UK, EU pension-tracker incompatibility would be ‘short-sighted’

first_imgIt would be short-sighted for any UK pension tracking service not to work in conjunction with the proposed European tracking service (ETS) unveiled last week, according to the UK’s People’s Pension.Nick Gannon, pensions management consultant at People’s Pension parent company B&CE, noted that the costs of tracking members if a system were not put in place would be significant.Speaking at the launch event for the TTYPE project – short for Track and Trace your Pension in Europe – Gannon said it would also be important that tracing services eventually established could step in to provide information to members that schemes currently had to send out, offering potential administrative savings.“It would be short-sighted for any national tracing service that is developed now not to have some kind of interface capability with a European tracing service,” he said at the launch. Gannon’s comments came the same day as the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority said it would push ahead with the creation of a Pensions Dashboard, which it said in December would be based on the Dutch website added that, without such an ability to trace workers who had accrued a pot in the UK, only to return home or move to a third country, pension schemes would be left with the cost of tracking down each member come retirement. “There is a deferred cost aspect there,” Gannon said.People’s Pension parent company B&CE is a provider of benefits to the construction industry, a sector with a highly mobile and transient workforce.Gannon joked that, until a better UK member came along, B&CE was likely the consortium’s UK representative.However, it is understood that the organisation has not yet given a formal commitment to the project.It joins existing consortium members PKA, PGGM, APG and Mn.Germany’s SOKA Bau, the pension provider for the construction industry, cited the mobile nature of its workforce as one of the reasons it would also support the second phase of TTYPE to develop a detailed business model for the ETS.Peter Gramke, head of internal audit at the €4.2bn supplementary scheme, said SOKA would be able to provide a basis for testing the proposed ETS and offer up its expertise in dealing with the “very fragmented” German pensions market, which covers several different funded vehicles, book reserves and private savings options.“The project team would be able to judge quite early if the ideas and the methods and solutions will prove successful in the end, or what steps have to be taken to make it successful in the end,” he said.last_img read more

Rodgers: Suarez champing at the bit

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez is “champing at the bit” ahead of his return from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April. Press Association Suarez is set to be thrust into action in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford. While he has played a handful of internationals and some behind-closed-doors friendlies at the club’s Melwood training ground, his last regular competitive football came to an end on April 21. But Rodgers has no doubts over the player’s readiness to return. “How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic,” said the Reds boss, who will decide in the next 24 hours whether Suarez starts at Old Trafford. “He’s really champing at the bit to help the team. “Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. “He is non-stop and he has commitment and I am sure once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he’s been here, which is top quality. “He played a behind-closed-doors game against Burnley and we had a lot of our younger players in that because some of the older ones had played a reserve game the night before. “I know a lot of players who would’ve decided to come and train that morning but he loves the game and he lives for the game and he put everything into that. “It is what we expect because that is the type of character he is.” Suarez has bridges to build not only with the wider football community but within his own club’s fanbase after trying to manufacture a move away in the summer. The club turned down a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal and principal owner John Henry categorically stated the player would not be sold. But despite criticising Rodgers in a newspaper interview, claiming he and the club reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League club, the Reds boss does not feel the striker has a debt to repay to Liverpool and their fans. “This club has given every single player here everything in the time I’ve been here and none more so than Luis,” said the Northern Irishman, also referencing the backing he received after being banned for seven matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra the season before last. “He will show that and demonstrate that in his performances and that is what the players and people want to see. “They want to see him with a red shirt on fighting for the club. “The great thing about this football club is no matter what a player has done – or supposedly said – the supporters are 150 per cent behind every player that pulls on that shirt and they back them to the hilt. “I am sure that is something we will see and aligned to that will be his commitment, and that will be nothing more than I would expect. “I have no doubt, having been out, he will be even hungrier but his commitment and fight for the cause will still be the same.” Rodgers says Suarez has suffered from not playing football during his ban but does not expect that to have dulled the striker’s fighting spirit. The Reds boss is confident the 26-year-old is ready both physically and mentally to be thrust back into action. However, he is less sure about whether the player has learned from the sanction imposed for biting Ivanovic. Rodgers would not confirm whether the Uruguay international had been helped by the club’s in-house psychologist Dr Steve Peters in the wake of his misdemeanour, but hinted it had been part of a wide-ranging rehabilitation programme. Suarez, of course, has previous for biting having been banned for seven matches for sinking his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in November 2010, immediately prior to his move to Anfield. “I am not going into too much detail on him but he has had support in every way,” said Rodgers. “It is not just technical and tactical development here, we look at physical elements and how we can improve psychological state. He has worked tirelessly on every aspect. “He’s had a long time to reflect on what has happened but now all that is in the past, the ban is finished and he has suffered because he hasn’t been playing. “Now he is available and we are all delighted he is ready to go again.” But asked whether Suarez had learned his lesson after a second lengthy ban for biting, Rodgers could only say: “We will see, we will see.” last_img read more

