Robert Trump, president’s brother who shunned the spotlight, dies

first_img“He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace,” Trump said.Robert Trump, who at 71 was younger than the 74-year-old president, was a business executive and real estate developer. Unlike his reality TV star brother, Robert Trump shunned the limelight.President Trump made an emotional visit to see his ailing brother on Friday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center before going to his golf club at Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.The president was expected to attend the funeral, an aide said. He has a busy travel schedule in coming days with plans to visit four battleground states as part of his re-election campaign. Robert Trump, the younger brother of US President Donald Trump and a business executive who avoided the spotlight, died on Saturday night, a day after the president visited him in a New York hospital.President Trump announced the death in a statement.”It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” the president said. The cause of death was not revealed. Trump told reporters on Friday that his brother was “having a hard time” with an undisclosed illness. A person familiar with the situation said the brother had been on blood thinners.ABC News had reported that Robert Trump was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai hospital in New York for more than a week in June.That month, Robert Trump won a temporary restraining order against his and the president’s niece, Mary Trump, to stop her from publishing a tell-all book that offered an unflattering look of the president and his family.A state supreme court judge in Poughkeepsie, New York, later denied a request to stop publication and canceled the temporary restraining order.Robert Trump had said the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” would violate a confidentiality agreement tied to the estate of his father Fred Trump Sr, who died in 1999.The New York Post reported in March that Robert Trump had married his second wife, Ann Marie Pallan, and that they lived in a country home on Long Island.Two of Donald Trump’s children expressed sadness about their uncle’s death.”Robert Trump was an incredible man – strong, kind and loyal to the core. Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately. He will be deeply missed by our entire family,” said Eric Trump in a tweet.”Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” tweeted Ivanka Trump.Topics :last_img read more

North Rhine-Westphalia to launch €10bn civil servant pension fund

first_imgThe German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) had agreed to create a Pensionsfonds for its civil servants and has already begun building a pensions-provision buffer for more than 147,000 retirees.Since 2006, the NRW has also been paying €500 a month into a retirement fund on behalf of each active civil servant.It will now combine these two pots to create a €10bn fund in 2017, paying an additional €200m annually from 2018.The NRW’s finance ministry is still working on a strategic asset allocation for the fund. A ministry spokeswoman, however, told IPE the scheme would be able to invest in “bonds and loans issued by the NRW, other German states, provinces and municipalities, federal authorities and states within the euro-area, as well as the banks of supranational entities”.It will also be able to invest in covered bonds, Pfandbriefe, municipal debt, equities and fund units.The NRW has endeavoured to keep its strategic asset allocation under wraps to prevent causing any “harmful market disturbances”.Its spokeswoman also said the NRW had yet to make any decision on external managers.Similar pension funds in other German states have in the past selected the national bank as asset manager.The NRW previously worked with the national bank for its active member fund.  In the wake of the financial crisis, however, many states were forced to backtrack on commitments – made in 2006-07 for the most part – to set up funds for civil servants.Others suspended contributions from 2010-11 or even made withdrawals.Others, like Saxony-Anhalt, changed their minds yet again and started selecting external managers. One expert argued at the time that most of the plans were “inadequate” anyway.last_img read more

