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In-Depth: Basic European tracking platform to be operational by end of 2021

first_imgThe countries involved with ETS include Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and SwedenShe added that the ETS is now also exploring how national tracking services can be connected.As a follow-up to last year’s questionnaire about an overview of the various pensions communication methods across the EU, the ETS has recently launched an online survey to analyse internal communication processes, countries’ objective of informing citizens as well as the content and presentation of information.The ETS said the results will be shared during an online event at the end of June.… to wider roll-outAccording to Wegner-Wahnschaffe, the next three to five-year phase of the project is to comprise the roll-out of the information platform to the 12 EU member states that already have a national tracking service in place.She added that Germany, Luxembourg, Croatia, the Czech Republic as well as the UK have started developing a local tracking service.Wegner-Wahnschaffe added that, following the UK’s departure from the EU, it is unlikely that the country will feed data into the European tracking system.However, data in the ETS will remain available to UK users if the UK uses a compatible authentication tool, she said.The European pensions tracking system is ultimately to provide three layers of information, including individual pensions information, a pensions summary as well as projections of future pension income.The ETS project leader declined to predict when the ETS could be completed across the entire EU, citing “too many uncertainties”.FundingWegner-Wahnschaffe noted that, for example, the European Commission hadn’t yet committed funding for the roll-out phase of the project.However, she said she was confident that funding would be provided, since the European pension tracking service was “still high on the priority list of both the EC and many member states”.Last year, Wegner-Wahnschaffe estimated that a fully functioning ETS covering the entire EU could take up to 12 years to achieve.She now argued that the ETS could also be considered as complete when it covers a “sufficient share” of the mobile workforce.The ETS project is supported by a consortium of eight large European stakeholders sharing expertise.They include the Belgian social security databank Sigedis, Dutch pension providers APG and PGGM, the Swedish Pensions Agency and the German public pensions provider Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL) as well as European industry organisation AEIP, the Swedish tracking service and the Belgian Federal Pension Service (FPS).Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Mobile workers in the EU should be able to find their pension providers in at least five member states on a European pension tracking platform by the end of 2021, according to the project leader for the European Pension Tracking Service (ETS).According to Claudia Wegner-Wahnschaffe, the countries involved include Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, and possibly also Germany and Italy.The ETS project is aimed at developing a pilot, including a website – Find Your Pension (FYP) – for a European cross-border pension tracking service.This must enable mobile workers – estimated at 4.2% of the employee population – to find their pension providers, and provide them with an overview of their pension claims in different countries and systems. From ‘proof of concept’ …Wegner-Wahnschaffe said that a “proof of concept” for an effective and secure way of data exchange had been developed with the Belgian project partners.“Belgium already uses the eIDAS authentication framework, which the ETS wants to apply for mutual recognition of the national eID systems,” she explained.The current link between the Belgian pensions register and the ETS comprises a summary of accrued first and second pillar pension rights.It covers target level two of FYP in Europe, comprising individual pension information as well as pension entitlements in the provider’s own format. Workers can also request information, which can be provided through conventional mail.The project leader said the ETS project is now working on the concept for the FYP website as well as its – non-profit – business model, including the holder organisation, its legal shape, governance and financing.last_img read more


Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners

first_imgThe RBA was expected to act on Thursday to slash the official cash rate to 0.25 per cent, just two weeks after cutting to 0.5 per cent. The measure was expected to be coincide with bond buying an unprecedented move as officials work to shore up the Australian economy in widespread coronavirus fallout.RBA Governor Philip Lowe is set to give a speech out of the Reserve Bank in Sydney at 4pm on Thursday.CBA senior economist Gareth Aird expected RBA to cut the cash to “the effective-lower-bound of 0.25 per cent on Thursday” and put in place bond-buying and other measures to make borrowing cheaper. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Coronavirus won’t impact housing prices Philip Lowe, Governor of the RBA, is expected to announce a second March rate cut this week.Mortgages and borrowing will be the cheapest in Australian history with the Reserve Bank to take the unprecedented step of cutting interest rates twice in a month to a rock bottom 0.25 per cent. According to analysis the average mortgage holder with a $400,000 loan could save as much as $55 a month off minimum monthly mortgage repayments if there was a cut to 0.25 per cent cut passed on by research director Sally Tindall said many Aussies were ahead on their mortgages because banks kept their repayments the same when interest rates were cut.“This is money some people can potentially access through their redraw, should they find themselves in a tight financial position,” she said. “If interest rates are cut again, some mortgage holders may want to rethink what they do with the savings.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Renovation show postponed after COVID-19 concernslast_img read more


