By Dialogo October 05, 2010 I am Honduran and I would like to have my comment published: I am glad that it is going to be the Evangelicals that are going to decide who wins the next elections, you should not vote for Rousseff, communists just like Lulu, against the Word, donâ€™t throw your vote away, vote looking towards heaven, â€œwhen the godless govern the people whine, but when they are governed justly the people rejoice.â€ Now they are seeking the evangelical vote, but when have they ever taken them into account? These are the communists of the 21st century, they have caused so much damage to my country, disrespecting/regardless of our will. Though Brazilian Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff won the October 3 election with 47 percent of the Brazilian vote, she did not reach the majority needed for an absolute win in the first round. A run-off election will follow later in October. After 98 percent of the ballots were tallied, Ricardo Lewandowski, president of Brazil’s High Electoral Tribunal announced, “We can confirm there will be a second round in the presidential elections,”, reported AFP. Though analysts predict President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s chosen successor is likely to win because of his huge popularity in the South American giant, Rousseff herself was credited with many of the decisions that won the Lula administration so much praise in her position as Chief of Staff, according to Voice of America news (VOA). Rousseff, who was hand-picked by Lula to lead the Workers’ Party, is expected to become Brazil’s first female leader. “I will face the second round with much enthusiasm and energy,” said Rousseff in an address to her supporters after the results were announced, reported Brazilian daily O Globo. Rousseff’s nearest rival is former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, who received 33 percent of votes, reported AFP. For his part, President Lula had originally said he was confident that Rousseff would win in one round, according to Xinhua news agency, something he never achieved in either of his campaigns. Lula da Silva was first elected after winning the second round of the presidential election in 2002, and re-elected after winning the second round in 2006.
Among the most heated debates during this year’s Swiss second pillar pension conference “Fachmesse 2. Säule” was the one on flexible pension pay-outs.Swiss union representative Doris Bianchi called this model “a curse” not only for members but also for pension funds themselves, as administrative efforts and costs were increased.“It is a curse for all current employees who will have to accept not knowing the level of their pension pay-out in future and for pension funds because of legal uncertainties,” she noted in a debate at the conference referring to possible problems in evaluating such schemes and transferring members to other Pensionskassen.However, the two pension funds which already introduced this model said they had no such problems: Already in 2005, the pension fund of accountancy PwC in Switzerland pioneered in introducing a “bonus pension” model in which the level of rents is calculated every three years. “We need less than an hour to set the new benchmarks every three years and adjusting the pension pay-outs is no big deal either,” Josef Bachmann, managing director at the PwC pension fund told IPE.He confirmed that it had taken some time and resources to develop the model – “especially as we were the first” – but he stressed the positive effect this flexibilisation has on the pension fund fully justifies the costs.Over the last years, many Swiss pension funds had to adjust their technical parameters like the discount and the conversion rate in order to ensure that no money from active members had to be transferred for paying out pensions to retired members.However, lowering the technical parameters only helps so far and other solutions have to be found to ensure sustainability of the second pillar.One solution could be flexible pension pay-outs where only the legal minimum is guaranteed and this year, the energy sector Pensionskasse PKE introduced a similar model.Ronald Schnurrenberger, managing director at the PKE, confirmed the administrative effort was minimal after the initial costs for setting up a new IT system.“Our system has been set up to ensure simple administration: The system only has five steps (90,95,100 which is the target pension, 105 and 110%),” he explained.Those steps depend on the certified funding level as per year-end with the target pension being paid out if the funding level is between 100% and 120%.This target pay-out level is also used for assessing the value of the pension fund in the company’s accounts and for possible transfers of members to other pension funds.Schnurrenberger stressed his members have understood the need for this measure and those active members on the trustee board have voted in favour of the introduction fully knowing they will be receiving only a minimum guarantee on their pension in the future.Bianchi had argued the model helped employers save on second pillar costs as in case of underfunding retirees were covering a part of the deficit while currently it was only the employer and the employee chipping in.At the conference, Christoph Ryter, president of the Swiss pension federation Asip, stressed “every additional room for manoeuvering” given to the trustee boards “is a good thing”.He mentioned when the mandatory second pillar was set up in the 1980s many Pensionskassen had introduced a legal clause to cut pensions if necessary which they had to revoke after the first revision of the law governing mandatory occupational pensions in Switzerland, the BVG.“This increased the ‘de-solitarisation’ between active members and retirees – with the introduction of a flexible pension pay-out this would be amended to a certain extent,” said Ryter.He stressed, however, that a flexibilisation should never be introduced for pay-outs below a legal minimum.For his fund, the Migros Pensionskasse (MPK), a flexible pension pay-out model was “no option” at the moment as “financial security is very high” and in fact the MPK remains one of the few funds to still be run as a defined benefit scheme.Meanwhile, the Pensionskasse of Swiss railways SBB is still discussing whether or not to introduce flexible pension pay-outs and managing director Markus Hübscher expects a decision by the board of trustees this year.
DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — Opening day of firearm season is tomorrow, and hunters who harvest a deer in Dearborn County north of State Road 48 between now and November 27 must take their deer to a DNR check station to be sampled for bovine tuberculosis.The DNR has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in Dearborn County north of State Road 48 because the disease has been detected in a wild deer in neighboring Franklin County.The following check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, through November 27:3-D Mart at BP Gas Station, 27968 State Road 1, West HarrisonGravel lot behind FCN Bank, 226 N. Meridian St., Sunman, Ripley CountyOrscheln Farm & Home, 181 South Tanners Creek Drive, LawrenceburgHaving deer sampled for Bovine TB is voluntary throughout the season for deer harvested in Franklin County and Fayette County south of State Road 44; however, the DNR strongly encourages it.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing 76 people, officials said. They said five survived the disaster.The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10 pm local time” 0300 GMT Tuesday, reporting it had suffered “electrical failures,” and crashed a short time later near the city of Medellin, officials said.The plane was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club which was to have played in the Copa Sudamericana finals on Wednesday against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board.“We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.One of the survivors was Alan Ruschel, a 27-year-old defender for the Brazilian team, the head of Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency, Alfredo Bocanegra, told reporters.Radio Caracol said two other players — Marcos Danilo Padilla and Jackson Follmann — also survived and were taken to area hospitals, along with a flight attendant and a journalist.Brazil has declared a mourning period after air disaster. Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the town of La Ceja near the crash site, said the mountainous terrain was some 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) above sea level and very difficult to access.Rescuers carrying stretchers had to hike for more than half and hour to reach the site.On its Twitter account, the airport said a plan to fly in an air force helicopter had to be shelved because of bad weather in the area.Ospina said authorities were on the scene and hospitals and medical centers were preparing to receive the injured.But the bad weather forced the search to be suspended in the early hours Tuesday. It was to resume at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the Copa Sudamericana final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional were supposed to have faced off in Wednesday’s first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club football tournament in South America after the Copa Libertadores.Chapecoense had reached the final after completing a victory on away goals last week over Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semi-finals.Chapecoense is widely regarded as one of the minnows of Brazilian club football having been founded relatively recently in 1973 in the city of Chapeco in southern Santa Catarina state.After decades in the lower divisions, Chapecoense returned to Brazil’s top flight, Serie A, for the first time since 1979 in 2014. The club finished in 14th spot in the 2015 edition of the 20-team championship.Nine team members did not travel to Colombia.Two weeks ago, the same plane was used to fly the Argentine national team with Lionel Messi on board to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match.Atletico Nacional said on its Twitter account it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.” #ÚltimoMinuto | Avión con delegación de Chapecoense se accidentó en Antioquia. https://t.co/d5ENmWy2hr pic.twitter.com/w02CL3CpC6— Noticias RCN (@NoticiasRCN) November 29, 2016 ‘Electrical failures’ The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before continuing on to Rionegro, a city near Medellin.The airport statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10 pm local time (0300 GMT). “It declared it had electrical failures.”It went down about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo. Share on: WhatsApp
