Dems using smear tactics to hide record

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? What’s even worse, many Niskayuna residents received a political mail hit-piece from the Niskayuna Democratic Committee trying to paint the Republican town candidates as anti-Muslim and anti-Semite and climate-change deniers by connecting them to national right-wing figures. Mr. Landry, Ms. McGraw and Councilman John Della Ratta are all Niskayuna Democratic Committee people. Will Ms. McGraw again claim she knew nothing about this despicable political trash flyer, as she did about the court safety issue?By one simple phone call, I found out that Republican supervisor candidate Yasmine Syed is a Christian who is of Jewish, Pakistani and Muslim descent. Of her running mates, Tom McGarry is Irish-American whose mother was a glass ceiling-shattering doctor in the 1950s and Anthony Simone is an Italian-American, retired from Golub Corp., and is a local businessman.These are decent people trying to run for office. Obviously Mr. Landry, Ms. McGraw and Mr. Della Ratta have no positive record to run on. So instead, they’re running a personal smear campaign — and a bad one at that.Come on Niskayuna, get with the program and see through the smoke and mirrors the Democrats are using to pull the wool over your eyes.Patricia DonnellyNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img I’ve been a Niskayuna resident for over 40 years and I’m a former Town Board member. I have never been more ashamed of our town government, especially Supervisor Joe Landry and Councilwoman Murphy McGraw.Over the past few weeks, Supervisor Landry’s retaliatory actions towards Court Clerk Barbara Pidgeon were exposed. The fact that other Town Board members sat idly by while the safety of employees was jeopardized is beyond belief. This situation has been going on for over a year, and it’s an insult that Ms. McGraw knew nothing about it.She bragged that she stepped in to help solve the problem. Really, Ms. McGraw? You, as deputy supervisor and a Democrat committeewoman, and Supervisor Landry as the county Democratic chairman, knew nothing about this? You either don’t spend a lot of time at Town Hall, don’t communicate with your fellow legislators or you aren’t telling the truth. Either way, it’s behavior not worthy of supporting you for re-election.last_img read more

GUEST BLOG: Joining Forces to Fight Hunger in Pennsylvania

first_img By: Jane Clements-Smith, Feeding Pennsylvania Executive Director The Blog This week we were honored to join First Lady Frances Wolf and spouses of Pennsylvania legislators at the Governor’s Residence to discuss a very personal issue that touches millions every day: hunger in Pennsylvania. Attendees donated kid-friendly food to the backpack program at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, a program that gives children in need backpacks of easy-to-make food to sustain them through the weekend.We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the spouses who attended, bringing bags and bags of food for the kids. There were even some people who could not attend but sent a donation of food anyway! All in all, 150 pounds of food went to the food bank, enough to fill 15-20 backpacks.There are a lot of statistics that surround issues like hunger. Feeding Pennsylvania’s food banks distribute 138 million pounds of food to help feed the 1.76 million people in the Commonwealth that are food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to three nutritious meals each day. One in seven Pennsylvanians does not have enough to eat; for children, the number is one in five. That means that 521,000 kids are hungry – enough to fill Beaver Stadium five times.With all of these numbers, it’s easy to get lost in the statistics, but hunger has a face, too. As I shared at the reception, I’ve had friends and family members fall on hard times, finding themselves in line at a food pantry. Expenses continue to rise and sometimes it’s the trip to the grocery store that takes the hit. Jennifer Powell, the director of development at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, also shared the story of her experience with hunger and having to go to the food pantry for help. She sees herself when she watches people line up for food assistance, and that’s why she has dedicated her life to food banking.Feeding Pennsylvania provides a strong collective voice for hunger relief in Pennsylvania through a variety of means, working with our eight member food banks and their network of over 2,600 agencies across the state. We are very thankful for the leadership of Governor and First Lady Wolf in the fight against hunger. They under how serious this issue is, and are personally invested in addressing it – contributing to food charities throughout the commonwealth and volunteering their time at local soup kitchens. And, we are thrilled to now find new allies through the First Lady and the spouses of our legislators.We work with a variety of partners in private industry, government and agriculture, but we could not do what we do without the support of those who donate to our food banks, volunteer, and work to fight hunger in their own communities. Our goal is to ensure that no Pennsylvanian goes hungry, and together I know we can make that goal a reality. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: May 27, 2016center_img GUEST BLOG: Joining Forces to Fight Hunger in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK pensions reform: Can progression lead to regression?

