Why isn’t something done about this flagrant and unfair practice? OT should be eliminated from the retirement benefit calculation.Who’s responsible for oversight, approval and management of the contracts for municipal employees? Is it the mayor, the City Council, the finance department, the police chief, the fire chief?They all need to do a much better job of managing these departments in an ethical and moral manner, including the compensation, overtime and retirement benefits. They owe it to be fair to all their employees, but also to the citizens/taxpayers that they represent. Hopefully, this practice of excessive overtime being manipulated by design to inflate retirement benefits will be looked at and corrected. Taxpayers deserve nothing less.Bernard BurnsRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEvery year, The Gazette reports on the highest-paid employees in the city. Every year it’s certain to be police officers and firefighters. It raises the same questions that never seem to be addressed:1) How many of these employees are within three years of retirement? Why, because this overtime is included in their retirement package and of course, it significantly inflates their retirement benefit. We the taxpayers have to pay for the inflated benefits over the next 20 to 30 years. This practice continues and it’s extremely unfair to taxpayers. The retirement benefits without overtime (OT) are already very generous.2) Police Chief Eric Clifford claims no one else wants to work OT? Hard to believe — out of 147 officers — only the officers that will significantly enhance their pensions are willing to work OT? The word on the street is that young officers that want to work OT to help with their finances and growing young families are told to wait their turn when they are close to retirement. Clearly that’s what happens by design every year — the evidence is in the paper for all to see.
Other questions identified by the TPI in the consultation document include how it might treat specialist bond issuance, such as green bonds, and assess or treat the use of proceeds, and how it might treat bonds with different timeframes.Launched in 2017, the TPI was established as a joint initiative between the Church of England national investing bodies and the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF).The steering committee comprises representatives of asset owners who are significant sponsors of the initiative, including Swedish buffer funds AP1, AP2 and AP3, Westpath in Australia and the Universities Superannuation Scheme in the UK.TPI focuses on sectors that contribute most significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. To date over 300 publicly-listed companies across more than a dozen of these high carbon sectors have been analysed.Finance sector inclusion?The TPI does not currently cover the financial sector, but in its consultation document it asks for views on whether/how it might apply its methodology to that sector.The TPI’s corporate fixed income project is being funded by Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK’s local government pension asset pools, and Faith Ward, its chief responsible investment officer, is chairing the project. Ward worked at the EAPF, which is a member of the pool, before moving to Brunel.In a recent ‘State of the Transition’ report, TPI indicated that it planned to extend its assessment framework to include sovereign bonds, and to analyse the role investors and finance can play in supporting net-zero pathways for sectors such as aviation, shipping and cement. The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) is proposing to extend to corporate fixed income its analysis of how well companies are positioned for a low-carbon economy.The asset owner-led initiative is inviting comments on its plans until 14 May.It is proposing that the methodology for assessing the quality of companies’ management and their performance would be the same as for equity issuers, but has raised the question of whether some indicators might be less relevant to fixed income issuers, or whether additional indicators might be needed.It explains that as the TPI carbon performance measures are based on carbon intensity per unit of activity or production, rather than financial measures such as turnover, it considers the measures can be directly applied to fixed income issuers. It invites views on this assumption, however.
Jennings County, In. — A Jennings County crash seriously injured a North Carolina woman Thursday around 1:30 p.m.A report from the Indiana State police says a car driven by Ann Cutter 74, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was westbound on U.S. 50 near the intersection of State Road 750. Cutter entered intersection and drove into the path of a semi truck driven by Carlnell Barrett, 27, of Mullins, South Carolina.The impact wedged Cutter’s vehicle under the trailer. After being freed by emergency responders she was flown to an Indianapolis hospital with critical injuries. Barrett was not injured.The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected in the crash.
