Danish pensions lobby calls for more flexible laws on retirement timing

first_imgDenmark’s pensions and insurance industry association has called on the government to facilitate more flexible working patterns around retirement age, highlighting several aspects of the country’s much-lauded pension system which it said are ripe for change.Per Bremer Rasmussen, chief executive officer of Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD, Forsiking & Pension), said in a commentary that though the Danish pension system was considered world-class today, “there are actually several elements that we in the industry want to put under the microscope – without weakening the foundation.”The government-planned pension commission should look at increasing flexible retirement both before and after state pension age, work to simplify the public pension system and rules applying to private pensions, and ensure the best possible interaction between the various pillars of the pension system, so that it always pays to save up for retirement, he said.Evidence suggested that increased flexibility was required in the country’s pension system, said Bremer Rasmussen, citing a study conducted by IPD which found that 25% of Danes wanted to retire before retirement age – along with another study that found a third wished to retire later. He proposed a smoother transition away from working life, with the option for employees to reduce their hours incrementally while approaching retirement age, arguing that this increased flexibility could allow many Danes to work for longer after the official retirement age.The decision in Denmark to increase state pension age in line with demographic changes – reached as part of the 2006 Welfare Agreement – was an important precondition for maintaining the affordability of the current welfare system, said Bremer Rasmussen.“From our point of view, the development requires more flexibility in the pension system than we have today,” the CEO said.But there were currently several barriers to flexibility both before and after the state pension age, he said. such as the inability to delay the start date for “ratepensioner” (installment pensions).“The retirement decision is for most an either-or decision – for many, a smoother transition to retirement will be preferable,” he said.The Ministry of Employment is currently preparing the agenda for the proposed pension commission. Its establishment was agreed in May 2019, as part of a pact between the then Liberal Party-led coalition government, the Danish People’s Party and Radical Liberal Party, on pension reforms to increase the coverage of the senior pension – an early-retirement disability pension.The presidency of the Danish Economic Councils (De Økonomiske Råd) said last year the commission should also consider other pensions issues, such as the relationship between the public private sectors, and pension coverage for groups with a loose connection to the labour market.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Media Release: Supreme Court Decision Relied on Biased Reports

first_imgEuthanasia-Free NZ 8 February 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ deplores the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to lift the ban on assisted suicide and euthanasia.The Supreme Court falsely concluded that “a properly administered regulatory regime is capable of protecting the vulnerable from abuse or error”. Nowhere in the world has that been achieved.The Court based its conclusion on the reports by the Royal Society of Canada and The Quebec National Assembly’s Select Committee on Dying with Dignity.Both reports ignored the findings of five peer-reviewed studies on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium and The Netherlands. These studies found that a significant percentage of Belgian and Dutch assisted deaths are not reported, flaunt legal safeguards and are performed without the patient’s consent.A 2012 Lancet study found that 272 Dutch people were euthanised in 2010 without their consent. In half of cases the doctor made the decision without consulting a colleague and in a quarter of cases the doctor didn’t discuss it with either the patient, the patient’s relatives or a colleague. In 6% of cases with the patient’s consent, only one doctor was involved in the decision. About 23% of assisted deaths were not reported.Three 2010 studies focused on Flanders, where 82% of Belgian assisted deaths occur:A 2010 BMJ study concluded that 48% of euthanasia deaths were not reported. Legal requirements were met in only 73% of reported assisted deaths and in only 12% of unreported cases.A 2010 CMAJ study found that 32% of assisted deaths occurred without the patient’s explicit request. More than 90% of victims were older than 80 – a vulnerable demographic group that was also confirmed by a 2009 NEJM study.Another 2010 CMAJ study reported that Belgian nurses administer lethal injections in 12 % of cases, which is illegal, and 45% of these cases were without request.http://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/about-us/media-releases/supreme-court-decision-relied-on-biased-reports/last_img read more

Shirlene Laub

first_imgShirlene V. Laub, 83, of Batesville passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at her residence. Shirlene was born Saturday, August 31, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Everett and Lorretta (Brossart) Peters. She married George Laub Jr March 2, 1957 and he preceded her in death May 31, 2003. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a homemaker, weight watcher leader, loved her dogs, enjoyed meeting with high school girlfriends and helped her children in 4-H.Shirlene is survived by son Jeff (Robin) Laub of Milan, daughters: Tori Laub of Madison and Dawn (Larry) Skaggs of Milan, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She was preceded in death by her husband George, parents, son George Laub III and 1 brother.A Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan. Burial will follow in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Seidler wins opener at Dacotah Speedway

