Ethics panel deals with fundraising, JNC contact

first_img December 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Ethics panel deals with fundraising, JNC contact Ethics panel deals with fundraising, JNC contactcenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor As a general rule, judges are barred from soliciting funds for charitable and nonprofit groups. However, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has held that judges may hit up their fellow judges for donations, so long as they don’t exercise supervisory or appellate authority over them.The JEAC also recently said traffic hearing officers can write letters to the chair of a judicial nominating committee commenting on an applicant, but cannot make a financial contribution to a political candidate, and judges may accept free golf memberships from close family friends. Fundraising A judge may solicit funds on behalf of a law school alumni association from her fellow judges as long as the judge does not exercise supervisory or appellate authority over the fellow judges. The results of the solicitation, however, may not be published to encourage others to contribute because doing so would lend the prestige of judicial office to others. Opinion Number: 2003-15The committee said pursuant to Canon 5, a judge may serve as a nonlegal advisor of an educational or charitable organization, not conducted for profit, subject to certain limitations. A judge as a nonlegal advisor or member of the organization may assist in planning fundraising, but should not personally participate in the solicitation of funds or other fundraising activities.“The only exception to the prohibition against solicitation of funds is if the judge solicits funds from other judges over whom the judge does not exercise supervisory or appellate authority,” the JEAC said. “Therefore, a circuit judge may not solicit funds from a county judge because by law the circuit judge is vested with appellate authority over the county judge, even if the judge at that time may not be exercising that authority.”Likewise, the panel said, a circuit judge may not solicit funds from another circuit judge if the judge is in any manner supervising the other circuit judge.“For example, the chief judge of a circuit may not solicit funds from any judges within the circuit and an administrative judge of a division may not solicit funds from another judge within that division,” the committee said, adding that publication of the results of the solicitation for the purpose of encouraging others to contribute is an improper use of the prestige of judicial office for fundraising.“This committee is aware that many non-profit organizations publish lists of donors in an annual report,” the panel said. “This recognition of donors is not improper unless it is at the direction of the judicial advisor, or is intended to use the prestige of judicial office to encourage others to contribute.” Traffic Hearing Officer A traffic hearing officer can write a letter to the chair of a judicial nominating committee endorsing an applicant, but cannot make a financial contribution to a political candidate. Opinion Number: 2003-9The committee said the Code of Judicial Conduct does apply to traffic hearing officers, and the panel has previously ruled that Canon 7 allows judges to “communicate with a Judicial Nominating Committee in writing with succinct, factual statements or observations concerning the qualifications of applicants in accordance with the standard provisions of letters of recommendation addressed in the commentary to Canon 2B and the September 29, 1994, opinion of the Supreme Court in In re: Code of Judicial Conduct, 643 So. 2d 1037 (Fla. 1994).”Further, in Opinion 95-24, the ethics committee stated that, “[j]udges may either initiate such correspondence or so respond to official inquiries from the appointing committees.”The committee, however, cautioned judges to refrain from endorsing or soliciting support for a specific judicial candidate before the JNCs.The traffic hearing officer also cannot make a financial contribution to a candidate.“Since the language regarding the general application of Canon 7 does not negate the specific applicability of Canon 7 to traffic hearing officers, the entire provision applies, so Canon 7A(1)(b) and (e), state the traffic hearing officer cannot: ‘publicly endorse or publicly oppose another candidate for public office or.. . make a contribution to a political organization or candidate.. . . ’” Other Action In other action the committee held:• A judge may accept a free golf membership from the judge’s close family friend since it is offered to the judge individually, and is a gift from the friend, not from the golf club. The judge also is not required to disclose the gift membership, as it falls under the provisions of Canon 5D(5)(e). Opinion Number: 2003-10• A newly appointed county court judge may not continue to serve on a hospital’s ethics committee because of the potential for litigation involving the committee’s ethics opinions “which are obviously relied upon by hospital staff,” which could become an issue in subsequent litigation. Opinion Number: 2003-07 • Just because a judge’s spouse is a child victim specialist in the state attorney’s office, the judge is not required to disqualify herself in all criminal cases, and the Code of Judicial Conduct is satisfied if the judge discloses the relationship in those cases in which there are allegations of sexual abuse to a child. Opinion Number: 2003-08• A judge who presides over a juvenile delinquency court may belong to a criminal justice and delinquency council because Canon 4D allows judges to participate in organizations which strive to improve the administration of justice. Opinion Number: 2003-11.• A judge may not remain as a trustee for an irrevocable trust setup by the judge’s former father-in-law because the judge is no longer acting on behalf of a member of his family. Opinion Number: 2003-12. • A judge may appoint a psychologist, or the psychologist’s business partner, to conduct psychological evaluations in criminal cases even though the judge was previously engaged to the psychologist. The JEAC said making the appointment was okay because the engagement ended more than 10 years ago, and the judge is not required to disclose his prior relationship with the psychologist. Opinion Number 2003-14.• A judge may not ethically participate in a voluntary bar association’s fundraising event by providing goods (including artwork or crafts made by the judge) for sale or auction, performing a skit, displaying a talent, being a model, or otherwise performing at the event. Opinion Number 2003-16• A judge may serve on the board of directors of a public policy institute, whose mission is to “give the community a sense of hope and optimism by creating a broad base of community involvement in identifying, researching, and establishing dialogue on community-wide issues, and then recommending and helping to implement timely solutions.” Opinion Number: 2003-17. & #x2022; A blanket invitation in a political party newsletter inviting all judicial candidates to speak is sufficient to allow the candidate to attend and speak even if the opponent is not present. The panel also said a candidate not invited to speak may not stand outside the function at the beginning or end of the political party meeting and hand out literature greeting the participants, and a judicial candidate’s volunteer workers may not wear badges to vote for the candidate at party functions and hand out literature, unless the judge is properly present under the provisions of Canon 7. Opinion Number: 2003-13 The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory and conduct consistent with an advisory opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the interpretive opinions by the committee. The full texts of the opinions can be found on the Suprme Court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. 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THINK Through the Years