Joachim crowned Miss Plus Size and Elegance

first_img 51 Views   no discussions LocalNews Joachim crowned Miss Plus Size and Elegance by: – February 13, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Tamayo Joachim of Mero winner of the first ever Miss Plus Size and Elegant Tamayo Joachim of Mero has been crowned as the Miss Plus Size and Elegance for 2012.Joachim won the awards for Miss Intelligent, Best swim wear, Best evening wear, Best in creativity wear and Best evening wear at the Krazy Kokonuts onSaturday evening.Corinthia Felix of Mahaut placed first, Mary Raffoul placed second, while Claudine Charles placed third.The awards for Best talent and Miss Amity went to Mary Raffoul, the award for best Creative wear went to Corinthia Felix and Best in swimwear award went to Claudire Charles.The other contestants who participated in the competition were Druceila Moreau of Roseau, Felicia Jean-Marie of Colihaut and Kellisa Pascal of Calihaut.Photographs by Lyc’elle Registe of the competition: [nggallery id=140]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


Three communities to benefit from Bense water supply project

first_img Share LocalNews Three communities to benefit from Bense water supply project by: – July 9, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 8 Views   no discussions The communities and residents of Anse-de-Mai, Bense and Hamstead are set to benefit from a new water supply project which will cost the government of Dominica $2.9 million.An official ground breaking ceremony and signing of contracts will occur at the Bense Primary School today, July 9th, 2012.According to DOWASCO’s public relations officer, Edward Registe, a new intake and treatment facility will be built along the Hampstead River as well as a new storage tank and the adjoining pipe works. Upon completion of the project, the new water supply system is expected to meet the growing demands of the expanding community. It has been divided into two lots; lot one will involve “the construction of the new intake and access route as well as the pipe works while lot two will involve the construction of the storage tank and chlorinator house”.The contracts for the undertaking of each lot have been awarded to two local construction companies. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie, and Parliamentary Representative for the Paix Bouche constituency, Mathew Walter along with DOWASCO officials are expected to address the function which is scheduled to commence at 4pm. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


Drinking spree leads to stabbing

first_imgBACOLOD City – A man was stabbed inBarangay Mansilingan. Police identified the suspect asresident Marino Agana. Hizon and Agana were having a drinkingsession when the latter allegedly stabbed Hizon without apparent reason on Oct.13, the report added. Hizon was brought to the CorazonLocsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city for treatment. The motive in the incident was notimmediately established. Resident Rodrigo Hizon sustained stabwounds on the body, a police report showed. Officers of Police Station 7 conducteda manhunt operation against Agana, who fled after the incident./PNlast_img read more


Honda Manufacturing of Indiana celebrates production of CR-V

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg celebrated the start of production of the new Honda CR-V on Wednesday (10/15).The CR-V is the first SUV built at the plant since it began production in 2008.Back in march of 2016, Honda announced new investment of $52 million and the creation of 100 jobs to support the production of the CR-V.Honda moved production of the CR-V from a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico to the Greensburg facility.The CR-V is also produced at plants in East Liberty, Ohio, and Alliston, Ontario, Canada.The plant will continue to produce the Honda Civic Sedan.last_img read more