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (May 6) – The green flag waved for the first time this season Friday at Dacotah Speedway and Marlyn Seidler made his first visit to the local victory lane since 2013 after the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkers flew.Seidler and Drew Christianson started on the front row and Seidler quickly pulled away as Christian­son and Shawn Strand battled for second and Spencer Wilson quietly lurked in fourth.With 10 laps to go, Wilson slipped by Strand for third before a caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Seidler pulled away from the field again while Wilson passed Christianson for second. A caution with eight to go reset the field once more but once again, Seidler pulled away.Christianson challenged Wilson for second and they raced side by side with six laps to go. Wilson held off Christianson as Tracy Domagala raced door to door with Strand. Strand’s car started to fade in the closing laps, as he lost fifth place to Hank Berry with three laps to go.Domagala’s strong charge to the front came up short behind Christianson and Wilson as Seidler led all 25 laps en route to the win.Picking up where he left off last season, Jason Berg started on the pole for the Mach-1 Sport Com­pact feature. Berg, who won the last three IMCA Sport Compact features last season, pulled away quickly.As Berg’s lead continued to grow, Dylan Sandberg had his hands full with Josh Roehrich. They raced side-by-side until Roehrich took second with four laps to go. Berg quickly maneuvered around lapped traffic before taking the checkered flag. Berg led all 10 laps and dedicated his fea­ture victory to his friend who passed away earlier this year. Josh Roehrich finished second ahead of Dylan Sandberg, Chance Seelye and Alex Thompson.Race fans packed the stands to see 117 drivers from all over North Dakota, Montana and even Wyoming battle. Fans also gave from the heart when they raised more than $1,400 for Levi Gart­ner, son of INEX Legend driver Joe Gartner, who is currently battling stage 4 neuroblastoma.last_img read more

Ayade United Gets Club House, Camp from Cross River Sports Commission…

first_imgBy Bassey Inyang in Calabar  The Cross River Sports Commission has provided a Club House, and Camp for Ben Ayade United FC of Calabar currently featuring in Division 2B of the Nigeria National League (NNL). Chairman of the Commission, Orok Duke announced the package to journalists at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, where the team plays its home matches. Duke made the disclosure after the NNL debutant’s defeated visiting Obingwa FC of Abia State 5 – 0 in their second home match of the NFL season. According to Duke the facility will enable the Coach Paul Undelikwo-led technical crew to prosecute the team’s campaign in the league.He said the coaching crew had been mandated to monitor the progress and welfare of the players some of who are in their teens.Duke expressed the hope that the facility would motivate the team to put in their best and gain of promotion to the next cadre of the NFL.  He noted that the players had so far exhibited qualities which through coordinated encouragement would help to realise the objective of incorporating the club to boost football development in Cross River. “They are quite young and rookies in the game but you can see that they are gradually gaining confidence as the competition progresses. “Some of them are within the age bracket of 16 to 18 years and are still in the Senior Secondary Schools or writing the NECO examination,” Duke said. “It is a deliberate approach to ‘catch them young’, in tandem with the best global practice, such that they mature and blend with the skills to emerge as a formidable club in future,” the sports commission chairman said. Duke said that by the time the lads stay together and play as a team in a conducive environment they would have been honed to confront opponents with unity of purpose.“Already, the Commission is very grateful to His Excellency Governor Ben Ayade for his support so far in this deliberate effort of ours to create tomorrow stars today. “The governor had provided some of the basic requirements in the camp to facilitate this vision and dream”, he said.  Duke also said that as soon as some basic furniture and utensils were in place the team will move into a permanent camp. “The accommodation is handy except for some minor finishing touches, the team will move in and will be playing the remaining matches from the abode,” Duke said.Ben Ayade United FC, incorporated early this year by the Sports Commission, had in its first match in the league mauled the SKE FC of Port Harcourt 3 – 0.The club also defeated the Obingwa FC 5-0 in the Division 2B of the NNL will travel next for the return match with SKE at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in the Garden City.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant, Jason Derulo headline star-studded show for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw in Shenzhen

