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Gillibrand’s actions louder than words

first_imgSen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a fraud. I totally agree that Sen. Al Franken should be held accountable for his actions. But her statement in regard to him stating “As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest” shook my memory. Wasn’t it senator “holier than thou” who was seen and heard throwing out “F-bombs” in a live press conference recently, shown and heard on networks nationwide.I guess that’s her and her “party” endorsing high standards. Look in the mirror Kirstie.Joe DeBlaseNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


Jokowi moves Papua’s 2020 National Games to next year

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided on Thursday to push back the 2020 National Games (PON) in Papua to October next year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The decision followed recommendations from Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy — both had expressed doubt as to whether Papua would be ready to host the Games initially scheduled for October this year.”One of our considerations is that the construction projects for several venues have been delayed [due to the pandemic]. [Construction] materials from Java could not enter Papua after Papua closed its airports and ports,” Zainudin said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday. In a meeting last week with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees sports, lawmakers gave a nod to the sports ministry’s initial plan to push back the PON to March next year. But the proposal was met with opposition from the National Sports Committee’s (KONI) regional offices, which projected that their athletes would not be ready for the Games.Read also: Indonesia braces for hectic year in sports after COVID-19Zainudin said October would be the most convenient time to host the PON next year, one of Indonesia’s busiest years for sports as the country is expected to take part in at least seven international multisport events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Next year, Indonesia is also set to host FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup and the 2021 Indonesian MotoGP in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.Topics : “After considering our reports, the President decided to postpone the National Games,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Ministry, House agree to postpone 2020 PON in PapuaPapua Governor Lukas Enembe had earlier told Zainudin that Papua was currently focusing on battling the outbreak, making it impossible for the region to prepare for the PON.As of Wednesday afternoon, Papua has reported 123 cases and six deaths.last_img read more


