New Yorkers are fed up with politicians

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We should be the ones who decide these things at the ballot box. Boy, I sure wish I could vote myself a raise in my Social Security benefits. Instead, there’s talk of cuts?Can’t these idiots see that people are fed up with being taxed and re-taxed, while they legislate favor of themselves and their rich donors? This November, I hope that there’s a major shakeup in our state and federal government. It’s not about party or beliefs. It’s time we, the people, actually get a voice. You want a raise? Your base should decide, and that’s us. You don’t want to be ethical? No problem, you’re fired. Politics is to blame for the state of things. We’re being ignored by the local, state and federal government, and it’s time for that to end.Guess who gets to decide whether we vote on raises or ethics reform? They do.This system is horribly broken and we have had enough. There’s a revolution on the horizon, and they will be eligible to vote in November. Get on board and change or look for a new job where your base decides how you act and how much you earn.Ken KimballSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Let the people decide. I’m tired of seeing politicians make laws or decisions that most people don’t want. What set me off was the news that state lawmakers want a raise. Really? When they pretty much refuse to vote on any meaningful ethics reform?last_img read more

Dutch pension fund to invest 5% of assets in residential mortgages

first_imgThe €1.5bn pension fund of coffee processor Douwe Egberts (DEPF) is planning invest 5% of its assets in Dutch residential mortgages at the expense of its allocation to euro-denominated government bonds. According to its website, it expects to achieve better returns against “very limited additional risk, as most of these mortgages have been issued under government guarantee”.However, at the same time, it pointed out that it would not expand the new allocation due to illiquidity.Currently, the pension fund has a 32.5% allocation to the government bonds of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. But the pension fund said it did not expect the currently low returns on euro-denominated government paper to improve any time soon.It said it would invest in the Dutch Mortgage Fund of Aegon Asset Management.It also confirmed it would keep its interest swaps, to cover 50% of the interest risk on its liabilities.The pension fund’s decision reflects a wider trend of Dutch pension funds replacing government bond holdings in part with mortgages.Last month, the €55bn metal scheme PMT invested €1bn in mortgages through the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO), which offers direct investments under the label Munt Hypotheken.At the same time, the €17bn pension fund PGB and the €6.8bn scheme of steelworks Hoogovens invested €500m each through DMFCO.Recently, Jeroen van Hessen, managing partner at DMFCO, said it expected to issue €3bn in mortgages over the next 18 months.Aegon and Syntrus Achmea, which runs the Particuliere Hypothekenfonds, have estimated that their funds will hold €6bn in combined mortgage investments by the end of this year.Dutch pension funds are still waiting for further developments on the Nederlandse Hypotheek-instelling (NHI), a new institution that is to issue government-backed mortgage bonds.However, the start of the NHI has already been delayed by several months, following an EU investigation into possible state support.The NHI aimed to issue €25bn in mortgage bonds over the next five years.last_img read more

Rwandan chief of Intelligence Karenzi Karake arrested

first_imgKarenzi Karake (First from the right) is Rwanda’s chief of intelligenceBritish police have arrested Rwanda’s intelligence chief who is wanted on charges of Genocide by Spain.According to Reuters, British police arrested Rwandan Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes.Karenzi entered the UK more than a week ago and is now under arrest in London. Reports say he was arrested by the Metropolitan police at Heathrow on Saturday.Rwanda is said to have expressed it’s displeasure with the move asking why now, since Karenzi has been going to the UK several times.However it is yet to release an official statement about the matter.Reports say he appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant, Scotland Yard confirmed.Karake is currently director general of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), an umbrella spy agency that oversees intelligence gathering in civilian and military spheres.In February 2008 an indictment was issued against 40 commanders loyal to Rwandan President Paul Kagame on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and other offenses committed in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The charges against Karake stem from his tenure as head of military intelligence after the 1994 genocide.He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.The Spanish court has accused the lieutenant general of ordering large scale, organized massacres of Rwandan civilians throughout a number of Rwandan areas.800,000 Rwandans were killed between April and June 1994 by ethnic Hutu extremists the worst conflict ever witnessed in Rwanda.Most of the dead were members of the minority Tutsi community and moderate Hutus.The killings ended when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi-led rebel movement that entered Rwanda from Uganda, seized control of the country.Gen Karake, who is a member of the RPF, is one of 40 current or former high-ranking Rwandan military officials named on the Spanish indictment.Phillip Gourevitch, a leading writer on Rwanda, told Newsnight that Gen Karake’s arrest was the equivalent of the head of the UK’s MI6 or the US’s CIA being arrested.He said the Spanish indictment against Gen Karake and 39 others had been criticised as highly politicised by many, including US diplomats.last_img read more

