first_imgIn many communities, murders, rapes, sex trafficking and drugs are the dangerous byproducts of this uncontrolled wave. The United States is a country, which as defined, has borders. Immigration must be controlled to ensure the people entering the country will be a benefit to the country.The number of immigrants must be controlled to ensure assimilation to American principles of self government and of a constitutional republic. If the laws of immigration are not upheld, as in sanctuary cities, neither will our rights of protection under the law be protected.Elected officials must uphold the rule of law as an example to all of their constituents, and federal officials must stop the enticements promoting illegal immigration.Diane ClementsBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As our congressmen and senators contemplate the budget and the fate of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) program, there are many issues to consider. Although this program was made legal in 2012, it has perpetuated and encouraged illegal activities by millions of people wishing to immigrate to our country, and it has encouraged illegal activities by elected officials in our country.The promise of “free” benefits such as welfare, medical care and education has produced an understandable tsunami of undocumented people across our unprotected borders. These “free” services are bankrupting state and local governments. And in our state, the local taxpayers suffer under the state mandates to cover these programs. last_img read more

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first_img Topics : The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus.The 149th Open was scheduled to take place at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent in July.But with the pandemic ripping the 2020 sporting schedule to shreds, the event has became the first of the sport’s four majors to be cancelled this year. ‘Bigger than golf’ The British Open is the latest high-profile tournament to be axed because of the virus.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II last week, while Euro 2020 and the Olympics have been pushed back a year until 2021. Ireland’s Shane Lowry won last year’s British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.”Obviously I’m disappointed that I won’t get to defend the Open Championship this year but I feel the R&A have made the right decisions based on people’s health and safety. See you all in Royal St George’s in 2021,” Lowry tweeted.Royal St George’s has hosted the British Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke won the event.The Open, which started in 1860, was also previously not held from 1915 to 1919 because of World War I.England’s Danny Willett, who won the 2016 Masters, told the BBC: “Postponement or cancellations is something that we have become accustomed to until everyone is safe and safe to do our sport. “It is a shame but there are things bigger than golf at the moment.”Both this year’s Masters and the PGA Championship were postponed in March because of the health crisis and were rescheduled after the British Open postponement.The PGA Championship, which was initially due to be held in May, is now set to be staged from August 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco.The US Open has been moved from June to September 17-20, the week before the Ryder Cup clash between Europe and the United States.The Masters, which usually takes place in April, is now slated to go ahead from November 12-15 at Augusta National. “We have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible. “We rely on the support of the emergency services, local authorities and a range of other organizations to stage the Championship and it would be unreasonable to place any additional demands on them when they have far more urgent priorities to deal with.”We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.” Golf’s oldest major will now be hosted at the same Sandwich venue in July 2021.”The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and the R&A’s advisers,” organizers R&A said in a statement on Monday.St Andrews will still host the 150th British Open, but a year later than scheduled in 2022.”Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, players, officials, volunteers and staff involved in the Open. We care deeply about this historic championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.last_img read more

first_imgCurrencies outside the local currency benchmark are also permitted, according to the search details.Though the mandate is on a long-only basis, opportunistic shorting of currencies is allowed.The mandate should be managed actively, and index products or enhanced index products are not of interest, according to Kirstein.Managers with a track record of fewer than three years, or those without an existing strategy, are welcome to participate, according to the search, provided they can clarify their skills within the asset class. The deadline for the search is 22 April.In other news, the UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed six firms to its newly created Assessment Period Legal Panel (APLP).The panel is the last in a series of five panels the UK pensions lifeboat has set up to help schemes transition to the PPF, in addition to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) wind-up.The firms appointed to the APLP are Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co, DWF, Eversheds, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clarke.The new panel, which started yesterday, is to focus on the tasks of admissible rules, equalisation and the benefit specification, the PPF said. The APLP will initially run for a two-year period. A Danish pension fund is looking for an asset manager to run a DKK750m (€100.4m) local currency, global emerging market debt mandate, or a broader blended mandate, using IPE-Quest.Search QN1403 is being initiated by consultancy Kirstein Finance on behalf of the unnamed pension fund.Kirstein Finance said the aim of the segregated mandate was to consistently outperform a benchmark with similar asset allocation, irrespective of style, by selecting investments across emerging debt asset classes.The investment universe can be local currency sovereign bonds, but allocations to hard currency sovereign bonds and hard currency corporate bonds are allowed, as are small allocations to local currency corporate bonds.last_img read more

