Schumer writes his political obituary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDear Chuck [Schumer],You’re probably unaware that when you made the decision to give the interests of your party priority over the interests of your country, you would be writing your legacy and your epitaph, “I shut down the government.”Stephen B. AmesMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

EIOPA OPSG hopes for more attention from European Commission

first_imgBernard Delbecque, senior director at Efama, chaired the last OPSG and will chair the new one for half of its four year termAccording to Bernard Delbecque, chair of the outgoing and new OPSG, during the second to last OPSG’s term the Commission took part in meetings via a 15-20 minute conference call, during which it briefed the OPSG on some aspects of Commission work that related to pensions and responded to questions.To improve matters, in the most recent OPSG he took the initiative to at least have the Commission connected via a video call, Delbecque, who is also senior director at investment management trade body Efama, told IPE.“Still, the OPSG members felt the Commission is such a key player in the area of pensions, and because we know EIOPA and the EC have bilateral contacts, that it would be useful if the Commission could engage a little bit more,” he said.Serious progress, serious effortIn its activity report, the OPSG welcomed that “serious progress” had been made by EIOPA in terms of explaining how it had taken the group’s advice into account, and said that “members trust this will continue under the new OPSG”.Under its revised governing regulation EIOPA now has to make public this information.On the part of the OPSG, the challenge was “to provide sharp and clear advice, well-argued and documented with facts and figures,” the OPSG report said.In his introduction to the report, Delbecque emphasised the “considerable work, real commitment and […] genuine willingness for dialogue” that was required from OPSG members to ensure cooperation within the group and with other stakeholder groups.“In my capacity as chair, I was fortunate that members made serious effort to work together with that in mind,” he wrote.Funded pensions, CMU work desiredHis only regret, Delbecque added, was that the OPSG could not finalise its work on the contribution of funded pensions to retirement income, growth and employment.“This was an ambitious project that led members to discuss systemic issues relating to pension adequacy and sustainability, the financing of pay-as-you-go state pensions, the tax treatment of pensions, the market structure, the ability of private sector pensions to meet the needs of members, and different visions for the future of social protection,” he wrote.“In the end, the OPSG did not have enough time to converge towards a common position on these different topics.”He said he hoped the new OPSG would take up this work, also taking into account the final reports from the High Level Group of Experts on Pensions and the High Level Forum on the Capital Markets Union (CMU).In addition to responding to formal requests for advice from the relevant ESA, stakeholder groups can produce “own initiative” reports. In its activity report, the last OPSG said the pension-related recommendations of the CMU High-Level Forum and its potential impact on EIOPA work in the coming years “should produce a good source of topics for own initiative reports”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# “The possibility that members of the European Parliament read their reports, request some clarifications and raise questions will give a new meaning to their work and place the responsibility of the stakeholder groups and their chairpersons on the line,” the OPSG report said.“Undoubtedly, this will also give the ESAs further reasons to closely associate the stakeholder groups to their work.”The report also expressed a hope that possible interactions between the OPSG and the European Parliament “will convince the European Commission to show more interest in the OPSG work”.“Whilst appreciating the fact that they can raise questions to Commission officials, OPSG members strongly believe that it would be helpful if the Commission could participate in person in OPSG meetings at least once a year,” it said.The reference to participation “in person” expresses a hope that the OPSG will start holding physical meetings again in Frankfurt if safe from a coronavirus perspective. The most recent stakeholder group advising EIOPA on occupational pensions has welcomed the prospect of more attention from the European Parliament and expressed the hope it may lead to more engagement from the European Commission, according to a recently published end-of-mandate report from the group.The report provides an overview of the group’s activity and output during its one-and-a-half year lifetime, which was shorter than it should have been due to a revision of the regulation governing EIOPA on the back of reforms of the European supervisory authorities (ESAs).The new Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG), half of whose 30 members did not sit on the previous group, was appointed last month and will run for four years, a good chunk longer than previous OPSGs.In its activity report, the outgoing OPSG noted that the revision of the EIOPA regulation represented a “significant political step forward” in recognising the role of the stakeholder groups in that it now allows the European Parliament to invite the chair of any such group to come before it.center_img Source: Copyright EIOPA/Martin JoppenThe EIOPA OPSG from 2018-2020Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Swedish feminists condemn surrogacy: ‘a global trade with women’s and children’s bodies’

