Ireland promises road-map for ‘comprehensive’ pension scheme

first_imgThe changes will see the Pensions Board from today rebranded as the Pensions Authority, retaining Brendan Kennedy in the newly titled role of pensions regulator.The board’s current chair, Jane Williams, will oversee the three-person Pensions Commission within the new Authority, tasked with monitoring the industry’s adherence with existing regulation.The Department of Social Protection (DSP) said the Commission would also include Orlaigh Quinn and Ann Nolan, senior officials from the DSP and Department of Finance, respectively.Burton said: “These structural governance changes provide a clearer landscape and correspond with the longer-term changes I will be bringing forward in relation to pensions policy in Ireland.”Noting concern that only half of Irish workers are currently covered by occupational pensions, the minister said: “I will publish a road-map in the coming months for the introduction of a new and comprehensive scheme to drive up pensions coverage for workers, with a go-live date that will depend on certain criteria of economic recovery and stability.”She said a new scheme to improve coverage of occupational provision was “essential”.Previous governments have suggested the introduction of an auto-enrolment system would be dependant on economic factors, although the pre-bailout Fianna Fáil coalition had suggested a system should be in place by 2014.Burton also reiterated that the new Council, once fully staffed, would be tasked with tackling “excessive” management fees by implementing recommendations on a report on pension charges that the Irish Association of Pension Funds previously criticised for putting the “worst charges possible” front and centre. The Irish government will soon publish a road-map detailing how it would introduce “a new and comprehensive scheme to drive up pensions coverage” in the country, according to the minister for Social Protection.Joan Burton said the proposal would set out how the introduction of the new scheme – which she previously revealed would be called MySaver – would be dependent on pre-agreed economic targets being met.The Labour TD made the announcement as she unveiled the former director of the European Consumers Organisation, Jim Murray, as the head of the Pensions Council, a new body charged with reforming the Irish pensions system in the interest of the consumer.The council, which will consist of up to 12 members, is to be launched as part of a shake-up of the Irish regulatory system to address concerns of “regulatory capture”, according to Burton.last_img read more

53 Western Visayas cops sent to Cebu City

first_img“We know that the area in PRO-7, but they are still willing to help the people in the name of public service,” Gorero said. They were also provided foods, personal protective equipment and medicines.  He added that they must show their utmost dedication and discipline to set as an example among others and share their best practices on how PRO-6 handles the COVID-19 pandemic These 53 personnel recently graduated from Basic Internal Security Operation Course (BISOC) spearheaded by Police Major Antonio Benitez.  “Since we are nearest region, we sent 53 cops to Region 7 to help them,” Gorero said. Gorero said Region 7 sought extra force from the national headquarters for additional personnel to help for the security especially to Cebu and Talisay City that were categorized under ECQ by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases there. On the other hand, PRO-6 director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan will create reserve forces for the augmentation personnel in case a problem arises.  The 53 personnel of the Police Regional Office 6 during the send-off ceremony on June 18. These policemen were sent to Cebu City to help in the strict enforcement of the quarantine rules after the region were reverted back to the Enhanced Community Quarantine. PRO-6center_img Pamuspusan assured that the PRO-6 will monitor the situation of the 53 augmented cops./PN Before leaving the PRO-6, the augmentation force was subjected to undergo swab test and they were given given medical certification before leaving to show that they are cleared of the virus.  During the send-off ceremony, they were reminded to be extra careful because COVID-19 is a high risk at Police Regional Office 7 (PRO-7).  The augmentation force took off yesterday, June 19 onboard a vessel, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesperson.  Of the 53, three of them were police officials, who will be manning non-commissioned officers. ILOLO City – Fifty-three personnel of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 were sent to Cebu City to help in the strict enforcement of the quarantine rules after the region was reverted back to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).last_img read more

Area Girls Basketball Sectional Scores (1-31)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Sectional ScoresWednesday  (1-31)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornBatesville  47     Franklin County  38Lawrenceburg  43     Madison  34Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronMorristown  58     Hauser  47Waldron  46     Rising Sun  43last_img

