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PenSam criticises government’s proposed changes to pension system

first_imgPenSam members can compensate for this interplay between state pension and private pensions by paying into an old-age savings scheme (aldersopsparing), he said, but he added that this was not an ideal solution because it made it harder for individuals to get an overview of their pension.The government, in its recently launched 2025 plan, partially tackled the problem of offsetting within the pension system, but its solution will lead to yet another layer of complexity, Fels said.“We would rather they went the other way and simplified the system by putting the same tax deduction in place for all, corresponding to the deduction for top-rate taxpayers,” he said.Fels argued that everyone would then have a clear incentive to save for their pension, regardless of age and income.However, because the government is “unlikely to change its mind” on this, Fels said PenSam had some proposals to change the 2025 plan based on concrete examples from its own customers.It proposed that the new special pension scheme named in the plan – which is called an age-related savings annuity (aldersopsparingslivrente) and will not be offset against social benefits – be made available for people with not just five years or fewer until state pension age but also for those with up to 15 years to go, or even for the whole of one’s working life.The new scheme should also target those with relatively low incomes by reducing the ceiling on annuity contributions to DKK30,000, for example, PenSam said.It said the opportunity to use this scheme should not be conditional on an individual’s receiving no payments from tax-deductible pension schemes because, in practice, this would prevent people from making use of a partial pension. The new chief executive of Danish labour-market pension fund PenSam has spoken out about aspects of the government’s planned changes to the pension system, calling on lawmakers to ensure it is worthwhile for the lower-paid to save for a private pension.Torsten Fels, who took over as the DKK108bn (€14.5bn) pension fund’s chief executive in August from long-standing leader Helen Kobæk, said: “It is important for all parties that the system be simplified but in such a way that it can function on a stable basis for many years.”He cited a number of drawbacks for PenSam members in Denmark’s current system.“Because of their relatively low incomes, their savings are correspondingly small, and, on top of this, so much of their income is offset against their state pension (folkepension) that, in many cases, it hardly pays off for them to save up,” Fels said.last_img read more

Alwin Bully stages play in December

first_img Share Tweet EntertainmentLocalNews Alwin Bully stages play in December by: – November 30, 2011 Share Alwin Bully. Photo by Celia Sorhaindo. Image source: FlickrAfter a hiatus of two years, Dr. Alwin Bully, Artistic Director of the Caribbean Theatre Network (Production Company), will stage the controversial Jamaican play ECSTASY, at the Arawak House of culture on December 9 – 11, 2011. Written for mature audiences by acclaimed Jamaican playwright, David Heron, ECSTASY explores the sensitive issues of class, colour and sex as people try to find their place in a Caribbean society whose value systems are often based on family background, home address, workplace and what car they drive. The play makes those points excitingly clear by clashing the vibrant and popular Dancehall ghetto culture against the power and prejudices of Jamaica’s uptown sector with its set ways, unwritten rules and clear behavioural expectations. So when Jewel Brown, a sexy and ambitious Dance Hall Queen from the under-belly of one of Kingston’s meanest ghettos meets Richard Foster, an over-protected rich boy in search of himself, the situation is certain to explode, making ECSTASY one of the most entertaining and audience-pleasing plays to hit the Caribbean theatre scene in many years.This Dominican production stars world class singer and entertainer Daryl Bobb who was last seen on stage in August Wilson’s “FENCES”, popular calypsonian Marja ‘Lady Star’ Jeffers, top ranking Radio personality and Entertainment Manager Miguel Labadie, Courts dynamic Marketing Manager Letricia Cadette, and thrilling new-comers Justina Worrell and Leona John.Stage Management is by Gloria Augustus and Curtis Clarendon while set design is by Alwin Bully, Props by Sonia Riviere and Costume coordination by Claudia Henderson. Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 30th.Press Releasecenter_img Sharing is caring! 140 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Primary school students awarded at French festival