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It began with a simple question: What if CO-OP could change up its annual shareholders conference to not just report on what happened—but to begin looking forward, with an ambitious eye to the ever-changing future? Just how big could the impact be?“We had this idea that if we did something completely different, we could not only inspire new thinking, but also motivate people to action,” says Samantha Paxson, CO-OP’s chief marketing officer and the creator of THINK. “We could not have predicted how far THINK would go.”Nine years in, the THINK Conference has become the industry’s flashpoint for new ideas, creative growth and expansive thinking. Next month – May 3 to 6 – credit union innovators from across the country will convene in San Diego for THINK 16. With a speaker lineup that includes Upworthy’s Sara Critchfield, Fast Company’s Polly LaBarre and returning provocateur Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia, THINK 16 will once again challenge this industry to innovate beyond all previous boundaries. Make no mistake, it’s going to be big.But THINK’s impact extends far beyond the annual conference. And in fact, the history of THINK itself illustrates the exponential power of innovation. “THINK has become a true laboratory for change and growth,” Paxson says. “We’ve gone from presenting innovation as a possibility to advocating for it and now helping to activate the ideas and innovative spirit of our participants throughout the year.”Let the THINKing CommenceTHINK 08 did something no credit union conference had done before. Not only did it invite an all-keynote speaker line-up from outside of the credit union industry; it brought in Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and a squad of breakthrough brands – Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Harley-Davidson, Pixar. If credit unions were going to learn, why not learn from the best—those who had broken all the “rules” in pursuit of serving their customers better, and reaping the rewards as result?THINK 08 broke attendance records, and it also set a new standard. That standard wasn’t to match the power of the first THINK conference. The standard was to innovate beyond it.And so THINK has become synonymous with the brightest ideas from brands like Nike, Zappos, Disney, Target, Virgin America and Facebook. Some of the sharpest minds – from Sir Ken Robinson to Margaret Heffernan and Debbie Millman have found their way to the THINK stage. Yet, THINK has evolved into more than a showcase. It’s also become a laboratory of sorts:“For a few years in a row, we heard people asking why credit unions couldn’t do a ‘Got Milk’ style industry campaign. So at THINK 11 we brought in Jeff Manning, one of the creators of ‘Got Milk,’ to talk about how we might do just that,” Paxson recalls. “We’ve always been up for opening the box. If we can test a hypothesis or find out how to build something, that’s a great challenge for THINK.”THINK pushes the boundaries of what a conference can be, with a long list of firsts that include:THINK It Outs – the first on-stage discussion segments to connect headline speakers with credit union leaders. Iconic example: acclaimed creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson and skateboarding champion Tony Hawk in conversation with CO-OP CEO Stan Hollen and then CUNA CEO Bill Cheney.Journalists as hosts to analyze credit union initiatives and problem solve with credit union attendees, including Valerie Coleman Morris and public radio’s Tess Vigeland. One of this year’s co-hosts is Upworthy’s founding editorial director Sara Critchfield.Original Research – THINK put a live consumer focus group on stage to reveal what people think and know about credit unions. THINK also produced a research documentary on the money habits of Millennials.Collaboration and Consulting – in THINK labs, participants have learned how to generate collaborative ideas and, most recently, how to implement innovative strategy. Last year’s THINK workshop included follow-up reviews of individual credit union marketing plans by consultant Jeanette Thebeau and strategic consultant Ivan Askwith.Ongoing, multi-year collaborations with contributors including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tess Vigland, Sara Critchfield, Ivan Askwith, Daria Musk, Kate Feather, and IDEO.Taking the Prize for Collaborative InnovationTHINK recognizes great ideas and rewards them. The THINK Prize launched in 2011, when Matt Wiedler of Christian Community Credit Union won $10,000 for his idea to enable cardless ATM transactions using a mobile phone. Later THINK Prize winners include Paul Yang’s proposal for real-time P2P payments and Chris Whalen’s idea for Mobile One, an integrated mobile banking solution.