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IAPF laments lack of industry representatives in pension reform group

first_imgHowever, despite the final report being due by the end of the year, Burton said any date for the launch of the new system would require careful consideration and be influenced by “a wide range of factors and the presence of a favourable economic environment”.She has previously said the system’s roll-out would be “very gradual”.The URSG, comprising 10 members and a chairman from the Department of Social Protection (DSP), will largely consist of representatives of government departments and agencies.Alongside representatives from four government departments and the office of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the National Treasury Management Agency, Pensions Authority, Central Bank of Ireland and revenue office will join the group.Additionally, one expert in international pensions reform and one expert from a country that has successfully increased coverage will join the group.Moriarty welcomed the formation of the URSG but said the IAPF would have preferred if some of Ireland’s pension funds had figured among its members.“What’s probably more important is not whether people are on it or not but whether they do engage properly with people who do have the experience of running DC schemes,” he said. For its part, consultancy LCP said there was “compelling evidence” Ireland needed to increase coverage.“We hope the establishment of this group leads to constructive action in this regard,” he added. The URSG will now need to consider whether to opt for a DC system with individual accounts or a collective DC model.Additionally, the question of whether it should offer a government-backed default option for savers – similar to the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust or Sweden’s AP7 – will need to be addressed, as well as the level of savings that could be introduced in an auto-enrolment system.Separately, DSP also confirmed the seven members of the Pensions Council, set to advise Burton on future pension reform after an overhaul to address concerns of regulatory capture.The members include two journalists, as well as Roma Burke of LCP Ireland, Kirstie Flynn of Trustee Principles and Sandra Rockett of Irish Life Investment Managers.The Society of Actuaries in Ireland applauded Burke’s appointment and that of several other of its members – Tony Gilhawley, Sandra Rockett and Shane Whelan – as they would contribute a “wealth of skills, knowledge and experience” to the debate, while LCP said it was “very proud” of Burke’s selection.“The Society is committed to contributing to debate on matters of public interest where an actuarial perspective can add value, and we look forward to engaging with the Council in that context,” it added.Until now, DSP had only named the Council’s chairman, Jim Murray, a former director of the European Consumers Organisation. The Irish government needs to engage with the local pensions industry properly if none of its representatives is to sit on a group tasked with increasing occupational coverage, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has argued.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the IAPF, questioned the lack of industry representatives or larger pension funds on the Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG), which will be tasked with devising a roadmap for greater pension coverage by the end of the year.The move was announced by minister for social protection Joan Burton, who said it would be crucial that the design and structure of a new, universal supplementary pension scheme – previously referred to as Shamrock Saver, Celtic Saver and MySaver – secured the confidence of all affected workers.Burton, also Ireland’s deputy prime minister, said the URSG would draft a roadmap for government on the introduction of a system, which would be based around greater access to defined contribution (DC) savings and offer details of cost, the system’s key features and its design.last_img read more

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Weather Advisory: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the island.

first_img Share Share 8 Views   no discussions Tweet Photo credit: amild-blogspot.comWeather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, Issued: 6:00 AM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011A tropical wave which moved across the island chain is expected to maintain an increase in moisture levels during the earlier part of today. A weak 1013mb low pressure center is presently trailing this wave. Most of the significant convection associated with this wave is expected across the Northern Windward and Leeward Islands. As a result, a few periods of cloudiness with a few showers can be expected across the island during the day followed by a gradual drying out of the atmosphere with only localised showers expected.An area of disturbed weather associated with a tropical wave has formed about 390 miles southwest of the southern Cape Verde Islands or about 2000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Some slow development of this system is possible over the next couple of days as it moves westward at about 10 to 15 mph. This system has a low chance…10 percent…of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.We will continue to monitor the progress of this system as it moves westwards.Dominica Meterological Servicecenter_img Share LocalNews Weather Advisory: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the island. by: – August 10, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Sheriff Buys Pork From Ripley Co. Auction

first_imgOSGOOD — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is doing their part to help local farmers and 4H members.The law enforcement agency bought twelve pigs during the Ripley County 4H Livestock Auction Friday. Half of the livestock will be processed at Napoleon Locker and Wayne’s Meat’s in Milan.The meat will then be utilized at the Ripley County Jail. Sheriff Rodney Stratton says the meat bought at the auction will be served twice a week lasting an estimated time of 6 months.The processed meat will be boneless pork burgers as a bone could potentially be used as a weapon, the sheriff added.“We wanted to help the 4H members, local farmers and taxpayers,” Sheriff Stratton said. “It saves the sheriff’s office money and keeps money in the county.”last_img read more

