PSWC 2010 http://pswc2010.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 23:13:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pswc2010.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png PSWC 2010 http://pswc2010.org/ 32 32 GigNet Commits to Protecting Customers Against Cybercrime by Launching New Cybersecurity Products and Services https://pswc2010.org/gignet-commits-to-protecting-customers-against-cybercrime-by-launching-new-cybersecurity-products-and-services/ Tue, 17 May 2022 23:13:00 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/gignet-commits-to-protecting-customers-against-cybercrime-by-launching-new-cybersecurity-products-and-services/

CANCUN, Mexico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GigNet, a digital infrastructure company with an extensive regional fiber optic broadband network from Costa Mujeres, north of Cancún, via the Tulum Hotel Zone, today announced a number of new products and services to help protect hospitality and corporate customers from financial loss caused by cybercrime, ransomware and other malicious attacks. With the average cost of cyberattacks on businesses running into millions of US dollars, GigNet’s new cybersecurity products are important new tools for cyber risk prevention, planning, and early detection.

GigNet announced the official launch of the cybersecurity products at a press conference at GigNet Mexico Headquarters and Wi-Fi World Congress Americas being held in Cancun (https://wifinowglobal.com/cancun-2022). GigNet Mexico President Mark Carney, OBE, is a guest speaker at WiFi World Congress Americas, as is GigNet Senior Advisor Richard Clarke. Mr. Clarke is one of the world’s most recognized cybersecurity experts, having been America’s first “Cyber ​​Czar.” Mr. Clarke is president of Good Harbor Security Risk Management in Washington D.C.

GigNet and Good Harbor announced the launch of GigNet cyber crisis management services provided by Good Harbor. These services will help customers prepare for crisis situations related to cybersecurity and other security risks and provide planning and tools that can help businesses recover quickly in the event of an attack. Mr. Clarke said: “We help companies prepare for and practice crisis management because companies that do this perform better when a real crisis occurs. Although cybersecurity incidents are inevitable, the resulting damage is not.

GigNet also announced a strategic partnership with ReliaQuest, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, to launch GigNet Managed Cyber ​​Security powered by ReliaQuest, a set of tools that will help customers more quickly detect and isolate attacks and potential cybersecurity breaches, both external and internal, with real-time monitoring. ReliaQuest is an American technology company that works with major customers around the world through five global locations. “With GigNet Managed Cyber ​​Security powered by ReliaQuestyou benefit from the power of our GreyMatter platform and its artificial intelligence and our global security operations centers,” said Jason Pfeiffer, Chief Strategy Officer of ReliaQuest.

Mark Carney, OBE, and President of GigNet Mexico, said, “We are excited to work with partners who have a proven track record in this critical area of ​​cybersecurity and cyber risk. Cyberattacks and ransomware are growing and more malicious problems every year. Our secure and advanced fiber optic network is already helping us protect our customers’ data and operations, and these new cybersecurity products reinforce our commitment to be a trusted, long-term technology partner. We also believe that our investment in the region in fiber optic technology and our secure GigNet service delivery platform helps strengthen Quintana Roo as a world-class tourist destination and business environment.

ABOUT GIGNET

GigNet is the Mexican Caribbean brand of GigNet, Inc., a US-based international digital infrastructure company specializing in fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the premises (FTTP) for enterprise customers , including hotels, resorts, retailers, offices, large commercial operations, government offices, and medical and educational facilities, as well as fiber optic transport services for area mobile operators. Through its Mexican operating subsidiaries, GigNet, SA de CV, and Sanalto Redes Peninsular, SAPI de CV, the Company is a fully licensed telecommunications provider in Mexico. GigNet is actively adding customers to its extensive regional broadband network in the Mexican Caribbean, one of the largest and fastest growing residential development and tourism destinations in the world, with more than 25 million annual visitors to the airport. GigNet is a leader in digital transformation in the region.

