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“It was very exciting. It was very upbeat, very energetic. Just to meet Drew Carey and be up on the stage, it was very exciting,” said MacDonald. “He was there for a few rounds until he actually got called up on the stage. We were very nervous watching him the whole time, like come on,” said Hamlin. One local resident found out, and it was mostly by chance. “We were going to Los Angeles for my son’s college graduation and we were looking for things to do. We saw it pop up, free tickets to The Price Is Right, so we figured let’s give it a whirl,” said Johnson City resident and star of the show Graham MacDonald. “It’s not what I won, it’s more what I lost. I had the, the Publishers Clearing House was there and I had $20,000 in the palm of my hands,” said MacDonald. Regardless of winning or losing, it’s a special moment he will always remember. After going through the interview process on that second day, Graham was in the audience when his name got called with the first group of contestants. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Many of us watch game shows like “The Price Is Right” as a part of our daily routine or just for fun. But what would it be like to be on the show? Graham and his family went to the studio, but realized they already filled the seats for that taping. Unfortunately the live airing of the episode with Graham was interrupted by a CBS Special Report, but Graham and his family still gathered to watch as much of the episode together as they could. Graham went on to play a game of “This or That”, and while he couldn’t reveal what exactly he won, he knows he unfortunately missed the big prize. “The first day, the day we had planned our tickets for, they had already filled up. There was no more room, they had hit their limit. We were like, can we come back tomorrow, will there be room? They were like yeah just get here early,” said family friend Samantha Hamlin.
LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook politics PAN ummah-party amien-rais infighting Former National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais, a staunch critic of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, has announced the establishment of his new party, the Ummah Party, formalizing a bitter divorce from the political vehicle he cofounded and grew in 1998.Amien announced the move on YouTube on Thursday, in a move experts see as bringing his new party into clear opposition to the government.In a slight riff aimed at the Jokowi administration, he said the state was capable of “upholding equitability” and committing “colossal tyranny”.“It all depends on the ruling government, whether it defends the interests of the people and ummah [Islamic community], or, on the contrary, defends those of conglomerates and the corporatocracy,” he said in a video post.“Eventually, a community of m… Topics : Google Forgot Password ?
An Irish pension plan has won a €2.2m High Court case, requiring its sponsor to provide funding above and beyond the minimum funding standard (MFS) prior to winding up the scheme.The ruling, which took into consideration the wording of the scheme’s trust deed, is likely to make it harder for schemes to be wound up in deficit, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) said.The country’s regulatory regime currently has no requirement to address deficits upon wind-up, instead allowing benefits to be cut.The trustee of the defined benefit scheme for Omega Pharma, subsidiary to the Dutch healthcare firm, in December 2012 requested a further €3.01m contribution from the company after being informed the fund would be wound up. The requested payment, later revised downward to €2.23m, was not required to meet any actuarial deficit and therefore sought funding above the MFS.The payment was meant to “secure benefits”, according to court documents, above the standard transfer values agreed as part of the MFS.The documents noted that the requested payment fell short of being sufficient to fund an annuity buyout for all members, which would have required €5.8m.Such a funding level would have been “excessive”, according to scheme actuary Maurice Whyms, director of Attain Consulting and a former chairman of the IAPF.The trustee argued that it had an obligation under the trust deed to secure all accrued benefits, and that the MFS was “not appropriate in the particular circumstances”.The documents added that, under the deed, the trustee also had a three-month grace period to negotiate with the sponsor once it was notified of a wind-up.As the firm chose not to engage, it left the trustee “[gauging] reasonability effectively in a vacuum”, according to presiding judge Justice Michael Moriarty.“Leaving to one side an actuarial analysis of the computation method, the trustees appear to have been acting in good faith in pursuit of what they believed to be the best interests of the members of the [s]cheme, in accordance with their fiduciary duty,” the ruling added.Justice Moriarty said that, in light of the lack of engagement by the scheme sponsor, he was “satisfied” the trustee should be granted the €2.23m in funding.A spokeswoman for Omega Pharma could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.Aisling Kelly, senior consultant at Mercer, noted that the case should concern all sponsors, even if other trust deeds were not as supportive of additional payments as those for the Omega Pharma scheme.“Effectively, the ruling could prevent an employer from closing and winding up a scheme without ensuring the scheme is fully funded, on a basis that may be in excess of the minimum funding standard,” she said. Kelly speculated that Whyms’s approach of negotiating additional contributions below buyout levels was due to the fact no sizeable deferred annuity market exists in Ireland, making a buyout “too costly”.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the IAPF, said the ruling would “definitely make it harder for employers to walk away from a scheme, even when meeting the MFS”.However, he also underlined that the ruling hinged on the wording of the trust deed, which varies among DB schemes.
The Irish Football Association is awaiting news on Northern Ireland’s planned friendly in Chile after a forest fire in Valparaiso. Press Association Sport understands the IFA is aware of developments but has yet to receive word from its Chilean counterparts. The fixture itself is unlikely to be in doubt, with Santiago a likely alternative venue should the game need to be moved from Valparaiso. Press Association Michael O’Neill’s side are due to play in the port city on June 4, though that is no longer a certainty after a forest fire hit the city and destroyed 500 homes. President Michelle Bachelet has declared the area a disaster zone and ordered a military evacuation.