first_imgWouter Koolmees, social affairs ministerDuring the parliamentary debate, the Christian Democrats (CDA), the opposition left-wing green party GroenLinks, labour party PvdA and religious right-wing party SGP collectively filed a motion calling for the government to assess how healthy life expectancy was developing.They also asked for alternative options for linking retirement and life expectancy, as well as how to finance them.Prime minister Rutte said that discussions were not dead, but didn’t make clear how the process of pensions reform should be continued.Wouter Koolmees, minister for social affairs, said the government would assess the situation and he would inform parliament of further developments in January. Without agreement between the social partners on reform, cuts to pension payments remain possible for some schemes from 2020.Both the party for the elderly, 50Plus, and GroenLinks announced that they would table bill to allow for a longer recovery period for pension funds, to provide the social partners additional leeway for drawing up a new reform plan. The Dutch government must slow down the rate at which it plans to increase the state pension age, politicians have argued.During a debate in parliament yesterday about the collapse of the negotiations around a new pensions agreement, all political parties concluded that the plan to raise the official retirement age in line with longevity from 2022 was not tenable.Under the current arrangements, the retirement age for the Netherlands’ state pension – the AOW – is to rise from 65 in 2017 to 67 and three months in 2022. It will subsequently increase by one year for every year of additional improvement in life expectancy.However, linking the AOW age to life expectancy angered trade unions, which argued that this would be too fast for workers in hard physical jobs. They have lobbied to freeze the AOW age at 66. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, while acknowledging the overwhelming demand from political parties, contended that only a new government could alter the disputed policy.center_img Mark Rutte: Changing state pension policy would be too expensive“It would be too expensive and would cause a large shift on the budget that could only be agreed during the formation of a new government,” he said.Rutte suggested that, during the recent negotiations, the cabinet had offered what unions and employers had drawn up in a draft agreement that leaked to the press in May.The draft agreement at the time indicated that the social partners had opted for collective pension arrangements, offering fewer guarantees than the current DB plans but with more scope for indexation. However, it did not mention the unions’ demands related to AOW, the discount rate for liabilities, or pensions for self-employed workers.Academics back up union concernsSeparately from the political debate, several experts on ageing have concluded that a solution must be found for workers in physically demanding jobs, as they were likely to experience fewer years of healthy retirement than those with other kinds of jobs.At a meeting of pensions think-tank Netspar in Rotterdam, academics presented surveys showing that the difference in life expectancy between lower and higher educated workers was increasing.“The question is whether the current rise of the state pension age is fair in this context,” said Dorly Deeg, professor of epidemiology and ageing at VUmc in Amsterdam.She added that an increasing number of people aged between 65 and 75 were suffering from at least two chronic illnesses.“The uniform rise of the AOW age is at odds with the consistent difference of life expectancy and healthy longevity between the lower and higher educated,” said Wilma Nusselder, senior researcher at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre.Several presentations highlighted that less educated people not only faced a lower life expectancy, but also usually lacked the financial means to retire earlier. Nusselder noted that the difference between lower and higher educated workers had also been observed in other countries.Joop de Beer, researcher at the Dutch Demographic Institute (Nidi), suggested that the AOW age should rise by one month per year in order to prevent a continuing discussion on the issue.Politicians demand more informationlast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 285 Views   no discussions Tweet Food & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaican chef wins Food Network’s Chopped by: Jamaica Observer – February 24, 2016 Sharecenter_img Share Share Andre FowlesKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican-born Andre Fowles was victorious on Tuesday when he lined up on the Food Network’s highly acclaimed series Chopped.With Caribbean cuisine as the focus of Tuesday night’s flavour-filled show, he walked away as the winner.Fowles, who is currently the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s — an authentic, vibrant Jamaican restaurant in New York — left Jamaica in 2014.Prior to joining the team at Miss Lily’s, Fowles worked for two years as chef de partie under the tutelage of Martin Maginley, multi-award-winning chef at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas. He also worked at Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House under the celebrated Mario Machado.Originally from Kingston, Fowles attended Donald Quarrie High School and was trained at the Runaway Bay HEART Academy. He credits his grandmother, Veronica Davis, affectionately called ‘Mama Cherry’ for his foray into the culinary arena.last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dictatorship emerging in Grenada, MP alleges by: – March 14, 2012 Michael ChurchST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Former environment minister, Michael Church, claims that Grenada’s prime minister is being used to impose a dictatorship on the country.Church said he previously spoke of the “emergence” of the “dictatorship” at a meeting of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), and also at a cabinet sitting before his resignation from government in 2010.He repeated the “dictatorship” allegation in parliament on Tuesday, saying Prime Minister Tillman Thomas was not the architect of it.