UK to consider criminal sanctions against negligent scheme sponsors

first_imgSir Philip Green was criticised by politicians regarding his ownership of BHS. He later paid £363m towards the company’s pension schemes.The proposals follow the high-profile pension scandals involving high-street department store chain BHS and engineering and outsourcing firm Carillion.Both went bankrupt with their DB schemes in deficit by hundreds of millions of pounds. Senior staff in both cases were subsequently criticised by politicians for neglecting their pension funds.ConsolidationThe DWP said it would consult on a “legislative framework and authorisation regime” to facilitate consolidation of DB schemes.It specifically cited work by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) on the topic.The UK pension funds’ industry body last year proposed the creation of so-called ‘superfunds’ to facilitate consolidation, particularly for small schemes. However, the white paper stopped short of granting TPR the power to veto mergers or acquisitions, an idea promised by prime minister Theresa May in the run-up to last summer’s UK election.The DWP also decided against allowing schemes to change their measure of inflation or “simplify” their benefits, despite many industry commentators arguing that such measures could save schemes money. Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, has led calls for punitive fines for negligent scheme sponsors since 2016.The paper set out potential requirements for commercial consolidator vehicles – primarily regarding funding levels and a requirement for trustees to take legal, actuarial and covenant advice before agreeing to detach a scheme from the sponsoring employer.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “We are pleased to see that the white paper takes forward the work on consolidation developed by the PLSA’s DB Taskforce over the past two years.“The best support for a DB scheme is a strong employer and we believe the current flexible funding framework remains the right approach”Lesley Titcomb, TPR“There is a growing body of evidence that consolidation in its many guises could provide the benefits of scale for those schemes that choose to consolidate.“We look forward to working with DWP on this issue going forward as we work to strengthen DB pensions and give more members a better chance of receiving full benefits.”TPR would also be given additional powers to oversee consolidator funds, the DWP said.Among other notable ideas put forward for legislation or consultation, the DWP proposed:Reviewing the regulated apportionment arrangement process to “make improvements” to the system of separating schemes from employers;Toughening TPR’s information gathering powers;Revising the scheme funding code to support TPR’s enforcement;Working with the regulator to promote awareness of consolidation options; andIntroducing a requirement for DB scheme chairs to report to the regulator after every three-year actuarial valuation.Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR, welcomed the proposed new powers for her organisation, saying they would “enable us to be clearer about what we expect from employers in relation to scheme funding and tougher where a scheme is not getting the funding it needs”.“The best support for a DB scheme is a strong employer and we believe the current flexible funding framework, which allows employers to balance growth with meeting pension benefits, remains the right approach and we will aim to retain this flexibility in any new approach,” Titcomb added.The full white paper is available here.Industry viewsDespite the government’s emphasis on criminal sanctions, the paper left many industry commentators underwhelmed…“We applaud the extra powers to be given to TPR, including the ability to fine company bosses. However, these will need to be exercised with care and discretion. Hopefully the powers will strike home where necessary. It is not clear whether the regulator will need extra resources to carry out these additional duties, which are unlikely to receive legislative approval before 2019-20 at the earliest.”Simon Taylor, actuary at Barnett Waddingham“What we have is a bundle of small-scale measures that are probably modestly helpful changes, though we doubt whether they will make that much difference in practice. Under its breath, the government seems to be acknowledging that the current regime strikes a reasonable balance between protection of benefits and commercial enterprise. It’s just a shame that it couldn’t make much more of that in the white paper.”Alastair Meeks, pensions partner at Pinsent Masons“This is a missed opportunity to build a pensions system that’s fit for the future. It’s good that employers won’t be able to slash pension rises without members’ consent. But ministers are doing nothing to stop the closure of good-quality pension schemes. Millions of workers across the country will still worry about poverty in retirement.”Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress“We are glad to see that the government has been looking at the relationship between good corporate governance and good outcomes for pension scheme members. The Pension Regulator’s ability to regulate the system effectively depends on effective governance of both pension schemes and the companies which stand behind them.”Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSAcenter_img Company directors who neglect to fund their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes could face criminal charges under proposals put forward by the UK government today.In its keenly anticipated white paper, Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it would legislate to introduce a new criminal offence “to punish wilful or grossly reckless behaviour of directors” in relation to a DB scheme.In addition, the department pledged to grant The Pensions Regulator (TPR) more powers to fine directors and companies “to tackle irresponsible activities that may cause a material detriment to a pension scheme”.The paper also included plans for a tightening of the “voluntary clearance” system, whereby companies can inform TPR when significant corporate activity might affect a DB scheme. The DWP said it would review the “whole framework” to ensure it covered all relevant activity and was sufficiently clear.last_img read more


Panetta Secures Federal Funding for Santa Cruz Dredging

first_imgCalifornia Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced this week that $540,000 will go toward ensuring that people can continue to navigate Santa Cruz Harbor channels as maintenance dredging continues.This funding will help ensure the safety and prosperity of communities on the central coast of California.“Since I was elected to office, I have been committed to ensuring that the federal government works for us on the Central Coast.  The communities in Watsonville and Pajaro have experienced four major flooding events since 1949, and they simply cannot afford future damages,” said Congressman Panetta.  “With our constant pressure and partnership, we were able to prompt the Army Corps to take these pivotal steps forward so that they eventually can be in a position to make critical repairs to the infrastructure on the Pajaro River.”The Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project was authorized by the federal Flood Control Act of 1966, and local leaders have been working with the Army Corps since then to secure the authority for construction. Last year, Congressman Panetta secured a final feasibility report for the Pajaro River project, achieving this milestone.This Director’s Report allowed the Project to enter into its Pre-Construction, Engineering, and Design (PED) phase, which made it eligible for federal funding.last_img read more


