Railroad Earth Offers Heartfelt Tribute To The Late, Great Andy Goessling At Harvest Moon Festival [Video]

first_imgOn Friday evening, Railroad Earth had a difficult announcement for friends and fans, giving the sad news that the band’s longtime multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling had passed away. Goessling was an integral member of the group since its inception, helping co-found the fan-favorite folk and bluegrass act and performing a number of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, and saxophone.This past weekend, Railroad Earth was scheduled for two headlining performances at Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival, which takes place on The Farm in Eureka Springs, AR. To honor their lost friend and band member, the group used the weekend to honor Goessling. Also on hand for the tribute was The Magpie Salute’s Matt Slocum, who was tapped to plays keys across the weekend, as well as friend and bluegrass royalty Sam Bush, who sat in on Sunday evening.The band opened on Saturday with “Sing For Me” featuring lyrics penned by Hazel Dickens that were quoted in a statement RRE posted announcing Andy’s passing. Mandolinist John Skehan then stepped up to the mic and told the crowd they would play the last tune he had the privilege of playing with Goessling. Railroad Earth performed “Tabhair Dom Do Lámh”, a 17th century Irish instrumental written by Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin. The English translation of the title is “Give Me Your Hand.”The group continued on with the classic “Long Way To Go” and went on to deliver a career-spanning mix of material through the rain and tears. RRE fit in a handful of covers including Tom Waits’ “Cold Water,” Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Station.” Guitarist Todd Sheaffer took a moment towards the end of the show to talk about the difficult few days the band had and to thank all of the fans for the love and support they’ve received.Railroad Earth returned to the stage on Sunday for a show that saw them joined by Sam Bush for “Where Songs Begin” and “Fisherman’s Blues” to end the opening stanza. The group treated fans to plenty of staples such as “Head,” “Dandelion Wine,” “Lordy, Lordy”, and “The Hunting Song.”Watch video streamed by RRE of Saturday’s concert, as well as fan-shot footage below:Railroad Earth –  Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival – 10/13/2018 (Full-Show Video) [Video: Railroad Earth]Railroad Earth – “Sing For Me” & “Tabhair Dom Do Lámh” – 10/13/2018[Video: evenstev]Setlist: Railroad Earth | Hillberry: A Harvest Moon Festival | Eureka Springs, AR | 10/13/2018Set One: Sing For Me, Tabhair dom do Lámh, Long Way To Go, Saddle of the Sun, Grandfather Mountain, Mourning Flies, Came Up Smilin’, Cold Water, StormsSet Two: Harvest Moon, Elko, Blazin’ A Trail, Bird In A House, For Love, Birds Of America > 1759 > Terrapin Station > Seven Story MountainNote: This show featured Matt Slocum on keyboardsSetlist: Railroad Earth | Hillberry: A Harvest Moon Festival | Eureka Springs, AR | 10/14/2018Set One: Soul of a Man, Lordy, Lordy, Head, Dandelion Wine, Farewell To Isinglass > Raven’s Child, Where Songs Begin (A) > Fisherman’s Blues (A)Set Two: Walk Beside Me, Chasin’ a Rainbow, Mighty River, Addin’ My Voice > Lone Croft Farewell, The Hunting Song, Captain Nowhere, Like A BuddhaNote: This show featured Matt Slocum on keyboards(A) with Sam Bush on Violinlast_img read more