ABOUT RELIAQUEST

ReliaQuest, the leader in Open XDR-as-a-Service, is the force multiplier for security operations teams. ReliaQuest GreyMatter is a cloud-native Open XDR platform that brings together telemetry from any security and enterprise solution, whether on-premises or in one or more clouds, to unify detection, investigation, response and resilience. ReliaQuest combines the power of technology and 24/7/365 security expertise to give organizations the visibility and coverage they need to make cybersecurity programs more effective. Fortune 1000 organizations trust ReliaQuest GreyMatter to operationalize security investments to proactively manage risk and accelerate business initiatives. ReliaQuest is privately held and headquartered in Tampa, Florida with multiple global locations. For more information, visit www.reliaquest.com

ABOUT GOOD HARBOR SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT

Good Harbor Security Risk Management is a leading cybersecurity consulting firm with decades of experience advising boards of directors, CEOs, CISOs, other corporate executives, investment professionals and government leaders on the cybersecurity risk management. Good Harbor is a trusted cybersecurity risk management advisor with experience across multiple industries including financial services, telecommunications, insurance, defense, critical infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation, and more. Richard Clarke, Chairman, is a renowned international expert on cyber risk and is the author of ten books, including a #1 national bestseller and two seminal books on cybersecurity, Cyber ​​war (2010) and The fifth domain (2019). Mr Clarke previously taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, appeared as an on-air pundit for ABC News and served on several boards. More information is available at www.goodharbor.net

]]> The tree pros will show how high they climb on Saturday https://pswc2010.org/the-tree-pros-will-show-how-high-they-climb-on-saturday/ Tue, 17 May 2022 10:30:26 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/the-tree-pros-will-show-how-high-they-climb-on-saturday/

The speed and skills of the men and women working in the trees will be on display Saturday in a contest for the title of Illinois’ top climber.

Thirty professionals will take on five separate challenges at the Illinois Arborist Association Tree Climbing Championship from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shiloh Park, 2300 Bethesda Blvd. in Zion. Saturday’s competition focuses on climbing skills, testing competitors’ abilities to maneuver quickly and safely up a tree while performing tree care.

“The general public doesn’t really understand arboriculture as a field,” said event organizer Norm Hall, a Wauconda resident and certified arborist. “We are working on trying to educate the public.”

Competitors will face five tests, including the working climb, which showcases climbers’ ability to navigate the tree canopy, Hall said.

In this challenge, competitors using a climbing harness must step out on the limbs at four stations and ring the bells in a specific order.

“It’s the most entertaining (and) most-watched event,” said Hall, a former competitor and 1979 champion.

In the aerial challenge, competitors in a simulated emergency rescue a 145-pound dummy positioned 20 to 25 feet above their heads.

“The climber must ascend, assess the victim and have them descend within five minutes,” Hall said.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

The three climbers with the highest score in the preliminary rounds compete in the Masters’ Challenge.

The male and female winners will represent the Illinois Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in September. They will also earn $1,200 in supplies and equipment.

There is no admission fee for Saturday’s competition, which returns after a four-year absence. The Illinois chapter last hosted the event in St. Paul Woods, near Morton Grove.

“It’s the 2019 competition. COVID has kept it at bay,” said April Toney, executive director of the nonprofit trade organization, which certifies arborists and supports tree research, education and training. 1,400 members.

Who are they?

“We are a fun, exciting, smart and passionate group of people. Trees are our thing,” according to the website.

Members include ground workers, climbers, equipment operators, researchers, manufacturers, industry suppliers, teachers, trainers, students, owners and managers.

The competition was designed by the International Society of Arboriculture to simulate field conditions. Illinois was one of seven states in the Midwest category until 1984, when it became a separate chapter.

Saturday’s event includes an Arbor Fair with 11 exhibits, coloring books for kids and more attractions. For more details, visit the events tab on illinoisarborist.org.

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San Antonio, TX- Centennial second Devante ‘Jack (Jena, Louisiana) missed his final attempt in the 800-meter race to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship at Saint’s last chance meet held by Our Lady of the Lake University last Friday.

Jack ran a time of 1:56.18 in the 800m, the event he won last month at the 2022 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Trinity University. Jack clocked a conference record time of 1:52.37 and became the first centennial student-athlete to win an event at the SCAC Championships. His bid to qualify for the upcoming NCAA D3 Championships failed interestingly enough in the same city where he previously won and made history.

Jack beat several athletes from Division I schools at the SCAC Championships and his 1:52.37 at the time was 15and-fastest time of the whole season in Division III. He also won the 800m in a previous season’s best of 1:56.85 on April 15 at the Little Rock Twilight and now has four top-10 finishes and a second-place finish in the 800m this season in addition to his two victories. Jack was named SCAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week following his win at the conference meet as his time beat the former conference championship mark of 1:53.50 that was set by Zach Brush by Trinity in 2011.