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Tomlinson tops HOT’s Jack Bagby Memorial IMCA Modified main

first_imgEric Tomlinson led all 20 laps of the IMCA Modified main event during Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s season-opening Jack Bagby Memorial show. (Photo by Debbie Hood)WACO, Texas (March 3) – Prior to Friday night, Eric Tomlinson had never won an opening night feature.He ended that streak and earned $1,000 along with the IMCA Modified checkers in this year’s Heart O’ Texas Speedway lidlifter, adding his name to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with the Jack Bagby Memorial victory.“We’ve got one win in one race and we’re on the All-Star ballot. It’s a heck of a way to start the season,” Tomlinson said. “I’d never won on opening night and never imagined I’d win the Jack Bagby Memorial.”Tomlinson drew the pole start after finishing third in his heat and led all 20 laps. He kept William Gould and Chris Elliott at bay following a restart with two laps to go and beat Gould across the stripe by four car lengths.Elliott, Kevin Green and David Goode completed the top five.Justin Nabors also parlayed a front row start into a $1,000 feature win, beating Chris Cogburn and Gabe Tucker to the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod finish.Westin Abbey led Dillon Smith and Wade White across the stripe in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and Kevin Smith was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner, in front of Hayden Wade and Damian Snyder.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Eric Tomlinson; 2. William Gould; 3. Chris Elliott; 4. Kevin Green; 5. David Goode; 6. Dwayne Grantham; 7. Brian Walker; 8. Fred Wojtek; 9. Josh McGaha; 10. Jerry Frydrych; 11. Raymond McSpadden; 12. Robert Scrivner; 13. Justin Radcliff; 14. Justin McCoy; 15. C.J. Gray; 16. Brandon Hood; 17. Jeff Hoegh; 18. William McGuire.Southern SportMods – 1. Justin Nabors; 2. Chris Cogburn; 3. Gabe Tucker; 4. Sid Kiphen; 5. James Skinner; 6. Rodney White; 7. Garett Rawls; 8. Jake Upchurch; 9. Wayne Melton; 10. Jeff Shepperd; 11. Ronnie Bell; 12. D.L. Wilson; 13. James Hanusch; 14. Dale Melton Jr.; 15. Casey Brunson; 16. Tom Grothues; 17. T.J. Green; 18. Justin Shaw; 19. Carlton Brunson; 20. Gene Burnett; 21. James Guyton.Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey; 2. Dillon Smith; 3. Wade White; 4. Ronnie Warren; 5. Mike McCarthy; 6. Travis Norman; 7. A.J. Dancer; 8. Brian Schoenbaum; 9. Andy Roller; 10. Robert Black; 11. John Frydrych; 12. Kenny Merritt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Kevin Smith; 2. Hayden Wade; 3. Damian Snyder; 4. Joe Williams; 5. Justin Webre; 6. Joshua Kimball; 7. Jordan Kornegay; 8. Shannon Dulock; 9. Wesley Warren.last_img read more

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Joe Rasnick, 78, Laurel

first_imgJoe Rasnick, age 78, of Laurel, Indiana died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, following a brief illness.Born July 29, 1941 in Brookville, Indiana he was one of eight children born to the late William Albert & Mary Kathryn (Castle) Rasnick.  He worked for over 24 years at the former Wayne Works in Richmond, Indiana and then Owned & Operated Rasnick Trucking for 30 years.In his leisure time he enjoyed tinkering on cars and going to car shows, as well as spending time with his family.Survivors include two children, Jennifer (Rasnick) Kocher of Sunman, Indiana, Joey (Lesley) Rasnick of Brookville, Indiana, their mother, Geri Rasnick of Sunman, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Corey Pence, Curran Pence, Erika Rasnick, Brayden Kocher, Kyra Jo Rasnick, Bryn Kocher, Breann Kocher; two sisters, Janet Hatfield of Cambridge City, Indiana and Kathleen Day of Connersville, Indiana; two brothers, Ronald Rasnick of Cincinnati, Ohio and David Rasnick of Milton, Indiana.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tonya M. Pence who died December 5, 2008; as well as three brothers, Timothy, Larry, James Rasnick.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Elizabeth Hoskins will officiate the Funeral Services at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County Cancer Assistance Now (FC CAN).  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Rasnick family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Carroll suffers fresh injury blow

