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German minister optimistic despite pension reform headwinds

first_imgThe targeted pensions reform law is set to allow the creation of DC plans, but only with the involvement of collective bargaining parties, in the form of trade unions and employers’ organisations, known as the social partners. In Germany, occupational pensions can take several forms, but all come with some form of guarantee. The proposed law bans guarantees in the context of the DC plans it provides for.  aba has said the ban on guarantees for the new DC plans – if the law is passed and the DC option is taken up by the social partners – must be maintained, i.e. there should be no dilution of the ban on guarantees under the new model.   Nahles said her ministry had worked closely and relatively harmoniously with the finance ministry, led by the CDU’s Wolfgang Schäuble, on the draft pension reform law.There were two main criticisms made about the reform at this late stage of the legislative process, Nahles said.One was a fairly sweeping complaint that the social partner model would not achieve the reform’s objective of boosting occupational pensions coverage among low earners and at small and medium-sized companies.The second concerned the ban on guarantees. Those pushing back against the law were saying they could not imagine this, Nahles said.Nahles argued that the social partner model was a “win-win”, as although the employer would be released from liability for a given pension promise under the new rules, it would still be tied in as the rules required the involvement of the collective bargaining parties in any vehicle set up to provide a DC pension.On the concerns about pensions without guarantees, Nahles said she thought “communication problems” were behind this and that she hoped to be able to resolve this in the coming days before the final reading of the law.She said that capital-funded pension provision without guarantees was “fundamentally new” in Germany but already existed in other countries. She described it as something the country had to face up to.Read more about Germany’s pension reform in IPE’s April magazine Germany’s labour and social affairs minister is seeking to address “communication problems” she suspects are behind resistance to the government’s pension reform plan as it nears the finish line.In a streamlined speech to delegates at the annual conference of Germany’s occupational pensions trade body, aba, Social Democrat (SPD) Andrea Nahles reiterated the need for pension reform, but said that headwinds remained.  Particularly strong resistance was coming “from Munich”, she said. She did not spell out what she meant by this reference to the capital of Bavaria, but it is understood to be a reference to the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of the centre-right CDU party, which forms the coalition government with Nahles’ party. The CSU is said to be being lobbied by some insurers seeking a softening of the proposed ban on guarantees under the new defined contribution (DC) plans the law would allow. The draft law to strengthen occupational pension provision (Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz, or BRSG) is in its final stages. The Bundestag, the larger house of Germany’s parliament, was originally due to debate the reform package in final readings at the end of April, but this was postponed until next week – although the last reading could take place in June. In July it is scheduled to go to the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat. The government wants to have the law passed before general elections in September.last_img read more