Colombian National Army cracks down on illegal mining in Cauca

first_imgIllegal mining also produces negative social impacts. That is the peace the FARC preaches GOOD NEWSABOUT THE FARC This is the only way to protect the natural resources. What are just false positives.The true FARC criminals are paraded around in Army helicopters. And the poor rural people who make a living as operators and dump truck drivers carrying materials from the river for construction projects. They’re labeled guerilla fighters. Only a few days now before they end up turning the country over to the FARC narcoterrorists and assassins. It is time to do something for the planet Earth. the truth human beings [incomprehensible] is the most destructive species that exists. GOD gave us the earth to cultivate and take care of it NOT to destroy it it’s tough that we are not doing anything for it EVERYTHING for money and ambition for power and wealth no wonder the BIBLE THE JUST AND TRUE WORD of GOD says: the root of all evil is the LOVE OF MONEY and what a real truth and true alone, greed as if when the wealthy of this planet die they’ll take all that wealth with them, such ignorance and supposedly they are very intelligent. It’s disgusting being that those who are wisest and most intelligent are those who truly fear GOD GREAT AND POWERFUL and they stay away from evil they are truly WISE AND INTELLIGENT and really are the ones who make true treasure in HEAVEN. Thank you for reading this comment this is such a bad channel I think it’s better to reduce illegal coca planting and increase gold mining since this can be a way to improve the life style of other people That’s good because this way there won’t be so much illegality in the country and this way there will be more justice I think it’s very good they post this news on the internet …BUT WHAT IS EVEN WORSE, MEGA-MINING GIVES OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AWAY TO THE BIG TRANSNATIONAL COMPANIES, IN EXCHANGE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR COUNTRY !!! The dialogues held with these people are not progressive. We need to see the results Congratulations for fighting such a demon against humanity. The government only goes after illegal mining because it doesn’t pay tariffs or taxes…that is the only reason why. But they don’t attack the mining operations that do pay taxes even though they’re killing the earth, just because they pay taxes..according to the government, that kind of mining doesn’t devastate the earth… I like it not all of them are legal Now for whom is that drug? For the public force the main criminals I agree… it’s called “illegal” because taxes aren’t paid so the rich can become richer even if they destroy all the environment. Because “legal” mining causes damage and they don’t say that… no more… good-news- It’s so sad just until Lord Jesus comes down will man understand the reason and the truth for his absurd behavior why oh why? The Lord said I leave you my peace, my peace I give you, I don’t give it to you as man gives it to you don’t trouble your heart nor have fear believe in God? Believe in Him jn14-27 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17 Illegal mining produces a number of negative consequences, including soil and water contamination, land erosion, and the loss of fauna and flora, according to the study “Impact of Illegal Mining in Colombia,” published in May 2013 by the Development and Peace Research Institute (INDEPAZ). Illegal mining also produces negative social impacts. Groups like the FARC have adopted illegal mining because they insist on funding themselves at society’s expense. And as Colombian security sources crack down on drug cultivation and trafficking, criminal organizations are running out of options. For example, coca cultivation decreased from 4,325 to 3,325 hectares in the department of Cauca between 2012 and 2013, according to the study “Monitoring Coca Cultivation 2013” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). That report notes evidence that unlawful groups are engaging in higher levels of illegal gold extraction. Soldiers attached to the Third Brigade seized four backhoes suspected in illegal mining during the arrest of two alleged operatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) September 26. The organization is responsible much of the illegal mining in the country, using it to fund its terrorist activities. During the arrests – which took place on the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Caloto – soldiers also seized US$400,000 in cash. They suspect the FARC intended to use those funds to purchase weapons and explosives. Soldiers attached to the Third Brigade seized four backhoes suspected in illegal mining during the arrest of two alleged operatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) September 26. The organization is responsible much of the illegal mining in the country, using