‘Alien’ pension funds to join PGB after Dutch government gives green light

first_imgGBP, the €55m industry-wide scheme for wholesale flower and plant growers in the Netherlands, is to join PGB, the €20bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry.The smaller scheme is to merge its assets with those of PGB on 1 January, pending regulatory approval, according to GBP employee chairman Gerard Roest.In the past, local insurers have criticised that pension funds from other industrial sectors, or “alien” schemes, are allowed to join the scheme for the printing industry, as they consider this unfair competition.With the news, GBP – a non-mandatory scheme – follows in the footsteps of Zeevisserij, the €100m industry-wide scheme for offshore fisheries, which also intends to join PGB. Both pension funds are to accrue pensions under an individual defined contribution plan, which would also be provided by the printing scheme, in addition to its defined benefits arrangements.Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Social Affairs Ministry, cleared the way for “alien” schemes to join industry-wide pension funds.Responding to questions from Parliament, Klijnsma said different sectors would be allowed to place their pension plans with a single industry-wide scheme if the companies and workers involved wished to do so.Roest said: “Joining PGB means the wholesale sector for flowers and plants can still achieve the desired mandatory participation for employers.”In his opinion, such status is required to improve current pension arrangements.GBP’s contribution is no more than 14% of the pensionable salary.According to Roest, this is too low to join other industry-wide schemes, such as those for the retail and grocery sector, because their basic pension plans are more expensive.He said his scheme had also ruled out the low-cost PPI DC pensions vehicle, as it lacked the possibility for mandatory participation.Neither was the new, so-called ‘general pension fund’, or APF, an option, he said, due to the time involved in gaining the required legal status.GBP is under pressure to secure alternative pension provision for its 6,500 participants, as it considers itself too small to carry on independently.Roest said administration costs now stood at €283 per participant and were rising rapidly.At PGB, these costs would be reduced by 50%, he said. Further, asset manager APG terminated its contract with GBP as of 1 January, as it considered the scheme “too small”.Since that time, GBP has kept its assets in an NN Investment Partners money market fund.Roest said his scheme was keen to transfer assets to PGB as soon as possible to start generating “proper” returns again.last_img read more

Sweden : criminal assaults on children rise following ban on smacking

first_img· Robert E. Larzelere, Taren Swindle, Byron R. Johnson, ‘Swedish Trends in Criminal Assaults against Minors since Banning Spanking, 1981-2010’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociology , 2013, 2, pp129-137. http://www.lifescienceglobal.com  New research has revealed a dramatic rise in cases of criminal assaults on minors in Sweden since smacking was outlawed in 1979. Based on official Swedish figures, the study, published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, shows that, compared with 1981, criminal statistics in 2010 included:22 times as many cases of physical child abuse;24 times as many assaults by minors against minors; and73 times as many rapes of minors under the age of 15.Although the researchers from three American universities, recognise that changes in reporting practices may account for the increase to some extent, the magnitude and consistency of the figures suggest that there has been a real increase in criminal assaults on minors in Sweden over the course of the past three decades.Parental discipline underminedThe study concludes that Sweden’s ban on smacking may have contributed to an increase in criminal assaults rather than achieving its intended outcome of decreasing the incidence of violence. The authors suggest that, despite the best of intentions, the prohibition of all forms of physical correction may inadvertently undermine appropriate parental discipline, with the result that a small, but increasing percentage of boys may grow up with a dangerous combination of disrespect for their mothers and a lack of self-control:‘Without appropriate parental discipline, such boys learn to get whatever they want when they want it regardless of their mothers’ disapproval… For some boys, this disregard for others’ disapproval may generalise to other females, who are then at risk of becoming their rape victims. We are not claiming that this is the only possible explanation of the increase in rapes of minors, but it is a plausible explanation for part of the increase.’ Permissive parentingThe research team, led by Dr Robert Larzelere from Oklahoma State University, comment that the ban on smacking itself could only plausibly influence the increase in criminal assault statistics until the mid-1990s. The continued increase in these assaults since then would have to be explained by more recent changes. They suggest that one possible explanation lies in the growth in support for a form of permissive parenting that not only rejects physical chastisement, but also discourages other sanctions such as grounding and withdrawing pocket money.The researchers suggest that bans on smacking may undermine appropriate parental discipline if physical chastisement is not replaced with alternative disciplinary tactics that are effective for defiant children as well as easily managed children. Yet, at the same time they note that neither supporters nor critics of anti-smacking laws have been able to identify alternative methods of discipline that are as effective in reducing child behaviour problems.last_img read more