OWNER HUGHES SAYS GOAL IS TO FACE NYQUIST IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC IN NOVEMBER AND TO RUN AGAIN IN 2017 AT AGE SEVEN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2016)–Idle since Sept. 26 and the prohibitive 1-9 favorite, Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder made short work of five rivals in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes by 2 ½ measured lengths under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella, the three-time Eclipse Award winner got 1 1/16 miles under a snug hold in 1:42.73.Breaking from the far outside, the 6-year-old mare by Henny Hughes relaxed well but was caught four-wide into the Club House turn outside Moyo Honey, All Star Bub and Sheer Pleasure. Approaching the three furlong pole, Beholder was a length off Sheer Pleasure and took command while in-hand leaving the quarter pole.“She left there sweet like she always does,” said Stevens, who has now guided Beholder to victory in 10 of his 11 engagements with her. “She went over (to the gate) super, super quiet today. I almost thought I had her too quiet. Richard does all the work, along with (regular exercise rider) Janeen (Painter) and the whole crew and I get to have all the fun, and that’s all it was, was fun.“Being off as long as she has is a tribute to Richard and Mr. Hughes showing that kind of patience. The sky’s the limit for her. She didn’t take so much as a deep breath when I pulled her up. She’s a very happy mare.”In what has become a regular occurrence, Beholder, who had $692,457 bet to show on her, created a minus show pool of $137,142. She paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.“She was supposed to win this race, and that usually makes trainers more nervous than anything, because you realize how bad you look if you get them beat,” said Mandella. “The Vanity ($400,000, Grade I, one mile on June 4) looks like the next step.”Spendthrift owner, B. Wayne Hughes, pointed out that he’d flown Stevens back from yesterday’s Kentucky Derby in his private jet to ensure the Hall of Fame jockey was back at The Great Race Place in time to ride his superstar mare, who he said would be pointed to a hopeful engagement with Nyquist in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“Not only am I still thinking about going up against the boys, but I want Nyquist to be the Triple Crown winner,” said Hughes. “We were hoping to run against American Pharoah, but she got sick and we weren’t able to. It’s very important to us to be able to take a shot at a Triple Crown winner. I think it would be amazing.“I had a long talk with Gary on the plane flying back this morning and he told me she’s bigger and better than she ever was before…It was my decision to run her at age six, but Richard approved it. If she has a good year this year, I’ll do it again next year at age seven.”In winning the Adoration, Beholder improved her record at Santa Anita to 12 wins from 13 starts and her overall mark now stands at 21-16-3-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $4,496,600.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sheer Pleasure was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.All Star Bub checked in third with Rafael Bejarano and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.25, 1:12.44 and 1:36.44.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 2 p.m.