See the full Saint’s Last Chance Meet results here: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/75146/Saints_Last_Chance/

View the full men’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/mtrack/2021-22/schedule

#GoCentenary #CTheOpportunity

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Van Hollen ‘eager’ to get back to work, wife says at Baltimore political rally https://pswc2010.org/van-hollen-eager-to-get-back-to-work-wife-says-at-baltimore-political-rally/ Mon, 16 May 2022 19:18:34 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/van-hollen-eager-to-get-back-to-work-wife-says-at-baltimore-political-rally/
Katherine Van Hollen, pictured with Vincent DeMarco, stood in for her husband, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D), at a fundraiser in Baltimore on Monday for the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition. Photo by Josh Kurtz.

Here’s an encouraging sign that U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who suffered a mild stroke over the weekend, is on the mend: his wife, Katherine Van Hollen, was struck for him Monday morning during a public appearance.

Aside from admitting to having consumed too much caffeine, she was in good spirits.

The senator was scheduled to speak at a fundraiser in Baltimore for the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition. He is resting for the next few days after falling ill at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit on Saturday.

As Van Hollen spoke at the summit late Saturday morning, he felt lightheaded and felt a pop in the back of his neck. But it wasn’t obvious to the audience members; they thought he was leaning on the podium for dramatic effect during a rousing partisan address. Only hours later, after a visit to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., doctors realized that Van Hollen had suffered a mild stroke.

But the 63-year-old senator is on the mend, his wife reported at the Maryland Health Care For All fundraiser.

“Chris is very upset and frustrated that he can’t be here in person,” Katherine Van Hollen said. Her husband, she said, was “eager” to be discharged from the hospital and back to work as soon as possible, which should happen later this week, according to his office.

She praised the health care coalition for “doing God’s work.”

Coalition Chairman Vincent DeMarco has called Senator Van Hollen a great ally since his time in the General Assembly. He recalls working with Van Hollen on tobacco tax legislation in the late 1990s over the objections of powerful state senate president the late Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), who said a tobacco tax increase would happen “on my dead body”. .”

“I guess that’s what we’re going to have to do,” DeMarco recounted, telling Van Hollen, as the crowd burst into laughter.

Katherine Van Hollen said that despite the difficulty of accomplishing anything substantial in Congress these days, her husband remains optimistic that lawmakers will be able to find a compromise to reduce the price of prescription drugs .

“Few things are more important than access to affordable, quality health care,” she said.

Also speaking at the fundraiser Monday: Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D), State Del. Maggie L. McIntosh (D-Baltimore City), who just resigned as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in Annapolis, and state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), who appeared via Zoom. The event raised about $30,000 for the health care advocacy group and attracted an “A-list” of politicians, health care policy experts, labor leaders and philanthropists.

Van Hollen is the second Democratic senator to have a mild stroke this year. New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D) had a stroke in late January, and he returned to Capitol Hill in early March. But since the Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, the absence of a single senator for a few days can have a significant impact on the legislative agenda and the confirmation votes of candidates for the Biden administration.

This week may not be as busy in the Senate as some weeks have been in recent years. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was due to return with fellow Republicans from a trip to Ukraine Monday night. And with President Biden scheduled to travel to Buffalo, NY, on Tuesday to comfort the families of victims of the racially motivated mass supermarket shooting, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) is likely to accompany it, further slowing down the work of the Senate.

Coincidentally, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the frontrunner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in Keystone State, also revealed that he had a mild stroke during the weekend. It remains to be seen whether this will have an impact on his electoral fortunes.

DeMarco gave each of the speakers a jar of homemade spaghetti sauce, based on his mother’s recipe, “made with tomatoes, basil, salt and love.”

“This will heal Chris,” he told Katherine Van Hollen as he presented her with the gift.

“I hope there’s garlic in it, as a Greek-American,” she said.

“You can add garlic,” DeMarco replied.

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World Potato Congress: more than 1,000 delegates present https://pswc2010.org/world-potato-congress-more-than-1000-delegates-present/ Mon, 16 May 2022 12:06:33 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/world-potato-congress-more-than-1000-delegates-present/

More than 1,000 delegates and 60 guest speakers are expected to attend the World Potato Congress (WPC) at the end of the month, which will be held in Ireland for the first time.

The 11th WPC will take place from May 30 to June 2 at the RDS in Dublin and will hear guest speakers and experts from around the world share their knowledge and views on the industry.

