Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding your Nov. 19 editorial, “Stop naming things after politicians,” denouncing the renaming of a bridge for former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Jan. 25 letter [“Town fields shouldn’t bear Landry’s name”] objecting to the naming of Niskayuna athletic fields for former Supervisor Joseph Landry: Both miss the opportunity to propose a healthy alternative to the depressing spectacle of political leaders concluding that all of the greatest benefactors of their communities just happen to have been recent political leaders.There’s a better way, a way less likely to feed our hungry cynicism. The country and New York state have produced a great many distinguished writers, scientists, architects, educators, humanitarians, historians, musicians, physicians, engineers and others whose accomplishments a good society should be eager to honor. At the local level, Niskayuna hasn’t yet produced stars in every one of those areas, but every place has first settlers and first elected officials. There are surely estimable non-living educators and coaches for whom a playing field could appropriately be named, thereby incidentally boosting the morale of others currently serving in those roles.But nothing like that will happen as long as naming continues to be done willy-nilly at town board or city council meetings. Instead, those bodies should ask their local historical societies to produce, for eventual use, lists of local non-living worthies — lists as diverse as the higher values of the community itself. By not excluding the occasional non-living political leader, they would be treating that kind of community service as only one among many.In the meantime, The Gazette could make a positive contribution with some articles on existing street names. Many people have some idea who Seward, McClellan and Nott were. But who were Van Antwerp and Van Vranken? Who were Rosa and Maxon and Barrett?Wayne SomersDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Across 2014, despite fluctuations in asset values, the aggregate value rose by 10%, with schemes ending the year with £1,237bn in assets.However, the PPF said liability increases were at the foundation of the deficit rise, moving from £1,113bn to £1,503bn over the 12 months. Source: PPFAggregate asset vs liability values for PPF 7800 schemesThe 35% increase came after the yield on 15-year UK Gilts fell by more than 1 percentage point in 2014.Joanne Shepard, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said the PPF figures looked particularly negative compared with other pension schemes as they apply lower inflation-linked protection.“When it comes to the cost of providing full scheme benefits, falling inflation expectations have done more to cushion the impact of lower bond yields,” she said.The PPF’s universe of schemes operating a surplus fell to 1,121 from 2,641 over the year, with the remaining schemes in deficit posing a £300bn funding shortfall for the fund.Shepard said the lifeboat scheme could become swamped if economic growth faltered and companies began to fail.However, PPF modelling suggests it is more than capable of meeting its obligations.Last summer, in its annual report, the PPF said its plan to hold enough assets to cover liabilities, with a 10% buffer for future claims, was 90% likely to be achieved by 2030.Over 2014’s final month, deficit figures rose by 20%, with the average funding ratio now at 82.3%.Despite a significant fall in funding levels over 2014, the surplus seen at the start of the year was an unusual blip in positivity, with the last aggregate surplus seen in July 2011. UK defined benefit schemes saw the end of 2014 significantly impact funding levels, according to the Pension Protection Fund, as deficit levels hit their highest level since 2012.The lifeboat fund’s latest 7800 Index update showed the aggregate deficit for the 6,057 schemes hit £266.3bn (€340bn), calculated on their ability to provide PPF-level benefits.The PPF is the UK’s support pension fund for corporate DB schemes where sponsors face insolvency.The funding-level fall was a dramatic shift over 2014, with the schemes starting the year with an £8.7bn surplus, but slipping into deficit by the end of January 2014.