Press Association But they beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at the weekend, thanks to four goals from Jesse Lingard, who is unavailable for this fixture due to the terms of his loan from Manchester United. And Laudrup believes they could be dangerous opponents. “They are a strong Championship side and I think they will think as we do in this competition,” he said. “They reached the final and won this competition, they know it is possible and they will want to beat us to go there again. “They know how nice it is to play at Wembley in front of 80,000 people and lift the trophy.” The Dane also revealed Swansea have received a number of enquiries from Championship clubs for striker Leroy Lita, who has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday, where he had a loan spell last term. Laudrup said: “Leroy had some offers which is normal because in the Championship he has shown he has quality, he can score goals there because he has done it before and could do it again. “I think he is right now waiting for the right thing because he has had offers from different Championship clubs already. I don’t know whether it will happen because it depends on what he wants but I am hoping so because the player needs to play. “He has been quite some months without competitive games so I hope for him he can get a move soon because he needs to get on with his career.” Michael Laudrup admits it will be special for his Swansea side when they begin the defence of the only major honour in the club’s history at Birmingham on Wednesday, and sees no reason why they cannot target another successful Capital One Cup campaign. With Laudrup and his squad battling on four fronts, the Dane could be forgiven for placing the League Cup at the bottom of his list of priorities. But he has no intention of doing so. Laudrup said: “It’s the first game of our cup defence and I think we all still remember last season, so for us it is something special. “Everybody still remembers the feeling of standing there with the trophy after winning against Bradford, and maybe as much the two semi-final legs against Chelsea or the win at Liverpool. “We know the cup competitions are possibilities for smaller clubs to have success, you only need a few wins and you are in the semi-final. “Last year we needed four wins, this season we come in a stage later so we only need three wins to get to a semi-final, we have to try and do that again.” Birmingham are themselves League Cup winners, with their most recent success coming courtesy of their victory over Arsenal in the 2011 final. They were relegated to the Championship at the end of the same season, and have not enjoyed the best of starts under Lee Clark this term. The Swans’ ended their 101-year wait for one of the domestic game’s main pieces of silverware when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley in February to win last season’s competition. That victory granted them passage into the Europa League, in which they enjoyed a famous 3-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla last week.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisCitizens of the city of Alpena and the Alpena Township united inside of the Alpena Library Saturday to try to form solutions on how to end the ongoing legal dispute between the city and the township over water and sewer rates.The issue has cost taxpayers more than 2 million dollars causing citizens to be charged additional fees on their bills. The Citizens for Settlement group is demanding that elected officials from both sides stop legal actions and try to come together to move forth to end the issue.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Police Investigating the Death of a Man Found Dead in Lewiston AreaNext State Christmas tree from Alpena illuminates from capital
Accra Hearts of Oak physiotherapist Okyere Baffour Agyei has confirmed that defender Isaac Oduro has been ruled out for 10 weeks.The defender fractured his fibula in the fourth minute of the club’s MTN FA CUP match with Samartex on Saturday.Oduro was playing his second match of the season, and was on his first full start, after he had recovered from an ankle injury.However, the defender could not last the opening minutes of the game as he unluckily succumbed to another injury blow.“Isaac Oduro from our match with Samartex had an injury in the early stages of the game and we quickly rushed him to the Samreboi Hospital,” Baffour told facebook.com/accraheartsofoak.“We took an X-ray from there the Doctor realized there was a fracture to the fibula – the distal one-third – so they gave him medication and took him to the theatre to put his leg in a cast. At the moment, we are going to see an orthopaedic specialist and then we will carry on from there. “We know for a normal bone fracture injury, it takes six weeks to come out of the cast and also depending on how the healing goes, the rehabilitation too will take a number of weeks; so normally, and at best, by the 10th week, if everything goes according then he should return to training – so that is what we are looking at, at the moment.”The Hearts physiotherapist has also advised Isaac Oduro on a number of things he would have to do to help his recovery rate.Baffour said: “I have been speaking with him and he tells me how he moves or sleeps so I have advised him with his posture in the house, even using the clutches, how he lies down, how he sits down and how he should position the leg in sleeping, sitting, and even walking. I have advised him on his diets also because that will also influence the rate of healing.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Leading Jamaica middleweight boxer Kemahl Russell will take on American Martez Jackson in a six-round warm-up fight tomorrow night at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia.This is the first of two fights that are designed to get him ready for a World Boxing Association regional title fight, which is slated to take place in December.Russell, who was the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight champion in 2015, has been training in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in great shape and is primed for an exciting performance. He will enter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights ending inside the distance.His opponent, Jackson, has a 3-1-2 record.Russell made his mark in the Contender series and earned himself a reputation of being a very aggressive fighter. In the series, he showed both good boxing skills and punching power and won most of his fights inside the distance. In the finals of that contest, he scored a fourth-round tko victory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico, he scored a first-round knockout.Reflecting on his fight tomorrow, he told The Gleaner that he was going into the fight to get some good work and come out victorious. “I am not thinking of a knockout, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight regularly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a title fight, and that is my major goal now. I want to be a world champion, and these fights are stepping stones,” he said.