Tennis event to be held with fans in Prague next week

first_imgPRAGUE: A women’s charity tennis tournament with fans will be held in Prague, the Czech Republic next week, the organisers have said.The tournament, which is scheduled from June 13 to 15, will have two six-member teams, leading by World No.3 Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova respectively, to compete against each other. “We will begin with fewer people. I suppose we will gradually increase the number,” tournament promoter Tomas Petera told the Czech news agency CTK on Friday. The tournament will be held under Czech government’s decision to allow events with up to 500 people as of June 8 within an easing of pandemic control measures. “Don’t waste the chance to watch this unique team contest,” the tournament statement noted as the ticket sales kicked off on Friday afternoon. IANS Also Watch: Six Students from Nalbari are Class X Topperslast_img read more

Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: India vs Hong Kong | Men in Blue play minnows in campaign opener today

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The fourth fixture of the Asia Cup takes place on Tuesday, September 18 when India kick-off their 2018 Asia Cup against minnows Hong Kong at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Hong Kong were outmuscled in their opening fixture against Pakistan losing by eight wickets. Hong Kong opted to bat first and got off to a very decent start, but some inexperience and good quality Pakistan bowling halted any forward momentum that they had built up. Pakistan were able to bowl Hong Kong out for just 116 and then proceeded to chase down the total in 24 overs with only two wickets down.ALSO READ: India vs Pakistan Special Contest – Join now to win exciting hampers!India are fresh off a three-month long tour of England will be looking to get back into white ball mode after a 4-1 Test series loss, which came on the back of a 2-1 ODI series loss.A very busy schedule means some of the more experienced Indian players are rested, so MS Dhoni is back in the mix while Rohit Sharma will be stand-in captain. With the focus back on Dhoni after the team disappointed in England, the ‘Men in Blue’ will still be looking to him for guidance ahead of the World Cup.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu recommended for Khel Ratna awardIndia should get over this little bump in the road with ease as they gear up for the huge clash against Pakistan on Wednesday. The Indian players will be looking for good performances as these ODIs will be counted as full internationals and the statistics will count towards their career stats.Players to watch: All eyes will be on Dhoni as he creeps towards the end of his career. A good performance in this Asia Cup will silence some of his naysayers. Ehsan Khan is the leading wicket-taker for Hong Kong and should be a key bowler in this game. His right-arm offbreaks picked up Hong Kong’s only two wickets against Pakistan. He currently has 27 wickets in his 14 matches.Stat attack: India and Hong Kong have played one ODI back in 2008 which India won by 256 runs and have a record five Asia Cup titles along with Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue won the last Asia Cup which was held in a 20-over format in Bangladesh in 2016. last_img read more

Arsenal Confirm Mustafi, Perez Signings

first_imgThey have already added midfielders Granit Xhaka and Kelechi Nwakali, defender Rob Holding and forward Takuma Asano, 21, to their squad. Everton were closing in on Perez before Arsenal declared their interest. Japanese striker Asano, who joined from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in July, will join Bundesliga side Stuttgart on a season-long loan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have signed Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez. The pair are set to cost Arsenal around £52m – taking the club’s summer spending to almost £100m – and Wenger says he expects no more transfers before Wednesday’s deadline.“We have bought two players, Mustafi and Perez. We had to work very hard to get signings done,” he said. “We have no plans for anyone else now.”Former Everton centre-back Mustafi, 24, is set to sign a five-year contract from Valencia, for a fee in excess of £35m. Arsenal had already agreed to meet a 20m euro (£17.1m) clause to sign Deportivo La Coruna forward Perez, 27, who scored 17 goals in 37 games last season.last_img read more

