Ahead of crucial Kavanaugh vote, hundreds of protesters rally in front of Supreme Court

first_imgJane Roper / Instagram (WASHINGTON) — The debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination spilled into the streets of Washington, D.C., Thursday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court.Vocal opponents to President Trump’s nominee for the nation’s high court chanted near the steps of the courthouse; some of Kavanaugh’s supporters demonstrated as well.Crowds of activists, many of whom wearing black — commonly associated with supporting sexual assault survivors — swarmed inside the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.The controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination is coming to a head now as the Senate prepares to vote on his nomination, likely in the next two days.Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 10 but decades-old accusations of sexual assault created drama and logistical hurdles late in the confirmation process.Protesters have been coming to Washington in waves since last week, when both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that seen around the world.Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the early 1980s when both were teenagers.Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations, which became the focus of an FBI investigation. Senators are reviewing the results of the probe ahead of a cloture vote Friday.A vote on Saturday can come as early as Saturday afternoon.Against the backdrop of senators reviewing the results of the investigation and charges that the probe was limited in scope, some protesters appeared to be arrested, surveillance footage showed.Local police had not released arrest numbers by Thursday afternoon.Actress Amy Schumer was shown in line appearing to prepare to be arrested in the Senate building amid the protest.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports Kavanaugh’s nomination, addressed the stream of protesters from the Senate floor Wednesday, talking about how Republicans are coming into contact with protesters in their offices.“I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes. We’re not being intimidated by these people. There is no chance in the world they’re going to scare us out of doing our duty,” McConnell said.One memorable and arguably pivotal moment with a protester came when one woman, identifying herself as a sexual assault survivor, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator as he was on his way to vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the day after the Ford and Kavanaugh hearings.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 2/17

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Basketball3-A First RoundMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Eryn Briggs stepped up with 12 points as the North Sanpete Hawks waxed Grand 36-29 in the first round of the 3-A girls basketball state playoffs Wednesday. Josalyn Murphy had a game-high 13 points in defeat for the Red Devils. North Sanpete next faces No. 1 seed South Sevier Saturday at 1:00 pm.2-A First roundSALINA, Utah-Calleigh Nelson posted 18 points on 9-12 from the field as North Sevier routed APA West Valley 66-28 Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A girls basketball state playoffs. Aryanna Paul had 9 points on 4-6 from the field in defeat for the Eagles.The Wolves next face Enterprise Friday at 7:30 pm in the second round of the 2-A girls state basketball tournament.PAROWAN, Utah-Danika Jones led the way with 14 points and the Parowan Rams hammered Freedom Prep 69-12 in the first round of the 2-A girls basketball state playoffs Wednesday. Tameryn Koford and Emilia Chan had 6 points apiece in defeat for the Eagles. Parowan next faces Kanab Friday at 5:30 pm in the second round of the 2-A girls basketball state playoffs.GUNNISON, Utah-Naomi Willden netted 20 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs pounded Utah Military-Hillfield 58-17 Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A girls basketball state playoffs. Abbigail Thompson had 11 points in defeat for the Thunderbirds. The Bulldogs next face No. 2 seed North Summit Friday at 5:00 pm in the second round.DRAPER, Utah-Jazmin Moctezuma stepped up with 25 points as the Draper APA Eagles routed Merit 66-30 in the first round of the 2-A girls basketball state playoffs Wednesday. Brooke Dayley had 18 points for the Knights in the loss. The Eagles face No. 1 seed Layton Christian Friday at 5:30 pm in the second round.Region 20 TournamentTROPIC, Utah-Kinley Spaulding posted 14 points and 4 rebounds as the Milford Tigers smoked Bryce Valley 31-22 Wednesday in the first round of the Region 20 tournament. Brooklyn Syrett’s 8 points led the Mustangs in defeat. Milford next faces No. 1 seed Wayne Friday at 6:20 pm in the region semifinals at Panguitch High School. Bryce Valley next faces Escalante Friday at 8:30 am in the consolation bracket at Panguitch High School.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Jannie Hoyt led the way with 19 points and the Valley Buffaloes gashed Water Canyon 60-47 in the first round of the Region 20 tournament Wednesday. Shana Barlow had 15 points for the Wildcats in the loss. Valley next faces Piute Friday at 3:10 pm at Panguitch High School in the region semifinals. Water Canyon next draws Panguitch Friday at 11:50 am at Panguitch High School.BICKNELL, Utah-AnDee Van Dyke had 18 points as the Wayne Badgers pounded Escalante 59-35 in the first round of the Region 20 tournament Wednesday. Abby Stevens added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win for the Badgers. Nadia Griffin had 13 points in the loss for the Moquis.JUNCTION, Utah-Kassidy Westwood amassed 15 points and the Piute Thunderbirds stonewalled Panguitch 38-21 Wednesday in the first round of the Region 20 tournament. Kyan Orton had 13 points in the loss for the Bobcats. February 17, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/17center_img Written bylast_img read more

