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Get facts straight on access to guns

first_imgFirst of all, you can’t own a bazooka or a RPG or a .50 caliber machine gun. And yes, those are laws on the books, and yes, there are reasonable limits. If law enforcement would follow the laws on the books, there would be a lot fewer problems. The FBI and the sheriff’s department didn’t follow the laws in Florida. We have strict background checks here in New York — I have no problem with that. If  anyone thinks it’s easy to get a gun permit, try getting one.You can get one, but it’s not easy.  We have to remember criminals will always find a way to get a gun. It’s the law-abiding people who care what the law says.Also, I would like to commend Don Kingsley on his very good letter of March 19 letter.Tony MontePrincetownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In regards to Glenn Gray’s March 19 comments on guns: If you are an anti-gun person, please know the gun laws before you write an opinion.last_img read more

UK roundup: John Lewis, British Steel Pension Scheme

first_imgThe UK’s John Lewis has seen its pension deficit increase by more than £500m (€586m) in six months, as the UK retailer’s real discount rate fell by 95 basis points into negative territory.The company said its defined benefit (DB) deficit rose by £512m between January and June this year, despite fund assets increasing by more than £550m, to £4.7bn, over the same period.It said a “steep reduction” in interest rates was to blame for liabilities rising to £6.2bn and noted that while it had applied a 0.7% real discount rate in January, by the end of June, the figure had fallen to -0.25%.Deficits across the UK DB universe have been increasing steadily since May, with the latest authoritative figures estimating an overall funding level of 76.1% across nearly 6,000 schemes. However, John Lewis was able to reduce its pension operating costs by 21.2% over the six months, largely as a result of its April switch away from enrolling employees into the underfunded DB scheme in favour of a hybrid fund.In other news, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) declined to comment on press speculation that the £13.3bn (€18bn) British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) would not be granted a cut in indexation, as the government has attempted to decrease the pension burden ahead of a sale of Tata Steel’s UK business.A consultation was launched earlier this year on a potential cut to pension indexation, seen by the trustee of BSPS as a way of cutting liabilities and avoiding entry into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), where it believes members will face significant benefit cuts.The proposed changes to indexation are controversial, and have been criticised by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association as “inconceivable” special treatment.Now, according to reports, the changes have fallen out of favour since Theresa May became prime minister in July.Allan Johnston, trustee chair at BSPS, said earlier this week the change in indexation remained the trustee board’s “preferred option”, and that he expected to have further discussions with the government until a decision is reached.A DWP spokesperson told IPE the government was still reviewing responses to the consultation and would publish its response to it “in due course”, once it had fully considered all responses.last_img read more

EU court confirms lifeboat fund must amend compensation limit [updated]

first_imgThe lifeboat fund also applies a limit on annual compensation for members that chose to take early retirement.Hampshire launched his case after his expected annual pension was slashed by 67% following the insolvency of Turner & Newall, formerly a manufacturing business, and the transfer of the plan to the PPF’s assessment period.Today’s ruling cannot be appealed, so the PPF must now discuss with the government’s work and pensions department about how to implement it. A spokeswoman for the fund said this process had already started.The PPF said that the “vast majority” of its members already received more than half of their accrued benefits, meaning “less than 1%” were expected to be eligible for an increase. This would push its liabilities up by at most 1%, the fund said.As of 31 March 2018, the PPF had total liabilities of £29.6bn (€32.9bn) but assets worth £36.3bn, meaning it was 122% funded.The spokeswoman added: “We will work to implement the judgment as quickly as possible but first need to consider the judgment further to understand what action we can take prior to legislative change and the conclusion of the UK court proceedings. “Members can be reassured that we will update them further as soon as we are able.”The headline for this story was updated on 6 September to clarify that the compensation limit will not be scrapped following the ECJ ruling. The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) must ensure all of its members receive at least half of the defined benefit (DB) pension they were promised before their employer went bankrupt, according to a European court ruling today.The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled this morning in line with a legal opinion published in April by Advocate General Juliane Kokott on the case of Grenville Hampshire versus the board of the PPF.The ECJ said the EU’s rule regarding pension compensation “must be interpreted as meaning that every individual employee must receive old-age benefits corresponding to at least 50% of the value of his accrued entitlement under a supplementary occupational pension scheme in the event of his employer’s insolvency”.Currently, the PPF pays 90% of the pension entitlements of DB scheme members when their employer goes bust. Those who have already retired receive 100%, but may face limits on inflation-linked uplifts.last_img read more