Virtual touring a reality

first_imgNEW YORK – The tour was a whirlwind: dancing at a beachside disco in Spain surrounded by scantily clad women, grabbing a seat at a lively pub in Dublin, flying in a small aircraft above a lush, tropical forest. Time elapsed? Less than two hours. With no tickets required, no money spent and no need to leave your seat, touring in the virtual world of “Second Life” holds a certain appeal for travelers willing to delve deep into the Internet to find their escape. Visitors need only download a free program, then log in. With the help of elaborate 3-D locales designed and built by the world’s residents, tourists can watch their online embodiments – known as their avatars – lounge at the beach, dine at a romantic restaurant, or go out dancing at a crowded nightclub. In “Second Life,” even language difficulties are a thing of the past. Visitors can pick up a free translation program and carry on typed conversations with others speaking any of nine languages. For those looking to get their bearings, one option is the guided tour. Virtual travel agency Synthravels seeks to match up “tourists” and volunteer guides in 27 different online worlds, including “Second Life,” “World of Warcraft” and others. On one recent tour of “Second Life,” Synthravels founder Mario Gerosa led the way to a virtual representation of the Spanish island of Ibiza, stopping first at a shop selling traditional flamenco garb, then at a disco surrounded by sand and sea, where with the click of a mouse avatars can dance. Also on the tour: Dublin, a popular hangout among Irish users, and an island called Svarga, where a flying pod carries avatars above what appears to be a rain forest filled with huge trees and giant mushrooms. Like any guided tour in “Second Life,” though, this one carried its own inherent difficulties. With both leader and led under their own power, it was quite easy to get separated. Like the Vatican in the height of tourist season, “Second Life” locations tend to get especially crowded when it’s evening in the U.S. or Europe, and the resulting computer lag time can make navigating cumbersome. And finding a guide can be a challenge. The Synthravels Web site has connected guides and tourists more than 200 times, according to Gerosa. For now, it does not charge visitors or pay guides, and finding a tour depends on the sometimes-fickle interest of volunteers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like in the real world, it’s easy to get lost. Longtime inhabitants of “Second Life” are creating automated tours, opening virtual travel agencies and even publishing travel guidebooks modeled after those seen in the hands of confused tourists. Of course, there are some glaring differences between your average Frommer’s guide and “The Unofficial Tourists’ Guide to Second Life,” published in April by St. Martin’s Press. “There are sections on how to fly and how to hover,” said co-writer Paul Carr. But despite such necessary adjustments, he said, “it’s very much like going to a foreign country.” With the ability to fly and even teleport from place to place in “Second Life,” which hosted more than 1 million visitors in April, a vacation does not need to be a lengthy affair. As they travel to virtual Roman neighborhoods and fantastical worlds, visitors can interact with other participants from all over the (real) world – about three-quarters of users are from outside the U.S., mostly from Europe, Brazil, Canada, Japan and Australia. last_img read more

Have your say on Letterkenny’s Irish Language Plan at this week’s public event

first_imgA meeting will take place this Wednesday 18th September to gain insights from the public on what should be in the Letterkenny Irish Language Plan.Letterkenny is set to gain new investment to develop and deliver an Irish Language Plan as a Gaeltacht Services Town over the next seven years.The plan will bring unique opportunities to the town and will be based on input from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, the body appointed to draft the language plan, is hosting a public event on Wednesday 18th September at 7:00pm in Dillon’s Hotel Letterkenny to outline how the plan will support the learning and usage of the Irish language in Letterkenny.There will be an opportunity for attendees to share their opinions about the language plan and to discuss what they would like to see included.It is hoped that as many members of the community as possible will attend the event. There’s a space for everyone in the language plan, regardless of the level of fluency in Irish that you currently have.There will be new opportunities for young people, for local businesses, for parents raising their children through Irish and for the entire community as a whole. The more input that the community has in the language plan, the better the language plan will be for the area. If you’d like more information on the Irish language plan or about the public meeting, you can email us on [email protected] or [email protected] If you would prefer to call, you can contact 0044 2830 898 242.Cruinniú Poiblí Beidh cruinniú poiblí ar siúl in Óstán Dillon i Leitir Ceanainn Dé Chéadaoin an 18ú Meán Fómhair ag 7:00pm maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn.Ag an chruinniú, roinnfidh Líonra Leitir Ceanainn eolas ar an phlean teanga, a chruthóidh deiseanna nua sa cheantar leis an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim agus a úsáid. Beidh deis ann fosta dóibh siúd atá i láthair a gcuid tuairimí a roinnt linn maidir leis an phlean teanga agus cad a ba mhaith leo a fheiceáil istigh ann.Ba mhaith linn cloisteáil ón oiread sin daoine agus is féidir. Tá spás ann do gach duine sa phlean teanga seo, is cuma cén cumas sa teanga atá acu. Beidh deiseanna nua ann do dhaoine óga, don lucht gnó, do thuismitheoirí atá ag tógáil clainne le Gaeilge agus don phobal trí chéile. An mó ionchur atá ag an phobal is fearr don phlean teanga sa cheantar.Más maith leat tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar an phlean teanga nó ar an chruinniú poiblí seo, is féidir ríomhphost a chur chuig [email protected] nó chuig [email protected] Más fearr leat scairt a chur, déan teagmháil linn ar 0044 2830 898 242. Have your say on Letterkenny’s Irish Language Plan at this week’s public event was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Irish Language PlanLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs score early and often in blowout win over Alameda Merchants

first_imgARCATA >> It took the Crabs 11 innings to get four runs Thursday night. Twenty-four hours later, it took the Crabs all of one turn on the order to surpass that total.It was a new night, and a completely different story other than who finished on the right side of the score.The Humboldt Crabs — who were the visitors even though they were playing in their home ballpark — used a seven-run first inning to cruise to a one-sided 15-0 victory over the Alameda Merchants on Friday night in the …last_img read more