Queen’s sized Bedrooms

first_imgMembers of Queen’s College JCR have accused their President of using a provision which ensures tall people do not get attic rooms to fix the room ballot to obtain the best rooms for himself and his “mates”. Ashley McDermott, the JCR President, has dismissed the claims as “ludicrous” and, while admitting things could have been handled better, he said, “my conscience is completely clear”. He has responded to allegations that the process “wasn’t fair and that it was an excuse to give some of your mates good rooms,” by sending a 1,500 word email to the whole JCR denying that there had been “an outrageous abuse of power.” The ballot for rooms in the college was run by the Home Bursar’s secretary instead of the Home Bursar for the first time this year, along with McDermott. Following last year’s ballot that left students over 6ft tall stooping for a year in an attic room, the college invited submissions from students who felt they had a justifiable need of a certain room. After only one application was made on the grounds of height, the Home Bursar’s secretary asked McDermott to name all the tall people in college. He named several of his friends but he admits, “Unfortunately there were people who I missed out, and I apologise for this.” There was more dissatisfaction after it emerged that McDermott himself had made a submission to the Home Bursar but had refused to reveal the reasons behind it. He asserts that “as a matter of principle and personal preference I would not be able to stand up in front of the JCR and try to justify the personal reasons for which I applied for any particular type of room.” The requested room is in the illustrious Drawda Halls and contains a double bed. McDermott claims that it is not a particularly good room and that he is as entitled as anyone else to apply under the new rules. Stewart Robinson, ex-JCR president said that the JCR “should establish a proper policy” on the ballot adding that it, “should be the luck of the draw” for everyone, including the President. Amidst a jumble of double negatives, McDermott goes on in his email to “categorically deny that I have gone against neither the ‘spirit’ not (sic) the ‘letter’ of JCR policy,” and to promise that clearer guidelines will be drawn up in the future.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Pitt Rivers launches LGBT+ History Month

first_imgBoyce said: “Each year we find prestigious venues such as the Pitt Rivers Museum want to host the launch event, and each year more and more members of the general public want to be involved and included. Society is changing for the better; let’s keep up the fight for liberation, for all!” The free event, ‘Museum Late Night: Diversity’ will include a series of talks, tours of the museum, poetry, stalls and activities, as well as a diversity-themed light and sound show projected onto the Pitt Rivers and Museum of Natural History buildings. “I know, if the graphics work, when I see the Pride branding projected onto the side of the building, I will have tears in my eyes.” She said this year’s launch is different because “we’re teamed up with the Pitt Rivers Museum, and we’re very pleased to be a part of an institution’s celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.” “I have had to silence myself at times to avoid being subject to multiple layers of discrimination from both inside and outside of the community and knowing that we all have a part in its future is why we do what we do. Ratty said she was “so proud to be included in such esteemed company” as the first person of colour to serve as chair of Oxford Pride, and added: “As we move forward through time, getting by pure effort similar rights to those who don’t identity [as LGBTQ+], we should remember those who came before us. In hosting this event the Pitt Rivers is publicly showing its commitment to diversity, learning and unlearning past narratives. The launch will be preceded by ‘Story Time with LGBT History Month: Stonewall,’ in which Stephen Boyce, the Chair of Trustees of the education charity Schools Out UK and LGBT+ History Month, will read an account of the 1969 Stonewall uprising for schoolchildren, narrated from the viewpoint of the building itself.center_img The Pitt Rivers Museum will stage a launch event for LGBT+ History Month on Friday (November 15), to kick off celebrations for the month itself which will be celebrated in February 2020. Other speakers will include Dean Atta, author of ‘The Black Flamingo,’ which describes the coming-of-age story of a mixed-race gay teen who takes up drag at university, Caroline Paige, who served as the first openly transgender officer in the UK armed forces, Zayna Ratty, the chair of Oxford Pride, and Sue Sanders, founder of LGBT+ History Month. Numerous organisations will also form part of the event, including Blackwell’s, who will run an LGBTQ+ bookstall, and Pink Times and OX & Fyne Times are expected to among stallholders. Musical performers will include indie rock group Junk Whale, and Aphra Taylor, a folk and grunge artist, as well as Drag Syndrome, a drag troupe made up of performers with Down’s Syndrome. Sanders, who initiated the first UK LGBT+ History Month as part of a Schools Out project in February 2005, told Cherwell: “We have been invisible for so long, and we came up with the idea for LGBT+ His- tory Month just after Section 28 died, and it was also at the time when the Labour government was talking about a single equality act, so we thought it was the per- fect time to launch a month that would celebrate LGBT.” Since 2005, museums have often been the sites of November launch events, with the British Library’s launch event in London taking place on November 14.last_img read more