first_imgTop French student Annisha Ettienne of the Vieille Case Primary School receiving certificates and medal from Permanent Secretary Mrs. Jennifer Wallace Lafond Twenty-four primary school students have been awarded for excellence and top performance in French at the annual Primary Schools French Festival which is underway at the Goodwill Primary School.Forty-eight (48) primary schools participating in the festival which gives students the opportunity to showcase their achievements in French for the past school year. The students of the Newtown Primary School wowed the audience with their rendition of the national anthem of France as well as reciting the Lord’s Prayer in French. Senior Education Officer, Nicholas Goldberg reminded the students of the importance of learning different languages and cultures.He noted that learning the French language is important as it provides one an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and culture.Students were able to display their talents in song, drama, fashion as well as through an exhibition of their works throughout the year.French student displaying Ghana’s national wear Twenty-eight (28) students were awarded certificates and medals by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Jennifer Wallace-Lafond for top performance in French.They are; Jake Burton of the Atkinson Primary, O’Brien Blandford of the Concord Primary, Lionel Dorville of the Calibishie Primary, Simon Paul and Jermain Thomas of the Dos D’ane Primary , Montiel Paul and Jamescia George of the Penville Primary, Shervin James of the Roosevelt Douglas Primary, Shiringale Wilshaire of the Roosevelt Douglas Primary, Ayana Fontaine of the Thibaud Primary, Wendon Charles and Annisha Ettienne of the Vieille Case Primary, Neisha Durand of the W. S. Stevens Primary, Beyonce Carbon and Ashley Ettienne of the Woodfordhill Primary, Fabula Bellot of the Bellevue Chopin Primary, Kandace Pond and Latanya Joseph of the Grand Bay Primary, Tyra Jno Jules of the Giruadel Primary, Gibbs Stephson of the Laudat Primary, Jowhenska Fevry and Brillon Joseph of the Newtown Primary, Mia Jones of the Convent Preparatory, Milagro Charlemagne of the Massacre Primary School, Isabella Olavarria of the Pioneer Preparatory School, Ashwanie Marcellin of the Roseau Primary, Glancia Demothine of the St. Luke’s Primary School, Brigitte Lavable of the Wotten Waven Primary School, Dion Williams of the Salybia Primary School, Neheimie Honore of the Goodwill Primary School, Dervon Francis of the Warner Primary School, Theo Davoren of the St. John’s Primary School, Shavon Thomas of the Tete Morne Primary School and Adelle Durand of the Wesley Primary School.Mrs. Sonia Magloire Akpa receiving a recognition award from Assistant Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jeffrey BlaizeTwo French teachers; Sonia Akpa and Jermainia Didier were presented with recognition awards by Assistant Chief Education Officer Dr Jeffrey Blaize for their contribution towards the development of French education on the island.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Stevenson Hyacinth described the French festival as a sign that the Ministry of Education has gotten it right.He explained that the ministry’s position is that every child can learn and this is exhibited through the work that they have displayed.Hyacinth implored the students to keep in mind “you all have something that you can give back to society”.[nggallery id=198]Dominica Vibes News 273 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimary Primary school students awarded at French festival by: – June 14, 2012last_img read more

Ronaldo goes two years without scoring a club free-kick

first_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging Around8 Most Expensive Mistakes In The History Of Mankind7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime It’s been well publicised that he hasn’t scored one for Juventus and you have to rewind as far back as December 16, 2017, to unearth his final conversion for Los Blancos. And no, scoring one that was heavily deflected against Inter Milan in pre-season doesn’t count… nor does one that Aaron Ramsey smashed in from a yard after a goalkeeping mistake. In that time, Ronaldo has scored two for Portugal – against Spain and Switzerland respectively – but he hasn’t been able to transfer that proficiency to his day-to-day career. read also: Nani: I was never in Ronaldo and Rooney’s shadow at Man Utd To put the drought into perspective, it’s a whopping 748 days, 17,952 hours, 1,077,120 minutes and the equivalent of almost 12,000 football matches without stoppage time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone two years without scoring from a free-kick at the club level, it has emerged. Loading… The Portuguese who moved to the Seria A champions in 2018 has scored 31 goals in 45 appearances but not from free-kick. This should be of concern to the forward who was lethal from free-kicks during his Manchester United days and the first couple of seasons with Real Madrid. But according to Transfermarkt – Ronaldo has gone two whole years without scoring a free-kick in club football. Ronaldo went off a cliff during his final years at the Bernabeu; never scoring more than three during any of his last four campaigns.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sites starts promising season with Empire State Series win at Five Mile

