Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made centuries and shared a stand of 226 to put India on course for a big first-innings total against England on the first day of the second Test on Thursday.Kohli was unbeaten on 151 and Ravichandran Ashwin on one as India reached 317 for four at the close after winning the toss in the first ever test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam.On a surface expected to assist the spinners from early on, Kohli had no hesitation in batting but his plans suffered an early jolt. (SCORECARD)Fit-again opener Lokesh Rahul lasted just five deliveries as fast bowler Stuart Broad dismissed him in his first over.Rahul fell for a duck, hanging his bat away from his body to edge Broad to Ben Stokes at the third slip.His opening partner Murali Vijay looked in good touch, hitting four crisply driven boundaries in his 20 before he fell to James Anderson.ANDERSON STRIKESEngland’s highest test wicket-taker bowled cross seam to extract steep bounce and hit Vijay on his glove for Stokes to complete a simple catch.The wicket marked a successful return for Anderson, who had not played since August with a shoulder injury and replaced fast bowler Chris Woakes in the side.The hosts were struggling on 22-2 when Kohli and Pujara came together.The right-handed pair had few problems in negotiating the English bowlers and their only moments of concerns in the first session were a couple of run-out opportunities.England did not manage to separate the pair before tea, which was taken few minutes earlier after a stray dog ran on to the field and held up play.advertisementPujara survived a England review for leg before against Moeen Ali and brought up his 10th test hundred with his second six off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.”The way we are placed at the moment, I think anything above 500 will be a good total for us,” Pujara, whose ton was his third in as many Tests, said.”We would like to put up a big total and hopefully won’t have to bat again.”Playing his 50th test, Kohli, who was dropped on 56 at fine leg by Rashid off Stokes, pushed Anderson through the covers to register his 14th hundred.Cook tried everything to separate the duo, including asking his bowlers to operate with eight fielders on one side to stem the flow of runs and frustrate the batsmen.Anderson returned to finally break the partnership when Pujara was out on 119 after getting a thick edge to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli then added 68 for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane before the latter was out for 23 to give Anderson his third scalp. None of England’s spinners managed a wicket on the first day.
The New South Wales State Cup has a different feel to it in 2012, with the Japan Men’s and Women’s Open teams travelling to Port Macquarie for the event. Their attendance at the event is all part of their preparation for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup. The Men’s Open team told www.nswtouch.com.au this morning that they are enjoying their State Cup experience so far, having landed in Australia earlier this week. “This is our third day, we had a bit of a run around yesterday. We’re having lots of fun.”Japan made the semi finals of the 2011 World Cup and finished the tournament in fourth place behind Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They are hopeful that coming to events like this will help them improve for the next World Cup event, to be held in a location in New South Wales in 2015. “We are developing our team towards the 2015 World Cup and we want to get as much experience as we can before 2015.”“In last year’s World Cup, Japan participated in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 35’s but here today we only brought Men’s Open and Women’s Open and only half of our team participated in last year’s World Cup.”Japan has made a good start to the event, defeating the Ryde Eastwood Hawks 7-6 and losing to the Wallsend Wolves by two touchdowns, 5-3.The New South Wales Touch Association would like to thank the Japan Men’s and Women’s teams for taking part in the event and wish them the best of luck for the tournament. Related LinksJapan Enjoying State Cup
He advised that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has identified 50 acres of land in close proximity to the town for the development, which will be similar to that planned for Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was announced in 2017. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that a new town centre is to be built for Falmouth, Trelawny. Mr. Holness said the proposed developments are in keeping with the Government’s policy decision to re-establish Jamaica’s town centres on a more sustainable basis, with smarter and better laid-out facilities and infrastructure. