Dr. Al Gross, Alaska independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Gross would caucus with Democrats.As Democrats fixate on Georgia to see whether it might play host to two highly consequential Senate runoffs, it’s worth at least putting a pin in the Alaska Senate race too. At the moment, the AP reports that only about 50% of the state’s votes have been counted in the race between GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and independent challenger Al Gross (who would caucus with Democrats). Sullivan leads that race by about 57,600 votes, but there are at least 110,000 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted along with an unknown number of early in-person votes cast after Oct. 29. In other words, there’s a lot of counting still to be done, and it won’t happen until next Tuesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 9:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link137Shares Jamie Carragher slams ‘shocking’ Granit Xhaka after West Ham opener against Arsenal Advertisement Comment Xhaka was criticised by Carragher (Picture: AP)Jamie Carragher did not hold back in his assessment of Granit Xhaka, branding the midfielder as ‘shocking’ for his role in West Ham’s opener against Arsenal.The Swiss midfielder did little to get in the way of centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, who charged in to head Manuel Pellegrini’s side ahead.It capped the end of a miserable half for Arsenal, who failed to muster a shot on target, and gave interim coach Freddie Ljungberg another tough team talk to dish out at half-time. West Ham celebrated getting their noses in front (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)Ljungberg had left some of the biggest culprits for defensive errors out of the side, with David Luiz dropping out of the starting XI and Shkodran Mustafi not even making the bench, but Xhaka came into Carragher’s line of fire once more for his lack of effort to stop his team falling behind.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When we cover Arsenal there are always two or three fall guys we seem to attack,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.‘People may actually think it’s bullying in some ways when we do our analysis. We always mention David Luiz…More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Xhaka here is shocking. The ball comes across there and he’s going for the ball and he just ducks out of it.‘He may not have got there but do more. Put him off, hit his shoulder, put him off the header… do something!’Should Granit Xhaka be dropped?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal view Thomas Tuchel as strong candidate to become new managerMORE: Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Martinelli, Pepe and Chambers start with Lacazette & David Luiz dropped Advertisement
Source: CDAPieter Omtzigt, CDAHe argued that the ultimate pension benefits could be reduced by up to 30% as a consequence of excessively high costs.The Dutch parliament also demanded a qualitative analyses of the two new pension contracts that were being developed by a steering group of social partners and the government.The analyses must address the issues of “collectivity, solidarity, certainty for participants as well as an adequate compensation for all generations”, the motion stated.Owase pension fund to join consolidation vehicleDutch company pension fund Owase has decided to transfer its pensions arrangements to a general pension fund (APF).In its 2018 annual report, the board said joining the consolidation vehicle would bring the €857m scheme under independent professional trustees, with Owase getting a say through the APF’s stakeholder body.Owase, which serves 26 employers including its founder, tubing manufacturer Wavin, declined to provide details about the APF.The pension fund also serves Hardenberg-based Dion Pensioen Services, which provides Owase with administration services.When the scheme joins the consolidation vehicle, Dion will lose one of its larger clients, which also include the Dutch pension funds of CitiGroup, PepsiCo, British American Tobacco and Ford.Martin Lemmers, director of Dion Pensioen Services, said he expected to welcome new clients “as smaller pension funds in particular felt at home with a smaller pensions provider”.Owase, which has a collective DC plan, attributed its reported costs per participant of €573 to the ever stricter legal rules and regulation for pension funds. At the end of May, its coverage ratio stood at 118.9%. In Omtzigt’s opinion, the introduction of a new pensions contract was the right moment to set new rules to protect participants. The Dutch parliament has asked the cabinet for an independent external survey into the implementation costs of both the current and the envisaged new pensions systems.A large majority of members of the lower house backed the motion, which also called for guarantees for low costs.The motion was initiated by Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrat party CDA, who said he feared that the transition from the current collective pensions contract to an individual one would lead to a significant cost increase.He cited the “nightmare scenario of Australia”, where he claimed that pensions reform 10 years ago “has caused costs to increase fourfold”.