“It’s a group of faceless people who understand the psychology of the prime minister and use the face of the prime minister to justify, and give credence, to the creating of that monster,” Church said in his contribution to the 2012 budget debate.He referred to one member of the group as someone who “struts as a turkey cock,” believed by many to be a reference to former NDC chairman Glen Noel, who is now minister of information and national mobilization.Church, MP for the Parish of St John, was one of 11 NDC candidates who won their seats in general elections in 2008.He resigned after being offered a junior ministerial position in a cabinet reshuffle 16 months ago.In presenting the March 9 budget, the finance minister reported on the newly created “Office of the Prime Minister,” which is being headed by a Chief of Staff.“We are seeking to consolidate in one place all persons who hold what may be called political contracts,” Nazim Burke said. “These include advisors, personal assistants and drivers. Hitherto, these persons were provided for under various ministries.”However, Church has raised several concerns about the news structure, questioning its functions and its contribution to the country’s economic development; and asking whether it’s not an attempt to bring political party apparatus into a government structure.“This is a major concern to me,” said Church, who cautioned against “politicizing the public sector.”The parliamentary backbencher appealed to Thomas to “think deeply” about the creation of the new structure that will be led by William Joseph – Grenada’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States – as the Chief of Staff.“This nation expects you to protect us,” Church said in remarks directed at the prime minister.Caribbean News Now 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgSenior citizens (those 60 years old and older) and youngsters (those below 21 years old) here may go out of their houses but only for the following reasons: He said this is one of the reasons why he allowed the elderly and youngsters to go out of their homes during the general modified community quarantine (MGCQ). ILOILO City – The city government conducted a flag-raising ceremony yesterday morning, over roughly three months after the metro was placed under strict community quarantine to avert transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. While the city aims to shift to the “new normal,” Treñas stressed that health protocols should be ensured.  Treñas mentioned his plans to create programs that would cushion the mental impact of quarantine. “Mag-observe sang social distancing, use face mask and alcohol all the time para sigurado man ang health sang tanan naton nga mga pumoluyo,” the mayor said. * if they are going to work Treñas recently issued Executive Order No. 086-B, Series of 2020 reiterating the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the movement of people under MGCQ. Treñas also said he had not ordered compliance officers to be strict and immediately apprehend people not observing physical distancing or not wearing facemask. “Indi sila pagdakpon, aton guro sa syudad indi kita magdakop, masaway lang kita. We have to be considerate, pila na ka bulan nabukot ang aton tigulang, ang mga vulnerable sector in society but kinahanglan man sila hatagan tyansa,” Treñas said. He assured that transactions at the city hall offices are ongoing and minimum health standards are in place. * to stroll or exercise at the Iloilo Esplanade “Gusto ko makita na sang tanan nga naga-amat-amat na kita balik sa normal,” said Mayor Treñas Jerry during Monday’s activity. * to buy basic necessities According to Treñas, compliance officers won’t apprehend these segments of the population if their reasons for leaving their houses were among those he cited. Mayor Jerry Treñas (center) of Iloilo Iloilo City together with Sangguniang Panlungsod members, city hall departments and employees attend a flag-raising ceremony at the Plaza Libertad grounds on Monday, three months after the metro was placed under community quarantine to avert transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO The city government has mobilized over 200 compliance officers to ensure that people minimum public health safety standards such as the wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. Sangguniang Panlungsod members, city hall department heads and employees were all present. These measures can curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, according to the Department of Health./PNlast_img read more

first_imgThe Security committee chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji however barred the media from covering the proceedings.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East Mau The senators protested against alleged intimidation by security agencies forcing Speaker Kenneth Lusaka to direct the security committee to summon Interior CS, DCI director, and the IG.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Interior Security Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’I, Director of Criminal of Investigations George Kinoti and Inspector of General Police Hillary Mutyambai Wednesday appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations over the Monday arrests of senators. The senior government officials were summoned to explain the circumstances under which Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Samburu’s Dr. Steve Lelegwe, and Dr. Christopher Lang’at of Bomet were picked from their Nairobi residences and driven to their home counties to record statements.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleThe three senators were later released from police custody. The senators were arrested on the day the Senate was expected to take a vote on the contentious County revenue sharing formula.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weeklast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round yesterday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-time US Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hard courts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.Federer was due to follow Nadal on to Arthur Ashe Stadium later yesterday looking to hold up his end against American Frances Tiafoe.After a sluggish run-up to the US Open that included a shock round-of-16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first US Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to a 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round-of-16 loss at the 2014 French Open.But a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in both the second and third sets to improve his record in first round US Open matches to 13-0.last_img read more