There will be three full days of presentations and discussions on key issues dominating the industry, such as international trade, sustainability and nutrition. The fourth day of the event will see delegates visit a number of potato farms across the country.

Over 60 speakers will take part in the event, including EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, Dr QU Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Professor Paul Struik, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Topics will include the role of the potato in a changing world; the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global potato industry; potato research in sustainability; and fresh produce consumption trends. There will also be a presentation by Canadian motivational speaker Chris Koch.

The Irish Potato Federation (IPF) competed with several other countries in 2018 to win the right to host this year’s four-day event. To date, the WPC has taken place on all seven continents, with previous host countries including Canada, China, Peru, the United States and New Zealand.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in 2021 but was postponed due to covid-19 restrictions. However, IPF President Michael Hoey said the delay presented opportunities to make the event even better:

“In many ways, the event has become even more relevant as the global agribusiness industry grapples with issues such as food safety, global supply chain issues and the continued trend towards systems more sustainable food production.

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue welcomed the opportunity to host a unique event such as the WPC and said it was “a great privilege for the ‘Ireland”.

“To see world potato industry leaders come to Ireland is a testament to the industry we have here. The potato industry has undergone changes and challenges over the past few years, but at the heart of our sector’s success is our commitment to quality and our dedication to excellence.

“The World Potato Congress provides an excellent opportunity for global potato professionals of all kinds to come together to do business and benefit from shared learnings.”

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, stressed that the potato has long been synonymous with Ireland and that the opportunity to host such a prestigious event will allow Ireland to showcase its knowledge and expertise in potato production.

“It will be an opportunity to leverage networking opportunities for knowledge transfer and sharing between countries, which is invaluable at a time when the agribusiness sector is facing immense challenges of sustainability, inflation and global supply chain issues,” she concluded.

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Dutch artist Satori headlines an event in the Riyadh desert https://pswc2010.org/dutch-artist-satori-headlines-an-event-in-the-riyadh-desert/ Sun, 15 May 2022 19:55:40 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/dutch-artist-satori-headlines-an-event-in-the-riyadh-desert/

RIYADH: On Friday, a dynamic series of electronic house music bounced off the desert hills of Riyadh at NOX Camp Desert Resort, bringing together fans of desert music, art and sports in a one-of-a-kind event.

Exclusive music and arts event organizer Desert Sound Entertainment presented its first “Mars Escape” experience to the Saudi community, transporting approximately 1,000 attendees to another dimension characterized by live art, festival makeup and fire shows.

The moon was shining, creating the atmosphere of heavenly night, the music was rising. With Satori headlining, the international DJ lineup included Alaa Jazaery, Rafa, NarkBeat and a surprise performance from local DJ Ibbie.

A. of. March. Escape participants enjoyed one of the many games and activities “Mars Escape” had to offer. (A photo by Basheer Saleh)

The 10am festival saw a distinctive mix of performers take to the main stage. Rafa gave the crowd a sensuous and authentically earthy organic house experience while NarkBeat’s performance left the crowd waiting with sultry Arabic oud sounds. Alaa Jazaeri, founder of a similar music festival titled “Narratives”, slowed down the groove with a set of organic, soulful house music, taking festival-goers on a mini-journey.

The diverse music echoing the Desert Valley culminated with Satori, a world-renowned Dutch producer whose music focuses on spirituality and enlightenment. His set took off quickly at midnight and closed the event. His stop in Riyadh is part of his world tour this month with upcoming shows in Moscow, Stockholm and London.

HIGHLIGHT

Rafa gave the crowd a sensuous and authentically earthy organic house experience while NarkBeat’s performance left the crowd waiting with sultry Arabic oud sounds.

“I wouldn’t imagine on this side of the world that people know me and connect with music in this way, so it was really a great pleasure. I’ve been playing in this region of course already for a few years, if we speak from Dubai or Egypt, I played in Oman and Lebanon, but never in Arabia,” Satori said in an exclusive interview with Arab News.

The soft sounds of Satori, developed under the influence of the Japanese term “Satori”, cannot be reduced to a single genre, but rather to a feeling. His music combines elements of self exploration, earthy melodies, psychedelic tones and lively energy. The piano crescendo, synthetic electronic beats and kalimba set off a round of cheers as people danced. Almost all the listeners were rhythmically delighted, surrendering to the sound.


