Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn his May 16 letter, John Osterlitz complains about “almost daily assaults on this president and on our American way of life,” apparently equating the two.In my view, any intersection of the presidency of Donald Trump and our American way of life is pure coincidence.At least in the way we would like it to be, our way of life doesn’t endorse serial lying, disrespecting women, canoodling with dictators, paying off porn stars, trashing ex-prisoners of war, abandoning allies, wrecking hard-won treaties, nominating incompetents for high office, calling the press “enemies of the people,” badmouthing professionals in government, opening public lands to despoliation and similar behaviors.TOM WILLIAMSMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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Royal Bank of Scotland, which earlier this year anticipated the proposals by booking a £4.2bn (€5bn) hit for past service cost, wrote: “We are not convinced restricting the recognition of a defined benefit surplus by considering the rights of pension trustees in isolation is the right approach.“Despite these rights, it may well be the case the surplus is an asset – i.e. the employer expects to receive economic benefits from it.“The rights of pension trustees – in the UK, at least – are subject to trustees’ fiduciary and other obligations.”But consultants Willis Towers Watson argued: “The proposed changes should reduce diversity in practice.“However, difficulties remain in interpreting the intent of IFRIC 14 with respect to unlikely or irrational actions that could potentially affect an entity’s unconditional right to a plan’s surplus.”In total, roughly half of all respondents supported the committee’s approach to the project, while the remainder disagreed or voiced specific concerns on the proposals.Critics argued that they were either inconsistent with the principles in IFRIC 14 and IAS 19, or that they failed to represent the substance of DB pension schemes.In addition, critics said the committee’s approach draws an artificial distinction between a scheme buy-in and a buyout.The amendments address how a DB sponsor should assess the availability of a refund from a DB plan when other parties can either wind up a plan or change its benefits without the sponsor’s consent.The committee has proposed an amendment to paragraph 12 of IFRIC 14.This would clarify that an entity does not have an unconditional right to a refund if other parties can wind up a plan or use any surplus without the sponsor’s consent.But, although the committee believes the exercise of these powers could affect the existence of an entity’s right to access a surplus, it said it did not think the same was true of a trustee’s ability to undertake a buy-in.In explaining the distinction, the committee said that, although this investment decision affects the amount of any surplus, it does not affect the existence of a right to a surplus.In addition, the committee proposed an amendment to paragraph 7 of the interpretation.This will require plan sponsors to take account of substantially enacted legal requirements, as well as terms and conditions of the plan that are contractually agreed, plus any constructive obligations. The International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) has signalled it is ready to consider the next steps on its stalled project to address the availability of plan surpluses to a plan sponsor under IFRIC 14.The move comes despite the mixed response from defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors and their advisers to its proposals.Introducing the issue to the committee, staff said they planned to bring back a more detailed analysis of the feedback, together with recommendations for moving the project forward in September.A total of 75 respondents commented on these proposed amendments.
Liner giants MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express plan to set up an association aimed at digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.The IT executives from these companies are discussing common information technology standards, which would openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders of the wider container shipping industry.“It’s in the customers’ and all stakeholders’ best interest, if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards,” says André Simha, CIO of MSC and spokesperson of the group.“We are striving for less red tape and better transparency. The timing is right, as emerging technologies create new customer friendly opportunities. Together, we gain traction in delivering technological breakthroughs and services to our customers compared to working in our own closed silos.”The carriers believe there is a need for a neutral and non-profit body for ocean carriers that would ensure interoperability through standardization.“Digital is key for A.P. Moller – Maersk in delivering on our strategy to become an integrated container logistics company that offers simple, end-to-end services with seamless customer experience. A joint set of technical standards will ensure interoperability and enable all parties to concentrate on value adding differentiation as we move the container shipping industry towards further digitalization,” says Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk.Simha: Our Association Will Be Industry’s Collective Voice on IT“Ocean Network Express sees a wave of innovation technology development in shipping and logistics industry over the recent years which can bring good opportunity to the whole industry for digital transformation. But, at the same time, we’re a little bit cautious about adopting new technology by individual company since there is no common standard in the market which may be ending up with re-integrating work among all stakeholders in the supply chain,” Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation, Ocean Network Express.” With this mind, we feel it would be necessary to do some discussion and collaboration on the area of new technology and innovation to establish common IT standard and governance for the industry to streamline and digitize shipping process in a modern way.”As informed, the association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform, and welcomes new members to join. Furthermore, the liner companies said that the association would not discuss any commercial or operational matters.The association is set to start operating from early 2019.