first_imgWITH the seventh annual COURTS 10K and 3K athletic road races set for tomorrow around Georgetown, local beverage giant Banks DIH Limited has renewed its partnership with COURTS Guyana Inc. for the one-day event.The partnership was sealed yesterday when the business entity handed over the sponsorship cheque for the event at a simple presentation ceremony, held at Banks DIH Limited headquarters at Thirst Park.The event will be sponsored under the Rain Forest Waters brand.The presentation was made by Clive Pellew, Water Beverage Brand Manager, to Pernell Cummings, COURTS Marketing Manager in the presence of Aubrey Hutson, Amateur Athletics of Guyana (AAG) president; Race Coordinator James Cole and Banks DIH Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart.During brief remarks, Cummings thanked Banks DIH Limited for supporting the programme once again, as the two companies continue their partnership to foster the development of sport in Guyana.The 10K race is expected to attract the country’s leading male and female distance runners.Employees of the Company will compete in the 3K race while there will also be a Golden mile (1500 metres) for children between 10 and 16 years old. Over $2M in cash and other incentives will be up for grabs.The races, which get underway at 06:00hrs, will start and end at COURTS on Main Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

first_imgFranz Zhao, a Thornton student majoring in piano performance, strives for perfection as the principal cellist in the USC Thornton Concert Orchestra’s performance in Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday. Professor Michael Christ Power conducted the concert.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img

first_imgLuis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday night.Messi scored a record sixth European Cup hat-trick while Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to provide four assists and score in a game, curling in the third from a free-kick.Uruguay international Suarez added the final two strikes to complete Barca’s biggest ever European Cup win and Celtic’s worst defeat in the competition. “It’s ages since the three of us were able to play together from the off – we’ve missed that ability to enjoy ourselves,” Suarez told reporters on Tuesday.Suarez and Messi started Saturday’s shock defeat to Alaves on the bench, while Neymar missed the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympics, where he fired Brazil to a first ever Gold medal in soccer.The three South Americans lined up together against Celtic for the first time since last season’s King’s Cup final.As Neymar teed Messi up to smash home the opening goal after three minutes and laid on the pass for the Argentine’s second strike later in the first half, however, there was no sign the feted trio had lost any of their almost telepathic understanding.“The summer break, the Olympics and then Neymar’s holidays got in the way. Today we really enjoyed being back in tandem,” added Suarez.Messi’s hat-trick was his 40th professional treble in club and international football, while his sixth European Cup treble saw him move ahead of Real Madrid greats Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas.Barca captain Andres Iniesta, who lashed home Barca’s fourth on the volley following another precise cross from Neymar, also paid tribute to Barca’s deadly trident.“They are the three players in the world who are the best in their position and one of them is unique,” he said.“Leo just keeps proving that in football terms he’s unique. As a team we play and work to make sure the three of them are happy, that they get chances. All we can hope is that they keep scoring like that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgGhana’s Bantam weight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko has declared war on Abner Mares ahead of the most anticipated final of the Bantam weight tournament.King Kong whipped Yohnny Perez in the semi-final; whilst Mares downed Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan to set up an uncompromising prize fight finale on April 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, US.On his media workout at John’s Boxing Gym in Bronx, N.Y. captured on, Joseph Agbeko made his intentions clear on a bout set only for the best of the division.“The fight with Vic was the only war that Mares has been through. I’ve been in a couple of wars, as far as boxing is concerned. No disrespect to [Mares] but I think I’m the better fighter. Against him, I’ve got better skills. There’s [no] way that he can go through me,” he said.“The winner of this fight is the best bantamweight in the world, of course! Ya know, this tournament was open to everybody – all the greatest fighters at bantamweight. The tough fought. We were brave enough to make the decision to fight in the tournament and that shows that we are the best fighters at bantamweight. So the winner of this tournament becomes the best bantamweight in the world”Agbeko minced no words in touting his credentials as a boxer, a gifted one at that- one destined to be king in the ring and whose name-Joseph King Kong Agbeko-bares testimony. “Joseph King Kong Agbeko is not my nickname. It’s an original name. It’s my birth name. I think my dad had a vision of something. My dad gave me the name “King Kong” as I was born. It’s my real name. It’s on my passport and everything,” he said.“I’m thinking of moving up to featherweight to take on the big guys. I’m thinking of Gamboa, Lopez and I’m thinking of being in the league with them. After this fight, if I don’t get any good competition then I’m going to move to featherweight. I want to fight them. I want to prove to the world that I’m the best,” he added.Story by Nathan Gadugah/ read more