Reno reveal: The good, bad and ugly of home renovating

first_imgAFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.But they called in the professionals for the structural, electrical and plumbing work.Not bad considering it was their first house renovation.In fact, the end result is so impressive that the property has been selected to grace the pages of Home Beautiful magazine.Mr Reay said the couple are planning to use any money they make on the sale of the property to move back to the Sunshine Coast.The property is being marketed without a price guide by Craig Lea and Cayle Blaxland of McGrath Estate Agents – Wilston.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 3 years Total spend: $250,000 AFTER: A close-up of the front of the house after the renovation.Mr Reay said he could see the character of the home hidden behind the “ugly asbestos sheeting”.“I knew there was a beautiful swan behind it!” he said.But little did the couple know just how much hard work they had ahead of them in restoring the circa 1910 cottage to its former glory.“You could drop a tennis ball inside the house and it would roll from one end of the house to the other, the stumps were that bad,” Mr Reay said.“It had the original kitchen sink and a dodgy reno job had been done in the ‘70s where they closed in the front and added asbestos to the bathroom — nothing was done properly.” AFTER: The back of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, after the renovation.They lived in the house for six months before starting the renovation process.The first stage involved excavating underneath the house to create a lower level.“We needed to get the foundations sorted,” Mr Reay said.“We couldn’t lift the house because the old fireplaces wouldn’t have survived, so that’s why we had to excavate instead of going up.“We planned the whole downstairs around that fireplace.”Then it was time to pour the concrete slab and install retaining walls. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe couple moved out for a couple of weeks during the excavation and installation of new plumbing, but then moved back in for the rest of the project. BEFORE: The front of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, before it was renovated. AFTER: The living room after the renovation.Mr Reay said one of the most challenging parts of the renovation was filling in the gaps between the hundreds of original VJ walls in the home.“We went through about 300 tubes of ‘No More Gaps’ — that was a nightmare of a job,” he said.“To save on money, I did all the demolition work, a bit of the bricklaying, a lot of the framing downstairs, and some tiling, painting and landscaping.“A lot of the cosmetic stuff where I thought I could get the same look as a tradesperson, I had a crack at.“I watched a lot of YouTube!” AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.“At one stage we had no hot water hooked up, so it was the middle of winter and we were showering by boiling a kettle and using an electric camp shower,” Mr Reay said.“That lasted about three months because I was too tight to pay a plumber to hook it up.“And we had to climb up a ladder to get in to the house!”Due to the nature of Mr Reay’s FIFO work, there were many delays.The couple decided to keep the renovation inside the footprint of the original house to save time and money on development applications.“Then we started closing it in slowly,” Mr Reay said.“I removed two walls upstairs — one to create a dining area and we used that wall as a barn door for the master bedroom.“We tried to reuse as much as we could. Even down to the bricks we dug up from the garden. We used those for the footing around the fireplace downstairs.” BEFORE: The bathroom before the renovation. BEFORE: The kitchen before the renovation. Dane Reay and Rebecca Bartley inside the home they have renovated in Windsor. Image: AAP/Sarah Marshall. THEY went for three months without hot water and had to climb a ladder to get in and out of the house, but it was all worth it if you ask Dane Reay.The Brisbane fly-in-fly-out worker with a passion for home renovating admits his partner, Rebecca Bartley, was a “trooper” to live through their latest project.The couple stumbled across the tiny, rundown cottage in Windsor on their way back from another disappointing home inspection. RELATED: Flipped colonial cottage with a twist BEFORE: The living room before the renovation. BEFORE: A close-up of the front of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, pre renovation. AFTER: The front of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, post renovation.“We kept missing out on everything,” Mr Reay said.“We’d go to an open home and they’d be under contract already.One day, they had been to an open house in Wilston and were on their way home when they saw an agent hammering in a for sale sign for a property at 101 Victoria Street.“We stopped and asked if we could have a look inside the next morning and (the agent) agreed,” Mr Reay said.“We pretty much bought it the next morning off market.” AFTER: The bathroom after the renovation.Upstairs, the third bedroom became part of the open plan living, kitchen and dining area modelled around the feature fireplace.They exposed the brickwork on the fireplace and got creative by making one side a feature wall.“We were just in Paddington one day at a cafe and I got the idea from that so got home and got a bit creative with the paint brush,” Mr Reay said.“We were going for a Scandinavian look, but with the character of a Queenslander.” The other original two bedrooms and bathroom were left untouched and a back deck was added.Downstairs, the master bedroom is accompanied by a study/fourth bedroom, ensuite, laundry and garage. MORE: Humble home a Hampton’s haven BEFORE: The back of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, before the renovation. BEFORE: The concrete slab is laid for the master bedroom downstairs.last_img read more

