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Dutch union demands state pension increase as second-pillar cuts loom

first_imgTuur Elzinga, FNVIt quoted Hedda Renooij of employer organisation VNO-NCW as saying that cuts at pension funds “shouldn’t be compensated by general government measures”. Pension funds are allowed to smooth out any discounts over a 10-year period, which means that a 10% cut would result in a 1% pension reduction in 2020.In the interview, Elzinga indicated that he would like to discuss the discount rules for pension funds, but acknowledged this would be too heavy a burden on the work to elaborate the pensions agreement. This process is to start within two weeks, when a steering group for all players involved is to convene.Further readingBiggest Dutch pension funds face imminent benefit cuts following new rules ABP and PFZW may have to cut pension rights for their almost 6m members next year despite solid returns on investments in the second quarter of 2019Dutch social partners and government reach agreement on retirement age In June, employers, unions and the government reached an agreement in principle on elements of pension system reform, including the state retirement age and retirement options for workers in physically demanding jobs The Netherlands’ biggest union has called for the government to increase state pension benefits to compensate for looming cuts to second-pillar pension payments.FNV’s vice chair and lead pensions negotiator Tuur Elzinga called for a higher state pension (AOW) in an interview in Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant, arguing that such a measure was needed to maintain pensioners’ purchasing power.When a pensions agreement was concluded in early June between unions, employers and the government, it was assumed that cuts to pension rights and benefits could be avoided, restoring confidence in the pensions system.However, the financial position of pensions funds has worsened through declining interest rates and poor equity market performance. In addition, in June an independent committee recommended changes to the calculation of the ultimate forward rate that could increase scheme liabilities and further hurt funding levels. According to De Volkskrant, employers have rejected a proposed increase to the AOW, which is regularly subject to indexation.last_img read more

Motion to dismiss murder charges denied for Walmsley

first_imgVersailles, In. — Accused murder suspect, Nathaniel Walmsley’s request to dismiss charges has been denied. Walmsley and co-defendant, Al Trimnell face murder charges following the overdose death of Nathaniel’s wife Rachael in July of 2017.A similar motion made by Trimnell earlier this year was also denied. That decision is being appealed.Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel said, “There are some similar issues in both cases but some stark differences exist too.”  He went on saying, “it seems to make sense to resolve these issues prior to any trial locally.  Ultimately, the higher Courts in Indiana will address these issues and the State will move forward as the decisions are rendered.  Our direction will be dictated by their decisions.”Pending actions by the Indiana Court of Appeals the scheduled trial dates have been put on hold.Both suspects are being held.last_img read more

Tottenham in talks over Bale return – agent

first_img Loading… Read Also: Lampard reveals injury update on Werner ahead of Liverpool crackerAs well as their interest in Bale, Tottenham are reported to be in talks with Real about left-back Sergio Reguilon, while Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost has been mooted as a potential signing to provide back-up for Harry Kane.Mourinho has already signed Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart since the end of last season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It has been reported the Spanish club would be willing to pay some of that salary to finally move on from their troubled relationship with the forward. Bale left Tottenham for Real in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85 million ($109 million). The 31-year-old has won four Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns during his time in Spain, but his turbulent relationship with Zidane has left him exiled for most of the last year. He started just one match when last season resumed after the coronavirus hiatus as Real clinched their first la Liga title since 2017. Bale still has an emotional attachment to Tottenham after joining the club from Southampton as 17-year-old and developing into one of the world’s most exciting forwards. After losing their opening game of the Premier League season against Everton on Sunday, Tottenham could do with the morale-boost that would come from signing Bale. Jose Mourinho accused his Tottenham players of “lazy pressing” during the Everton game and is believed to be keen on shaking up his squad with several more signings. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Of The Strongest Women In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Secrets Is The Great Wall Of China Hiding?6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth Gareth Bale’s agents are talking to Tottenham about a deal that would see the Real Madrid forward return to his former club. Bale has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and the Wales star said earlier this month that he was open to joining a Premier League side. It had been reported in England that Tottenham and Manchester United were interested in signing Bale. Now Tottenham have opened discussions with Bale’s representatives about a potential move, likely to be a loan but with a permanent deal not ruled out at this stage. “Gareth still loves Spurs,” Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales on Tuesday. “We are talking. It’s where he wants to go.” Bale has two years left on a contract that pays him around £600,000 per week at Real.Advertisementlast_img read more