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that a new town centre is to be built for Falmouth, Trelawny.He advised that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has identified 50 acres of land in close proximity to the town for the development, which will be similar to that planned for Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was announced in 2017.The Prime Minister made the announcement during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20), under the theme: ‘Prosperity in Action’.Mr. Holness said the proposed developments are in keeping with the Government’s policy decision to re-establish Jamaica’s town centres on a more sustainable basis, with smarter and better laid-out facilities and infrastructure.This, he said, is in light of the fact that many of these historic towns have outgrown the physical infrastructure and planning laid at their inception.The Prime Minister warned that if left to evolve on their own under existing planning regulations and increasing urbanisation demands on infrastructure, “these towns will become unsustainable and unliveable”, adding that “indeed, this is now the case”.“Old Falmouth has significant heritage and historical value, which, if properly preserved and utilised, could see the significant expansion of the town as a tourism, cultural and lifestyle centre,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license The first report of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) indicates that there is a growing movement stepping up the pressure on shipowners to disclose their approaches to ship recycling.Launched on March 6 at Tradewinds Ship Recycling Forum 2019 in Hong Kong, the report presented data collected through a disclosure questionnaire circulated among shipowners as part of the transparency initiative.Since the SRTI online platform went live in December 2018, eight large shipowners, operating a combined total of more than 1,800 vessels, have voluntarily shared data on their company’s ship recycling policies and practice. All disclosing shipowners have a written policy on ship recycling for their own vessels covering issues related to the environment, labour and human rights in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention.“We’re seeing increasing pressure on shipowners from key stakeholders including investors, retailers and manufacturers,”Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, said.“Conversations with cargo owners, lenders and insurance companies have highlighted that they too want more information on ship recycling to inform their decision-making.”“Shipowners feel the effects of the market as they are being held accountable; the simple act of being transparent about their approach to ship recycling is leading to improved policy, practice and performance,” Stephens added.The SRTI report also revealed how shipowners implement their responsible ship recycling commitments through the use of standard contracts such as BIMCO’s RECYCLECON for the sale of vessels for green recycling; and/or explicit requirements for ship recycling facilities to follow a specific ship recycling plan. All of disclosing shipowners said they monitor facilities’ compliance during the ship recycling process, mostly by way of ongoing supervision and assigning a company representative, and conduct follow-up onsite and spot checks.
WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes through a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.Answer The CallFans can now visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE through Tuesday, August 25 at 12 noon ET to bid on exclusive experiences with WWE Superstar John Cena, Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, talk show hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa and many more. WWE’s support of “Answer The Call” is part of WWE’s community outreach initiatives in celebration of SummerSlam, which takes place on Sunday, August 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.“We are thrilled to have WWE’s support as they ‘Answer the Call’ for the families of New York City’s fallen first responders,” said Mark Messier, Vice President of Community Affairs for the NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. “Our partnership will ensure that we continue to provide a network of support and financial assistance for those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.”“WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to help improve the lives of families around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to support ‘Answer The Call’ and the families of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their city.”Online auction highlights include: • Mark Messier’s personal New York Rangers tickets and a meet and greet with the Hockey Hall of Famer. • Meet and greet with John Cena at Monday Night Raw. • Take over the court at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. • Backstage tour and meet and greet with Stephanie McMahon at Monday Night Raw. • Meet and greet with Stone Cold Steve Austin at a live taping of the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast on WWE Network. • Rookie mini-camp at MetLife Stadium for 50 people. • Suite at a Brooklyn Nets game during the 2015-2016 season and an autographed team photo. • Meet and greet with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman at a WWE event. • Meet and greet with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa and four tickets to LIVE with Kelly & Michael. • Attend the season finale of WWE Tough Enough and meet Daniel Bryan, Paige, Lita, Booker T and Billy Gunn. • Two tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and a mug autographed by Seth Meyers.For more information or to bid on the full list of auction items, visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE. Proceeds will provide assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.