Two workers killed aboard Shell’s Auger platform in Gulf of MexicoOffshore driller EnscoRowan changing nameOffshore supply vessel transforms into luxurious superyachtSaudi Aramco to splash $18 billion on Marjan, Berri offshore fieldsMcDermott nets $4,5b in Marjan field offshore contractsHat-trick for Seadrill after third drillship deal this weekHeerema’s giant crane vessel set for maiden voyageUnexplained altitude drop forces offshore helicopter to return to airportPolice raids Singapore rig builder’s Brazil office in bribery probeLiza Destiny FPSO sets sail to make Guyana an oil-producing nation The most popular news at Offshore Energy Today during the third quarter of 2019.Most read articles in July Bourbon Offshore vessel sinks in Atlantic Ocean. Three crew members saved, 11 missingBP confirms ‘world-scale gas resource’ offshore SenegalTransocean cancels order for Ocean Rig drillship duoGALLERY: Heerema’s crane vessel Sleipnir in record-breaking Leviathan liftBP awards ‘key contracts’ for $6 billion worth Caspian Sea projectFailure of rig’s mooring chains hampers Cooper’s well plansInvestigation launched after worker suffers injuries on rig off CanadaRig deal with Alpha Petroleum scrapped, Stena saysEarthquake ‘shakes’ North Sea platformExxon selling Norwegian business for $4 billion Subsea 7 invites engineers to transfer skills to offshore oil & gasTechnipFMC plans to separate into two companiesClass action lawsuit filed against Valaris for ‘misleading’ investorsCrack in FPSO hull causes oil spill offshore BrazilValaris secures work for six rigs and backlog of $84 millionMODEC unveils “next-gen” FPSO designsTullow makes first oil discovery on Orinduik license offshore GuyanaSaipem joins JV for construction of three trains for Arctic LNG 2 projectFPSO market headed for major renaissance, Rystad saysSanders’ $16.3 trillion climate plan takes on oil industry. Ban planned for oil exploration, exports Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Most read articles in September Most read articles in August
OneNews 4 June 2014Internet Party leader Laila Harre wants cannabis to be decriminalised.Ms Harre says it’s her personal view and the Internet Party itself is yet to finalise its policy on the issue.However, she says the party has today put the issue up for discussion on a new online policy development platform that allows members to raise ideas and debate policy.Ms Harre says there is a growing push towards decriminalisation globally, yet high political barriers remain to such a move in New Zealand.She says every year thousands of young people are convicted for cannabis possession, often for small amounts, meaning they have to go through life with a criminal conviction.http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/internet-party-leader-laila-harre-wants-cannabis-decriminalised-5991528
Madison, IN—Visit Madison, Inc. is gearing up for the second year of “Wonderland in the Park” this weekend, Friday and Saturday, December 13th & 14th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each night. Residents and visitors to Madison can enjoy two nights of festive fun at Bicentennial Park and the riverfront. Returning this year will be many activities and rides, treats, and of course Santa. Also, new this year, the Wonderland in the Park team has initiated the start of transforming Vaughn Drive (Madison’s riverfront) into “Wonderland Drive” to coincide with the event. It’s been many years since the riverfront was lite up for the duration of the holidays. Lights started to appear nightly on Thanksgiving weekend, but will be even more magical starting Wonderland in the Park weekend and through December 31st, 2019. Nearly 10,000 lights were added along Wonderland Drive, and over a dozen new large light features running from Mill Street to West Street. Wonderland Drive isn’t the only thing that will be enhanced, the Wonderland in the Park event added another 15,000 lights over last year’s 10,000 lights. Add it all up, that’s over 35,000 lights added to Madison’s riverfront and Bicentennial Park–something everyone can get excited about! Click here for events and happenings throughout the year. Don’t forget to tag us while you are here and enjoying all the festivities, use #VisitMadisonIN hashtag to share your fun.
Press Association Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has pleaded with referees to give Jack Wilshere the protection he deserves after a bruising victory at Sunderland. He added: “The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack. I want just the referee to give a foul when it’s a foul. I don’t want any special protection. The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it’s a foul.” Wilshere limped off after 50 minutes following a collision with Sunderland’s Alfred N’Diaye. Wenger’s men might have had the game wrapped up by half-time, but ended it hanging on for dear life with Sunderland capitalising on their numerical advantage to stage a late onslaught. Arsenal had gone in at the break well worth the lead Santi Cazorla’s strike had given them. However, the game changed with 62 minutes gone when Jenkinson, who had only got the nod after Laurent Koscielny injured himself during the warm-up, was booked for the second time in the game and sent off. Martin O’Neill responded by sending on new signing Danny Graham for his home debut and the Black Cats threw everything they had at Wojciech Szczesny, who denied Fletcher and Adam Johnson in a late flurry. Wenger’s opposite number O’Neill was left scratching his head after seeing his team come up only just short. He said: “It was a great game from start to finish. The tempo was very high early on and it remained so. Obviously Arsenal, a top-quality team, caused us a lot of problems in the first half but I also thought we looked dangerous as well. “But in the second half, we just came roaring at them, and that was even before the man had been sent off. Seriously, looking back at a couple of the chances, I just don’t know how we didn’t score.” O’Neill’s disappointment was compounded by the loss of full-back Danny Rose with a recurrence of his hamstring problem, while skipper Lee Cattermole lasted only 45 minutes on his return from a knee injury, although his premature departure was due in part to an early yellow card. The Frenchman was unhappy with a series of hefty challenges on his players during a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light, and in particular some of the treatment handed out to the England midfielder, with referee Anthony Taylor taking a lenient approach despite sending off Gunners defender Carl Jenkinson for two bookable offences. Asked if he was happy with some of the tackling on show, Wenger said: “No, I wasn’t, especially on Jack. I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn’t get the free-kick he deserved.”
