The Rundown – October 2013

first_imgBE AWAREOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is still much to be done in the battle against this terrible disease. Awareness is key. So use this month as that added little nudge to educate yourself and your loved ones, if you haven’t already, about the value of early detection and treatment, and support those Long Islanders whose lives have been forever altered. Participate in awareness-related walks and other activities that are taking place throughout the month, or visit your local breast cancer nonprofit and volunteer to help.GOOGLE “FIREMAN SAVES KITTEN”Warning: Grab a few tissues. It’s two minutes of the most heart-wrenching high-def first-person video you’ll ever see. This poor kitten. This poor, little baby kitten. God bless all firemen.CELEBRATE OKTOBERFESTEnjoy the best Germany has to offer right in Eisenhower Park! There’s live music! German food! German beer! And it’s free! Ya vol! 12-5 p.m. October 5 & 6WATCH METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVERThe four horsemen of heavy metal’s new concert film is a nonstop barrage of high-octane music, animation and 3D graphics that strikes with the electricity of lightning and the impact of a freight train. It’s breaking box office records and you should catch it before it’s out of IMAX. Wow.MARVEL AT MAXNassau County Museum of Art will be exhibiting many never-before-seen drawings from famed pop artist Peter Max, beginning October 26 and running through February 23. You’re not going to want to miss this, trust us.LISTEN TO UNVARNISHEDJoan Jett, the Godmother of Punk hailing from Long Beach, released last month’s Unvarnished, her 14th studio effort and first new album in seven years while staying true to her simultaneously polished-yet-gritty sound. She calls it her most introspective album to date, although that may be hard to believe while we’re still rocking out to 1988’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”FEAST ON SOME TIKKAIndian and Pakistani cuisine offer some of the most absolutely mouth-watering dishes (literally, those spices can be hot!) that are both delicious and nutritious. Plus, you’ll probably learn a new word or two when ordering. Try the Press newsroom favorite “Chicken Tikka” and some “Naan,” and go to BestOf.LongIslandPress.com to check out some of the Island’s hands-down best purveyors. You’re welcome.DOWNLOAD LENNON APPMusic lovers will be able to recreate the 1980 near-deadly boat trip the Beatle took to Bermuda where he created much of that year’s Double Fantasy album. Due out Nov. 6, “John Jennon: The Bermuda Tapes” will also enable users to retrace the musician’s path across the island and listen to demos. For more on the historic trek, check out this month’s Rear View, “Imagine: John Lennon on Long Island”!LOOK OUT FOR NEW IPAD?Just as we got over Apple fanboys (and girls) rushing to stores last month to fetch the latest iPhone, Apple apparently is ready to send the tech world into a frenzy once again. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a possible unveiling of the next generation iPad, which, according to rumors, will be slimmed-down, with an improved camera. Grab your tent.HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Risk that large DB employer insolvencies could ‘seriously strain’ PPF

first_imgLCP said its analysis indicated that even in the more serious scenario of a £20bn hit, a combination of adjustments to the PPF’s funding strategy and self-sufficiency targets could be enough to cover the deterioration in funding without the need to cut benefits.The measures that the PPF could take to absorb even a relatively large series of additional liabilities included putting back the date at which it was targeting self-sufficiency, accepting a lower target probability of achieving self-sufficiency, and raising levies.However, LCP warned that the biggest risk to the PPF would come if the current crisis hit sectors of the economy that tended to have relatively large DB deficits.If several long-established employers with large DB schemes in sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace and high street retail were all to face insolvency in the coming years, “even the more serious £20bn could prove to be an under-estimate”, it said.Should a much worse scenario than that arise, additional actions may have to be seriously considered, “including the possibility that the government attempts to reduce past and future PPF compensation”, the consultants said.“The crucial question is whether the insolvencies which we are likely to see in the coming years will hit firms which also have large DB deficits”LCP partner Jonathan WolffLCP partner Jonathan Wolff said it was reassuring to see that the PPF was relatively well placed “to navigate the current choppy waters” “but warned against complacency.“Recent history has been a reminder that the crucial question is whether the insolvencies which we are likely to see in the coming years will hit firms which also have large DB deficits,” he said. “There remains a risk that too many such insolvencies could put a serious strain on the system”.PPF viewDavid Taylor, PPF executive director responsible for the PPF levy, said: “Our members, levy payers and those protected by the PPF should not be concerned with speculation about our ability to weather the current economic situation.  Our latest modelling shows that we are well placed to achieve our self-sufficiency target and our 2020/21 levy estimate remains unchanged from its announcement last year.”The PPF is due to publish its 2019/20 annual report and accounts in the autumn, later than planned because some assets needed more time for complete valuations to be obtained. It has in the meantime published its first standalone responsible investment report.LCP said it also considered the effect of some non-Covid-19 factors facing the PPF, such as the move from RPI inflation to CPIH and the effect of recent court cases on PPF compensation.This article was amended after publication to include an updated comment from the PPF. The extent to which the coronavirus crisis hits employers with relatively large defined benefit (DB) deficits will be a key determinant of whether the UK’s DB lifeboat fund can cope without the need arising for extreme measures such as cutting compensation, according to analysis from LCP.Using two modelled scenarios, the consultants showed that the £32bn (€35bn) Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is likely to face a multi-billion pound hit as a result of insolvencies in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.In a scenario assuming a similar rate of insolvencies as followed the 2007/08 financial crash but based on more recent claim levels, the hit on the PPF is £10bn.A £20bn scenario reflects a deeper economic downturn where PPF claims are focussed on companies with larger deficits.last_img read more