OCHS Sign Language Program to Be Featured on TV on Sunday

first_imgCierra Granger performs in Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language version of Morgan Frazier’s “Hey Bully” in a video produced in 2014.The “Classroom Close-up, NJ” show will feature the Ocean City High School American Sign Language program in a show airing at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Comcast/Verizon Channel 23 (HD 800).It will be available on-line for download on May 11.  It will also air on June 7 at the same times on the same channel.“Classroom Close-up, NJ” is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 12-time Emmy award-winning show is in its 21st season and airs on NJTV every Sunday.More than 100 students at Ocean City High School take American Sign Language, and some have turned their passion for sign language into a career. The students use inside/outside circles facing each other and doing repetitive sign language; parallel partner lines, and interactive surveys . They conduct face time with people from the deaf community, giving the students an opportunity for authentic communication.The students also produced and performed a sign language music video for Anti-bullying Awareness Month. This class gives the students the opportunity to receive a seal of literacy and Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).  The goal of the SLPI is to assess how well people are able to use sign language for communication.American Sign Language has been part of the World Language Department for the past 11 years.  High School teacher Amy Andersen teaches up to three years of the language and many students have gone on to begin careers as teachers of the Deaf, ASL interpreters or speech pathologists.One student is a full time interpreter now in Washington D.C. and has interpreted at the Pentagon and in the White House where she met Michelle Obama. Another student is now a full-time interpreter working at the local elementary school where there are currently seven deaf elementary students.The ASL program includes an annual show where students create an original musical/ signing production based on chosen themes. Each year, students also connect with the community in events like Ocean City’s Quiet Festival, and the July 4th flag raising on the Ocean City boardwalk. Over the years, students have had the opportunity to visit the NJ School for the Deaf in Trenton and Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., the only liberal arts college for the Deaf in the world.  Our local Deaf community is extremely supportive and has hosted many events for the students including ASL socials and silent dinners.For the first time this year, the Seal of Biliteracy was offered as an opportunity for students to demonstrate literacy in their native language as well as their second language.  This was sponsored by the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) and New Jersey Teachers of English as a Second Language/ New Jersey Bilingual Education.   The process involved linguistic diagnostic testing in the areas of English and American Sign Language.  Six out of eight seniors achieved the necessary scores to earn this distinction!There are five graduating seniors in the Class of 2015 who will be pursuing an American Sign Language-related career.— News release from Ocean City High Schoollast_img read more

2013 Ag Forecast

first_imgThe University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development has announced the date and locations of the 2013 Farm to Port Ag Forecast. The 2013 Georgia Ag Forecast will celebrate the growing export market for Georgia’s produce and the international impact of Georgia agriculture. The university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have sponsored the annual seminar series for the last several years. The six half-day programs bring together agricultural economists and economic development experts from around the state to give producers and business owners a preview of what they can expect from the market in the coming year. “The main objective of the ag forecast is to provide Georgia’s producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we thing the industry is headed in the upcoming year to help them plan more effectively,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development. Economists from The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and The Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics will be delivering the forecasts. In addition to the annual Ag Forecast, economists will discuss the growing export market for Georgia’s agricultural products and the potential for Georgia agriculture. The export session will include producers and agribusinesses from across the state who will share their stories of how they were able to access overseas markets. The 2013 Farm to Port Ag Forecast will be held January 25 in Athens, January 28 in Rome, January 29 in Macon, January 30 in Tifton, January 31 in Bainbridge and February 1 in Lyons. Registration will open Nov. 1, but those interested in attending may want to mark their calendars now. While agriculture makes up a large part of their economies, Lyons and Bainbridge have never hosted the Ag Forecast before, and it’s been several years since Rome or Athens have hosted the event. Organizers wanted to bring the annual agricultural outlook event to new audiences, so they decided to take advantage of new conference facilities in Rome, Lyons and Bainbridge. “We are excited to host the Ag Forecast in Lyons,” said Cheryl A. Poppel, Toombs County Extension coordinator. “Several of our producers have attended the event in Statesboro. We hope the local event will bring more producers from our area.” Mitchell May, Extension coordinator in Decatur County, thinks hosting the forecast will help attract a local audience, but also believes that people were likely to show up for this year’s forecast anyway. It’s shaping up to be a good year for several Georgia commodities, and people want to see what next year will bring, May said. Information about the 2013 Ag Forecast will be posted at georgiaagforecast.com and on Twitter through @GaAgForecast.last_img read more

