Scudder Parker Files for Governors RaceMONTPELIER, Vt. Scudder Parker, a veteran public servant who grew up onhis familys Vermont dairy farm, emerged as the leading Democraticcandidate for governor on Thursday by filing to enter the 2006 campaign.Parker visited the Vermont Secretary of States office to submit papersofficially indicating his intention to run for governor. A formal campaignannouncement and kickoff will be scheduled in October.A former state senator who also worked for Democratic and Republicangovernors, Parker said his many years of public service and his vision forVermont qualify him to be the states next leader.August in Vermont is a time for family, swimming, baseball and fairs not necessarily politics, said Parker, 62, who lives in Montpelier withhis wife, Susan Sussman. But Vermonters should know that Im now at workpreparing an aggressive and successful campaign to become the effectiveand respectful governor our state deserves.Parker grew up on his familys farm in Danville, and helped manage thefarm s succession between generations after his father died in 1966. Heserved for more than two decades as a Congregational minister in CaledoniaCounty. As the first Democrat elected to the Vermont Senate from CaledoniaCounty in more than 60 years, Parker served eight years in the Senate,half of them in leadership as chair of the powerful Senate FinanceCommittee.Parker worked for 13 years in the administrations of Govs. MadeleineKunin, Richard Snelling and Howard Dean as the director of the EnergyEfficiency Division at the Public Service Department. In that role heprovided innovative leadership in the development of energy policies thathave saved Vermonters millions of dollars on their utility bills.Parkers most recent position was as the Public Policy Coordinator forVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, where he helped increase theparticipation of Vermont businesses in the legislative dialogue on energyand health care policy.Whether I was their minister, neighbor, senator or colleague, Vermonterswho know me recognize that Im independent and care deeply about people,Parker said. A successful leader respects and listens to those whoagree and those who dont.Parkers filing names Will Raap as his campaign treasurer. Raap is thefounder and chief executive officer of Gardeners Supply Company and theIntervale Foundation, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.Im honored to have Will serve as the treasurer of the campaign, Parkersaid. His business success is a powerful example of my own vision forVermonts economy. Here is an independent business that respects itsemployees, improves the environment and competes successfully in the worldeconomy.Vermonters have led our nation and the world in fighting for justice,caring for the land, building strong and resilient communities, anddemonstrating a unique blend of common sense and inventiveness. Myleadership will be informed by these traditions because they are both ourheritage and our hope, said Parker.-30-
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sharing has its rewards. Not just in life, but in payments and for credit unions, tooConsider the shared branching model, which has been taking shape for years and recently passed a milestone of scale. As noted in early August, CO-OP Financial Services’ CO-OP Shared Branching network stands as the second largest network in the U.S., approximately 500 branches behind Wells Fargo. CO-OP said in a release that it boasts more than 5,600 shared branch locations and several hundred self-service express terminals nationwide.That puts the CO-OP network ahead of Chase and Bank of America, with respective branch counts of roughly 5,560 and 4,860. All told, the company estimates 1,800 of the 6,000 credit unions located across the United States share their branches, while CO-OP also offers CO-OP ATM, a nationwide network of roughly 30,000 surcharge-free ATM machines.CO-OP Shared Branches allow a member of one credit union to do business across other cooperatives, in effect giving that member access to branches across the nation. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old man was shot and killed in North Bay Shore over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation found Marcelo Argueta Chicas, of Bay Shore, dead on Heckscher Avenue just south of Prospect Place at 12:06 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
State-owned electricity firm PLN will use both its official website and the messaging platform WhatsApp to distribute free or discounted electricity to 31 million households in Indonesia.On Thursday, the company launched a “free/discount stimulus” feature on its website, www.pln.co.id, for eligible prepaid customers. Customers will enter their Customer IDs or meter numbers to receive a token code for free electricity for the month or a 50 percent discount. The scheme is available for the months of April, May and June.PLN deputy president director Darmawan Prasodjo said on Friday that the token-code electricity quotas will be pegged to each customer’s “highest-recorded monthly electricity consumption over the past three months”. PLN has also launched a WhatsApp account, at 08122-123-123, for customers to claim token codes, but Darmawan said the service would not be available until Monday due to server maintenance.“There is a little problem, not with PLN but with WhatsApp, which is upgrading its servers due to very high traffic,” he said in a live, public YouTube briefing on the discount scheme.Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsPostpaid customers in the 450 volt-ampere (VA) category, whose bills are coded “R1/450”, will not be charged for electricity for April, May or June. PLN will waive the bills.Postpaid customers in the 900 VA category eligible for government energy subsidies, coded “R1/900” instead of the non-eligible “R1M/900”, will receive a 50 percent discount on their electricity bills over the same three months. Each bill covers the electricity consumption of the previous month.The electricity discount was one of six social safety net programs, including unemployment benefits and food aid, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday after declaring a COVID-19 public health emergency. The programs are meant to help Indonesia’s lower-income families for whom electricity bills are the fifth-highest source of non-food expenditure. Many such families have been hit hard by business closures. The government is seeking to prevent unemployed people in Greater Jakarta from migrating out of the virus-ridden capital and potentially spreading COVID-19 to other provinces.Topics :
