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Dutch pension funds should be able to reduce pensions based on the age of members rather than applying an equal percentage-based cut across all participants, two economists have argued.A number of underfunded Dutch pension funds could be forced to cut pension rights in the coming years, but Theo Nijman, professor for pensions and risk management at GAK Institute, and Lans Bovenberg, economist at Tilburg University, contended that age-dependent cuts would prevent “good luck and bad luck generations”.According to Nijman and Bovenberg – who are affilated with pensions think-tank Netspar – it would be fairer if rights discounts would be linked to expected pension income, or the time of additional work required to earn the same income.The large Dutch metal and engineering sector schemes PMT and PME are facing the prospect of rights cuts next year if their funding is still short of the required minimum of 104.3% at the end of 2019. Since the financial crisis, dozens of Dutch pension funds had to lower pension rights and benefits based on a percentage for all participants and pensioners.In an opinion piece for ESB, a Dutch publishing platform for economists, Nijman and Bovenberg also looked at the differences between the new pensions contract favoured by the social partners – a collectively accrued target pension – and individually accrued pensions with some risk-sharing, as currently being debated by the government.According to Nijman, the contracts were not very different, “as both variants were heading in the direction of a more individualised pension with the characteristics of personal assets, personal contribution and personal say”.The authors said that defining things in terms of assets would make the pensions system easier to explain, because benefits were an uncertain factor.“Clear-cut individual pension rights would avoid conflicts of interest,” Nijman said. “Young participants can see that their contributions are being invested, whereas it would be clear to older participants that the level of benefits depended on investment results.”He added that, in both pension contracts, the risk-sharing component of the contribution would be limited in order to prevent large parts being redistributed.Nijman and Bovenberg highlighted that an individual pensions system did not mean a personal say about the individual pension assets and paid-in premiums.“Pension funds could keep on sharing risks, continue investing in collective investment funds and keep on distributing their benefits through collective rules,” they said.
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of PetrobrasBrazil’s state-owned energy giant Petrobras has been granted permission to offer idle liquefied natural gas volumes in the spot market. Citing the official government gazette, Reuters reports Petrobras has been allowed to sell 6.6 million cubic meters, given the export of these volumes would not cause a supply shortage in the domestic market.The company operated three LNG terminals that helped cover the growing demand for natural gas. However, over the last two years, Brazil was hit by a recession and the domestic production kept climbing, prompting the company to put its LNG terminals in Rio de Janeiro and Ceará for sale.In December last year, Petrobras has cancelled the Golar Spirit FSRU charter deal it had with Golar LNG Partners.Golar Spirit FSRU was deployed at Petrobras’ Pecem LNG terminal until July this year.
NZ Herald 7 April 2014An 89-year-old British woman has killed herself at the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, in part because she had become fed up with the modern world of emails, TVs, computers and supermarket ready meals.Speaking in an interview before her death and asking only to be identified as Anne, the former art teacher and Royal Navy engineer said she had had enough of “swimming against the current” of the world.In her application to Dignitas she reportedly described her life as “full, with so many adventures and tremendous independence”, but had recently found her strength and health fading and feared the prospect of a prolonged period in hospital or a nursing home.Anne, from Sussex, was neither terminally ill nor seriously handicapped when she died, and beforehand spoke out in favour of people having the right to die in the UK.She told the Sunday Times: “They say adapt or die. At my age, I feel that I can’t adapt, because the new age is not an age that I grew up to understand. I see everything as cutting corners. All the old-fashioned ways of doing things have gone.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11233583