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LONDON — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations.The AP drew on data gathered by the London-based cybersecurity group Certfa to track how a hacking group often nicknamed Charming Kitten spent the past month trying to break into the private emails of more than a dozen U.S. Treasury officials. Also on the hackers’ hit list: high-profile defenders, detractors and enforcers of the nuclear deal struck between Washington and Tehran, as well as Arab atomic scientists, Iranian civil society figures and D.C. think-tank employees.“Presumably, some of this is about figuring out what is going on with sanctions,” said Frederick Kagan, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has written about Iranian cyberespionage and was among those targeted.Kagan said he was alarmed by the targeting of foreign nuclear experts.“This is a little more worrisome than I would have expected,” he said.The hit list surfaced after Charming Kitten mistakenly left one of its servers open to the internet last month. Researchers at Certfa found the server and extracted a list of 77 Gmail and Yahoo addresses targeted by the hackers that they handed to the AP for further analysis. Although those addresses likely represent only a fraction of the hackers’ overall effort — and it’s not clear how many of the accounts were successfully compromised — they still provide considerable insight into Tehran’s espionage priorities.“The targets are very specific,” Certfa researcher Nariman Gharib said.In a report published Thursday , Certfa tied the hackers to the Iranian government, a judgment drawn in part on operational blunders, including a couple of cases where the hackers appeared to have accidentally revealed that they were operating from computers inside Iran. The assessment was backed by others who have tracked Charming Kitten. Allison Wikoff, a researcher with Atlanta-based Secureworks, recognized some of the digital infrastructure in Certfa’s report and said the hackers’ past operations left little doubt they were government-backed.“It’s fairly clear-cut,” she said.Calls to Iranian officials were not returned late Wednesday, the beginning of the weekend in the country.Iran has previously denied responsibility for hacking operations, but an AP analysis of its targets suggests that Charming Kitten is working in close alignment with the Islamic Republic’s interests. The most striking among them were the nuclear officials — a scientist working on a civilian nuclear project for the Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence, a senior operator at the Research and Training Reactor in the Jordanian city of Ramtha, and a high-ranking researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria.The trio suggested a general interest in nuclear technology and administration. Others on the hit list — such as Guy Roberts, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defence Programs — pointed to an eagerness to keep track of officials charged with overseeing America’s nuclear arsenal.“This is something I’ve been worried about,” Roberts said when alerted to his presence on the list.Still more targets are connected to the Iran deal — a 2015 pact negotiated by former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration and other world powers that called for Tehran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Trump tore up the deal in May over the objections of most of America’s allies and has re-imposed a series of punishing restrictions on Iran since.One of Charming Kitten’s targets was Andrew J. Grotto, whose tenure on the U.S. National Security Council straddled the Obama and Trump administrations and who has written about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.Jarrett Blanc, the State Department co-ordinator responsible for the implementation of the nuclear deal under Obama, was also on the list. He said news of his targeting was no shock.“I’ve retained contact with Iranian counterparts since leaving government,” he said. “I’d be very surprised if there were not Iranian groups trying to hack into my various email accounts.”Like the Russian hackers who have chased after America’s drone, space and submarine secrets , the list indicates that Iranian spies were also interested in the world of U.S. defence companies. One of those targeted is a senior director of “breakthrough technology” at the aerospace arm of Honeywell International Inc., the New Jersey-based industrial conglomerate; another is a vice-president at Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp., a prominent Pentagon contractor.Honeywell said it was aware that one of its employees had their personal account “exposed,” adding that there was no evidence that the company’s network was compromised. SAIC said it found no trace of any hacking attempt against its employee’s account.There were Iranian targets too, including media workers, an agronomist and a senior employee of the country’s Department of Environment — a possible sign that Tehran’s crackdown on environmentalists , which began earlier this year, continues apace.Hacking has long been a feature of the tense relationship between the United States and Iran, whose militant brand of Shia Islam has challenged American interests in the Middle East since 1979.It was against Iran that U.S. and Israeli spies are said to have deployed the pioneering, centrifuge-rattling computer worm dubbed Stuxnet in a bid to sabotage the country’s uranium enrichment capabilities. Iranian hackers in turn are blamed for denial of service assaults on American banks and computer-wrecking cyberattacks in Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional archrival.The Charming Kitten campaign uncovered by Certfa is far less sophisticated, generally relying on a password-stealing technique called phishing. Two Nov. 17 emails provided to the AP by