first_imgLifeSiteNews 23 October 2014A Swedish feminist organization has issued a policy paper condemning surrogate motherhood and demanding the government legislate a ban on the practice.The Swedish Women’s Lobby (Sveriges Kvinnolobby) argues that surrogacy exploits the woman’s body and her reproductive organs, and violates poor women’s human rights.“Having a feminist approach to surrogacy means rejecting the idea that women can be used as containers and their reproductive capabilities can be bought,” the policy paper states.“The right to bodily integrity is a right which should not be able to be negotiated by any form of contract. No matter the regulation or the nature of the contract, it still remains a trade with women’s bodies and with children. The rights of women and children, not the interest of the buyer, must be the focus of the debate surrounding surrogacy.”The paper notes that surrogacy is presently not legal in Sweden. However, the government is investigating the issue with the intent of implementing regulations since it came to light that Swedish citizens have used surrogate mothers abroad, and that children born in this way have been brought to Sweden.“An end needs to be put to the industry of surrogacy that reduces the female body to a container. If doors for surrogate motherhood are opened, no matter how regulated it may be, children will be viewed as commodities and women as containers,” the group stated in the introduction to its campaign against surrogacy, called “Feminist no to surrogacy.“ read more

Eagles Fall Short Against Cubs In Soccer

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Eagles traveled to Madison to play The Cubs in a Jr. High Soccer. The Eagles lost 2-0 to The Cubs. The extra half was 1-0.Shots on goals: Trent Linville 5 shots, Blake Simon 3, Dillon Swinney 2, Jordan Meyer 4, Morgan Sutton 1, Dillon Hughes 4, Trevor Brison 1, Cameron Grable 1. Shot stops Conner Toops 7, Spenser Johnson 4.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

Troost-Ekong stars as Udinese beat Sassuolo to maintain winning run

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Super Eagles’ defender William Troost-Ekong played a vital role for Udinese as they beat visiting Sassuolo 3-0 to maintain their winning run in the Italian Serie A on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Troost-Ekong was a pillar in Udinese’s defence. He made some vital tackles to ensure his team kept a clean sheet in the game played at Stadio Friuli. The game was also his 17th league appearance for Udinese in the league this season. Udinese have now won three consecutive league games following victories against Cagliari and Lecce. Udinese’s first goal was scored by Italian-born Nigerian striker Stefano Okaka in the 14th minute. Ken Sema doubled the home side’s lead on 68 minutes, before Rodrigo De Paul added the third on 90 minutes. Udinese are now ninth on 24 points and are five points away from the Europa League qualification spot.Tags: SassuoloSerie ASuper EaglesUdineseWilliam Troost-Ekonglast_img read more