first_imgThe FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw will take place in Shenzhen Bay Arena and, for the first time ever, the event will be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, February 20 (10:00 local time/GMT +8) on Damai.cn (click here for Chinese), with prices ranging from RMB 280 to 1080. (Around $40 – $160 US) American best-selling singer/songwriter Jason Derulo will team up with global sporting icon Kobe Bryant to headline a star-studded show when the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw, presented by Wanda, takes place on Saturday, March 16, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen (18:30 local time/GMT +8).Bryant, who was unveiled as a global ambassador of FIBA’s flagship competition in October, will carry out the Draw, while Derulo – who has sold over 50 million singles worldwide, racked up over two billion views on YouTube and 1 billion plays on Spotify – will perform his biggest hits throughout the much-anticipated event, the highlight of a week-long celebration of basketball in one of the eight host cities of the biggest FIBA World Cup to date. Yao Ming – like Bryant, a World Cup global ambassador – will be among a host of stars and distinguished guests on hand to witness this important milestone on the Road to China 2019, which sets out the path for the 32 participating teams in their journey to be crowned world champions. The draw procedures will be made public in the days leading up to the event.Prior to the Draw, the sixth and final window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers takes place from February 21-26 to finalize the 32-team field, as 26 countries battle for the final 14 places still on offer.These final 14 sides will join the 18 participating teams that are already known: Tournament hosts: ChinaAfrica: Angola, Nigeria, TunisiaAmericas: Argentina, Canada, USA, VenezuelaAsia: Australia, Korea, New ZealandEurope: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Turkeylast_img read more

Floyd Ancell, 73, formerly of Wellington: April 29, 1942 – August 11, 2015

first_imgFloyd AncellFloyd Lee Ancell, 73, died with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 11, 2015 at his home in Pueblo, Colo.Floyd was born on April 29, 1942 in Wellington, KS to George Carson and Rosa (Love) Ancell.He was preceded in death by parents George and Rosa Ancell; wife Carolyn Ruth Ancell; daughters Judith Ann Ancell; Gina Yvonne Ancell; brother Jack Ancell; niece Janet Ancell; brothers-in-law Forrest Haine; and David Deffenbaugh; son-in-law Jake Stewart. He is survived by wife Jodi, of the home; brothers Henry (Joyce); Francis; and Jon; sister Margaret “Sis” Hain; children Carla Stewart and family; Floyd Lee (Vicki); Tammy Cooper (Lee); Debra Cassaday (Mitchell) and their mother Joy Collins; grandchildren Joey (Ricki); Anthony (Tonya); Jarod; Starla; and Amy. He is also survived by Melvin Hain (Carolyn); Becky Hackney (Howard); Peggy Tevington (Brian); Kathy McCreary (Robert); Gene and Lila Deffenbaugh; Dwayne and Cathy McKinney; Kenny Ross; Ann Pierce; Norm Monte and family; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and friends.Floyd was a farmer and an iron worker for Eby Construction but his 30 year passion was car recycling. He was a very special man. If you had 15 minutes for a conversation you should be prepared to talk for 2 ½ hours.  He was very passionate about his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”You are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Life and Potluck Dinner: 1 pm Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the American Legion, Wellington. The main course will be provided.last_img read more

Fauci Says Americans Will Have To Stay Home For “Several Weeks”

first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says Americans will likely need to stay home for several more weeks. Dr. Fauci explains that if you look at “the curves of outbreaks,” Americans will have to practice social distancing for at least several weeks. Fauci said, “I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now it’s going to be over. I don’t think there’s a chance of that.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses to close in the tri-county area.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores.Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only. Florida Keys government officials are closing the island destination to visitors beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday.The only exception is for long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks with contracts of 28 days or more, who are already in the Keys.There is currently one confirmed coronavirus case in the Keys and it is travel related. Also one confirmed case in Indian River County.In California, residents have been told to stay at home, unless going out is essential.Across the country, in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’d like to see the same thing happen there.The mayor says the time to act to slow the spread of the virus is now.last_img read more

