Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan Rolls Into Ocean City on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

first_imgThe Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan will visit Ocean City 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the basketball courts on the beach block of Sixth Street.The event is free and open to fans of all ages.Three Flyers alumni – Brad Marsh, Todd Fedoruk and Doug Crossman – are currently confirmed to attend. The Caravan is part of a new initiative to promote the sport of ice hockey and support youths across the region. Each stop in the family-fun series includes an inflatable rink hosting alumni-run clinics and shoot-arounds, inflatable games and activities, tailgate games, a bungee run, interaction with Flyers Ice Girls and Fun Patrol members, and more.last_img read more

Switzerland’s lower chamber amends AV2020 pension reform plan

first_imgOne of the major points where MPs disagreed with members of the Ständerat was on how to account for the 12% drop in future second-pillar pensions resulting from lowering the conversion rate.While the Ständerat wants to increase first-pillar pensions from the state AHV/AVS system, the conservative majority in the larger chamber voted against this.Conservative politicians referred to the public’s recent rejection of a state pension hike in a referendum on the AHV-plus on Sunday.Instead, conservatives want second-pillar pension cuts to be offset solely within workplace pensions.One change would be to slash the so-called Koordinationsabzug, used to calculate contributions into the second pillar by cross-referencing them with first-pillar pensions.If it is cut, lower-income earners will have to pay into the second pillar, increasing pension spending for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) but also giving more people the opportunity to save.The Nationalrat’s social committee added a new proposal to “de-politicise” technical parameters like the conversion rate or the minimum interest rate.It wants to introduce automatic calculation algorithms rather than have these rates set by commissions and politicians.The Nationalrat also surprised many with a new proposal to help finance the first-pillar AHV.It wants to introduce an automatic mechanism that would increase the pension age to 67 in lock-step with VAT, should the AHV lack the necessary funds.In contrast to the Ständerat and the Swiss government (the Bundesrat), which had drafted the first reform proposal more than two years ago, the Nationalrat only wants to raise VAT by 60 basis points to help fund the AHV.The Ständerat proposed an increase of 100bps, the government, 150bps.The Nationalrat agreed with the Ständerat to raise the statutory retirement age for women to that of men (65), and retirement will be made more flexible between the ages of 62 and 70.The new draft will now be sent back to the Ständerat before it returns to the Nationalrat for the lower chamber’s December session.For more on Swiss pension reform, see the November issue of IPE magazine The minimum conversion rate (Umwandlungssatz) in Switzerland’s mandatory second-pillar pension system is set to be cut from 6.8% to 6% over the next years after the move was approved in the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday.This part of the draft for the Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020) pension reform package – presented to the Nationalrat, the larger house of Parliament, by the Ständerat, the upper chamber, a few months ago – enjoyed majority support among MPs.The debate on Wednesday was briefer than many analysts expected, but it brought some amendments to the draft, which the Ständerat must now discuss again.Interior minister Alain Berset, however, said the draft “still needs work”, while Switzerland’s unions have argued that the Nationalrat’s proposal would fail to win a majority, “as workers cannot accept it”.last_img read more

Racing action at Limerick Junction

first_imgThe Group 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes is the feature event on an 8 race Flat card at Tipperary this afternoon.Dermot Weld has won this race for the last three years and the Rosewell House trainer is represented this time with Tempera ridden by Leigh Roche and stable pick Raymonda, the mount of in-form stable jockey Pat Smullen.The going is soft this morning and the first race goes to post at 4.25. Photo © Tipperary Racecourselast_img

Codere integrates SIS racing streams

first_img Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Paul WittenRacing content and data supplier Sports Information Services (SIS) has expanded its European footprint, by agreeing on a five-year deal with Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere to upgrade in-store racing streaming services.As part of the agreement, SIS will supply live pictures, commentary and data for horseracing and greyhounds across the operator’s entire retail estate.SIS’ new international service has been developed by working closely with race tracks and bookmakers to create an improved service which meets the market’s growing expectations.SIS Product Director Paul Witten commented on the agreement: “SIS has produced high quality and reliable content for the betting industry for 30 years and we have now developed an even higher quality greyhound product for the international market.“We are excited to be working with Codere to provide them with our SIS greyhound service and we believe the content will continue to prove popular with their customers and generate significant revenues and profits as the service develops.”Peter Lucas, Trading Director at Codere, backed SIS as streaming partner: “This partnership with SIS allows us to significantly expand our product offering for our customers. I am certain that they will appreciate the quality content on show and service from a market leader like SIS.“With increasing demand for greyhound racing in our market in recent years, SIS’s new greyhound service provides our customers with high quality content, at times that suit them.”last_img read more

DONEGAL BREAST CANCER CARE SPECIALISTS GET LATEST RESEARCH HELP

first_imgPictured in the photograph are some of the Faculty members of the 2nd Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course held in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. From left to right: Geraldine MacGregor, Kevin Barry, Hajnalka Gyorffy, Jiri Vyskocil, Fiona MacNeill, John Kennedy, Kristjan Asgeirsson, Isobel Rubio, Katherine McGowan, Reem Salman and Michael Sugrue.The Breast Centre North West, based at Letterkenny General Hospital and the Donegal Clinical Research Academy recently organised an international Breast Cancer multidisciplinary course which took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.This course was unique as it brought together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care for a one day event. Presented at the meeting was a combination of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussions. Attendees were updated on some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.Commenting, Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny Hospital said “This is the second year we held this course, which is unique internationally and has received excellent reviews from attendees. “I am pleased that Letterkenny could bring four international world leaders in breast cancer care to Ireland to complement the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health.“The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain”.Breast Surgeon in Letterkenny General Hospital, Mr Michael Sugrue noted that the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.DONEGAL BREAST CANCER CARE SPECIALISTS GET LATEST RESEARCH HELP was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breast cancerdonegalLetterkenny General Hospitalresearchlast_img read more