it to fund its terrorist activities. During the arrests – which took place on the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Caloto – soldiers also seized US$400,000 in cash. They suspect the FARC intended to use those funds to purchase weapons and explosives. For example, coca cultivation decreased from 4,325 to 3,325 hectares in the department of Cauca between 2012 and 2013, according to the study “Monitoring Coca Cultivation 2013” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). That report notes evidence that unlawful groups are engaging in higher levels of illegal gold extraction. “Troops from the Third Brigade will continue military operations in order to keep delivering positive results in the region,” said Third Brigade Commander Col. Jorge Iván Monsalve Hernández. “We will keep up the fight against this criminal activity, which not only finances terrorist groups, but also greatly affects the environment and natural resources.” Decreased coca cultivation “A false perception of abundance was created because the population earned more money, but now the population has to buy what they could once produce, due to the loss of agriculture as a main activity,” INDEPAZ reports. In 2014, security forces in Cauca have seized a total of 21 backhoes used for illegal mining activities, while police have arrested 15 suspects. Illegal mining can be more attractive unlawful armed groups than coca cultivation, according to the study “Illegal Armed Groups and the Mining Industry in Colombia,” published in 2012 by the Observatory of Spain’s International Cooperation Office in Colombia. One significant reason is the high price of gold on the international market. In addition, gold is a lawful product, so mining it can also be used to launder money. Illegal mining produces a number of negative consequences, including soil and water contamination, land erosion, and the loss of fauna and flora, according to the study “Impact of Illegal Mining in Colombia,” published in May 2013 by the Development and Peace Research Institute (INDEPAZ). center_img Harm to the environment The Colombian National Army has intensified its operations against outlaw armed groups that dig illegal mines – an activity that damages the environment. “Troops from the Third Brigade will continue military operations in order to keep delivering positive results in the region,” said Third Brigade Commander Col. Jorge Iván Monsalve Hernández. “We will keep up the fight against this criminal activity, which not only finances terrorist groups, but also greatly affects the environment and natural resources.” Scientific studies like the INDEPAZ report have extensively documented the ways that illegal mining can harm the environment. It requires large amounts of water, for example, depleting reserves that farmers and villagers depend on while weakening the soil. The use of backhoes to alter the natural course of rivers can impact their oxygen levels, harming fish and threatening the livelihood of fishermen. Contaminants from mining operations that find their way into water supplies can also threaten public health. In 2014, security forces in Cauca have seized a total of 21 backhoes used for illegal mining activities, while police have arrested 15 suspects. Scientific studies like the INDEPAZ report have extensively documented the ways that illegal mining can harm the environment. It requires large amounts of water, for example, depleting reserves that farmers and villagers depend on while weakening the soil. The use of backhoes to alter the natural course of rivers can impact their oxygen levels, harming fish and threatening the livelihood of fishermen. Contaminants from mining operations that find their way into water supplies can also threaten public health. The Colombian National Army has intensified its operations against outlaw armed groups that dig illegal mines – an activity that damages the environment. “A false perception of abundance was created because the population earned more money, but now the population has to buy what they could once produce, due to the loss of agriculture as a main activity,” INDEPAZ reports. Harm to the environment Groups like the FARC have adopted illegal mining because they insist on funding themselves at society’s expense. And as Colombian security sources crack down on drug cultivation and trafficking, criminal organizations are running out of options. Decreased coca cultivation Illegal mining can be more attractive unlawful armed groups than coca cultivation, according to the study “Illegal Armed Groups and the Mining Industry in Colombia,” published in 2012 by the Observatory of Spain’s International Cooperation Office in Colombia. One significant reason is the high price of gold on the international market. In addition, gold is a lawful product, so mining it can also be used to launder money. By Dialogo October 23, 2014last_img read more

