Taking pensions is flawed public policy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The 2017 general election is over. There’s lots to talk about. I heard a collective gasp from Facebook friends when I said I was voting no on Proposition 2. “Why wouldn‘t you, a long time researcher of police violence, want public officials, police, to forfeit their pensions for being convicted of a serious crime?” My response: Proposition 1 for a Constitutional Convention should be recognized as an attempted “administrative coup.”Proposition 3 was a way to facilitate future land grabs to turn peoples’ land and potentially their homes over to politicos. I vehemently refused to vote “yes” on Proposition 2 — an assault on civil service workers’ pensions and civil service protections. Be aware that Proposition 2 will: Dilute civil servants’ benefits through judicial decisions and weaken legislation that protects government workers from officials’ political aspirations and vendettas. As an end run around civil service legal protections and benefits, it will hurt government workers and their families. Pensions are family-earned, not the sole possession of one worker. Ask those who have gone through a divorce.It is not a resource for closing a government’s annual budget gap. As an extra-legal pension grab, Proposition 2 will let governments control your savings for their benefit.States and municipalities already routinely use pension funds to cover holes in their budgets. State and local governments let pension funds go into arrears, or they borrow against your pension, and pension managers’ bad investments erode workers’ pensions.A government’s confiscating an alleged “criminal’s” pensions threatens all government workers. Eyes and ears Schenectady. You wanted Proposition 2; now our leaders need watching.Martha K. HugginsSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Capiz resident stabbed to death in Balasan

first_imgMontaño said the victim was not in theBalasan police station’s drug list./PN “We believe that at least four personskilled the victim. We are conducting an investigation to know the motive,” saidMontaño. The police has one person of interestbut declined to identify this individual. It is looking for witnesses. Bargo, a gay man, was last seen alivewalking with four companions on the night of Dec. 30, according to Balasanpolice station investigator Police Staff Sergeant Bryan Montaño. He failed togo home. ILOILO City – A 23-year-old residentof Barangay San Pedro, Pilar, Capiz was found dead with multiple stab wounds onthe body in Barangay Dolores, Balasan, Iloilo on Dec. 31. Two pairs slippers and a lighter werefound near where Bargo’s body was found. Joemarie Bargo’s body was found in arice field at around 7:30 a.m. His neck was also slashed.last_img read more

Passi sanitary landfill to operate by March 15

first_imgThe facility is aPassi City public-private partnership project with BEST, which will operate itfor seven years. “The tipping feewill still depend on the distance of the towns,” said Palmares./PN “I-clarify ko lang daya nga sanitary landfill indi typical kag conventional ngawaste materials i-dump lang diri. There will be segregation,”stressed Palmares. According to MayorStephen Palmares of Passi City, representatives of Basic Environment SystemsTechnologies, Inc. (BEST) that is currently constructing the facility, thefirst cell would already be completed and ready to accommodate waste by March15. ILOILO – StartingMarch 15 this year, 29 local government units (LGUs) will dispose their wasteat the 12-hectare P308-million integrated waste management facility in BarangayAglalana, Passi City. A sanitary landfilluses an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried undergroundor in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfillhas a network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoidleakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. Constructionstarted last October 2019.center_img The sanitarylandfill could accommodate between 200 to 375 tons of residual waste per day. The sanitarylandfill is in compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of2000, said Vice Mayor Jesry Palmares. “It’s a goodstrategy to construct environmentally-friendly solid waste managementfacilities that could save other towns that have problems with waste disposal,”said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. during its groundbreaking in Octoberlast year. The following LGUssigned a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government of Passi forthis last month: Badiangan, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Janiuay, Mina,Pototan, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Dueñas, Dumangas, San Enrique,Ajuy, Balasan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, Lemery, SanDionisio, San Rafael, Sara, Oton, Santa Barbara, Leganes, and Zarraga. Once operational,Passi City will have an 18 percent share in the net income as well as in thetipping fee.last_img read more

