Vermont and New York TV Stations Stick With Feb. 17 End of Analog Broadcasting

first_imgAlthough Congress has passed legislation to allow TV stations to extend their analog broadcasts until June, local stations in Vermont and northeastern New York plan to shut off analog broadcasts on the original deadline of midnight February 17. Stations WCAX (Channel 3), WFFF (Channel 44), WNNE (Channel 31), WPTZ (Channel 5), WVNY(Channel 22), Mountain Lake PBS (Channel 57) and Vermont Public Television (Channels 33, 20, 28 and 41) looked at the high level of readiness of the local market and the confusion a delay could bring and decided to stay with the February date.Jim Condon, executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, said, The extension of the analog shutoff will be a great help to viewers in parts of the country that are not ready. Here in Vermont, after more than a year of helping local viewers prepare for the end of analog broadcasting, we know that most of our local viewers are ready. Cable and satellite companies have done their part; stores have maintained a good supply of digital converter boxes, and station staff have helped thousands of viewers individually.The stations will continue working one on one with viewers who need assistance, up to and after the end of analog broadcasting. Stations will also staff a special DTV Help Line at Vermont Public Television where people can get help after the shutoff of analog signals. The toll-free number for that line will be announced at the time of the shutoff.Viewers are welcome to contact the stations at:WCAX (802) 652-6300, www.wcax.com(link is external)WFFF (802) 660-9333, www.FOX44.net(link is external)WPTZ/WNNE (518) 561-5555 (NY) or (802) 655-5455 (VT), www.wptz.com(link is external)WVNY (802) 660-9333, www.abc22.com(link is external)Mountain Lake PBS (518) 563-9770, www.mountainlake.org(link is external)Vermont Public Television 1-800-639-7811, www.vpt.org(link is external)last_img read more

UK government exploring options for CDC [updated]

first_img“The subject is difficult to legislate and would require sufficient input from pension funds as well as time,” he said. “However, we are working with Royal Mail to understand its concept.”“The subject is difficult to legislate and would require sufficient input from pension funds as well as time”Julian Barker, DWPHe indicated that parliament was also short of time to deal with the matter.Barker told IPE that there was hardly any demand from pension funds for secondary legislation for CDC.Royal Mail’s Hall said the group would not switch its pensions arrangements to CDC without proper legal backing. It wants to offer a CDC target pension combined with a DB-style lump sum at retirement for the fund’s 142,000 participants.The group’s current pension plan was unaffordable, Hall said, as the employer contribution was set to increase from 17.1% to 50% this year to fund its pension promises.As one of the advantages of CDC, Hall cited a less conservative investment strategy in the years prior to retirement with the potential of higher returns, as well as “less complexity for participants, who don’t have to make investment decisions as required in pure defined contribution [DC] plans”.In 2014 the UK parliament passed primary legislation supporting the concept of defined ambition – also known as CDC – allowing pension plans to provide for arrangements in between the guarantees of DB and the non-guaranteed DC.However, it later postponed indefinitely the full introduction of the concept.During the conference, David Blake, director of the pensions institute of Cass Business School, had said there were no less than 11 separate definitions of CDC.Edit: The DWP has told IPE that secondary legislation for CDC has not been permanently ruled out. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is not planning to introduce secondary legislation to legally accommodate collective defined contribution (CDC) plans, an official has said.Speaking during a conference hosted by Cass Business School on Monday, Julian Barker, defined benefits strategy team leader, indicated that the DWP would explore existing legislation for ways to provide legal backing for the introduction of CDC. Barker was responding to a presentation by Jenny Hall, head of regulatory engagement at Royal Mail. The postal service group agreed with its union in February that it would explore switching from its current defined benefit (DB) plan to a CDC arrangement.Barker said the DWP had not yet started drafting legislation and could not provide a timeframe for doing so, or predict the outcome.last_img read more

WBD tractor operator stabbed to death

first_imgA wedding celebration turned deadly for a Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara family when an alleged junkie stabbed the groom’s brother-in-law to death.Dead is 48-year-old Arnold Rampersaud Rattan, a tractor operator at the Wales Sugar Estate.Reports indicate that about 23:30h on Monday, during the “Kangan” (day after the wedding) celebration at Rattan’s home, the father of two asked the alleged junkie, known as “Soloman” to leave the premises since he began to misbehave.However, when “Soloman” refused to leave, Rattan opted to push him out of the yard. It was at this point that “Soloman” stabbed him to the left side of his body with a sharp object.Neighbours recalled seeing Rattan drop to his knees while “Soloman” fled the scene but he was subsequently caught by villagers who gave chase.The injured man was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. However, according to relatives of the injured man, when they arrived at the medical facility, the security guard took almost 15 minutes before he allowed them entrance to the facility. Rattan was later pronounced dead.According to relatives, the dead man’s brother, Deoanand Rattan, was murdered in 2012 and no one was arrested in the matter.“Soloman” was taken into custody and is assisting Police with investigations.last_img read more