German parliament approves basic pension law

first_imgThe basic pension is calculated in steps, from 33 to 35 years of contribution, and is guaranteed after assessing that single earners own a maximum monthly income of €1,250 (€15,000 per year), and €1,950 per month (€ 23,400 per year), for married couples or partners.The German Trade Union Confederation DGB union welcomed the introduction of the basic pension.“The pension must be enough to live in dignity. This also applies to those people who have had low wages in their professional lives and therefore receive a low pension,” Anja Piel, member of the executive board at DGB, told IPE.The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil had proposed a “good draft” for the basic pension law, but unfortunately it was changed, and “damaged”, during the negotiations with the coalition partner CDU/CSU, Piel said.“The pension must be enough to live in dignity”Anja Piel, member of the executive board at DGB“The CDU/CSU has made the process of calculating the basic pension extremely complicated and far fewer people will benefit,” she said, adding that the unions have always rejected the income as a measure to grant the basic pension.Under the new law, the financial support to employer-financed company pension schemes for low-wage earners will be increased from a maximum of €144 to a maximum of €288. This supports employers’ contributions of up to a maximum of €960, according to the legislator.In 2018, with the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz, a new tax incentive in the form of subsidy was introduced for company pensions, especially for low earners, meaning employees with a monthly gross wage of up to €2,200, can get a maximum €144 per calendar year.The Union had promised its political support for the approval of the basic pension in exchange of the reform of the Riester-Rente and an expansion of the occupation pension through tax incentives, as reported.“The coalition groups have also agreed to present a reform of private provision (Riester savers) in October,” said the pension expert for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Peter Weiß, during the parliamentary debate.For Piel, a reform is necessary because the private pension schemes are too expensive and inefficient, but it is not a solution for reliable old-age insurance. The German parliament, Bundestag, has approved the law for the introduction of the basic pension – Grundrente – from 1 January 2021.The grand coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD voted in favour, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the liberal party FDP were against the measure, while the Greens and Die Linke abstained.The parliamentary commission on Labour and Social Affairs gave yesterday its green light to vote on the law proposed by the government.The Grundrente is paid in the form of a supplement to pensioners with at least 33 years of contributions to the statutory pension insurance based on periods of employment, child-rearing or care work. Anja Piel at DGB“We need a strong statutory pension and good company pensions as a supplement,” she said.Diakonie Deutschland welcomed the introduction of the basic pension, too.“The basic pension is an important answer to the concerns of 1.3 million pensioners, an important signal especially for women who worked part-time for a long time, raised children or cared for relatives,” Maria Loheide, member of the executive board responsible for social policy at Diakonie Deutschland, told IPE.For Loheide, the basic pension reinforces the idea of statutory pension insurance as a central component of the system in Germany, but furthers steps are required.Diakonie Deutschland proposes a uniform tax exemption for all types of old-age provisions for basic security benefits, to include self-employed and civil servants in the statutory pension insurance, and not to favour private and company pensions, she added.Mario Ohoven, the president of the federal association of small and middle-sized businesses – Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e. V. (BVMW) – called the basic pension an “uncovered check”, adding that the promised European financial transaction tax “does not yet exist”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

DCH begins rebranding campaign

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Dearborn County Hospital is in the process of implementing and refining its strategic plan for the next two years.  Rebranding is one of six primary pillars around which the strategic plan is built.  Emphasizing quality, growth and efficiency, the pillars form the framework for the development of systemwide goals and objectives.“For many people, rebranding means only that you change your logo and colors.  While the changing of logos or corporate colors may be included in a rebranding effort, it is only one small part of a much more in-depth and comprehensive initiative,” explained Michael W. Schwebler, Dearborn County Hospital President/CEO.  “Rebranding is creating a new, more accurate identity for the hospital along with establishing core values and systemwide principles.  This includes the reenvisioning of our mission statement and the development of a brand promise.  Most importantly, it means making a commitment to adhere to our mission, vision and values in all we do, 365 days a year.“Currently, our brand does not accurately portray our facility, its wide scope of providers, services and locations or even the geographic area in which our patients live and work.  DCH is much more than a hospital in the traditional sense.  The Dearborn County Hospital brand encompasses more than 45 healthcare providers with offices located in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties.  Care that once was provided in the hospital is now available in more convenient community settings such as our two outpatient physical therapy and sports medicine facilities in Bright and Versailles.  DCH also offers a wide range of home health and hospice services in five Southeastern Indiana counties, sponsors area WIC and PATHS programs and holds the licenses for a number of long-term care facilities located throughout the state.”“A successful rebrand is a concerted, comprehensive effort which takes time, expertise and research,” added Caryn Hornberger, DCH Director of Marketing.  “For almost a year now, we have worked with Madison Design, who are specialists in brand strategy, creation and implementation.“Last summer, focus groups, comprised of area healthcare consumers, were asked targeted questions pertaining to their perception of the hospital’s brand including its name.  A secondary round of focus groups was then convened to explore potential new names and logos.“The research concluded that the name ‘Dearborn County Hospital’ did not accurately represent the present-day hospital on numerous fronts,” emphasized Mrs. Hornberger.  “While the use of the words ‘Dearborn County’ did represent ownership, it severely limited the perceived geographic scope and significance of the facility.  To many, the word ‘county’ automatically implied a smaller, less sophisticated facility and/or one which primarily served the basic needs of lower income or indigent populations.  Using the term ‘hospital’ implied a singular or stand-alone facility, not representative of our full range of services, providers and facilities.”“In the first quarter of 2018, DCH will introduce its new brand to the community,” noted Mr. Schwebler.  “We strongly believe that the new brand will better represent all that DCH has to offer to the region.  It will also serve to tie together the additional pillars of our strategic plan.“From acute hospital stays to routine physician visits, much work is being done across the board at DCH to refine and enhance the way we interact with and serve both our patients and the community.  Along with our new name and logo, the public will notice a greater emphasis on our mission, vision and values,” concluded Mr. Schwebler.  “Many new and exciting things are in store for DCH in 2018.  We look forward to providing even greater care and service for our community in the year ahead.”last_img read more