KOBC to Offer Financial Support to 10 Shipping Firms

first_imgThe government-backed Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC) is to offer financial support to ten small and medium-sized shipping companies in an effort to help the ailing shipping industry.The organization selected the shipping companies as partners under sale and lease back (S&LB) projects. This way the companies would receive benefits such as interest rate cuts and extension of maturity through the sale and lease back support.According to a statement released by South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the ten companies would benefit from KRW 74 billion (USD 66.1 million) being used to take over 10 vessels.The investment is expected to be finalized by November 2018, the Ministry informed.Based on the 5-year plan for reconstruction of the shipping industry, South Korea reviewed the bases of 36 vessels of 18 companies that applied for a survey on shipbuilding needs in May.Just last week, the government of South Korea approved a major investment in Korea Ocean Business Corporation. On July 24, the country’s finance ministry said that KRW 1.35 trillion (USD 1.2 billion) in-kind investment would be made into the new company through stock contribution.Korean Ocean Business Corporation, which was established earlier in July, would focus on supporting the country’s five-year plan for the reconstruction of its depressed shipping industry with the construction of about 200 ships in the next three years.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

‘Ortega backers’ attack Nicaraguan Catholic church

first_imgMANAGUA – Supporters of NicaraguanPresident Daniel Ortega tried to storm a church on Thursday as tension ratchetsup between Roman Catholics and the government in the Central American country. The Ortega supporters ultimatelyforced their way in to the church, according to the priest, prompting him toplead with the group to let his parishioners go home safely.   A man holds prayer beads as he prays during a mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua on Nov. 21. REUTERS/OSWALDO RIVAS Earlier this week, the Church accusedgroups linked to the government of beating a priest and violently takingcontrol of the cathedral in capital Managua.(Reuters)center_img Footage posted on social media showedprotesters pressing against the barricaded door of the San Juan Bautista parishchurch in the western city of Masaya. Parishioners had gathered for Mass insupport of mothers in Masaya’s cathedral who were on a hunger strike. The mothers were demanding the releaseof their children, detained by authorities for their part in theanti-government protests.    last_img read more

