Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFor the purposes of clarity, your Feb. 18 article on school employee benefits should have stated that most, if not all, of the persons in your “six-figure pension club” are retired superintendents or other high-level administrators.I know several of them from my years as president of the Saratoga County School Boards Association. To simply refer to them as “educators” can lead some people to conclude that they are typical classroom teacher pensioners. The listed pensions are going to a relatively small number of top-of-the-line employees who worked year-round and received both higher salaries and enhanced benefits. You really should also include the fact that some long-retired teachers are “living” on extremely low pensions as well. Bill ShawBallstonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
The UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has unveiled Lesley Titcomb as its new chief executive after a nearly two-year search.Titcomb joins from financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority, where she is currently COO.She is expected to take up her new role as head of TPR in March 2015, with current interim chief executive, Stephen Soper, stepping down.Soper was appointed interim after former chief Bill Galvin’s departure and will move back to his role as executive director for defined benefit (DB) regulation. Galvin announced he was leaving TPR in March 2013 to become the chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), one of the UK’s largest schemes, with £42bn (€52.5bn) in assets.Titcomb, also an FCA board member, has been COO since April 2013 after joining the organisation’s predecessor in 1994.Titcomb said: “With so much fundamental change, it is important that the industry is overseen by a strong, independent pensions regulator, focused on the issues within the sector, that is respected for its technical expertise and authoritative voice.“I relish the opportunity of working with the regulator’s high-quality team and with other industry stakeholders.”Soper will lead the organisation until Titcomb joins in March next year.
Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Image via: gbcdecatur.orgWhen I was a young fellow, there was a priest in Port of Spain who achieved a certain notoriety because of what he used to do at weddings. If a bride came to church with her shoulders and upper torso practically exposed, he would go to the sacristy, get an old jacket and throw it over her shoulders, before he proceeded with the ceremony. Before long, brides at that Church came completely covered from head to toe.It was a case of one exaggeration being met with another, but the practice of that priest often comes to mind whenever I read today’s Gospel. The poor man who came not badly but inappropriately dressed got summarily kicked out of the wedding. He was wearing the wrong clothes. I say “wrong clothes,” not to suggest casual wear when formal was required. In the days of the gospel, quests were provided with a wedding garment, much as we robe infants at baptism today with a symbolic garment to signify their new status. In a similar way, guests had to put on the wedding garment provided by the host over whatever clothes they arrived with. One result of that was that weddings could not become fashion shows. Everybody wore the same thing.Jesus, of course, is not really talking of befitting wear for weddings. In the traditional Israelite understanding, which he shared, the wedding feast was a symbol of the joyful union with God in at the end of time. The garment here is not the level of finery you could afford but what qualities you should come clothed in, if you wished to share in the feast and be part of the Lord’s company.The Bible does not focus specifically on moral requirements for enjoying the feast. The New Testament sets out in a variety of different ways different habits and values of Christian living. Every letter of St. Paul, for instance, has a section devoted to this purpose. One value that gets special mention is perseverance. Jesus devoted two parables to the idea: a man getting ready for bed, disturbed by a friend pounding at his door, looking for a few loaves to host an untimely visitor; and the woman who pesters the unjust judge to give her justice and doesn’t cease petering until she gets it.In a famous section of his letter, the author of Hebrews counselled his hearers who were growing tired and were tempted to give up: “What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us! So let us be rid of every encumbrance… Lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your trembling knees” and keep running the race till the end (12: 1, 12). Faith was a marathon not a sprint. It was a metaphor New Testament writers particularly liked.St. Matthew is the evangelist who gives the most deliberate attention to being accepted or rejected at the end, in his scene of the Last Judgement in chapter 25. The principal feature of this scene is the element of surprise. Both groups, the just and the unjust, hear something completely unexpected. The just are told first that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and imprisoned, they were in fact encountering and serving the Lord. This is a surprise, because all they saw when they were so engaged were people who were hungry, thirty, sick, naked, and imprisoned. They are told that all the while the one in need they were helping was the Lord incognito.The unjust get a surprise in the other direction. When they are told who they were neglecting in the different persons in need they bypassed, we can imagine what their reaction must have been Lord, had we known that people like that were actually you, how could we possibly have passed you by?But they did. And we do it still, because the faces of human need remain all too human. There’s nothing divine about any of them. We tend therefore to see only what our eyes disclose. And all the while the Lord is there waiting to be met.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph.d 35 Views no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews The Wedding Garment by: – October 8, 2011
