Under new leadership, several federal agencies could reject the leases, which even if purchased at an auction a few days before Inauguration Day would be subject to review, a process that usually takes several months.Mr. Biden vowed during the campaign to oppose oil and gas development in the refuge, a vast expanse of virtually untouched land in northeast Alaska that is home to polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Even if in its waning days the Trump administration succeeds in selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the leases may never be issued, legal and other experts said Tuesday.The leases would face strong and likely insurmountable headwinds from two directions: the incoming Biden administration and the courts, they said.- Advertisement –
Three unions have withdrawn their representatives from the accountability body (VO) of the Dutch sector scheme for dental technicians at the urgent request of the pension fund’s board.The board of Tandtechniek had ruled out further co-operation with the VO, which represents the scheme’s membership, as the accountability body was considering an appeal against a verdict from the Netherlands’ corporate court.The board feared that this could further delay the ailing pension fund’s plan to join the €197bn healthcare scheme, scheduled for 1 October.Last month the corporate court rejected the VO’s request for an investigation into alleged mismanagement by Tandtechniek’s board. The VO also asked to replace the board by an administrator. The court ruled that the body’s responsibilities weren’t as extended as it thought. Henk van der Meer, employee chair of Tandtechniek, said: “We don’t have time for such an appeal procedure, and we aren’t actually interested in it either. This will demand energy which we [would] rather spend on the collective value transfer.”Following a meeting with the accountability body, the board did not believe the VO would change tack either, Van der Meer added.He said that Wolter Jagt, employer representative in the VO, had already stepped down of his own accord as he didn’t agree with the decision to appeal the court’s ruling. The Tandtechniek scheme faces more cuts when it joins PFZW in October‘Give members more say’Responding to the developments, Arie Slottje – now also a former VO member – suggested that the board had obstructed the regular judicial process, as its request to the unions had effectively blocked the VO’s appeal option.In his opinion, the court hadn’t really addressed the questions posed by the VO, instead ruling that that the VO could not do anything whereas the board could do as it pleased.“The participants who pay can’t decide or ask anything, but are subject to risks and losses,” he said.Slottje referred to the low funding of Tandtechniek, which stood at 92.7% of liabilities at year-end, following several rounds of rights cuts during the past few years.Joining PFZW, which has a coverage ratio of 98.6%, would make additional cuts inevitable.Citing Tandtechniek’s annual report over 2016, Slottje said that participants had already lost at least 20% of their pension rights. “The chances to make up for this are virtually zero,” he said.Slottje, who took his PhD on decision-making processes at company pension funds, argued that participants themselves should get an increased say at the expense of the unions, “as unions represent no more than 18% of the Dutch working population”.
Skating Sports Federation of BiH assembled a team that will participate on the Junior World Cup in speed skating which will be held in Poland from 22-25 February.In men’s single category, Ademir Babaić, Tarik Omeragić and Kerim Balić will compete, and in relay race Mirza Karić will join them, said the Skating Sports Federation of BiHIn women’s category, Samra Selimbegović and Fatima Omerhodžić will compete.Coach of BiH team in Poland will be Aleksandra Đanešić.On the European Tournament in speed skating that will be held in Sweden on 18-20 January, Nihad Bašić will represent BiH.Skating Sports Federation of BiH did everything, with significant financial aid of BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs and KS Ministry of Sport to ensure that BiH skaters have good training, new jerseys and other sports equipment.
DES MOINES — More than a dozen people are seeking the open spot on the state’s highest court.Nineteen people have applied to the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the open spot on the Iowa Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Daryl Hecht on December 13th. They include nine judges currently serving on lower courts, two assistant U.S. attorneys, one county attorney, an assistant in the Iowa Attorney General’s office, and six attorneys in private practice.The nominating commission will meet and interview any of the applicants who were not interviewed for the vacancy on the court last fall before moving ahead with a decision. The interviews are open to the public and will be streamed live by the court.The commission will cut the field down to three people, and then give those names to the governor to select one to fill the spot.Here are the applicants:Joel Barrows, District Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District, BettendorfRomonda Belcher, District Associate Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Des MoinesMary Chicchelly, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District, Cedar RapidsJean Dickson, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC, BettendorfDavid Faith II, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Iowa, IndianolaTimothy Gartin, Attorney, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, AmesMyron Gookin, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District, FairfieldCeCelia Ibson, Attorney, Ibson Law Firm, Des MoinesChristine Lebron-Dykeman, Attorney, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, Des MoinesKellyann Lekar, District Court Judge, First Judicial District, WaterlooChristopher McDonald, Court of Appeals Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals, Des MoinesCraig Nierman, Attorney, Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP, Iowa CityAlan Ostergren, Muscatine County Attorney, MuscatineDavid Porter, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, JohnstonDustria Relph, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, CorydonElisabeth Reynoldson, Attorney, Reynoldson & Van Werden, L.L.P., OsceolaPatrick Tott, District Court Judge, Third Judicial District, Sioux CityMolly Weber, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, AdelLisa Williams, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa, Iowa City