Stay.com Reboots Travel

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#user-generated content#web curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about social travel site Stay.com‘s expansion. After months of retooling, the user-built travel guide site has relaunched and we have had a chance to play the virtual flâneur. Among other changes, Stay.com has struck deals with TripAdvisor, TopTable and OpenTable. They are planning on adding in more such information as they go forward. Users of Stay.com pull elements such as hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and gardens together with a click, to create a guide crafted to their needs, tastes and destinations. It can be consulted on computer or smart phone, or printed out as a pocket-sized .pdf. Users can broadcast their itinerary or parts of it to friends via Facebook and Twitter. Each guide that gets created adds to the library of itineraries available to users. Stay.com’s goal, according to its publicist and materials, was to make a very intuitive interface for travelers and they seem to have done that. The cities, lodging, bars and so on, are arranged hierarchically from most likely to be needed to possibly useful. The ability to both read it online and to print it out serves those who either wish to untether or who find electronics less useful on their trick (not enough power or too many pickpockets, for instance). For some types of sites, the more dazzling they are, the more enjoyable. This is not necessarily the case with travel. You’re already traveling, after all. Oh, the sights you’ll see – they’re more important than the sites. In that respect, the pleasant but clean design, in service of the travel, is appealing. Additional features Stay.com plans to roll out include user-added venues and places, third-party sharing widgets, full mobile integration and geolocation and video guides. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

10 months agoMarcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC final

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC finalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Llorente impressed in midfield and even added a goal to mark the occasion.”Football is like a dream and it can change overnight,” he said.”You have to keep working and not let your guard down.”Only then can you take advantage of opportunities.”Llorente again shone for Real Madrid and he admitted his happiness with the recent recognition he has received.”I’m happy to receive it,” he said.”For the goal and for the final we just won.”It’s time to enjoy it with the family now, with those who are there when things are not going well.” last_img read more

Höegh LNG to Charter Its New FSRU to Cheniere

first_imgNorway’s Höegh LNG has signed a time charter contract for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with Cheniere Marketing International.Under the deal, the company’s recently named Höegh Galleon would be employed on a fixed daily charter rate with Cheniere for a period of up to 18 months.The time charter is scheduled to commence in September 2019 after the delivery of the unit, Höegh LNG’s tenth, from South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The company explained that the terms of the time charter ensure the Höegh Galleon’s availability to serve the AIE project in Port Kembla, Australia, where Höegh LNG is the FSRU provider on a back-to-back basis.AIE recently announced a contract to supply gas to its foundation customer from January 1, 2021.“This charter party will cover the period from delivery of Höegh Galleon until its planned start-up in Port Kembla. Combined with a finalized AIE contract and the project’s FID, Höegh Galleon will have long-term contract coverage in line with HLNG’s stated strategy,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President & CEO of Höegh LNG, said.Støhle added that from commencement of the Cheniere contract in September, Höegh LNG’s fleet would be fully employed.last_img read more