Sharing is caring! Passport of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Image via: thedomnican.netThe Government of Dominica wishes to make the following response to statements in the media that Dawood Ibrahim (or IbrahimDawood) an allegedly notorious Pakistani terrorist is the holder of a Dominica passport.The information available to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is that the source of this allegation is Thompson Fontaine. The person called or described as Jeremy Sinclair is unknown. The Government has not granted, and denies that it granted, economic citizenship ora passport to Mr. Ibrahim. More importantly, the security and due process measures in place would make it impossible for a notorious criminal and wanted terrorist to be granted economic citizenship or passport.The allegation istotally false.In view of the clear measures in place, and the measures taken to protect the security of the Commonwealth and other sovereign states, there is strong and compelling reason to believe that this allegation is part of the on going conspiracy by some to destroy the reputation of the country for their own partisan gain and purposes by any means necessary. As a result, the Government demands that Dr Fontaine and others who are peddling this fabrication to the region and world produce immediately the evidence to substantiate the allegation. The Government of Dominica intends to conduct inquiries to get to the bottom of this scandalous attack on the integrity of the Nation and seek legal advice as to whether any criminal or civil proceedings can be instituted against Dr. Thompson Fontaine and others involved in this attack against Dominica.Press ReleaseFinancial Services Unit, Government of Dominica Share Share Tweet LocalNews Pakistani terrorist is not a holder of Dominica passport – says officials by: – November 10, 2011 25 Views no discussions Share
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Premier League clubs have agreed to stage one of the return to training protocols which allows teams to start training in small groups from Tuesday.Clubs voted unanimously on the decision at Monday’s “Project Restart” meeting. Players must observe social distancing rules, and contact training is not permitted.The first stage “has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, club doctors, independent experts and the government”.The Premier League statement added: “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.” Tags: COVID-19EPLPremier LeagueProject Restarttraining
Press Association Chelsea took a mighty stride towards a place in next season’s Champions League as Juan Mata’s deflected late winner earned a 1-0 victory over 10-man Manchester United. With Michael Carrick missing, United were forced to look to Ryan Giggs for some incisive passing and it took the veteran Welshman some time to find his range. In the meantime, both Rafael and Jones burst into the box, only for Petr Cech’s massive frame to get in the way. On the latter occasion, the ball broke to Tom Cleverley, who blazed over, just as Antonio Valencia had done in the opening stages. The end of season feel was rather at odds with Chelsea’s predicament. The Europa League finalists may be good for interim manager Rafa Benitez’s CV, but there is no certainty they will be featuring in next season’s Champions League yet. Demba Ba put a couple of chances over, as did Victor Moses in the opening period. Mata belted a free-kick into the United wall and Valencia overhit a cross as Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres were introduced deep into the second half. The deadlock should have been broken 15 minutes from time when Frank Lampard picked out Mata with a sublime chip into the box, but, unmarked, the Spain midfielder inexplicably failed to make any contact with his header and Rafael bundled away. It was all rather humdrum until the final five minutes. Rooney felt Ramires had fouled him on the edge of the Chelsea area to win possession in the first place, but once they countered, the visitors always had an extra man. The ball was eventually ferried out to Mata, whose shot may have been creeping in, but definitely did after it flicked off Jones, bouncing in off the post. United’s frustrations boiled over almost immediately as Rafael went through the back of Luiz by the corner flag for which referee Howard Webb produced a red card. The drabbest of affairs seemed certain to end in a goalless stalemate until Mata’s shot flicked off Phil Jones and crept in at the far post. United thought they should have had a free-kick earlier in the move and their frustrations boiled over as Rafael was sent off in the final minute for chopping down David Luiz. The result means victory for Chelsea against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday will seal a top-four spot thanks to their superior goal difference.
