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first_imgHowever, he reiterated that the Directive would not cover solvency rules. He said he wanted to be “very clear” on the point that the Directive would deal only with the governance and transparency of pension funds. “Along with trying to solve cross-border issues,” he added, “our aim is to create a framework in which pension funds can grow – especially in member states where they hardly exist today.”Barnier said EU member states that already had a developed pension fund sector with a high standard of transparency “should not be greatly impacted by this proposal”.Speaking with IPE, Wiedner confirmed rumours that the current draft had not passed the Impact Assessment Board (IAB), an advisory body to the Commission.He declined to provide details on which parts had been criticised, pointing out that the IAB only had an advisory role and no right to veto.“We will see which of the comments we are going to take into account – in the end, it is still a political decision,” he said.Wiedner said the European Commission was still discussing “the right scope” for the new Directive, which he said needed to be revised for a number of reasons, including the ongoing shift from defined benefit to defined contribution.Further, it “has not worked to facilitate cross-border pensions”, as “there are barriers linked to the current Directive”.As an example, Wiedner mentioned the requirement stipulating that schemes must be fully funded at all times when going cross border.Wiedner reassured industry representatives in the room that the Commission’s idea was “not to copy what we have in Solvency II – we know that IORPs are different”.He added: “We are looking at raising the standards we have in the current Directive, adjusting them to the current situation.”On another panel, Ralf Jacob, head of unit for Social Protection at the Commission, said his directorate general wanted the Portability Directive adopted before the elections to the European Parliament in May.“Afterwards,” he said, “there will be 3-4 years of transition.” Klaus Wiedner, head of the unit that oversees insurance and pensions at the European Commission’s Internal Market and Services division, has confirmed that the next draft on the revised IORP Directive might be postponed to January and will not be voted on by the current Parliament.Speaking on a panel at this year’s EIOPA conference in Frankfurt, he said: “There is still the plan that there will be an initiative published at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.”He said it was “basically impossible” to push through a revised Directive under the current legislature, and that the new Parliament would “deal with it” after the election.EU commissioner Michel Barnier, in his closing speech at the conference, made no mention of any timeframe for the revised IORP Directive.last_img read more

first_imgAREC 2019 — Agent speakers — David Walker (Ray White). Pic: Supplied/McGrath.“It would be easy to get down but over the past 12 months, we have looked at where we can grow, run more efficiently and become a business of attraction,” he said.And that, he said, was key to surviving a downturn, and growing as a business into the future.Sydney and Melbourne have been hardest hit by the property downturn after years of eye-watering prices, but Brisbane, which has been steady, has not been immune, with much smaller falls across the region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoSo how do you survive the hard times?Mr Walker said the key is to remember that “no matter how bad it gets, it is not permanent”.He told the crowd that standing out meant making a listings presentation count — and grab the attention of vendors.“It is the rock concert for musicians, game day for athletes,” he said. “That’s the time to showcase your point of difference and pull away from your competitors.”And that includes being honest about your weaknesses. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: ‘Spelling Manor’ discount aims to leave buyers Charmed Market locks in historic rate cut Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off in luxury Hamptons twin set David Walker speaking at AREC 2019He advised those in the industry to focus on culture — “positivity, trust and no d***heads”.“You spend more time at work than you do with your own family so you don’t want to take oxygen thieves in to your business,” he said.He said that three things for a top agent to remember was to “know your market, your product and your pitch”, and remember “sh*tty things happen.”“Change is coming to our industry and it is coming fast,” he said. “Change and growth is difficult but there is nothing harder in life than being stuck in a place you don’t want to be.” * The 22nd Australian Real Estate Conference (AREC) is being held on the Gold Coast today and tomorrow. First homebuyer interest spikes as interest rate cut looms AREC 2019 Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, June 02, 2019. Picture: SOPHIE FOSTERONE of Australia’s top real estate agents has told the property sector to embrace the changes currently affecting the national market, or get left behind.Ray White top selling agent David Walker, director of Ray White Wahroonga/Turramurra, has so far weathered the property downturn in Sydney, telling the AREC 2019 Conference that stock levels in his Upper North Shore region had been down 30 to 40 per cent.last_img read more