Joshua’s Injury Fears Eased, won’t Affect His Career

first_imgAnthony Joshua’s injured leg will not prevent his next fight against Kubrat Pulev or his plan to face Tyson Fury, promoter Eddie Hearn said.Joshua wore a brace over his left knee and had a crutch when he spoke at a Black Lives Matter last weekend.“When you’re on crutches with your leg in a brace it is never great, but it’s not something that will affect his 2020 career or his career at all,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He will have the brace on for three or four weeks just to make sure he is good to go to resume training.“He tweaked the inside of his knee. He’s had scans. No surgery, so that’s good news.“He’s got to make sure he doesn’t do any running or heavy work over the next few weeks.”Joshua and Fury, who own every major heavyweight belt between them, have agreed financial terms for two fights in 2021 to decide an undisputed champion.But Joshua’s next defence of the IBF, WBA and WBO titles is expected to be against his mandatory challenger Pulev, with the UK still the priority location.Fury is set to face Wilder again in a third WBC title fight, while Dillian Whyte has also lined up a mandatory shot at the WBC belt by February 2021.“In our minds, Joshua versus Pulev happens in November,” said Hearn.“We know that Deontay Wilder’s side are working on the Fury fight. We have Dillian Whyte hopefully fighting at our headquarters in August against Alexander Povetkin.“There are talks to stage the Pulev fight around November. That’s the fight that is next. It’s the IBF mandatory.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

General manager of eroots speaks at Marshall

first_imgThe Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab hosted a “Lunch & Learn” event at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Thursday afternoon. The featured speaker was Alex Dorsey, general manager of pop-up produce market eroots, who talked about her experience with the business and the knowledge she has gained from working there.The eroots program provides organic fruits and vegetables to consumers with modest means. The social enterprise sells its packed boxes at schools and businesses so the food can be conveniently picked up during a busy schedule.Dorsey said social enterprises differ from other businesses because they directly affect people through positive change.“The one thing that social enterprise does that is very different than business as a whole is the commitment to make a difference — some social impact,” Dorsey said. “I encourage you to really think about that as you plan … what you’re going to do after graduating.”Enoch Kim, student intern for the Social Enterprise Lab, said he believes businesses shouldn’t solely focus on money.“We need to focus on our future,” Kim said. “The social capital of moving forward in generations to come will be very much impacted by your efforts today. As business students, you cannot be always profit-minded; you have to take into consideration the social well-being of the community around you.”According to Dorsey, a structured system is very important when trying to create positive change with others. Dorsey said eroots reached out to communities for the answers it needed.“Policy is fundamental in anything that has to do with food … and the environment,” Dorsey said. “We created a leadership program that would educate residents on defining for themselves what a healthy community is and what’s needed to ensure access to healthy food within the community you advocate for yourself, especially when you’re in survival mode and you have to work a couple jobs.”Even after setting up a successful infrastructure, Dorsey said businesses have to be prepared for the worst and ready to respond.“You have to be able to pivot,” Dorsey said. “You can do all the planning and have the focus groups and have a great business plan, but when you get on the ground, challenges will arise and you have to be nimble in your thinking. What happens when your lead farm goes out of business because of the drought and they didn’t have enough capital to sustain them and all of the sudden the food that you committed to every single week doesn’t have a source?”In addition, Dorsey said social enterprises need reliable backup for a bad situation.“Numerous challenges come up that you can’t even begin to imagine,” Dorsey said. “In your thinking about social enterprise, you got to have the resources both in terms of cash and people within your network to help you think creatively, so you can continue to grow and serve.”Roshan Jayanti, a junior majoring in global health, said he was glad Dorsey talked about both the good and bad experiences one might encounter  in developing a social enterprise.“There’s a certain ambition involved in social enterprise…but I think there is also a stark reality and kind of a harshness of this situation of… funding and financing, and the discrepancy between how much it costs to do one of these projects and how feasible it is, and I think Alex balanced [those two topics] very well,” Jayanti said. “My interest lies more in health, where, unfortunately, the prices are even more expensive and the discrepancies are even larger, but kind of seeing the creativity she used…[is] illuminating, as a lot of the students in this room go into social enterprise positions.”The “Lunch & Learn” event was the last of the series for the spring, but the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab said it will continue to host events next semester.last_img read more

