first_imgOn 8 July, parliament approved an amendment to the law on the pension commission, or Alterssicherungskommissions-Gesetz.Under the new rule, the deadline for the commission to submit to the government its first long-term assessment of the development of the country’s pension system was extended by four months, from November 2020 to March 2021.According to the legislator, the extension will ensure the analysis is not based on outdated numbers or economic forecasts against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline extension granted to the Austrian pension commission – Alterssicherungskommission – to present a report that will assess the progress of the national pension system has added scepticism to the organisation’s role and already troubled history.Andreas Csurda, member of the management board at Allianz Pensionskasse, told IPE that it “is difficult to understand” the fact that the deadline had been extended, “despite the difficult time we are currently facing”.The Alterssicherungskommission replaced another organisation – the commission for long-term pension protection, or Kommission zur langfristigen Pensionssicherung – that concluded its mandate at the end of 2016.The new commission, which includes experts to help define the long-term financial sustainability of the Austrian pension system, was only founded in 2019. “A lot of valuable time has already passed,” said Csurda, referring to the four-year gap since the previous body ceased. Andreas Csurda, Allianz PensionskasseThe motion to delay the delivery of the report was proposed by representatives of the “turquoise-green” coalition: August Wöginger, an MP for the Austrian People’s Party ÖVP, and Markus Koza, representative of the Green Party.The MPs said the economic forecast for the report will likely not be available until the end of August, and it will rely on outdated data based on an estimate from April 2020.The deadline extension could ensure a higher consistency between the medium and long-term reports, the MPs said in their motion, adding that it took into account a request of the chair and the deputy chair of the commission.Gerald Loacker, MP for the New Austria and Liberal Forum party NEOS, slammed the parliament’s decision as a “delay tactic”.Reform willingness questionedThe pension commission finally had its first official meeting in November 2019 after numerous attempts to find a leader.Its chair is Walter Pöltner, former minister for social affairs, while Ingrid Korosec, member of the ÖVP, is vice chair.“As an observer, I have hardly noticed any willingness [from the commission] for a reform over the past few years,” Csurda said, adding that a balance between the representatives of the three pillars of the pension system was missing.“The commission only includes representatives of the first pillar, while the second and third pillars, namely company pensions and private pensions are, so to speak, left out. A holistic view would certainly be desirable,” he said.He added that the Alterssicherungskommission is the commission for the long-term financing of the pension system – “this does not only mean responsibility for the first pillar, the statutory pension.”Discussions could erupt on a rule for early retirement and criticised by experts.The so-called “Hacklerregelung”, a long-term insurance pension, allows men to retire at 62 after 540 months of contributions, which corresponds to 45 years, and women at 57 with 42 years of contributions.Csurda, who generally thinks that employees should be able to retire early, shares the opinion of the commission on the matter and would welcome a reform.“The question is whether [retiring early] should come with reductions. In my view, it is fair and legitimate that there are reductions for the statutory pension for person A who retires x years earlier than person B.”Csursa supports the so-called Korridorpension, which calculates reductions for early retirement.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_imgVERSAILLES – A community earthquake preparedness meeting will be held Tuesday in Versailles.The workshop will be held at the Annex Building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.We typically attribute earthquakes with western states but Indiana is also at a high risk for the natural disaster, according to FEMA.The Salvation Army and Ripley County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are hosting the workshop that is open to the public.last_img

first_imgRio Ferdinand expects there to be an extra sharpness about Manchester United during their pre-season campaign due to the desire to impress new manager David Moyes. Ferdinand is about to enter his 12th season at United, and the current tour of the Far East is his fourth such expedition to this part of the world. All the rest have been under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson but the Scot’s retirement has brought a seismic change at Old Trafford. And Ferdinand believes the impact will particularly be felt on the training ground. “It’s natural that everybody is trying to impress on this tour,” Ferdinand told www.manutd.com. “When you get a new manager you want to show him that you should be in the starting XI for that first day of the new season. That process has started already.” Press Associationcenter_img With one former team-mate, Phil Neville, installed as a coach, and a current one, Ryan Giggs, combining a backroom role with his playing responsibilities, there is an air of familiarity about Moyes’ work. And the general consensus is that United remain a tight-knit group. “We’ve