​Norway publishes proposal for new-look public sector pension

first_imgThe proposal – which includes pensions for central as well as local government staff – derives from an agreement reached on 3 March last year between the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and workers’ and employers’ organisations. Credit: Thomas Haugersveen“No reform so far implemented in Norway will mean more for the Norwegian economy, the sustainability of the welfare society and the individual employee, as the pension reform”Erna Solberg, Norwegian prime minister The long-awaited new pension scheme for Norway’s public sector employees has now been published as a draft law in the next stage of a legal process the prime minister described as historically crucial for the country.Prime minister Erna Solberg said: “No reform so far implemented in Norway will mean more for the Norwegian economy, the sustainability of the welfare society and the individual employee, as the pension reform.”The new pension scheme, due to take effect at the beginning of next year, was needed in order to secure a good level of public pension in the future as people were living longer, she added.“With these changes, it will be worthwhile for public employees to stay longer in work and it will be easier to switch jobs from public to private sector without losing pensions,” she said.center_img The Norwegian parliament is expected to approve the new pension rules before its summer break.Anniken Hauglie, minister of labour and social affairs, said the next stage of the reform process was to adapt the pension rules for people with special age limits. The government has already agreed a process with the negotiating parties for this, scheduled to run up to 1 November 2019.The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK) – Norway’s main provider of public occupational pensions including covers central government staff – welcomed the proposal.Finn Melbø, chief executive of SPK, said: “SPK is very pleased that the proposal for new reform has now come. We are already well on the way to preparing the changes in our systems.”At KLP, the country’s main provider of municipal pensions, Marianne Sevaldsen, group director in the life insurance division, said the firm was working on adjusting its systems and putting high levels of resources into offering guidance on pensions.“There will be complicated transitional arrangements for a period, but for the young people who start in the public sector in the years to come, the calculation of retirement pensions will be easier,” she said.She added that the KLP was confident that its systems would be ready when the changes took effect at the turn of the year.Meanwhile, Anders Skjævestad, chief executive of DNB Liv, said the bill was interesting for his business because it wanted to offer municipal service pensions again, several years after it withdrew from the market.He said KLP had a “monopoly” on public sector provision, partly due to municipalities not seeing themselves as obliged to regularly put their service pension contracts out to tender.“DNB has therefore asked the authorities to consider measures to stimulate new players and competition in this market in connection with the introduction of new public service pensions,” Skjævestad said.The bill contained no guidelines related to the competition in the market, he said, with the ministry instead content to assume that the municipalities themselves would choose their pension provider within the framework of the main tariff agreement and the procurement regulations.“It will therefore now be up to the parties in the tariff settlement to decide on tender practices,” Skjævestad said.last_img read more

What Is “The Fridge” Doing Now?

first_imgWhile reading Sports Illustrated, I noticed an article on William “the fridge” Perry.  Perry was a 300 lb. defensive player for Clemson and then the Chicago Bears.  He became famous with the Bears as a blocking back when the offense was inside the 5-yard line.  Seldom could the defense stop the running back when Perry got the leading block.Unfortunately, Wm. Perry lacked commitment and soon gained weight and drifted out of the NFL.  That lack of commitment led him to a weight of 450 lb. today.  He doesn’t follow his doctors orders, he walks with a walker when he is able, and basically just loafs and drinks.People, like Perry, have led the NFL in the creation of an orientation program for their rookies.  They hope to instruct them in how to adjust to a new life with money and fame.  Too bad Wm. Perry was not able to make the adjustment.  Thankfully, Perry’s friends have not given up on him!last_img read more

Joan L. Hellmich

first_imgJoan L. Hellmich, age 90 of Batesville, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born January 23, 1928 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Bertha M. (Nee: Post) and Edward B. Oswald.  She was a graduate of Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  On November 19, 1954, she married Thomas R. Hellmich at St. Louis Church. Joan is survived by her husband Tom; daughter Beth (Tracy) Williams of Zionsville, Indiana; son Tom (Cara) Hellmich of Carmel, Indiana; granddaughters Jessica (Justin) Wedgewood of Washington, D.C., Alyssa Hellmich of Carmel and grandsons Kent Williams of Indianapolis and Harrison Hellmich of Carmel. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21st, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Bob Weakley O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Sisters of St. Francis Convent in Oldenburg or St. Louis School in Batesville.last_img read more