“We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of serious entries and the great ideas that have bubbled up from credit union employees across the country,” Paxson says. “It certainly proves there’s no shortage of inspiration out there. But we’re equally inspired by the fact that every THINK-Prize-winning idea has informed our product development at CO-OP, so that today real-time P2P payments, integrated mobile banking and ATM-mobile interoperability are all part of the vision CO-OP is working on every day.”Last year, the THINK Prize itself underwent some innovative changes. THINK partnered with OpenIDEO, the open innovation arm of human-centered design consultancy IDEO, to host an online “Financial Empowerment” challenge. Over a three month period, the Financial Empowerment Challenge attracted close to 15,000 visitors to OpenIDEO’s collaborative platform, where more than 500 active participants made nearly 2,500 online comments and contributions to team efforts. In the end, five prizewinners shared the THINK Prize – with news about how they are activating their ideas to come at THINK 16.Turning Inspiration into ActionTHINK’s partnership with OpenIDEO continues this year. A cohort of credit union fellows is working with CO-OP and OpenIDEO to explore collaborative innovation and human-centered design in the workplace. THINK 16 will also feature opportunities for participants to try human-centered design themselves and apply it in their work at credit unions.Driven by the notion that “Innovation + Purpose = Opportunity,” THINK 16 will explore the many ways that the credit union mission of “people helping people” has evolved in recent years, and how innovating around those changes is not only possible but critical. New voices – including Moneythink co-founder Ted Gonder and Zappos Insights co-creator Robert Richman – will help puzzle out the needs of a changing consumer marketplace.At THINK 16, look for a full slate of new initiatives to get credit unions involved and exercising their innovative muscles. But also, expect the unexpected. “One of the greatest outcomes for THINK has been the magic that happens within and between our participants,” says Paxson.Case in point: After a few board members reported great experiences at past THINK conferences, the entire board of directors at Firefighters First Credit Union came to Colorado Springs to attend THINK 15. The conference led directly into their planning meeting, kicking it off with a heavy dose of trend information, inspiration and strategic workshops. “We’ve been on a mission of discovery,” says Firefighters First CEO Mike Mastro. “We think about innovation a great deal. We think about strategy a great deal. We’re doing things differently and more innovatively than ever before.”Credit union strategy consultant Brandi Stankovic shared the stage with bestselling author Mark Thompson at THINK 14. The conversation about leadership they began onstage continued after the conference – and eventually resulted in a book, The Strategic MVP: 52 Growth & Leadership Exercises from the World’s Top Executives. “It took 18 months, a little blood, lots of sweat, and multiple discussions with some of the world’s top CEOs, including Warren Buffett, Charles Schwab, Sir Richard Branson, Alan Mullaly and our credit unions’ own Cutler Dawson,” says Stankovic. Co-authoring a book with one of America’s top leadership experts wasn’t on the agenda when Stankovic arrived at THINK 14. But you never know where innovation and purpose will lead. “Thank you to THINK for the opportunity.”What opportunities will you find at THINK 16? See for yourself. For more information and to register, click here.last_img read more