Body of two-year-old found during search for missing child

first_imgAuthorities in Montana are reporting that they may have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing after his parents were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday.The body of a child believed to be Aiden Salcido was located Sunday in a remote area of Montana where his parents Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were found days earlier.“Positive identification has not been made, however the decedent was located in the same area that Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido were seen by several witnesses days earlier,” the news release said.According to police, the couple had been convicted on burglary charges in 2018 and Janiak was expected to start serving her sentence on June 11th but when she did not show up, authorities issued felony warrants for the couple’s arrest.Officials reported that with the help of witness reports, they were able to locate the couple who was homeless and would camp along a greenway in Medford. Authorities conducted a trafficstop, however, the couple fled the scene.  Authorities perused the couple but when they finally caught up with them, the couple was dead in an apparent murder-suicide.Investigators than began searching for the couple’s two-year-old son who was pictured with the couple when they made a purchase at Walmart for two camping gear items on June 2nd.Authorities also found a Walmart receipt for the day of the couple’s death. Surveillance showed that the two-year-old was not with the couple at that time.An autopsy has been scheduled to identify the child’s body and time of death.last_img read more

Cricket News Kapil Dev, head of three-member CAC, gives hint on India’s coach

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata: The legendary Kapil Dev, head of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will appoint the next head coach agreed with his colleague Shantha Rangaswamy that skipper Virat Kohli’s opinion “needs to be respected”. The World Cup winning former skipper however assured that his panel will do their job to the best of their ability.Kohli during his pre-departure press conference didn’t hide that he would love to see current head coach Ravi Shastri get another term.”That’s his (Kohli) opinion we have to respect everybody’s opinion,” Kapil told reporters before receiving the ‘Bharat Gaurav’, East Bengal’s highest honour during their foundation day celebrations at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.Before leaving for the West Indies tour, the Indian skipper has already made it clear that they share a great camaraderie with incumbent coach Ravi Shastri as he backed him to continue till the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup.This time the CAC comprising Kapil, Anushuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the head coach with application deadline already ending on Tuesday. The incumbent Shastri gets an automatic entry in the selection process.Before the CAC meets to interview the applicants there are also reports that Shastri is set for an extension as all eyes would be on the Kapil Dev-led committee.”It’s not tough. You just do your job to the best of your ability,” he said.Despite a boycott campaign by a section of fans in the social media, India’s first World Cup winning captain kept his promise and received the honour from the club where he played an exhibition derby against Mohun Bagan.Kapil received the honour as East Bengal kick-started their centenary year celebrations with an array of programmes.”Tradition is everything. If tradition was not there we would not have been recognised as a Bengali, Punjabi, South Indian, Tamilian… So we have a tradition that’s why we are here,” Kapil said, flanked by present and former India football skippers Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia.”We respect Wimbledon because they have a tradition way of playing on grass. Don’t lose your tradition whichever side you come from. I am more fascinated with the fans than the team as they have been supporting the club for 100 years.”Kapil conceded that he was a diehard Diego Maradona fan and the greatest moment was none other than the hand of God.”When the ball was on his feet, he was the quickest among all the athletes. He could run faster than anybody else. That’s what I used to look up to him,” he concluded. last_img read more