Education, Press Release, Public Safety York, PA – Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force met today at the Central York School District Central Office in York to kick off a series of regional meetings to hear from students, parents, school officials, law enforcement, healthcare experts and residents about ways to improve school safety and security.“Students and adults throughout Pennsylvania and our nation have built a movement for change,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We must use that passion to deliver real solutions that build on the work of law enforcement and schools to keep students safe. That begins by listening to the ideas and needs from small towns to our big cities that will improve school safety and preparedness.”Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is co-chairing the task force that includes: Charles Ramsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Bonita Allen, President of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association; and Judy Morgitan, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners.“We need the experience and advice of everyone if we are to ensure our schools are safe havens for student education and safe from dangerous people intent on doing harm,” said Auditor General DePasquale. “It was especially good today to hear the thoughts and ideas of students. The most students should ever have to worry about in school is a pop quiz in biology class, not whether they will be able to survive the school day.”The task force will hold six meetings throughout Pennsylvania to gather perspectives from different communities before issuing a final report by the end of June. The priorities for the task force are:Hearing from school officials, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, health professionals, and community partners about their concerns with safety and potential policy changes;Determining additional funding needs for the Office for Safe Schools, security and safety personnel, school counselors and nurses, and additional or upgraded security equipment;Examining effectiveness of student support and physical and mental health programs and information sharing;Evaluating stronger state requirements for active shooter trainings and other security protocols, including current programs offered by the Pennsylvania State Police and other state agencies;Strengthening information and best practice sharing among local schools, law enforcement, health care providers, and human services programs; andExamining new or existing tools to ensure easy and effective anonymous reporting of suspicious activity to law enforcement.Supporting the work of the task force are Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, and Acting Colonel Robert Evanchick, Pennsylvania State Police.The public is invited to share their recommendations for improving schools security online at https://www.governor.pa.gov/school-safety-feedback/. The task force will use the feedback when preparing a final report. April 06, 2018 Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Holds First Regional Meeting SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Traditional Dutch pensions providers, including pension funds, must “strongly improve” their services for their clients in order to survive if the mandatory participation of companies in industry-wide pension funds is abolished, according to Deloitte.Speaking at a congress of the Netherlands’ Circle for Pension Specialists (KPS), Deloitte partner Evert van der Steen argued that providers still operated like “wholesale organisations”.He said he expected that the “large mandatory participation” in sector schemes – in addition to the “small mandatory participation” in a pension fund for employees in the Netherlands – would be abolished within five or six years.As a consequence, providers would have to compete with commercial insurers, which he said were much better prepared for the future. In Van der Steen’s opinion, industry-wide scheme providers offered insufficient diversification in client service, communication and when facilitating individual choices.He contended that it was absolutely necessary that the pensions sector fully focused on technical innovation for client services.“In particar in the interaction with clients, we noticed that the pensions sector is significantly behind the commercially driven insurers and banks,” he said.Another problem is that traditional providers in the pensions sector usually struggle with legacy issues, like outdated systems.“By contrast, newcomers such as Centric focus on IT, the options for scaling up and continuation,” said the Deloitte partner. “The pensions sector had to work with low budgets for a long time, whereas banks and insurers already started investing heavily in innovative IT solutions 10 to 15 years ago.”If there was a sufficient budget, it was often spent on keeping existing systems running, which would also negatively affect providers if there was a change in the pensions system.Changes such as the increase of the target age for the state pension often need to be carried out manually.Van der Steen recommended that pensions providers focus on how to improve their IT systems for scaleability, robustness and sustainability.Last year, pensions provider Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer said it would stop servicing 23 industry-wide pension funds, as its new IT system could not cope with the multitude of pension arrangements of the sector schemes.The new system was introduced to replace several legacy systems in the wake of past mergers. Errors caused by the old systems had already triggered an exodus of pension fund clients.Several of the leaving industry-wide pension funds decided to take Centric as their new pensions provider.