Brookville Garden Club hosts Plant Sale

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville Garden Club will hold the Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at the Grooming Place, 135 Main Street. A wide variety of flowers, bushes and trees that would make perfect Mother’s Day gifts will be available.last_img

Leising meets with medical leaders

Indianapolis, In. — Republican Indiana state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising and state representative Brad Barrett from Richmond recently met with members of the Indiana State Medical Association to talk about issues facing Indiana’s health care industry.

Diner leaves $10K tip at Florida restaurant

first_imgAn anonymous diner took a visit to Skillets diner in North Naples and left a generous tip behind for the employees.The customer was a regular but he wanted to remain anonymous. The day before the governor would force dining rooms statewide to close he left a $10,000 tip saying he wanted each employee to get $500.“He said I want each person in this restaurant to get $500. The manager distributed it to all the employees,” said Ross Edlund, the restaurant’s owner.What a great act of kindness.last_img

Rossier School of Education announces incoming dean

first_img“President Folt and I very much look forward to Dr. Noguera’s partnership with our senior leadership team,” Zukoski’s email read. “We know he will bring intellect, enthusiasm, and creative ideas to our team.” Pedro Noguera will serve as the Rossier School of Education’s new dean, Provost Charles Zukoski announced in a memorandum to the USC community Monday. He will take office July 1. (Photo courtesy of USC News) According to the email, Noguera has won awards for research and advocacy in the fight against poverty from Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU. He has also received seven honorary doctorates.  Noguera currently serves on the board of the Economic Policy Institute, the National Equity Project, The Nation magazine and City Year Los Angeles. Noguera currently works as a professor of education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He will replace Karen Symms Gallagher, who has led the Rossier school since 2000 and chose to step down to a Rossier faculty position effective June 30.  “Dr. Noguera, who will be the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of Rossier, joins USC as the school and university community together chart a safe path toward a post-COVID recovery,” the email read. “He will draw on his deep experience to hold the school’s mission paramount — to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research, and policy.” Noguera has previously taught at New York University, Harvard University and UC Berkeley. He was also appointed as an education policy adviser to the governor of New Mexico and advises the state departments of education in Washington, Oregon and Nevada.  Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay and Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs John Matsusaka spearheaded the search committee for the next Rossier dean. The search began last fall after Gallagher announced her intention in May to not apply for a fifth term as dean.last_img read more