Mourinho talks up injured Rooney

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he is a big admirer of Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker flew out of Bangkok hours before Chelsea arrived after scans revealed a hamstring injury will keep him out for a month. Conspiracy theorists have leapt on Rooney’s departure as evidence his future at Old Trafford is limited given the forward is still to offer any indication that he wants to stay, despite United’s repeated claims the 27-year-old is not for sale. Chelsea are one of the clubs said to be interested in the England man. And whilst Mourinho accepted etiquette dictates that he should not discuss other clubs’ players, the Blues boss could not resist. He said: “I cannot speak about players from other teams but you know me… “I have always said what I think and I like the player very much. “I cannot say more than that. He is fast and direct. I like him but he is a Manchester United player.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Albrighton vows to prove his worth

first_img Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip) are doubts but Danny Drinkwater is available after a groin problem. Stoke full-back Erik Pieters is a doubt but midfielder Steven Nzonzi should be available. Both players came off at half-time with groin complaints during last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal. Victor Moses returned to the matchday squad at the Emirates Stadium as an unused substitute and looks set to make his playing comeback this weekend following a thigh injury. Forward Mame Biram Diouf remains on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal. Boss Mark Hughes is excited by the prospect of Stoke having Moses and Bojan Krkic both fit and firing on the field at the same time. Following his summer arrival from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal, winger Moses established himself as the Potters’ star performer in the early weeks of the campaign before he was sidelined by a thigh injury sustained towards the end of November. It was at that point that forward Bojan – a summer signing on a permanent deal from Barcelona – was just beginning to really show what he can do in a Stoke shirt, and he has subsequently emerged as their key attacking player in Moses’ absence. Moses made his return to the matchday squad as an unused substitute when the Staffordshire outfit suffered a 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Arsenal last weekend, and he looks set for his playing comeback in Saturday’s top-flight trip to Leicester. And Hughes said of the Nigeria international: “He is very much in my thoughts for the weekend and hopefully, if he does play, he will be able to hit the performance levels that he was reaching prior to the injury, because he was arguably our best player. “Thankfully Bojan had come into the team around the same time and took over that mantle, leading from the front with his level of performances. “If we can get them both firing at the same time, then we should be in good shape.” Hughes’ 11th-placed side take on a Leicester outfit who are bottom of the table. The Foxes were in that position on Christmas Day, and there have only been two seasons in Premier League history where the side in that predicament have gone on to avoid relegation. Hughes sees it as a “tough call” as to whether or not Nigel Pearson’s men – currently three points adrift of safety – will be able to beat the drop. But he has no doubt they will face Stoke in buoyant mood after defeating Hull and Aston Villa either side of drawing at Liverpool in their last three league games. “It is a tough call – historically it is difficult to stay up when you have been bottom at Christmas,” said Hughes, whose team were beaten at home by Leicester in September. “But it has been done in the past, and they will be encouraged by virtue of their last few games, when they have gone up against good teams and given a good account of themselves and, more importantly, picked up points.” The winger is poised to face Stoke at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as he bids to finally establish himself at the Foxes. He made just his second start of the season against former club Aston Villa in the 1-0 win last weekend. The form of Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp has limited him to just 292 minutes of action this term. But Mahrez is now on African Nations Cup duty with Algeria and Schlupp is sidelined with a knee injury which forced him to miss out on Ghana’s squad for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Albrighton is determined to take his chance after revealing he has found it tough following a free transfer from Villa last summer. He said: “It’s been frustrating for me personally because I came here with the aim of starting more games. There is only so many times you can go knocking on the manager’s door to ask him the same thing. “For whatever reason it’s not worked out at the moment but I have kept my head down, waited for my chance and I have signed here for four years so I’m not going to rush into anything. “I am enjoying it now, the last two games I’ve played have been great.” Leicester could have new striker Andrej Kramaric in their squad after he was granted a work permit to finally complete his move from Rijeka. Kasper Schmeichel and Matt Upson (foot) are out along with the banned Matty James. Marc Albrighton has vowed to prove he is not Leicester’s forgotten man. Press Associationlast_img read more