With three of golf’s four major championships already in the books after Gary Woodland claimed his first-ever major title Sunday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the PGA Tour now swings across the country as the Travelers Championship tees off in Connecticut.While Woodland won’t be back to immediately build off winning his major, U.S. Open runner-up Brooks Koepka, who has finished second in three tournaments this year, headlines a strong field despite the quick turnaround from a major. Tee time (ET)Grouping7:45 a.m.Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau1:00 p.m.Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman12:50 p.m.Paul Casey, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau7:35 a.m.Patrick Cantlay, Francesco Molinari, Justin ThomasTravelers Championship purse, winningsThis year’s purse at the Travelers Championship is $7.2 million, up $200,000 from 2018. The winner of the event receives $1.296 million. Last year Bubba Watson won $1.26 million.Travelers Championship betting oddsHere are the top betting favorites and their odds. A more comprehensive list can be found at Vegas Insider.GolferOddsBrooks Koepka7-1Patrick Cantlay11-1Jordan Spieth14-1Francesco Molinari18-1Jason Day20-1Justin Thomas20-1Paul Casey20-1Bryson DeChambeau25-1Marc Leishman28-1Tommy Fleetwood38-1Travelers Championship past championsThe champion has been determined by a playoff in three of the past six years. Bubba Watson won last year’s event by three strokes.YearGolferScore2019TBD–2018Bubba Watson−172017Jordan Spieth−122016Russell Knox−142015Bubba Watson−162014Kevin Streelman−152013Ken Duke−122012Marc Leishman−142011Freddie Jacobson−202010Bubba Watson−142009Kenny Perry−22 Bubba Watson is the defending Travelers Championship winner and will be looking to claim his fourth career title at the event, a feat that would tie him with Billy Casper’s record of four. MORE: Watch the Travelers Championship live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Despite carding his best round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, Tiger Woods will not be playing at TPC River Highlands for the tournament as he opts to rest in advance of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland next month.On Monday, Woods stated that he’s “going to take a little bit of time off and enjoy some family time” before the final major of the year.Below is everything to know about the 2019 Travelers Championship, including a full TV schedule with live stream, tee times and updated betting odds.Travelers Championship 2019 TV schedule, live streamRounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast exclusively on Golf Channel. The final two rounds will begin with early coverage on Golf Channel before moving to CBS later in the afternoon. The Travelers Championship can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, June 203-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, June 213-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 221-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 223-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, June 231-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, June 233-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVWho is in the Travelers Championship field? Plenty of familiar names will be teeing off in a crowded field of 156 golfers just a week after the U.S. Open. Defending champion Bubba Watson is back and looking for his fourth title at the event. Brooks Koepka will try to improve his third-place status in the FedEx Cup standings.Jordan Spieth hasn’t recorded a win on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Travelers Championship and is in need of rebounding from a disappointing 65th-place finish at the U.S. Open. Tony Finau, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are also among others teeing off at the event.Tee times for Round 1, featured groupsHere are the featured groups for the 2019 Travelers Championship and their tee times for Rounds 1-2. A full list of tee times can be found here.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Paul Trombino to temporarily lead Iowa’s human resources agency after its previous director failed to win Senate confirmation.Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said Tuesday that the governor has installed Trombino as interim director of the Department of Administrative Services while she recruits a permanent replacement.The move comes after the Iowa Senate adjourned last month without confirming Janet Phipps Burkhead to another term as the agency’s director. Minority Democrats had blocked the appointment due to concerns about her handling of sexual harassment allegations in state government, among other things.Trombino has been serving as the state’s chief operations officer since leaving the private sector to return to government in January. Previously, he was director of the Iowa Department of Transportation before resigning in 2016. Trombino was also President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Highway Administration, but withdrew from consideration in 2017.As interim director, Trombino doesn’t need Senate confirmation.