first_imgKIRKWOOD, N.Y. (April 12) – Eddie Sites likes the start of his 2015 a lot more than he does his 2013 or 2014 campaigns.Sites won Sunday’s opening event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds following the Empire State Series at Five Mile Point Speedway.The victory paid $400 and came ahead of Jared Spalding and Jason Benjamin. Gary Smith and K.C. Cole completed the top five.Sites had started third, passed Mike Stoddard and Matt Cole on the second circuit, then led to the end of the 25-lapper.After seeing a comfortable lead erased by a lap 23 caution, he took the checkers two car lengths ahead of Spalding.“It rubbered up but I didn’t have any trouble getting around the track,” Sites said. “I had a pretty good car. This was the best race I’ve had in a long time.”“I won this series two years in a row (in 2011 and 2012) but haven’t raced much the last two sea­sons,” he continued. “In 2013 we had a lot of parts failures, some motors went sour and then our house burned down five days before Christmas. I only raced a handful of times because we had more important things to do after that.”“We’re going to try to follow the series and hit some weekly shows this year,” Sites concluded.The second of nine Empire State Series events this season is Sunday, May 3 when Weedsport Speedway hosts the $2,500 to win Northeast Shootout. That feature pays a minimum of $150 to start.Feature results – 1. Eddie Sites; 2. Jared Spalding; 3. Jason Benjamin; 4. Gary Smith; 5. K.C. Cole; 6. Bob Maynard; 7. Tyler Stoddard; 8. Harry Ely; 9. Mike Stoddard; 10. Brad Smith; 11. Chris Fleming; 12. Matt Cole; 13. Brad Sites; 14. Justin Slezak; 15. Bob Collins; 16. Keith Lamphere; 17. Craig Ward; 18. Gary Roberts.last_img read more

Local mother arrested after leaving child in vehicle while she attended job fair

first_imgA local mother was arrested after she reportedly left her 4-year-old daughter in an air conditioned vehicle for an extended period of time to attend a job fair.The incident occurred Monday in Fort Lauderdale.According to the report, 25-year-old Amber Collier left the child in a locked and air conditioned vehicle with a cellphone while she attended the job fair.“What happened, basically, she went for a job interview and the allegation is she left her child in her vehicle,” Collier’s public defender told Broward County Judge Jackie Powell Tuesday. “But the vehicle was on with the air-conditioning on.”Judge Powell, however, says he concern was more about the length of time the mother spent inside the job fair while the child was in the vehicle.“My concern is not that the child would have overheated,” he said. “My concern is, in that period, over an hour, anybody could have gone to that car and taken that child.”A prosecutor argued that the single mother who also attends college part-time left the child with the phone and instructed the child to call the authorities if she felt like she was in danger.“She left the 4-year-old a cellphone to contact the police if there was an emergency,” he said, explaining what Collier told police.Despite the prosecutor’s argument, Judge Powell charged Collier with one count of child neglect without great bodily harm and set her bond at $5,000.The prosecutor then explained that Collier could not afford that bond because is a struggling single mother who was just trying to get a job while she attends college part-time through a financial aid program.“Financially, right now, she’s going through a tough time and she wants to work,” he said.Colliers bond was then reduced to $2,500 but she was ordered not have contact with her child pending the outcome of a family court hearing.last_img read more