EPL: Sheffield Utd tackle Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Sheffield Utd vs. Chelsea Venue: Bramall Lane Kick off: 5:30PMChelsea travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United knowing that a sixth win in seven Premier League games will edge them a step closer to qualification for the Champions League. However, the Blades welcome the Blues to Yorkshire having put together a three-match unbeaten streak, leaving the club just one point adrift of sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.After the resumption of the Premier League, Sheffield United looked like being one of the clubs who were struggling to adapt to the different surroundings, perhaps understandably having lost all momentum due to the enforced break.However, the Blades have been excellent over the past week, with home victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers coming either side of a draw away at Burnley.With all three of their last opponents acting as rivals in the race for the Europa League, each result has been recorded at the right time, leaving Chris Wilder’s team on the brink of moving into the top six.Although squaring off against Champions-League chasing Chelsea represents another tough test, there will be no shortage of confidence after the manner of their last-gasp triumph over Wolves. United outlasted a team which have made a habit of late flourishes, and it will naturally lead to Blues boss Frank Lampard having concerns about how his players will handle their upcoming contest.Despite edging out Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, Chelsea struggled to close out the 3-2 win, relying on an outstanding late save from Kepa Arrizabalaga and an even better goal-saving tackle from Kurt Zouma.While Lampard would have been impressed and relieved in equal measure, he has acknowledged that his team cannot afford to keep putting themselves in such situations, particularly after squandering so many opportunities at the other end of the pitch.That has been a common theme throughout the season, although Lampard can only be delighted with how Willian and Christian Pulisic have performed since the resumption.Willian has four goals and three assists to his name, while Pulisic has netted in games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Palace respectively. Sheffield Utd possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Lundstram, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, James, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Mount, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.Tags: Bramall LaneChelseaChris WIlderFrank LampardSheffield UnitedYorkshirelast_img read more

Petra/Corona football continues tonight with triple-header

first_imgTHREE more matches are on this evening in the Petra-organised, Corona-sponsored invitational football tournament at the Georgetown Football Club ground.In the first of the three, the Western Tigers, fresh off their Limacol 2017 win, return to action against Black Pearl FC with both teams expected to produce a tooth-and-nail battle from 17:00hrs.Meanwhile, two hours later, the host club GFC will have to defend their turf from fellow Georgetown side Camptown FC in a battle of rivalry dating back years.In the final game of the evening, Police FC will take on Beacons FC.The tournament will feature the 12 top teams in the Georgetown region, playing for $1M in cash and prizesIt will take a round-robin knock-out format where the top four teams in the two groups of six will advance.The tournament was initially set to kick-off on June 30 but had its first round last Sunday with Northern Rangers and Santos FC tasting victory.The Rangers were in fine form as they disposed of East Veldt 2-0 with an own goal in the 22nd minute and Sunil Logan’s 64th minute strike, as they opened the tournament on a high.Game two, on the other hand, proved a goal-less stalemate as Flamingo tackled Riddim Squad.Game three was an absolute firecracker as Santos downed Pele 4-0.Robby McCloggan’s 9th minute strike gave the lead to Santos before Kenroy Deminick’s 11th minute shot extended that lead in a good one-two fashion which lasted until the end of the half.However, Santos were by no means finished. A Josh Parvattan’s 56th minute strike took the score to three-nil while Orin Yarde added the final for good measure in the 90+2.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Eagles 69% Ready, Says Rohr

first_img“No, there is no need calling up new players to the Super Eagles before the Nations Cup. Now, we already have 69% of the players that will go the Nations Cup,” stressed the gaffer who qualified Nigeria for the AFCON 2019 with the reverse fixture game against Seychelles pending.Inspired by his wards display against the seven-times AFCON champions in Asaba that Tuesday evening, Rohr insisted that Nigeria’s next round of tune up matches will determine the remaining players to make up his 23-man squad to Egypt in June. “In the coming friendly matches, we will know. We still have some friendly games that will help us get ready for the AFCON.He however remain resolute that no new player can displace any of the current Eagles in camp.“I don’t think it will be possible for a new player to displace any of the ones we have now, so we are going to work with the current players.Interestingly, while Rohr is happy with how his team is evolving, his opposite number in Egypt, Mexican Javier Aguirre is unfazed by the first defeat he suffered on the Pharaohs’ job.“I am happy with this serious experience against a big team (like Nigeria). We benefited from the match after examining new faces amid our strategy to inject new blood into the squad ahead of the African Cup,” he noted earlier at the post-match.Aguirre admitted that after that initial shock from Onuachu’s thunderbolt, his wards regained balance and proved their worth even in the face of several top stars absent from the team.“Our players restored the balance quickly and were a stiff opponent for the hosts. The whole match was a balanced one, except the early few minutes that witnessed the goal,” he explained.Rather than feeling low, Aguirre is rather taking the positive from the defeat in Asaba, most especially having the chance to experiment with new, untested players in his team.“I am happy with this serious experience against a big team. We benefited from the match after examining new faces amid our strategy to inject new blood into the squad ahead of the African Cup,” he concluded.Just Like Nigeria, Egyptian is due to play three other friendlies in final preparations before the tournament scheduled to take place between 21 June to 13 July.Egypt is aiming to win the continental football showpiece for the first time since the Pharaohs were champions the last of their record seven trophies was in 2010.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egypt’s Mexican coach unfazed by loss to NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeDespite handing out Nigeria’s first defeat to Egypt since 1990, one of the favourite teams to win the 2019 AFCON in summer, Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr is not deluding himself that he has a team to surprise the continent yet.Speaking at a crowded post match briefing shortly after Paul Onuachi’s record eight second strike welcomed the Pharaohs into the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Tuesday, the Franco-German coach admitted his team is still work in progress but not looking for new players. Gernot Rohrlast_img read more