UCL: Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in final, warns Flick

first_img Loading… Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick insists treble-chasing Germans must tighten their defence against Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s Champions League final after some nervous early moments in their 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon. Flick’s side made a shaky start on Wednesday in Lisbon as Lyon captain Memphis Depay fired wide, then Karl Ekambi hit the post before man-of-the-match Serge Gnabry settled Bayern’s nerves with two first-half goals. “Lyon fought hard and made things hard for us, we know PSG have quick players and we will have to organise our defence differently,” said Flick, whose side scored 42 goals in 10 Champions League games to reach the final. Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in Champions League final, warns Flick Read Also: PSG fans celebrate UCL final qualification with fireworks “Paris are a great team, they fought their way into the semi-final and then reached the final. “We know they have quick players, but we know our biggest strength is putting our opponents under pressure.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining Means5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Robert Lewandowski headed home his 15th Champions League goal of the season two minutes from the final whistle as Bayern claimed a record-equalling 10th straight win in Europe.last_img read more

Krul out to upset Van Gaal

first_img The 26-year-old Holland keeper, who played under Van Gaal at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, has huge respect for his compatriot. However, having kept just a second Barclays Premier League clean sheet in seven attempts since his return from injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over struggling Aston Villa at St James’ Park, he is hoping to get the better of the United manager when he and his team head for Tyneside on Wednesday evening. Cisse said: “It’s very, very nice to see Jonas. I have seen him in the training ground, but in the stadium, it’s not the same. I said said to him, ‘welcome back’, because Jonas is a big man and he is very, very important for the team.” Villa boss Tim Sherwood was understandably disappointed with a result he felt was not warranted by his team’s display, but was nevertheless able to take positives. He said: “No-one said it was going to be easy, I knew it was going to be tough and it is getting tougher as the games tick off . “But I am not trying to take any pressure off the guys. I have said to them in there we need to put pressure on ourselves. It’s important that we win football matches and we take something from every game we play. “If they perform like that we have got more of a chance to be able to do that. I am far happier today in defeat – I know it’s zero points still, but I am far happier in defeat today than I was last week because I saw an improvement, which means they are listen on the training field and they are trying to apply themselves correctly like I am telling them.” Asked about his World Cup adventure under Van Gaal, Krul told nufcTV: “We had a great 10 weeks, I learnt a lot from him and obviously the goalkeeping coach there as well, Frans Hoek. We had a really good 10 weeks, memorable forever. I will never forget those experiences we had there. “I am looking forward to seeing him on Wednesday – and taking three points from him. Wednesday is a massive game. They are always big, big games against Manchester United here and we are confident because they don’t like coming here.” If the Magpies are to emerge with a second three-point haul inside five days, they will have to play significantly better against United than they did to claim their first home victory of 2015 at the weekend. Indeed, Villa, who remain deep in relegation trouble, enjoyed the better of the first half and had it not been for two fine saves from Krul either side of the break, one to keep out Christian Benteke’s acrobatic overhead kick and the other to block Tom Cleverley’s shot with a foot, things might have turned out differently. The keeper, who had to pick the ball out of his net on five occasions at Manchester City a week earlier, said: “That’s the least we had to do, just put a proper graft in, blocks on the line, blocks on the edge. “We just helped each other out really well and I am really proud of the team, the way we reacted after last week.” Ultimately it was Papiss Cisse’s 11th goal of the season which won the match as he controlled Daryl Janmaat’s cross and fired past the helpless Brad Guzan with 37 minutes gone to maintain his impressive goals-to-games ratio this season. The Senegal international headed straight to the bench to celebrate with midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who was back among the matchday squad for the first time in 17 months following his recovery from testicular cancer. Press Association Tim Krul is hoping to pile the pressure on his former international boss Louis van Gaal as Newcastle attempt to dent Manchester United’s bid for a top-four finish. last_img read more

Iowa Medicaid providers fight departed insurer for payment

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Providers of Medicaid services in Iowa say they are owed up to $1.4 million by an insurance company that left the Iowa Medicaid program two years ago.Documents filed with the Iowa Insurance Division show AmeriHealth Caritas could owe as much as $1.4 million to Iowa hospitals, nursing homes and providers of mental health services.Kim Weber, who leads a company that helps Medicaid patients to stay in their homes, says she’s owed $193,000 and calls the unpaid bills “downright thievery.”A hospital in Vinton and a nursing home company in Hampton are among Iowa providers that have sued for payment of tens of thousands of dollars.An AmeriHealth spokesman says the company continues “to diligently work to resolve any outstanding items.”Providers say they haven’t received help from the Department of Human Services, which oversees Medicaid. The agency says those with claims should deal directly with the privately run program.last_img read more