Brazilian Legend claims he has ‘better physique’ than Ronaldo

first_imgRead Also: Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitorsZe Roberto had a 23-year long career in the game, turning out for a total of 10 clubs – including Real, Leverkusen, Bayern (twice) and Hamburg, as well as five clubs in his native Brazil.He finished with Palmeiras in December 2017 and took up a role as a technical advisor at the club.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “Today I would say that I have a better physique, because I played until I was 43-years-old,” he told Tyc Sports.“If he does, I will say it is him.”The ex Selecao international definitely has a point. Aged 46, Ze Roberto is absolutely shredded and regularly posts videos and him working out relentlessly. Loading… center_img Brazilian legend Ze Roberto insisits he has a better physique than Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. In the nicest way possible, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is an absolute specimen and still has the physical state of a 20-year old despite now being 35 years of age.Advertisement However, former Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid midfielder Ze Roberto thinks he’s in even better shape and challenged Ronaldo to play into his 40s.last_img read more

Man City fans dreaming of Ronaldo’s transfer

first_img It consists of a player holding his finger to his lips after finding the target to ‘shush’ the opposing fans into silence. Another celebration to go is the ‘A-OK’ hand gesture which was last year added to a list of hate symbols because of its connotations with white supremacists. EA said in a statement: “We were told by the community that there are toxic behaviours in the game and we wanted to make sure we removed them. “So we removed some of the celebrations that people thought were not the best idea to have in the game. “The flow is shorter, which is to try to keep you playing most of the time instead of just waiting. “All together the intention there is just to keep you playing instead of doing other things that may not be necessary in the game.” Every year, the new FIFA promises to be more intelligent than the previous year and 21 is no different. read also:Infantino believes he is ‘untouchable’, claims ex-FIFA chief This time around, the player’s tactical rating will affect their ability to deploy their stats for pace, dribbling and shooting – meaning lesser stars cannot dominate due to just one ability. FIFA remains one of the most popular games in the world having announced that over 10 million people played the current version. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… FIFA have gone into every detail to make Cristiano Ronaldo appear as lifelike as possible… except they stuck him in a Manchester City shirt. EA Sports are preparing for the big launch of the latest version of their hugely popular football game set to hit the shelves on October 6. Updating their loyal legion of fans on Instagram, they showed fans what they can expect on FIFA 21 with their incredible graphics. Ronaldo, 35, appears brilliantly realistic with every effort gone into his facial features and hair. But for some strange reason, he is wearing a Manchester City shirt despite playing for Italian giants Juventus. Fans were quick to comment, with one writing: “Looking good and all that, but why is he in a Man City shirt?” Another said: “One of the few impossible things in football.” A third joked: “That must mean Ronaldo to Man City.” And a Man City fan commented: “Does this mean we’re signing Ronaldo?” EA Sports are making changes to the new game including removing certain celebrations to prevent spreading “toxic” behaviour among gamers. The renowned ‘shushing’ celebration is just one of those to be scrapped.center_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be SolvedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Most Beautiful Chinese Womenlast_img read more

