Powerful German union backs plans to boost second-pillar pensions

first_imgIG Metall, Germany’s largest trade union, has expressed support for government proposals for industry-wide pension plans, although it has placed a strengthening of the first pillar at the heart of its recently unveiled reform proposal.   It set out its stall on reform of the country’s pension system last week, presenting its proposals in Berlin.The German government is trying to see through reform before major parliamentary elections next year.Industry-wide pension plans, also referred to as the social partner model, have been on its agenda for some time.  As Germany’s largest trade union, IG Metall’s position on pension reform carries weight, according to Klaus Stiefermann, chief executive at aba, the German occupational pension association. “The prospects of success for the social partner model, both with respect to its becoming law and then its implementation, depend on the trade unions and employer associations,” he told IPE.“The metal industry is an important one, so it’s important that IG Metall is behind the project.” The trade union for the metal industry is mainly calling for a strengthening of the first pillar, but it also lent its support to efforts to boost workplace pension provision, as a supplement to the state pension system.The third pillar is not up to the task of ensuring adequate retirement income in old age, according to the union, which believes the drive to boost private pension coverage, via the take-up of state-subsidised pension schemes (Riester-Rente), has failed.Setting out the trade union’s reform proposal, Jörg Hofmann, president of IG Metall, said occupational pensions should be available for all employees and that any second-pillar reform needed to include making mandatory the financial participation by employers.He said the trade union was “in favour of and supports” the proposal from Andrea Nahles, the minister for labour and social affairs, for industry-wide pension providers.The collective bargaining parties should have the option to create industry-specific arrangements to be treated preferentially under law, he added.He also mentioned ways of making occupational pension provision more attractive, such as increasing the tax relief on funding requirements.last_img read more

Arrests in sex worker crackdown

first_imgONE News 25 January 2012Christchurch police are cracking down on illegal activity surrounding prostitution, as street workers move into surburban areas while the CBD remains locked down. Residents say they have found faeces in their yards and even people having sex in their front gardens. They are so concerned they sent a petition to the council, prompting police patrols of the area.A ONE News camera was out with police in an overnight operation cracking down on prostitution in the suburbs. Just a few minutes into the shift, a streetworker suspected of carrying Hepatitis C and her client were caught in the act. Both the prostitute and her client were arrested and taken to the police station. “It’s not the prostitution that we’re concerned about, it’s the behaviour associated with it – what and where it’s happening,” said Constable Nick Lewis. “It’s the traffic, it’s the noise, it’s chucking bottles, it’s the threats. It’s basically all round general disorder – that’s what we are here to sort out,” said Lewis.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/arrests-in-sex-worker-crackdown-4701953last_img read more

A family of three of Grandbay and a Guadeloupe national have been jointly charged for 13 firearm related offences.

first_imgLocalNews A family of three of Grandbay and a Guadeloupe national have been jointly charged for 13 firearm related offences. by: – August 16, 2011 Tweet Share 28 Views   no discussions In photo: an Ak-47. Photo credit: ak-103.com (This is not the actual pistol which was seized)Sixty-nine year old Louis Gregoire, his thirty-six year old brother Aaron Gregoire and his thirty-two year old son Levi Gregoire of Back Street, Grand Bay were charged with thirty-seven year old Suzelle Gama of Guadeloupe when they appeared before the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau on Monday. They were charged for being in the possession of a prohibited weapon namely 1 AK-47, possession of certain ammunition to wit 9 rounds of 30-30 ammunition; possession of 1 spent shell of 5.56 ammunition; possession of 2 rounds of .45 ammunition; possession of 1 silver pistol slide marked “PA-Italy” model #8686; possession of 2 pistol magazines; possession of one .32 pistol; possession of certain ammunition namely, 1 round of .32 ammunition; possession of 2 rounds of .380 ammunition; possession of certain ammunition namely 3 rounds of 5.56 ammunition; possession of 2 rounds of 12 gauge ammunition, possession of 2 rounds 16 gauge ammunition and the possession of 2 rounds of 20 gauge ammunition.The accused all pleaded not guilty and were granted bail. They also chose to have their matter heard in the Magistrate’s Court as opposed to the High Court when asked by Magistrate Evelina Baptiste.Levi Gregoire was bailed for $32, 000.00 with two sureties, and was ordered to report to the Grand Bay Police Station every Wednesday between 7am and 7pm and surrender his passport and travel documents to the Police immediately.Louis Gregoire, who was granted bail over the weekend in the amount of $30,000.00, had his bail conditions varied due to his medical condition. He is to report to the Grand Bay Police Station every other Monday between 7am and 7pm and surrender his passport and all travel documents to the Police immediately.Aaron Gregoire was also granted bail over the weekend in the amount of $35, 000.00, and was ordered to report to the Grand Bay Police Station every Monday between 7am and 7pm and surrender his passport and all travel documents immediately.Suzelle Gama, a Guadeloupe resident was also granted bail over the weekend in the amount of $25, 000.00 and also ordered to report to the Grandbay Police Station every Monday from 7am to 7pm and surrender her passport and travel documents to police immediately.They all were given up to 1pm today to surrender all travel documents to police or else bail will be revoked. Trial will be heard on 21st November, 2011.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Ma, son among latest COVID cases in NegOcc