Lawyer Referral Service hands out 12,509 referrals in August

first_imgLawyer Referral Service hands out 12,509 referrals in August Lawyer Referral Service hands out 12,509 referrals in August Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service made 12,509 referrals in August, breaking the old one-month record of 11,121 referrals, which was set just the month before. Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s Public Service Programs, said the LRS clerks averaged 544 referrals a day or 2,760 a week in August. Kelly also noted the just over 1,000 lawyers participating in the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service earned nearly $5.45 million in fees last year and the Bar would like to spread that wealth by encouraging even more lawyers to participate in the program. The Bar’s LRS serves 48 counties and in 2000-2001, the service made more than 116,240 referrals to areas of the state not covered by local bar association lawyer referral programs. The Bar also is working to encourage the public to look to the Bar first when they need assistance finding a lawyer qualified to meet their needs. The Bar runs Yellow Page display advertisements across the state that emphasize the need for those looking for a lawyer to learn about a lawyer’s qualifications and experience, explain the role of the Lawyer Referral Service, and encourage consumers to look first to the Bar to help them find a lawyer. Kelly also said the LRS encourages lawyers to recognize their obligation to provide services to the public and advises people of the value of lawyer consultations. Kelly said those who participate in the service range from new lawyers trying to build a practice to more established attorneys who use it to supplement their client base. “Once they join, lawyers will start getting referrals right away,” Kelly said. “The number of referrals can be very high if they are in a county where there are only a few panel members.” The referral program is computerized and panel members are grouped by county and area of practice. The service covers counties that do not have a local bar association service, including Dade, Volusia, Lee, Polk, Alachua, Sarasota, and Manatee. If calls come in from areas with local bar referral programs, the Bar refers those callers to the local service. Any member in good standing with no pending probable cause complaints who maintains an office in geographical areas not covered by a local bar referral service is eligible to join the panel by completing an application. The participating lawyer also must carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance. The number of referrals a participating lawyer receives depends on his or her area of practice and geographic location. On average, Kelly said, the service makes 500 referrals a day and approximately 50 additional referrals to local bars and other agencies. The service receives approximately 30 calls a day from people who speak only Spanish and keeps a computerized file of Spanish-speaking attorneys and law office staff members. Incoming calls to the referral service are answered by a clerk at the Bar Center in Tallahassee, who takes the caller’s name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of the caller’s legal problem. The caller is given the name, address, and telephone number of a panel member and advised to contact the lawyer for an appointment. It is then up to the lawyer and prospective client to meet. The Lawyer Referral Service has a staff of 11 part-time clerks. Six are on duty in the morning and five clerks are on duty in the afternoon, four of whom are bilingual in English and Spanish. The service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service also has established specialty panels of lawyers who are willing to take elderly, low fee, AIDS law, and disability law cases for clients in need. If a caller’s problem can be referred to a specialty panel, the first half-hour consultation is free. To be eligible for the Low Fee Panel, the client’s income must fall within the Low Fee Panel’s income eligibility guidelines. The Bar’s Elderly Referral Panel is designed to help those over 60 on a low or fixed income obtain simple legal services and advice at reduced rates. The Disability Referral Panel is designed to help those who are disabled and on a low or fixed income obtain services for disability-related legal problems. Lawyers participating on the AIDS panel agree to take at least one referred case per year, participate in training to learn the legal and medical aspects of AIDS, and agree to go to the client if the client is unable to meet at the attorney’s office. For more information about the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, contact Kelly at The Florida Bar, (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810 or (850) 561-5810 or e-mail kkelly@flabar.org or visit the Florida Bar’s Internet site at www.FLABAR.org. October 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Manchester City 3-0 Olympiakos: Pep Guardiola urges his side to be sharper against Liverpool | Football News

first_img Image:Gabriel Jesus put the game to bed but only in the 80th minute on Tuesday – Advertisement – Ferran Torres gave City a 10th-minute lead as they made a strong start at the Etihad Stadium but Olympiakos were in the ascendancy before substitute Jesus turned the game decisively in their favour on 81 minutes. Kick off 4:30pm He said: “He played really well again. It was a brilliant goal. He moved really well with and without the ball. He’s growing, he’s already scored a lot of goals and we are happy with his performance.”Guardiola now hopes to take advantage of a break in Manchester’s recent poor weather to prepare for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.He said: “I saw the forecast and there is sunshine in Manchester. They’ll have regeneration, a day off and then two days. Now it is time to enjoy the victory, the position in the table and move forward.”What’s next?Manchester City next host Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.Pep Guardiola’s side continue their Champions League campaign at Olympiakos following the international break on Wednesday November 25; kick-off 5.55pm. Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Winger Torres has played as a makeshift in the absence of Jesus and Sergio Aguero and Guardiola has been impressed with the Spaniard. Pep Guardiola claimed his Manchester City side would need to sharpen up in front of goal after labouring to a hard-earned 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.City ultimately looked comfortable as they maintained their 100 per cent start in Group C but they needed late goals from fit-again Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo to wrap up the win.- Advertisement – Guardiola was pleased to see Jesus on the scoresheet on his return from a thigh injury.City have been operating without a specialist centre forward in recent weeks and the Brazilian’s return gives them greater threat ahead of this weekend’s clash with Premier League champions Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.Guardiola added: “It was important, of course, the fact he’s back. It’s good news, especially for the striker to score a brilliant goal. I’m delighted with most of the game and happy that Gabriel is back.”- Advertisement – Guardiola said: “We missed the chances to score more goals, in that way we have to finish the game. At 1-0 the game is open, they created chances.“But when we got the second the game was over and the first half was really good. The last pass and last shot were not perfect but, in general, the first half and the last 15 minutes were really good.” TorresImage:Ferran Torres opened the scoring after 12 minutes but City weren’t clinical – Advertisement –last_img read more