Alan W. Boyce

first_imgAlan W. Boyce, age 66 of Sunman, Indiana passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born on October 20, 1953 he is the son of Elmo and Ruby (nee: Konkle) Boyce.Alan worked at the Schenley and Seagram distilleries for 35 years before retiring. He also raised tobacco for over 20 years.To say Alan loved the outdoors would be an understatement. He enjoyed hunting (especially deer), along with fishing, camping, cutting wood and taking ranger rides. He also played softball, golfed, pitched horseshoes and was a Bengals football fan.He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Sunman; two sons, Brandon (Rebecca) Boyce of Cross Plains and Sean (Ashley) Boyce of Batesville; brother Mike Boyce; sister Branda Morris; and grandchildren, Kassidy, Ayden and Everett.  He was loved by many and will be truly missed.Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 4:00-7:00pm at Meyers Funeral Home, 1150 St. Rd. 46 E, Batesville. His wishes were to be cremated after.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Southeast Indiana Young Life https://giving.younglife.org/seiyl or by bringing memorials to the funeral home.  See www.meyersfuneralhomes.com for online condolences.last_img read more

Osimhen to quit Lille

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Lille boss Christophe Galtier has revealed that Victor Osimhen will be sold during the next transfer window.Having scored 18 goals during his first campaign at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the 21-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. While he did not name clubs who held an interest in the Nigerian, Galtier acknowledged that the striker, as well as Gabriel Magalhaes, would move on in the coming months.Speaking at a press conference, Galtier said: “Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I’ve known for a long time that they’re leaving.“They’re working hard with us in the meantime. We’re working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace them. Of course, the club is working to replace [Osimhen].”Napoli, who have also been credited as admirers of Osimhen, are said to have agreed a deal for Gabriel.Tags: Ligue 1LiverpoolLOSC LilleMachester UnitedStade Pierre MauroyVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Carruthers sees red in heavy loss

first_img The MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Aston Villa, saw his match ended after two bookable offences in Sligo, where Moritz Leitner and Philipp Hofmann scored either side of a Kevin Volland brace. It was a result that had looked likely from the start of the European Championship qualifier at the Showgrounds. Press Association Samir Carruthers’ sending off capped a miserable evening for Ireland Under-21s as they lost 4-0 to Germany.center_img Noel King’s side fell behind after just 12 minutes when Leitner’s strike from the edge of the box beat goalkeeper Aaron McCarey. Jonas Hofmann came close to extending the visitors’ lead, before Sean Murray was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end. Carruthers also came close with a volley, only for Germany to soon pull further ahead. Volland nodded home in the 22nd minute to double their advantage, with the Hoffenheim striker heading home another two minutes later. Connor Smith forced Ter Stegen into a fine save as Ireland looked to reduce the deficit, but any chance of a comeback was dealt a major blow when Carruthers was given a second yellow card for a foul on Leonardo Bittencourt in the 61st minute. Ireland’s resilience was broken again with six minutes remaining through substitute Philipp Hofmann, although Shane Duffy, Smith and Graham Burke all had late efforts of note. last_img read more