Nadal insists Federer Slam record not on his mind

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal insisted Wednesday he isn’t focused on matching Roger Federer’s record Glam Slam haul at the Australian Open this month. The 33-year-old last year won the French and US Open titles to move within one of his Swiss rival’s record tally of 20. Rafael Nadal has steered Spain into the ATP Cup quarter-finals Federer has sat on top of the all-time list since 2009 when he passed Pete Sampras’ benchmark of 14 after winning a five-set thriller over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon. A Nadal triumph in Melbourne could set the stage for him to set a new landmark at Roland Garros, where he will start hot favourite to add to his 12 French Open titles. But the Spaniard downplayed the potential historical implications after steering Spain into the ATP Cup quarter-finals. “I honestly don’t think much (about Federer’s record),” Nadal said.Advertisement Loading… “My only goal is to keep playing good tennis, keep enjoying this sport and being happy. And if that happens and I stay healthy then the goal is to keep producing chances in the events that I’m going to play.” Nadal’s immediate focus is leading Spain’s title charge at the inaugural ATP Cup. Unbeaten Spain qualified for the knockout stages in Sydney after sweeping Japan in Group B in Perth with Nadal yet to drop a set from his three matches. The 19-time Grand Slam winner, however, was pushed by in-form world number 72 Yoshihito Nishioka before prevailing 7-6 (7⁄4), 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes. Read Also: Serena Williams gets boxing lessons from Mike Tyson ahead 2020 season Nadal made 36 unforced errors and appeared weary at times in Spain’s first day session tie in Perth’s warm conditions. “It was the first experience with the heat here in Australia, so we played under heavy conditions and it was tough,” he said. “I played against a player who has started the season on fire, so it was an important victory for me and the team.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Pay to Watch

first_imgThe college football playoff organization, along with the NCAA, have developed a pay plan to cover the expense parents and other family members occur going to the football and/or basketball playoffs.  This year a $1,250 stipend went to each parent to cover the cost of their attendance at the football playoffs.  This covered the games played by the 4 teams.  The Final Four teams in basketball will reimburse their families $3,000 to cover expenses in attending the NCAA Final Four.The athletes themselves will receive a $4,000 stipend for their expenses.  I am not certain why the athletes need this amount of money, because their universities should provide for most of their expenses.  The university itself will pay for room, meals, and travel, so why do these athletes need an additional $4,000?It is easy to figure out where the money is coming from.  The Final Four in football and basketball will draw anywhere from 50,000 to over 100,000 fans, and the money these tickets bring in plus television revenues can easily cover the cost.  This is the result of the Big 5 conferences putting the NCAA in a bind.last_img read more


Bowlers help set platform for interesting 3rd Day

first_img… Jaguars trail by 47, Scorpions 50-3 2nd inningsBy Clifton RossIT WAS an interesting second day of action as Jamaica Scorpions bowlers gave their side some hope, while Guyana Jaguars should fancy their current position going into Day 3.Guyana, who were 17-0 at stumps on Day 1 and 170 runs behind after Jamaica made 187 in their 1st innings, were eventually bowled out for 190 in 83.1 overs on Day 2.The Champs’ batting was kept quiet as Chandrapaul Hemraj (38), Chris Barnwell (34), Veerasammy Permaul (35) and Raymon Reifer (33) all made starts but failed to convert.On a day where bowling was the X-factor for both teams, Scorpions spinners Jaime Merchant (3-37) and Patrick Harty (3-30) led the way as pacer Derval Green snapped up two big wickets in his spell, 2-29.Despite staring at a deficit, the Champs will feel comfort in knowing that Jamaica managed to build a slight lead at the cost of three top-order wickets.At stumps, Scorpions were 50-3 with Guyanese Assad Fudadin set to resume on 13. Fudadin was forced to watch as his skipper and partner at the top, John Campbell, smashed 31 off 30 with two fours and two sixes before being trapped by off-spinner Kevin Sinclair.The wizard Permaul then brought about the swift demise of Nicholson Gordon (1) and first-innings hero Jermaine Blackwood (0), rocking the visitors in the final session before stumps.Earlier, Peter Salmon (1-54), knocked over Tagenarine Chanderpaul (5), who added just two runs to his overnight score after facing 47 deliveries, hitting a four.Rain intervened for a few minutes and upon resumption Leon Johnson (6) stroked a sweet four through the off-side to get his confidence going.The Champs then suffered double blows when Johnson shot himself in the leg as he chose to leave a delivery from Green which swung and crashed into the stumps.Hemraj then gave his wicket away when he gifted gully with a simple catch as Green bagged two huge scalps to pull things back, leaving Guyana to ponder on their lunchtime score of 62-3.The afternoon session resumed with Barnwell and Vishaul Singh (22) in a tricky situation despite a relatively low first-innings target.The latter pair were then removed by Merchant following the break, but a lower-order passage of calmness brought about by Reifer and Permaul saw the champs cleaning the slate by creating a lead.Permaul hit six fours while Reifer returned to action after being clear for a concussion to smash a six and two fours to end not out.Action continues today from 10:00hrs.last_img read more