been back from our holidays for more than a week and it’s been a really good start,” said Ferdinand. “It’s been very hard but it’s been enjoyable and we’ll see the benefits of the work we’ve been putting in back in Manchester and the work we’re about to do on tour in the shape of better fitness and a better understanding of the personalities of the players and coaching staff. It’s a new era for all of us. Hopefully things will come together and we can get off to a good start once the season begins.” As usual, United’s arrival in this part of the world attracted crowds, both at Bangkok airport and team hotel. It is the scale of this support for the club upon which so much of their huge commercial success is based and it would be no surprise to learn the opening game of United’s five-match tour of the Far East and Australia, against Singha All Stars, is a sell-out. With Robin van Persie missing this leg of the tour, which moves on to Australia on Sunday before stops in Yokohama, Osaka and finally Hong Kong on July 29, Wayne Rooney will be the centre of attention. Moyes has done as much as he can to deal with the matter, although the chatter will continue until Rooney states his intentions. And another dark cloud has appeared in the form of reports in Spain that Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is on the brink of joining Bayern Munich. It had been thought Thiago had opted to join United after deciding his hopes of securing a place in Spain’s World Cup squad were best served away from the Nou Camp. However, it seems the player has instead decided to link up with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena. last_img read more

first_img It proved an inspired move as Pienaar replaced Leon Osman in the second half and immediately converted Kevin Mirallas’ cross with a finish made to look easier than it actually was. “It was a lucky touch but I’m happy we’ve got all three points,” Pienaar told evertontv. “After the last seven weeks it was something I’ve worked hard for and it paid off. “I thought ‘Get a few minutes, get used to the tempo of the game’ so to get a goal and get a win as well is something I’m really happy about.” Pienaar will be looking to re-establish his left-sided partnership with Baines which has proved so profitable in the past. His team-mate was full of praise after seeing him make a welcome goalscoring return. “It is typical, it shows his importance,” said the England left-back. “It was a great finish. Sometimes when you first come on the pitch your first couple of touches can be off when you’ve been out for such a long time but he showed his class and guided it into the corner. However, team-mate Leighton Baines disagreed, pointing out the quality required for the South African’s decisive goal just seconds after coming off the bench in the 2-1 win over Hull at Goodison Park. Pienaar had not played since August 31 because of a hamstring injury and was pencilled in for a comeback next week at Aston Villa but he impressed manager Roberto Martinez so much in training he was drafted in early. Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar believes the hard work he has put in to get fit was rewarded with a “lucky” touch as he marked his return to competitive action with a winning goal. “The more people we can get fit the better chance we’ve got, especially the quality of people like Steven and Kevin. “It was important to come back with three points after losing (at Manchester City) before the international break so we are back on the right track in that sense.” Mirallas gave Everton an eighth-minute lead with a disputed goal as Gareth Barry, unsighting goalkeeper Allan McGregor, was not only in an offside position as the ball passed him but Tigers boss Steve Bruce was “100 per cent” convinced the on-loan Manchester City midfielder got a touch. Barry, already riding his luck with a knee-high challenge on Danny Graham which saw the striker carried off on a stretcher, could have been sent off for an over-the-top challenge on Sone Aluko but was only cautioned. Aluko exacted some revenge by immediately providing the cross for Yannick Sagbo to convert first-time at the near post and Hull were still in the game right up until Pienaar’s 57th-minute intervention. The performance was not the usual fluid, passing performance expected and on several occasions they utilised the long out-ball to striker Romelu Lukaku but Martinez defended his side in that respect. “You need to understand that Hull wanted to press us high up and we made some good decisions at times,” said the Spaniard. “When you have the power and strength of Romelu you could see Hull were exposed by that ball – it is a good option if teams are brave enough to press us high up because they know we can play from the back. “That is a good weapon to have but I don’t think we did it well enough or picked it at the right time. “You saw a little bit of too many tired decisions. When you are tired you go through the motions and picking the right option is not as easy as it looks. “It was a day to find a way to win the game and I am very pleased with that. “It couldn’t be a pretty performance, it had to be a real professional one to get the three points.” Bruce felt his side, whose four-match unbeaten run came to an end, did enough to earn a draw. “We had enough chances to get something from it and I can’t praise them enough,” he said, “We’ve been to Chelsea, Newcastle, Manchester City and Everton and we couldn’t have wished for a more difficult start.