All is set for G.C. Foster’s 5K Fun Run/Walk

first_imgALL is now set for the G.C. Foster College 5K Fun Run/Walk, which will be held in Angels, Spanish Town, on Sunday, November 27.The event was launched the college’s board room last Wednesday.The 5K event, which is set to start at 2 p.m., will be held under the theme ‘Recreation, Health and Wellness for the Spanish Town Community’.Committee chairman of the event Maurice Wilson has high expectations for the meet.”G.C. Foster College is truly leading the way in sports in the region, and because of our great success in this area, we expect a well-run event as we have the expertise to deliver here,” said Wilson.Principal of G.C. Foster College Joyce Graham Royal thanked the event’s planning committee, and, like Wilson, boasted about the achievements of the institution.”G.C. Foster College is really setting the pace in track and field, and we are really proud of the achievements of the athletes who have graduated from the institution,” Graham Royal said.The occasion was also used to recognise three Olympians from the institution with plaques. The athletes were Sasha Lee Forbes, Aneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, and Ristananna Tracy, who were all members of the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Sports analyst Hubert Lawrence also lauded the achievements of the three athletes. He encouraged those who did not make it to Rio to think about the future as the past is now history and to double their efforts for the future.Dennis Gordon, chief executive officer of Jac Den enterprise, spoke on behalf of the sponsors, which include Digicel, NCB, Tropical Blue, Derrimon Distributors, HiLyte, Marksman, and On Di Run.Secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Garth Gayle said the event had the full support of the national body.last_img read more

Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughness

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “He’s changed everything for us,” said coach Tom Thibodeau, without a hint of hyperbole.Butler pitched in 31 points on Wednesday in the win-and-get-in, lose-and-go-home game against the Denver Nuggets that gave the Wolves a taste of the playoffs. He played 42 minutes.“He’s an animal,” fellow All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I don’t think anyone has ever thought anything else of him. He’s a cyborg from another place, built in the lab, and we’re very glad that we’ve got him.”Thibodeau, who has full control of the roster as president of basketball operations, was fixated last summer on reuniting with Butler from their time together with the Chicago Bulls. Not only were the Wolves in the market for another scorer around their cornerstone Towns and young wingman Andrew Wiggins, they needed a lock-down defender who could take on the opponent’s best player with unwavering confidence. Plus, his mental toughness was a critical component in the overall attitude adjustment of a team transitioning from low-pressure losing seasons to heightened expectations under the no-nonsense Thibodeau.“I wanted to go to a contender. I wanted to go somewhere where I was familiar with the coach, and being here was the perfect situation,” Butler said this week. “We have a young team. I don’t believe they know how good they are. I believe the city doesn’t know how good the team is. We can bring that excitement, not only to the team, but to the city.”ADVERTISEMENT Process no more: 76ers’ awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ With Butler playing through back spasms, the Timberwolves lost at home to a Phoenix Suns team that ultimately finished with the NBA’s worst record. Afterward, Butler was flat on the floor in the locker room, in enough discomfort that moving around was a difficult proposition.Two nights later, Butler powered past the pain to score 37 points and carry the Wolves to victory over the Portland Trail Blazers , who finished third in the Western Conference this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“If you go out there and show them how hard you have to play in this league until the end on a constant basis,” Butler said then, cajoling his young teammates, “that’s when they follow suit.”In case there was any lingering mystery about the 28-year-old Butler’s value to these Wolves, his absence while recovering from a meniscus injury in his right knee quelled them for good. They went 8-9 while he was out, nearly squandering their spot in the playoffs until reeling off three straight wins upon Butler’s return to end an NBA-most 14-year stretch of missing the postseason. Factoring in the six games he missed earlier to an illness and a sore knee, the Wolves were 10-13 without him. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, Karl-Anthony Towns, center and Jamal Crawford celebrate in the final seconds as the Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The impact made by Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves was obvious from the start, transcending the two ends of the court where he’s made his mark as a four-time All-Star.Perhaps no better example of the leadership he contributed to a long-languishing franchise trying to find its way came during a three-day stretch in mid-December.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Butler ranked fourth in the NBA this season with a 6.06 real plus-minus rating. That advanced statistic attempts to assess a player’s on-court impact on team performance as measured by net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions, while also factoring in teammates, opponents and other variables. The only players ahead of him were Chris Paul, Steph Curry and James Harden.As the Wolves approach the daunting assignment of a first-round matchup with Paul, Harden and the league-leading Houston Rockets, the intangible contribution Butler can make to the cause is as valuable as any. His experience in the playoffs, with 38 career games, and his tenacity on the court provide the kind of comfort food a team can rely on against an opponent that beat the Wolves handily in all four matchups in the regular season.This leadership comes from others, too, with the summer additions of Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford, and the recent signing of Derrick Rose coming in handy when Game 1 tips off in Houston on Sunday night.“You have to believe in your teammates. That’s why it’s good to have a coach like Thibs who comes in and gives you a strong talk, because he understands the reality of the game and the ups and downs of how the game goes,” Gibson said after practice Friday, before the team boarded a flight for Houston. “You’ve just got to go out there and fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more