first_imgDalriada’s Chris Roberts wonders whether now is the best time for tinkeringWhen considering the monumental changes to UK defined contribution pensions due to take effect in April 2015, I find myself wondering whether we’re heading towards one change too many. However ground-breaking the proposals set out by pensions minister Steve Webb are, is this going to engage the masses? Or is this simply a case of more tinkering with pensions at a time when a period of continuity is what is really needed?The numerous legislative changes introduced in the relatively short time frame of my own career within this industry put things into perspective. I began working in pensions in 2000, and, while other financial industries have continued with relative continuity in overriding rules and regulations in that time, pensions have been subjected to constant changes and reforms.  The timeline produced by the Pensions Advisory Service (tPAS), highlighting the ongoing alterations and amendments to legislation between 2006 and 2014, really underlines this point – change has become the status quo.Successive governments have tinkered frequently with normal pension age and the state pension to the point that I would question whether anyone under the age of 50 has any confidence in the level of state pension provision they will receive. Anyone my age or younger would be forgiven for thinking they won’t qualify for a state pension until they are 90, if at all.    The state pension was historically your base before deciding your own pension portfolio. However, if this continues to be eroded, many people may re-consider whether they want to build a retirement plan based predominately in pensions.While changes to the state pension impact on lower to medium earners, maximising benefits and tax relief are of greater importance to higher earners. In the space of six years, we have watched the lifetime allowance system change dramatically to restrict the ability of this group to accrue pension entitlement. The relief on the contributions being paid has also reduced. These tandem developments could also diminish the faith of higher earners when it comes to placing significant funds into pensions.While a lot of the legislation changes have been developed to discourage pension saving among higher earners, many rule changes have also been implemented to encourage lower earners to join workplace pension schemes. As an industry, we have watched two attempts at workplace reform with the introduction of stakeholder pensions and auto-enrolment. The former has clearly failed the test of time, while the jury is still out on the latter. But the key question is whether this is the end for workplace pension reform, at least for the time being. Will the contribution requirement increase? Will the auto-enrolment vehicles develop? Will lifetime contributors at the minimum level find themselves sorely disappointed at normal pension age?These reforms are not aided by the current public perception of pensions, where incidents such as the Maxwell scandal, wind-up losses and pension liberation fraud have all found traction in the mainstream media.  Meanwhile, the Pension Protection Fund, auto-enrolment and other positive developments within the industry tend to receive less publicity, compared with the negative issues that often make a better news story. When planning for retirement, people want a degree of certainty and stability. But there are so many questions hanging over the future of pensions. This creates a real danger that consumers will switch off from pensions and look at alternatives such as investing in the stock market or buying property, both of which are far from risk-free options.Pensions have become a political pawn in the UK, an easy target for amendment and sensationalist spin, but this needs to stop. We need a time-out from further regulation changes. Both the current and future governments need to let existing reforms bed in, so we can restore a level of public confidence in pensions.  While it is important for the pensions industry to remain dynamic in terms of its product offering, it is equally important for consumers to know where they stand so they can make decisions about planning for their retirement with clarity. Further tinkering will be counterproductive and could result in fewer people making long-term provision for what should be their golden years. Chris Roberts is a trustee representative at Dalriada Trusteeslast_img read more