LocalNews DDA to host 2012 Tourism Awards by: – April 30, 2012 40 Views no discussions Tweet Share Photo credit: hr-systems.comThe Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and Ministry of Tourism will host its annual Tourism Awards ceremony to commence activities for Tourism Awareness Month which will get underway from May 1st.Every year the DDA observes the month of May as Tourism Awareness Month with a view to “increasing the public’s awareness of the tourism industry’s economic, cultural and social contributions to our nature isle, Dominica”.The awards ceremony will therefore officially begin the month long celebration under the theme “Tourism is everybody’s business, let’s play our part”.According to a press release from the DDA, the ceremony will launch the month’s calendar of activities and will recognize individuals and organizations that have made a valiant contribution to tourism development in Dominica. The awards which will be presented in following categories are:• Tourism Vendor of the Year• Tourism Taxi Driver of the Year• Tour Guide of the Year• Industry Employee of the Year• Accommodation of the Year• Responsible Tourism• Community Tourism Development The Armour Family will be honored for its:• pioneering and ongoing efforts at marketing Dominica as an active, health-conscious, eco-tourism destination for over forty (40) years, • contribution to the tourism/hospitality industry through the establishment, ongoing development and management of international standard/DDA certified tourist accommodation in the north, south and centre of the island, offering truly authentic marine and land-based Dominican experiences, creating varying job opportunities for Dominicans and promoting and supporting a culture of ongoing professional development for their teams, all of which demonstrates good corporate socially responsible citizens, their belief in and respect for our people and commitment to the economic development of Dominica.The DDA also held a three- day media training workshop in Dominica in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in March of this year.Media personnel who participated in that workshop which was facilitated by Johnson John Rose, Communications Specialist at the CTO will also be awarded.Major activities on the Tourism Awareness Month calendar include:• Secondary School Tourism Youth Congress (May 3),• Hike Fest (May 5, 19 & 26),• Health and Wellness Expo (May 6),• Courtesy Week (May 8-11),• National Tourism Cocktail (May 12),• 3 R’S Week (May 14-19),• Roseau Paint- a- Thon (May 19-20),• and Jazz ‘n Creole (May 27).Tourism Awareness Month is an annual event which has been celebrated in May for the past six (6) years by the Discover Dominica Authority. The awards ceremony will commence at 5:00pm at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share
Manchester United and Chelsea sealed Champions League places on Sunday as Bournemouth and Watford fell through the trapdoor on a dramatic final day of the longest Premier League season. Liverpool were crowned champions last month but there were many issues at stake in the final 90 minutes of a campaign that started on August 9 last year and was interrupted by a three-month coronavirus shutdown. United finished third after a nervy 2-0 win in a Champions League shootout against Leicester while Chelsea ended in fourth spot after beating Wolves 2-0 thanks to two goals on the stroke of half-time. At the other end of the table, Bournemouth and managerless Watford dropped to the Championship while Aston Villa fans breathed a huge sigh of relief after they got the draw they needed at West Ham. Leicester, in fifth spot, will play in the Europa League next season where they will be joined by Tottenham, who drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace to leapfrog Wolves. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea required just a draw to seal Champions League qualification for next term and two goals in first-half stoppage time gave them breathing space. Mason Mount whipped in from a free-kick to give Chelsea the lead and the home side went further in front almost immediately, when Olivier Giroud slid home. United, whose form has dipped in recent weeks after they pulled themselves back into contention for the Champions League, were locked at 0-0 at half-time at the King Power Stadium. But they finally broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, when Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial was upended. Jesse Lingard scored late to seal the win. The result is a huge lift for Solskjaer, whose team slipped well off the pace earlier this season, but is a bitter blow for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who have been camped in the top four for almost the whole campaign. – Relegation battle – Watford, who sacked Nigel Pearson earlier this month, started in disastrous fashion when they conceded a penalty in the opening minute at the Emirates. Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes scores from the penalty spot against Leicester Watford’s Troy Deeney Craig Dawson floored Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette and, after a lengthy VAR review, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked home the resulting spot-kick. Their fate was effectively sealed by further first-half goals from Kieran Tierney and an Aubameyang overhead kick, though a Troy Deeney penalty and a Danny Welbeck strike gave them hope. Bournemouth beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park but needed West Ham to beat Aston Villa to survive. Jack Grealish’s late goal for Villa was a hammer blow but the home side dramatically levelled a minute later through Andriy Yarmolenko. However, Villa held on to secure their Premier League survival. An early goal by Harry Kane put Tottenham in front against Crystal Palace but Palace equalised early in the second half through Jeffrey Schlupp. That was enough for Jose Mourinho’s men to finish in sixth position. Loading… Liverpool were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years Read Also: Messi recommends Leeds boss Bielsa for Barcelona Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1 to finish the season on 99 points and second-placed Manchester City finished the season with a flourish, thrashing Norwich 5-0 to reach 102 goals for the campaign. Elsewhere, Brighton beat Burnley 2-1 and Southampton beat Sheffield United 3-1. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy won the Golden Boot with 23 goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
NEW DELHI: Former and current cricketers have turned to social media as they have been kept away from live action due to the coronavirus pandemic around the world. One of the many topics that they talk about are memories from their early days of playing the sport and the legendary Sunil Gavaskar said that he had batted with Ajit Wadekar’s pads while playing for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.Gavaskar said that he had played inter-university cricket tournaments in Sri Lanka and that a triple hundred he scored in one of those matches helped him get his maiden call up to the Indian team. However, he found that he had lost his place in the Mumbai squad once he got back. “I had missed one Ranji game because I was in Sri Lanka and somebody else had got runs so there was no place for me,” said Gavaskar in a video chat for Unacademy app. “So on the morning of this match where I was just a 12th man, our captain Ajit Wadekar got injured during fielding practice. This happened before the toss and so I was picked to play in his place. “These days everyone carries these big kit bags but back then we had a little bag in which we put our shoes ans socks and maybe a change. And so I hadn’t carried my pads or gloves and now what to do! “So I called my mother up and asked her to please bring my pads. At that stage we didn’t know if we were batting and it later turned out that we were batting first. So then, I used Ajit Wadekar’s pads.” Gavaskar said that it was not the most comfortable option because Wadekar was a left-handed batsman. “So the portion of the pad which protects your front calf wasn’t quite there but somehow I managed to get a hundred in that game.” Fast bowler Ishant Sharma had earlier recalled how he had to borrow Zaheer Khan’s shoes during his debut ODI series in Ireland. “Everyone was at the practice, I was just standing there. And then Rahul Dravid came up to me and asked ‘Ishant why are you not bowling’. I nervously muttered something and he said ‘what’,” Ishant said in a BCCI video. “So, I said ‘Rahul bhai, mere bag hi nahi aaya hai (my luggage has not arrived)’. He said ‘what does that mean’? I said ‘I put in the flight, but I have not received them’. Rahul Dravid asked me that how will I play the match tomorrow. I was shocked again,” he further said. “I borrowed shoes from Zaheer Khan and played my first ODI match,” the bowler further said. IANS
DESPITE a team filled with newcomers, and competing on a difficult track, Guyana still defended their title in the track and field competition at the Inter-Guiana Games, performing exactly how they were expected to perform, says team coach Quinse Clarke.For yet another year Guyana dominated in IGG athletics, both boys and girls, grabbing gold medals in all but one event for the girls team, and conceding just three losses on the boys side, ending with 24 gold, 14 silver and 8 bronze medals.Clarke showered praise on the various coaches of the athletes, commending them for the work that they put in to get them ready.“The team performed excellently. I must give thanks to the individual coaches for the preparation. They were well prepared, they had their mind set, so that there wasn’t much work for me to do but direct them,” Clarke told Chronicle Sport.The Guyana side easily picked up most of the wins, with hardly any resistance from the Suriname athletes, despite slow times from many of the Guyanese.Nonetheless, it was not all smooth sailing for the team, with many of the athletes complaining of the grass track at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium being “slow”. There were also continuous complaints about the food being served by the organisers.“The food wasn’t all that good like back home, but we managed. Everything else was awesome,” said first-time athlete, Tortque Boyce, who competed in the boys high jump and was able to make a new 2-metre personal best standard in the event.However, the athletes did shower praise on the accommodation and the hospitality of the Surinamese people. The Guyana team stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, in Paramaribo, Suriname.