Options traders should bet on these holiday shopping plays, Goldman says

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – A trader works at the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.Brendan McDermid | Reuters (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only).The upcoming holiday shopping season features attractive deals for options traders, according to Goldman Sachs.The investment firm published a list of retail-related stocks on Thursday where January options plays put traders in good position to take advantage of volatility created during the holiday season, including those best-positioned for high levels of online shopping. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Luis Suarez sends good luck message to Denis Suarez ahead of Arsenal move

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Suarez has been barely used by Ernesto Valverde and wants to leave Barca (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are believed to be paying a £2million fee for Suarez, and can buy him outright at any point during the loan if he impresses, while Emery has suggested he will be used mainly on the wing.Speaking after Arsenal’s win over Cardiff on Tuesday, the Spanish coach explained: ‘Generally speaking, we need wingers, and if you have a player like Denis, I know him because he played for me at Sevilla. His quality is this.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement The Uruguayan wished his namesake well in a post on Instagram (Picture: Getty)Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has wished teammate Denis Suarez good luck as he prepares to join Arsenal on a six-month loan deal.The two clubs have finally reached an agreement, with Barca allowing the winger to leave on loan despite Arsenal objecting to a compulsory purchase clause, with the 25-year-old instead signing a new contract to preserve his value.Suarez cleared out his locker on Tuesday and said goodbye to his Barca teammates, and he is expected in London on Wednesday to complete his move.ADVERTISEMENTFormer Liverpool striker Luis effectively confirmed the move, posting a picture of the pair hugging on Instagram alongside the caption: ‘Good luck little Galician in this new challenge.’AdvertisementAdvertisementDenis, who comes from Galicia in the northwest region of Spain, has been desperate to leave Camp Nou and secure more first-team football.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 CityHe has only made two appearances in La Liga this season under Ernesto Valverde, both off the bench.But a reunion with Unai Emery, under whom he enjoyed a breakout campaign with Sevilla in the 2014-15 season, offers a chance to reignite his career. Luis Suarez sends good luck message to Denis Suarez ahead of Arsenal move Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

First Lady Frances Wolf Partners with Pennsylvania PBS to Deliver Encouraging Messages to Children and Caregivers