first_img Much of last season’s loan stay in east London was hampered by injuries and such problems continue to impact the England international. “West Ham United can confirm Andy Carroll suffered an injury to his right foot during his return to full training today,” said a statement on the club’s official website, www.whufc.com. “Although it is in the same part of his foot as his previous injury, it is a new injury and therefore there will be no prognosis until he has seen a specialist.” West Ham will give a further update on the ex-Newcastle forward when possible. After spending last season on loan from Liverpool, the 24-year-old striker joined the Hammers permanently this summer in a deal worth £15.5million, plus a further £2million in add-ons. Carroll penned a six-year contract, with an option for a further two, but has yet to turn out for Sam Allardyce’s side due to injury complaints. West Ham’s record signing Andy Carroll has suffered a new injury setback.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Tips to Keep Food Safe During Power Outages

first_imgKeep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible in order to keep the temperature cold. Have coolers handy to store what you plan to eat or drink during an outage. However, not all refrigerated foods need to be thrown away. Foods you can keep include: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends setting your freezer temperature at or below zero degrees and your refrigerator temperature at or below 40 degrees before storm conditions begin. The refrigerator will typically keep food cold for about four hours if it remains unopened. If an outage lasts longer, move perishable items into coolers and surround them with ice, in order to keep the temperature at or below 40 degrees. Food should be safe in a half-full freezer for up to 24 hours, and up to 48 hours, if the freezer is full. Before the storm: Fresh mushrooms, fresh uncut vegetables, fruits, herbs and spicesBreads, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, tortillasOpened vinegar-based dressings, Worcestershire, soy, barbecue, and hoisin saucesOpened fruit juices, opened canned fruits, dried fruits, raisins, candied fruits, datesPeanut butter, jelly, taco sauce, mustard, catsup, olives, picklesRemember to stay tuned to 850 WFTL for all the information you need before, during and after Hurricane Dorian. With power outages likely during and after Hurricane Dorian, it is important to know how to keep food safe in your refrigerator and freezer for as long as possible, and when to throw away items. Freeze containers of water in order to make ice that will help keep food cool. Buy dry ice or block ice if it is available in stores. After power is restored, check the freezer thermometer. If you do not have a freezer thermometer, check each package to determine its safety. If the food is 40 degrees or below or contains ice crystals, it is safe to cook or refreeze. Arrange food items close together in the freezer so they stay cold longer.During a power outage: Air-tight freezer bags should work as well, although you should make sure to store them on the bottom of the freezer, or in a shallow box or baking pan. Avoid putting bags of water on wire-rack shelves, as they could be difficult to remove after freezing.If you have an ice maker, set it to make as much ice as possible. Also, freeze gel packs. Perishable food, which includes meat, poultry, seafood, milk and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen, could cause illness if consumed. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ foodsafety.gov site, items that you should throw away if they are exposed to temperatures greater than 40 degrees for more than two hours, include: Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood, or soy meat substitutes. Lunch meat, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, or dried beefSoft cheeses such as cottage, cream, bleu, Roquefort, Brie, shredded cheeses, Monterey Jack, mozzerella, and ricottaFresh eggs or foods cooked with egg. Dairy products, including milk, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, soy milk, heavy cream, yogurt and eggnogOpened baby formula, custard, puddings, quicheSliced fruits, cooked vegetables, tofu, pre-washed greensCasseroles, soups, stews, potato salad, cheesecake, custard pie, refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie doughCooked pasta, fresh pasta, cooked rice, cooked potatoesFish sauces (oyster sauce), creamy-based dressingsOpen mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish if above 50 degrees for more than eight hours Freeze anything in your refrigerator that can handle freezing, such as milk, fresh meat and poultry and leftovers. Since water expands as it turns into ice, make sure to not fill any container more than three-quarters.last_img read more