By Rupadai SeenaraineAnticipation and mixed reactions resonated on Wednesday morning as the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results were officially released, paving the way for Venisha Lall of CV Nunes Primary and Dave Chowtie of Graham’s Hall Primary to secure the top spot after gaining 532 marks.Shrirish Persaud – 530Umashankar Singh – 528Venisha Lall – 532Aditya Sharma – 528Ajala Maharaj – 529Akaia Griffith – 528Dave Chowtie – 532Devine Amsterdam – 528Ethan Bianchini – 530Jaaya Shiwraj – 528Maaseiah Salikram – 528Malene Crandon – 528Sarita Somai – 529Shivali Challu – 530An overwhelmed Chowtie told Guyana Times that he did not expect to emerge at the very top but was confident that he would have succeeded.“I don’t know what to say but I’m very excited. I really didn’t expect this to happen but I am very grateful to my teacher and God for giving me the wisdom to pursue this, and my family who supported me,” he expressed.The aspiring medical doctor stated that the journey towards his success was coupled with long hours of studying and research. However, his hard work finally paid off.“Hard studying and hard work pays off. In Grade Five, we did all the writing and paperwork and in Grade Six, we did revision, working past papers and different textbooks. Anything that was hard for me, I would go and research it,” the 12-year-old said.His mother, Neela Chowtie, reminded parents that it is not an easy undertaking but academic support goes a long way.“I am shocked but I’m very excited for him because he studied a lot. Actually, he wanted to get one of the top schools but we never expected to be in the top 10. I want to encourage parents to work with their child because it is not an easy task. Sometimes the work they get in school, they wouldn’t understand everything,” she related.The top student position was shared with Venisha Lall, who hails from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). According to her, she aspires to become an economist or possibly, the President of Guyana.Lall shared that a person’s school does not determine their potential, while acknowledging that her journey was not that difficult.“I wanted to prove that no matter if you come from a public or private school, you could still do it. It wasn’t hard. I always wanted to become an economist and I want to be the future President to help the poor people,” the top performer stated.Her mother, Ridika Lall, told this publication that her child was always consistent in her academic performance but would also engage in her favourite pastime, dancing.“She’s always active in everything and extracurricular activities. I had my doubts but she was confident. Other than that, she dances and I think that’s what gets her loosen up a bit”.The third position was shared by four persons who obtained 530 marks. They were Shrirish Persaud and Ajala Maharaj of Academy of Excellence, Ethan Bianchini of Marian Academy, and Shivali Challu of Mae’s Under 12.Bianchini relayed, “I did a lot of studying and maybe a little praying and stuff like that. I’m feeling very shocked of the grade. I didn’t expect this result but I want to be a lawyer because there are a lot of debates and I’m very fascinated about that”.Challu, who is a hopeful cardiologist, expressed, “I was very shocked. I couldn’t believe it but I know I worked really hard so it was possible. [My teachers] always pushed me to do my best and my parents helped me when I had to stay up late at night”.Other notable performances were recognised from Sarita Somai, Akaia Griffith, Maaseiah Salikram and Stafani Rafeek of Success Elementary, Ajala Maharaj, Narindra Singh and Wade Beckles of Marian Academy, Sarah Johnson, Jaaya Shiwraj, Aditya Sharma and Yuvraj Tularam of Academy of Excellence, Umashankar Singh of Novar Primary, Devine Amsterdam of New Guyana School, and Malene Crandon of the New Guyana School.Some 14, 300 students sat the examination on April 17 and 18, with the highest obtainable score being 536 marks. They were tested in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.The top one per cent of this year’s unit comprised 166 candidates. While the first spots were taken by public institutions, the other positions were dominated by private schools which secured over 100 spots. Significant achievements were noted for Academy of Excellence having produced 26 top performers, followed by Success Elementary with 22 and Mae’s Under-12 with 21.As customary, there was a glaring gender gap with 94 females and 72 males.
These people, he says, have confirmed his belief that the These people, he says, have confirmed his belief that the ideas people choose to have about themselves largely determine the quality of the lives they lead. “We can choose to believe in ourselves, and thus to strive, to risk, to persevere, and to achieve. Or we can choose to cling to security and mediocrity. We can choose to set no limits on ourselves, to set high goals and dream big dreams. “We can use those dreams to fuel our spirits with passion. Or we can become philosophers of the worst kind, inventing ways to rationalize our failures, inventing excuses for mediocrity. We can fall in love with our own abilities and our own potential, then choose to maximize those abilities. Or we can decide that we have no special talents or abilities and try to be happy being safe and comfortable,” he argues. For Rotella, it isnt any coincidence that sports psychology emerged first in America, because he thinks of it as deeply rooted in the American psyche and the American culture, at least as that culture used to be. The author says he never tries to define “exceptional” for a client. “For some of the people I work with, it may be defined by championships won. For others, it may be defined by money earned and the things that money can buy. For some people, it might be defined by a helping career in which they save souls or teach impoverished kids. I dont care what a persons dreams are. I care about how a person lives his life,” he writes. Rotella teaches what champions think in the book published by Simon & Schuster. “Whatever a persons aspirations might be, these qualities and these ways of thinking will support those aspirations. Theyll help him keep his commitments and persist in working to improve. Theyll help her come through in the clutch and overcome setbacks. Theyll help him respond effectively to competition…Theyre what this book is about,” he says, adding the first essential quality is optimism. PTI ZMN ANSadvertisement