The board could attempt to align the release of the amendment with any work it does on its research project into pension benefits that depend on asset returns.IASB member Mary Tokar said: “I very much agree with not finalising the amendment that was proposed.”The former KPMG audit partner added that she did not want to stall the project while the board made progress on the research effort.Instead, Tokar urged the board to complete the IFRIC 14 amendment and then assess the timeline on the research project in order to determine when best to release the amendment.IASB staff said they expected to start work on the pensions research project “imminently within a month or two”.The board’s interpretations committee started work on IFRIC 14 in 2014, looking at the surplus reporting issue, and published a series of draft amendments for public comment in June 2015.The IASB decided at its September 2017 meeting to carry out further research into the issue before finalising the amendments. In particular, the board wanted to see whether it could establish a more principles-based approach to enable sponsors to assess the availability of a refund of a surplus.As it currently stands, the proposed amendments to IFRIC 14 are narrow in scope. In particular, they explain that, if a third party, such as a board of trustees, has the right to wind up a plan, the sponsor cannot assume the plan will unwind in accordance with the plan assumptions. Instead, the sponsor must account for the full settlement of the plan’s liabilities in a single event.The IASB has also established that sponsors can dodge the impact of the changes by making what staff called “non-substantive changes” to scheme rules.As a result, the IASB said it wanted to carry out further work on the project in a bid to develop a more principles-based approach.The staff noted in the meeting paper that it should be possible to develop principles to assess when a sponsor should assume a gradual or more sudden settlement of plan liabilities.Although staff did not set out in detail what the wider scope might involve, they did say that it was a factor in their decision to align the work on IFRIC 14 with the separate research project.In the UK, the Financial Reporting Council has encouraged companies to apply the requirements of the now-abandoned IFRIC 14 amendment as if they had been finalised.IASB staff confirmed that some UK companies “were already making some disclosures”. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has delayed work on a controversial project to amend rules regarding how defined benefit (DB) scheme surpluses are treated.During a board meeting last week, IASB staff indicated that they would develop a revised amendment to the IFRC 14 rules, with scope for the board to release it for a further round of public feedback.The proposed amendment to IFRIC 14 was intended to clarify how a DB scheme sponsor should assess its right to a refund of a surplus – and therefore how it should report this on its balance sheet – if the scheme rules allowed parties such as a trustee board to control the surplus.The IASB has indicated that the impact of the changes would be felt most in the UK.
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Press Association “I have worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential,” Van Gaal wrote. “The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient. “The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.” Despite Depay’s high-profile arrival, former United captain Gary Neville has urged fans to give their new acquisition time to settle at Old Trafford. Neville believes the 21-year-old still has much to learn if he is blossom into the world-class player he and United hope he will become. Neville told Sky Sports: “It’s a typical Manchester United signing to sign someone who has got potential but hasn’t yet grown to become the finished product. “United have done that over the years, particularly with foreign players. “I think Depay looks like an exciting player but there’s a lot of obstacles to overcome to determine as to whether he’s going to become the real deal. “He’s got to settle in the country and get used to playing football in Manchester. It will be different but it fits the bill in terms of him being a young player.” Manager Louis van Gaal gave a similar assessment of Depay when writing in his programme notes for Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Van Gaal handed Depay his international debut in October 2013 and took him to the World Cup the following summer, where he scored twice in four appearances for Holland. United released the news in a brief statement on their official website, adding that they will ” now work towards finalising his registration when the international transfer window opens in June”. Depay, who was the top scorer in the Eredivisie this season with 22 goals, has signed from PSV Eindhoven for £25million. Memphis Depay has completed his medical at Manchester United, the club have confirmed.
