up the way we do media here. Al Jazeera America will have twenty-four-seven real news. It will raise the game for those who don’t want to compete with it. Don’t take my word for it. Watch and see for yourself when it launches in the upcoming weeks.”The former vice president jokingly dodged questions about a 2016 run for the White House, stating, “I’m a recovering politician on about step 9—without a relapse [into politics] in the past few years, I don’t think I’ll succumb to the temptation again.”Once criticized for his impassive approach to governing during the Clinton White House and 2000 presidential campaign, Gore took a page out of his former boss’ book with a warm, passionate, funny and sharp presentation of his ideas.Gore is a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient, as well as author of several bestselling books, the subject of his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.The LIA has welcomed both President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney as speakers at previous biannual luncheons.last_img read more