Jim Sisco of Enodo Global Inc., a Virginia-based risk advisory firm that was targeted by Charming Kitten, mimic the look and feel of Gmail security alerts, a technique used by hackers across the globe.An analysis of Certfa’s data shows the group targeted at least 13 U.S. Treasury employees’ personal emails, including one belonging to a director at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which fights money laundering and terror financing, and one used by the Iran licensing chief at the Office of Foreign Asset Control, which is in charge of enforcing U.S. sanctions. But a few employees’ LinkedIn profiles referenced back office jobs or routine tax work.That suggested “a fairly scattershot attempt,” said Clay Stevenson, a former Treasury official who now consults on sanctions and was himself targeted by Charming Kitten.Others’ experience suggests a more professional effort.Georgetown University professor and South Asia security expert Christine Fair said she had only recently returned from a conference in Afghanistan attended by Iranian officials and a visit to the Iranian border when she learned she was in the hackers’ sights.“The timing is uncanny,” she said.Another Charming Kitten target was an intern working for the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, a Washington think-tank that has been one of the Iran deal’s fiercest critics. How the intern — whose email isn’t public and whose name appears nowhere on the organization’s website — crossed the hackers’ radar is not clear. The foundation issued a statement calling the revelation “yet another indicator that Iran must be viewed as a nefarious actor in all theatres in which it operates.”Kagan, the scholar, said most signs pointed to a serious, state-backed operation.“It doesn’t look like freelancers,” he said.___Monika Mathur and Desmond Butler in Washington contributed to this report.___Online:Certfa’s report: https://blog.certfa.com/posts/the-return-of-the-charming-kitten___Raphael Satter can be reached at: http://raphaelsatter.comRaphael Satter, The Associated Press
The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008 study has forecast that global economic growth will slow to 3.4 per cent this year, compared to 3.7 per cent in 2007 and 3.9 per cent in 2006. “US consumption, which has been driving much of the growth in the recent period, is clearly not going to be sustained in the forthcoming period,” Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at the launch of the report in New York. A downturn in the US economy could lead to a decline in consumption resulting from the bursting of the housing bubble, as well as the sub-prime mortgage crisis, he added. The report – authored by UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – noted that major European economies and, to a lesser extent, Japan and other developed countries are feeling the spillover effects from the downturn in the US, and the growth prospects of these countries have been downgraded. “Developing countries will also be very much affected by this likely slowdown in the US,” Mr. Sundaram pointed out, with poorer nations potentially suffering from reduced demand, slower growth and a weakening of commodity prices. Last year saw developing countries experience vigorous growth of nearly 7 per cent, while this grew to 8 per cent among transition economies due to buoyant commodity prices and strong domestic demand. However, the growth of poorer nations and those in transition is highly dependent on the global economic environment, which in turn mostly driven by the major developed countries. African nations, who experienced strong growth in 2007, are expected to perform well this year and expand by up to 6 per cent, according to the report. “Overall, 102 countries out of 160 have grown in per capita terms more than 3 per cent in the last year, which was an extraordinary achievement,” said Heiner Flassbeck, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, at the report’s co-launch in Geneva today. Very few countries on the continent were unable to benefit from these trends due to political instability or other internal problems, he added. The study – whose regional forecasts will be launched this week in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Moscow and Mexico City – urged the reform of the voting power and governance structure of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so that developing countries are better represented and to soften a steep and abrupt decline of the dollar. The governance problems of the IMF have “undermined its legitimacy and its ability to work more effectively,” Mr. Sundaram observed. Urgent measures must be taken to remedy the situation to maintain political, social and economic stability, he added. 9 January 2008Although the global economy will continue to grow in 2008, a new United Nations report launched today warned that this expansion is under threat, mainly by the slowdown of the United States economy.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty for his role in falsely labeling foreign crab meat as fresh Chesapeake blue crab.Federal prosecutors said Thursday in a statement that 42-year-old Michael P. Casey pleaded guilty to conspiring with his father, James Casey, who owned Casey’s Seafood in Newport News. The elder Casey was sentenced in January to two years in prison.G. Zachary Terwilliger is the U.S. Attorney for Virginia’s Eastern District. He says the crab came from places in South America as well as China and Vietnam. He said about 400,000 pounds (181,400 kilograms) with a retail value in the millions of dollars were falsely labeled.Terwilliger said the ruse undermined the local seafood economy. The younger Casey faces up to five years in prison at his November sentencing.The Associated Press