Trojans must try to build up again

first_imgAfter the 2005 USC football team lost the national championship to Texas in a stunning fashion, I was heartbroken. Then after a few days, I was fine. I had convinced myself that since it seemed USC contended for the national title every year under former head coach Pete Carroll, they would just win next year.My young naiveté and limited sample size of Trojan fandom contributed to this incredible misguided assumption. More than 10 years later, USC still hasn’t been back to a national title. That loss to Texas led to the slow decline of the Trojan football program.At first it was gradual, shifting from national championships to Rose Bowls. Under quarterbacks John David Booty and Mark Sanchez, USC was still the team no one wanted to play at the end of the year. Each season had the same narrative. If only one or two plays had gone just a little bit differently, USC would be playing for it all. That was the first step down.Then Sanchez left a year earlier than expected, and Matt Barkley was thrust into the starting role as a true freshman. That was the next step down. The team went from being one or two plays away from reaching a national championship appearance to being eight or nine plays away from winning 10 games. They went from beating Oregon and Stanford to getting dominated.Then the sanctions hit, Carroll left, and Lane Kiffin came, and the slide toward mediocrity and eight and nine-win seasons continued. With the exception of Barkley’s ridiculously impressive second half of his junior season and the magic of Eddy O’s brief tenure as interim coach, USC has been stuck in a slog of above-average but not phenomenal performances for six years.The play can be ascribed to the toll sanctions took on the roster’s depth, to questionable coaching hires, or to an array of other reasons. Whatever the case may be, it is clear 10 years later that greatness isn’t just sustained. It takes elite performers at every level from the coaching staff down.In 2006, I would have been shocked if I had been told in my three years on campus, USC would have had four head coaches in the football program and not played in one Rose Bowl. Now it seems commonplace, but it shouldn’t.I’m not holding out hope that USC somehow wins a national title next year. If they can get through the beast that is their first four games relatively unscathed, I think they could play for the Pac-12 title, but not the four team playoff. I’ve held out such optimism every year, but for some reason this season seems different.Sure, there are question marks on the defensive line and possibly the secondary, but this coaching staff seems to know what they are doing. They are experienced, and led by a head coach in Clay Helton who connects with the players on a level the last two coaches did not.Three years down at USC, and the football team hasn’t yet approached the woefully misguided expectations I held out 10 years ago. However, with a new staff in place and two incredible quarterback options to choose from, I am hoping that next year is the start of the next run of sustained greatness.The team has a plan for recruiting, developing and executing. That is markedly different than what seemed to be a haphazard approach for portions of the last three seasons.Helton doesn’t need to be Carroll. Redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold don’t have to be as spectacular as former quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Sophomore running back Ronald Jones II doesn’t have to be Reggie Bush and so on down the line. This can be a new era of Trojan football, breaking away from the past and charting a new path.Hopefully, Helton will do it the way he sees fit and yield results similar to that of the Carroll era, where Rose Bowls and national titles are legitimate discussions every season. The process doesn’t have to be the same. It can be more workman-like and less Hollywood. It’s all about the results, and that the next 10 years are way better than the last 10. This summer will be the first indicator of that change taking place.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column “Davidson’s Direction” ran Mondays.last_img read more

Keane says it’s key Ireland secure 3 points

first_imgGroup D leaders Poland are in town for a meeting at the Aviva Stadium. Following last November’s defeat to Scotland, and with four home games to come before the end of the campaign, captain Robbie Keane says they must secure three points tonight. Kick off at Lansdowne Road is at 7.45.  Before that at 5, Germany are away to Georgia, while Scotland welcome group whipping boys Gibraltar to Hampden Park. In Group F this evening, Northern Ireland welcome Finland to Windsor Park. That one kicks off at 5, as does the meeting of Romania and the Faroes. While Hungary face Greece at 7.45. Portugal can go top of Group I with a win at home to Serbia this evening, while before that Armenia go to Albania.last_img