CBA, J-D, ESM baseball roar to series of wins

first_imgYet it wasn’t rewarded until the Brothers broke out of a 1-1 tie when it scored three times in the top of the seventh, Wilson’s double the big blow as he drove got three RBIs, Derek Jann driving in the other run.J-D was no. 11 in those same state rankings, sitting at 13-3 when it faced Cortland last Thursday afternoon. And two big rallies were all the Red Rams needed to defeat the Purple Tigers 9-3.A three-run third inning was all that pitcher A.J. Ortega needed as he lasted 6 2/3 innings on the mound, amassing 10 strikeouts before Nolan Giblin picked up the final out.Still, with J-D clinging to a 3-2 lead, it needed a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open. Giblin got three RBIs, with Mateo Santos driving in two runs. Shane Wright and Nick Brotzki had one RBI apiece.Yet the happy feelings did not even last 24 hours, for when J-D and Cortland met again on Friday, the Purple Tigers blanked the Red Rams 10-0.A six-run second inning was all Cortland needed as pitcher Caleb Thompson quieted J-D’s bats, only allowing one hit – to Brotzki – while striking out 10.East Syracuse Minoa struggled in Wednesday’s game against Syracuse, taking a 7-4 defeat as a four-run second inning put Syracuse in charge and it added single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.The Spartans got two hits and two RBis from Brendan Seburn. Hunter Borkowski took the loss, with Ben Leib and Spencer Carnival seeing long relief stints as Devon Lamanna went four-for-four for Syracuse, scoring three runs.But the Spartans rebounded by sweeping two games on Thursday, first edging Oswego 2-1 as it led 1-0 until the seventh inning, when the Buccaneers tied it, only to have ESM win it by getting its own run in the bottom of the seventh.Bryce Hall pitched quite well, holding Oswego to four hits in a complete-game effort as Tim Kirwan got a complete game for the Bucs. Leib and Borkowski scored the runs.Later that day, ESM won over Central Square 7-1 with another pitching gem, this time from the duo of Dan Garris and Sean Welch as Garris went four innings and Welch three, the pair combining to hold the Redhawks to five hits.Even with that, it required the Spartans to erupt for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to break up a 1-1 tie. Colin Williams drove in two of those runs, with RBIs also going to Leib, Seburn and Josh Gilkey, who scored twice.The rematch with Central Square Friday was a wild one, but ESM again prevailed in a 15-12 slugfest where it fell behind 7-1 largely on the basis of the Redhawks’ five-run rally in the second.But ESM batted around in the top of the fifth and scored eight times to grab a 9-7 lead, only to have Central Square stage its own comeback and move back in front, 12-10, heading into the seventh inning.Just like the day before, though, the Spartans won in its last at-bat, notching five runs in the top of the seventh and getting Carnival to toss a scoreless frame in relief to help his side hang on.ESM was helped by six Redhawks errors as Gilkey got three RBIs, with Leib doubling and driving in two runs. Seburn, Grabowski, Williams and Justin Kingsley also drove in runs as Central Square wasted Derek Schumaker’s two doubles and six RBIs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Kent Wilson and Tommy Marzullo each doubled and drove in three runs. Mike Schaefer and Jason Boule matched each other with three hits and two RBIs as M.P. Geiss and Anthony Marsallo also drove in runs.Joey Marsallo pitched, going five innings to earn the win as he got eight strikeouts to overcome 10 hits allowed. Geiss and Anthony Marsallo each tossed one scoreless inning of relief.Even more impressive was Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Class AA contender Liverpool, a game where Boule and Geiss pitched and combined to hold the Warriors to five hits. Whether the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt baseball teams are headed for an epic showdown in the Section III Class A playoffs, both sides are in fine late-season form.The state Class A no. 7-ranked Brothers entered last week 12-2, and improved on that mark once the rain stopped as it pulled away late on Wednesday for a 13-5 victory over Cazenovia.Though it struggled early, CBA broke out of a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, and put the game away by batting around in the sixth and scoring six runs.center_img Tags: BaseballCBAESMJ-Dlast_img read more