A study of Greek women who migrated to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s is to be released, which explores their experiences and the role they played in maintaining Hellenism down under. According to Dr John Yiannakis, research fellow and historian at Curtin University, the female voice is one that has only come to be valued in recent years.“At the moment there’s a growing trend in history and sociology to look at the female migrant experience because it has been overlooked for a long time.“This study adds to the understanding and appreciation of the female experience,” Dr Yiannakis told Neos Kosmos.Co-written by Anna Amera and Emeritus Professor Reg Appleyard, Black Night, White Day: Greece Born Women in Australia looks at the experiences of 78 women, most of who came from the Peloponnese and were invited as part of a government scheme to counter the gender imbalance in Greek migration to Australia experienced in the late ’50s and early ’60s.“They came from villages, some of them hadn’t been further than that town, but they chose to pack up and make their way to Athens,” says Dr Yiannakis.“There they were given some very basic training on how to use a stove and washing machine because these things were completely alien to them. A lot of these towns didn’t have electricity, or it had just arrived.”Many of the newcomers didn’t expect to be away from their home in Greece for long, explains the professor.“A lot of them had the view that whether they did or didn’t find a partner, they’d go back or be sending money back. They were told there’d be opportunities here, they’d be earning good money.”For many, life down under proved tougher than expected, with difficulties ranging from the language barrier, isolation, and in some cases discrimination.Their first experience of Australian society was in the rural town of Berri, South Australia, where they were exposed to harsh working conditions and sexism. “It was harsh and difficult in the sense of being harassed, men trying to get sexual favours from them. “They’d come from very closed villages where the boundaries between how females and males interact are very established. They came to this environment where there’s all these blokes knocking on the door in the middle of the night,” says Dr Yiannakis.While some returned to Greece, others were able to overcome the difficulties and through hard work ended up owning properties, with 79 per cent of their children going on to complete their HSC equivalent. “When you consider the situation the mothers were in, most of them had very basic schooling, a lot of them were raising these kids in rather tough inner suburban suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney, so that was quite an achievement.” When 56 of the women were interviewed again in 2007, Dr Yiannakis says most expressed the view that they had made the right decision in coming to Australia. “A number of them who had gone back to Greece expressed the view that they wished they had stayed in Australia. But most who had gone back to Greece to live permanently were glad they had made that decision.”While the study contributes greatly to migration literature, more than anything the female voice completes the picture; their experiences differing greatly from that of their male counterparts.“They contributed to the Australian economy, society and Greek communities – that can’t be understated. They proved to be anchors for the family and the male migrants, many of whom were feeling isolated and quite desolate.”Included as part of the study are examples of poems and songs written by the migrants at the time, which Dr Yiannakis says “are quite telling”. “That’s where we get the title of the book – Black Night, White Day – that was a recurring theme. It was a lot harder than they thought.” Black Night, White Day, Greece Born Women in Australia will be launched on Sunday 1 November at 3.00 pm at Castellorizian House, Cnr. Anzac and Kalgoorlie Streets, Mount Hawthorn, WA. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
As details of a state budget deal emerged Thursday, it appeared Southwest Washington business leaders could breathe a sigh of relief.Under the budget agreement, which remains to be voted on, Oregonians still won’t have to pay sales tax when they shop on the Washington side of the Columbia River, state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said Thursday. This year, lawmakers mulled whether to make Oregonians pay the tax, with the understanding that they could apply online for a tax refund later. Business leaders said making any changes to the exemption would harm retailers in Clark County.After learning the budget news, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce president Kelly Parker said she was “excited” and “very relieved.”“I’m very grateful to our delegation in Clark County from the 17th and 18th districts who were steadfast in their dedication” to protecting the exemption, Parker said. “It was just a matter of helping the majority of legislators understand that while it looked good on paper, it didn’t translate into real savings for the state of Washington.”Vancouver niche businesses — such as furniture shops and art galleries — get 25 to 40 percent of their business from Oregon shoppers, Parker has said. She estimated that changing the exemption rules would have resulted in 15- to 30-percent reductions in business for some retailers.Oregon shoppers are not used to having to pay a sales tax, Parker said. They also have plenty of shopping choices in Portland.“Oregon consumers don’t have to come up here and won’t pay a sales tax,” she said. If Oregonians avoid shopping in Washington, then Washington state won’t see the increase in revenue expected from eliminating the exemption, she added.Under Washington law, shoppers from other states or Canadian provinces are exempt from paying retail sales tax if they live somewhere with a sales tax of 3 percent or less. Qualifying states include Oregon, Montana and Alaska.