Cricket News What should be the playing XI for Virat Kohli’s India cricket team in Boxing Day Test?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The stakes cannot get any higher than this. India and Australia are currently level 1-1 in the four-match series. For the first time since India’s tour of Australia in 2003/04, there is plenty at stake in a Boxing Day Test match. India’s 31-run win in Adelaide was cancelled by the 146-run win by Australia in Perth. Virat Kohli’s side is aiming to break a 37-year jinx in Boxing Day Tests in Melbourne. A win will take India one step closer to achieving glory while a loss will squander their ultimate opportunity to register a series win Down Under against what is considered to be the ‘weakest’ Australian side. Ahead of the Test, the Indian cricket team is resting and will not practice until December 23. However, Kohli can utilize the time to figure out a major issue in his team.The performances of the Indian openers have been a major issue in overseas tours right from the series against England. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay’s struggles in Adelaide and Perth have resulted in calls for them to be excluded for the Boxing Day Test. With Hardik Pandya back in the mix following his solid returns in the Ranji Trophy, the bowling composition might also be tweaked slightly after the formula of four pacers backfired on the Indian team in Perth. Kohli would be hoping that Ravichandran Ashwin regains fitness as India was sorely missing a spinner in Perth.What can be ideal XI?With Vijay and Rahul not performing to expectations, Kohli might replace both openers and bring in Hanuma Vihari at the top of the order and fast-track Mayank Agarwal as the second opener. Agarwal, who scored over 2000 domestic runs in the 2017/18 season and was incredibly unlucky to miss out on Test selection for the West Indies series, gets a chance only because Prithvi Shaw was ruled out. Agarwal was in decent form for India A in the New Zealand series, scoring a solid 65 and 42 in the four-day game and scoring 25 and 53 against Gujarat in Surat.Read More | Michael Hussey appeals to Virat Kohli to play this player in MCG TestVihari showed good application against the new ball in the Perth game and having him as an opener might not be a bad idea. If both openers can play out the new ball period and score runs at a decent rate, say in about three runs per over, then it will become easier for the middle order. With Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli hitting centuries, numbers 3 and 4 are sorted.Read More | What must Virat Kohli’s India do to win the Melbourne Test?Big contributions from Rahane, two all-roundersAjinkya Rahane slammed fifties in both Adelaide and Perth but he was guilty of not converting them into big scores. Rahane’s dismissal on the first over of the third day in Perth stalled India’s momentum big time. If Rahane can score big, then the lower-middle order can receive a big boost. Rishabh Pant has taken the attack to the opposition but has thrown his wickets away. If Pant bats calmly, India’s batting will be enhanced.Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossThe question of Hardik Pandya is a tricky one. Should Kohli get Pandya back in the side without giving him proper exposure to the conditions in Australia? Should Kohli trust Pandya’s fitness after just one first-class game? Pandya can offer depth in both bowling and batting and his inclusion could resolve plenty of problems for India.India must play a spinner in Melbourne where conditions and the pitch will be very different than Perth. If Ashwin is not fit, then getting Ravindra Jadeja in will be the next best option. Jadeja’s batting is also a welcome bonus. Thus, if Pandya and Jadeja are included in the side, then India can play eight batsmen and also play five bowlers at the same time. Thus, India’s tail, which was too long in Perth, might be eliminated.So, the ideal combination for India in Melbourne would be to promote Vihari and Agarwal as openers, play Pandya and Jadeja to enhance both batting and bowling and play three pacers.Playing XI for Melbourne TestHanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. last_img read more

B’ville girls basketball earns sweeps of Nottingham, West Genesee

first_imgHere, the Bees wouldn’t wait to put WG away, outscoring them 16-7 in the second quarter to break things open and staying in control the way of the way to win by a 54-37 margin.Aside from Catie Cunningham, who gave the Wildcats 21 points, the rest of the WG roster managed just five field goals, preventing any kind of comeback.Meanwhile, Huhtala continued to roll, her 17 points augmented by Pascale’s 14 points as Kyrah Wilbur and Mary Young both stepped up to earn seven points.Now at 15-1 overall, the Bees host Liverpool next Tuesday as part of a girls/boys doubleheader before a Friday-night trip to Henninger.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketball And the margin kept growing until the final minutes, Huhtala not letting up until she had poured in 21 points, well clear of the 14 points put up by the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, Amaya Williams.Helping Huthala out, Katie Pascale put in 11 points, while Jordan Roy gained nine points and Ola Bednarczyk finished with six points.Now came Friday’s visit from reigning three-time sectional champion West Genesee, the Wildcats quite eager to get even after B’ville topped them 52-40 with a big fourth-quarter push on Dec. 10.center_img With strong efforts in back-to-back home games, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team proved again that it had separated itself from everyone in the area Class AA ranks except Cicero-North Syracuse.The state Class AA no. 16-ranked Bees welcomed Nottingham last Tuesday night, and, led this time by Sydney Huhtala, B’ville topped the Bulldogs 55-43.Having handled Nottingham 65-44 early in December, the Bees expected a closer rematch and did get it, though in the first half Huhtala’s production keyed B’ville steadily earning a 31-20 advantage.last_img read more