Pardew eyeing Old Trafford result

first_img They led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 on Boxing Day last year before Robin van Persie and, with just a minute remaining, Javier Hernandez snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and the now 52-year-old Magpies manager is hoping to go one better this time around to end a long wait. Pardew said: “It’s an incredible statistic – at least I can’t be blamed for all of it. “It’s my third trip there and I have to say, I thought we were very close last year. “We made a couple of errors late in the game that cost us a win there, and it’s one of the really upsetting games from last year. “I don’t want that feeling walking out of there. Hopefully we can get a result.” Pardew will head for the dug-out to do battle with David Moyes for the first time since his switch from Everton to United, and will do so with his club sitting two places and one point better off than their ninth-placed opponents. Moyes is currently grappling with the unenviable task of trying to fill the shoes vacated by Ferguson with mixed results to date, and both West Brom and Everton have already won at Old Trafford this season. However, Pardew is not convinced the aura has deserted the famous stadium. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is determined not to leave Old Trafford wondering what might have been once again as he looks to inflict further misery on Manchester United. He said: “Well, I don’t know about that. It’s still a very daunting place to go. There’s an aura about it. “It is a great stadium to go and play and be lucky enough to be the manager and take a team there. “It’s still a very, very difficult place to win and we have got to raise our game to a new level to win there. But we are capable of doing that.” Newcastle’s defeat at United last season came at the start of a run of games which included a 7-3 reverse at Arsenal and an FA Cup exit at Championship Brighton which set the alarm bells ringing in earnest. Indeed, it prompted owner Mike Ashley to invest heavily in the January transfer window as Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran were drafted in to spark a recovery of sorts, albeit one which helped them to only just retain their top-flight status. Of the men who started that day, only Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini are likely to do so this time, an illustration of the change Pardew’s team has undergone since. Newcastle’s winning sequence was ended at the fifth time of asking at Swansea on Wednesday evening, and while that came as a blow, the manager is hopeful of a response. He said: “We have good confidence even with the result on Wednesday night. I don’t think that will dent it too much. “We will go there and quite fancy ourselves – but that’s easier said than done.” Meanwhile, Coloccini has played down speculation that he will once again seek a move back to Argentina during next month’s transfer window. Reports in South America, backed by quotes attributed to the 31-year-old, have suggested he still wants to leave because of the personal issues which fuelled a request to do so earlier this year. However, the defender told the Shields Gazette: “The Press sometimes say things I said months ago, not now.” On Saturday lunchtime, the Magpies will run out at a stadium which represented a fortress under Sir Alex Ferguson intent on inflicting a second successive Barclays Premier League defeat on the reigning champions on their own pitch following Everton’s midweek triumph. History is not on Newcastle’s side – they last won at Old Trafford in February 1972 when Pardew was a 10-year-old schoolboy – but they came desperately close to ending that run last season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League Chris Gayle misses out on special milestone in record-breaking match vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imghighlights Chris Gayle became the second player after Suresh Raina to be stranded on 99.Gayle became the first player to score 100 fifty-plus scores in Twenty20s.Royal Challengers Bangalore won for the first time in IPL 2019. Gayle was dropped on 83 and on 95, he needed a six to make a century as his 100th fifty-plus score but he managed only a boundary to remain stranded on 99. He became only the second player after Suresh Raina to be stranded on 99, with Raina having been unbeaten on that similar score in 2013 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. Gayle’s effort helped Kings XI Punjab reach 173/4 but his former team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, chased the target down and won by eight wickets thanks to Virat Kohli’s 67 and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 59.The win was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first in IPL 2019 after six consecutive losses but the focus was on Gayle, who created a record in addition to the multiple records he holds in the IPL. Gayle is the first batsman to hit 300 sixes in the IPL and he is just 75 away from a 1000 sixes in this format. Gayle has the second-most number of runs in the IPL as an overseas player behind David Warner, who plays for the Sunrisers. The left-hander has six IPL centuries, which is the most by any player. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Chris Gayle is often considered the Don Bradman of Twenty20 cricket. The West Indies left-hander is the only individual to smash over 10,000 runs in this format at an average of close to 40 and a strike-rate close to 150. His exploits in Twenty20 cricket, especially in leagues all over the world, be it the Natwest Twenty20 blast, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League as well as the Indian Premier League make him one of the greatest Twenty20 batsman in the world. During the game between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali, Gayke created more history but missed out on the chance to achieve a unique feat.Playing for Kings XI Punjab, Gayle blasted a fifty off 28 balls and he became the first player in Twenty20 history to hit 100 fifty-plus scores in this format. With 79 fifties and 21 hundreds, Gayle cemented his reputation as one of the greatest in this format. He had a chance to convert this into something special and he was nearing it during the death overs.last_img read more