As a senior in her final year of play, Elizabeth Carpenter is at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, leading the Badgers into what is anticipated to be a very successful year for the University of Wisconsin’s women’s tennis team.However, a recent injury to the No. 2 player Alaina Trgovich has forced Carpenter to step up her game and fill the hole that was left when Trgovich tore her ACL, leaving her inactive.“Since we have a player that just went down with an injury, she’s going to have to fill that role all year,” coach Brian Fleishman said. “I think she’s ready to fill that void.”Trgovich is also doing the best she can to help Carpenter despite her injury. She knows that there is a lot she can do besides actually practicing with Carpenter.“I feel bad that I let her down and I can’t play with her,” said Trgovich, “I just try to motivate her and keep her focused, and I still want her to have a great last year.”So far, the team has been very successful, winning their last two matches 7-0 against Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois with Carpenter in the lead spot. Nevertheless, playing without the team’s No. 2 player has made things a challenge for the senior.“It’s difficult to lose one of our best players, but I try to keep it off my mind.” Carpenter said of losing Trgovich. “It doesn’t change how I play, I still try to go out and do the best that I can.”Carpenter — who plays No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles — provides support and experience for her team, and they all look to her for encouragement. She provides a framework for the team to model themselves after and Fleishman hasn’t overlooked her importance to the team both on and off the court.“She doesn’t really say a lot but she leads by example and works hard,” Fleishman said. “She shows everybody that she’s going to give the same effort every day, and on game day she has the most energy and everyone looks to her for a visual role model.”Carpenter led by example in last Friday’s win over the Northern Illinois Huskies. Carpenter won both of her singles sets 6-0 and finished 8-1 with her doubles partner, Angela Chupa.“She had a lot of energy this past Friday, and she knows she needs to step up a little bit more than she already has.” Trgovich said. “I think she did a really good job.”Although Carpenter is currently the top player on the UW roster, she hasn’t always been as successful as of late. According to Fleishman, hard work and her competitive spirit brought her to where she is today.“When I first came here, she couldn’t keep within two or three balls to play, and she’s come a long way in the year and a half since I’ve been coaching,” Fleishman said. “She’s got the biggest heart on the team and has the greatest work ethic.”Her love of tennis developed at a young age and grew into the passion she feels for the sport today. As a kid, she loved the challenge of taking on an opponent and playing her heart out.“When I was growing up, I played mostly individual and I liked going out and competing,” Carpenter said. “But now it’s a team, and I love having someone to play for and the team atmosphere out on the courts.”Now that Carpenter is a senior, she can look back over her collegiate career and learn from it. She has developed the skills she needs and knows how to prepare for each match and what works best for her.“I treat each practice as a game and give everything I have each time I go out on the court,” Carpenter said. “I live by the motto how you practice today is how you play each game and that helps me prepare for each match. Now that I’m a senior, I don’t take matches for granted and play at my best against each opponent.”
Michael Ryan’s side are in training this evening but fans are being advised that the session at Semple Stadium is not open to the public.Tipp Captain Brendan Maher says their exit from the league spurred them on to clearly focus on their championship ambitions
WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Week 12: Yahoo GPP Lineup PicksQB Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Dolphins ($29). Mayfield managed two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown on Thursday night despite not looking all that awesome. If he’s gonna look good in a game the rest of the way, it’ll be at home against the Dolphins. I feel decent about those three total TDs repeating themselves.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPRB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ Saints ($40). I felt comfortable enough with the rest of my choices to again pay up and grab McCaffrey, who’s so overpowering that avoiding his point total could make our GPP lineup irrelevant.RB Devin Singletary, Bills vs. Broncos ($20). Singletary continues to be the man in this backfield, and I’d expect the Bills to have a similar offensive outing against Denver as they did against Miami. If anything, they should lean on Singletary more against what is a better pass defense.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSWR Odell Beckham Jr., Browns vs. Dolphins ($22). OBJ is priced less than Jarvis Landry, which isn’t unfair but makes him the perfect stack with Mayfield. Beckham is more of an upside-laden GPP play, anyway.WR Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Jets ($18). Renfrow’s started to get consistent targets in Oakland, and I’m attacking this game with two of my wide receiver picks. Renfrow doesn’t feel like a tournament play, but Derek Carr looks his way around the end zone enough to give him a decent floor/ceiling combo.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWR Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Raiders ($15). Anderson finally returned to the end zone in Week 11, and Oakland’s defense is susceptible to the deep ball. With how Sam Darnold and the New York offense is clicking, expect Anderson to get free deep at least once.TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks @ Eagles ($18). People might forget about Hollister coming off his bye or think his price is a little high, but it’s totally warranted. He should see six-plus targets and have a great shot of scoring in a game that Seattle should have plenty of success through the air. Week 12 is the perfect time to try out my preseason favorite Baker Mayfield in a Yahoo DFS tournament. It’s not a secret that the Dolphins will be a solid matchup for the Browns, but a stack with Odell Beckham Jr. feels as good as it’s gonna feel all season in this week. Considering that this daily fantasy football lineup construction still has room for Christian McCaffrey, and it feels like we’re off to a good start.Last week, we took a shot on Ryan Finley. That’s the pricing chance you sometimes have to take to finish high up in a tournament, and Finley was just 0.2% owned in the GPP I entered. Sadly, he stunk. We did right by our studs in Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara, but we didn’t nail the cheap options to make it worthwhile. It’s still a decent strategy if you choose to do it and pay down at QB. Next time, we’ll just have to select a better one. MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX DJ Chark, Jaguars @ Titans ($21). This isn’t some great matchup or anything — it’s just that Chark always seems to tick no matter how good or bad the Jacksonville offense looks. And for such a consistent player, he also has a high ceiling, as his two touchdowns in Week 11 reminded us yet again.D/ST Buffalo Bills vs. Broncos ($16). Brandon Allen isn’t very good, and the Bills should shut down Courtland Sutton with Tre’Davious White and limit Noah Fant via one of the best team defenses at limiting tight ends. Take away a bad QB’s best two receiving weapons and it could be a rough day for the Denver offense.