first_imgMedia Release – American College of Pediatricians 6 February 2015According to a review published by the American Psychological Association, the link between children’s exposure to violent media and violent behavior in real life “is stronger than the relationship between calcium intake and bone mass; stronger than the relationship between condom use and the risk of contracting HIV; and stronger than the exposure to second-hand smoke and the risk of lung cancer.”With the increased production of video games, television programs and movies laden with all forms of violence, the American College of Pediatricians urges parents to be ever more vigilant and to teach their children to be discriminating about the media they view. A prime example is the soon to be released film Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is based upon the novel by the same name which is the first in a best-selling trilogy. The novel portrays a relationship between a 28 year old mega-millionaire, Christian Grey, and a 22 year old college student and virgin, Anastasia Steele. Central to their relationship, however, is the normalization of dating violence, intimate partner violence (IPV) and the romanticizing of bondage, submission and sadomasochism (BDSM). Due to the well documented association between adolescents viewing violence and sexual behavior in the media and then engaging in those risky behaviorsB, it is imperative parents “immunize” their children and adolescents against the toxic messages in this series of novels and film.Dr. Amy Bonomi and colleagues analyzed Fifty Shades of Grey the novel for episodes of IPV using criteria from the CDC and Smith’s conceptualization of perceived threat, managing, altered identity, yearning, entrapment and dis-empowerment experienced by abused women.C These researchers found evidence of emotional abuse in almost every encounter between the two main characters. Examples included stalking, intimidation and isolation. They found sexual violence to be “pervasive” starting with Christian’s use of alcohol to compromise Ana’s consent to engage in a sexual relationship. Furthermore, they documented that Ana demonstrates reactions experienced by abused women: constant perceived threat, an altered identity and stressful managing. They conclude that the character of Ana, with whom young women come to identify, “becomes dis-empowered and entrapped in the relationship as her behaviors become mechanized in response to Christian’s abuse.” read more

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Margaret Mary Health is hosting programs across the region for those interested in changing a Medicare plan.Marge Willer, State Health Insurance Program volunteer, will present information on changing from Original to a Medicare Advantage Plan and vice versa.The open enrollment period began Wednesday and concludes December 7.MMH will hold presentations at the following location and times:Versailles – Tyson Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. (Contact: 812-689-5894)Osgood – Osgood Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. (Contact: 812-689-4011)Batesville – Southeast Indiana YMCA on Wednesday Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. (Contact 812-934-6006)Brookville – Franklin County Library on Wednesday November 5 at 1 p.m. (Contact 765-647-4031)Light refreshments will be served. Following each presentation, attendees will have time for a Q and A session.Attendees are asked to bring prescription medication list and Medicare number.last_img read more

first_imgThe ECHS AquaTrojan Women start the 2014-2014 campaign 2-0 with wins against South Ripley and Milan on Thursday night at ECHS.EC won with 125 points, South Ripley second with 111 and coming third was Milan with 58 points.Winners include Emily Betts-1 Meter Diving, Alexis deLong- 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, and 400 Freestyle Relay.ECHS hits the road for the next contest against Greensburg on December 2. Come out and support the AquaTrojans.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — Take a quick scan of the room and the Syracuse table stands out.At most of the other schools’ tables, there was a sampling of the teams’ skills — usually a bigger lineman or linebacker and an agile, but smaller skill player that the Atlantic Coast Conference is known for.Not at SU’s table, where the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Macky MacPherson sat across the table from the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Jay Bromley. Both play in the middle of the field– MacPherson as a center and Bromley as a defensive tackle– and will be central to the Orange’s success this season and the culture that new head coach Scott Shafer is emphasizing at Syracuse.