Chris Ramsey fielded a side full of attacking intent but it was Southampton who looked more dangerous in the opening stages at Loftus Road.Ramsey, in caretaker charge following the departure of manager Harry Redknapp, included Adel Taarabt in QPR’s starting line-up, while Matt Phillips and Armand Traore were deployed on the flanks and Leroy Fer was moved into central midfield alongside Joey Barton.However, Rangers’ Rob Green was the busier keeper early on, gathering an effort from Graziano Pelle and seeing a shot from Eljero Elia drift wide after Green had been spotted off his line.Victor Wanyama also fired wide, while at the other end Barton shot over following good work from Taarabt.Southampton were dealt a blow when young defender Matt Targett was stretchered off midway through the first half following a clash of heads with Phillips. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zarate, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson lays up a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson picked up where he left off on his record-setting night in Chicago earlier this season, making seven more 3-pointers and scoring 30 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 146-109 victory over the Bulls on Friday night.Thompson set an NBA mark in the first meeting between the teams on Oct. 29 by hitting 14 3-pointers as part of a 52-point night while playing only the first three quarters. He made three from long range in the first 70 seconds of the rematch and the rout was on in the most lopsided win of the season for Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Warriors took a double-digit lead after just 2:19 and the Bulls never got the game back within single digits. Jonas Jerebko banked in a 3-pointer from beyond half court at the end of the first quarter to give Golden State a 43-17 lead that grew to 44 points in the third quarter.Stephen Curry made back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third quarter to move past Jason Terry into third place all-time in made 3-pointers. He made five overall and finished with 28 points. His 2,285 career 3s trail only Reggie Miller (2,560) and Ray Allen (2,973) in NBA history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKevin Durant added 22 for the Warriors, his 15th straight game with at least 20 points.Zach LaVine scored 29 points to lead the Bulls, who have lost six straight games. Warriors: Visit Dallas on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Donovan Mitchell dominates as Jazz thrash Lakers TIP-INSBulls: Chicago had its largest first-quarter deficit in franchise history. … The Bulls allowed 18 3-pointers and made only nine. They have given up 103 more 3-pointers than they’ve made this season, the worst differential in the league. … G Kris Dunn finished with a minus-45 rating. … G Bobby Portis was on a 28-minute limit in his third game back from an ankle injury, but played less than 17 with the game out of hand early. He scored 16 points.Warriors: The 26-point lead after the opening quarter was the biggest for the Warriors since they led Sacramento by 30 points on Nov. 2, 1991. … Thompson’s 21 3-pointers in two games vs. Chicago are tied for the most ever in one season against the Bulls with the 21 made by Antoine Walker in four games in 2001-02. … Thompson is averaging 27.7 points over his last six games.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Utah on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments
New Audi A6German luxury car maker Audi has revealed a facelifted A6 that will be showcased at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show. Alongside the current A6 line-up will be two fuel efficient “Ultra” models for global markets. These new models will feature subtle aerodynamic tweaks and a series of weight saving initiativesWhat is newEnginesMajor changes in the new A6 have been made with respect to engines. Now a range of new or updated four, six and eight-cylinder engines, cleaner and more frugal, are on offer. Based on the current 1.8-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol A6 1.8 TFSI and 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel A6 2.0 TDI, new “Ultra” A6 models deliver fuel consumption and emissions in combination with an optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.At a higher range, Audi has also tweaked the 3.0-litre V6 common rail diesel in the A6 3.0 TDI. In single turbocharged form, it now delivers 215 bhp or 268 bhp of power.A recently introduced twin-turbocharged derivative of the engine has also been upgraded to belt 315bhp of power in standard form or 341bhp in a couple of special-edition models. These variants, called as A6 3.0 TDI competition and A6 Avant 3.0 TDI competition, were created to celebrate 25 years of TDI technology.While the new A6 3.0 TDI competition comes with a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox, all other engine variants have either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed Dual clutch Gearbox. In the A6 models power above 268bhp, Audi’s revolutionary Quattro four-wheel drive can be supplemented with a sport differential to help traction. advertisementTechnologyThe two fuel efficient “Ultra” models come with subtle aerodynamic tweaks and a series of weight saving initiatives, which includes springs made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) on the diesel variant, which help to reduce weight by a claimed 4.4kg.ExteriorsStylistic tweaks have been made to the car’s single frame grille, headlamps, bumpers, side sills and tailpipes. The luxury sedan also gets LED headlamps as standard, apart from the existing LED daytime running lights. Dynamic indicators with a sweeping function in the direction of the turn are also standard at the rear, though optional for the front light units.InteriorsAudi A6 interiorsInside, the A6 gets the latest generation of Audi’s modular infotainment system. In addition, new upholstery and stylish trim colour options are also on offer.You can expect Audi to launch the updated A6 sedan in India soon after its global unveiling.