Dutch unions, employers seeking solution to avoid pension cuts

first_imgSource: VNO-NCWHans de Boer, chairman, VNO-NCWHans de Boer, chair of the VNO-NCW, the Netherlands’ largest confederation of employers, claimed that the social partners could still prevent cuts in 2020 in an interview last week in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.The condition would be, however, that clear agreements were made on the introduction of the new pension system. He added: “I could well imagine that if it is completely cast in stone, you’d want to look again at the way cuts are applied.”Without new arrangements, cuts were inevitable, De Boer said. The Department of Social Affairs considered De Boer’s words to be a call to get started swiftly and energetically with developing the specifications of the new pension agreement, according to a spokesperson.“Schemes for which pension cuts are imminent have a coverage ratio of far below the required 100%,” the department’s spokesperson said. “They really have too little capital to pay for future pensions.”Paul Smeulders, an MP for green party GroenLinks, said his party would decide its position on the impending cuts of 2020 this week or early next week, ahead of a debate on pension cuts planned for 5 September.Smeulders submitted a bill earlier this year to extend the recovery period for pension funds, joining forces with Marin van Rooijen of 50Plus, a political party in the Netherlands that advocates pensioners’ interests. Van Rooijen has since switched his position from the House of Commons to the Senate. While the answer could involve an increase to the state pension, the CNV spokesperson said, “as far as we are concerned, we will first be exploring whether adjustments can be made in the pension system itself, so there would be no or less cuts in pensions required”.The CNV and other parties involved the the discussions declined to comment further.Volatile investment markets, falling interest rates and adjustments to liability calculations have all combined to threaten the funding positions of many pension schemes across the Netherlands, with a number of the country’s largest funds facing looming cuts to pension payouts from the end of this year. The steering group of social partners in the Netherlands is working on various solutions for the consequences of pension cuts on retirees’ purchasing power, according to local trade union CNV.Both an increase to the state pension (AOW) and the avoidance of cuts to second-pillar payouts are options to be reviewed, the trade union stated in response to questions posed by Dutch pensions industry publication Pensioen Pro.Last month trade union VCP reminded the government of its responsibility for maintaining purchasing power for retirees. Fellow union FNV called for cuts to be suspended until after the implementation of the new pension agreement. If that was not feasible, FNV trustee Tuur Elzinga argued that a higher AOW should be used to maintain purchasing power. The CNV shared the concerns of the other two trade bodies. According to a spokesperson, the steering group planned to calculate several solutions to address this.last_img read more

NZ suicide stats highest ever recorded

first_imgThe age cohort with the highest number of suicides was the 20-24, with 61 deaths, followed by the 40-44 group with 58 deaths; Male suicides made up 75.8 percent of the total suicides for the year. This 3:1 male to female suicide rate has been observed for most of the last eight years, apart from the previous two years, where the ratio was about 2.5:1; Drop in female suicides from 144 last year to 136, which is the second lowest figure behind 134 (2007/08); 3News 6 October 2015Provisional suicide rates have broken a grim new record in New Zealand having reached their highest level since they were first recorded.New statistics released by Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshal today show 564 people committed suicide in the 2014/15 year. The suicide statistics were first recorded in 2007/08.The suicide rate per 100,000 however, dropped below the 2010/11 and 2011/12 years to 12.27 compared to 12.65 and 12.34 respectively.Judge Marshal says it is disappointing the number of suicides this year is 35 higher than last year.“Over the last eight years I believe we’ve seen a shift in society’s preparedness to have a more open conversation about suicide, but we are not seeing any movement in what is an unfortunate static.Suicide statistics for 2014/15:Rise in male suicides from 385 last year, to 428, which is the highest number since the statistics began in 2007. However, by rate (18.96 per 100,000) it is the third highest since 2007; The Maori suicide total (130 deaths) and rate (21.74 per 100,000) are the highest since the provisional statistics were first recorded. Male Maori continue to be disproportionally represented in the provisional suicide statistics with 93 deaths last year. read more

EPL: We must accept Watford defeat in right manner – Klopp

first_img “You have to accept it, it’s not so easy, but it’s the proof we were not good enough tonight. It’s always very difficult. “We have to accept if after. In the game you have to fight. We were 3-0 down but we still tried, there were no silly situations where somebody got frustrated and tried to kick someone. “If you win good, if you lose, try to do it in the right manner and do it like a man.” Defender Virgil van Dijk added: “Losing hurts, the records are only for the media we didn’t mention it once, we keep going. “We want to win the next game in the FA Cup and then in the league against Bournemouth – I mean, that’s the only way forward. Read Also:Klopp congratulates Watford after Liverpool’s first league loss “The whole season we haven’t lost a game like this. They did very, very well and we should have done better – we want to strike back straight away.” Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp refused to make any excuses after Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to an end against Watford . Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp  The Reds slipped to the first defeat in 45 games after they lost 3-0 at Vicarage Road to run any chance of going the whole Premier League season unbeaten. Ismaila Sarr scored twice to put the runaway leaders to the sword, while Troy Deeney was also on target for the relegation-threatened Hornets. However, Klopp admits the best team won and says his side must accept the loss in the right manner. He said: “They did exactly what they wanted to do, we did not. That’s how football works. “The first half was a tough one, a lot of second balls, running here and there, we had the ball a lot but we didn’t come in the right positions to cross, the right positions to finish, against a really good, organised side, with a top set-up for this game.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Abused’ Ilonggo OFW from Qatar returns home; 2 more from Lebanon set for repatriation