Sam Allardyce is willing to incur the wrath of West Ham supporters by enforcing winter breaks for his key players. But the 60-year-old is worried a number of those new recruits face burnout during the busy Christmas period when they are used to winter breaks in their previous leagues. “The games come so thick and fast you are pushing to get them back when they are not really ready but you have to,” he said. “The squad still has to be fitter than now going into that period. New players – particularly Enner Valencia, (Diafra) Sakho, (Cheikhou) Kouyate, (Mauro) Zarate won’t have hit that cauldron of mental and physical output during that particular period. All of those normally have a break. “If they fatigue and they need a rest, the rest of the squad has to be fit for us to give them that rest.” Allardyce insisted he would have no qualms following in the footsteps of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in giving players a break to maintain their peak fitness as the games stack up. “I remember speaking to Alex many years ago about the fact he used to send players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani away at Christmas: ‘Off you go, go away for a week, back to Portugal, have a rest’,” he said. “They were finding it difficult to cope with that period so he gave them a rest and then brought them back in and they kick on. “If we leave them out, we leave them out. You know, all you lot say ‘why should he leave him out, it’s a disgrace leaving him out when he’s playing so well’. The Hammers have started the season in impressive form and sit fourth after last weekend’s 2-1 victory over reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Many of West Ham’s new signings have settled into life at Upton Park and have played a part in leading Allardyce’s side into the Champions League places. “It’s not your decision, it’s mine and I do the job properly because I know what I’m doing. “If you take Enner Valencia’s load, for instance, he goes to Mexico and is an outstanding success, plays a lot of games, scores 18 goals, he plays internationals, breaks into the international team. “He trains with the international squad, plays international friendlies before the World Cup, plays the World Cup, has a few weeks off, comes to England for the first time, has a late pre-season, gets in the team, stays in the team and between that he’s gone and played four games back in South America.” Allardyce’s sports science department would be in a position to decide whether players like Valencia were in need of a rest, even if the boss would expect the individuals to want to stay in the side. He added: “Enner would say ‘No, I don’t want to’. That’s what he’d say. I’m sure he’d say that. But it’s not their decision. “We can see their fatigue levels quite easily – and their mental fatigue. That’s another one. That’s sometimes bigger than physical fatigue. “We can certainly monitor physical fatigue easier than mental fatigue because it is in our data every day. “He will start slowing down, he wont be running as far or sprinting as much. He won’t be as active as he is and those red flashes will start coming up if that is the case. They might not, let’s hope it doesn’t but it may and we have to guard for that.” It would be brave of Allardyce to rest his better players as he looks for better form heading into the winter period having endured one of his darkest spells as a manager last year. A chronic injury list saw West Ham win just one league game between the end of November and mid-January with heavy defeats in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. “I don’t think we should start predicting where we should and shouldn’t be (at the end of the season),” he added. “We have still got November and December to compete with and historically it has been our worst time of the season since I have been here. “I am waiting till we get through that period and have a better indication on where the possibilities of where we might finish.” Press Association
Press Association The Football Association has criticised the head of UK Anti-Doping for querying whether the game may have a hidden performance-enhancing drugs problem. “Football, tennis, other sports. It’s just, something doesn’t feel right. If you were an outsider looking in, you would go, ‘This doesn’t feel right’. “Football is a rich sport and they have fantastic infrastructures behind them and their clubs. You’ve got a sport that commands huge salaries – players command huge salaries – there’s huge television rights.” Bailey responded in a statement on the FA website which highlighted the measures to which the organisation goes to prevent doping – and questioned why Sapstead had brought into question such a sensitive issue. “We discussed this matter with Mr Wenger some weeks ago when the comments were made and both agree this is an extremely important subject,” Bailey said. “However, just as UK Anti-Doping confirmed yesterday (on Wednesday), the FA has no current information to suggest the public cannot trust in the measures we have in place nor should anyone think English football would ever get complacent to the risks of doping. “We are happy to speak with any manager or player who wishes to discuss with us any issues or concerns relating to anti-doping. “What is unhelpful, however, for all concerned, are speculative comments without any evidential basis of the nature made by UKAD yesterday. Such comments create a misleading impression and I