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Norwich postpones fall sports season

first_imgNORWICH (WBNG) — Norwich City School District has announced it will postpone the fall sports season. The school’s athletic department shared the news on Twitter: Oneonta and Norwich are the only two Section IV schools to postpone the fall season as of September 3.center_img This decision comes hours after Oneonta High School announced it would push the fall season to spring. last_img

Icelandic economy’s strength to limit pension fund outflows, says central bank

first_imgIceland’s pension sector is among the largest in the world when measured against the size of its local economy, with its ISK3.3trn in assets equating to more than 160% of GDP – second only to Denmark, according to the OECD.Since capital controls were introduced eight years ago, the sector has seen its overseas exposure decline markedly, and only ISK726bn, or 22% of assets, was invested overseas at the end of 2015 according the Icelandic Pension Funds Association.While the relaxation of capital controls will see Icelandic citizens able to invest more freely, such as removing restrictions on foreign capital purchases, pension funds will remain subject to specific exemptions granted by the central bank.The draft legislation released by government said that once controls were completely lifted, it would also review the law governing pension fund investment and their level of risk diversification.Again referencing the size of the pension sector relative to GDP, the bill added: “In such a large asset portfolio, risk diversification is of key importance to the economy and works against distortion of domestic asset prices.”Iceland’s capital controls have seen the pension sector forced to invest in domestic assets, and has led to the creation of a domestic private equity industry, and increased exposure to real estate.The funds were allowed to maintain their existing overseas holdings when capital controls were introduced in 2008, with any proceeds from the holdings also exempt from repatriation.The central bank first began granting exemptions for the pensions sector in June 2015, and relaxations of capital controls were first signaled this May, when the government introduced a bill on the treatment of króna owned by investors outside Iceland. Icelandic pension funds are unlikely to move substantial amounts of money overseas once the government liberalises capital controls in place since 2008, with the Central Bank of Iceland predicting outflows of ISK80bn (€604m) from next year.In a report by the central bank, released as the Icelandic government published its draft bill to relax capital controls introduced in the wake of the country’s banking collapse, the bank noted that the pension sector had less “pent-up need” to invest overseas following several exemptions offered since last summer, which will allow a total of ISK80bn to flow out of Iceland by the end of September.The bank predicted that annual overseas investment by the pension sector would amount to ISK60-80bn from 2017 onwards, and cited the range of domestic investment opportunities as the reason for the relatively low level of outflows.“The interest rate differential with abroad and good investment opportunities in Iceland, particularly in domestic mortgage loans, greatly reduces expected outflows related to the pension funds’ foreign investment,” the bank’s report said.last_img read more

Railpen chief executive exits after less than a year

first_imgWillcock (pictured) is to become CEO of insurance company AIG UK Life in March 2019, subject to regulatory approval, AIG said in a statement.Babloo Ramamurthy, chairman of RPMI, said: “We would like to thank Phil for his contribution during his time as chief executive. RPMI Railpen’s chief executive officer Phil Willcock has resigned his position after less than a year at the £27.4bn (€30.4bn) pension fund. “We will be seeking to recruit a high calibre successor who will help deliver RPMI’s mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably and provide support to the trustees of the Railways Pension Scheme.”Willcock joined the industry pension fund for the UK’s railways sector from Aviva, where he worked for more than seven years in a variety of roles, most recently as CEO of its Italian business.Willcock’s other previous senior roles include chief operating officer and sales and marketing director at Aviva’s UK & Ireland Life Company. He replaced Chris Hitchen, who led RPMI Railpen for 13 years. Hitchen is now chair of the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, a collaboration between a group of UK local authority pension schemes, and commercial defined benefit scheme consolidator The Pension SuperFund.Adam Winslow, AIG’s CEO for international, life and retirement, said Willcock had “an outstanding track record” in insurance.Willcock added: “I am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead AIG Life. Over the last 10 years the business has demonstrated its ability to innovate and grow, and I look forward to being part of the team ensuring it remains at the forefront of the UK protection market.”RPMI Railpen said Ramamurthy would assist the trustees with the appointment of a successor.last_img read more