Nadal will not defend US Open amid Covid-19 concerns

first_imgReigning champion, Rafael Nadal, slammed the “barbaric” tennis schedule as he decided not to defend his US Open title due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Nadal’s involvement at Flushing Meadows was already in doubt over his fears surrounding his safety and he has now confirmed he will not take part in New York. He took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to make the bombshell announcement. Spaniard Nadal, 34, wrote: “After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. “The situation is very complicated worldwide, the Covid-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it. “We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after four months stopped with no play, I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. “We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year. “All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the event together for the players and the fans around the world through TV. “This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.” After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it. The US Open is scheduled to take place between August 31 and September 13. Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet KnowThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa DavisBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img But Nadal follows the likes of world No1 Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios in skipping the first Grand Slam back after the tennis season was suspended due to the global pandemic. read also:Inside Nadal’s new £4.5m luxury yacht with waterfall-fed spa pool That is despite the fact glory at the US Open would have tied him level with Roger Federer on a record 20 singles majors. World’s  No2 is a four-time champion in the Big Apple, winning the title in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019 – beating Daniil Medvedev in last year’s final. However, he missed the chance to defend his crown in 2014 due to injury. Nadal is the first male champion to choose not to defend the singles title at Flushing Meadows since American Pete Sampras, who retired the year after winning in 2002. In June, Nadal expressed his concerns about flying to the US unless it is safe to do so. And it is clear he still feels his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels because the virus continues to claim hundreds of lives in the country every day. Hours earlier, the ATP and WTA confirmed the Madrid Open had been scrapped due to a localised spike in Covid-19 cases. Nadal had planned to play in Masters 1000 event in the Spanish capital, which starts the day after the US Open final. That would have made ideal preparation for the rearranged French Open, which he is looking to win for a record-extending 13th time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Keep your eyes on Shoretire, Newcastle great Clark tells Man Utd fans

first_imgNewcastle United great, Lee Clark, has told Manchester United fans to keep an eye on their teenage, Geordie Shola Shoretire. For last week’s Under-23 defeat to Leicester City, the 16-year-old Shoretire was handed a debut in the second half. The midfielder made his debut in the UEFA Youth League last year at the age of 14. Shoretire also captained England U16 to victory over Denmark in 2019. Clark knows all about Shoretire with son Bobby Clark playing in the same England junior and youth teams. Bobby is rapidly progressing through Newcastle’s academy and like Shoretire, big things are being tipped for the teenage attacker. Writing in his column for Tribalfootball.com, Clark admits there was a little frustration when first learning of Shoretire and how Manchester United had managed to nick the youngster away from under the noses of Newcastle. However, he also understands the opportunity such a move can offer. Clark explained: “I’ve watched Shola Shoretire when my son Bobby has been down at the academy at Newcastle and played against Man Utd in the years above.Advertisement read also:Man Utd wonderkid, Shoretire likened to Jay-Jay Okocha “Shola is an unbelievable young talent with fantastic ability. Great pace, great movement. He made his debut this week for the U23s having just turned 16. He’s not the biggest but he’s powerful and I know the people at United are excited. “But what they do at United is they don’t go overboard officially about players, they keep it in house and under wraps. But they will know they’ve got a special young talent in their hands without a doubt. “At first when I heard about him a couple of years ago, I was initially frustrated that Newcastle lost out on one of their own, but it was a scenario that couldn’t be helped with his parents being offered jobs down in the Manchester area which they had to take. Unfortunately, there’s nothing Newcastle could have done about that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

CR7 rejects Serie A honour

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to wear a special Serie A badge awarded to him for winning Player of the Season last year with Juventus, in a sign of respect to his club team mates. The Portuguese supremo enjoyed a successful debut season with the Old Lady, scoring 28 goals and providing 10 assists across all competitions. His performances earned him the Player of the Season award at the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign, as Juventus strolled to an eight consecutive league title. As reported by Marca, Serie A have introduced an initiative to recognise the efforts of the league’s best players by awarding them with special badges that are worn on their match day kits the following season. Other award winners included Inter’s Samir Handanovic (best goalkeeper), Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo (best youngster), Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly (best defender), Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (best midfielder) and veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella (best forward). Serie A has left it to the respective award winners to decide whether to have their badges adorned on their jerseys, Ronaldo has refused to have his badge placed on the famous Juve kit, with it being reported that the 34-year-old doesn’t want to be seen as superior to his team mates. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has had a good start to the season for Juventus, netting in last weekend’s thrilling 4-3 win over Napoli. The reigning Serie A champions looked to be in control after their Portuguese star gave his side a three goal cushion just past the hour mark following first half strikes from Danilo and Gonzalo Higuain. However, Napoli pulled two quick fire goals back through Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano in the space of two minutes before Giovanni Di Lorenzo looked to have snatched Napoli a point with a late equaliser. But in time added on, Napoli’s Senegal defender Koulibaly turned the ball into his own net to gift Juve their second Serie A win of the season in front of boss Maurizio Sarri, who was watching from the stands following a bout of pneumonia. Ronaldo will now join his Portuguese team mates for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers as the UEFA Nations League champions face Serbia and Lithuania in Group B.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoJuventusSamir HandanovicSerie Alast_img read more