first_imgILOILO – The 24/7 inter-agencyhelpdesk of the provincial government successfully facilitated the repatriationof an Ilonggo overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Qatar. Both work as household workers and arevictims of illegal recruitment. Their relatives sought assistance of thehelpdesk on Jan. 14. The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help deskwas launched on January 10 to cater to distressed Ilonggo OFWs and theirfamilies who are affected by the Iran-US tensions. Two more Ilonggo OFWs based in Lebanonare waiting for their schedule to return home. They are from San Miguel townand Mandurriao in Iloilo City. The household worker, whose name isbeing kept confidential, returned to the country on Jan. 17. She is from themunicipality of Santa Barbara. As of Jan. 20, 16 cases were cateredand referred to the Embassy. Arroyo clarified that the cases are not directlyrelated to the tensions but mostly concern maltreatment and health issues. It offers the following services:referral of requests for assistance (e.g. repatriation, communication); updateson the status and whereabouts of distressed OFWs in Middle East; andinternational calls and video calls. Overseas Workers WelfareAdministration (OWWA) welfare case officer Jack Arroyo said the OFW was avictim of maltreatment by her employer. OWWA assured that they have jobintegration programs for returning OFWs. “We requested the Philippine Embassyto intervene in bringing her home. It was her agency who processed therepatriation,” Arroyo said. Arroyo said they immediately referredthe cases to the Philippine Embassy. For inquiries, contact the helpdeskthru landline 320-3975 and e-mail address: (LHC, Capitol News/PN) “Lebanon OFWs are being repatriated inbatches so I think the two is part of the second or third batch,” he said.last_img read more

Leonard E. Haase, 72, Milan

first_imgLeonard E. Haase, 72, of Milan passed away at 10:30pm, Monday, November 26, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on February 5, 1946 the son of Leonard and Lois Helen Hutchins Haase. He was married to Gail Fugate on September 4, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Karen (Floyd) Fox of Milan, Paula (Brent) Schaumburg of Batesville, and Kathy (Joe) Deaton also of Milan; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers Delmer (Elsie) Haase of Milan, and Wayne Haase of Guilford; one sister Bernice (John) Neff of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Haase was a 1964 graduate of Milan High School. He was a former employee of the Alton Box Company in Aurora and worked in maintenance for 22 years at the Milan Elementary School, retiring in 2011. Leonard enjoyed collecting and restoring Farmall tractors as well as antique cars and trucks. He especially enjoyed his farm as well as the time he got to spend with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Leonard was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services for Leonard will be held on Friday, November 30th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the FRAXA Research Foundation or the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Twisters Fall Short Against Tigers

first_imgOA vs. Triton Central  (5/15/19)TC           010 043 3             11   13  1OA          110 100 6             9     13   3For OA: Andrew Oesterling   2-3, rbi, 2 bb; Adam Huber 2-4, 2 runs, rbi, bb; Chris Hautman 2-5; Pros Moorman   run; Matt Sedler 0-2, run, sac fly rbi; Michael Hoff  1-3, bb; Will Yunger   run; Patrick Thompson 1-1, run; Riley Schebler 2-4, 2 runs, rbi; Hunter Sullivan 2-4, run; Jordan Stenger 1-4.Chris Hautman  5 IP, 5 runs, 3 earned, 7 hits, 9 k, 3 bb-Loss; Andrew Oesterling 1 IP, 4 earned runs, 4 hits, 3 k, 1 bb; Riley Schebler 1 IP, 2 earned runs, 2 hits, 1 k, 2 bb.Varsity record: 13-7-1Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

Guyana bow out of South American Youth Games 3X3 basketball

first_imgAN embarrassing 21-2 defeat to Venezuela saw Guyana crash out of the South American Youth Games 3X3 basketball championship in Santiago, Chile yesterday.Guyana had suffered an antagonising 11-13 loss against Ecuador the previous day, and had hoped to win considerably against the Venezuelans, but, luck was not on their side.Nigel Bowen, Isaiah Hintzen, Akeem Crandon and Shamar France were out-played by their South American rivals, and in some cases, overpowered.Hector Bolivar had a monstrous game for the Venezuelans, scoring 11 points, while Enderson Alcala was their next top scorer with four points. Omar Santana and Emir Gordillo each had three points in the win.For Guyana, Bowen and France were the only players to register on the scoresheets.Guyana will now be spectators for the rest of the competition. The quarter-finals will be played today. The semi-finals and final will be contested tomorrow. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more