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgDESPITE the inclement weather, over one hundred participants from various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and Amerindian villages participated in the first-ever Regional Village Day, held at the Queenstown Community Centre ground last Tuesday.The range of events included cricket, football and dominoes competitions as well as cultural presentations including folksongs, dances and poetry. The colourful display and well-coordinated events got on the way with the cricket competition.Mashabo Village males got the better of Akawini Village males in the 6-overs affair. Batting first, Akawini Village posted a challenging 71-6 in their 6 overs.In reply, Mashabo Village comfortably won the match, reaching 72 without loss in the final over to achieve victory by 10 wickets. Meanwhile Mashabo Village were again in winners’ row, this time with the females overpowering Capoey Village females. In the 4-overs encounter, Capoey Village females could muster only 27-5 in their 4 overs.However, it proved insufficient as Mashabo Village females raced to 29-4 in the third over to win by 6 wickets.The attention was then turned to football as Mainstay Village males’ outplayed Aberdeen/Zorg-en-Vlygh in the 5-a-side match.During the 20 minutes run, Mainstay Village males were able to hold on to a slim lead throughout and eventually won by a 2-1 margin.The day of varied activities also saw the hosting of a King Dominoes competition which was won by Derrick Garraway of Evergreen/Paradise NDC with 18 games after the completion of his allotted sittings.During the official ceremony, presentations were made by Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Roop Kumar and Administrator Morris Walcott. Also in attendance was Assistant Regional Executive Officer (AREO) Yvette Hastings-Tafares as well as several Toshoas of the various Amerindian villages.The Day of Sports and cultural presentations were sponsored by the Regional Administration, Region 2 in collaboration with the Ministry of Communities and was in recognition of National Village Day under the theme ‘Coming together for Strength, Growth and Development.Trophies were presented to all the participating teams. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

first_imgBy Shrivathsa SridharBENGALURU, India (Reuters) – Racism in sport and society cannot be removed merely by a few campaigns as it is entrenched the world over, former Mali and Sevilla forward Frederic Kanoute said yesterday, adding he would nevertheless help Spain’s La Liga fight the menace.Speaking to reporters from London, the 42-year-old said he hoped the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, after the death of George Floyd, a black American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck, would be a wake-up call.“When I’m asked about racism generally, I say it’s much more than football. If we think we’re going to tackle racism because sometimes we make a couple of campaigns in football, we are completely wrong,” Kanoute said.“I think it’s throughout the society … It will take much more than just a few protests and a few hashtags. It’s a long process because we can see it’s ingrained in the minds of a lot of people.”Kanoute, who is the La Liga ambassador, said he would help the Spanish top flight in its fight against the menace but added there is no room for complacency anywhere.“I’ll support and encourage La Liga to tackle all forms of discrimination and racism, but definitely it’s never enough.”“The overt racism (in society) maybe isn’t so much there anymore but the covert (racism) is the big part of the iceberg so we have to keep working a lot … I’m not going to single out La Liga or any other league … it’s throughout the world.The La Liga season will restart today following a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic when Kanoute’s former side take on Real Betis without fans present.“They (fans) can expect a fantastic game,” Kanoute said. “Even though there won’t be any fans in the stadium it’s still going to be exciting.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ GENEVA, N.Y. — No. 2 SU (8-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) never trailed and captured its fourth consecutive Kraus-Simmons trophy with a 17-11 thumping of unranked Hobart (4-6, 1-1 Northeast) in the 103rd game between the two schools, played at Boswell Field. Three Orange players — Nick Mariano, Nate Solomon and Brendan Bomberry — scored hat tricks as SU finally snapped its program-record stretch of seven consecutive one-goal games.Here are three fast reactions to the game.Warm welcomeThe Orange team bus was egged on its way to the field. But SU had its say very quickly, scoring 39 seconds into the game and again 84 seconds later. Hobart made a run but the Orange carried a 4-3 lead after one quarter.Syracuse tried to pull away, scoring the first three goals of the second quarter, but the Statesmen never relented. The chirps carried onto the field when sophomore attack Solomon scored early in the second quarter. Pushing ensued and referees assessed Solomon a minute-long unsportsmanlike penalty. Solomon did not play for the rest of the half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Syracuse opened up its largest lead of the night, five goals, late in the third quarter, about half of Hobart’s student section remained. The wearing white sweaters, the group managed a meek, “I believe we will win,” with their team down 13-8. At the sound, two Syracuse players on the sideline turned and nodded their heads.Syracuse has five on itThe Orange dominated the Statesmen