NextDecade to join two Russell indices

first_imgUS LNG export project developer, NextDecade intends to join the Russell 2000 and Russel 3000 indices as part of the 2018 Russell indices reconstitution, taking effect on June 22, 2018. Russell indices are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies, NextDecade said in its statement. Indices are part of FTSE Russell index provider.“NextDecade believes that the U.S. is poised to emerge as the largest supplier of reliable, clean-burning LNG to global markets,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade president & CEO.“Reconstitution of the Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 indices brings another unique opportunity for a growing investor base to participate in the anticipated value associated with our Rio Grande LNG project, including our proximity to abundant associated gas from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale,” he said.Rio Grande LNG is a proposed 27 mtpa LNG export facility to be located on a 984-acre site on the Brownsville Ship Channel in South Texas and will be constructed in phases.The approximately 137-mile proposed Rio Bravo Pipeline will supply the facility with its feedgas, connecting it to the Agua Dulce natural gas supply area.Rio Grande LNG is currently in the advanced stages of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) review and permitting process, according to NextDecade.last_img read more

Controlling Holiday Spending

first_img 450 Views   no discussions LifestyleMoney Controlling Holiday Spending by: Vanessa Bruno – December 23, 2014 The number one step in controlling holiday expenses is to decide exactly how much you are able to spend. Spending during the holiday season is usually for gifts, entertainment, travel and decorating. With regards to gifts, ensure that you make a list of everyone you want to buy gifts for. Include teachers, your favorite bar-tender, co-workers, the vendor at the market and anyone else you usually end up giving a gift; then step back and consider that list. Are there people on this list who you can give a card rather than a gift? Are there people you could chip in on a gift for rather than paying for it by yourself? Important: set a price limit for each gift. For example, you might decide that you’ll set a $30 limit on immediate family members, $20 on children in your family and $10 on acquaintances like co-workers or teachers.Please do not forget to factor in the cost of holiday entertaining. Even if you aren’t having a party, providing snacks and drinks for neighbors or friends who drop by and serving the holiday meal can be expensive. If you’ll be traveling during the holidays, even if it’s by car, be sure to include these costs in your budget. Finally, estimate how much you’ll spend on holiday decorations. This is often an easy area to scale back.Many people blow their holiday budgets because they get carried away by the excitement of the season. It’s important to remember that you can still have a joyous holiday season without killing your budget. Instead of focusing on the commercial aspect, focus on the true spirit of the season. Don’t let yourself be pressured into getting expensive gifts. The best ones are those that are personal and meaningful to the recipient, and they don’t have to cost a lot.Here’s a tip that’s guaranteed to help you save this season:Keep it simple. Focus on enjoying the simple pleasures of the holiday season, like spending time with friends and family or taking a walk to visit neighbors and to see the holiday decorations in your neighborhood. Have family members chip in a make Christmas lunch together. These kinds of activities often capture the spirit of the season better than expensive gifts or elaborate celebrations. Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

PH virus’ casualties jump to 5 – DOH

first_imgTwo were admitted at Ortigas Hospitaland Health Care Center and one each at Makati Medical Center, Cardinal SantosMedical Center, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center,Marikina Valley Medical Center, and Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and MedicalCenter. The country’s first casualty toCOVID-19 was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan City, China, while the seconddeath was a 67-year-old Filipino woman admitted at the Manila Doctors Hospital. COVID-19, now considered by the WorldHealth Organization as a pandemic, has infected more than 126,000 people in 114different countries including China. More than 4,600 persons were killedworldwide by the disease as of Thursday. Patient 6 “suddenly experienceddifficulty of breathing and was intubated” on Wednesday. She died later thatday due to acute respiratory distress syndrome made worse by pneumoniasecondary to COVID-19. Four of the patients were Filipinos,while the remaining eight’s nationalities were still being validated. The fifth casualty was Patient 37 whowas admitted on March 6 at the Philippine Heart Center after experiencingsymptoms of COVID-19 on Feb. 28. He died on Thursday afternoon due to acuterespiratory failure. The DOH and deployed surveillanceteams, in cooperation with concerned local government units, were now conductinginformation-gathering and contact tracing on the new cases./PNcenter_img MANILA – The number of deaths due tocoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines increased to five. The Department of Health (DOH) saidone of the latest casualties was Patient 6 who was admitted at Cardinal SantosMedical Center on March 5 before being transferred to the Research Institutefor Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City. Meanwhile, of the 12 additionalCOVID-19 cases, three were confined at the Medical City and two at St. Luke’sMedical Center-Global City. DOH also said last night there were 12new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 64. Patient 6’s husband, Patient 5, passedaway on Thursday afternoon last week for the same reasons. Just like his wife,Patient 5 was diabetic and hypertensive.last_img read more