Football News ISL 2018: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in Kochi

first_imgKochi: FC Goa opened a three point lead at the top of the Indian Super League after they beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.A Ferran Corominas double and a strike by Manvir Singh were enough for FC Goa to pick yet another three points as they are now the first team this season to score over 20 goals.Kerala Blasters pulled one back late in the game through Nikola Krcmarevic.The home side head coach David James named an all-Indian defence for the very first time with Anas Edathodika making his first start of the season.Also Read | Assembly Elections 2018: PM Narendra Modi chairs BJP CEC meeting to formulate last minute strategiesMeanwhile, Sergio Lobera opted to rest Hugo Boumous with Brandon Fernandes earning a spot in his line-up after a goal in the previous game.It took 11 minutes for the visitors to take the lead. Coro scored his seventh goal as he got on the end of a Ahmed Jahouh cross to head home as the Kerala defence was caught napping.Jahouh, Edu Bedia and Lenny Rodrigues controlled the proceedings as Kerala struggled to create a chance of note.FC Goa could have doubled their lead just before the half-time when Jahouh’s long punt found Carlos Pena who got on the end of it. Naveen Kumar came off his line and Mohammed Rakip closed the Goa left-back down and his final effort under pressure went inches wide.However, the next minute, Coro scored his second of the evening as he delicately placed the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper after an excellent run.After the break, Seminlen Doungel came close to pulling one back from a set-piece as his free-kick was parried way by Mohammad Nawaz by diving to his right.Read More | Pollution: Skin care tips to combat the toxins in the airJust after the hour mark, Naveen’s poor clearance was picked up by Brandon who crossed it for Coro in the box. The striker’s first attempt was blocked by a combination of Lalruattara and Anas. Off the rebound, Naveen pulled off a terrific save to deny Coro his second hat-trick of the season.Naveen once again was called into action as he just about managed to keep Hugo Boumous’ effort by conceding a corner. From the ensuing set-piece, FC Goa made it 3-0 in the 66th minute through substitute Manvir Singh as he put his height to good use from a Brandon corner.At the other end, Mohammed Ali was guilty of giving the ball away and Doungel’s right footed shot was parried away by Nawaz. C K Vineeth, who was dropped from the first team, could have had his name on the score-sheet but his shot was cleared off the line by Mourtada Fall.Against the run of play, Nikola Krcmarevic got on the end of a cross by Sandesh Jhingan in added time as he pulled one back for his side.Kerala’s poor run of form continued as they have gone six games without a win and suffered their second defeat on the trot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Smith: Badgers’ offense gets the job done

first_imgImagine you have just painted a wall in your house or apartment. You are immediately disappointed because the color doesn’t look anything like what you expected. But, you already put it up there so you might as well sit and wait. Throughout time, the paint very slowly begins to dry and finally it starts to look OK. After a very long and boring wait, it turns out the manufacturer knew what they were doing, and the color turned out just the way you wanted.Now take that outrageous paint metaphor and apply it to the offense of the Wisconsin basketball team. That’s right, I am comparing the Wisconsin offense to watching paint dry.For the last 12 years, head coach Bo Ryan has been putting an offense on the court that is less than thrilling for any fan to watch. But time and time again, Ryan’s philosophy of possession basketball proves to be effective as he has never led the team to worse than a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten.By now, Wisconsin has become nationally known for its snail-paced offense and low scoring games. At times it can be ugly, but it is almost always effective. It’s just logic; the more time your team has the ball, the less time the other team has to score.UW’s possession-ball came out in full force last weekend in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament, highlighted by a 17-point first half against Michigan Friday.What I learned from last weekend’s Big Ten Tournament is to never count Wisconsin out. Whether the Badgers score only 17 points in a half or don’t make a bucket for more than five minutes, twice, in a game, Wisconsin will always be within striking distance at the end of the game.The Badgers, throughout the Big Ten schedule, are constantly placed against some of the best scoring offenses in the country. And even when Ryan’s club averages only 65.5 points per game, it somehow finds a way to beat teams that average more than 75.This season alone, Wisconsin has been able to hold Michigan and Indiana, who average 75.1 and 80 points per game, respectively, to less than 65 points in all but one game where it allowed the Hoosiers 68. And in all four contests, Wisconsin was able to score more than either team.The Badgers almost never get blown out. In all 11 losses Wisconsin has suffered this year, the average margin of defeat is more than nine points and some of those leads were extended late by putting the other team on the line.I understand this is a large credit to Wisconsin’s defense as well. But I can guarantee you if the Badgers tried to run up and down the court like the Wolverines, UW might not even be in the NCAA tournament this year.Looking ahead to the Big Dance, which starts for UW on Friday, there is almost no matchup that the Badgers could possibly get, until maybe the Final Four, where you can say Wisconsin can’t win.With the amount of time Wisconsin holds on to the ball and its ability to limit turnovers – averaging only 9.79 per game, a mark good for fourth best in the country – the Badgers will never make it easy for an opponent to open up a big lead.You might want to say a team like Ole Miss that loves to score and has a sharp shooter like Marshall Henderson on the roster should be able to rip apart Wisconsin from long range, but Wisconsin has been able to limit teams to an average of just 3.9 three-pointers made per game.Also, I have to believe a flamboyant player like Henderson who averages 10 three-point shots a game is going to be chomping at the bit to shoot after waiting out multiple 30-second possessions on Wisconsin’s side of the court. This makes me think he will be forcing shots instead of allowing the offensive possession to open up.Yes, Wisconsin can struggle to hit its jump shots and everyone knows about the struggles at the free throw line this year. But as long as the Badgers are within somewhere around 10 points midway through the second half (as they almost always are), UW fans can count on somebody to start knocking down shots, whether it be Sam Decker, Ben Brust or Mike Bruesewitz. Or maybe even Ryan Evans if he plays like he did in the United Center last weekend.So I’m not saying Wisconsin is going to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 2000. But I am saying, why not?Wisconsin fans will just have to sit back, watch the paint dry and eventually they might like what they see in late March.Spencer is a senior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you think Wisconsin’s offensive style will work in the NCAA Tournament this year? Let Spencer know at ssmith@badgerherald.com or on Twitter @sj_smith23.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers take down Houston Baptist in overwhelming fashion 96-59