Win streak will be put to the test

first_imgWith four games left in the regular season, the No. 6 USC men’s volleyball team has finally found its form.The Trojans have won three straight games, and the streak couldn’t have come at a better time. “We can’t control much ahead or behind us. We just want to keep winning and be on a roll going into the playoffs,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “Last year, [when we went to the national championship], we lost four of six heading into the playoffs so Lord knows what we can do when we’re winning.”USC only needs one win in its last four games to clinch a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, and the Trojans (13-9, 10-8) hope that win comes this weekend at Pacific (8-18, 0-18) on Friday or at No. 1 Stanford (16-5, 13-5) Saturday.The Trojans are coming off a sweep of No. 7 UCLA and a hard-fought, five-set victory of defending national champion UC Irvine. They are looking to carry that momentum into this weekend, when they face the No. 1 team in the country.“Against UCLA, that’s the best we’ve played all year, and we gotta keep that going against Stanford and Pacific,” sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli said. “Pacific always plays us tough, but if we play like that against Stanford, it’s going to be a really good game.”Though Pacific hasn’t won an MPSF game this year, it isn’t a team USC is over-looking. The Trojans beat Pacific a month ago and have defeated them eight straight times, but they were down 2-0 and became the only team to go to five sets against the Tigers earlier this season.“That’s pretty good motivation for us,” Ciarelli said. “We should come out strong against them because we know after last time that they can come out and play with every team in this league.”Although USC is hoping to get past Pacific and secure a playoff spot, the match of the weekend is the one against No. 1 Stanford.The Trojans lost to the Cardinal at home in February, but this is a different USC team from the one that was in the middle of a slump.“I’ve played Stanford four times since I’ve been here and I’ve lost to them once,” Ciarelli said. “It’s not like they’re superheroes. They’re No. 1 just like UCI was when we beat them in the playoffs last year. There’s no pressure on us. If they lose, they don’t host MPSF; if we lose, then we’re 10-9.”Ferguson has largely reverted back to the lineup that helped USC off to a 6-1 start with one exception: Freshman Maddison McKibbin has replaced sophomore Andrew Pizula as the libero. Ferguson finalized this lineup a few weeks ago, and he says the addition of McKibbin is a big reason for the Trojans’ three-game winning streak.“The lineup change gives us a ton of confidence,” Ferguson said. “Maddison brings a lot to the table that won’t show up on the stat sheet. He’s got a real good way about him and plays well with all the guys on the floor. So there’s a chemistry thing there, too.”last_img read more

Ghana Sporting Media Honours former CAF Communications Director

first_imgHabuba, a Nigerian citizen, was consulting initially in Sports Business, and is now heavily involved in Energy and Finance. He is fondly remembered by the Ghanaian media for the leading role towards the organization of the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by the West African country in 2008, which ranks amongst the most successful in the history of the biennial flagship African football tournament.Former Ghana defender, Anthony Baffoe, was adjudged Sports Personality of the Year, the biggest prize on the night. Then a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the now CAF and FIFA General Coordinator recalled some fond memories of his relationship with Habuba.“I first met Habuba in 2007, when I started to work with the Local Organising Committee for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. He basically explained to me how an African Cup is organized off the pitch. I had no idea about that. Habuba is very experienced and well -connected in the industry,” Baffoe recounted.Habuba, also headed the Communication Directorate of the continent’s soccer governing body, CAF, between 2003 and 2012, and oversaw major transformations in the media front and helping to organize six successive editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.As a FIFA Instructor, Habuba’s expertise did not go unnoticed with appointments with the world soccer governing body, FIFA, for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups in Germany and South Africa. He also participated in three FIFA U-20 World Cups; 1999 (Nigeria), 2005 (Netherlands) and 2007 (Canada).A man of many parts, the well-traveled Habuba, currently runs an international consultancy firm, operating in Africa and Gulf Countries. He consults also for global sporting organisations and advises on how to leverage economic opportunities from qualified countries perspective to host countries, around key football events such as Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 editions.His vast knowledge and experience in the Oil and Gas sector has also opened him to the Business world. He attended several courses including Economics of the Oil Supply Chain with Invincible Energy – Oxford (United Kingdom), Energy Options with Oxford Princeton Program – New York (USA) , Business Negotiation Skills in Energy with CWC – United Kingdom and he also study Offshore operations organized by the prestigious University of Texas, Petroleum Extension Service- Houston (USA).Ghana President Nana Akufo Addo graced the ceremony, the longest running sports event, which saw over 30 sportsmen and women from the fields of athletics, badminton, boxing, football, table tennis, tennis amongst others, receiving honours for their exploits during the year under review. TP Mazembe midfielder Solomon Asante was named Footballer of the Year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former CAF Communications Director, Suleiman Habuba, has been honoured by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in recognition of his contribution towards the development of African football, especially the sporting media.He was presented with a Special Award at the 42nd Awards Night Gala of the Ghanaian sporting media on Saturday, 27 May 2017, at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra, Ghana.“I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the honour. Allow me to thank the Ghanaian media and the entire African media in general for giving me this great opportunity to serve our continent. Managing challenges with different views contributed immensely to my personal development,” declared Habuba, moments after receiving the award.last_img read more