But a frantic finish followed as Hart gifted Jerome his equaliser and Norwich then had captain Russell Martin sent off for blocking a Raheem Sterling shot with his arm. Toure rifled home the resulting spot-kick but then appeared annoyed to be substituted soon after. City were awarded a second penalty in injury time but Aleksandar Kolarov missed. The closing moments of the game contrasted with the sedate nature of most of the rest of the contest. Norwich were thrashed 7-0 on their last visit to the Etihad two years ago and set out to avoid a repeat and sat deep to frustrate the hosts. But openings inevitably came and Wilfried Bony will have been disappointed not to get on the scoresheet, missing three good chances in the first half. John Ruddy saved one of them but two others were blasted wide. Toure also brought the best out of Ruddy from a free-kick. Norwich’s opportunities were rare but they showed they could be a threat with one counter-attack leading to a Matt Jarvis chance, which Hart saved. Vincent Kompany headed wide from a corner and City’s frustration continued after the break as Bony was denied another shooting chance by a well-timed Sebastien Bassong tackle. It seemed inevitable that City would turn to Sterling and the £49million man was summoned from the bench after 54 minutes. Iheanacho, who had been making his first Premier League start after an impressive Capital One Cup showing in midweek, made way. Yaya Toure struck a late penalty winner as Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City snatched a dramatic 2-1 win over 10-man Norwich. The change paid dividends as City changed shape and Sterling lifted the tempo with some energetic bursts. The crowd responded with renewed enthusiasm and the hosts eventually made their breakthrough from a set-piece midway through the second half. Kevin De Bruyne delivered an excellent corner from the right and Otamendi, hovering near the penalty spot, rose unchallenged to power a firm header past Ruddy. De Bruyne was withdrawn soon after as City boss Manuel Pellegrini perhaps started to turn his attention towards Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Sevilla. But that could have proved very costly as City slipped into cruise control mode and were punished for a rare Hart gaffe. The England number one looked to have claimed a Robbie Brady cross from the right but dropped the ball as he landed and Jerome pounced from close range. It then became a test of City’s mettle and they roused themselves for a late surge. Norwich had just minutes to hold on but Ruddy cracked as he lost the ball under pressure from Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Fernandinho went down on the edge of the area under Ruddy’s challenge but the ball rolled on to Sterling. His snap-shot was blocked by the arm of Martin and referee Robert Madley immediately pointed to the spot and brandished the red card. Toure rifled home the penalty but that was not the end of the drama in what proved a chaotic finish. Hart atoned for his earlier error by denying Martin Olsson with a fine save in injury time and Toure appeared to react angrily to being substituted by Pellegrini. City were then awarded a second penalty as Sterling was tripped by Brady but Kolarov shot wide with the last kick of the game. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Toure scores from the spot and Hart breathes a huge sigh of relief.” – Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reacts to Man City’s second goal. PLAYER RATINGS MAN CITY Joe Hart: 5 (out of 10) Bacary Sagna: 6 Vincent Kompany: 7 Nicolas Otamendi: 8 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Jesus Navas: 6 Fernandinho: 7 Yaya Toure: 7 Kevin De Bruyne: 6 Wilfried Bony: 5 Kelechi Iheanacho: 6 Substitutes: Raheem Sterling: 7 Fernando: 6 Martin Demichelis: 5 NORWICH John Ruddy: 5 Robbie Brady: 7 Ryan Bennett: 7 Russell Martin: 7 Sebastien Bassong: 7 Martin Olsson: 7 Jonny Howson: 6 Youssouf Mulumbu: 7 Alexander Tettey: Matt Jarvis: 6 Cameron Jerome: 6 Substitutes: Nathan Redmond: 7 Gary O’Neil: 6 Lewis Grabban: 6 STAR MAN Nicolas Otamendi. It was not just because he scored the opening goal that the defender stood out. The Argentinian was excellent at Manchester United last week and was again strong and composed throughout. Admittedly Norwich did not provide the sternest test but he did not put a foot wrong and his partnership with Vincent Kompany looks very promising. MOMENT OF THE MATCH There was a touching moment when fans from both clubs around rose and applauded in tribute to late Manchester City fan Chris Shaw in the 35th minute. Shaw, 35, lost his battle against cancer last week leaving a wife and two children, aged four and 11 weeks. VIEW FROM THE BENCH After being thrashed 7-0 on their last visit two years ago, Norwich know how deadly City can be. Alex Neil was not the Canaries boss then, but he made sure there could be no repeat as he sent his side out in a defensive 4-5-1 formation. They were highly disciplined and frustrated the hosts. On another day, they could well have taken something from the game. Manuel Pellegrini will have been frustrated that his side could not pierce the Canaries’ back line for more than an hour. He will also be annoyed his team almost undid their hard work after taking the lead, and he will want to look at how he sets his team up to close out games. MOAN OF THE MATCH It was not clear what Yaya Toure was so annoyed about as he left the field but he appeared unhappy about being taken off. If that is the case, he should not be questioning the decision of his manager in such an open way. Pellegrini has the right to make the changes he sees fit. WHO’S UP NEXT? Sevilla v Man City (Champions League, Tuesday November 3). Norwich v Swansea (Premier League, Saturday November 7). A Joe Hart error had gifted Norwich’s Cameron Jerome an unlikely equaliser seven minutes from time at the Etihad Stadium. Before that City had looked in control after finally breaking the resilient Canaries with a firm header from Nicolas Otamendi after 67 minutes. Press Association