The Croatian team received a heroes’ welcome after their sensational 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia.The Croates reached final of the World Cup for the first time in their history and their historic achievement meant a lot to the small European nation.Fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome their heroes, who bettered Croatia’s ‘golden generation’, who lost to France in the semi-final in 1998 in France. Till date, that was the best Croatian team according to the people of Croatia but Luka Modric’s men have done one better and as they returned home, they were treated like superstars in the streets of Zagreb.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECroatian hearts were broken on Sunday when Croatia went down fighting 4-2 to France in the summit clash in Moscow but a day later, their spirits were not dampened and people turned out in huge numbers to congratulate and celebrate Zlatko Dalic’s history makers.What a welcome for #WorldCup silver medallist in Zagreb. #BeProud #CRO #FlamingPride #Vatreni #Family pic.twitter.com/v0HqUFc8aZHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018Moja domovina… #Vatreni @HNTV_HR pic.twitter.com/0LXDUwnGegHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018 Croatia fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome the World Cup 2018 runners-up (Reuters Photo)While one would say, that Croatia had were outplayed by world champions France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the fight and determination they showed throughout the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalIt has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.advertisementIn the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.Also read – World Cup 2018: Fans clash with police in Paris, Croatian fans celebrateModric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece. Croatia reached the final of a World Cup for the first time in their history (AP Photo)It was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.And after the brilliant show in Russia, expectations will be high and fans would hope that this team can do wonders and finally win a major tournament in the coming years and make their nation prouder.
HALIFAX – An expert on trademark law says a national chain that threatened to sue local Halifax-area barbershop for trademark infringement probably wouldn’t have stood a chance of winning in court.Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, which has more than 60 Canadian locations, has apologized for issuing a cease-and-desist letter that said barber Thong Luong had to change the name of Tommy’s Barber Shop because it created confusion for potential customers.On Thursday, the company backed down amid a public backlash, saying it now has the “relevant information” it needed to reverse course.“As a family-owned business, we applaud Mr. Luong’s entrepreneurial drive and passion for his business and wish him every success in the future,” the company said in a statement issued Thursday.Luong said Tommy Gun’s retreat was caused in part by social media posts condemning the chain’s heavy-handed approach toward a small business.“It’s amazing. I got one customer come in to give her son a haircut and she gave me a bottle of Champagne and a big cake,” Luong said. “So many people helped me. There’s a lot of emotion.”Christene Hirschfeld, a lawyer for BoyneClarke LLP in Halifax, said Tommy’s Barber Shop was registered with the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks six years before Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop applied for a trademark.“Tommy’s in Dartmouth was in a very good position,” Hirschfeld said. “They could establish that they had prior rights to use that name.”Bigger businesses put their reputations at risk whenever they decide to take on a small, local business, she said.“Lawyers always talk about the law, but businesses have to also think about the reputational risks that comes along with arguments like this,” Hirschfeld said. “Sometimes, the reputational damage is worse than the damage to your brand.”Hirschfeld said trademark applications typically include a national database search to asses if there are previously trademarked businesses with the same or a similar name in the field of services or products they provide.This also includes businesses that are not trademarked and are registered with each of the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks.If there are any matches, the business’s application may be rejected.“I would think that if they (Tommy Gun’s) had done a search, which they are required to do, they would have come across the name Tommy’s.”That means the small-business owner was well in his rights to keep the name, regardless of what Tommy Gun’s had to say about it.Hirschfeld said Nova Scotia businesses are no stranger to cease-and-desist orders.Fan’s Chinese Restaurant, for example, operated for decades under the name “Fran’s.” The restaurant changed its name when it received a cease-and-desist letter from a trademarked Chinese food business.“People have to be aware, when they are branding their businesses, they have to think beyond the next year — you have to think long term,” Hirschfeld said.Most Halifax foodies also remember Opa! Greek Taverna. Today it’s called Ela! Greek Taverna. The owners received a cease-and-desist letter from an Alberta-based Greek franchise of a similar name.The Halifax restaurant had registered its name with the Registry of Joint Stocks after the Alberta-based franchise had already trademarked its name. Opa! in Halifax had no choice but to rebrand.