The Latest: Japanese soccer league to resume on July 4

first_imgOnly neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. May 29, 2020 J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12. Associated Press The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.center_img ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___ Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders. The Latest: Japanese soccer league to resume on July 4last_img read more

GiG hits 2018 guidance despite difficult year-end landing

first_img Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupPublishing its final trading statement as an Oslo Bors listed enterprise, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) details that it has fulfilled on expectations set-out in its 2018 corporate guidance, despite facing a turbulent Q4 2018 closing period.Updating investors, GiG informs that during Q4 2018 trading the company would move to write-down four of its ‘in-house brands’ restructuring its B2C division.The asset write-downs combined with B2C restructuring costs would see GiG account for €13.7 million in impairment charges.“Having now concentrated our customers and staff on fewer brands, we have decided to write-off the value of the domains on the brands we have de-prioritised leading to a non-cash impairment of €13.7m,” said GiG Group Chief Executive Robin Reed. “With that impairment done we can continue to further focus our B2C Gaming business.”The B2C realignment would see GiG Q4 2018 corporate revenues stall at €40 million, as the online gambling group reported an EBITDA decline of 36% to €5 million (Q4 2017: €7.9m).Despite the Q4 friction, GIG reports full-year 2018 corporate revenues of €151 million (FY 2017: €120m), alongside an EBITDA of €16 million (FY 2017: €12.5m).The top-line metrics fulfil on GiG’s 2018 corporate guidance of €149-154m group revenue range, alongside an EBITDA target of €14-18m, as GiG governance closes 2018 accounts.Moving forward, GiG details strong progress on its regulated market agenda, entering the re-regulated Swedish gambling marketplace this January, with the operator further securing pending B2C/B2B regulatory approval for entry into the Spanish online gambling market.Furthermore, GiG fulfils the launch of its first US strategic partnership with Hard Rock International launching a full-service omni-channel sportsbook solution this January.“We are now focused on improving and selling our products in B2B,” added Reed. “To accelerate these processes and scale, we are enhancing our technology. I see an enormous potential in accelerating the business with our target architecture which is why I have been leading our tech department over the last few months.“This has been very exciting, I am very happy for the investments made and very confident in the future. Our key challenge will be to make compliance an edge by developing the best sustainability models for regulated markets.“With our entry into New Jersey, Sweden and the UK, as well as our licence application into Spain, we have a great opportunity to overcome that challenge. I am looking forward to 2019.”In addition to the trading update, Reed confirmed that the company will move to list its shares on the Stockholm Nasdaq in early March 2019. Share Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

INSIGHTS: Listen To Us – A Diversity Report

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWhat is life like for some minority families living in Northeast Michigan? Three diverse families share their experiences for the first time in a special Insights report “Listen To Us.” Watch as WBKB Reporter Elijah Baker dives into the topic of race and ethnicity in Alpena.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Vintage lovers walk down memory lane in Snowmobile and Motorcycle ShowNext Job Fair Coming to Alpena Community Collegelast_img

Christian Atsu keen to impress at Malaga

first_imgChristian Atsu is raring to go at Malaga after completing a loan move to the Spanish La Liga side.The winger who endured a torrid spell in the first half of the season moved to the Andalusian club in search of vital playing time.At his official unveiling, the Ghana international says he is keen to prove his worth while at the Rosaleda“I’ve had my first training session and it went well. I met the Coach and my teammates,” Atsu said at his official presentation.”“I’m ready and eager to prove things at Malaga.”“Malaga is a fantastic club with great fans and I saw that when I came here with Porto. I think I’ll be very happy here. It was my decision to come.” Atsu is likely to fit in a Malaga team which has a mix of experience and youthful exuberance with Roque Sana Cruz, Charles, Recio, Duda and Fernando Tissone providing the experience.Atsu will find himself in the company of Cameroonian goalkeeper Carlos Kameni who has been a regular for the side in seasons past.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Report: LeBron James, Lakers to play Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Christmas Day