North Dakota driver racing in 2020 to benefit suicide prevention, awareness

first_img“A.J. is the biggest part of why I’m doing this. I race for him and under him. I feel like I’m racing for him every time I race,” said Hofer, who will take to the track in a car wrapped by Demon Decals and with a hood emblazoned with the suicide awareness ribbon, the date of A.J.’s death and checkered flags symbolizing angel’s wings. The third-year Mach-1 Sport Compact driver from Hebron will donate half his winnings to the North Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Tanner Hofer will race to benefit suicide prevention and awareness in his home state of North Dakota, during his third season behind the wheel of an IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact. (Photo by Desirae Reuer) “I’d always wanted to race and just fell in love with it. “The Sport Compacts were a good class for me to get started in,” said Hofer, a brick maker by profession. “I travel with my parents and we try to travel as much as possible. I want to get my name out there while I’m racing at different tracks.” HEBRON, N.D. – Tanner Hofer is racing for much more than feature wins and track championships this season. North Dakota has the 10th highest suicide rate in the nation, claiming the life of one state resident every 57 minutes. Hofer decided to dedicate his upcoming campaign to the cause of prevention and awareness following the Aug. 21, 2017 death of his cousin A.J. Hofer’s ride will be displayed as part of Facebook car shows before seeing weekly action at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan and Southwest Speedway. “The hood is for my cousin. The car is for everyone has gone through this. We’ll accept donations and hope to make a check presentation after the season,” he added. “I had talked to my parents (Daryl and Toni) before I decided to do this and the wrap has been very well received. We have new video on my racing Facebook page and I talk about the car and our mission.” He’ll look to improve on last season’s runner-up finish at Dickinson while catching regular and special events as his work and travel schedule permit.last_img read more

Syracuse football reports: Morgan granted additional year of eligibility; Moskal to transfer

first_imgSyracuse cornerback Wayne Morgan will receive another year of eligibility, per Scout.com. The senior who missed all but three games in 2014 due to a lower-body injury will have two years of eligibility remaining. Morgan had played in all 26 games of his first two years at SU, including as a true freshman in 2012. He has recorded a total of 26 tackles including one for a loss. On a roster that lost a good portion of its secondary to graduation and the NFL Draft, Morgan will provide some depth to a position that needs it. Other returning cornerbacks include Julian Whigham, Corey Winfield, Juwan Dowels, Cordell Hudson and Eric Jackson.Also reported on Thursday was that Colton Moskal, a sophomore linebacker, will seek to transfer from Syracuse. He did not appear in a game during his freshman season. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on June 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s 17-7 loss to Notre Dame extends Orange’s losing streak to 3 games