Swans announce record profit

first_img The profit announced by the club is almost £10million more than for the same period in 2011. The Swans returned a profit of £14.6million for their first season in the Premier League. Swansea have announced a record profit of £15.9million for the six months up to the end of November 2012. Press Associationcenter_img The profit before tax of £20.4million was made up of a £5.6million profit from operations, while a further £14.8million came from player sales, including those of Joe Allen to Liverpool and Scott Sinclair to Manchester City. Turnover, with the exclusion of player sales, has also risen to £28.5million, a growth of 11.5 per cent from the £25.5million for the previous six months. Finance Director Don Keefe said: “The funds generated by the profit are invaluable bearing in mind the extent of finance needed, not only to maintain Premier League status, but for the expansion of capacity in the Liberty Stadium and the development of appropriate training facilities of a standard befitting a Premier League club.” A budget of £5.5million – most of which has been spent – was allocated for the development of a new training ground in Landore, which is now operational, while work is under way on another training facility being built in conjunction with Swansea University in Fairwood. Plans for the initial phase of expanding the club’s Liberty Stadium home have been submitted to the local planning authority. last_img read more


Premier League| United miles behind as City, Liverpool take title to the wire

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The North West can claim to be the current capital of English football but while Liverpool and Manchester City head into the finale of an extraordinary Premier League title race, the biggest brand of all, Manchester United, are in crisis.City’s 2-0 win over United at Old Trafford on Wednesday not only moved Pep Guardiola’s side a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, with just three games to go, but also served as a stark reminder of United’s fall.It is a painful time for United and their fans – either the title goes to City, once considered by former Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson as the “noisy neighbours” and for many years irrelevant in the battle for trophies, or Liverpool, the team down the M62 motorway whom United fans truly love to hate.Liverpool have not won the title since 1990 but under coach Juergen Klopp they have lost just one league game this season and have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the second year in a row.City are looking to retain the title they won in record-breaking fashion last year and secure their fourth Premier League crown in eight years. If they win their last three games, they will do just that.To add to the agony, City and Liverpool are playing some of the finest football the Premier League has ever seen with a collection of world class players delivering entertaining, attacking displays that are delighting a global audience.United, who last won the Premier League in Ferguson’s final season before his retirement in 2013, are in sixth place and in danger of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Ferguson enjoyed a 26-year United reign during which he won 28 trophies including 13 league titles but since his departure the club have sacked three managers and are now, under former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in need of a major rebuild.The 2-0 scoreline on Wednesday barely reflected the gulf in class between a United side lacking quality and character and a City team packed with leaders of the highest technical level.“They have set the standard in the last two seasons,” said Solskjaer after the match. “What Pep Guardiola has done with his players is remarkable and we are so close to it in the vicinity so we feel it every day.“There is a difference in quality. That is why they are top and we are where we are. They have set the standard. Living in Manchester we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them,” added the Norwegian.Solskjaer could easily have said the same of Liverpool, a team that matches attacking flair with aggressive tenacity – exactly the combination United were famed for in the day when the Norway international was among their strikers.FINANCIAL CLOUT United can certainly match their rivals when it comes to having the financial resources to compete at the pinnacle of the game – indeed all three clubs have wealthy foreign owners.City are owned by City Football Group, a holding company in which Abu Dhabi United Group owns an 87 percent stake with the remaining 13 percent held by the China Media Capital consortium.Liverpool are owned by Fenway Sports Group, an American company which also owns Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and a number of smaller U.S sports properties.United have foreign backers too in the Florida-based Glazer family, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, and the club boasts a range of commercial agreements and sponsorship deals with major global brands.But while Liverpool and City have used their wealth to assemble outstanding squads and football operations that work in close harmony with their managers, United’s structure has become bloated and appears to lack direction.There is much speculation about the club appointing a Director of Football or Technical Director and, if they do, the chosen person will have to give serious thought to restructuring and streamlining the set-up, especially to improve recruitment.United’s shortcomings were clear on Wednesday with the club having reportedly spent over £50 million for Brazilian midfielder Fred, who has struggled to hold down a regular place or show he is of top Premier League quality.In contrast, City’s £43.5 million investment in Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva looks like a bargain as his inventive and energetic play has been central to the team’s 11-match winning streak and their fine league campaign overall.United will need to start finding their own Bernardo Silvas, as well as jettisoning those players who are not up to scratch, if the fans are to be relieved of the pain of watching their team being dominated by their local rivals.last_img read more