Need to know:A year-round pensions engagement strategy can help to maintain and increase interest levels over the longer term.Certain personal and national events can serve as opportunities to shine a spotlight on pensions and build momentum.Including pensions in a wider financial wellbeing strategy can enable staff to better visualise the impact current pensions engagement can have on their future lifestyles. Increasing understanding of the impact pension saving has on the lifestyles and choices we aspire to in retirement, and the steps that need to be considered to achieve these, is not a quick or easy task. A sustained, year-round approach to pensions engagement can help to build employees’ pensions knowledge and empower them to take action that supports their financial health in retirement.Set clearly defined goals The first step to developing a pensions engagement strategy is to define what the strategy aims to achieve, the activity it is trying to promote, and how success will be measured. Identifying the advantages to the organisation that such a strategy could bring can also play a key role in the level of support provided to deliver it effectively.David Pugh, managing partner at Lemonade, says: “Starting with a focus on why it benefits the business really helps to get executive buy-in. Then it’s a case of thinking about existing resources in terms of HR and external consultants, and whether they have the time and expertise to deliver the plan.”Setting short- and medium-term goals that contribute to the ultimate aim of a long-term strategy can provide focus points for each stage of this approach, and prevent multiple messages from competing for attention, which can reduce their impact. If the long-term goal is to generally improve engagement with the pension scheme, for example, a medium-term target may be to increase pension contribution levels or encourage a proactive approach to investment choices, says David Millar, head of client communications at JLT Employee Benefits.Make the most of occasions to build momentumParticular events that occur throughout the year can be seen as an opportunity to gather momentum around a pensions engagement strategy. Personal milestones, such as when an employee passes their probation period, when they receive a pay rise or are awarded a bonus, or perhaps when they celebrate a significant birthday, as well as workplace-wide events, such as open benefit selection windows, can be used to shine a spotlight on pension saving at a time when staff might be more open to reviewing, and potentially making changes to, their current level of involvement with the pension scheme.National events can also serve as touchpoints for engagement. For many organisations, this will take the form of communications around changes to pension legislation, but for those organisations that already have a well-established pensions communication strategy in place, this could also extend to current events in a wider sense. “There’s been a huge amount of coverage on Brexit and the word ‘pension’ has come up a lot of times,” says Millar.“If [an employer] is starting from a base of never having communicated [about pensions] then talking about the impact of Brexit on pension savings is quite a difficult link to get across to staff. But if it has been regularly communicating then this is an opportunity to tie something that is happening in the national consciousness to workplace savings, and that’s the kind of thing that builds momentum.”Trevor Rutter, communication consultant at Like Minds, adds: “It’s a matter of timing to make sure that [employees] get messages at a time when they are, a, likely to look at them and, b, they are able to do something about it.”If an employee is unable to immediately take action prompted by the communications, then it may be all the more difficult to engage them in similar behaviours on subsequent occasions.Avoid pension silosIncluding pensions in a wider financial education and wellbeing strategy can improve employees’ understanding about how pension saving relates to their financial situation and lifestyle, both now and in the future. Pugh says: “A lot of [organisations] beat the drum around pensions but I think [an engagement strategy] needs to involve a range of elements around financial health, such as surveys, and interactive tools.”The introduction of new online tools can also provide a good opportunity to re-engage staff with their pension scheme. Phil Farrell, partner at consultancy Quantum Advisory, says: “We’ve seen a real increase in interest in pensions from people when you give them access to online capability; online access and the ability to model scenarios are really powerful tools.”However, a continuous communications approach is still required to maintain employees’ interest. “It needs a drip-feed [communications approach] to keep people engaged on a regular basis so that they keep going [online] and looking at their account,” explains Farrell.As Rutter says: “Most communication programmes will only work if [employers] keep at it. The beauty of having a programme that has regular staging posts throughout the year and tries to build momentum over the long term, is that it recognises the fact that [they] are not just hitting [employees] with a one-off event and then going to sleep on the subject until the next year.” Viewpoint: Pensions education must start early on in employees’ working livesAutomatic enrolment owes its success to the harnessing of inertia. Employees are, by default, enrolled