first_imgThe three others – all females – were repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are quarantined in a hotel facility. They were listed as Patients No. 32, 35 and 36.On June 21, three other LSIs from Manila were added to the list of COVID-19 cases in this province. The mother and son were among the nine new cases recorded in Negros Occidental on June 20. Of the nine, four were locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu. Patient No. 29 is a 22-year-old man from Escalante City; Patient No. 30, a 36-year-old female from Cadiz City; Patient No. 31, a 36-year-old male from San Carlos City; and Patient No. 34 is a 43-year-old male from Silay City. BACOLOD City – A woman and her 10-year-old son who recently arrived from Metro Manila were among the 12 residents of this province to test positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a report from the provincial government said.The boy, listed as Patient No. 33, is the youngest of the total 40 patients in this province.center_img He and his 31-year-old mother, who is Patient No. 37, are both asymptomatic. They are now isolated in a patient care center in their home town of Moises Padilla. Here’s a brief description of them: Patient No. 38, a 26-year-old woman, and Patient No. 40, a 30-year-old man, who are both residents of E.B. Magalona town; and Patient No. 39, a 32-year-old woman from Himamaylan City.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Florida man arrested after breaking into woman’s house and trying on baby clothes

first_imgOfficials in Pensacola, Florida have arrested a 36-year-old man who reportedly broke into a woman’s home, held her hostage, and tried on her baby’s clothes while masturbating.The incident occurred around 6 a.m. on June 2nd, however, the suspect Christopher Strickland, was arrested last week when investigators were able to match his DNA with DNA left at the crime scene.According to the report, Strickland entered the home wearing women’s clothing and then grabbed the resident and held a pillow against her face. The resident struggled with Strickland and was able to get free. That’s when Strickland put a knife against her throat and told the woman, “If you try to get away again, I will kill your baby.”Strickland then retrieved a bra and underwear from the victim’s dresser and put them on. The victim also says at some point during the ordeal, she witnessed him try on her infant’s clothing as well.The victim says Strickland also dragged her into the living room and forced her to watch porn on his phone while he masturbated in front of her.The victim told authorities that when she attempted to contact them, Strickland grabbed her, scratched her, and forced her to remain on the couch.At around 9:00 am, Strickland left the home and told the victim “Do not call the police, because if you do, I will come back and kill you, because I am always around this area.”Authorities were eventually able to track down Strickland. He is now facing several charges including aggravated assault, battery and home invasion.last_img read more