Recent state budget cuts might be beneficial to USC

first_imgGov. Jerry Brown’s plan to tackle California’s mounting budget crisis includes a $500 million reduction in University of California, California State University and community college funding.UC President Mark Yudof announced on March 16 $50 million in cuts to UC’s headquarters in Oakland and its other centralized offices. The goal of the cuts is to alleviate the financial burdens on individual UC campuses.Cuts to the UC budget could prove beneficial to USC, as the university attempts to attract California’s and the nation’s brightest students.Kirk Brennan, USC’s director of Undergraduate Admissions, said the financial adversities affecting the UC system could result in more students and families considering private institutions such as USC.“There is a general perception on the part of families that the UC [system] may be a little less stable of an option,” Kirk said. “That perception will cause more people to think about private schools, and USC will see more interest because of that.”Officials at UC schools fear tuition could also increase by more than the already proposed eight percent hike for the Fall 2011 semester if California voters fail to extend a tax increase.Early this summer, voters will head to the polls for a special election to vote on extending the tax increases implemented in 2009 under then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for five additional years, which raises both income and property taxes.The tax increases have cost the average citizen $260 per year, according to the State Department of Finance.Arjun Chaurushia, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he considered the financial situation at the UC schools when making his college decision.“I took financial stability into account when I applied to colleges,” Chaurushia said. “I anticipated more tuition hikes at the UC [schools] and that made USC a better value.”The financial stability of USC is also appealing to potential faculty, according to Martin Levine, vice provost of faculty affairs.“When we make hires we look all over the country and world, and our financial stability is one of the many qualities that captures eminent people from the UC system and other universities across the nation,” Levine said.Levine, however, believes that regardless of the UC system’s financial woes, potential faculty members are still attracted to USC because of its strong academic curriculum.“USC is well known to be moving vigorously ahead academically, and that is part of our attraction,” Levine said. “We don’t need to tell people about the situation at their home universities, though, we are able to tell them about the excellent prospects at USC.”Other officials, including Berkley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, suggest individual UC campuses be given some liberty in determining tuition costs. Currently tuition is the same for all 10 UC campuses, and each campus has been asked to cut roughly $30 to $50 million from their budgets.Most UC campuses will also have to lay off faculty and staff and reduce the scope of their curricula because of the budget crisis.In a video message, Yudof warned Californians of the grave impact cuts in the UC system will have on higher education in the state.“Make no mistake about it, no matter how efficient we are, a funding gap that is this large is going to significantly impact and change the University of California,” Yudof said. “We cannot save or streamline our way around a problem of this magnitude.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball roundtable: Looking toward ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments After 13 nonconference games, Syracuse (9-4) starts conference play in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday. The Orange enter with four losses, including ones to Old Dominion and Connecticut. SU will play Notre Dame, its first conference opponent, on Jan. 5 in South Bend, Indiana.Here’s what our beat writers think on four major topics so far.How well does Syracuse need to do in conference play to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament?Billy Heyen: People like numbers, so just from a winning standpoint, I don’t think SU gets in with fewer than 10 wins in its 18 ACC games. But the composition of those wins matters. Upsetting Duke in the Carrier Dome would go a lot longer way than beating up on the bottom half of the conference. Right now, there are six ACC teams in the AP Top 25. I’d say the Orange need to have at least two wins against ranked opponents, including one top-10 team, to make its win total be enough to go dancing after an up-and-down nonconference slate. And no bad losses at home, because those are killer.Charlie DiSturco: There’s no correct answer when it comes to earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The ACC is one of the tougher conferences in college basketball, and Syracuse will definitely have to take advantage of its opportunities. For them to secure a berth in the tournament, I’d say the Orange will have to win 10-plus games, including one big upset against Duke, Virginia or North Carolina. Add on at least one win in the conference tournament, and I think that’ll do the job. Oh, and like Billy said, a bad loss at home will leave a horrible mark on Syracuse’s resume.