into their employer’s pension scheme and contributions are automatically deducted and invested on their behalf.However, in spite of its success in bringing so many employees into workplace pension saving, automatic enrolment is not on its own sufficient to guarantee optimal retirement outcomes. Ideally, employees should be actively engaged with retirement planning from an early age.In an era where the vast majority of private sector workers are enrolled into a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme, it is vital that they have a realistic understanding of the contribution rates required to generate an adequate retirement fund. Currently, the statutory minimum contribution required of employees is just 1% of earnings over the £5,824 lower earnings threshold. In monetary terms this is trivial.While statutory minimum rates are set to rise in coming years, it would be preferable for employees to understand from the outset that retirement saving is a significant financial commitment and are, therefore, prepared to budget accordingly.With a liberalised regime governing the use of retirement savings, it is important that employees understand exactly what their options are. Ideally, they should be considering how they might use their savings and give thought as to when this is to happen. A growing problem in future years is the spectre of longevity risk; with annuities no longer a statutory requirement it is inevitable that some retirees will outlive their savings.A workplace education programme that promotes effective engagement is the best way of ensuring that employees understand pension saving and are empowered to make informed decisions. Such a programme should start early in an employee’s working life.A key aspect of effective engagement with workplace pensions is understanding that discussion of pensions is not just for those approaching retirement but is a topic to be addressed at all stages of a career.Tim Middleton is technical consultant at the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) Gerald Eve engages staff with pension saving through bonus scheme and financial education Property consultancy Gerald Eve, which employs more than 430 staff across nine UK offices, utilises a range of communication channels and topical and lifestage-focused financial education support to engage its employees with pension saving.Gerald Eve has a high pensions take-up rate, with 93% of eligible employees saving into the group self-invested personal pension (Sipp) scheme offered by the organisation through a pensions salary sacrifice arrangement.The organisation also runs a scheme that enables staff to waive some of their bonus directly into their pension. Employees are reminded of the scheme in communications about their annual salary review. Helen Foley, HR manager at Gerald Eve, says: “We had an increase in take-up [of this scheme] this year compared to previous years, so it’s clearly something that people are starting to use more and think about more.”Staff have access to an online workplace savings platform, provided by Hargreaves Lansdown, which enables them to take an active role in their pension investments should they choose to. The platform also provides access to other savings vehicles, such as a stocks and shares individual savings account (Isa) and a cash Isa.Gerald Eve ensures its employees are informed about their pension options from day one; new starters receive informational material from both the employer and pension provider upon joining the firm, and each September Gerald Eve’s graduate intake participates in a financial education session to engage them with saving from the very beginning of their tenure with the organisation.One-to-one financial education sessions, run by Hargreaves Lansdown, are available to staff on site around twice a year, in addition to group sessions. As a follow-on from the graduate sessions, the organisation has also offered financial education support to staff that addresses the factors that may be most important to them through different life stages, whether that be preparing to have a family or approaching retirement. Employees who are beginning to think about retirement also have the opportunity to take part in off-site seminars, provided by Close Brothers.Foley says: “We’re lucky in that most of our managers are very transparent and able to have those open and honest conversations about long-term planning. That’s important in terms of succession planning and planning for the business, and being able to support [staff] in the right way in terms of planning for retirement.”Information about the workplace pension scheme is available on the intranet, in addition to communications in emails and the organisation’s HR newsletter. Gerald Eve makes use of targeted emails to inform employees about changes to pensions legislation that are relevant to them, which are designed to complement communications sent out by its pension provider. The organisation gave staff the opportunity to attend a session focusing on the annual and lifetime allowance reductions, run by its pension provider, and plans to offer another session on this topic later this year to increase employees’ awareness of the changes.“We find that it’s about doing what makes sense at the right time,” explains Foley. “With all the changes in pension legislation, it makes sense to have people come in for face-to-face sessions, but we have also sent out emails targeted at different groups that would probably be more affected by the changes.”