Mastic Heroin Dealer Charged With Fatal OD, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged heroin dealer from Mastic was charged with causing the death of a victim that overdosed on drugs sold by the suspect three months ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Roxy Headley Jr.A grand jury indicted Roxy Headley Jr., a reputed Bloods gang member, on a charge of manslaughter in the death of an overdose victim. Headley was one of 24 suspects previously arrested following a major drug bust authorities announced last month.“We have direct evidence that Headley sold the heroin and fentanyl to the North Babylon man who fatally overdosed,” Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota said.Prosecutors said Headley and his crew sold heroin mixed with up to 50 percent of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller—more than usual for drug dealers. They also allegedly sold packets of powdered fentanyl.Authorities previously said the crew was responsible for up to 10 fatal overdoses and nine non-fatal ODs, but this is the first death for which Headley was charged.Next to the victim’s body, investigators found a needle and an empty glassine bag bearing the stamp “Aleve,” which was a street name for the heroin sold by Headley, authorities said.Headley, who has a prior felony conviction for dealing drugs, will be arraigned Wednesday on the new charge. He faces up to 25 years to life in state prison if convicted of operating as a major drug trafficker.last_img read more

NIAID seeks vaccines for H5N1 avian flu

first_imgMay 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said yesterday it has awarded contracts to two companies to develop vaccines based on the H5N1 avian influenza virus in an effort to limit the risk of a human influenza pandemic.Contracts were awarded to Aventis Pasteur Inc. of Swiftwater, Pa., and Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif., both of which make inactivated flu virus vaccines that are used each flu season. Each company will produce 8,000 to 10,000 doses of vaccine, which the NIAID will then test in clinical trials, the agency said.Each contract will be worth about $2 million and will cover about a 2-year period, according to an NIAID spokeswoman. She told CIDRAP News the amount and time frame for the contracts will be determined more precisely later this summer.Widespread outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu occurred in eight Asian countries beginning last December, triggering the loss of more than 100 million poultry from illness or culling. The outbreaks led to 34 documented human cases, including 23 deaths. Disease experts feared that the avian virus would combine with a human flu virus, possibly producing a new strain that could trigger a pandemic because people would have no immunity to it.In announcing the contracts, the NIAID said, “If a pandemic of H5N1 avian influenza were to occur in humans, production of such a vaccine on a commercial scale could be used to protect laboratory workers, public health personnel at risk and, if needed, the general public.”The two companies will use a strain of H5N1 avian flu virus taken from a Vietnamese patient last February, the NIAID said. With approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the NIAID will test the vaccines for safety and immunogenicity in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials. The vaccines will be tested in healthy adults first and later in children and elderly people.Avian flu had never been known to infect humans before 1997, when an H5N1 avian virus infected 18 people in Hong Kong, killing six of them, the NIAID noted. But the virus did not spread readily from person to person in that case or in this year’s outbreaks.In a statement from Chiron Corp., Chiron Vaccines President John Lambert said, “Chiron has produced vaccines designed to protect against other types of avian influenza, including the strain that resulted in several deaths in Hong Kong in 1997. Subsequent clinical testing demonstrated that it should be possible to protect against the lethal Hong Kong strain. Our current work with the NIAID builds on this experience.”David J. Williams, chairman and CEO of Aventis Pasteur, said in a statement, “As the world’s largest producer of influenza vaccine, it is important for us to partner with the government to expand our knowledge of how to prepare a safe and effective vaccine in as short a time frame as possible. This important project will help us gain that experience.”The NIAID said the companies would produce the vaccines by the established technique of growing the virus in eggs and then inactivating and purifying it before formulating it into vaccine. “The use of established techniques to develop the investigational vaccines will help to promote rapid licensing of commercial pandemic vaccines in the event of a pandemic outbreak,” the agency said.See also:May 27 NIAID news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2004/Pages/flucontracts.aspxlast_img read more