first_imgThe pension funds of several financial companies in the Netherlands are in exploratory talks to launch a ‘general pension fund’, or APF, for the financial sector.Representatives of the pension funds of custodian KAS Bank, pay firm Equens and GE Artesia Bank said they were participating in working groups to consider their options.The pension fund for Van Lanschot Bankiers previously confirmed its participation in January, making for a total of four participants.However, the various actors, when interviewed by IPE sister publication PensioenPro, made no mention of the other participants, confirming only their own individual participation. All players involved in the working groups stressed that talks were at a preliminary stage, and that participants in the discussions could pull out, and that other parties could join in.The €615m pension fund of Equens said it took part in talks due to its falling number of participants, as well as its “considerable” costs per participant.Its chairman, Ben Haasdijk, said: “The APF is the only right option for the future.”He said his scheme preferred an APF to a commercial provider to avoid having to buy services from it.The €288m scheme of KAS Bank cited the benefits of scale, as well as the ability to maintain its own identity.According to Tamis Stuker, board member of the KAS pension fund, all participating companies are likely to have an individual ring within the APF.The Dutch scheme of GE Artesia Bank, a division of US-based General Electric, also confirmed that it was participating in the working groups, but it said it did not yet know whether it would join the APF.Irma Weering, trustee of the scheme, said it was still assessing its future, as its employer ceased its Dutch operations in 2013.The Dutch pension fund of Royal Bank of Scotland previously showed an interest in the APF and recently announced that it was also weighing its options for the future.If all schemes were to join the APF, the new general pension fund would have approximately 10,000 participants and more than €2bn in assets.The new APF pensions vehicle allows the implementation of multiple pension plans within a single scheme, with a single independent board, while ring-fencing assets.The aim is to cut implementation costs through the benefits of scale.The APF is expected to be introduced on 1 January 2016.In 2012, several companies tried unsuccessfully to establish a new industry-wide pension fund – dubbed Pecunia – for the financial sector.last_img read more

first_imgIlmarinen, which had total assets of €35.7bn at the end of June this year, has around 23% of its assets in direct equity investments, which are worth some €8.5bn.”At the same time, we have sold investments in companies where more than 30% of the business was in coal,” Mursula said.The pensions insurer said it would only invest in such companies in cases where they had credible plans to reduce the use of coal in the future.Ilmarinen said the plan to increase sustainable direct equity investments forms part of its climate-related responsible investment principles, which it will publish in their entirety later this autumn. Ilmarinen said the principles will set out “ambitious, concrete targets” aimed at curbing climate change.“We genuinely believe that considering climate change within our investment activities is a strategic and responsible choice, in order to ensure the best return for Finnish pensioners in the long-term,” Mursula said.He said Ilmarinen calculated the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio for the first time in 2015, and had now committed to follow this up every year. “This year, the portfolio of direct greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 27%,” he said, adding that this had been achieved by reducing investments in coal and increasing investments in renewable energy, with an emphasis on electrical companies. “It is our aim to maintain the same trend in the future,” he said. However, climate change would not be stopped just by buying or selling shares, he said.“It requires changes in operations, and for an investor, the best opportunity to influence climate change mitigation is to try to influence the practices of the companies it owns,” he said.As an asset owner, Ilmarinen said it supported and encouraged companies to develop energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions, as well as to report openly on emissions and other environmental factors.Solutions-, or impact-focussed, investing is garnering increased interest among large European institutional investors, with major Dutch pension investors and Nordic asset owners recently having put their name to a commitment to step up investment targeted at helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Finnish pensions insurer Ilmarinen is aiming to double the volume of its direct equity investment related to solutions for sustainable development by 2020, it has announced.Ilmarinen’s CIO Mikko Mursula said: “We are actively seeking investment opportunities, where the business is associated with, for example, renewable energy, clean water, or improving resource efficiency. “Companies that provide business solutions to global challenges can grow faster than the market, and are therefore also good investment targets,” he said.At the moment, 6% of the annual turnover of Ilmarinen’s direct equity investments derives from sustainable development solutions, and Mursula said the goal is to double this proportion to 12% over the next four years. last_img read more