“It starts in the trenches,” Bromley said. “There is no Tajh Boyd if his line doesn’t block, there’s no Ryan Nassib if his line doesn’t block. The game starts and ends in the trenches.”Twenty minutes before they sat down in the Grandville Ballroom at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center for the ACC Football Kickoff, Boyd commanded attention at a table nearby. By the time MacPherson and Bromley actually sat and spoke, a Florida State wide receiver and defensive back had taken Boyd’s table. Maryland was represented by a quarterback and a defensive back and Pittsburgh had a wide receiver there, as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMacPherson and Bromley were mountainous presences in their corner of the room, indicative of how they will take to the ACC.Clemson and Florida State are the centerpieces, with their high-flying offenses being the shining examples of what the ACC is known for. MacPherson and Bromley both know that — they both repeatedly cited that as what stands out to them about their new conference.Syracuse doesn’t necessarily have the ultra-talented skill players or a clear-cut veteran quarterback, and that played into MacPherson and Bromley’s representation for SU on Sunday. But it’s also a glimpse into the style that the Orange will play. Without those skill guys or an established quarterback, SU’s success will rely on trench play more than ever.“I think we’re an intense ground-and-pound, we’re-going-to-impose-our-will-on-you-kind of team and we’re going to do that by being physical and being tough,” MacPherson said. “And that’s the way we’re going to do it.”MacPherson himself knows a lot about the ACC. He’s a college football fan and has watched most teams play. The ACC is a major conference that puts teams in high-profile bowl games, so MacPheron’s interest makes sense.SU is coming off a conference title, but in the smaller Big East. Elements of that could be in play this year — MacPherson points out that most teams probably don’t know a lot about Syracuse, but the inverse is true, too. A lack of familiarity with Syracuse could surprise some teams, but the Orange hasn’t seen most of these teams either.Sunday was the Orange’s first chance to get an up-close peek at its new conference rivals. Bromley has had a chance now to meet them away from the football field even if they’re “just guys in shorts and slacks.” Sunday was a first impression, but to Bromley the impressions won’t matter until play begins.“We realize that they’re regular people,” Bromley said. “They’re cool guys, I’m having fun with them. They’re funny guys, I wouldn’t mind being their teammate, but at the end of the day we play for opposite schools and one day we’re going to meet on that field.”Plenty could change by the time SU begins actually playing in the ACC. Some under-the-radar player could become a star in training camp. The wide receiver position could find more stability. A quarterback will almost certainly be established.Whatever transpires over the next month or so, though, Syracuse has an identity. It’s different than most ACC teams’, but in the minds of MacPherson and Bromley it’s one that can lead to success — even in a new league.“Personally, I’m biased because I’m an offensive lineman, but your teams win or lose in the trenches,” MacPherson said. “You can have the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the nation. If you don’t have a half-way decent offensive line to protect them, you’re not going to win games.” Comments Published on July 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe University of New Mexico is not a perennial powerhouse.The school began playing baseball in 1899 but has advanced to the NCAA postseason only once. When it comes to ranking the greats in baseball history, USC is certainly at or near the top. New Mexico is not.Versatile · Sophomore right hander Ben Mount will get the start on Saturday against New Mexico after pitching in relief last weekend. – Avi Kushlan | Daily TrojanBut make no mistake about it, the Lobos can play. Just ask No. 3 Texas.Two weeks ago, both teams opened the season in Austin, Texas, where then-No. 1 Texas dropped two of three games to unranked New Mexico.Now, nobody is taking the Lobos lightly.The Lobos (6-3) come to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series with the Trojans (4-4) that starts tonight. And UNM brings a lot of firepower.Junior catcher Rafael Neda has picked up right where he left off in 2009. Through nine games, he’s hitting .447 with a team-leading two home runs and 10 RBIs. Last season, he finished the year batting over .400.Two of his teammates, senior outfielder Chris Juarez and senior first baseman/outfielder Justin Howard, are also hitting over .400 for the season. Howard is one of the most patient hitters on the team, sporting an on-base percentage of more than .500 to complement his hitting.The Trojans will counter with a slightly different rotation than the one they’ve used the last two weeks.Sophomore pitcher Andrew Triggs (1-0, 5.11) will make his third start of the season in tonight’s contest. Triggs has 11 strikeouts in just over 12 innings of work.Senior pitcher Kevin Couture      (0-0, 3.12) will also make his regular start Sunday. He pitched only one and two-thirds innings last Sunday against UCLA, leaving the game at Dodger Stadium early after being hit by a line drive in the second inning. But he is ready to go for the series finale.Saturday’s start, however, will go to sophomore Ben Mount, instead of sophomore Chad Smith. Mount (0-1, 4.05) has pitched well for the Trojans as a starter and a reliever.He made his lone start of the season on Feb. 23 against Loyola Marymount and went six strong innings. On Sunday, he relieved Couture and went four and one-third innings while allowing three runs.He took the loss in the game last Sunday but pitched well in defeat. Now, he joins the weekend rotation, at least for this series.The Lobos are in the middle of a five-game road trip. They traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to take on New Mexico State and split the two-game series. They won the first game 9-6 before dropping Wednesday’s contest, 17-8.USC last played UNM in 1985 at Dedeaux Field. The Lobos won, 7-1, but the Trojans lead the all-time series 3-1.Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, and Sunday’s matchup will begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgPresident and Bankroller of Tema Youth Football Club, Wilfred Osei Kweku ‘Palmer’, has claimed former Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, is equivalent to ten members of the current GFA Executive Council.Palmer was the deputy to Nyantakyi before the latter was forced to resign from his post and subsequently banned from all football-related activities by FIFA after being filmed in a corruption documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.Palmer believes Nyantakyi’s understanding of the game is incomparable to the current handlers of the GFA and can’t be put in the same bracket.“I’m not bragging but Nyantakyi alone is equivalent to ten. The quality of any Exco meeting is by the leader. You can’t compare Kurt to Kwesi Nyantakyi”, he said on Angel FM.“Whoever was going to replace Nyantakyi was going to have a hectic time because when you take over from a colossus like Kwesi, you have to be mindful of so many things”, he added.Nyantakyi was GFA President for 13 years between 2005 and 2018 when he was forced out of office following corruption allegations brought forth by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary.After one year of normalisation, a new GFA administration was installed in October 2019 led by a new President, Kurt Okraku.Palmer, who is perceived to be a loyalist of Nyantakyi, was disqualified from the contesting the GFA elections last year. He appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a verdict is expected to be delivered on September 1, 2020.last_img read more

first_imgDillon Paulson won’t have to drive far to meet with the team that drafted him. The USC first baseman was selected by the Dodgers in the 13th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft on Wednesday.Meeting the Dodgers’ right fielder might be awkward. In October 2013, Paulson used a gay slur in reference to Yasiel Puig on his Twitter account. It was the only instance of that slur, or any derogatory slur against Puig, on Paulson’s Twitter timeline.Image of deleted tweet from Dillon Paulson.“There’s nothing that excuses that,” Paulson said in a telephone interview. “It’s not correct. It’s embarrassing. Being young and dumb is not an excuse. I’m embarrassed. I wish it never went out. I was young, thinking it was funny. It’s obviously not funny. It’s not the way I want to represent myself. Not how I want to carry myself.”After his name was called in the draft, Paulson said he was advised by the Dodgers to go through his old tweets and delete anything that could be construed as offensive. By Wednesday afternoon, the tweet had been deleted. Paulson isn’t the first draft pick this year to get in trouble for an old tweet. On Tuesday, Colorado Rockies draft pick Ryan Rolison deleted a controversial tweet about President Barack Obama from 2012: “Well we have one hope left … if someone shoots him during his speech.”Rolison told The Athletic in a telephone interview that “it was a stupid tweet. It was immature of me. I had no idea what I was talking about.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I found that and said, yeah, I don’t want that to be there,” Paulson said.A Dodgers spokesperson said the social media accounts of prospective draft picks are monitored as a general policy. This tweet, however, was missed prior to the draft.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Paulson, who turns 21 on Sunday, is from Encinitas and attended high school at nearby Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach. He said he was a fan of the San Diego Padres all his life, but he’ll have no problem giving that up.The Dodgers, he said, are “basically a hometown team, where I’ve been the last three years of my life.”In his junior season with USC, Paulson started all 54 games that he appeared in. He batted .255, hit 10 home runs and drove in 41 runs. According to his biography on USC’s official website, Paulson is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society.last_img read more

first_imgThey take on Gigira Laitepo United FC at 3pm today at Bisini Soccer Grounds in Port Moresby in round six of the NSL competition.Hekari remains unbeaten in the southern conference on 15 points after round five while rival Gigira Laitepo has five points on the ladder.The minor premiers will be banking on skipper and national representative David Muta to lead them to victory and the strong attack of Koriak Upaiga, Papalau Awele and Erickson Komeng.Newcomer Gigira has top players July Elijah, Ian Yanum and Moses Arisim to keep them on track.In yesterday’s results, PKA Rapatona FC defeated Erema Gulf FC 3-1 and FC Port Moresby thrashed Huawei PS United FC 6-0.For the northern conference, Madang FC thrashed Besta PNG United FC 3-0 while Welgris Morobe United drew with Admiralty FC 1-1 at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.Up in Goroka, the home team lost to champions Lae City Dwellers 4-0 at the National Sports Institute.last_img read more