will be taking this up with UKAD at the highest level. “The integrity of our game at all levels is of paramount importance which is why we are committed to ensuring it is maintained.” Bailey went on to clarify just what lengths the FA goes to – and how there has been no suggestion of doping in the English game. He said: “No other national governing body in the UK dedicates as much resource to prevent doping in its sport and the FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping testing programmes in the world. We conducted 2,286 tests in season 2014-15. “Drug testing is conducted both in and out of competition on a no-notice basis including at players’ home addresses. The testing programme is intelligence-based and targeted. In addition, the FA runs both a blood profiling and a urine steroid profiling programme. “All samples are analysed by UKAD and the FA works closely with them to share all relevant information and maintain full transparency. “There have been exceptionally few unusual results in English football and none which have so far suggested a doping issue. “The FA has a comprehensive education programme which includes online modules, player essential guides, presentations and workshops, posters and wallet-sized prohibited lists.” Wenger, too, is convinced there is no doping problem in the British game, adding: ” I’m sure that not one club in England is trying to dope its players. I’m 100 per cent convinced that nobody in England is trying to do that.” Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UKAD, said something “doesn’t feel right” about football and stated she would seek talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – a long-time advocate of tackling doping. Wenger said in November he believes football has a doping problem after athletics was rocked by drugs scandals, although he is confident the British game is clean. The Frenchman also claimed that European football’s governing body UEFA ”basically accepts doping” after Arijan Ademi was banned for four years having failed a drugs test during Dinamo Zagreb’s Champions League victory over the Gunners, a result which to Wenger’s frustration was allowed to stand. Wenger says he will gladly meet to discuss the issue and his insights with Sapstead. The long-serving Arsenal boss said: ”I have more desire than time, but I’m more than happy to help if I can in clarifying things for people who want to fight against doping. ”I’ve said what I have to say. In football, in our job, we look like we want to tackle the problem now. For a long period it looks to me like we didn’t. ”I am available. We have to tackle doping and fight against it, you and me. I am not thinking I can do more than people responsible to do that, but if they need to talk to me I’m available. What is important is we all have to show we don’t accept it.” But it was Sapstead’s wider comments on possible doping in football which were described as “unhelpful” and “misleading” by the FA’s director of football governance and administration, Darren Bailey. Speaking in London on Wednesday, Sapstead expressed her worry about football and other sports, despite there being no obvious problem in terms of positive tests in the game. She said: “I think it’s foolish for any sport to think that they’re immune from doping, I really do. Statistically, worldwide, football per se does not have a doping problem.
A Lake Worth Middle School teacher is facing charges after allegedly molesting a player of a sports team he coached.Richard Woolcock, 33, is accused of molesting a player on a sports team he coached while he and other members were staying at a hotel in Altamonte Springs for a tournament, earlier this month.The alleged incident occurred overnight in a hotel room after the coach whom the player called a ‘father figure’ asked him to have a sleepover.The player told police he was watching TV with his coach noting that Woolcock was regularly an affectionate person and had his arm behind his head while watching a Netflix show.Woolcock then asked the player to sleep in the same bed with him in which he agreed.The alleged victim later told police he did not find the request unusual because he’s slept in the same bed with his coach four other times at previous travel events.However, he claims this time was different, citing that he was “awoken to Woolcock’s hand in his pants.”The player told police he was scared, and that he moved Woolcock’s hand away from his private area.The player left the hotel and walked to a nearby restaurant following the incident.Woolcock reportedly chased after the player asking him “to talk.”A waitress at the restaurant approached the teenager to check on him after she noticed him crying.He then told her that his coach sexually assaulted him, and she called 911.Woolcock was standing outside the restaurant when officers arrived at the scene, minutes later.According to the arrest report, the alleged victim attempted to get in touch with family members and called the National Sexual Abuse Hotline before entering the restaurant.Police arrested Woolcock at the scene but say he refused to answer any questions.He faces charges of lewd and lascivious behavior by a person over 18 years old at a later date.Woolcock was released from jail on $20,000 bond pending trial.A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School District said Woolcock “self-reported the arrest and will be reassigned pending the outcome of a professional standards investigation.