first_imgRussia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports, according to the latest information released by the U.S. Department of State.“The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, said in a statement, urging Russia to stop such actions.“Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms.Ukraine and Russia have been embroiled in a dispute over coastal state rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait since 2014 and Russia’s Annexation of the Crimea.In February 2018, Ukraine filed a Memorial against the Russian Federation under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) saying that Russia has violated Ukraine’s sovereign rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait.Ukraine believes that since 2014, Russia has “unlawfully excluded Ukraine from exercising its maritime rights; it has exploited Ukraine’s sovereign resources for its own ends; and it has usurped Ukraine’s right to regulate within its own maritime areas.”“Through these violations of international law, Russia is stealing Ukraine’s energy and fisheries resources, harming the livelihoods of Ukrainian fishermen, and blocking traffic to Ukrainian ports with its illegal bridge over the Kerch Strait, among other serious violations,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said in a statement on August 31.Ukraine also claims that the Russian Federation has violated Ukraine’s rights to hydrocarbon resources in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, as well as the living resources in the region, stressing that the construction of a bridge and other structures in the Kerch Strait “threaten navigation and the marine environment in the area.”As a response to the accusations, the Russian Federation filed objections to the jurisdiction of the UNCLOS Tribunal in May 2018, asking for a hearing and declaration that the tribunal is without jurisdiction in respect of this dispute.Russia argues that the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait are not subject to UNCLOS because Ukraine and Russia have agreed to maintain these areas as “common internal waters.”At the end of August, the tribunal published a procedural order determining that it would rule on certain jurisdictional objections raised by the Russian Federation in a preliminary phase of the proceedings.As is common practice in inter-state disputes, the UNCLOS Tribunal has elected to hear these objections in a preliminary phase of the proceedings, before hearing the case on the merits.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_img “There is a lot of time to go for 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide,” a BCCI official said. The decision to include cricket in the 2022 programme was on expected lines after Randhir visited Hangzhou last month to zero in on a suitable venue. Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold in 2014 while Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours in 2010.  Cricket has also been played once at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998, when India and Pakistan sent teams to Kuala Lumpur. However, the Shaun Pollock-led South Africa won the gold there and Australia, captained by Steve Waugh, the silver.  In the 2014 Asian Games, OCA president  Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah had criticised the BCCI for not sending its teams for the second edition in a row.  “I’m sorry that India, for the second Games, did not send a team. I respect their decision but I believe the people in charge are not interested in promotion of the game but only in making it a business, in making money out of it. They want to control the market and control the game,” he had said.  In another major decision taken at the OCA General Assembly on Sunday, it was announced that Oceania countries, including Australia, will be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. It was reported that the number of Oceania athletes who will be allowed to compete in Hangzhou will be decided at a later date. Cricket was part of the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon.In both Asian Games, cricket was played in the Twenty20 format.India did not send a cricket team in the 2018 Asian Games.  highlights Bangkok: Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) included it in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou. The decision was taken at the OCA’s General Assembly here. “Yes, cricket has been included in the sports programme for 2022 Hangzhou Games,” OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh told PTI. Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of the game’s powerhouse India.  India opted out of the quadrennial event owing to the team’s packed international schedule.  The Indian Olympic Association welcomed the decision of the OCA to include cricket in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games programme.  “We welcome the decision of the OCA. Which format will be played is not yet confirmed but it is a welcome decision,” said IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, who attended the General Assembly in Bangkok. He said the IOA would want to have an Indian cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. “The IOA will request the BCCI to send a cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. India can win in both men and women’s events and increase its medal tally,” Mehta said. In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively. Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team’s participation. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Women Football League (NWFL) has thanked Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for lifting the state’s women football team, Edo Queens, who will begin their campaign in the 2018/2019 season today in Lagos.The NWFL will kick off today in centres across the country with teams drawn in four groups of four teams each.Speaking ahead of the kick off of the league, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode said the Edo State government has raised the bar in women football development, adding that Edo Queens have become a model other sides should emulate. Falode, who said that as the chairperson of the NWFL, “players’ welfare and comfort is paramount to our objectives in the NWFL, added that the Edo State government has shown that women football could be as interesting to players as it is to the fans.“By the timely payment of wages, the health and accident insurance to our girls on and off the pitch, as well as the security provided for the girls, Governor Obaseki has paved a path that other governors should emulate.”She also thanked Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu for “personally creating the conducive atmosphere for Edo Queens to flourish and excel in the 2019 season.”Meanwhile, Edo Queens will meet Dream Stars of Lagos in their opening game of the season at the Agege Stadium today.Edo Queens and Dream Stars are in Group B of the league, which also has Heartland Queens, who will clash with Adamawa Queens FC at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.Other matches today are the Group A fixtures involving Rivers Angels and FC Robo Queens at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt and the Osun Babes clash with Delta Queens FC at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.Group C matches pit Bayelsa Queens against Kaduna Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa and Sunshine Queens against Nasarawa Amazons at the Akure Township Stadium.In Group D, Confluence Queens will host Ibom Angels at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, while Abia Angels will entertain Invincible Angels at the Umuahia Township Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgWhy, you might ask, is USC playing two games at Cal State Fullerton this season, while the Titans only play one at Dedeaux Field? Seems a little unfair to the Trojans, doesn’t it? Why would USC would agree to that?Well, as it turns out, the reason for the discrepancy is that USC Assistant Coach Gabe Alvarez lost a coin flip with a Fullerton assistant while on a scouting trip in San Diego last winter.Control issues · Junior Sean Silva is one of the many USC pitchers who have struggled to throw strikes this year, with nine walks in 10.2 innings. –The game decided by the coin toss was actually the teams’ opener, played back on Feb. 15, but it comes around with bigger effect now, as the Trojans (12-19) travel to Goodwin Field for a second time this year to take on the No. 4 Titans (28-4) tonight at 6 p.m.Cal State Fullerton has lost just one time in the last calendar month, and by one run at that. The Titans always have a talented squad, but the consensus is that this is its most prolific in recent memory. They started off the season against USC ranked 22nd, climbed to No. 10 by the time the Trojans played them and have now cracked the top five.“It’s another great team,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said of the Titans. “So we need to be able to have quality at-bats like we did on Saturday and Sunday, but we also need to be able to punch the runs across.”The Trojans totaled 27 hits in a three-game set against Stanford this weekend, including nine on Saturday and 11 on Sunday, but managed to put just 12 runs across the plate all weekend and dropped the series two games to one.Still, there is perhaps no stat that describes the Trojans’ struggles this year better than their discrepancy in walks taken compared to walks surrendered. USC has given up 146 free bases this year, twice as much as the 73 they have taken at the plate. Stanford, by comparison, has taken 93 and given up 69. Fullerton has taken an incredible 151 free bases.“It’s glaring,” Hubbs called the discrepancy. “Offensively, we’re trying to get things done so fast. We’re not allowing the game to come to us. You see the guys who have the most walks on our team — it’s because the game is slower for them at the plate.”The only players on the Trojan team this year with more than five walks at the plate are junior infielder Kevin Swick, sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs and fifth-year senior outfielder Greg Zebrack, all among the most experienced hitters on the team.“They don’t have any fear of taking a pitch and waiting for the right one,” Hubbs said of his upperclassmen. “And they’re capable of fouling pitches off and waiting for the one to hit and putting that one in play. Our young guys, when they go up to the plate they don’t want to get deep into counts.”But the discrepancy is more than just about the youthful hitters. One hundred and forty-six is an inordinate amount of walks to give up, and the struggles on the mound can be traced back to youth as well.“We’re asking some of these guys to be juniors as freshman,” Hubbs said. “So they’re getting a lot of experience, but it’s unfair to them. A lot of them still have a ways to go. Because we’re a youthful team, we don’t have the depth in experience.”Indeed, the only two upperclassman to start even one game for the Trojans this year are juniors Bob Wheatley (who has started seven) and Sean Silva, a junior college transfer who made his first start last Friday after Wheatley was scratched. The Trojans have started freshman in close to half (14 of 31) of their games so far this year, with underclassman comprising 23 of the 31 starts.And it will be yet another freshman to start tonight for USC, as Sean Adler will get the ball against the Titans. If there was ever a time for a freshman to pitch like a junior, it would be on the road against the No. 4 team in the country.last_img read more