Luckily, the Schenectady County Health and Equitable Food Action Plan provides an incredible blueprint for how we can work together to alleviate food insecurity.We have already had initial conversations with Trinity Reformed and Bellevue Reformed’s Little Food Pantry, but much more coordination of services can be done, both locally and with larger Schenectady County entities like Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) and Concerned for the Hungry’s Food Providers Network.As we journey into a new year together, I pray everyone in our community will consider new ways to partner and strengthen our efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.Rev. Dustin G. WrightSchenectadyThe writer is pastor of the Messiah Lutheran Church.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% All too often we think of food insecurity as only something affecting rural and urban areas. Yet the face of hunger in America is quickly changing.In Rotterdam’s Mohonasen school district, for instance, about a third of students now receive free or reduced-cost lunches from the National School Lunch Program.In response to this need, we at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam opened the Bread of Life Food Pantry a bit over two years ago on Oct. 4, 2015.This ministry quickly grew to operate twice a month, serving roughly 130 meals in that time. Plans to expand our hours and facilities, as well as to provide skills building services like cooking classes or public speaking classes, are also in the works.Over the last two years, however, we realized that no individual congregation or organization can tackle the issue of food security in Rotterdam and other nearby communities alone. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Niina Bergring, CIO, said: “We are very pleased with the result, considering the market situation.”Fixed income performance had lowered the overall result, she said, with the asset class ending with a return of just 1.5%.Property investments, which the company said were traditionally strong within its portfolio, returned 5.9%.Total contributions fell by 1.2% to €452.8m from €458.2m, while pensions and other benefits paid out rose 7.3% to €432m.Veritas blamed the fall in contributions partly on payroll developments, with pension client numbers declining, and partly on the fact more corporate clients had failed this year to make their scheduled contributions.Managing director Jan-Erik Stenman said he was not surprised by the slide in contributions.“We are now seeing the aftermath of the general economic situation,” he said.“In the course of 2013, the impact of globalisation hit our customers – small and medium-sized enterprises – which had hitherto perhaps fared better than large companies in the current economic situation.”Over the year, Veritas lost 1.8% of employees as clients, or 53,339 workers.Total investment assets rose to €2.4bn, up €170m from a year earlier.Solvency capital increased during the year to end at 27.8% of technical provisions from 24.1% a year before, Veritas said, adding that this meant solvency capital was 2.1 times the solvency limit. Finland’s Veritas produced a 7.4% return on investments in 2013, but saw contributions fall by 1.2% as globalisation effects hit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.Reporting preliminary results for last year, Veritas said it was the positive trend in equity markets that boosted investment returns, particularly at the end of the year.The 2013 investment return was helped by listed equities, which generated the pension insurer’s highest returns at 18.3%.However, the overall return was down from last year, when investments ended the year with a profit of 11.3%.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has offered high praise for the way Esteban Cambiasso has adapted to a relegation fight during his first year in English football. Cambiasso has at club level become the most decorated player in Argentinian history, even winning more honours than Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano, over an illustrious career spanning 17 years. But the 34-year-old has become entrenched in Leicester’s culture since arriving on a free transfer last summer and even told reporters last month that helping the Foxes secure Barclays Premier League survival would feel like winning another piece of silverware. The former Argentina international, who has previously played for Real Madrid, River Plate and Inter Milan, has been instrumental all season but particularly during the recent run which has brought six wins from the last seven matches and put Pearson’s team three points clear of the relegation zone. “His impact is difficult to quantify but it’s been a very positive one, there’s no doubt about that,” said Pearson following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Southampton. “If you take away the influence on other players and just look at his own performances, what he brings to the side in terms of his vision and game understanding, then I think he’s been a fantastic addition to our squad. “Also where he takes an awful lot of credit is for someone with the CV he has and the amount of trophies and, if you like, positive situations he’s been in, to embrace a relegation battle in the way he has done I think gives you an indication of his professional outlook on his role within the squad. “I couldn’t give him any higher compliment than to recognise that. “I know that if he was five years younger we wouldn’t have him, or two years younger even. But I’m very pleased he’s with us and that he’s contributed fantastically to the team’s plight and situation. He’s dug in like everyone else has dug in.” Cambiasso is making Leicester wait over a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, as he waits to see how the campaign pans out. But Pearson would love to keep the 2010 Champions League winner. Press Association “Of course I want him to stay but he’s already pointed out that he wants to wait until the end of the season and that’s fine. For sure we’d like to keep him,” said the Foxes boss. Southampton’s defeat at the King Power Stadium came courtesy of another sluggish start and manager Ronald Koeman is becoming concerned by the trend. Both Leicester goals came inside the opening 19 minutes. It followed another slow start at Sunderland last week when Koeman’s men also found themselves behind at the same stage of the match. For most of the season, Southampton appeared capable of challenging for a place in the top four but their form has since tailed off. Defeat to Leicester was a fourth successive away loss and extended Southampton’s overall winless run to four games, all but ending their hopes of catching Liverpool in fifth place, with their campaign in danger of unravelling due to the poor run. Koeman was surprised to see his team make the same mistake for the second straight match and the Dutchman wants it rectified against Aston Villa next time out. He said: “The reason that we lost is because if you start a game like we did then it’s very difficult to change it. “Last week we had a big problem to start on a good level and today again. They [Leicester] had more spirit in the beginning. “They’re a strong team at the moment and full of confidence. It’s a difficult place to come, but we made it more difficult. “Still, there are two games to play. Next week we play at home and we need to finish on a good way for the fans. “We expect to bring our level and to have the belief in ourselves. I think that’s the difference in the last few games.”
Accra Hearts of Oak got their first win of the season after they beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Phobians struggled to put chances away in open play but from set pieces, they were brilliant and they got their goals from two free kicks scored by Joseph Esso and Kofi Kordzi while Dwarfs pulled one back through Ato Hammond.AshGold made it three wins from three matches after they beat Eleven Wonders 2-1 in Obuasi thanks to goals from Emmanuel Owusu and Mark Agyekum.The biggest surprise of the round happened at the Baba Yara Stadium as Kotoko lost 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea. Kofi Owusu scored in the first half to hand the visitors their second away of the season after they beat Hearts of Oak 1-0 in the opening week of the season.In Dansoman, Liberty Professionals drew 1-1 with Medeama at the Karl Reindorf Park. Elvis Kyei Baffour gave Liberty the lead in the first half but Nana Kofi Babil came off the bench to level for Medeama.Aduana Stars stayed unbeaten after they went past King Faisal 2-1. Yahaya Mohammed scored twice for the home side while Osman Ibrahim got the consolation.Karela needed a late Ofosu Abega goal to put away Inter Allies 2-1. Franklin Osei had given Karela the lead but Victorien Adebayor pulled Inter Allies level but Abega got the late winner.Prince Adu’s goal gave Bechem United a 1-0 win at home against Great Olympics.Dreams FC drew goalless with Legon Cities Fc while Elmina Sharks failed to get anything out of WAFA in a goalless draw at the Ndoum Stadium.