Indonesia braces for recession, activates crisis protocol

first_img“We are very aware that we must be very careful to avoid moral hazard,” said Sri Mulyani, who was among decision makers in a controversial 2008 bailout on failed Bank Century. “We will formulate a safeguard, so that policymakers that are taking measures to improve public health and the economy cannot be criminalized because of the acts of others.”The COVID-19 crisis playbook bears eerie resemblance to the 1998 crisis, during which the central bank provided massive liquidity support to commercial banks to survive the monetary crisis, but most of the money was eventually embezzled.The government’s economic recession scenario would mean the first GDP contraction since the 1998 crisis, which saw the domestic economy contract by 13.1 percent.However, three economists contacted by The Jakarta Post agreed that Indonesia’s current state was “very different” from that in 1998. The common denominator among the economists is that existing Indonesian companies have stronger fundamentals than those in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19Center for Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah explained that many Indonesian companies in the 1990s had relied heavily on foreign loans to finance operations. Those loans had made such companies inherently vulnerable to the rupiah exchange rate slump that began in July 1997.“The companies today have not collapsed. They have been shaken, yes, but not collapsed,” he said.Public sentiment over the 1998 crisis – a violent period in Indonesian history – was stirred after the Indonesian rupiah hit Rp 16,000 to the US dollar on March 20, the weakest since the crisis, as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted an Indonesian asset sell-off.Indonesia has responded by announcing tax breaks to support companies, increasing healthcare spending and allowing the central bank to buy tradable government bonds to stabilize the rupiah, among other measures, in line with policies carried out by authorities worldwide to protect the economy.University of Indonesia economics professor Ari Kuncoro commended the government for mobilizing aid for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Such enterprises had played a critical role in getting Indonesia out of the 1998 financial crisis by stimulating the business ecosystem from the bottom up.“That habitat has to be saved. And that habitat right now, like in 1998, is largely MSMEs, the people, middle- and low-income citizens,” he said.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveMSMEs will receive extensions on loan payment deadlines for up to one year if the loan is less than Rp 10 billion, Jokowi said. They will also get bailout funds from the government if they commit to keeping 90 percent of their employees on the same salary as before the COVID-19 crisis, said Susiwijono Moegiarso, the secretary of the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister.Economist Josua Pardede of Pertama Bank added that Indonesia’s credit rating had greatly improved since the 1998 financial crisis “which shows international institution’s confidence in the performance of Indonesia’s economy.”Major credit rating agencies S&P, Moody’s and Fitch rate Indonesia’s sovereign credit as investment grade, which allows a broad range of investors to invest in Indonesian financial assets.Topics : Indonesia is bracing for the spillover effect of a global recession as policymakers roll out crisis protocols for the worst-case scenarios concerning GDP and the rupiah exchange rate while COVID-19 is hitting businesses and households hard.A government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) issued on Tuesday covers a range of crisis protocols that include allowing Bank Indonesia (BI) to throw a lifeline to the state budget through direct government bond purchases and to banks via liquidity support.Indonesia’s economy is expected to grow by 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario, which would be the lowest rate since 1999, or contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario, in the face of higher global recession risks, according to Finance Minister Sri Muyani Indrawati. The rupiah may hover between Rp 17,500 and Rp 20,000 per US dollar under the worst-case scenario, a historic low even weaker than after the 1998 financial crisis. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced plans to spend Rp 405.1 trillion on health care, social safety nets and business recovery programs. The new regulation, Perppu No. 1/2020, allows the budget deficit to widen beyond the previous legal limit of 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).“No actions, including decisions made based on this Perppu, may be subject to lawsuits that could be filed at a state administrative court,” reads the Perppu on state finance and financial system stability to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedSri Mulyani said the stipulation was necessary so that authorities were legally protected to take “extraordinary measures in protecting the economy”. The Perppu was issued as Indonesia declared a public health emergency that involves imposing large-scale social restrictions.last_img read more