Published on April 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Jenna Caira became the first Syracuse pitcher and the first in Big East history to notch 1,000 career strikeouts as the Orange (38-12, 15-4) swept a three-game series against Connecticut (21-26, 9-13) during the weekend.Caira reached the milestone in the bottom of the second inning when she struck out Huskies right fielder Marissa Guches looking.Caira pitched four innings, but re-entered the game in the bottom of the 10th inning to preserve a 4-3 win after more late-game heroics against a conference opponent.For the third time against a Big East team this season, Syracuse forced extra innings with a home run in the top of the seventh. Right fielder Lisaira Daniels tied the game at 3-3 with a solo home run to center field.In the top of the 10th inning, second baseman Stephanie Watts hit a leadoff triple. Watts scored on a single by Julie Wambold, giving SU the lead and opening the door for Caira to record her first save of the season in the bottom half of the inning.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCaira retired the Huskies to give Syracuse the win.Sunday’s win capped a dominant weekend for the Orange. Caira struck out 12 batters in a complete game shutout as SU won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 2-0.In the second game, pitcher Stacy Kuwik had a no-hitter broken up in the sixth inning, but she still managed to win her 10th consecutive decision in a 5-2 victory.Syracuse will play a nonconference doubleheader Tuesday at Niagara. The team then ends its regular season at home in a three-game series against South Florida.Track and fieldJarret Eaton won his heat of the 110-meter hurdles and Flings Owusu-Agyapong ran the eighth-best 100-meter dash at Philadelphia’s Penn Relays on Friday.Eaton’s 13.78-second finish was good for fifth place and is just 0.03 seconds short of his season high. Illinois’ Andrew Riley and LSU’s Barrett Nugent finished in first and second, respectively.Owusu-Agyapong placed third in her heat with a time of 11.71 seconds, which tied her season high. She finished behind Auburn’s Kai Selvon and Miami’s Tarika Williams.Senior Ieva Staponkute took fifth place overall in the triple jump with a leap of 11.99 meters.Freshman distance runner Jessie Petersen finished second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:25.78, which qualified her for the Big East championships. Lauren Kersjes, Brenna Symoniak, Alexandra Clinton and KimberlySpano all placed in the top 12 of the event.Eaton, Jaquan Holland, Nathaniel Mercer and Jihaad Howard finished 18th in the 4×100 heats.SU athletes who qualified will compete in next weekend’s Big East Outdoor Championships in Tampa, Fla.RowingThe Syracuse women’s rowing team earned four second-place finishes this weekend at the Big East Double Dual regatta in Indianapolis, despite harsh water conditions and a lightning delay.In the grand final, the Orange crew finished .6 seconds behind No. 15 Notre Dame (6:41). Coxswain Kristina Herb led a crew of Gina Biascochea, Laura Adams, Ashley Marsh and Amy Ludovici to victory in a varsity four preliminary race, also against Louisville and Rutgers. They lost in the grand final to the Fighting Irish with a time of 7:55.7. In the second varsity four, the SU crew finished 11.4 seconds behind Notre Dame (7:56.8), finishing the 2,000-meter course in 8:08.2.The regatta was the team’s final tune-up for the Big East championship from May 12-13 in Mercer, N.J., where SU will face Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers and West Virginia, with Iowa also competing.-Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff
But as Nigeria still hope to comeback for the woeful defeat, fate pitched the two sides together last night in the WAFU tourney with the French colonized nation coming out victorious again.Togo opened score in the 16th minute through Moise Kossivi Adjah but Nigeria restored parity in the 33rd minute through Sikiru Alimi but the Home-based Eagles conceded another goal in the 43rd minute and stayed in deficit till the end of the half.In the second stanza, Nigeria made several efforts to restore parity again but the well organised defence line of the Togolese refused to back down.The result of the match means Togo qualify for the Cup competition while the Eagles are relegated to the Plate zone.Meanwhile, both teams will meet again in the outstanding second leg of the CHAN final qualification next week at the Stephen Keshi International Stadium in Asaba where Nigeria must score three goals without conceding to be sure of qualification into the final tournament in Cameroon next year.The Nigerian lads were finalists to Morocco as host of the last tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaBarely one week after Nigeria suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Sparrows of Togo, Home-based Eagles also last night failed in their quest for a revenge with another 1-2 loss to the same team this time on a neutral ground in Senegal at the WAFU Nations Cup tournament.Last Sunday, the Togolese did the unexpected, inflicting a 4-1 win over the Nigerian side in the first leg of final qualifying round of CHAN tourney that will hold in Cameroon.