Charlesworth journeys far from home

first_imgRichard Charlesworth didn’t plan this.He didn’t even plan on being a swimmer. But his aunt had a pool in her backyard, a rarity in Charlesworth’s native England, so he — along with his brother and sister — was “thrown” in the water at an early age. Inevitably, he went on to become one of the best young swimmers in the country.Long haul · Sophomore Richard Charlesworth specializes in distance swimming for the Trojans, swimming the 800- and 1,650-yard freestyle events in meets. Charlesworth never expected to be a distance swimmer, but embraces his abilities. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan But this? Swimming dozens of miles every week and as many as 1,650 yards in a single race?“I don’t think I chose to be a distance swimmer. I think distance kind of chose me,” Charlesworth said. “I was never the guy who could get up and go fast for one length and then I would be done. I would always want to do another length and come back just as fast and then another length after that.”To the casual observer, swimming lap after lap at high speed might seem like the opposite of a good time. Even Charlesworth admits distance swimmers are a peculiar breed.“There’s something not quite right in our heads,,” he said. “But I do like the feeling at the end of a race. You feel like you’ve really accomplished something.”Charlesworth’s competitive nature helped him become the 2008 British national champion in the 1,500-meter freestyle. That same year he represented Great Britain in the event at the Olympics, racing against the likes of Grant Hackett and Ous Mellouli.While Charlesworth didn’t qualify for the final, finishing seventh in preliminaries, his performance in Beijing left one observer particularly impressed.“After I finished my race, this guy approached me and said, ‘How would you like to go to college in Los Angeles?’” Charlesworth recalled.It was Dave Salo, head coach of the USC swimming team. Charlesworth’s swimming stroke had caught his attention, and upon meeting him, Salo was pleasantly surprised by his “demeanor and maturity.”“We kind of talked things over for a little bit,” Charlesworth said. But what Salo was proposing was, quite literally, foreign to a 19-year-old who had never even been to the United States before.Charlesworth wasn’t sold — yet.Less than 48 hours later, he watched as Mellouli out-touched Hackett at the wall to capture a gold medal and become the first man to defeat the Australian in the 1,500-meter freestyle in 11 years. Mellouli, a former swimmer at USC, still trains under Salo as a member of the Trojan Swim Club.“That had some pretty heavy influence over me, the fact that I get to train with him now,” Charlesworth said of Mellouli’s connecting with Salo.At the time, Charlesworth was also considering swimming for the University of Manchester. But the more he thought about it, the more appealing USC sounded.“I’d just come from Australia and had the option between sunny California and not-quite-so-sunny Manchester,” he said. “The combination of [being] able to do the degree I wanted to do, train with the best people in the world, a lot better weather as well … It’s kind of a win-win situation for me.”And so he made the long trek to Los Angeles at the beginning of 2009. In a daze, he stepped off the plane and onto American soil for the first time. Here he was, a stranger in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from anything he had ever known.“In a sense I just jumped without looking,” Charlesworth said.Indeed, it was something he hadn’t exactly planned for.“It’s a kind of sense of adventure as well, just something different,” he added. “Just not to kind to settle with what everyone else is doing — try and do something different.”His first practice at USC. Charlesworth remembers jumping into the pool and feeling “a little bit lost” as everyone started swimming a warm-up set he had never done before.“It was a lot more intense than I was expecting,” he said.But as the season progressed, Charlesworth began to adjust to the new regimen. His Olympic and international experience — he also competed for Great Britain at the 2009 world championships — started to pay off.Salo noticed his new protégé was learning to swim fast at every practice.“It took him a while to appreciate that, but he has done well,” Salo said.It didn’t hurt, either, that his new teammates welcomed him as one of their own. Even before coming to USC, Charlesworth had exchanged Facebook messages with several of his future teammates. They have stayed friends since his arrival.“Being from another country and not having family or a close support group around you, I think that really, really helped,” he said.In this increasingly familiar environment, Charlesworth began to put up the results expected from a highly touted recruit. As the team’s preeminent distance swimmer, he took third in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Pac-10 championships in March. Just a few weeks later at the NCAA championships, he placed ninth in the country, posting USC’s sixth-fastest time ever in the event.Even faster times could be coming next season with a full year in Southern California under his belt.But first, Charlesworth has turned his attention to an offseason of studying and swimming. In addition to taking summer school at USC for his civil engineering major, he will be training daily in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in India this October and, beyond that, the 2010-2011 collegiate season.“There’s no letting up,” Charlesworth said, smiling.This time, he’s got plans.last_img read more