UK roundup: BA scheme closure to save company £80m a year

first_imgThe company agreed with unions to pay “transition costs” to NAPS members amounting to £169m. Despite this, IAG said it was expecting a net “exceptional gain” of £598m in relation to the changes. British Airways has said it stands to save £80m (€91.6m) a year following the decision to close two of its pension schemes.As of 31 March, the defined benefit (DB) New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) was closed to future accrual and the defined contribution (DC) British Airways Retirement Plan was closed to future contributions.Both schemes have been replaced by a flexible benefits scheme, as parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) announced in December.In a stock exchange announcement yesterday, IAG said the liabilities of the NAPS would be cut by roughly £770m as a result of the closure and related changes. BA is expected to save £80m a year from the pension changesThe new DC scheme grants members an automatic 5% employer contribution without the need for an employee contribution. BA’s contribution escalates incrementally to 11% as employees increase their payments into the scheme.Steve Gunning, British Airways’ chief financial officer, said: “This is an important step in managing the risk in NAPS and ensuring the airline has an appropriate cost-base for the future.“The new arrangements include a market-competitive defined contribution scheme and will stop the build-up of further liabilities and risk in NAPS. This will help to improve the security of existing benefits.”The People’s Pension takes on £20m master trustThe UK’s largest private sector DC master trust has taken over responsibility for a rival scheme, Your Workplace Pension (YWP).In a statement, The People’s Pension said it had taken on 70 employers and more than 8,700 members.Roy Porter, group director of sales and marketing at The People’s Pension, said: “Across the industry, master trust consolidation like this looks set to increase following the new legislation and The People’s Pension is well-placed to support that.“There are a large number of master trusts in the market but following the new regulation it’s unrealistic to think they’ll all be able to continue. Improved regulation will ensure that more members can easily be moved to good quality workplace pension schemes where the employer no longer wants to operate its own pension scheme.”The UK government recently announced new rules for master trusts, which had previously been subject to little regulation or oversight. These included an authorisation regime that could cost master trusts up to £67,000 to complete.In addition, the government said strategists and trustees working on master trusts would be subject to suitability tests to judge individuals’ knowledge, understanding and experience, while scheme providers would be required to have sufficient resources to cover the costs of setting up and running a master trust and to resolve events that “could have a significant impact on a master trust scheme’s ability to operate”.The People’s Pension was set up in 2011 as a multi-employer scheme to help small companies with their auto-enrolment requirements. It has more than 3m members, according to its website.Recruitment firm charged with computer misuse after ‘illegal opt-outs’The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to prosecute a recruitment firm and seven of its employees for allegedly illegally opting employees out of the company pension scheme.In a statement yesterday TPR accused Workchain of logging onto its online pension system using employees’ personal details to terminate their membership of the scheme.Employees must opt out of workplace pension schemes themselves, TPR said.The company and the individuals were charged with “unauthorised access to a computer programme [sic]”. They have been summoned to appear in Derby Magistrates’ Court on 7 June.The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months and/or an unlimited fine, according to TPR. However, the sentence could be as much as two years if the case goes to the UK’s Crown Court.New British Steel scheme opens for businessThe trustee board of the new British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) has made its first payment to more than 80,000 members since it was restructured. It has also launched a new website. The announcement last week marked the end of a three-year struggle for the future of UK steelworkers’ pensions, which began in March 2015 when the sponsoring employer, Tata Steel, announced it would close the DB scheme to future accrual.It then threatened to pull out of the UK altogether if it was unable to cut the cost of funding the scheme, leading to complex negotiations between the company, trustees, TPR and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).Allan Johnston, who chaired the old scheme (now in the PPF’s assessment period) and leads the new scheme’s trustee board, said the past 18 months had been “challenging”.He added: “It is pleasing that around 100,000 old scheme members took the time to choose the outcome that was best for them based on their personal circumstances. The new BSPS offers benefits that for most members of the old scheme are the same or better than the PPF and over 80,000 of those members took the opportunity to switch to the new scheme.”last_img read more