NewsHub 6 October 2017Family First Comment: It’s incredible that we’re even having this discussion!!!Apparently the ‘kicker’ is that you can’t marry a ‘relative’. Say what??But apparently marrying yourself is not technically covered in the Marriage Act. Sigh!“So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand? Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation. There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives. It’s not clear whether sologamy would be considered incest, however, considering it hasn’t been included on the list of relatives you’re not allowed to wed in the Marriage Act 1955.”Sologamy, the act of marrying yourself, is on the rise across the globe.Last week, Italian woman Laura Mesi made worldwide headlines when she celebrated a wedding complete with bridesmaids, dozens of guests, a three-layer cake, but without a groom.The 40-year-old claimed the first ever self-wedding in Italy, splashing out more than $16,000 for her big day.On Valentine’s Day this year, Christchurch-born Emma Jane Love married herself on the Gold Coast.So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand?Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation.There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/the-ins-and-outs-of-marrying-yourself.html
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has won the June La Liga Player of the Month award for his starring role. The French striker played a vital role for Los Blancos for their 100 percent record during the month, as they won all five of their league matches. Read Also: Man United battle Man City for Barcelona forward Real Madrid news is now dominated by their title run-in, as they look to win just their second league title in eight seasons. However, Benzema’s starring role in the attack has been recognised by La Liga. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Karim Benzema = Real Madrid’s fifth-highest scorer ever #UCL https://t.co/TOyrAjzHyY pic.twitter.com/Vbek42PcJF— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 9, 2020 Zinedine Zidane’s side have had a perfect record since the restart of Spanish football last month, winning all seven league games and moving clear of Barcelona at the top of the table. Madrid’s successes have been built on their strong defensive record as they have conceded just two goals across that run of victories. Benzema netted twice in the 3-0 win at home to Valencia and also scored in the 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad, while he provided a sensational back-heeled assist to Casemiro in the 1-0 triumph at Espanyol. Well done, Karim! @Benzema is @LaLigaEN’s Player of the Month for June!#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/FXus6lVOp4— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 10, 2020 Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV
Everton defender Phil Jagielka insists the club will build on the foundations laid by departing manager David Moyes. Press Association “He is a first-class operator on and off the training ground and on behalf of the players I would like to place on record my thanks for the work he has done improving the team. It (his departure) was as much of a shock to the dressing room as I’m sure it was to Everton and our fans. “All the lads wish him the very best for the future but we still have two important Premier League games to play and all our attentions will be focused on winning against West Ham and at Chelsea. “Once the season is over we can collectively look forward in order to ensure we continue to build on the positive work of the past few seasons.” After much speculation earlier in the day Everton were first to go public with the news Moyes would not be staying beyond the end of his contract, which has six weeks left to run. “Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of the season,” said a statement. “The manager met chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday May 8) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United. “The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding manager. During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions including four European campaigns. “His final two games as Everton manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea. Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately.” The Scot was confirmed as successor to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, officially starting his job on July 1, after announcing he would leave the club at the end of the season. England international Jagielka thanked Moyes for the service he had given the club and stressed it was important not to let it go to waste. “Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes,” he told evertonfc.com.
First Lady Melania Trump is asking for peace amid ongoing protests over police brutality during the family night at the Republican National Convention last night.She also felt sympathy for victims of the virus.RNC-Melania SympathiesThe First Lady called for peace amid ongoing unrest over police brutality. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, she urged people to “stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice.” She also said we must never make assumptions about a person based on their skin color. The First Lady reflected on learning about the horrors of the slave trade and said it’s a part of our history we cannot forget.However, she urged people to focus on the future while learning about the past.