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Christmas annually highlights some of the NBA’s biggest stars and franchises, so it’s no surprise the Lakers and James are on the schedule. James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers in July, has played on Christmas Day for 11 straight years (the past three against the Warriors), accumulating an 8-3 record in that stretch. The Lakers have played on Christmas Day every year since 1999, but only three of those games were on the road. The Lakers lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves last year at Staples Center.The Lakers were swept by the Warriors last season, but two of the four regular-season games went to overtime and the other two were competitive.The Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Milwaukee Bucks will play at the New York Knicks, according to the report. The Portland Trail Blazers will play at the Utah Jazz, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the Houston Rockets, ESPN reported.The NBA is set to officially release the opening week and holiday schedule on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT. On Christmas Day, the Lakers get a gift they might want to return: a road game against the Golden State Warriors.According to a New York Times report, the Lakers will be highlighted on the NBA’s Christmas schedule in Oakland against the reigning league champions – the Warriors team that LeBron James has faced in the last four NBA Finals. It’s a slight tipping of the hand for a slate of games that the NBA will officially announce on Wednesday, including nationally televised games in the opening week of the season and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

British heavyweights gearing up for big fights over the next two weeks

first_imgThe best heavyweight in Britain who isn’t named “Joshua” or “Fury,” but Dillian Whyte believes he’s every bit as great as the two men who stand above him in the current domestic rankings. Since losing to Anthony Joshua at the backend of 2015, Whyte has rebuilt himself in impressive fashion and has registered brilliant wins over Dereck Chisora, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker. The London brawler has an interesting task coming against dangerous Colombian, Oscar Rivas, on July 20th. If victorious, he simply must nail a major opportunity before his prime passes.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJoe JoyceJoe Joyce’s career could have a different theme attached to it if he wasn’t controversially beaten by France’s Tony Yoka at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Joyce, once a decorated member of Team GB, took the baton from Anthony Joshua when the Watford man turned professional in 2013 and he represented his domestic amateur vest impressively. Since turning professional in 2017, Joyce has amassed a brilliant record and has registered stoppage wins over Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov. Next up for Joyce is former world title challenger, Bryant Jennings, on July 13th, before a domestic showdown with the winner of Daniel Dubois/Nathan Gorman takes place by the end of the year.Daniel DuboisOnce considered a strong favorite to grab a heavyweight medal at the 2020 Olympics, London’s Daniel Dubois traded in the possibility of a four-year amateur journey in favor of professional experience. Signed by famed promoter, Frank Warren, and made a central part of his plans, Dubois has answered every single question posed to him since turning over in the spring of 2017. With his most serious examination imminent against fellow prospect, Nathan Gorman, another spectacular outing from Dubois could persuade his doubters that he’s very much the real deal.Nathan Gorman An interesting couple of weeks awaits the heavyweights of Great Britain as a number of its leading big men participate in big fights. Here, Sporting News examines those in action over the next two weekends as the division tries to make sense of itself.Dillian Whyte The cousin of Tyson Fury, Nathan Gorman certainly has a vast array of skills like his family member, but his quiet approach has kept him out the spotlight since turning professional at the backend of 2015. Trained by Ricky Hatton in Manchester, Gorman hasn’t been showered in adulation like Britain’s other heavyweights, but he has the chance to emerge from the shadows on July 13th when he tackles the heavy-handed Daniel Dubois. Gorman may not be at the center of boxing fans’ consciousness now, but a win over Dubois should help put him there.Hughie FuryExtremely unfortunate to drop a points decision to then-world champion, Joseph Parker, in 2017, Hughie Fury has since lost to quality Bulgarian, Kubrat Pulev, and is currently in rebuilding mode since going down to Pulev last October. On July 12th, Fury travels to the Middle East to take on Samuel Peter in a gross mismatch against a fighter who has seen better days. His experience at the top level should see him return there soon and with the British scene currently the healthiest its been in a long time, a big fight might be close for Fury.last_img read more