Jay-Z Will Re-Open Historic NYC Venue Webster Hall The venue, which is housed in a building built in 1886, closed its doors in 2017 for renovationsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 15, 2019 – 12:08 pm Jay-Z will be the first to perform at New York City’s recently renovated concert space Webster Hall on April 26, the venue has announced.The rapper will perform his B-Sides 2 set “for Day 1 fans,” the hall tweeted. The venue is housed in a building made in 1886 and closed its doors in 2017 for renovations. The New York Times reports that fans were worried the space would lose its historic ties to its dance and gay culture when it closed, but Brooklyn Sports Entertainment (BSE), a unit of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who bought Webster two years ago, said that they were committed to preserving its history. News “In renovating one of New York’s most historic and iconic venues, our goals were simple and straightforward; maintain the integrity of the space, modernize it to create an incredible concert experience for fans and performers, and book a dynamic mix of artists in music today,” Jay Marciano, chairperson and CEO of AEG Presents said in a statement. “Today’s announcement of JAY-Z to open Webster Hall, along with an eclectic line-up of artists throughout its opening month, achieves all of those goals positioning the venue to continue its success for decades to come.”Other artists to perform at Webster Hall include Dillon Francis on April 27, Rosalia on April 29–30 and Vampire Weekend on May 5. Tickets for Jay-Z’s opening night go on sale to the general public on April 19 at 11 a.m. ET. For more information, visit the Webster Hall website. Agoria On Making His First Album In Eight Years, Playing Coachella & The Architecture Of Dance Music https://twitter.com/WebsterHall/status/1117753314169503744 Twitter Jay-Z Will Re-Open NYC’s Historic Webster Hall jay-z-will-re-open-historic-nyc-venue-webster-hall Facebook Email
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APD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)One person is in custody following a fatal shooting Monday in South Anchorage.Anchorage Police responded to a report of a male being shot inside a trailer on the 4000 block of Lore Road Monday just before 7:45 p.m.When officers arrived, they discovered the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.The suspect was transported to the Anchorage Police Department on Monday evening for questioning.No additional details about the suspect or the victim are immediately available.
Bengaluru: With Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa proving majority on the floor of Assembly on Monday, the next focus is on cabinet expansion, likely to be completed by this weekend, senior BJP leaders said. The BJP would also have to finalise its nominee for the post of the assembly Speaker as incumbent KR Ramesh Kumar resigned soon after the floor test. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us “One stage is over, BJP has won the floor test. Next course is cabinet expansion. Our senior leaders both at the state and the Centre will sit together and decide on it at the earliest,” senior BJP leader and MLA Suresh Kumar said. Speaking to reporters here, he said, “I think it should be over by this weekend.” Yediyurappa alone was sworn in as chief minister on Friday, three days after the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition ministry following rebellion by a section of the ruling combine MLAs. Also Read – Kamal Nath states that there is no struggle over leader’s post in MP Advertise With Us The appointment of new Speaker will be decided in a day or two as the post cannot be kept vacant, Suresh Kumar, who is also the BJP spokesperson said. He, however, brushed aside speculations of him being considered for the job, stating that “no body has spoken to me about that.” According to BJP sources, Yediyurappa is likely to visit Delhi soon and hold discussions with the party leadership in this regard. Advertise With Us With a large number of aspirants, the Chief Minister has to walk a tight rope while deciding on the cabinet expansion. However, he has a respite as there is no immediate obligation for him to induct the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, whose resignations helped BJP to form the government, as 17 of them have been disqualified by the Speaker. The disqualified MLAs have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s decision, announced in two batches on Thursday and Sunday. BJP sources said Yediyurappa may not go for large scale cabinet expansion immediately.
New estimates by Macmillan Cancer Support show that an average Briton spends £49,581 on booze in his lifetime. Around 1.3m Britishers spend more than triple that, shelling out £167,000 on liquor during their lifetime. Spirits top the list as preferred tipple for 18 to 24-year-olds, while those aged over 45 prefer wine. The average Britisher spends £787 per year on alcohol.The research surveyed 2,000 people in the UK over the age of 18. Men splashed more cash on booze than women, spending an average of £934.44 per year compared to women who annually spend £678.60. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe study also looked at what type of alcoholic drink Britisher preferred. Around 1 in 3 (34%) of those surveyed said wine was their top tipple, followed in second and third place by beer and spirits. Recently, as many as 34 leading companies which make up a formidable part of United Kingdom’s alcohol industry including Carlsberg, Diageo and Heineken decided to shed a billion units of alcohol by 2015, under an ambitious government plan to help customers drink within limits.
Technology | November 28, 2011 Dunlee Introduces Simplicity OEM Tubes for Advanced CT Applications Dunlee, an OEM supplier of tubes for CT and general X-ray applications, will unveil a new line of tubes for advanced CT applications at RSNA 2011. Dunlee booth visitors can view the new Simplicity tube featuring superior thermal capabilities and outstanding image quality while minimizing artifacts. Simplicity tubes have scalable features that can be customized based on the OEM’s specific needs. The housing assembly allows the OEM to design their CT system around one mechanical tube platform, while having the option to select from a variety of technical options. Simplicity tubes are compatible with 50-100kw applications and available from 4.0-8.0 MHU inserts. 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