“But in my heart, it’s the right thing to do … This decision has nothing to do with new coaches and Coach (Matt) Rhule. He’s going to do a fantastic job … but for me now is the right opportunity to move in a different direction. There’s only one way to play this game since I was a little kid — play fast, play physical, play strong And at this point, I don’t know if I am able to do that anymore.”That’s the part that’s most difficult. I still want to play but I don’t think it’s the right decision.”HAISLOP: Luke Kuechly can find comfort in retirement knowing he’s the best player in Panthers historyHere’s the video statement in its entirety:“In my heart, I know it’s the right thing to do.” pic.twitter.com/mSDyJ0iEMw— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 15, 2020Kuechly, 28, exits the game having left nothing on the table, playing his entire career for coach Ron Rivera, a former linebacker. Kuechly hangs up his helmet as a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team NFL All-Pro. He also was named Defensive Rookie of the Year after being drafted No. 9 overall out of Boston College in 2012.During his second season in 2013, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. In regular-season play, Kuechly racked up 1,092 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions. He also helped lead the Panthers to an NFC championship in ’15, before the team lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.Luke Kuechly’s injury, concussion historyKuechly retired three months short of his 29th birthday on April 20. Although he continued to play at a high level in his final season in 2019, past injuries took their toll. Most recently, in February of 2018, he had right shoulder surgery following the 2017 season. He also tore his labrum in Week 17 of the 2015 season. He also had three known concussions from 2015 through 2017.The first of the concussions in September 2015 caused him to miss three games. From the last, in October 2017, he was able to clear protocol and play the next week. The worst, however, was the middle one, a Grade 3 concussion in November 2016 that cost him the final six games of that season.Sporting News covered that Thursday night home game against New Orleans in which Kuechly suffered his scariest head injury, silencing the crowd and creating a somber mood for his teammates. When Kuechly went down then, he struggled to catch his breath from the shock of the hit, which came from tackling Saints running back Tim HIghtower late in the fourth quarter.At the time, the severity was unknown, but Kuechly made a full recovery. Remarkably, with his fast, furious, freight train-like playing style, Kuechly missed only 10 career starts, playing 118 out of 128 games.Kuechly is the second star player from the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft class to retire in the past six months, joining No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, who announced his decision to walk away from the Colts in August. MORE: NFL players react to Luke Kuechly’s abrupt retirement Before Kuechly burst on the scene in 2012, the NFC’s premier inside linebacker was the 49ers’ Patrick Willis. Willis also was a rangy playmaker and prolific tackler in the NFL who played eight seasons. He decided to retire at 30 after a painful toe injury curbed his perennial Pro Bowl and All-Pro career.In a league where more players than not last five seasons or fewer, Kuechly’s retirement can’t be considered an “early” one. And although the timing may have been a surprise, Kuechly was headed down a familiar path of many players of his relentless style, including Willis. Kuechly walks away with two years left on a five-year, $61.8 million second NFL contract.Seeing Kuechly slow down and play at half speed wouldn’t have been right and that’s not the way he wanted to be remembered as a player, either. He was the epitome of mental and physical toughness in a sport that required giving all of one’s mind and body, year-round. For the long-time fearless defensive leader of the Panthers, having the strength to walk away was as courageous as anything he did so well on the field. Luke Kuechly has announced his decision to retire from the NFL after eight seasons playing inside linebacker for the Panthers. Given the intense, physical nature of his play and the consistent all-out effort he gave at one of most football’s most demanding positions, there always was a chance he would walk away from the game on his terms. He finally did so on Jan. 14.”It’s never the right time to step away, but now is the right time for me,” Kuechly said in an emotional video from the linebacker room at Carolina’s team headquarters in Charlotte. “It’s a tough decision. I’ve thought about it a lot. I think now is the right chance for me to move on, It makes me sad because I love playing this game, I’ve played it since I was a little kid. It’s my favorite thing in the world to do. The memories I have from this place and this organization and playing on the field with these guys — they’ll never go away.