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The biggest “cultural event” in Europe has started – Rijeka 2020

first_imgThe program takes place at over 30 locations in the center of Rijeka and features numerous musicians, DJs, drama artists, vocalists, children, retirees… See the full program of events from February 01, 2020 to January 31, 2021 in the program brochures. You can see all service information about the program, traffic, audience movement and locations for program monitoring, parking, public transport HERE You can watch the official opening live and online. The opening ceremony takes place in the port of Rijeka, the area of ​​a strong identity point of Rijeka. In the history and present of the city, the port is a symbol of modern and open Rijeka, and values ports of diversity they are reflected in a harmony that is possible only in a port that accepts sails of all colors. At more than 30 locations in the city center, over 70 events are offered to mark the grand opening of the European Capital of Culture. Today began the largest “cultural event” in Europe. Today, after a year, Rijeka is preparing and officially becoming the European Capital of Culture. More than a million tourists are expected to visit Rijeka, due to the program as part of the European Capital of Culture.center_img In the opening program, Rijeka pays tribute to the workers, the artistic avant-garde and the tradition of the region that surrounds it, and at the same time reminds of the fundamental social values ​​on which modern Europe is built. Grand opening from 17.00 Look for today’s all-day opening program of the ECOC Rijeka 2020 HERE Today, February 01, 2020, Rijeka opens the year in which it bears the title of European Capital of Culture.last_img read more

Japan PM Abe to declare state of emergency as early as Tuesday -Yomiuri

first_imgTokyo Governor Yuriko Koike indicated last week she would favor a state-of-emergency declaration as a means to help her push residents for stronger social-distancing measures.Under a law revised in March to cover the coronavirus, the prime minister can declare a state of emergency if the disease poses a “grave danger” to lives and if its rapid spread could have a huge impact on the economy. The virus has already increased Japan’s recession risk.The move would give governors in hard-hit regions legal authority to ask people to stay home and businesses to close, but not to impose the kind of lockdowns seen in other countries. In most cases, there are no penalties for ignoring requests, although public compliance would likely increase with an emergency declaration.More than 3,500 people have tested positive and 85 have died from the new coronavirus in Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK.While that toll is low compared with 335,000 infections and more than 9,500 deaths in the United States, experts worry about a sudden surge that could strain the medical system and leave patients with nowhere to go. Topics : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus as early as Tuesday, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, as the number of infections topped 1,000 in the capital, Tokyo.Abe will likely announce his plans to declare the emergency on Monday, the paper said.Pressure had been mounting on the government to make the move as the pace of infections – while slow compared with harder-hit countries around the world – continues to accelerate.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding for York Small Business Impacted by COVID-19