Quincy Enunwa calls out the Jets on Twitter over ridiculous $27,900 fine

first_imgUPDATE: Jets coach Adam Gase was asked about the tweets during his Friday morning press conference and took a minor jab at the injured receiver.”We handle our stuff in-house, and some people choose to use social media,” gase said. “There’s probably a reason they’re doing that.””We handle our stuff in-house, and some people choose to use social media. There’s probably a reason they’re doing that” – Adam Gase on the @QuincyEnunwa— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 15, 2019Gase added he hasn’t spoken with Enunwa or seen him since the tweets were sent. The receiver also revealed his NFL future is in jeopardy due to his health. The receiver missed all of 2017 with a neck injury and suffered another neck injury this season, placing him on injured reserve. According to Enunwa, doctors say it’s 50/50 whether he’ll ever play again.MORE: Adam Gase isn’t blameless, but don’t blame him for Jets nightmare”I normally chill on putting issues on twitter, but this doesn’t sit right with me,” Enunwa tweeted. “Given everything that’s going on around the team I thought this could’ve been handled so many different ways. I’ve spent my time with the team trying to build myself up to be dependable and hardworking so this s— hurts.”I missed those two days, because I took my VETERAN wife out for Veterans Day lunch and because I had to handle an emergency in my house. I let the team know this after the fact, and yes, I should have told them beforehand, but I feel like this was excessive.— Quincy Enunwa (@QuincyEnunwa) November 15, 2019I’m on IR trying to get back to play so I never thought that they’d be worried about me missing, but obviously I was wrong.— Quincy Enunwa (@QuincyEnunwa) November 15, 2019″I shouldn’t even HAVE to be in that building being reminded everyday of what I can’t do,” Enunwa tweeted. “This s— feels like punishment already and then they FINE me the max. And then want me to continue to do my rehab there and IF I get healthy they want me to then play for them after. I’m not writing this for sympathy and never wanted to even say anything, but when multiple teammates are coming to me saying it’s f—ed up I don’t care to sit on it anymore.”This isn’t the first time this season a player has been upset with the Jets over a medical issue. Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele had a public dispute with the Jets over the severity of his injury. The Jets fined Osemele for conduct detrimental to the team. He ended up getting surgery (which the Jets claimed he didn’t need) and was released shortly after.Quarterback Luke Falk was also upset with the team as he reportedly filed an injury grievance against the Jets earlier this month. Falk played in three games, starting in two for th Jets. He reportedly has a hip injury that requires surgery. Osemele also filed an injury grievance.The Jets have not released a statement on Enunwa’s complaints.  Quincy Enunwa sounded off against the Jets in a Twitter thread after being fined $27,900 for missing two treatment sessions.Enunwa shared an image of his fines on social media listing the missed sessions on Nov. 8 and Nov. 11. Enunwa said he missed one session due to an emergency in his house, and he missed the other because he took his wife out for lunch on Veterans Day to celebrate her service.last_img read more

Sidney Crosby has a chance to speak up after Mario Lemieux’s statue in Pittsburgh is vandalized