“Loaded” Ellsworth baseball team hopes for breakout year

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The calendar might read differently than it did a year ago, but the Ellsworth baseball team’s roster might as well have been photocopied.As the Eagles gathered in Katsiaficas Gymnasium for the second night of varsity team tryouts, a group that largely consisted of the same players from last season’s team went through fielding drills, took batting practice and discussed strategy with coaches. Given the success those players had last season, an outfit consisting of those same faces is reason for Ellsworth to be excited about its 2018 prospects.A young team last year, Ellsworth produced one of its best seasons in recent memory with a 13-6 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2009. With nearly every major contributor back from that group, the Eagles are expected to be at or near the top of Class B North.“Up and down, we have a lot of confidence as a team,” senior Brad Smith said. “We’ve been playing together for a long time and have always stuck together.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSmith, Jared Hamilton, Jack Lee, Sam Horne and Sam Giffin all return for Ellsworth at the plate. Those players finished the 2017 season ranked in the top 10 in at least one major statistical category and also saw time in the field, where Ellsworth returns seven of eight position players.The Eagles didn’t hit for power as much as other teams last season — no Ellsworth player finished in the top six in doubles, triples or home runs — but the team made up for it with strong baserunning that put its runners in scoring position on a consistent basis. Hamilton, Lee and Giffin had 15 stolen bases each in the regular season to finish tied for third in the conference.Ellsworth’s Sam Giffin takes swings at a ball placed on a tee during the second day of tryouts. The Eagles have seven of eight position players and four pitchers returning from last year’s team, which finished 13-6 and made the Class B North semifinals.“We have a lot of good players back at the plate,” Smith said. “A lot of times, teams can lose like four or five of their starters or more. That’s a big advantage for us this year.”On the mound, staff ace Conner Wagstaff is back to lead the way. As a sophomore last year, Wagstaff led the conference in innings pitched with 49 and finished second in strikeouts (52), wins (five) fourth in earned run average (2.0).Yet Wagstaff is far from the only consistent arm on Ellsworth’s pitching staff. Smith recorded four wins and struck out 32 batters of his own last season, and Matt Burnett, who pitched the Eagles into the semifinals with a dominant performance against fourth-seeded Nokomis in last year’s playoffs, is back to bolster the rotation.Players and coaches at other schools haven taken notice. Mount Desert Island head coach Andy Pooler, whose team split with the Eagles last season, knows Ellsworth will be one of the teams to beat.“They’re just loaded,” Pooler said of the Eagles. “They were a handful last year, and now everyone is back for them. If that pitching rotation gets hot, watch out.”Although last year’s team was young, Smith and Giffin said they didn’t see that as a disadvantage. Instead, it was a chance to lay the foundation for Ellsworth baseball to have a successful run.“For us, it was an opportunity to build up the program,” Smith said. “We went out there and took it game by game, and we were able to put together a great season.”The team is scheduled to open its regular season at home against Bucksport at 2 p.m. April 19. The Eagles will play seven home games and nine road games instead of eight each in the regular season because Caribou will not make the trip to Ellsworth for a doubleheader.The Eagles’ challenging conference opponents will make traversing the regular season and competing regional titles far from easy. Hermon and MDI return many of last year’s starters, and Old Town, despite losing many of the players that led it to back-to-back Northern Maine championships, always manages to reload.Ellsworth players, though, believe they’re more than ready to be championship contenders. Asked how far he thought the Eagles could go this season, Smith didn’t mince his words.“All the way,” he said. “We have a lot going for us all around. I think we have what it takes.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Bomb Scare at Old Traford

