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

Joseph is Marketing and Outreach Officer at UWI Open Campus, Dominica

first_img Share 48 Views   no discussions Tweet Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Joseph is Marketing and Outreach Officer at UWI Open Campus, Dominica by: – December 16, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: caribbeanjobs.comKimone “Kim” Joseph has been hired as the Marketing and Outreach Officer at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Dominica. Ms. Joseph officially joined the staff at the Dominica Site on Thursday, December 15, 2011. According to the Head of UWI Open Campus, Dominica, Dr. Francis O. Severin, the institution’s decision to establish the position was both necessary and timely. Dr. Severin said, “We can no longer take for granted that students will apply to the UWI because of our established quality.” He added, “Indeed, in their anxiety to secure credentials as part of the ‘diploma diseases’,’shoppers for education’ may unfortunately be misled by attractive brochures and the ‘foreign is better’ myth. Our new Marketing and Outreach Officer will, among other things, clarify in the minds of prospective students our outstanding quality.”Ms. Joseph’s speciality is in communications, marketing and public relations at educational institutions. She obtained her BA in Mass Communication (summa cum laude) from the School of Communication at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh) in 2004. She received her MA in Communications Studies with distinction from the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds, UK in 2011. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Joseph interned and later worked with the Office of Public Relations and Alumni Relations at SUNY Plattsburgh. During the interval of her studies, she was Head of English at Convent High School. Dr. Severin believes that Ms. Joseph’s education and experience will prove valuable to UWI Open Campus, Dominica’s vision for the provision of tertiary education on the island. “The Open Campus emerged out of an expressed need by many of the UWI stakeholders in countries which did not have physical campuses, to offer a greater variety and level of programmes that would reach the under-served,” said Dr. Severin, “Ms. Joseph has the skills to help the Open Campus meet the people where they are.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

League Cup semi-final: Iheanacho denies Villa as Leicester earn draw

first_imgBrendan Rodgers warned Leicester will have to suffer to reach the League Cup final after Kelechi Iheanacho’s late goal earned a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday.Rodgers’ side fell behind to Frederic Guilbert’s first half goal in the semi-final first leg at the King Power Stadium. Promoted ContentWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes But Iheanacho came off the bench to equalise with his sixth goal in eight appearances this season.Leicester will feel they should have won after dominating for long periods, but the team in second place in the Premier League will have to finish the job at Villa Park in the second leg on January 28.“Overall I thought we dominated the game. Villa made some blocks and the keeper made some good saves,” Rodgers said.“Over two ties it was always going to be tough and to get to a final you have to suffer, but the boys are confident.”Rodgers has a remarkable record of advancing from his last 30 domestic cup ties with Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester.But the last team to beat Rodgers in a domestic knockout competition were Villa in the FA Cup semi-finals in 2014-15 when he was Liverpool manager.And Villa, whose last major trophy was the 1996 League Cup, will feel they are in pole position to reach the final after surviving a stern examination.“I thought Leicester were the better team. We have given away a farcical goal. Ezri Konsa has got brain dazzled,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.“But we defended brilliantly at times and it will be a raucous crowd at Villa Park. I’m looking forward to it. It’s all to play for.”The second leg winner will play Manchester City or Manchester United in the final at Wembley, with City leading 3-1 after their first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Leicester last won the competition in 2000, beating Villa in the semi-finals that year, and they were well on top at the start.Jamie Vardy was back after missing three games due to the birth of his daughter and a calf injury and took the fight to Villa.He seized Marvelous Nakamba’s wayward header before testing Orjan Nyland, then saw his low drive blocked by Villa’s keeper moments later. But, having soaked up Leicester’s early blitz on a rain-drenched evening in the east midlands, it was Villa who snatched the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute.– Infused with confidence –Anwar El Ghazi was playing in an unfamiliar role up front due to Wesley’s injury and Jonathan Kodjia’s illness.The winger drifted back out to the left flank to deliver a cross that landed perfectly for Guilbert, who got in front of Ben Chilwell and stabbed his volley in from close-range.The French defender’s first goal since August was Villa’s first shot on target in the match.Infused with confidence after that bolt from the blue, Smith’s team were inches away from doubling their lead before half-time.Jack Grealish’s inswinging free-kick found Ezri Konsa and the Villa defender headed against the bar from inside the six-yard box.Leicester wrestled back the initiative after the interval and Nyland alertly smothered the danger when Vardy tried to latch onto a through ball.Tyrone Mings won header after header as Villa tried to weather the storm and when James Maddison did get past the defender with a bold burst, Nyland was on hand to make another good save.Maddison tried again with a run onto Ricardo Pereira’s pass, but the Norwegian saved at the near post.center_img Loading… Read Also:Leicester vs Aston Villa: Iheanacho tipped to lead Foxes attackLeicester’s pressure finally told in the 74th minute.Luiz, put in trouble by Konsa’s sloppy free-kick, lost possession to Hamza Choudhury and Vardy found Iheanacho, who shot high past Nyland from 15 yards.Vardy nearly won it in the closing minutes, but his shot rippled into the side-netting just as Leicester fans were anticipating a dramatic finale.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Marvin Billman