on man-up opportunities en route to finishing a season-best 5-for-5.Nick Mariano, who scored four total goals, managed a hat trick on the extra man itself. His most important of the day came with 3:17 to go in the third quarter, about three minutes after his second tally on the extra man, when his rocket from about 10 yards out found twine and gave SU its largest lead of the day at that point in a 13-8 game.Matt Lane, recently demoted from the first midfield line for freshman Jamie Trimboli, helped control the pace from up top but did not look to shoot. Mariano found Trimboli on the extra man early in the fourth to stop a two-goal Hobart run and Bomberry’s goal 15 seconds later delivered Syracuse back its five-goal lead, one the Orange would never relinquish.Nick Mariano ties career high with seven pointsThe senior tied his career high of seven points (four goals, three assists) on Wednesday night, thriving two weeks after SU head coach John Desko flopped him from attack to midfield with Brendan Bomberry.The switch enabled Mariano to draw a short-stick defensive midfielder all night long. The Statesmen rarely switched and Mariano made them pay with his best showing since the season-opener against Siena. Comments Published on April 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

first_imgRegina Fanning competed in the 65kg Full Contact Kickboxing category at the Unified World Championships in Benidorm.A member of Thurles Kickboxing Club, the Tipperary woman beat an English opponent in final to claim the global title. Photo courtesy of Thurles Kickboxing Club.last_img

first_imgThrow-in tonight is at 7pm. Tipperary’s Under 17 hurlers clash with Cork this evening in the Munster semi-final as they get their 2017 championship campaign underway in Páirc Uí Rinn.The Premier County will be hoping to outshine their Rebel counterparts to book a place against Waterford in the Munster Final next Tuesday.The Deise were 2-16 to 14 point winners over Clare last evening in Ennis. Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School and Middle School sports results for the past weekend and the Ark City Girls Tennis Invitational on Thursday:———Wellington finished ninth in Ark City invite:Team results: Ark City purple 101, Salina South 93, Bishop Carroll 85, Wichita Independent 85, Independence 81, Goddard 80, Andover 75, Winfield 68, Wellington 64, Andover Central 61, Kapaun 52, Campus 41, Wichita Collegiate 36. Newton 35, Ark City gold 33Individual results: Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten turned in the best performance by placing 10th, going 3-2 on the day. The pair beat Bishop Carroll in their opening match 8-3.  The two then faced a very good Wichita Independent team and fell behind 2-5.  The pair of Wellington players tied the match up and eventually got it to 7-7 where they played a tiebreaker. Again, Adams and Aufdengarten fell behind 2-5 but took a lead at 7-6, and dropped three straight points losing the match 9-7 in the tiebreaker.   “That was a tough one and that one hurts,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington tennis coach. Wichita Independent then won 8-5 and 8-2 in their next two matches to make the finals. The Wellington pair rebound quickly and beat Andover 8-1 and Winfield 8-1.  In their final match they fell behind again early 1-5, and again tied it up and went to another tiebreak against Goddard.  But again came up short losing 5-7 in the tiebreaker. Jacelyn Buck finished 15th going 2-3 on the day.  Buck won her opening match over Salgado from Kapaun 8-4. Then she almost had one of the biggest upsets of the tournament playing Stevens from Bishop Carroll and losing 8-6.   “Dang, what a match, that girl is good,” Aufdengarten said. “She went on and took fifth, what a match for Jacelyn.” Buck then lost her next two matches to Newton and Wichita Independent.  In her final match she beat Hoag from Ark City 8-4.   “Very nice day for Jacelyn, very proud of her performance,” Aufdengarten said. Abby Lowe finished 17th going 3-1.  Lowe lost to Cadman from Independent 4-8 in her first match then won the rest of her matches.  Lowe beat Molinar from Campus, then beat Trout from Independence, and Nihart from Winfield in her final match.   “Abby rebounded well, but probably didn’t play her best tennis today.” Aufdengarten said. “She found a way to win all day.” Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk 22nd going 2-3.  The pair lost to Ark City to start the day, then beat Collegiate 8-3 in their second match.   “They lost a close match to Winfield and again turned around the next match to beat Kapaun.  In their final match they lost to Goddard.   “These two are still learning to play,” Aufdengarten said. “They are very athletic and win a lot on that.” ————— Varsity girls volleyball: Chaparral TournamentWellington vs Belle Plaine Wellington- 16 Belle Plain -25Wellington 23 Belle Plain -25Wellington vs Conway SpringsWellington 15 Conway 25Wellington 14 Conway 25Wellington vs Medicine LodgeWellington- 25 ML-15Wellington-25. ML-23————— 7th grade volleyball B tournament: The following are results of The following were the results of the Wellington seventh grade volleyball B team tournament held Saturday in Haysville: Pool Play:vs. Rose HillSet 1: 23-25 LSet 2: 25-15 WSet 3: 15-6 Wvs. El DoradoSet 1: 25-17 WSet 2: 15-25 LSet 3: 15-7 WBracket Play:vs. HaysvilleSet 1: 25-14 WSet 2: 25-16 WChampionship Game vs. AugustaSet 1: 25-15 LSet 2: 15-25 WSet 3 9-15 L. Tourney record: 3-1, 2nd PlaceOverall record: 7-2.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more