first_img Published on April 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Nick Mellen juked out his defender, drew “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd and ran up the field. The Syracuse freshman defender was looking to clear the ball and pass it back out to his offense, which had just scored two goals in first 2:08 of the second quarter after managing two the entire first quarter.But as he got closer toward midfield he found himself surrounded by blue jerseys and gold helmets and he turned the ball over. The ground ball was scooped up by Notre Dame’s Matt Kavanagh, who sprinted the other way and got off a shot right before being bumped by SU defenders. As he tumbled to the ground, he could see the ball blow right by goalie Warren Hill, opening up a four goal lead for his team.It was Kavanagh’s third goal of the quarter, all of them coming in a 2:17 span. After a very slow and disappointing first quarter, Syracuse was trying to regain momentum. Every time it looked like Syracuse would seize control of the game ended up being fools gold. When it looked like Mellen and Syracuse were going to successfully clear the ball, something the Orange normally does very well, Kavanagh and Notre Dame responded.“For us not to clear the ball is kind of a telling story … it just means that mentally something was wrong today,” head coach John Desko said on his defense.No. 7 Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) struggled the entire game and was thoroughly outplayed in every facet by No. 2 Notre Dame (7-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The Orange suffered its worst loss of the season on the same day that team held a centennial celebration during halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBen Williams won the first face-off of the day, something that he struggled with throughout most of the game. But SU turned the ball over 30 seconds into the game, and less than a minute later Ryder Garnsey scored the first of five goals to give Syracuse an early 1-0 lead.“I think that we’re pretty confident that when we run out offense and we’re patient, we’ll get looks that we’ll like,” Garnsey said.Tim Barber gave Syracuse fans something to cheer about four minutes later when he ran from behind the goal all the way up until he was ten yards out, turned and fired in one motion to give SU it’s first goal in a 2-1 game.Notre Dame won the ensuing face-off and Kavanagh found himself with the ball behind the goal. He ran towards the right sideline while a UND player set a pick on Brandon Mullins, who was guarding him. But Mellen picked up Kavanagh, harassing him and shutting him down until he was forced to give the ball up. Syracuse fans cheered later. But mere seconds later the ball was worked across the field to Bobby Gray who charged forward and pocketed the ball in the back of the net.It looked like SU was going to find success in the third quarter when Jordan Evans scored the first two goals of the period through the first 5:12 to cut the lead to 9-6, but UND responded twice with Kavanagh to Garnsey goals. Evans scored a third goal later on but the Fighting Irish scored two more before the end of the quarter to open up a commanding 14-7 lead.Syracuse switched into a zone defense to try and slow the Notre Dame offense. It worked early, but then UND found ways to score on that defense, too.“Me and Ryder on that lefty corner right there, it was an easy two man game,” said Kavanagh, who had six assists. “I guess they just didn’t recognize Ryder coming from the backside to that lefty spot.”Hill was pulled in the fourth quarter and backup Evan Molloy came in. Desko stressed that the blame couldn’t be put just on Hill for this loss, but added that the coaching staff might talk about starting Molloy after his impressive performance in practice and against the Fighting Irish.Before the season started Desko stressed how he would look to his defensive unit to lead the way this year. He didn’t see that defense he envisioned today.“It’s disappointing, to give up the number of the goals and really the mental errors with such experience back there,” Desko said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New York Mets to hold preseason workout in the Carrier Dome

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The New York Mets will hold their final preseason workout at the Carrier Dome on March 26, the Syracuse Mets announced Tuesday. It will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and it will be free for all fans to attend. Pete Sala, Syracuse University’s Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, called it a “first-of-its-kind experience” in a statement.This is the first year of Syracuse’s Triple-A baseball team being affiliated as the top minor league club of the New York Mets. Previously, Syracuse had been named the Chiefs and been the top-feeder team of the Washington Nationals. “This extraordinary event will kick off our wonderful partnership with Onondaga County,” New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “We are thrilled the Syracuse community will have a chance to connect with our players up close and personal.”Notable New York Mets scheduled to be in Syracuse for the workout are starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and second baseman Robinson Cano. Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback, is also in the Mets’ organization, but was not mentioned in the release.According to the release, the New York Mets will take batting and infield practice while pitchers partake in their bullpen sessions on the Dome turf. The mascot, Mr. Met, will also be in attendance. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is huge,” Syracuse Mets general manager Jason Smorol said in the release. “The New York Mets have made a real commitment to our community and bringing the team to the Dome really cements that. I can’t wait for our local fans to see deGrom, Canó, Syndergaard and the rest of the Major League Club.” Published on March 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img Commentslast_img read more

