Lauren Boebert, a Glock-wearing conservative firebrand, won the race for Colorado’s sprawling Third Congressional District on Wednesday, holding the seat for Republicans as they tried to limit their House losses.According to The Associated Press, Ms. Boebert, 33, defeated Diane Mitsch Bush, a former state legislator, in the race for the seat held by Representative Scott Tipton, a Republican toppled by Ms. Boebert in the party primary, the first time a challenger defeated a sitting House member in the state in decades. She did so by portraying Mr. Tipton as insufficiently supportive of President Trump.- Advertisement – Though Colorado is trending more Democratic, the Third Congressional District covers a huge expanse of the state’s more conservative Western Slope, where progressive upscale ski towns, such as Aspen and Steamboat Springs, are interspersed with conservative ranching and working-class communities such as Pueblo and Grand Junction.Ms. Boebert, the owner of a restaurant in Rifle, Colo., where the waitresses openly carry handguns, gained attention for expressing some interest in QAnon, but has since disavowed the baseless conspiracy theory, which maintains that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles plotting against Mr. Trump. Instead, Ms. Boebert has positioned herself as the antidote to what she has called socialist ideology spreading through Washington, represented by lawmakers such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. She said she decided to take on Mr. Tipton, a low-profile, conservative congressman, after his office declined to aid a ballot measure preventing Colorado from awarding its electoral votes to the overall national popular vote winner. He did not appear to take the primary challenge seriously and lost.Ms. Mitsch Bush is a former Routt County commissioner and state lawmaker who stressed her bipartisan record and expertise on water issues, always a major concern in Colorado. She said Ms. Boebert was more interested in achieving political celebrity than working on the issues most important to Coloradans. She also attacked Ms. Boebert for backing the Republican drive to overturn the Affordable Care Act.Ms. Boebert was dogged in her campaign by the disclosure of a series of run-ins she had with local police over traffic charges and other conduct, including being arrested on warrants for failure to appear in court.- Advertisement – The congresswoman-elect gained national attention in 2019 when she confronted Beto O’Rourke, then a Democratic candidate for president, at a televised town hall outside Denver over his pledge to confiscate weapons such as semiautomatic assault rifles. “I am here to say, ‘Hell no, you’re not,’” she told Mr. O’Rourke.- Advertisement – A group opposed to her paid for billboards featuring her mug shot at various locations in the district. But many voters in the district were apparently willing to overlook those transgressions and back Ms. Boebert for her pledge to be an aggressive conservative combatant in Congress. – Advertisement –
The UK government and financial services regulator have launched a consultation to study how to report on transaction costs in pension funds.A joint consultation between the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it was seeking views on how information about transaction costs should be reported in a standard and comparable format.The consultation comes as trustees of DC pension funds and independent governance committee members for insurance-based schemes prepare to start reporting on cost and charges incurred by members in the managing of pension pots.Such legislation ties in with the 75 basis point charge cap on auto-enrolment DC default investment funds, coming into force on 6 April. The charge cap relates to member-borne charges but does not currently include transaction costs due to complexity. The government said it would review the cap to include transactions, or reduce the cap, in 2017.Christopher Woolard, director of strategy at the FCA, said trustees and independent governance committee members needed visibility on transactions to assess value for money.“We want clarity and consistency across the market, and that is why we are asking for views on how costs and charges information should be disclosed,” he added.Pensions minister Steve Webb said pension scheme trustees need visibility on direct and indirect charges.“There is a fear the dark corners of the investment and pensions industry hold some nasty surprises,” he said.“We have a duty to throw light for the first time on potential hidden charges.”The consultation comes as the FCA and DWP also finalised and published the rules surrounding the charge cap.It also outlaws both insurance and trust-based pension providers paying consultancy charges and commission for advice not agreed to by scheme members.Providers will also no longer be able to operate active member discounts, the policy of charging additional fees on deferred or non-contributory members.Elsewhere, the defined benefit (DB) deficit among UK private sector schemes has increased by more than 60% over the year to the end of February 2015, as tumbling Gilt yields added almost £220bn (€303bn) to liabilities.The IAS 19-calculated figures, from consultancy JLT Employee Benefits, showed that, while assets increased by 11% to £1.27trn, liabilities offset this with a 17% increase to £1.53trn.The deficit among private sector schemes now stands at £255bn, with an average funding ratio of 83%, compared with 88% at the end of February 2014.JLT said the tumbling yields in the UK, alongside negative yields spreading from Switzerland across the euro-zone, were putting huge pressure on the pension schemes.Charles Cowling, director of JLT Employee Benefits, said: “The even lower interest rates we now see in the UK could prove particularly problematic for pension schemes with actuarial valuations in 2015 – typically, the actuarial valuation takes place every three years, and this is when decisions are made on deficit funding.“Demands from pension scheme trustees for more cash payments into DB pensions look set for significant escalation in 2015.”