Vermont Sets New Noise Rules for Wind Turbines

first_imgThe adoption of new rules limiting noise from wind turbines was intended to meet the requirements of legislation passed last year, but neither side seems especially happy with the outcome.Wind advocates think the new regulations are too strict and complained they will make it tough for Vermont to meet a goal of getting 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, The Associated Press reported. Opponents said turbines will still be too noisy.The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) created three categories for wind farms depending on total capacity, according to a news release issued in the wake of the Nov. 7 ruling. For small (up to 50 kilowatts) and medium (50 to 150 kW) facilities, the noise limit is 42 decibels when measured 100 feet from nearby houses. For big wind farms (greater than 150 kW), the limit is 42 decibels during the day but 39 at night. RELATED ARTICLES Wind Farm Sued Over NoiseCommercial-Scale Wind PowerTurbine Towers May be Getting TallerWind Farms Have Little Impact on Property ValuesJudge Cuts Hours for Massachusetts Wind TurbinesWind Power: Why it Doesn’t Make Sense Everywhere Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems Wind developers will be required to estimate noise levels when they file applications for building permits, and large projects will be subject to monitoring once they are in operation. Nearby residents can opt out if they choose, essentially giving wind farm operators permission to exceed the limits at their properties.The PUC said the new rules are an attempt “to protect neighbors’ interests while preserving the opportunity to develop wind projects as part of Vermont’s renewable energy goals.” The rules take effect Nov. 22 and will apply to new projects, not any existing or pending facilities.Neighboring Maine, with the most wind capacity in New England, lowered allowable nighttime sound from turbines from 45 decibels to 42 decibels in 2012. Unpopular on both sidesWind turbines, especially utility-sized wind farms, are contentious no matter where they are built. While wind advocates — including former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin — see wind as an obvious way to slow climate change, critics deplore the environmental toll the projects take on pristine mountain peaks. Noise complaints from nearby homes are a common theme, although scientific studies have not linked turbine noise to any particular health problems.Annette Smith, who heads Vermonters for a Clean Environment, said the PUC hasn’t done enough to limit noise. “The wind noise rule as … approved is not going to protect Vermonters from the harm that we have already experienced from industrial wind turbines,” she told the AP.But Austin Davis of Renewable Energy Vermont said the rules will have a “chilling effect” on the development of wind energy in the state. “However,” he added, “that doesn’t do away with the fact that wind energy currently is the cheapest renewable energy available to New England.”Chris Recchia, a consultant and former utility regulator under Shumlin, said the new standards are feasible, but the industry would have to develop new technology in order for turbines to run at full capacity and still meet the 39-decibel limit for nighttime operation.“I don’t think this is a veto of wind in Vermont,” Recchia told the AP. “I think it’s a challenge.”The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, lists eight wind farms in Vermont. The largest is the 63 megawatt Kingdom Community Wind project in Orleans County in the northern part of the state. It has a total of 21 turbines. An 82.8 megawatt project proposed for the southern Vermont communities of Windham and Grafton was defeated at the polls last year. It would have included 24 turbines, each nearly 500 feet tall, The New York Times said.The developer of that project, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola Renewables, had offered to pay a total of $565,000 a year to the 815 registered voters in those towns in an effort to sweeten the pot before the vote. But residents didn’t nibble.last_img read more

CWG: Delhi CM gives free entry to students

first_imgAfter Headlines Today highlighted poor attendance at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues due to the ticketing mess, the Delhi government has decided to allow free entry to school students. Headlines Today received an SMS from the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s office on Wednesday informing about the decision. The government action comes after Headlines Today highlighted how events at the Games had become a no-show due to the ticketing mess that resulted in empty stands across various venues despite the CWG organising committee’s (OC) claims that most events were completely sold out. Headlines Today asked people “who exactly is responsible for this ticket to chaos?” Surprisingly, the OC appeared as clueless as the rest giving a vague explanation for the low turnout. CWG OC vice-chairman Randhir Singh said, “It is very surprising that the tickets are sold out. I asked the authorities, they said if the tickets have been spread over the whole period, everyone would not come on the same day.” However young Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who is also a member of the OC, acknowledged the problem and suggested free entry to young sports enthusiasts. “There has been a slip-up somewhere. I think we should oversell the tickets. Budding sportspersons should be allowed free entry,” Jindal opined.last_img read more

June 22 2002 Paolo Soleri celebrated his eighty

first_imgJune 22, 2002 Paolo Soleri celebrated his eighty-third birthday a day early inthe company of Arcosanti residents. Held over lunchtime frugal soup, the celebration was quiet and thoughtful.[Photo & text: MS] . [Photo & text: MS] Bakeryworker Brandy Follet (left) and manager Valerie Loft (right)surprised Paolo with an elaborate and delicious birthday cake. [Photo &text: MS] >>left>> Valerie presenting her masterpiece to Paolo. >>right>> Paolo>>serving cake to residents [Photo & text : MS].last_img read more