Del Potro undergoes second operation on injured knee

first_imgFormer US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, out of action since June 2019, underwent surgery on his right knee in Miami on Monday.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Our Favorite Celebs Look Like With Their Natural Hair ColorIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes It was a second operation after Del Potro fractured his right kneecap at Queens in June.The 31-year-old former world No.3 underwent his first operation later that month in Barcelona.Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has had surgery on his right kneeRead Also: Aussie Open: Injured Federer saves seven match points in stunning comebackHe planned to return to the ATP circuit in October but continued discomfort forced him to undergo another operation.The 1.98m “Tower of Tandil” won the US Open in 2009 and silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but his career has been interrupted repeatedly by wrist injuries which forced him to undergo surgery three times.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Argentine posted a photo on social media showing him on crutches with his right leg in a brace and the caption in Spanish and English that said “time to go home to rest” and said thank you “for all the love and support you give me in these difficult times.”last_img read more

IHSAA School Enrollments

first_imgThe new IHSAA school enrollment figures have been released.  The largest high school in Indiana is now Carmel with 4,830 students.  Second place goes to Ben Davis High School with 4,220 students.  Third place goes to Warren Central with 3,602 students.  The 4th largest school is also in Indianapolis with North Central coming in at 3,520 students.  The only schools in the top ten that are not in Indianapolis are Penn High School and Lake Central High School both in northern Indiana.A few schools that are moving to new classes include LaPorte who will move to 6A in football this year.  Also, Tech High School will move up to 5A in football.  On the downward side, Marion drops to 3A.  Melvin Siefert, who is principal at Plainfield High School will see his team go to 5A this year.  Two more Indianapolis schools also will find themselves in a new class this year.  They are Ritter and Attucks who both move up to 3A.Only one school listed in this report must move because of winning consecutive state titles.  That is also an Indianapolis School, and it is Cathedral.  No area schools were listed in this IHSAA report.last_img read more