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“For me, I feel like I’m part of the innovation. There is something moving forward and just to be part of it is truly a great honour. It’s like we’re writing history and I’m part of that chapter,” he said of his recent performance. “At the end of the day, music is a universal language, people would connect to it or understand it even if they’re not used to these kinds of events. People will feel it.”

Although primarily focused on musical performances, the event certified by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority also included an array of cultural activities such as art installations, graffiti and street art sites, virtual reality booths, games and live catering. “We wanted to complete the musical experience as a whole, connecting with nature and expressing ourselves through art and feelings with music,” Reema Al-Saud, deputy director, told Arab News.

Spectators were ready to indulge in the cultural aspect of the experience. “It’s my first experience, and it gives a good atmosphere,” said participant Bha’a Mahdi. “I didn’t like that there weren’t many people. The place is very, very beautiful. Incredible. It’s unreal. I liked the music, but I was hoping the music would have more lows and highs. I felt united with the desert, I even took off my shoes,” he said.

Other audience members had similar comments. “Location is good, atmosphere is nice. Just one thing: I wish there were more people,” said one attendee.

“The ground traps you. The sand doesn’t allow you to dance or walk,” said another participant.

This international lineup and various activities come after a new wave of events that cater to these music lovers, the latest being Freaks of Nature, bringing new meaning to weekend family entertainment businesses in Riyadh.

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Conference on the Black River watershed, Wednesday June 8 | Oswego County https://pswc2010.org/conference-on-the-black-river-watershed-wednesday-june-8-oswego-county/ Sun, 15 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/conference-on-the-black-river-watershed-wednesday-june-8-oswego-county/

WATERTOWN – The 12th Annual Black River Watershed Conference will be held Wednesday, June 8 at the Three Willows Event Center, 3950 State Route 12, Lyons Falls. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVPs are required by May 16. Financial support for the conference is provided by the Black River Advisory Council. Information is available at www.tughill.org/2022-black-river-watershed-conference/, including a registration form, or by contacting Jennifer Harvill at 315-785-2380 or emailing jennifer@tughill .org.

The annual event is hosted by the NYS Tug Hill Commission, the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6. The annual Black River Watershed Conference stems from the completion of the management of the Black River Catchment in 2010. It aims to bring together stakeholders in the catchment and provide an opportunity to learn and discuss the issues facing the Black River and how to become better stewards of the Black River. The Black River watershed includes over 60 communities in Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and Oneida counties. While each community’s character is unique and has its own diverse needs, we all share the Black River and the desire to keep it and its tributaries and watershed healthy and vibrant. Anyone interested in the Black River is invited to learn about real-life projects in local communities related to riverbank restoration and the design of natural channels as well as other natural resource efforts.

“Water has always attracted people – it is not only a source of drinking water, but it also provides food, can be used to irrigate crops, is a means of transport and a source of activity. economic. Given all the benefits that water provides, it’s no surprise that communities are looking for ways to maintain high water quality while balancing the need for economic growth and development. Extract from the Black River Watershed Management Plan, May 2010.

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Controversial healthcare fund for City College retirees – The Guardsman https://pswc2010.org/controversial-healthcare-fund-for-city-college-retirees-the-guardsman/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:11:28 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/controversial-healthcare-fund-for-city-college-retirees-the-guardsman/

In the summer of 2020, City College of San Francisco, like many other institutions, anticipated a severe shortfall caused by the global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. To close the gap, faculty union American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 negotiated a pay cut and college administrators withdrew $21 million from a fund set aside to pay for health care for future retirees. .

Nearly two years later, college watchdogs say that withdrawal was a loan in need reimbursement, the fund is exhausted and the financial management of the college is in question.

The fund is known by the acronym “OPEB”, which stands for Other Post Employment Benefits. It is an important accounting term for health care promised to retired employees. It continues to be a point of contention in ongoing budget debates over the college’s financial future. Over the past three months, this reporter has dug deep into his story, the numbers, and interviewed experts to figure out what’s going on.

Origin

In 2005, headlines warned that these retiree benefits looked like a tidal wave of debt on public sector employers like cities and school districts after the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) ruled known as Statement 45 which requires government employers to note accrued future debts as liabilities in the current books each year. This seemingly small change in accounting practices had significant tax implications for government employers, including City College. With a ruling, many balance sheets across the country went from black to looking like they were in the red.

GASB 45 lobbied employers to pay for retiree health care twice a year. A first time for former employees currently retired, a second time to gradually pre-finance the health care of all future retirees by creating OPEB trust funds.