Monk plays down Chelsea form

first_img Press Association “Man United won every single game in pre-season last year and we won at Old Trafford on the opening day. “It’s very difficult to read into pre-season games as teams are experimenting, organising and preparing. “When you come into Premier League games it’s a totally different animal. Players think differently and the approach and intensity is different, so we will prepare for the best Chelsea side and hopefully put on a good performance.” Swansea suffered few dark days last season when Monk, in his first full year in charge, guided the club to eighth and a record points tally. But Chelsea handed out heavy defeats, winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge early on in the season before romping to a 5-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium in January. “Down there we were excellent for 45 minutes last season and if we can produce 90 minutes like that it will be great,” Monk said. “It doesn’t come any tougher than starting at the home of the champions and they’ve set the standard. “They’ve kept the squad together and added a few to it, and the way they won the league comfortably towards the end was testament to how good they were. Swansea manager Garry Monk says Chelsea’s ordinary pre-season form will have no bearing on the start of their Barclays Premier League defence on Saturday. “It’s a new season and a fresh start but hopefully we can take on the good things we did last year and try and improve on them and take it into each and every game.” Monk remains reluctant to say whether Swansea can improve on eighth place but he believes the squad he has assembled, keeping all major players over the summer while adding international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 left-back Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, is capable of improvement. “I want us to improve as a team, offensively and defensively, and we can do that,” Monk said. “The players are ready to take our football on to another level. I don’t focus on targets in terms of points and what we should be achieving at the end. “We want to put a good start together and last year it was about getting to 40 points as quickly as we could and it’s the same approach. “I want to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and then reassess and see what we can do.” The English champions failed to win any of their five pre-season games in 90 minutes, but Monk expects the “best Chelsea side” at Stamford Bridge as Swansea seek to begin building on last season’s impressive eighth-placed finish – the best in the Welsh club’s Premier League history. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Monk said referring to Chelsea’s winless run in pre-season. last_img read more

Indian Olympic Association offers to host boxing Olympic qualifiers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association on Thursday requested Morinari Watanabe, the chairman of the International Olympic Committees Task Force for Boxing, to consider the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) offer to host the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualification event in India. The event was to be held from February 3 to 15 in Wuhan, China. IANSAlso Read: Ad-hoc Committee to go with Indian Olympic Association Approved List: SM BaliAlso Watch: AASU Activists waved Black Flag at Assam Minister Pijush Hazarika’s Convoylast_img

UW ready for in-state rival Marquette

first_imgNick Janus and the rest of Wisconsin’s freshmen will be tested as they experience a mid-week match on the road for the first time.[/media-credit]It’s rivalry week for the men’s soccer team as they hit the road to take on Marquette.After dropping a 1-0 overtime decision against No. 16 Creighton, the Badgers feel as if they have to win this physical rivalry game.“It’s always exciting to play a rival in state such as Marquette and Milwaukee,” senior midfielder Jon Rzepka said. “It’s a big game because obviously we need a win. It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be hard playing away, [but] I’m looking forward to it.”“They have a nice field, the atmosphere is going to be great. It’s exciting for me, I know the team is excited too especially just to try and get back in the winning column.”While their defense proved to still be rock solid against Creighton – forcing the game into overtime – Wisconsin is focusing on getting the ball rolling and finding the back of their opponent’s net.Through seven games the squad has only tallied four goals. Keeping in mind their defensive principles, the Badgers are focusing on getting more players down into the offensive third and finally connecting with the back of the net.“We’ve kind of become a really good defensive team and have got our principles down and we can figure out how exactly we’re going to play defensively,” junior midfielder Austin Spohn said. “We can kind of sacrifice the ends and allow them to push up so we can get that goal.”“We’ve been kind of doing everything right as far as possessing the ball and attacking, we just haven’t gotten that goal. Hopefully getting the numbers up will definitely help.”Focusing on scoring some goals the Badgers know they’re in for a fight with the Golden Eagles. In their first mid-week game of the season, the competition Marquette will bring isn’t the only tough part of the game.For the young Badger squad this will be the first time they have to go on the road, or even play a game, in the middle of the week between school and other upcoming exams.“Road games in the middle of the week when you have school and exams and all that coming up is a little tougher,” Spohn said. “You have to go to class before you hit the road and it makes it a little bit harder, but we expect to win this game.”“None of our freshman have ever played in a mid-week game,” head coach John Trask said. “They’re going to be getting out of class, going on a bus, playing on a Tuesday night – sometimes that’s a great thing, sometimes when they’re able to just concentrate on the weekend on their soccer, it’s just a different vibe that you have and it’ll be a new experience. I told the guys that we’re expecting another very good performance out of them.”With expectations of winning in mind, the Badgers still expect a physical game from the Golden Eagles.Marquette has also been rebuilding its program over the last few seasons and are on a two game unbeaten streak sitting at 2-3-2 on the season.“They’re an edgy program,” Rzepka said. “They’re trying to have a good season and perform well. Every time we play a rival game it’s going to be really intense and physical. There’s a lot of seniors on their team too that are just trying to go out strong. It’s going to be a tough game – it always is – we just have to be ready to play a physical game while playing our own game.”last_img read more