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Good performances land Dorado team in top 15

first_imgAS the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational came to a close, the Dorado Speed Swim Club team, representing Guyana, finished 11th out of 28 participants at the Invitational. For the team, the top performer was Soroya Simmons, who finished with two gold, two silver, one bronze and three ribbons en route to finishing fourth out of 26 competitors in the Women’s 15-and-Over category.Daniel Scott swam his way to 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in addition to setting new personal bests to finish in 12th position out of 32 competitors in the Men’s 15-and-Over category. Also finishing with medals were siblings Lian and Daniel Winter.Lian took home a bronze medal in addition to finishing 9th out of 17 competitors in the Women’s 11-12 category. In the Men’s 13-14 category, Alex finishing in the 8th position out of 22 competitors taking home 1 bronze, 1 silver, with new personal bests in the process.Ethan Gonsalves was the other swimmer to finish in the top 10 with a position of 7th out of 12 competitors in the 9-10 Men’s category.The credible performances with multiple personal bests and medals by the swimmers in the meet should serve to build confidence ahead of Guyana’s hosting of the Developmental Goodwill Games in 2017.The team will return home tomorrow.last_img read more

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USC concludes non-conference slate with OT loss

first_imgUSC played its final non-conference game of the season on Dads and Daughters Day at McAlister Field, losing 2-1 in double overtime in a hard-fought battle against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.Sophomore midfielder Megan Borman started the scoring early, scoring off of a save deflection from Titan goalie Lindsey Maricic in the game’s first minute to give USC (5-3-1) an early 1-0 lead. The Titans (4-3-2) stormed back under similar circumstances, with Erica Mazeau getting a shot off of a save from junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley, tying the game in the 16th minute.“The last time we played them, we came out slow and had to work back in the second half,” Borman said. “Our mentality was to win the first five [minutes] and get behind their defense.”Some bad blood boiled between the two teams in this match, starting with sophomore midfielder Jamie Fink picking up a yellow card off a hard slide tackle in the 22nd minute. Cal State Fullerton’s Morgan Batcheller retaliated with a hard slide tackle on sophomore forward Katie Johnson just seconds later to earn the first yellow card for Cal State Fullerton.“I think that was their way of trying to deal with our play,” USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who coached at Cal State Fullerton for six seasons, said. “We are a very technical team. They tried to get us off of our possession, and it was effective.”The Women of Troy continued to push their aggressive pace, hoping to overcome a very defense-focused Cal State Fullerton team that had five shutouts and had allowed just five goals scored on the season entering the game. After scoring shortly after the opening whistle, the USC attack that had scored 20 goals entering the game was unable to convert on any more opportunities.USC had a some good scoring opportunities in the second half, with Borman going for a fast break in the 66th minute, forcing a corner kick for USC that it could not convert into a goal. USC had a chance for another goal off of a deflection by Maricic, but the header attempt hit the post and went out of bounds. Boysen also had a shot near the top of the net in the 75th minute, but Maricic had a great leaping save to keep the score tied.Overtime produced more of the same, with neither team able to capitalize on opportunities. The Titans had a strong chance to put it away late in the first overtime, but a diving save by junior goalie Caroline Stanley to her left kept the game going. The Titans finally broke through when Mazeau sent a corner kick into the box to Batcheller, who put it past Stanley to give the Titans a 2-1 win after over 107 minutes of play.“They were just packing the box and dropping numbers in, which made it difficult,” freshman defender Mandy Freeman said. “We always have problems playing against teams that like to play a lot of numbers back. We had our opportunities, and we just didn’t come away with it.”The loss drops USC’s record to 0-2-1 in overtime, while the Titans improve to 1-0-2.USC outshot the Titans 23-6 in the game, including 12-1 in the second half. The Titans committed 12 fouls to the Women of Troy’s 10, even though many more could have been called, as the referees chose to call a loose game.USC will begin its Pac-12 schedule next weekend as they head to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State (5-3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Women of Troy will return to McAlister Field the following weekend for games against Washington (4-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 4 and Washington State (6-0-2) on Sunday, Oct. 6.Three StarsThird Star: Jordan Marada (Six shots, two on goal)Senior midfielder Jordan Marada was a key player for USC attack, leading the team in shots and tying for most shots on goal. She helped keep up the fast pace the Women of Troy have kept up all season, and provided many scoring opportunities.Second Star: Mandy Freeman (played all 107:17 of game-time)While Freeman didn’t accumulate any goals or assists, she proved to be an invaluable asset on defense. Freeman played the entire game, keeping the Titans from earning additional scoring opportunities and helping make things easier for Stanley.First Star: Megan Borman (One goal, three shots, two on goal)Borman was the only player able to convert on USC’s many scoring chances, netting the team’s only goal of the game in the first minute. Despite USC not being able to pick up any additional goals after that, Borman helped push through the Titan defense, doing what she could to create scoring chances and tying Marada for most shots on goal.last_img read more

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