MVP Hendricks leads Vurlon Mills Academy to title over Riddim Squad

first_imgTHE Fourth edition of the Annual East Bank Football Association (EBFA) / Ralph Green-sponsored Under-11 League came to an exciting climax yesterday afternoon at the GFF National Training Centre when Vurlon Mills Academy stormed to the championship trophy ahead of Riddim Squad.One of three teams invited which are not members of the EBFA, Mills Academy boys stormed back from being a goal down to wrest the title, 2-1. The Third place match saw immediate past champs, Timehri Panthers defeating Kuru Kururu Warriors 3-1.Scoring for the Panthers were Estaban Medina in the 3rd minute, Shaquan Kaleb in the 14th and Jadan Tasher, their most consistent scorer sealing the deal with the third in the 15th minute; his sixth of the tournament. Warriors got their consolation goal off the boot of Levi Madison in the 20th minute.         The final turned out to be an exciting match-up, as predicted, with both teams evenly matched, however, a few errors by Riddim Squad allowed Vurlon Mills Academy to drive home their advantage and eventually lift the championship trophy.Riddim Squad’s leading player and captain,  Jaheam Lewis, who took away the plaques for being the Most Disciplined and Most Promising Player, handed his side the lead with a well-placed cross which he tapped in at the last post in the 5th minute of play.The Mocha-based side was looking good and matched the Academy boys up until the 14th minute when Mills Academy was awarded a free-kick just outside the box after a hand-ball.Riddim Squad failed to set up a wall and this excited the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Malcolm Hendricks, who blasted the ball into the back of the nets with goalkeeper, Joseph Magaram and two defenders being left awe-struck as did their teammates and fans.On the other hand, the powerfully-struck goal resulted in Hendricks’ teammates and supporters, which included many parents, including fathers, erupting in joy as the game was now level at 1-1.On the resumption, the game ebbed and flowed at both ends with sponsor, Ralph Green and GFF Executive Member, Dion Inniss enjoying the proceedings. As the minutes ticked away and the game seemingly headed towards extra time, Hendricks, who was present in the box, delivered the knock-out punch and winning goal.He was positioned at the last post at the right time to punch in a well-directed pass in the 28th minute to seal the match and ink their names on the championship trophy which was presented to the team by sponsor, Ralph Green.Innis and Green, in brief remarks before the presentation, complimented the association for the sterling work it has been doing to promote youth football. Inniss stated that in a few years time, many of the players on show in the tournament would go on to represent Guyana once they remain focused and disciplined.He also complimented the EBFA for inviting teams from outside the association and commended the many parents who took the time to be at the matches on a weekly basis. Green committed to his investment in youth development and also thanked the parents for coming out and showing vital support to their kids, consistently.Ending as the tournament’s leading goal-scorer with a total of seven (7) goals was Diamond United’s Rick Ramatar; his tally included a helmet-trick. Copping the Best Coach plaque was Vurlon Mills while the Team Sportsmanship Award went to Riddim Squad.Vurlon Mills Academy’s Shakel Marshall was named the Best Goalkeeper and received a plaque and pair of goalkeeping gloves, compliments of National Goalkeeping Coach, Ian DeViera.Riddim Squad’s goalie, Joseph Magaram also received a pair of goalkeeping gloves compliments of GFF Executive Committee member, Dion Inniss.last_img read more

Earthquake advisory warning in effect until Tuesday

first_imgDesign by Katlyn LeeThe California Office of Emergency Services issued an earthquake advisory warning for Southern California on Friday in response to an earthquake swarm in the Brawley Seismic Zone near the Salton Sea. Residents of the area should be on heightened alert for the possibility of a major earthquake until Tuesday, the report said. According to the U.S. Geological Services, more than 140 small earthquakes between 1.4 and 4.3 in magnitude have hit the Bombay Beach area since Monday. The USGS said that the chances of a magnitude 7 or above earthquake are between 0.006 percent and 0.2 percent, with the chances decreasing over the course of the week.“California is earthquake country. We must always be prepared and not let our guard down,” OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said to CBS. “The threat of an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault hasn’t gone away, so this is another important opportunity for us to revisit our emergency plans and learn what steps you need to take if a significant earthquake hits.”The advisory was issued to residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties. If a large earthquake does occur, it could directly impact USC.Many native residents of Southern California remember the effects of the Northridge earthquake in 1994. At 6.7 magnitude, office buildings, parking structures and parts of major highways collapsed, with some apartment buildings sustaining irreparable damage.Since then, there have been numerous smaller earthquakes that have left minimal impact in the area. Carin Chin, a junior majoring in NGOs and social change, said that the frequency at which the quakes occur has desensitized her.“Having lived in California for 20 years, my view on earthquakes has definitely been numbed, since they happen so often in small amounts,” Chin said.While there may be a lack of concern on the part of native Southern California residents, students who are not from the area and not used to the frequent quakes, may have more reason to be alarmed. Anisha Mandhania, a graduate student at the Gould School of Law, said that her own exposure to earthquakes only served to heighten her awareness of the need for earthquake preparedness, rather than dampen it. “I experienced this extreme earthquake back in India some 10 or 15 years back,” Mandhania said. “It just happened all of a sudden, and afterwards there were smaller tremors for one month or so.”For Mandhania, this experience solidified her belief that the California advisory is an important step in ensuring that everyone remains safe.The Southern California Earthquake Center, which is headquartered at USC, researches earthquakes and looks for new ways to be better prepared in the event of a big one. USC also participates in earthquake preparedness drills at both the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus.last_img read more

ExxonMobil, NBA, Africare Reinstate Commitment to Power Forward

first_imgExxonMobil, NBA, Africare have reinstated their commitment to youth and sports development as they sponsor the third season of the Power Forward programme at the National Stadium in Kukwaba, Abuja.Power Forward, a partnership between ExxonMobil, the NBA and Africare, uses the game of basketball to teach and mentor students from secondary schools in Abuja about health literacy and life skills such as leadership, respect and personal responsibility.    The event which had in attended former NBA player, Kelenna Azubuike, featured boys and girls championship games, performances from the Philadelphia 76ers Flight Squad and other youth competitions.According to Dr. Paul Arinze of ExxonMobil, “Power Forward, through its focus on health, builds on efforts by the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative to combat malaria in Nigeria.  The successful initiative works with a range of partners to prevent, treat and, ultimately, eliminate malaria especially in pregnant women and children under 5 who constitute the most vulnerable.”He added that, “Our appreciation to the National Basketball Association, Africare, the NBA Talents, National Malaria Elimination Program of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the Power Forward Schools and everyone for their support for this initiative. The Power Forward project was initiated 2013 in partnership with ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Africare to implement a youth development program that incorporates both life-skills training and public health education, using the convening power of basketball. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