MSD renews decal program support of IMCA Stock Car division

first_imgEL PASO, Texas – IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers are chief among beneficiaries of MSD sponsorship sup­port for the sanctioning body.The El Paso, Texas, manufacturer and distributor is part of the national decal program for the division again and gives $100 product certificates to top 10 drivers in final standings for both Northern and Southern regions.This season is MSD’s 14th as an IMCA sponsor. That program also includes awards for IMCA Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Late Models and the Deery Brothers Summer Series.“We are excited to once again partner with IMCA to reward racers using MSD products,” said Company President Russell Stephens. “For 2017 MSD has introduced the new 6CT Ignition featuring all-new technology including a digital readout to show rpm, rev limit point, battery voltage and start retard amount.“MSD values the local dirt track racers who are the backbone of grassroots racing. IMCA racers work all day then come home and work all night to get ready to race,” he continued. “MSD is grateful for the opportunity to reward them with products like the 6CT and with product certificates. Good luck to all IMCA racers in 2017!”Top eligible drivers in each of the five IMCA Modified regions receive new 6CT digital ignition control boxes and Blaster HVC coils; the runner-up gets a 6CT ignition control box while third and fourth place drivers get universal spark plug wire sets and the fifth place driver receives a Blaster HVC coil.The top drivers in each Stock Car regions get Ultimate HEI kits and a universal spark plug wire set. Runners-up receive a HEI module and the third place finishers get universal spark plug wire sets.An 8728 Soft Touch rev control goes to the top eligible driver in the national Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod standings. Universal spark plug wire sets go to second and third place drivers in both divisions.Top three eligible drivers in national point standings for Late Models and the Deery Series standings receive a digital 6CT ignition control box, spark plug wire set and Blaster HVC coil, and universal plug wire set, respec­tively.Drivers in all five divisions must compete with MSD products, display two MSD decals on their race car and send sign-up forms to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Decal placement is also required for Stock Car drivers to be eligible for national and regional point fund shares. Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning in December.Information about MSD products is available by calling 915 855-7123 and at the www.msdperformance.com website.“MSD has always been the leader in ignition control and their influence is felt throughout dirt track racing,” said Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “We rely on their expertise when implementing rules packages in nearly every IMCA division and trust the products they supply to IMCA racers as a result.”last_img read more

Luellen, Marriott motor to Modified qualifying feature wins

first_imgClint Luellen led start to finish in winning his Thursday night Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Clint Luellen led every lap while Hunter Marriott needed most of his feature in winning IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Modified qualifiers Thursday night.Luellen, the 2015 Northern SportMod champion, had the field covered from the get-go in the opener at Boone Speedway. Cautions at midway – that yellow took Oregon contender Collen Winebarger, piloting one of the fastest cars on the track, out of contention – and again on lap 20 erased Luellen’s sizable leads but he pulled away after both restarts.Cayden Carter started 25th and passed 2010 champion Jimmy Gustin with four to go and finished second; the 17th starting Gustin and Chaz Baca, who headed the pursuit of Luellen much of the way, completed the top four.Marriott worked his way toward the front from 15th starting in the nightcap. Into the top four by lap nine, he finally caught Tanner Black for the front spot with four laps left.Black beat 11th starting Justin Auringer to the stripe by all of four one thousandth’s of a second for runner-up honors and Joe Duvall completed the top four.Gustin qualified for his career 12th main event, Auringer for his eighth, Marriott his fourth, Carter his third and Luellen, Baca, Black and Duvall each their first.1st qualifying feature – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 4. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 5. Craig Reetz, Dunlap; 6. Andrew Smith, Rogersville, Mo.; 7. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 8. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 9. Jeff Stephens, Arion; 10. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 11. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 12. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 13. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 14. Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.; 15. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 16. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 17. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 18. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 19. Brandon Leeman, Roland; 20. Josh Truman, Indianola; 21. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 22. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 23. Cory Wray, Trenton, Mo.; 24. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 25. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney, Texas; 26. Nick Deal, Harlan; 27. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 28. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 29. Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; 30. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 3. Justin Auringer, Evansdale; 4. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 7. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Randy Foote, Stanton; 10. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 11. Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; 12. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev.; 13. Brenten DeYoung, Crystal, Mich.; 14. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 15. Ben Kraus, Britt; 16. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 17. Eric Elliott, Boone; 18. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 19. Clay Sellard, Bucklin, Kan.; 20. Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; 21. Taylor Musselman, Urbandale; 22. Gavin Hunyady, Fenton, Mich.; 23. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 24. Dan Ratajczak, Luxemburg, Wis.; 25. Raymond McSpadden, Buda, Texas; 26. Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; 27. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb.; 28. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 29. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 30. Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn. Hunter Marriott raced from 15th to win Thursday night’s second Modified qualifying feature at Super Nationals. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)last_img read more