first_imgA controlled explosion was carried out at Old Trafford yesterday after a suspect package was found before Manchester United’s match against Bournemouth.Greater Manchester Police described the device as “incredibly lifelike” but confirmed it “wasn’t viable”.The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End were evacuated before the game and sniffer dogs brought in.Kick-off, due at 3pm was delayed and shortly afterwards the match was abandoned on police advice.A bomb disposal team carried out the explosion at about 14.30pm.Just under two hours earlier, an “operation red code” alert had been heard over the public address system, and the players who were warming up had left the field.Fans were then advised that, because of “the discovery of a suspect package in the north-west quadrant of the ground, the match has been abandoned for today on police advice”.Supporters who were still in the ground were advised to stay in their seats while the forecourt was cleared of fans who had been in the two stands that were evacuated.While the evacuation was occurring, Manchester United Executive Vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore about the game being called off, BBC Sport revealed.The Premier League has announced it is looking to rearrange the match as soon as possible.“The game will definitely need to be played but there are logistical issues that need to be resolved,” a statement read.“However, they cannot even start to begin discussing them until the police have done what they need to do here (at Old Trafford).”Speaking before the controlled explosion was carried out, Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare of Greater Manchester Police said their priority “was to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area”.He said “military colleagues” were assisting with the incident, adding: “We don’t make these decisions lightly and we have done this today (abandoned the match) to ensure the safety of all those attending.”United players were seen leaving the ground shortly after 4.30pm while Bournemouth players and staff boarding their team bus outside Old Trafford around an hour later.The south coast club later confirmed they would be flying back to Bournemouth last night.Manchester United had started Sunday with an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by finishing fourth in the Premier League.However, Manchester City’s draw against Swansea in their final game means United are effectively out of the running, with City three points clear of United and possessing a goal difference that is 18 better than that of their rivals.Vice-chairman of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Sean Bones, said: “It is obviously a dark day in Premier League history. We have obviously got to give our thanks to the club and the authorities for getting supporters out of the ground safely and home to their families.“If it turns out there was a bomb at Old Trafford, it is obviously a concern that we have these type of people in our midst and it is going to have a huge effect on security at football matches in the future,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Beat writers split on Syracuse’s matchup with Boston College

first_imgSyracuse is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, dropping its record to 3-5. The Orange last lost to Florida State, 35-17, and still haven’t defeated a Power 5 team this season. Boston College, who visits the Carrier Dome Saturday, was blown out by Clemson in a 59-7 loss last week.Here’s what our beat writers predict in Saturday’s Syracuse-Boston College matchup.Eric Black (6-2)Last chanceSyracuse 27, Boston College 23There really aren’t many good reasons to pick the Orange in this one. They still haven’t defeated a Power 5 team, they’ve turned in three clunkers in a row and they’re just a bad football team right now. Boston College has one of the best running backs in the country, strong performances against Wake Forest and NC State under its belt and one of the better offenses in the ACC. Quite frankly, I’m shocked Syracuse is favored by three points. But I’m going with SU. Its biggest weakness so far this season has been pass protection, but BC is one of the worst teams in the country in terms of sacks. And while AJ Dillon will pose a problem for the Orange defense, they’ve been better at stopping the run than the pass this year. It’s not much to go on, but this is the best chance of a win Syracuse has the rest of the season and I think it’ll be its fourth and final victory.Andrew Graham (6-2)November rainsBoston College 21, Syracuse 10AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI have no reason to pick Syracuse to win this game, therefore I am not picking Syracuse to win this game. SU head coach Dino Babers has talked a lot about the youth and growth on this team, and how the experience this year will make these players better down the road. That may well be true, but it doesn’t fix the fact that Syracuse’s offensive does not work this season. Full stop. The Orange average 16.5 points per game less this season compared to last, and I don’t expect anything to have changed since last week. The matchup is a little friendlier, but that won’t be enough. The slide continues. Josh Schafer (7-1)Run over Boston College 27 Syracuse 17 The first Syracuse football game I covered was SU-BC in November 2017. I remember one thing about that game and it’s Dillon running wild on the Orange for 193 yards and three touchdowns. It stands out too because Dillon just ran all over Syracuse. While the Orange haven’t established themselves as completely depleted yet, this game might prove it. Syracuse’s offense hasn’t showed an ability to create yet and there’s no reason to believe it starts this Saturday. A few weeks ago, North Carolina State knew Dillon would be running all day and he still ran for 223 yards. The Wolfpack have a better ranked defense than the Orange. Expect a similar result for Syracuse on Saturday.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2019 at 7:03 pmlast_img read more