BLAST Pro Series heading to Copenhagen with event broadcast on TV 2

first_imgThe Blast Pro Series will return to Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in November 2018. While CS:GO team Astralis has been confirmed as the first team to join the series.The series has also secured a partnership with TV 2 Denmark to broadcast all BLAST Pro Series events in 2018.CEO and Founder of RFRSH Entertainment, Nikolaj Nyholm, had this to say: “Our goal with BLAST Pro Series is to create the most important and interesting esports tournament from a live perspective, the viewer experience and for everything we create around the events and tournament.”“We are constantly developing the tournament and digital content around it and working with a national broadcaster and digital powerhouse and provider like TV 2 is yet another step in reaching our ambitions to develop and present the best and most engaging esports product out there!”TV 2, a Danish-based subscription channel will host the event on national TV. TV2 Sport, Editor in Chief, Allan Hvid had this to say about the move:”Esport and Counter-Strike is already an established media product, and it is no longer a matter of teaching the viewers or explaining the game to the audience. We strongly believe in the product and the format of BLAST Pro Series, and we will be bringing the Danish audience full coverage on both our Flow TV Channel and digitally. “Talking about how the Pro Series will differ from traditional sports coverage he said: “We’re going to treat the product the same way as any other competitive entertainment and sports; with the same professional standards, respect and level of entertainment as any other major production. We are looking very much forward to including BLAST Pro Series in our portfolio of content and to present esports at it’s best.”Esports Insider Says: BLAST Pro Series clearly feels at home in Copenhagen so it’s great to see it return. The Royal Arena is a great venue for esports and the TV 2 deal will get more esports events into more homes, which is never a bad move.last_img read more

Proud Phobian: Bernard Avle is Hearts of Oak’s latest signing

first_imgElvis Herman Hesse, Chapters Committee Chairman for Accra Hearts of Oak and Communications Director, Opare Addo earlier today [5th June 2020] presented the General Manager of Citi FM and Citi TV, Mr. Bernard Avle with a replica jersey of the club.The club officials who described Mr. Avle as a “proud Phobian” added that Mr. Bernard Avle has  “truly demonstrated his love and passion for the club”The Football club in a post on Twitter also described the host of Citi FM’s Breakfast show and Citi TV’s Point of View show as a “die in the wool” Phobian.Hearts of Oak today made a presentation to a die in the wool Phobian, Bernard Avle, host of Citi FM’s Morning Show and, he truly demonstrated his love and passion for the club. Bernard is indeed a proud Phobian.🔴💛🔵#AHOSC pic.twitter.com/ATHWLJPFU1— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) June 5, 2020The gesture by the club has since ignited a footballing conversation on social media site, Twitter with many including musician Manifest, joining in to show their support for the club.Phoooobia 🏆 https://t.co/1OFQh2FiE4— M.anifest – #WeNoDeyHear (@manifestive) June 5, 2020Bernard Avle earlier this year in February declared his love for the rainbow team on Citi FM’s breakfast show, leading to a conversation that ignited a football fanbase discussion on the country’s most listened to English morning radio show.A true super excited @benkoku receives a branded jersey from Hearts of Oak..Aloski.🔴💛🔵#AHOSC pic.twitter.com/BgnXgsJqDJ— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) June 5, 2020Mr. Bernard Avle in a post on Facebook and twitter, also thanked the club for the gesture with a quote from the club’s famous tagline, “until the bones are rotten”Elvis Herman Hesse, the Chapters Committee Chairman for @HeartsOfOakGH and Comms Director Opare Addo surprised me with a customised jersey today.Never say die until the bones are rotten! Phoooobia! pic.twitter.com/vEWeR9SvVC— Bernard Avle (@benkoku) June 5, 2020Accra Hearts of OakAccra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club is a professional sports club based in Accra (Greater Accra), Ghana.The club was founded on 11 November 1911. Hearts of Oak won their first major match in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, Governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League. Hearts won 6 out of 12 seasons in this league.In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and have flourished since.In the year 2000, Hearts of Oak won the Ghana FA cup, the Ghana Premier League and for the first time in their history the CAF Champions League.This was the most successful year in the Clubs’ history.–By: Jude Duncan Tags: Bernard AvleHearts of Oaklast_img read more