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Partners with Pennsylvania PBS to Deliver Encouraging Messages to Children and Caregivers June 16, 2020 Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release First Lady Frances Wolf offered encouraging messages to children, parents, teachers, and caregivers through the release of a series of videos created in collaboration with Pennsylvania PBS titled #TogetherPennsylvania.Videos in the series include:a reading of Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival and discussion on how to deal with anxiety with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine;a message of encouragement to middle schoolers;a message of congratulations to the Class of 2020;a video visit between the First Lady and Daniel Tiger of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the animated PBS KIDS series produced by Fred Rogers Productions, sharing ways children can be helpful to their families during the pandemic;ideas on how to have fun while staying at home; anda message of support to parents, caregivers and educators.“To the children, parents, caregivers, and educators of Pennsylvania: I want you to know that we see you, we appreciate you, and we couldn’t get through this without you,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Through this partnership with Pennsylvania PBS, we hope to tap into the human side of what is happening and remind everyone that their perseverance matters. We truly are in this together, and all Pennsylvanians – from our youngest, to our oldest, and everyone in between – play such an important role in our collective well-being.”The First Lady was joined by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who reminded children that there are people like herself who work to keep them safe and discussed the importance of wearing masks.“During these uncertain times, it is important to remember to take care of your mental health along with your physical health,” said Dr. Levine. “Some individuals may be experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety or stress, and that is okay. To help decrease these feelings, it is important to take time for yourself away from the news, connect with friends and family and practice good self-care. Also remember, if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, help is available.”#TogetherPennsylvania was designed to represent the enduring spirit of Pennsylvanians as we work side-by-side to help each other during the pandemic.Debbie Riek, WITF’s director of education, elaborated, “Children find comfort and strength when grown-ups speak to them with calmness and care. Parents find support when a leader in the community shares that she believes that they have been doing a good job at showing how to persevere. Everyone needs reassurance right now. #TogetherPennsylvania acts as that essential hug we want to give our neighbor, but can’t.”Pennsylvania PBS (PA PBS) is the collective name for the seven public media organizations throughout PA – WHYY Public Media in Philadelphia, WITF Public Media in Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley Public Media in the Greater Lehigh Valley, WPSU Public Media in State College, WQED Public Media in Pittsburgh, WQLN Public Media in Northwestern PA, and WVIA Public Media in Northeastern PA.PA PBS’s mission is to educate, engage, and inspire the citizens of the Commonwealth through powerful partner collaborations. The #TogetherPennsylvania campaign truly aligns with PA PBS’s educational mission.“It’s natural right now for children and adults to find themselves going through different emotions from day to day, or even hour to hour. Some moments are joyful. Some aren’t,” said Kate Domico, executive director, Pennsylvania PBS. “As we face what may be the most serious health crisis of our lifetimes, it is clear that the mission of Pennsylvania PBS to serve with exceptional, community-centered outreach like #TogetherPennsylvania takes on new significance.”Videos that have been released for #TogetherPennsylvania can be found on any PA PBS station’s broadcast channel, social media platform and at learningathomepa.org.In late March, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced a partnership with the PBS stations in PA to offer instructional programming to communities with limited internet access. The First Lady-Pennsylvania PBS collaboration builds on this effort by providing encouraging content for viewers who may need a reminder that they are not alone in figuring out the next steps in their education or trying to adjust to a different lifestyle.“Pennsylvania’s PBS stations have been important partners in providing instructional programming to students during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “The Department of Education is proud to collaborate with PBS on this project to ensure families and educators around the state have access to valuable programs.”PDE is committed to supporting school communities all year round by providing guidance and resources related not only to academic success, but also to the mental health and well-being of students of all ages. This includes resources related to:Grief and LossPromoting Positive Learning ClimatesTalking to Children About COVID-19As Pennsylvania continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, state leaders are reminding residents of all ages to practice self-care, which includes nurturing their mental health and wellness and reaching out if they need assistance.The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers the following suggestion to parents and caregivers to best support children during this pandemic:Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions or to express their fears.Remain calm and reassuring. Children are often trusting with adults. It is important to lead by example and remain calm to not pass fear.Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. This is an opportunity to create healthy habits. Remind children to cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow and to wash their hands frequently while singing “Happy Birthday” twice, or for 20 seconds.Model self-care. Nurture your physical and mental health and wellness by ensuring your body is getting the proper nutrients from fruits, vegetables and getting enough sleep.Keep it simple while providing accurate information. Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.If you, your child, or a member of your family are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. In addition, frequently clean commonly touched surfaces in your home such as countertops, light switches and cell phones.Up to date information on COVID-19 health and safety precautions can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch airline KLM reaches settlement with pilots over pensions

first_imgKLM announced in August that it planned to cancel its contract with the €8bn Vliegend Personeel KLM pension fund over concerns that its obligation to guarantee full indexation for the pilots’ pension would require the airline to pay €600m by year-end.This figure was based on new national regulation concerning the coverage ratio that is required before pension funds can compensate fully for inflation.The sum of €600m was contested by the trade union from the outset.In a court hearing in September, the union argued that, employing a different interpretation of the regulation, only €115m would be require.KLM and the union, with help of the fund’s experts, have now agreed on a common method for interpreting the regulation and calculating the cost.In a newsletter to pilots, KLM estimated the cost for this year at €94m.KLM and the union have subsequently agreed to drop the ongoing court cases between them.The pension fund is also expected to drop its own lawsuit against KLM.With the agreement, KLM avoids a possible strike by its pilots.The VNV had warned in November that it might take such action if the company failed to change course on the pensions issue.From 2017 onwards, KLM and the union will discuss de-risking pension arrangements, with the union acknowledging that it understood the company’s desire to do so.KLM said it was aiming for a collective defined contribution arrangement. Dutch airline KLM and its pilots have settled a long-running dispute over pension arrangements.The airline agreed not to cancel a previous agreement on the guaranteed indexation of pilots’ pensions, as it had announced this summer.The decision came after new figures suggested the cost of the arrangement would be far less than KLM initially estimated.The arrangement will remain place for 2016, but, next year, KLM and the VNV, the trade union for pilots, will begin negotiations on the future de-risking of the pension arrangements.last_img read more