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team flirted with a 100-point offensive performance as they beat Houston Baptist University 96–59 at the Kohl Center Saturday.The home team was never really threatened as the Badgers had a 19-point lead only 10 minutes into the contest which never wavered.Wisconsin’s big men Ethan Happ and Nate Reuvers led the way early on the offensive end — their dominance inside resulted in 54 points in the paint.Happ and Reuvers both finished with 15 points, a career-high for Reuvers.“It’s always fun to score points but I’ve just got to do what this team needs,” Reuvers said. “I’ll have times when I’ll get a bunch of looks and other times when I won’t, but I’ve just got to take advantage of those.”Men’s basketball: Badgers look to exploit mismatches in game versus Houston BaptistThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will welcome Houston Baptist to the Kohl Center for their match tomorrow night. The Read…Happ once again lived up to his preseason All-American billing as he had 12 rebounds and six assists to go along with his 15 points.Happ also became UW’s all-time leading rebounder with 911 and counting for his career, passing Claude Gregory who had held the record since 1981.Speaking postgame, head coach Greg Gard had nothing but praise for his record-breaking forward.“It’s a heck of an accomplishment,” Gard said. “It’s another testament to the type of player he has become.”In the second half, Wisconsin expanded their range and attempted more shots from beyond the arc. D’Mitrik Trice knocked down three of his six attempts from downtown, and Brevin Pritzl was a perfect 2-2 from three-point range.Pritzl finished with a team-high 17 points, Trice had 12 and Forward Charles Thomas IV was also in double figures with 10 points.Volleyball: Badgers to take crack at Buckeyes in Columbus this weekendWith their home season coming to an end, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team will pack up for yet another Read…Ten different players recorded points for the Badgers including 41 points off the bench. A stark contrast to their previous outing against Xavier where Brad Davidson, Happ and Trice combined for 71 of the Badgers 77 points.As a member of an offense that had trouble putting the ball in the basket all night, Ian DuBose was the main attacking threat for HBU, finishing with 18 points and shooting 3-4 from three-point range.HBU head coach Ron Cottrell said his team was playing from behind from the get-go.“They played well, they got our guys on our heels right from the beginning,” Cottrell said.last_img read more

SIS continues international expansion with Poolbet.ru deal

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has strengthened its presence in the Russian market after securing a new deal with Poolbet.ru. The new agreement will see SIS distribute its World Greyhound Tote Pool, allowing Poolbet.ru to accept and transfer bets into the pool of British greyhound racing content by integrating the end-to-end solution, which consists of live streamed pictures, commentary, data on-screen graphics and markets.Anže Gantar, Digital Sales Manager at SIS, said: “After successfully launching the SIS World Greyhound Tote Pool in North America last year, we’re excited to be bringing this product to Russia as part of our new partnership with Poolbet.ru.“Poolbet.ru bettors will now have access to market-leading British greyhound racing through our end-to-end solution, with regular betting events taking place across betting times to keep them engaged and to drive revenues for the Russian bookmaker.”Under the agreement, Poolbet.ru will gain access to coverage from over 8,000 greyhound races per year across eight different UK tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford.Alexander Ivashkevich, CEO of Pari Engineering, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the SIS World Greyhound Tote Pool, which will allow us to significantly boost our racing offering.“The high frequency of the greyhound racing betting events available through the pool, as well as SIS’s strong reputation for delivering live pictures and data, were important factors in our decision to integrate the product. We’re sure our customers will enjoy the exciting greyhound racing events that are now available to them.”last_img read more