“In case something horrible happens at City College, a bomb dropped on it or something, then the [health care] funds would come out of it,” said Susana Atwood, CPA, a retired UC auditor and professor of accounting at City College.

Confusing! Imagine two pipes running, one for this year’s bills and the other slowly filling a large bathtub against future disaster.

City College and OPEB

City College’s first attempt to create an OPEB trust fund ended when multiple conflicts of interest were discovered between members of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and trustees of the fund, according to 2013 court documents. The money was repaid to the college in 2011.

In 2013, the college joined the San Francisco Retiree Health Care Trust Fund (SFRHCTF), as a sub-trust alongside city employees such as police and Muni drivers, agreeing that no funds would be withdrawn before 2020, SFRHCTF the documents show. Since then, the college has made its regular contributions and, as the public has now learned, has also invested additional money to fill the OPEB “bathtub”.

Withdrawal from OPEB

In September 2020, the City College Board of Trustees (BOT) presented two resolutions, a setting restrictions on disbursements from its SFRHCTF sub-trust and a declaring an extraordinary financial situation and requesting $21 million to pay for retiree health care for fiscal years 19/20 and 20/21. They have not committed to any further disbursements until the sub-trust is fully funded. There is no mention of a loan or repayment.

In preparation, the college’s actuary determined that the move was fiscally prudent and that the college fulfilled its obligations to its future retirees. In his answer, the actuary noted that since 2016, City College had paid $16.9 million more than needed into its OPEB trust, which had generated additional investment income of $5.3 million, which totaled more than the $21 million requested. The RHCTF, for its part, confirmed these additional payments and also approved the withdrawal. Rather than a loan, it was a refund of excess contributions.

City College has shown financial prudence in two ways. First, by setting aside the extra OPEB funds, and second, by carefully ensuring that withdrawing the funds will not harm its ability to meet its obligations to future retirees.

In April 2021 letter, the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT) called City College at the California Community College Chancellor’s office, alleging the college borrowed from its OPEB trust to balance its books from the previous year. and had no intention of repaying those funds. She also claims that in doing so, the college “completely depletes its OPEB fund.”

The FCMAT assertion is false. This graph of college OPEB sub-trust balances at the end of each quarter for the past three years, based on RHCTF investment reports, clearly shows that at no time has the fund been “completely depleted “.

At a recent budget forum, Martin said the college is “committed to returning these funds at an accelerated rate if possible.” A recent budget plan shows that the college plans to make additional contributions to OPEB over the next two years.

“No useless transfers to the detriment of educational opportunity” retorts AFT 2121 in its Alternative budgetarguing against OPEB payments not required at this time.

Atwood says Martin and Dr. John al-Amin, vice chancellor for finance and administration, have admitted in several budget conversations that the funds don’t need to be repaid.

In October 2021, the ACCJC threatens the college with “future adverse action” in part because its “The other post-employment benefit trust is only 18.3% funded.” “Percent funded” is a ratio of the market value of an institution’s OPEB trust assets to its “unfunded OPEB liability” (the tub), a measure of its progress toward its fully funded goal. . The college just has to show that it is on the right track.

The college actuary is the one who really knows, and his calculations revealed that CCSF’s OPEB fund would be fully funded by 2046, 22 years from now, which is in line with the city’s other OPEB funds.

In the timeline below, the “percent funded” number, taken from the ACCJC’s own financial reports on City College, is superimposed on a timeline of OPEB-related events at the college. Viewing the ACCJC values ​​for this measure in the context of the college’s OPEB history reveals a number of serious discrepancies and calls into question the validity of the ACCJC’s critique on this point.

Chronology

“Fight to Keep Them”

Medicare only covers basic medical expenses for seniors and people with disabilities who require additional coverage.

Following the civil rights and women’s movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and a wave of strikes in the public sector, City College employees won the right to collective bargaining in 1975, bargained diligently, and once obtained, fought to keep them. OPEB dues are deducted from employee paychecks, and in 2013 the college’s SEIU and AFT locals waived their own prescription drug plans to contribute to the OPEB fund.

According to Shields, GASB 45 and related pronouncements “armed retiree health,” similar to how the U.S. Postal Service was required to prefund retiree benefits 75 years in advance, a requirement recently rescinded by the US Postal Service. American Congress.

