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They worked at a Catholic hospital for decades. Then it took away their pension

They worked at a Catholic hospital for decades. Then it took away their pension

Finance
St. Clare's Hospital was everything to Jerry and Kathy Adach.They married after meeting at the Schenectady, New York area hospital, where both worked, in the early '80s. Their two daughters were born there. The couple, who devoted a combined 59 years of service to the facility, had expected to retire with a good pension from the hospital.That is, until last year, when their former employer — which went out of business back in 2008 — delivered a gut punch: Its pension plan was in financial distress and wouldn't pay a dime of their expected benefits.For Jerry and Kathy, both 58, that means losing around $ 27,000 a year in planned retirement income — around a third of their combined income from the hospital."Last year, out of nowhere, they just said, 'We're done,'" said Jerry Adach, who works
Deforested parts of Amazon ’emitting more CO2 than they absorb’

Deforested parts of Amazon ’emitting more CO2 than they absorb’

Science
Up to one fifth of the Amazon rainforest is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, new research suggests.Results from a decade-long study of greenhouse gases over the Amazon basin appear to show around 20% of the total area has become a net source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.One of the main causes is deforestation.While trees are growing they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; dead trees release it again. Millions of trees have been lost to logging and fires in recent years.The results of the study, which have not yet been published, have implications for the effort to combat climate change.They suggest that the Amazon rainforest - a vital carbon store, or "sink", that slows the pace of global warming - may be turning...
Thomas Cook: ‘They told me the money was safe’

Thomas Cook: ‘They told me the money was safe’

Business
Customers of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook have been getting in touch with the BBC to voice their frustration at delays in processing their refunds for holidays that never took place.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) originally said all valid claims made on the first day of its refund programme would be paid within 60 days, or by Friday 6 December. But now it says only two-thirds will be paid on time.Retired teachers Alan and Diane Holmes from Ripon in north Yorkshire booked a two-week holiday in Egypt, but initially thought their money was safe because the booking was made through another firm, Freedom Holidays. "My wife always wanted to do the Egypt Nile cruise. It's been quite peaceful there these last two years, so we ...
CDC: More than 150K people infected with HIV don’t know they have it

CDC: More than 150K people infected with HIV don’t know they have it

Health
Dec. 3 (UPI) -- More than 150,000 American are infected with HIV and don't know they have it, a new analysis has revealed, suggesting that testing and prevention services "have not reached enough Americans," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Tuesday. The latest CDC Vital Signs report has found that, as of 2017, more than 154,000 people across the country are HIV-positive and don't know their status because they haven't been tested for the virus. This new figure accounts for roughly 14 percent of all of those infected with the virus, and it may contribute to the "stalled" progress in reducing the number of new infections occurring across the country, officials noted. Based on these, and other, findings, achieving the Trump administration's stated goal of ending the...
Why Black Friday deals are not as good as they seem

Why Black Friday deals are not as good as they seem

Business
Only 5% of deals on Black Friday will actually offer products at their cheapest, according to a new report from consumer group Which?Black Friday, an American celebration on the first Friday following Thanksgiving, is increasingly gaining traction in the UK as a method of firing the starting gun on the Christmas shopping season. An investigation by the consumer rights group has urged shoppers to do their research before buying any products which appear to be on sale. Image: John Lewis was among the retailers offering questionable 'deals' The organisation tracked the prices of 83 products which went on sale on Black Friday last year for six months before the big sales day, and found that all but four (or 5%) were cheaper at other times...