Syracuse defeats Virginia in straight sets to end a 3-game losing streak

first_imgAll season, Syracuse’s coaching staff has hoped for one thing — its team to play three straight sets without “lulls in between,” said assistant coach Derryk Williams. After Friday’s loss to No. 3 Pittsburgh, the Orange saw glimpses of a team with consistency and confidence, nearly defeating the Panthers in the first set, 26-24. But SU only showed that poise in spurts. Against Virginia on Sunday, Syracuse finally played a complete match. “We’ve had a few times where we’re up a bunch, and then we let them get five points in a row with stupid errors,” Williams said. “Today we didn’t make those errors.” Syracuse’s (5-8, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) sweep of Virginia (9-10, 1-5) marked the end of the Orange’s three-game losing streak, which included narrow losses to Duke and Wake Forest. Winning every set by a margin of at least eight points, the Orange never trailed during their three-set sweep of Virginia. Head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t think SU was as dominant as it can be, but a straight set win over an ACC opponent like UVA helps SU gain the assurance of flipping its early season woes. Struggling with service errors during last week’s loss to Wake Forest, Polina Shemanova jump started the Orange, securing 19 kills and 16 digs. Her serve was back at its All-ACC level — she wasn’t forced to take power off her serves in order for them to be accurate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean I played as usual, you always have to do your best,” Shemanova said. “Today it worked.”Time-and-again, Shemanova rose into the air, a few feet from the left edge of the net, and pulled her right arm back for a crushing kill. The Cavaliers had no answer for Shemanova, who repeated the play so many times that by the third set, she seemed unfazed after winning the point. With Shemanova leading the Orange both offensively and defensively, Marina Markova, who has 101 kills this season, had a quieter role than usual. Midway through the first set, she appeared to go up for a kill, but instead elected to fake it, swiping at the air and allowing Shemanova to come behind her to secure the point. Though Markova was put on the backburner for Shemanova’s consistent play, Markova still had five kills, four of which came in the first set. Though UVA and Syracuse were tied at 11 during both the first and second set, Yelin admitted that the Cavaliers struggled to keep up with SU’s level of play. Shemanova said her impressive performance can, to a certain degree, be chalked up to poor blocking, serve-receive difficulties and shaky defense from Virginia. Like the Orange, Virginia entered Sunday’s matchup after losing three-consecutive ACC games. Though a potential gap in talent gave the Orange a favorable edge, SU didn’t try to look past the Cavaliers, who are now 1-5 in conference play.“We had our stuff going today and they may have been a little off, but they have some really talented players,” Williams said.Yelin substituted just one player until the third set because his starting lineup continued to find success and didn’t have to fluctuate like other matches. Having seven players rotating for six spots on the court allowed the team to build rhythm and momentum that it doesn’t always have. Though SU secured the win, it didn’t play a perfect game despite winning in straight sets, Yelin said. The Orange’s relatively young team is still learning how to win, but its potential has showed up in waves. “We’ve been away from home a lot, so having a win at home is huge,” senior libero Aliah Bowllan said.In past games, short periods of dysfunction plagued with errors ultimately caused the Orange to self-destruct in close games. But on Sunday, Syracuse held form.  Comments Published on October 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GFA, NASCO agree deal for Player of the Match Awards

first_img Source: Ghana FA The Ghana Football Association (GFA), has secured an enhancement to the packages under its existing agreement with NASCO for players and coaches of the Premier League to include the Women’s Premier League.The inclusion of the Women’s Premier  League in the player of the match award scheme by NASCO, is part of the GFA’s efforts at deploying various strategies to bring more improvement and visibility to the Women’s Premier League, which starts on the weekend of January 17 -19, 2020.Meanwhile, the NASCO Premier League Man of the Match award for the 2019/2020 Season will take retrospective effect, meaning all players who won man of the match awards on Match Week 1 and 2 will receive their awards.Apart from the player of the match awards for both the Ghana Premier League and the Women’s Premier League, NASCO will also present awards to Players and Coaches of the Month for both the Ghana Premier League and the Women’s Premier League.Each Ghana Premier League man of the match winner will receive a sleek mobile phone from NASCO and an electronic shaving machine, while players and coaches who win the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month award will receive television sets, a mobile phone and a plaque.Details of prizes for the Women’s Premier League Player of the Match, Player of the Month, and Coach of the Month will be revealed at a joint press conference by NASCO and GFA next week ahead of the commencement of the Women’s Premier League.NASCO has been the official man of the match sponsor of the Ghana Premier League since 2017.last_img read more