first_imgMarvin Billman, of Sunman, was born April 16, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Herbert and Mary Happ Billman.  After spending time in the United States Army, on June 11, 1966, he married his beloved Viola L. Niese, setting the foundation for the most important part of his life: their family.  Marvin retired from Batesville Casket Company after 47 years of employment.  A known prankster, famous for his great one-liners, he was a “professional” volunteer, freely giving his time to St. Nicholas Church, Sunman Fish & Game, and the Kenneth L. Diver Post 337 Sunman American Legion, all of which Marvin was a member.  In his spare time, he enjoyed turtle hunting, cooking, fishing, gardening, and butchering.  On July 20, 2016, Marvin passed away at his home in Sunman.  He will long be remembered as a wonderful example of a loving and giving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.Those surviving who honor Marvin’s memory include his wife Viola, children Diane (Pablo) Quiroz, Josie (Steve) Hornberger, and David (Cindy) Billman, all of Sunman; and John (Carrie) Billman of Brookville; fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his twin brother Melvin Billman of Batesville, and a sister, Darleen (Bud) Ritzi of Sunman.  Marvin was preceded in death by his parents.Friends and relatives may visit with Marvin’s family on Friday, July 22, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Praying of the holy rosary will begin at 3:30 pm.  The Requiem Mass, officiated by Father Shaun Whittington, will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Church, Sunman, on Saturday beginning at 11:00 am.  Burial, with graveside military honors, will follow in the church cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to St. Nicholas School, the Sunman Life Squad, the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department, or to a local food pantry.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Marvin Billman.last_img read more

Indian American Politicians Ask for Better Supervision of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

first_imgA bicameral bill has been introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala D. Harris in a bid to counter abuses by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers through supervision. The bill, the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act, also plans to halt funds for construction or expansion of new facilities.The number of non-citizens being detained has seen a 400 per cent rise, with an increasing number of them being children, women and pregnant women, the two Democrats said in a statement on May 15. The detainees are mistreated by the ICE agents, and made to live in “deplorable conditions” while their rights are violated, they added.“Even though the U.S. already houses the largest immigrant detention system in the world, the Trump administration wants more detention beds without any oversight,” said Representative Jayapal, who is a first generation immigrant herself. “The countless number of horrific assaults, senseless abuses and needless deaths of immigrants in detention prove that ICE isn’t able to police itself. Our bill demands a higher accountability of ICE and a stop to detention expansion because our nation doesn’t need more violence and further militarization – what we need is comprehensive and humane reform and real accountability,” she added.“ICE’s indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement continues to sow fear and anxiety in communities across the nation and strict oversight is long overdue,” said Senator Harris. “It is unconscionable to subject detainees to inhumane conditions that include cases of unchecked sexual abuse, outright medical negligence, lack of access to counsel, and in some cases, even death. It’s time to end the expansion of these facilities that divert these resources to address true public safety threats.”Multiple accusations have been made against the ICE. Between FY2012 and March 2018, ICE received 1,448 allegations of sexual abuse in detention facilities. Only a small percent of these claims have been investigated, the two senators said. They added that pregnant women are not receiving appropriate medical attention, leading to dehydration and even miscarriages.In FY17 alone, at least three women reportedly miscarried while in ICE custody, they said, adding that the detainees “often struggle to secure representation due to language barriers, wait times in detention facilities, and distance between detention facilities and government-provided aid, all of which raise serious due process concerns.”There have been more than 170 custodial deaths since 2003, the statement read.“Through our network of visitation programs and our hotline, we’ve documented countless stories of detained individuals who’ve been abused by ICE and private prison companies. The abuses range from sexual assault to forced labor to medical neglect and even death. These inhumane conditions have become the status quo in the U.S. immigration detention system and we refuse to tolerate it,” said Christina Fialho, a California attorney and co-founder/executive director of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC). Related ItemsIndian AmericanKamala HarrisPramila Jayapallast_img read more