first_img Shop Logan Schmitt illustrations at SummitGeneral.store! King Bear Screen Print Logan Schmitt is an illustrator who grew up in the woods in Wheeling, West Virginia. His fascination with nature and the small places of the forest are ever-present in his work and are a continual source of inspiration. center_img Stylistically, he uses lots of lines and flat colors to present animals and other natural elements in an otherworldly light. When he isn’t illustrating posters for bands or designing t-shirts, you can find him somewhere in the woods or down by the creek. He lives in Wheeling with his wife and owl figurines. Woodland Wolf Screen Print An illustrator who grew up in the woods of Wheeling, West Virginia last_img read more

first_imgPension funds should be able to finance UK infrastructure through a bond aimed solely at the industry and offering a yield above the prevailing market rate, Alan Rubenstein has suggested.Speaking in a personal capacity, Rubenstein, chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), suggested the pension bond as one way to support the defined benefit (DB) industry in the UK, with assets ringfenced into a sovereign wealth fund.In a debate at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference in Manchester, former pensions minister Steve Webb urged the industry to focus on the risk-sharing made possible by his defined ambition agenda, while Bill Galvin, chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, argued it was vital to be honest about the role played by trustees in tackling the DB challenge.Rubenstein argued that the pension bond he proposed dealt with the industry’s hunt for yield but also helped the UK government in its attempts to secure financing for infrastructure projects. “My idea is that these bonds would be long term, say 30 years,” he said.“They might be inflation-linked, or they could be fixed. But, crucially, they would pay a yield that is perhaps 1% above current – instead of 2.5%, in Gilts perhaps 3.5%.”He argued they would only be sold to pension funds, with income ring-fenced to rebuild infrastructure.“Frankly, if we can rebuild our schools, our roads, our hospitals at this kind of rate, we will be getting a good deal,” he said.“If [chancellor of the Exchequer] George Osborne really wants £20bn (€27bn) quickly for infrastructure, this would be the way to do it.”Rubenstein argued that it would help address the problem of pension scheme underfunding and held out the possibility that if deficits improved markedly, it could spell the end of the PPF levy, set at £615m for 2016-17.“I’m asking you to support pension bonds, build a better Britain and save DB pensions,” he said as he concluded his presentation.Webb struck a note of caution, however, questioning whether Rubenstein’s argument that the pension bond was in the interest of inter-generational solidarity rang true.In a good-humoured rebuttal that eventually saw Webb’s call for collective defined contribution voted the best proposal by the audience – 56.6% to Rubenstein’s 43.4% – the former MP noted that the debt incurred through the bond would need to be paid off by future generations, at a higher rate than the UK currently borrows.Webb hypothesised how a conversation on the proposed pension bonds would occur in the Treasury.“I don’t think I could go the chancellor and say ‘You know you can borrow at next to nothing at the moment, do you like to pay more for your borrowing for infrastructure?’” he said.“I don’t think I’d even get through the door. It’s a lovely idea, but it won’t happen.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The kickoff and touchback lines will be moved in college football beginning in the 2012 season.Teams will kick off at the 35-yard line instead of the 30-yard line, and touchbacks on free kicks will be moved from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved last week. The NCAA announced the changes in a release on its website Friday. The panel approved the decision Feb. 21.The changes were recommended by the Football Rules Committee after it examined NCAA data that showed injuries occur more often during kickoffs than in other phases of the game.The move comes almost a full year after the NFL owners voted to move kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line last March. The percentage of touchbacks in the league rose from 16.4 to 43.5 percent, according to ESPN Stats and Info.Moving 5 yards closer to the end zone on kickoffs could benefit Syracuse. The Orange had just three touchbacks on 56 kickoffs last season. SU also kicked the ball out of bounds four times, which leads to a penalty that gives the opposing team the ball at the 40-yard line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s kickoff specialist next year will likely be freshman Ryan Norton. Head coach Doug Marrone said on signing day that he thinks Norton will be the kickoff specialist, based off what he has seen on film.Kicker Ross Krautman handled 53 of Syracuse’s 56 kickoffs last year.Other new rules that will go into effect next season are:If a player loses his helmet — excluding plays that result in penalties on the defense, such as a facemask — it will be treated like an injury, and the player must leave the game for one play. Helmets came off of players more than twice per game in 2011, according to the NCAA release.Players are prohibited from leaping over blockers in an attempt to block a punt. Players sometimes flip in the air and land on their heads or shoulders during these attempts, according to the release.There is also new wording in the rules regarding blocking below the waist.mcooperj@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, says if there’s a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S Senate should start the process of filling it as soon as possible.“We have a Republican-held Senate and a Republican president,” Ernst said Friday afternoon, “and so I don’t see there would be any difference between the president and the senate on a selection of a supreme court justice.”Republican Senators refused to act on President Obama’s nominee after Justice Scalia died in early 2016, arguing voters that November should decide which president should get to fill the vacancy.“That was a different situation,” Ernst said. “…That was a Republican-held Senate with a Democratic president and so we were divided on who that selection would be. This is a different scenario where you have a Republican president and a Republican senate. There’s likely not to be a lot of disagreement when it comes to the selection of a justice.”Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, who is 87, intends to remain on the court.Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s other Republican senator, was chairman of the senate committee that refused to hold a hearing on Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 and Grassley has said a hearing should wait until after the election, if there is an opening on the court in 2020.Ernst said Republican senators should hold a hearing on a Trump nominee even in a so-called “lame duck” session in November and December — after the election. She discussed the issue with “Iowa Press” host David Yepsen Friday afternoon.“If President Trump is defeated, if Republicans lose control of the Senate, would you still support doing this prior to January?” Yepsen asked.Ernst replied: “Well, one, I wish nothing but the best of health for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I think we all do and I will be praying for her and it is a lame duck session. I would support going ahead with any hearings that we might have and, if it comes to an appointment prior to the end of the year, I would be supportive of that.”A spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party blasted Ernst’s comments.“Senator Ernst promised to be an independent voice for Iowans, but instead she’s spent her six years in Washington shamelessly putting Mitch McConnell’s harmful agenda above the interests of Iowans,” IDP spokesman Jeremy Busch said in a written statement.In 2016, when Republicans refused to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Ernst argued that “in the midst of an important election, the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come.”Ernst became a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel’s hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the second justice President Trump has appointed to the nation’s highest court.last_img read more