TORONTO METAL BAND BREAK UP IN THE MOST EPIC AND BRUTALLY HONEST

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The message was signed by Peter, a member of Witchrot, who later directed fans to his other band, CRAZY BONES. “Thanks for the support, stay heavy,” he wrote.The post was also shared alongside a photo of a broken guitar in a snowy dumpster surrounded by beer cans, empty water bottles, and cardboard. (Are you really a rockstar without gloriously destroying at least one instrument?)But that wasn’t all: at the end of the cringe-worthy post, Peter slid in one final detail. “Also our drummer died…” he wrote.As of right now, it is not clear if the band’s drummer is actually dead and whether the group — who says they are all about “hex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” — has broken up.Though Witchrot has had a Facebook presence since the beginning of November, their Instagram and Twitter accounts were just created on Tuesday. Because of this, followers aren’t sure if this is one of the most savage band breakups of all time or simply one of the most clever musical publicity stunts.Regardless of the truth, the Internet has been going nuts over the brutally honest breakup for a band that many were not familiar with before the announcement.Not only has the post been shared on Facebook over 12,500 times, but it has also garnered over 14,000 reactions — which is pretty impressive considering their page only has 6,726 likes.“This is definitely one of the greatest band breakup announcements of all time, real or not. Also..I’m dead,” wrote one Facebook user.By Joelle Goldstein | People Advertisement They came, they rocked, they split up!On Sunday, Toronto metal band Witchrot posted an announcement to their Facebook page and gave fans an awkwardly blunt status update about the group. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Premier League TV growth halted as UK rights sold for 6bn

first_imgLONDON – The Premier League’s inflationary bubble burst Tuesday when the $6 billion sale of British television rights produced a drop in the value of matches.The past two domestic deals both produced 70 per cent jumps in the value of rights, fueling spiraling wages and transfer fees and cementing the competition’s status as the world’s richest league. But the auction of 2019-2022 rights left two of the seven packages still up for sale as Sky emerged the big winner and rival broadcaster BT saw its position weakened.The sale of 160 games has raised 4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion), compared with 5.14 billion pounds for 168 fixtures from 2016 to 2019. The league will be looking to the sale of overseas rights to provide an upsurge in revenue for its 20 teams, who split the foreign income equally.While remaining the biggest broadcaster of most games in Britain with four packages, Sky boasted how it was now paying 16 per cent less per fixture in its 3.579 billion pound, three-year deal to show 128 games per season. That equates to savings of almost 600 million pounds for the European pay TV giant while showing an additional two games a year from the league it helped to grow from its inception in 1992.But while Sky’s price per game drops from 11 million pounds to 9.3 million pounds, BT had to agree to pay 9.2 million pounds — up from 7.6 million pounds — for one package of 32 games. The broadcaster, which was launched in 2013 by Britain’s former telephone monopoly, has lost 10 games and will only screen games now on Saturday lunchtimes. BT said it “remained financially disciplined” while bidding.The Premier League increased the number of games available for live broadcasting in Britain to 200, with only overseas channels able to air all 380 fixtures a year live in a bid to maintain large attendances at stadiums.The Premier League said “multiple bidders” remain interested in the two remaining packages that allow broadcasters to show every game in four rounds of matches. It is the first time an entire schedule of fixture can be aired live domestically, and there is intrigue over whether digital companies like Amazon, Netflix or Facebook will use them as a chance to gain a foothold in the Premier League.“To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs,” Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said. “It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.”The 2019-2022 Chinese rights have already been sold to online video streaming service PPTV for $700 million in the league’s biggest-ever global deal. In 2015, the American rights were sold through 2022 to NBC in a six-year deal worth $1 billion.The auction comes amid uncertainty at Sky with regulators in Britain assessing the attempt by Rupert Murdochs’s 21st Century Fox to buy the 61 per cent of the broadcaster it does not already own. The Walt Disney Co. has also bid $52.4 billion to take over the majority of Fox in a deal that Disney envisages leading to full ownership of Sky.___Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReportslast_img read more

Power outages experienced in Fort St John

first_imgFor information on power outages, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.Original story:FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A major part of Fort St. John is experiencing power outages this afternoon.According to B.C. Hydro, it was reported that the power had gone out at 1:41 P.M.The cause of the power outages is believed to be a Substation fault.Areas affected include South of 115th AVE, North of 79th AVE, West of 78th ST, East of 108th ST. UPDATE – B.C. Hydro says power has been restored as of 2:46 p.m. on January 8, 2019.Bob Gammer, Northern Community Relations for B.C. Hydro, says an electrician is currently heading to the Fort St. John substation to investigate the cause of the outage.“The cause is unknown at this point, but an electrician is going to the Fort St. John substation to investigate.” It is estimated that 8957 customers are affected by the outage.We will continue to provide updates as they become available.For more information, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.last_img read more