Cindy Young, from the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, said: “Under a single-payer system, health care for all older people would be included in the provision of care for everyone, so that they would no longer appear in the college books.

This article was produced for DAY 35: Data and Multimedia Journalism Spring Semester 2022 with guidance from instructor Alex Mullaney and editing by The Guardsman.

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Sunil Jakhar an asset, Congress should not lose him, says Navjot Sidhu https://pswc2010.org/sunil-jakhar-an-asset-congress-should-not-lose-him-says-navjot-sidhu/ Sat, 14 May 2022 14:01:00 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/sunil-jakhar-an-asset-congress-should-not-lose-him-says-navjot-sidhu/

Shortly after Sunil Jakhar announced his resignation from Congress, party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday called the former state unit chief “an asset” and told his party not to take him on. lose.

Sidhu added that any differences can be resolved on the table.



Jakhar announced his decision to separate from Congress, which removed him from office last month for alleged anti-party activities.

“Congress shouldn’t lose #suniljakhar. This is an asset worth its weight in gold. Any dispute can be resolved on the table,” Sidhu said in a tweet.

Jakhar, the disgruntled leader whose decision comes during the party’s three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, went live on his Facebook page to make the announcement.

“This is my parting gift to the party. These are my last words to members of Congress. Good luck and goodbye Congress,” Jakhar said as he announced his separation from Congress.

The former Punjab Congress speaker had been upset with the party for serving him a show cause notice on April 11. However, Jakhar chose not to respond to the panel of the Congressional Disciplinary Committee.

During his ‘dil ki baat’ live on his Facebook page, Jakhar also attacked some leaders ‘sitting in Delhi’ and particularly targeted party leader Ambika Soni for her statement made last year in which she made sure let the party go with a Sikh face.

Notably, the AICC in charge of Punjab affairs, Harish Chaudhary, had written to party chairwoman Sonia Gandhi, asking for disciplinary action against Navjot Sidhu for trying to “present himself above the party”.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Eighth Annual Throwdown Series Fitness Event Returns to Penticton – Penticton News https://pswc2010.org/eighth-annual-throwdown-series-fitness-event-returns-to-penticton-penticton-news/ Sat, 14 May 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://pswc2010.org/eighth-annual-throwdown-series-fitness-event-returns-to-penticton-penticton-news/

Come to Skaha Beach this weekend for some serious CrossFit competition.

The eighth annual Okanagan Valley Throwdown (OVT) was scheduled to take place at SOEC in 2020. The event, like many others, has been postponed for two years due to the pandemic and organizers are thrilled to give it a finally life.

“We were only a week away from hosting OVT when everything was shut down for the pandemic. It was a huge success,” said Hoodoo Adventure Company event organizer Lyndie Hill.

“With all the restrictions for indoor events, especially fitness venues, we found it difficult to reschedule, but we wanted to make sure we could pull through for the athletes who had been waiting years to compete. We have had to make a decision months to finalize the venue and I decided that at the time, the outdoors was our safest bet.”

The event partnered with Beach City CrossFit at Barefoot Beach Resort, launching the first Skaha Beach Throwdown in the Throwdown series.

“We now have probably the most unique venue in the history of functional fitness competitions, which we are very excited about,” added Hill.

The competition will host nearly 200 athletes from across Western Canada, with events at the beach and Play Winery, where they will participate in a weightlifting workout overlooking the vineyard.

The Competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday as follows:

Saturday

  • Event #1 – Barefoot Beach
  • 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. *Individual men I 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. *Individual women I 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. *Teams
  • Event #2 – Barefoot Beach
  • 12pm-1.30pm *Individual men I 1.30pm-3pm *Individual women I 3pm-4.30pm *Teams
  • Event #3 – Play Estate Winery
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. *Individual men I 5:30-6:30 p.m. *Individual women I 7:30-8:30 p.m. *Teams

Sunday

  • Event #4 – Barefoot Beach
  • 8am-9.15am *Individual men I 9.15am-10.30am *Individual women I 10.30am-12pm *Teams
  • Event #5 – Barefoot Beach Final
  • 12pm-3pm – Everyone will participate in this WOD with the lowest scores first.
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. – The top 8 in each category will compete for the first 3 places.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Prize giving

Attending the event is by donation to the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society and can be done from the winery, the beach, or from your own private dock on the lake, operated by GEO Docks.

Food and fitness vendors will be on site.

Doors open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit the Throwdown series website here.

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