first_img Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today visited Magical Days Learning Center in York, which has been awarded a COVID-19 Statewide Small Business Assistance Grant, to highlight the importance of supporting small businesses as Pennsylvania continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.“Whether we’re a small business owner, a worker, or a consumer, all of our lives benefit from a thriving business community, but we all also benefit by having businesses take precautions against COVID-19 transmission. The COVID-19 Statewide Small Business Assistance Grant program is providing critical funding so that businesses can thrive,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m pleased to highlight one of the many small businesses that will receive this much-needed funding, and I’m grateful that the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Community Development Financial Institution Network identified local businesses like Magical Days Learning Center that provide important services to their community.”The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, of which $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) distributed the funds to the Pennsylvania Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which are administering the grants through three programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program, $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program, and $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program.Magical Days Learning Center received a $25,000 grant through the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program and is part of the first round of funding recently announced, in which nearly 5,000 business — half of which are historically disadvantaged —have been awarded grants.“Pennsylvania’s small businesses are the fabric of our commonwealth, and over the past five months, they faced struggles and made incredible sacrifices to protect their communities,” said DCED Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver. “Our minority-owned and historically disadvantaged businesses are more vulnerable to disruptions like the COVID-19 pandemic, and through this program we took special care to ensure that funding went to our most at-risk businesses first. With time, and with strategic investments like the Small Business Assistance Grant Program, our businesses and our commonwealth will recover.”“We’ve seen our business communities taking the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has spawned in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” said Daniel Betancourt, chair of the PA CDFI Network and President & CEO of Community First Fund. “These small business grants are vital in keeping these businesses afloat. The PA CDFI Network is grateful for the partnership of Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature as we move quickly to get these resources into the hands of those most impacted by the crisis.”Community First Fund, one of the 17 organizations that make up the PA CDFI Network, secured the COVID-19 Statewide Small Business Assistance Grant for Magical Days Learning Center. Owners Veronica Bunty and Adrienne Davis, who are sisters, have run the learning center since 2017 and say it will help them ensure that the center is safe for both staff and children.“My love for the community and wanting the best for the children within this community is the reason why my sister and I bought the daycare,” Bunty said. “We believe that if we can make an impact on a child’s life during their most important development years, the possibilities for that child could be endless. We truly believe that small businesses like ours and the millions of other small businesses are the back bone of our society.”“Traditionally, small businesses, especially minority- and female-owned establishments, have been overlooked for business capital and funding. This became alarmingly evident in March when businesses across the country begin to close their doors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “We were faced with the realization that when businesses would safely be able to reopen, we would need to have enough working capital to provide PPE and a safe work environment for our staff and children to return to. Obtaining funding to make this possible was an uphill battle we were not prepared for, but through the help of Community First Fund and this grant program, we were able to secure funding.”The next round of funding for small businesses is open now through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 28. Eligible applicants not awarded in the first round do not need to reapply and will be rolled into the next round for consideration. More information on the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program, including how to apply, is available on DCED’s website.Ver esta página en español. 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British Airways wins court appeal over discretionary pension increase

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has won the latest round of its five-year legal battle with the trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS) in a UK court decision that could have wide-ranging ramifications over who has ultimate control of companies’ pension funds.The UK’s Court of Appeal today ruled that BA would not have to pay a £12m (€13.6m) discretionary payment granted by the trustees of APS in 2013. The trustees had acted to compensate for a move by the fund away from the benchmark inflation retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI), which tends to be lower.In 2010, government civil service pensions moved to adopt CPI as their measure of inflation – and the 0.2% bump introduced by the trustees was designed to boost benefits by 50% of the difference between the CPI and RPI increases.Founded in 1974 following the merger of four airlines, BA was privatised in 1987. However, the airline’s pension fund – as part of a former state sector company – is still bound by public sector pension rules. In a statement, BA said it was “pleased with the decision, which brings clarity over how the scheme should be administered”.Mark Blyth, a litigation partner at law firm Linklaters, which acted on behalf of BA, added: “The judgement is complete common sense – why should the trustees be the scheme’s paymaster?”However, APS said in a statement to its scheme members that it was “analysing the full implications of the judgment” and assessing the next steps, including a possible appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court.“The Court of Appeal’s decision does not change the high court judge’s findings that the-then APS trustees and their advisers acted appropriately in relation to the 2011 and 2013 decisions,” the statement said, referring to moves made by the trustees to grant the discretionary pension increase – and the subsequent 0.2% increase. The trustees for the scheme, who have been granted the right to appeal, were backed by the Association of British Airways Pensioners (ABAP), which said it was “bitterly disappointed” with the decision.“This means that yet more BA pensioners will not live to see any benefit from the modest rise proposed by the scheme’s trustee in 2013,” said Mark Fielder, chair of ABAP.The association urged the trustees to “not give up the fight”.However, Fielder warned: “The total costs of this legal action are not yet known but are quite likely to exceed the cost of paying the rise in the first place.”last_img read more