Despite some minor hiccups, Shoemaker says she considers the first-ever virtual RoberCon a success. Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Roberson. She and a team of volunteers made it all happen using two virtual platforms. “We’ve had lots of really great panel discussions and social gatherings on our discord channel, and everything is just lighting up,” she says. Brie Smith of Owego says she’s been a regular at RoberCon in the past, and while she missed the social aspect of the in person convention, she was just happy the convention was happening at all. Shoemaker says one of the unexpected perks of the virtual format was it’s ability to reach more people. They coordinated panels and Q&A sessions over Zoom while simultaneously hosting chat groups and vendor space on discord. Guest speakers included actress Miriam Margolyes of the Harry Potter series and actor Paul McGann of Dr. Who. “We were troubleshooting stuff I think the minute the con started and trying to figure out ‘okay, how does this work, we didn’t prepare for this’,” she said. “I feel like they’ve done a great job, each pannel I’ve been in has been well set up and I feel like there have been very few glitches of any kind,” she said. One of those people was Jeffrey Hutton who joined from Louisville, Kentucky. He says the virtual format is what allowed him to attend after some friends suggested he check out the event. (WBNG) — The Roberson Museum and Science Center wrapped up their first ever Virtual RoberCon, after the coronavirus forced them to move the event online. “We’ve been able to gather people from New Zealand and Canada and all across the United States,” she said. “One thing that keeps people from going to some of those bigger conventions is that they don’t have the money or the extra time to travel to those things, and for me, it really comes down to money,” Hutton said. As for RoberCon 2021, Shoemaker says she’s started a wish list for what she’d like to do if the event is held in person, but they’ll be using this year’s event as a learning experience in case next year’s event needs to be held virtually as well.
The Nov. 5 column [“Under Siege: Our Right to Vote”] about the right to vote is somewhat bedeviled by the accompanying headline, which says in part that voter fraud is a myth.The body of the editorial says “there were extremely few instances of non-citizens voting in 2016.” It can be argued there were more than a few instances but if there were a “few,” then it is real. And if it’s real, it is not a myth.Many races at many levels are close, so even a “few” fraudulent votes can negate the will of the citizens.David OchsePorter’s CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has released proposals to set up joint disciplinary tribunals for professional misconduct hearings involving actuaries and accountants.The proposed changes affect the actuarial disciplinary scheme that deals with complaints about actuaries that give rise to a point of public interest.The FRC is proposing that, where a complaint arising out of a single set of facts involves both actuaries and accountants, the complaint should be heard by a single tribunal.The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has said it broadly welcomes the move. In a statement, the IFoA’s general counsel Ben Kemp said: “We welcome the FRC’s consultation, which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its public interest tribunal process.“We remain committed to working in partnership with the FRC to ensure the smooth and efficient introduction of any proposed changes.”The FRC and the IFoA are charged with oversight of the actuarial profession.The FRC sets and maintains the profession’s rulebook, the Technical Actuarial Standards, as well as the Actuarial Standard Technical Memorandum.In addition, the council oversees the regulation of actuaries by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.The FRC also operates two disciplinary schemes covering both actuaries and accountants, the Accountancy Scheme and the Actuarial Scheme.Broadly speaking, the two schemes deal with serious allegations of misconduct by a member of the two professions that give rise to a point of public interest.Although the schemes share many common features, they are nonetheless separate disciplinary processes.The proposed amendments, however, could lead to the introduction of new joint tribunals that would hear complaints arising out of the same set of facts under the two schemes.In its consultation document, the FRC said the aim of the change is to “enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the disciplinary arrangements, to promote consistency and, where possible, to reduce duplication of costs by providing for one hearing rather than two”.Joint tribunal hearings, the FRC added, will “promote consistency of regulation and co-ordinated resolution of disciplinary cases”.In the longer term, the FRC expects the shift to combined hearings “to reduce rather than increase the costs associated with a disciplinary case involving both accountants and actuaries” Interested parties have until 16 July to comment on the proposals.The FRC has signalled it will publish its formal response later this year.The text of the consultation document is available here.
Manchester United will spend a second successive summer preparing for a new era after finally confirming the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager. Negotiations took time due to his commitments with Holland but the appointment has seemed inevitable for some weeks. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. “His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.” United striker Wayne Rooney took to Twitter on Monday evening to welcome his new boss to Old Trafford. The 28-year-old posted: “Great to see Louis Van Gaal has been named @ManUtd manager. Looking forward to working with him. “Congratulations also to Ryan Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant manager, I’m sure he will do a great job.” The elevation of Giggs from his previous role as player-coach is thought to have been a key part of discussions with Van Gaal. The club had been keen to retain the services of the most decorated player in the English game after he stepped in as interim manager for four games following Moyes’ exit. Giggs, who made his debut in 1991, said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. “Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I’m delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role.” In addition to Giggs, Holland goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and coach Marcel Bout, a specialist in opposition scouting, will join the backroom staff. As yet there has been no announcement from United concerning the future of Moyes’ former assistants Phil Neville and Chris Woods. The club announced on Monday that the vastly experienced Dutchman will take charge at Old Trafford when his commitments as Holland boss end following this summer’s World Cup. His arrival could therefore come approximately 12 months after David Moyes formally began work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor on July 1 last year. United will hope for a much different outcome this time and Van Gaal has already made his first popular decision by installing club hero Ryan Giggs as his assistant. Giggs, 40, has ended his illustrious playing career, after a record 963 appearances and 13 Premier League titles with United, to take up the post as Van Gaal’s number two. That combination could lift spirits after Moyes’ ill-fated regime, which ended with the Scot’s sacking in April and saw the club finish seventh in the Premier League and fail to qualify for the Champions League. Already 62-year-old Van Gaal, who has won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, is speaking in bullish terms. Van Gaal said: “To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. “This club has big ambitions. I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.” Van Gaal, previously linked with Tottenham, was installed as an early favourite for the position soon after Moyes’ departure. His vast experience of both winning trophies and handling top-level players, combined with his availability this summer, made him an attractive proposition. Press Association
THE Guyana Lottery Company, through its Let’s Bet Sports brand, yesterday announced its alliance with Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the country’s March 23 game against Belize in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.With a win, Guyana’s senior Men’s National team, Golden Jaguars, will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in the country’s history and follow the success of the women’s national team, Lady Jags, who had featured at the confederation’s showpiece in 2010.“Let’s Bet Sports is more than pleased to assist in whatever way possible in encouraging everyone to rally behind the Golden Jaguars,” said Rawle Toney, the Let’s Bet Sports Brand Ambassador.Toney made a presentation of a quantity of jerseys and tickets to GFF’s Social Media Officer, Keeran Williams at the Federation’s Headquarters, and pointed out that “it’s imperative that we give Golden Jaguars the support they need because the spinoffs from their victory on March 23 could be life-changing.”“At the Guyana Lottery Company and Let’s Bet Sports, we strive on being an entity and a brand that support sports and its development in Guyana, which is why with every lottery ticket and bet placed, a percentage of that ticket and wager will go towards the development of Guyana,” Toney pointed out.The jerseys, tickets and other memorabilia, Toney related, will be given to lucky fans through a series of radio and television promotions by Let’s Bet Sports and GFF leading up to the important fixture against Belize.Football fans, 18 years and older, will be able to place a wager on the Guyana vs Belize game, and are encouraged to visit their nearest Guyana Lottery Agent and ask for ‘Let’s Bet Sports’.