first_imgFor years, Sidney Crosby has done everything possible to avoid saying anything controversial. But in today’s climate, he may just have to pick a side.Over the last several days, athletes and protesters across the nation have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death underneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. One of those athletes to speak up was Sharks forward Evander Kane — one of just 43 black players in the NHL. MORE: Athletes, coaches call for more collaborationKane, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” challenged Crosby and Tom Brady to take a stand against racism.”That’s the only way it’s going to change. We’ve been outraged for hundreds of years and nothing has changed,” Kane said.If that poke wasn’t enough to get Crosby to say something — anything — on the subject, then the violent demonstrations this weekend in Pittsburgh might be.On Saturday, the statue of Penguins legend Mario Lemieux at PPG Paints Arena was damaged with spray paint.From Facebook, the Mario Lemieux statue outside PPG Paints Arena has been vandalized:— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) May 30, 2020Lemieux had a hand in all five of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup titles — first, as a player for back-to-back championships in 1991 in 1992, and then as an owner who saved hockey in Pittsburgh by buying a bankrupt franchise (2009, 2016, 2017). He’s the only person in NHL history to have his name on the Stanley Cup both as a player and an owner.Those accolades alone are enough to make Lemieux a living legend in Pittsburgh, but his philanthropy through the Mario Lemieux Foundation has further cemented his status in the city. Beyond that, there’s the mentor/mentee relationship between Lemieux and Crosby that began when time the Penguins drafted Crosby first overall in 2005. Crosby lived in Lemieux’s house for a few years.So the question remains: With players openly challenging him to speak up and a statue of the franchise’s biggest legend and current owner having been defaced, how can Crosby avoid taking sides?Don’t be surprised if the 32-year-old center tries to thread the needle the same he way he effortlessly threads nutmeg passes through the legs of opposing defensemen. It’s entirely possible, perhaps even probable that he tries to take a both-sides approach in order to not anger anyone. But what if he didn’t?He may not be “The Magnificent One,” but Crosby is a Pittsburgh hero in his own right. He also helped flip the fortunes of a struggling Penguins team, leading the franchise to three Stanley Cup titles. If there’s anyone in Pittsburgh who can compare to Lemieux as a player, it’s Crosby. The difference between the two is that Crosby has never revealed much about his personal life. He isn’t on social media and has never taken a stance on matters of circumstance. But with the nudge from Kane and the violence that’s taking place in the city that has helped make him an NHL icon, it seems selfish for him to say nothing.Imagine what he could do for a league where fewer than 6 percent of the players are black, if he decided to stand with black Americans. Imagine what he could do for Pittsburgh, where the officer who killed unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose was acquitted on all counts four days after being charged with criminal homicide, if he spoke out against police brutality.Crosby has been served an opportunity on a silver platter to weigh in on an extremely tangible issue that matters to his hockey hometown. The question is, will he step up and attempt to score, or will he pass to someone else?last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgNew York-based Lacrosse coach in the IslandCoach Neil Davis from New York, USA, is expected to land in the Island this weekend on a month-long visit. While in Jamaica he will run lacrosse clinics and oversee the North Street Cup competition. Male students from Wolmer’s Boys’, St George’s College, Holy Trinity High and Kingston College should are slated to benefit and the practise schedules and fixtures are to be finalised.Lacrosse has being gaining momentum in high schools in Jamaica in recent times, especially with a league being contested by some of Jamaica’s top high schools. It is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball. The objective is to get the ball up to your opponents’ goal, while using a meshed lacrosse stick to carry and shoot the ball past a goalie.The Jamaica Lacrosse Association believes the sport captures the spirit of the Jamaican people. The game is fast, high tempo, fun, constantly flowing and celebrates creativity and is dubbed in international quarters as “the fastest game on two feet”.PFM Development upsetdefending champsPower of Faith Ministries (PFM) Development team upset their brother team and defending champion, Power of Faith International, by six wickets in the opening game of a double-header in the PFM Twenty20 Church Cricket League at Bridgeport Sports Ground last Saturday.PFM International batted first and were bowled out for 82 in 13 overs, as Leon Edwards top-scored with 23 runs. PFM Development’s Fidel McGregor took 3-20 from four overs and Demar Johnson 2-34 from four overs. In reply, PFM raced to victory in 15 overs. Demar Johnson (27) and Aaron Graham (16) made most runs, while Junior Stewart and Aston Canegon got a wicket apiece for PFM International.In the second game between Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) and