Rose being kept in left-back loop

first_img Rose made his comeback from a three-month injury lay-off in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala. As Tottenham do not have an abundance of cover at left-back, Villas-Boas shifted Jan Vertonghen out into that position during Rose’s absence – a move which did not go down too well with the Belgian, who prefers to play centre-half. That has led to suggestions that Villas-Boas could make a move for another left-back in the January transfer window. After spending the majority of the last five seasons out on loan, Rose wants to make the position his own now at Tottenham and he feels has to prove to the manager that he does not need to recruit another body in January. “That is my job (to persuade Villas-Boas signing another left-back is not necessary),” Rose said. “And I would be the first one to find out if the club were looking to do that. “I thought the club were going to do that in August, I went to see the manager, I sat down with him and he told me it was not true and if the club was going to do that he would come and speak to me first hand.” Villas-Boas challenged Rose to secure his position as first-choice left-back in the summer following a successful loan spell at Sunderland. Rose, 23, grew frustrated with life under Harry Redknapp. He felt he did not get a fair chance under the former Tottenham boss, but he has nothing but praise for the man who replaced him. “I have a lot of respect for the manager and he has got a lot of respect for me,” Rose added. “He treats me as one of the big players here and it’s the first time I have had that at this club.” Rose gave Villas-Boas no reason to seek a new left-back at the start of the campaign as the Englishman slotted in nicely to the starting XI following the departure of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rose’s season then hit an abrupt halt following a bizarre injury during Spurs’ home win over Tromso in September. A Tromso player stood on the defender’s foot deep inside the away half. Initially it seemed only a minor injury, but Rose ended up needing specialist treatment and was out for almost three months. “At first thought I had broken my foot but I had torn something underneath it,” he said. “I had a lot of bone bruising but we couldn’t see the bone bruising until the swelling had gone down. “I did my foot against Tbilisi and we were trying to get fit for the Chelsea game, which was about 10 days afterwards, and I have made it even worse trying to get fit for that game. “It set me back a long time. The manager tried everything he could to get me fit. “He flew me out to Portugal to see a doctor out there and I did some rehab out there. “It has been very frustrating. I have missed some important games. “It has been quite hard to watch at times, especially with it being such a soft injury that I have had. I am just glad I am back now. There are a lot of games coming up and I hope I can stay fit.” With Vertonghen now out until the new year because of an ankle injury, Villas-Boas only has right-back Kyle Naughton and the untested Zeki Fryers as cover if Rose breaks down again. Rose will not demand a place in the team for Sunday’s game against Liverpool, however, as he does not want to suffer a relapse. “I am not sure (about playing on Sunday),” Rose added. “No disrespect to Anzhi, but it is totally different to playing a top-class team like Liverpool. “I wouldn’t want to mug myself off and say I could play, and not do myself or the team any justice.” Danny Rose expects Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas to inform him if he intends to sign a new left-back in January. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC releases Coliseum renovation plans Thursday

first_imgUSC unveiled a $270 million renovation plan for the Coliseum Thursday. The renovation, the first in 20 years, will be finished in time for the 2019 season.The Coliseum has been a defining feature of USC and the greater Los Angeles Area since its construction in 1923.In the summer of 2013, the Coliseum Commission and the Board of Directors for the California Science Center gave approval for the renovations.Noteworthy renovations include entirely new seating, which will feature increased legroom and widened seats, handrails throughout the stadium, a new press box, suites, loge boxes, club seats, concourse, a club box, a Wi-Fi update and two additional large screens.“This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the gameday experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium’s new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our long-time fans,” said Athletic Director Pat Haden in a press release. “It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home field advantage.”Athletics will fund the renovations with capital gifts, events not affiliated with USC, donor-naming and sponsorship revenue.By completing these renovations, USC is obligating its lease agreement with the state, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles in which USC must invest $100 million by 2054.With new, widened seats and increased legroom, the Coliseum’s capacity will decrease from 93,607 to 77,500.This is not the first time in USC history that the Coliseum has been renovated. In 1993, the field was lowered; in 1994, the stadium was repaired following an earthquake; and in 1995, the press box was added.“The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a treasure not just for Los Angeles but for the state of California, and its renovation is long overdue,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a press release. “We believe these renovations will strengthen the Coliseum’s reputation as one of the world’s great venues, and also will enhance our world-class athletic programs that utilize the Coliseum.”last_img read more

Eric Dungey will miss his third straight game against Boston College

first_img Published on November 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman quarterback Eric Dungey will not play against Boston College on Saturday because of an upper-body injury, according to SU’s injury report, which was released Thursday night.The quarterback is one of eight players that will be out for Syracuse (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast). That list includes defensive end Luke Arciniega (upper body), wide receiver Sean Avant (lower body), linebacker Parris Bennett (upper body), safety Daivon Ellison (upper body), wide receiver Brisly Estime (lower body), H-back Ben Lewis (upper body) and tight end Kendall Moore (upper body). Cornerback Corey Winfield (lower body) is doubtful for the matchup with the Eagles (3-8, 0-7).Dungey suffered a hit against Louisville to his head, which whipped back against the ground. He left the game and hasn’t played since. That hit was just one of several he’s taken to the head this season. Dungey was hit against Central Michigan in Week 3 by Mitch Stanitzek, who was thrown out for targeting, and the quarterback left the game. He was also hit high against Virginia in the end zone after leaping a defender for a touchdown.He has missed games against Louisiana State, Clemson and North Carolina State. The hit against Louisville came when Syracuse was down 31 points in the fourth quarter and now-fired head coach Scott Shafer said he was left in because the Cardinals muffed a punt that gave him hope SU might come back. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more