USC Hillel removes name from NJQ event

first_imgRoy Pankey, the student who emceed the event, said he was surprised by the addition of the JVP sponsorship. He said he first learned of the sponsorship was when the logo was placed in the header image of the event Facebook page. In the statement, Open Hillel called for USC Hillel and Hillel International to “reaffiliate with NJQ without preconditions and revoke the Standards of Partnership.” “Upon learning that ‘Nice Jewish Queers’ was co-planning and co-sponsoring its Passover Drag Show with University of Southern California’s Queer and Ally student assembly and USC’s Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter, USC Hillel forced NJQ to stop referring to itself as a Hillel-affiliated organization,” Ariella Amit wrote in a public statement on behalf of Open Hillel, a organization focused on fostering openness and inclusivity within the Hillel community. USC Hillel removed its name from the Nice Jewish Queers’ Passover Drag Show Facebook event page just before the event occurred Tuesday. USC Hillel said they removed their name because the NJQ added USC Jewish Voice for Peace as a co-sponsor. Hillel “I find it problematic that Hillel claims to be this safe space for Jewish students on campus but then heads up this rhetoric that makes Jewishness is synonymous with support for Israel,” said Allen. “A lot of people myself included is not at all the case on critical support for Israel and I find it really objectionable.” Students primary concerns are focused on increasing USC Hillel’s inclusivity. Amit, who helped organize the event on behalf of NJQ and is employed at USC Hillel, said JVP was added as an event sponsor after initial planning had already taken place. QuASA was a co-sponsor since the beginning of the planning process and helped fund the event. “So I think that these standards of partnership prioritize Hillel’s Israel advocacy over the interests of students, and that is harmful to the organization, and a lot of it’s students who are already marginalized by their identities,” Amit said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. USC Hillel clarified NJQ’s status as a USC Hillel organization in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Contrary to misinformation, Nice Jewish Queers remains an affiliate organization of USC Hillel,” the statement read. “USC Hillel disassociated from an event organized by Nice Jewish Queers because Jewish Voices for Peace was added as a co-sponsor without coordination with the primary event sponsors.” “In several preliminary discussions and meetings about the drag show, JVP was never mentioned as a sponsor,” said Pankey, a junior majoring in journalism. “If JVP had been mentioned, somebody from Hillel would’ve definitely spoken up.” Students who attended the drag show said the event itself did not contain any political tension and went as planned. Concerns only rose before and after, said Lucy Allen, a  junior majoring in cinema and media studies who performed in the show. Hillel International restricts partnerships with organizations, like JVP, that do not support Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, allegedly causing the removal of NJQ’s status as a USC Hillel affiliated organization from the event Facebook page description.last_img read more


Waterline break at 2nd and Olive, keeps city workers busy; nobody is out of water