Nigeria on Verge of Qualifying for ITTF World Junior Championship

first_imgNot ready to give the host nation any breathing space, Abayomi Animashaun who despite his age has challenged some of the top players in the competition started well against Salim Amokrane with a 2-0 lead but motivation from the fans boosted the confidence of the Algerian teenager who won the third game. In order to avert a comeback, Animasahun did not look back in the fourth game to end the encounter at 3-1 to give Nigeria an emphatic 3-0 win.With this win, Nigeria has joined the trio of Tunisia, Egypt and Congo Brazzaville in the semifinal stage of the championship.For the semifinal pairing, Nigeria will battle against Tunisia while Egypt will face Congo Brazzaville for places in the final.The girls’ team made up of Ajoke Ojomu, Esther Oribamise and Nimota Aregbesola had to dig deep to overcome their Tunisian counterparts 3-2 to berth in the last four of the tournament.For the semifinal pairing which will determine the eventual qualification for the World Junior Championship, Nigeria girls will battle the home team – Algeria for a place in the final.A confident Animashaun said they cannot afford to miss out from the bigger event holding on Africa soil in November.“We were never considered as favourite to qualify because we could not come to the 2015 edition held in Mauritius and we were not seeded for the tournament but we knew we had a battle to fight in Algiers.“In the group match against Egypt we fought well but we lost 3-1 and we finished second in the group. After knowing that we were going to face Algeria, we talked to ourselves that we should not be intimidated by the crowd and this was what really worked for us.Now, we are just a match away from qualifying for the World Junior Championship and we are not going to relax and take each match as they come. The Tunisians are nit pushovers and we will ensure our coming to Algiers is fruitful,” the assistant captain of the team said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s junior boys and girls’ teams are one match away respectively of securing their places in the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship after beating host – Algeria in the quarterfinal match of the team event at the ongoing ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championship in Algiers.In the boys quarterfinal tie, the trio of Amadi Omeh, Azeez Solanke and Abayomi Animashaun were not intimidated by the home crowd in their 3-0 bashing of Algeria.The match which served as the decider to determine the team that will qualify for the semifinal round of the competition became a one-sided encounter with Nigeria dominating from the start to the end.It was Amadi Omeh who started the rout with 3-0 pounding of Algeria’s Islem Tifoura while Azeez Solanke increased the lead to 2-0 with another 3-0 pummeling of Omar Annane.last_img read more

Top Female Wrestlers Dominate Mats at Wike

first_imgWrestling ChampionshipTop female wrestlers dumped doubts as to whether they can be dethroned at the ongoing maiden edition of the Governor Wike Wrestling National Wrestling Championship taking place in Port Harcourt.The ranking female wrestlers took to the mats as the championship winds down today with a colourful closing ceremony being planned by the Local Organising Committee (LOC). In one of the fights, Ifeoma Nwoye (Anambra) subdued Blessing Sunday (Delta club) in the 55kg Freestyle first round, just as Blessing Oborodudu (Bayelsa) in 68kg floored Igwe Micheve (Enugu).Commonwealth gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye (Ondo) had little fuss in beating Faziuya Babadu (Nigeria Army) in the 57kg freestyle, Mercy Genesis (Bayelsa) beat Mausi Vivian (Lagos) in the 50kg.As at press time, Adaku Favour (Rivers State), Adaku Ugochukwu (Nigeria Army), Winnie Gofit (Nigeria Army), Juliet Ogu (Bayelsa state), Chuks Christiana (Delta) and Blessing Onyebuchi (Edo) were expected to do battle in the 76kg weight female category.In the female 65kg weight category, Cecilia James (Ondo), Reuben Hannah (Nigeria Army), Ebi Biogos (Bayelsa), Bukky Adeyanju (NSCDC) and Adeyanju Bukola (Lagos state) were paired to battle for honours.Expected to battle for glory in the 62kg weight category are Aminat Adeniyi (Ondo State), Esther Ayodele (Police), Faith Temene (Bayelsa) and Essien Akoh (Cross Rivers).Meanwhile, officials and wrestlers have continued to commend Governor Wike for sponsoring the wrestling championship and the quality of facilities available for the contest.Assistant Coach of Edo State, Edith Obanor, praised the facilities available for the championship, saying they were comparable to anywhere in the world.She commended Edo wrestlers, who she says have done well so far, winning four gold and three silver medals, just as she hoped for more medals in coming contests.Head Coach of Nigeria Army Wrestling Team, Sergeant Duke Adindu said the championship has provided his wrestlers with the opportunity to test their strength against quality opponents and commended the organizers for a good competition.Also speaking, Commonwealth and African champion, Aminat Adeniyi of Ondo State said she was ready for any opponent, adding that the Wike Championship has been of great value to the wrestlers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more