LONGDALE, Okla. – One of the biggest weekends of the season at Longdale Speedway is only a little more than one month away.The second annual Darren Ernst Memorial pays $3,000 to win the final night of the two-day IMCA SportMod main event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with $3,000 on the line that same weekend for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds during the Iron Man Challenge.The Modified feature is a 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.Pit passes are $30 for the Thursday, Sept. 29 open practice that runs from 6-9 p.m.Single-car qualifying will open the competition on Friday, Sept. 30, in both divisions. Drivers will then compete in eight-lap heat races to line up the 20-lap, 24-car feature that will lock the top eight finishers into a bracket race on Saturday, Oct. 1.The final day of racing will showcase last-chance qualifiers to determine the ninth through 23rdstarting positions in each main event. The 24th starting position will be auctioned off in each class beginning at $500.Each main event will feature two 30-lap segments with a 15-minute pit stop on the front stretch at midway. Any adjustment(s) will be allowed, including tires and fuel.Drivers will compete for $3,000 to win, $1,500 for second, $1,000 for third, $800 for fourth and $750 for fifth in both divisions. Each main event pays $300 to start.Also, there are many bonuses throughout the weekend, including $100 for the fast qualifier and $100 for the hard charger in each division.The Sept. 30 features pay $550 to win and $50 to start. The winner of the bracket race on Oct. 1 earns $400 with second place earning $300, third place $200 and fourth place $100.There is a $150 entry fee for every driver.Adult tickets are $15 per night. Tickets for seniors and military personnel are $12 each night with children ages 6 to 12 $5 per night. Children ages five and younger get in free.Longdale Speedway also offers a two-day event ticket, which is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military and $5 for children ages 6 to 12.The front gate and pit gate will both open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. both nights.
The Okpekpe race organiser is not unaware that events are becoming larger and somewhat more costly in terms of resources required to host them but the inherent advantages in terms of the development of athletes and the unity it engenders must have informed Dalung’s decision to brave all the financial odds.‘This is why I am particularly happy the Honourable Minister spared no expense to make sure the event was held and the greatest beneficiary are not just the athletes and the officials but Nigeria.This is particularly more so when religion and ethnicity are being used to divide us daily as a nation.‘I am sure the athletes who were given the opportunity to compete and show how far they have gone in terms of their preparation will always be thankful to the Honourable Minister.”Itemuagbor is also delighted that Edo State has been chosen as the host of the 20th edition of the event.‘Everybody knows Edo State is synonymous with sports and I am certain that our sports loving Governor Godwin Obaseki will deliver a National Sports Festival that will serve as the benchmark for future editions.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okpekpe international 10km road race promoter,Mike Itemuagbor, has congratulated the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung on the organisation of the 19th National Sports Festival which came to a spectacular end on Sunday.Itemuagbor said the Minister displayed uncommon courage to go ahead with the organisation of the event that suffered several postponemets between 2014 and the most part of 2018.”Congratulations for staging the 19th National Sports Festival after several postponements.. I commend your courage and wisdom in reviving the only event that brings all Nigerians together.God bless you,” Itemuagbor said in a statement made available to journalists in Lagos yesterday.
Ahli will not be pursuing Ghana international Agyemang Opoku after he failed to arrive on time for his trial at the club.The 23-year-old striker was expected to have a trial last November, but the appointment was delayed until this week.However, Opoku failed to arrive in time again, only for Ahli’s website to reveal that the club are no longer interested in his services.Opoku was believed to be one of several foreign strikers on Ahli’s shortlist as the Reds continue their persistent search for a quality non-Egyptian signing.The African champions have parted company with Brazilian Fabio Junior before loaning out Oussou Konan to Saudi Arabia’s Hajr.Mauritania’s Dominique da Silva – the only non-Egyptian on board in the meantime – is on the verge of being offloaded as well. The 23-year-old striker was expected to have a trial last November, but the appointment was delayed until this week.However, Opoku failed to arrive in time again, only for Ahli’s website to reveal that the club are no longer interested in his services.Opoku was believed to be one of several foreign strikers on Ahli’s shortlist as the Reds continue their persistent search for a quality non-Egyptian signing.The African champions have parted company with Brazilian Fabio Junior before loaning out Oussou Konan to Saudi Arabia’s Hajr.Mauritania’s Dominique da Silva – the only non-Egyptian on board in the meantime – is on the verge of being offloaded as well.
Member of the B&H youth team Sanjin Prcić had his debut for the leading team Sochaux from France in a match against Ajaccoia in the fourth match of the French Championship. The game ended with a result of 0:0.Prcić was found on the list by the coach of the B&H youth team Vlado Jagodić before the next qualifying matches against Hungary and Austria.(Source: klix.ba)