first_imgWater line break near 2nd and Olive kept city workers Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 14-inch waterline break around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,  just east of the 2nd and Olive Street in south Wellington, kept city workers busy throughout the evening.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said it should not affect the city’s water supply. City residence may experience some discoloration of water, but that is more due to the recent flushing of the hydrants, he said.The only location that did not have water last night was ironically the water power generating plant which is nearby, Eckert said.Eckert said the city has detected two other water line breaks on F and Lincoln and H and Lincoln. Water reserves are coming from the two water towers, mostly from Worden Park, until the pipes are fixed.“It’s fixable,” Eckert said. “We have an aging infrastructure and these things will happen. The water guys have done a great job of rerouting water. They’ve been doing if for 30 years.”The pipe that broke in south Wellington comes from a 14-inch cast iron pipe that was built in 1950, Eckert said. The pipe has been patched and water is running at low pressure. He said to find permanent replacement pieces for the pipe could take up to two weeks.Eckert said the best guess for the line breakage may be caused by the flushing of the water hydrants. With the pressure of the water during this process it will find a weak spot in the line. He also said recent earth movement possibly caused by oil fracking may be causing stress on the water lines.“The water table is fine,” Eckert said. “There is plenty of water.”He urged citizens that if they see water coming out of the pavement to contact the city of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down SF9 · 256 weeks ago “The only location that did not have water last night was ironically the water power generating plant which is nearby, Eckert said.” He is mistaken. I was without water. And if I was, so were my neighbors. But no one asked. Report Reply 0 replies · active 256 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 256 weeks ago With some of the so-called city leaders you might as well get use to this. When you neglect to repair or replace water lines, they break. But the golf course and airport thank you for the money. Report Reply 1 reply · active 255 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 255 weeks ago This is a long standing issue that hasn’t happened over night. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down CRR · 255 weeks ago ” City residence may experience some discoloration of water”……may want to spell check. I believe “residents” is the correct word. Report Reply 0 replies · active 255 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


Cranes raring to go versus Tanzania

first_img 2017Group Stage13th301213 TotalRunners-Up6/311932141834  1968Group Stage8th300328  1963Withdrew The Uganda Cranes have already qualified for AFCON 2019.   (Standing left to right) D. Iguma, K. Aucho , M. Juuko, M. Waiswa ,H . Wasswa , D. Onyango (c) . Front L-R P. Kaddu, N. Wadada, F. Miya , G. Walusimbi , I. Muleme PHOTO FUFA MEDIATODAY: Tanzania vs Uganda 6pm, DarDar Es Salaam, Tanzania | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes Coach-Sebastien Desabre and his captain Denis Onyango want to keep their winning momentum ahead of the African Cup of Nations. This is not good news for hosts Tanzania’s Taifa Stars that need a win to stand a chance of joining Uganda at the Egypt 2019 finals.“We have prepared for the game against Tanzania like any other competitive game. Our aim is to finish on a high note and keep focused on the development of our team for June because we have already qualified to Egypt,” Desabre said after his tream arrived in Tanzania on Saturday afternoon from Egypt where they had camped for a week ahead of the last Total AFCON 2019 qualifier.Captain and goalkeeper Onyango also stressed that they are in Dar for all three points, and aim to make it to the finals minus conceding a single goal in six qualifying games.“It is a derby hence the importance and euphoria around it for both teams. We have to dominate the region and one of the ways is to win the game against Tanzania. As much as they want to win, we also want to win it and that makes it more interesting. We are also preparing for AFCON and this game will serve as one of the buildups,” he said.Tanzania, seeking a return to the Cup of Nations after 39 years, have to beat Uganda, who have not conceded a goal in five matches,  on the final qualifying day in March,  to have a realistic chance.All qualifiers are guaranteed at least $475,000 (415,000 euros) prize money.Full Uganda Cranes squadGoalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark)Forwards: Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco)  1957 to 1959Did not enter  2019 to 2023To be determined  1984 to 1988Did not qualify  1970 to 1972Did not qualify  1980 to 1982Withdrew  1990Withdrew  1978Runners-Up2nd530297 StandingsUganda 5 4 1 0 7 0 13 – qualifiedLesotho 5 1 2 2 3 7 5Tanzania 5 1 2 2 3 5 5C. Verde 5 1 1 3 4 5 4FixturesMar 24: C. Verde v Lesotho, Tanzania v Uganda*****Uganda’s Africa Cup of Nations record  1962Fourth Place4th200215  1976Group Stage8th300326  1992 to 2015Did not qualify  1974Group Stage6th301235  1965Did not qualify *****SOURCE: FUFA MEDIA & WIKIPEDIA Host nation(s) / YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more