Bust this bracket: March nearly here

first_imgIt’s never too early to talk about March basketball.You can hear and feel the sights and sounds as you hold this paper in your hands — the game-winners, heartbreakers, court-stormings, net-cutting and that oh-so-glorious CBS theme music that, if played properly, could wake any 18- to 35-year-old-male from a coma (seriously, hospitals would make a killing if they implemented this simple technology).What really gives March basketball that love affair feel is the drive from 65 down the road to the Final Four. It’s the three weeks of 64 dynamic games, all of which have a direct impact on your precious office pool bracket. They force hoops fans to time their bathroom breaks accordingly or wear two pairs of shorts and hope for the best. With all respect to the Masters in Augusta, it’s a tradition unlike any other.But one thing that gives the month the nickname “March Madness” is the mid-major upsets that undoubtedly bring people to tears, sending those paper brackets with a one-way ticket to the shredder.Last year, Bradley and Wichita State from the Missouri Valley Conference beat Kansas and North Carolina, respectively, to reach the Sweet Sixteen. And don’t forget about those Cinderella Patriots from George Mason, who reached the Final Four after beating top-seeded Connecticut. Without mid-majors, the tournament wouldn’t have that endearing dramatic flair.That’s why five years ago ESPN created the Bracket Buster weekend in mid-February, pitting mid-major conferences against one another so they may strut their stuff in front of a national audience. By itself, showcasing these schools in the thick of conference races isn’t must-see television — no matter how compelling they might be. With ESPN running the show and hyping the games up to no end, America suddenly jumps on board to cheer for the underdogs.The first go-around was a huge marketing success for ESPN and a huge résumé-booster for some mid-major schools needing to impress the selection committee. Of course, good games equal ratings, which equals M-O-N-E-Y!So ESPN does what any network would do — expand, expand and expand. The result: The small house party type of atmosphere that was originally created has turned into an overflow beyond capacity. Did someone cry party foul?The original setup in 2003 was 18 teams with eight games featured on ESPN’s family of networks. Now, 102 teams from 16 conferences will tip off next Friday and Saturday in the fifth annual Bracket Buster spectacular.”We’re willing to make it as big as the conferences who are participating want it to be,” Burke Magnus, director of ESPN’s college basketball programming, said in a press release. “[Mid-majors] get only a few cracks at national television each year. They were interested in trying to capitalize on some of the [fame] they earned in last year’s tournament.”For all the hype associated with Bracket Buster teams, few of them actually wind up busting brackets come March. Out of the Bracket Buster pool in 2005, 18 of the event’s 64 teams made the NCAA tournament. Of that figure, UW-Milwaukee was the only team to reach the Sweet Sixteen and only Bucknell, Nevada, Pacific, Southern Illinois and Vermont won a game. Even so, that one win, like No. 13 Vermont beating highly-touted Syracuse, is a memory that lasts a lifetime.”I thought you might find me in pieces around the arena because there’s no drug, nothing in the world that is that feeling [of winning],” then-Vermont head coach and current ESPN analysis Tom Brennan said after the game. “There’s nothing that can make you feel like that except competition and going through a lot with your guys, especially ones you love.”Southern Illinois athletic director Paul Kowalczyk, whose team has become highly successful in the national tournament since the creation of the Bracket Buster event, told the St. Petersburg Times the advantages outweigh the disadvantages even though the end result usually elevates one mid-major at the expense of another.”This [event] provides people the opportunity to see us later in the season, which is more of a factor if you look at the committee’s selection process,” Kowalczyk said. “They always talk about teams who are hot toward the end of the year. So this is a great opportunity to showcase yourself when you’re heading down the homestretch.”No one denies the Bracket Buster event has its merits no matter what size the pool is or how many games wind up on television. It’s a chance to get a preview of some talented teams you wouldn’t have the chance to see without the satellite dish and they play just as hard as the big boys in the power conferences.So get comfy on the couch, put on that extra pair of shorts and start taking notes because the studying you do now may make you look like the genius of the office pool.Benjamin Worgull is a senior majoring in journalism and Bracketology. To pre-register for his 11th annual NCAA Tournament pool or discuss your favorite mid-major, contact him at read more