Faith Temple New Testament, Faith Temple won by eight wickets. The PGA, which won the toss and took first strike, amassed 116 all out in 20 overs, with Damion Bryce hitting a top score of 68. Simon Clarke, 3-17 from three overs and Bryan Brown, 2-2 from one over, took most wickets for Faith Temple. Faith Temple successfully chased down the total for the loss of only two wickets. Roshane Baugh (60) set up the win for Faith Temple and Bancroft White chipped in with 20 not out.The league continues today with two games. At 10 a.m., PFM Development versus PGA and at 2 p.m., it’s PFM International vs Faith Temple.INSPORTS Community Football League final postponedThe final of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League between Greater Portmore Strikers and Christian Gardens has being postponed and a new date will be announced shortly.Greater Portmore should have played Christian Gardens last Sunday at the Dunbeholden playing field. However, the final was postponed, for reasons ‘beyond the control’ of the organisers.The finalists booked their spots after narrow semi-final victories recently at the Cedar Grove community playing field. Christian Gardens booted Dunbeholden 5-4 on penalties, after playing to 1-1 stalemate through regulation and extra-time. Jevonne Munroe (64th) scored for Christian Gardens and Ricardo Boothe (21st) netted for Dunbeholden in relegation time. Greater Portmore Strikers edged East West Strikers 6-5 on penalties, after both teams were locked 1-1 after full and extra-time. Mario Wilson (49th) equalised for Greater Portmore, after Jevoh Robert (30th) had given East West Strikers the initial lead.Right Stuff, Eradication do battleRight Stuff will want to keep pace with leaders Spit Fyah, when they play host to Eradication in the Jamaica Domino Federation City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League match tomorrow at Cedar Grove, beginning at 11 a.m.In others games, Spit Fyah play away to Exceptional International, Masterpiece are at home to Correctional Services, Chedwin Strikers battle Memory Lane, Felluchie Strikers welcome Spring Village, Unity Strikers oppose Passagefort United, Waterhouse United based in Passagefort entertain Ken’s Wildflower, Garveymeade await Fort International at their home ground, Garveymeade Sports Club and Soursop Tree host Highlight Strikers.Ricam cap first Manchester Major League titleRicam became the newest addition to the roster of teams which have won the Manchester Major League, when they defeated three-time champions Downs 3-0 in the final earlier this week.In addition to prize money and the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Trophy, Ricam will get the chance to participate in the upcoming JB Rum South Central Confed Super League playoffs.This competition caters for the four parish champions from St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, as well as the respective runners-up.This means beaten Manchester finalists, Downs, will have further incentive to reboot their season.Having come through a tough semi-final in which they needed penalty kicks to defeat Mile Gully, Ricam were assertive early and won the first-half honours when their national youth player, Maxwell Robinson, scored in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead.Robinson increased Ricam’s lead to 2-0 when he scored again in the 70th minute. Romario Rochester’s goal in time added on sealed the title.Jamalco are Clarendoncenter_img championsThe Jamalco football team successfully defended their hold on the Clarendon FA/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated New Bowens FC in a penalty shoot-out at the Effortville Community Centre. It was the third straight year they were winning the Clarendon title. In fact, last year they took the double by winning the knockout title.In the previous week, Jamalco had defeated Kemps Hill FC 3-1 in the semi-final, while New Bowens created the upset of the competition when they defeated former Red Stripe Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy 1-0 in extra time.The final between Jamalco and New Bowens marked the third time the two were meeting for the season. They were in the same preliminary group and on two occasions, Jamalco won. However this time was different as at the end of regulation and extra-time the score was 0-0.It took the dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the winner, thanks mainly to their goalkeeper, Sheldon “Budgie” Mills, who produced three brilliant saves to earn Jamalco victory.Starz Academy, Technical Strikers in Division One finalMany-time football champions of Manchester, Los Perfectos, lost in their bid to gain qualification to the Major League competition after they were beaten 2-1 by Technical Strikers in the semi-finals of the Jamalco-sponsored Division One competition. All three goals were scored in the second half.Rashawn Walcott scored the first of Technical Strikers’ goals in the 46th minute, Renardo Barrett then made it 2-0 in the 53rd, while Jason Givans’ 82nd minute strike proved to be only a consolidation for Los Perfectos.Despite the loss, fans have generally viewed as positive Los P’s re-engagement with Manchester football, this year after a 15-year absence.Starz Academy joined Technical Strikers in the final following a penalty shoot-out win over Star Zone, after the two had battled to a 1-1 draw. Interestingly, both finalists lead the preliminary round standings.last_img read more