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez: Syracuse has its work cut out and to put a number on things, I’d go with this: 12. The Orange need a 12-6 conference record, which would put them at 21-10. That would leave little doubt for the Selection Committee. A nice overall record of 20-plus wins. Twelve wins in the ACC. A few road ACC wins, too. Syracuse doesn’t have to beat Duke, but SU will probably need to win some difficult games such as, say, at North Carolina State and at Clemson. Take care of your home games, mate. Should Marek Dolezaj continue to start for SU?B.H.: There is no way for me to say yes strongly enough. He provides fluidity to the Syracuse offense that it desperately needs and which it lacks without Dolezaj in the game. I’ll add the caveat that in ACC play, some games will require more Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe playing time than others — Dolezaj can’t handle Florida State’s 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje, for example. But the Orange play better from the opening tip with Dolezaj on the floor, and against good opposition, they can’t afford the slow beginnings they faced when Chukwu started.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerC.D.: I would say that Dolezaj should keep on starting, but there’s no way he can go up against the brutes of the ACC down low. He struggled when Jessie Govan was on the floor against Georgetown and that trend will continue in conference play. There’s no denying that Dolezaj brings the intelligence Syracuse’s other bigs lack, and SU has been extremely successful over the past year-and-a-half with Dolezaj on the floor. Jim Boeheim will obviously have to base his decision off potential matchups, but if possible, Dolezaj should be on the floor. M.G.: This should tell you a little something about his impact: Syracuse went 11-3 last season when he scored at least seven points. Usually, he scored more because he played more. His presence on the floor is huge for SU, given he probably has the highest basketball IQ on the team. Start him, play him extended minutes and see SU turn into a more efficient team.What has been Syracuse’s biggest surprise?B.H.: The consistency of Elijah Hughes. Boeheim has preached patience after Hughes sat out last season as a transfer, and his deep-shooting game seems like it’d lend itself to streakiness. But Hughes has scored at least 15 points in SU’s last six games. He’s always waiting on the perimeter to step into a shot and knock it down when the Orange need it, and his driving ability has been better than advertised. As the rest of SU attempts to find its form, Hughes will need to keep up his consistent output. C.D.: Like Billy said, Hughes has been the biggest surprise. There was rumblings that the transfer would be solid, but he has become an integral part of Syracuse’s offense quickly. Hughes is the only consistent 3-point shooter on the team and has been good inside the paint, too. The junior leads the team in 3-point shooting and is second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game. His 4.3 rebounds a game are more than two of SU’s bigs: Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj. If this production out of Hughes continues and both Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett find their form in conference play, Syracuse will have the potential to do some damage.M.G.: This comes aside from Hughes’ emergence: Syracuse’s steals numbers have been surprisingly good. SU checks in at No. 2 in the conference in steals per game, with 8.77 per game, trailing only Duke. For an offense that doesn’t have much horsepower (at least not yet), generating points off careless turnovers and steals is important. Consider Syracuse’s defense at the top of the 2-3 zone a strong suit to start conference play. Howard and Tyus Battle ought to keep it up. What’s been its biggest disappointment?B.H.: The inability to put together a full game. Syracuse shows its immense talent in flashes — the second half against Georgetown, the first half against St. Bonaventure, the second half at Ohio State. But the Orange have yet to dominate a team the way a tall, athletic team with multiple future NBA talents should. There’s no taking minutes off in ACC play, as Oshae Brissett pointed out last Saturday. SU needs 40-minute outputs to pull off those wins.C.D.: The offense not being able to take the next step. The Orange returned all five of their starters and added what was believed to be a pair of sharpshooters in Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes. The team was expected to shoot better than its abysmal 31.8 percent from beyond the arc a year ago. What’s happened against lesser competition in nonconference play? Syracuse shot even worse — 29.9 percent — as a team. The Orange have continually shot 3 after 3, and nothing productive has really followed. M.G.: Paschal Chukwu. The tallest player in Syracuse hoops history wasn’t anywhere near All-ACC caliber last season, but the 7-foot-2 center returned with a full season of starts under his belt. An occasional double-double from someone who’s taller than everyone else isn’t too much to ask. But he isn’t an offensive threat at all. Instead, Chukwu seems to be lacking confidence, and I’m not sure he belongs on the floor for more than 15 minutes per game. His lack of production has been disappointing for a team with little interior presence. center_img Published on January 3, 2019 at 12:55 pmlast_img read more

D Day for Irish soccer team

first_imgIt’s D Day for the Republic of Ireland soccer team at Euro 2016After a draw against Sweden and a disappointing loss to Belgium, Martin O’Neill’s side need a win tonight in Lille against Italy to be assured of progressing to the knock-out stages.O’Neill says that he wants his side to go into the game with a positive approach tonight. Full-back Seamus Coleman says that O’Neill’s motivational skills means that anything is possible…Kick-off tonight in Lille is at 8pm, which is also the start time for the other Group E contest between Sweden and Belgium.last_img read more