Published on January 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Each miss was more puzzling than the last. James Southerland and Brandon Triche, Syracuse’s two most reliable outside shooters, found every part of the rim and none of the net, from every conceivable angle, against less-than-stellar defense.By halftime, they had missed 12 of their 14 combined shots and Syracuse trailed for the first time all season. By the end, that number reached 19 misses out of 26 attempts, but the Orange had somehow survived.The reason for SU’s perseverance took the form of two players, one whose grittiness was proven and the other whose contributions were unexpected. Behind 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks from C.J. Fair, coupled with a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds from Rakeem Christmas, the Orange gutted its way to a 72-66 win over Providence in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Wednesday. Syracuse (15-1, 3-0 Big East) shook off its worst shooting performance of the season from 3-point range to come from behind and beat the Friars (8-7, 0-3 Big East) in front of 11,121 spectators.“Offensively we haven’t seen zones much, and when you don’t shoot the ball well against a zone you’re going to have trouble,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They were 9-for-18 (from 3-point range). We were 3-for-21.”That futility from outside forced the Orange inside, a place that has been unpredictable this season. Aside from Fair’s leadership and consistency, the frontcourt has been a weakness.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s what made Christmas’ offensive emergence so impressive, so timely and so necessary.“This is a night that we needed to have him, when he’s just dunking on guys,” senior guard Brandon Triche said. “He was way more active defensively. … When he’s that active — we need one of the big guys to produce, and he did that tonight.”Christmas split his scoring evenly on Wednesday, with seven points in the first half and eight in the second. But a one-minute stretch in the opening portion of the second half showcased how dynamic the 6-foot-9-inch, Uber-athletic Christmas can be.He dunked on back-to-back possessions following great feeds from Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche, sealing his defender on his back and finishing strong with an unimpeded path to the rim.Moments later, Carter-Williams found Christmas again on an identical pass that hit from right to left across the lane. Christmas drew a foul and hit both free throws.That flurry came during a stretch in which Providence switched from zone defense to man. The Friars immediately reverted back.“I was just going out there and having fun playing hard,” Christmas said. “I was open, and I was just going. Mike knew when I was open, and he was passing it well.”Christmas, Carter-Williams and Fair were the only three Syracuse players “going” on Wednesday, as they accounted for 55 of the team’s 72 total points. And leading all scorers was Fair, who poured in 23.With the Friars in zone defense, Fair operated at the free-throw line for much of the game offensively. It allowed him to turn and drive, which he did through contact and multiple defenders, to reach the rim for baskets or fouls.He scored 10 points over the final nine minutes of the game, including a put-back dunk off a miss by Carter-Williams that Boeheim called “pretty good” before he corrected himself and said “pretty spectacular” seconds later.“I was trying to be aggressive,” said Fair, who iced the game by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 90 seconds. “A couple of my teammates weren’t knocking down shots they normally make. I was trying to be active on the offensive and defensive glass. That’s something that we can take advantage of against smaller teams.”In addition to their offensive outbursts, Fair and Christmas combined for all seven of Syracuse’s blocks defensively. Their control of the paint on both ends of the floor contributed to a 46-24 edge for SU in points in the paint, as well as an 18-9 advantage in offensive rebounding.For perhaps the first time all year, Syracuse’s shooters truly failed them – a game in November on an aircraft carrier where shooting was near-impossible aside. And finally someone joined Fair to pick up the slack inside.Providence had no answer for Christmas, a player whose offensive production likely surprised the Friars, and Fair, a bruiser who the Orange can now rely on.So as the shots from the outside went awry, someone was there to catch them.Said Christmas: “We executed, and we got it done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Kumasi based club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko has signed teenage sensation, Matthew Anim Cudjoe.The 16-year-old joins Kotoko on an initial one-year loan deal from Sunyani based club, Young Apostles FC, a Division One League club.The young lad first burst into the scene when he was crowned the best player of the Baby Jet U-16 tournament last year.He has already earned a call up to the U-20 national team for Ghana.Matthew Anim Cudjoe has already played a game for the Porcupine Warriors where he featured their President’s Cup victory over rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak.Speaking to his manager Samuel Anim Addo, an Executive Council member of the GFA, he described Matthew Anim Cudjoe as a gift for the nation and expects more growth from the player.“I see him as a gift to the nation from where he is coming from, his opportunities presented to him, he breaking into Ghana U.20 to participate in the All African Games at 15 and the decisions for Maxwell Konadu to ask me to give him to help develop him, he first game in Ghana Classico?This boy is a gift to the nation, he is a national treasure like Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and the likes who started playing for big clubs at their tender age.Ghana should see him as such and help him grow into a world superstar.”