Wisconsin ready for title defense

first_imgThe 2006-07 Wisconsin women’s hockey team will begin the season with the proverbial bull’s eye on their back. For the second year in a row, Wisconsin will begin the season as the top-ranked team in the country, and this weekend the new-look Badgers will begin their title defense against Quinnipiac hoping to recapture the glory from a season ago.”Well, the whole premise is to try to get back there [to the Frozen Four], and the journey starts Friday night against Quinnipiac,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “That’s the task at hand — to see how we respond to winning a national championship; and we need to understand that the only way you win games is if you earn victories and go out and work for them.”Quinnipiac, which plays in the talented ECAC Hockey League, finished last season with its best winning percentage in program history, after going 10-18-6. The Bobcats have almost 90 percent of their scoring production returning this season, including Vicky Graham, the program’s all-time leading scorer. They will also be bringing back their top five defenders in the plus/minus and scoring categories from a year ago.The Badgers, on the other hand, will begin the season with many new faces in new places after losing five players from last year’s talented senior class. Nevertheless, Wisconsin still returns a strong nucleus of players, featuring Sara Bauer, Bobbi-Jo Slusar and Jinelle Zaugg.Bauer, who won the Patty Kazmaier Award last season as the nation’s top player, was UW’s leading scorer last season, with 58 points, and the catalyst of a prolific offensive attack that averaged over four goals per game. Slusar, who was named team captain for the 2006-07 season, is widely considered one of the top defenders in the nation and is a deadly offensive weapon from the blue line.With a strong core returning and the addition of a highly touted freshman class, players and coaches alike see no reason why the loss of seniors should have a significant effect.”It’s hard when you lose players and you have to bring in new ones, but our freshmen are ready to play, and I see a lot of positive things, but I know there is going to be a lot of learning experiences for them, but I feel confident with them and with the rest of our core,” Slusar said. “We have a very strong core, we only lost five players, so if we can just continue to improve every game then we’re going to be fine.”This year’s freshmen, similar to last year’s rookies, will be expected to make significant contributions immediately, and according to Johnson, they will have opportunities to showcase their skills as early as this weekend.”Some of them are going to get really good opportunities, and most of them right away … we will put line combinations together Friday, and all the lines will have some freshmen on them,” Johnson said. “We didn’t bring them in here to sit and watch; we brought them in here to make contributions, and hopefully as each weekend goes by, they get better and gain some confidence and play up [to] their capabilities because they are all pretty good players.”Prior to Friday’s game, Wisconsin will unveil its 2006 National Championship banner. The ceremony will undoubtedly be exciting for the returning players and the fans in attendance. Johnson, however, hopes his team can overcome the enthusiasm and focus on the task at hand.”Just because you’re the defending champs doesn’t mean everyone’s going to lay down; it’s just the opposite effect,” Johnson said. “So when Quinnipiac comes in here, they’re going to try to make a mark for their own program and take us from No. 1 to wherever if they beat us.”It’s going to be like that every weekend,” Johnson said.According to the players, there will be no hangover from last season as the team is looking to build momentum from the ceremony and begin another championship run.”I’m betting they [Quinnipiac] are going to be nervous, that’s for sure,” Zaugg said. “I would be scared to come in our backyard right now, especially for the first game of the season, because we’re going to come out with a lot of fire and intensity.”last_img read more


Women’s Soccer: Badgers hope to continue momentum at Illinois Saturday

first_imgComing off a win at Michigan State last Sunday, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team will face off against the University of Illinois on the road Saturday.The Badgers will have their eyes on a successful end to their recent road trip before heading back home for their final matchup of the season against Rutgers University.With the season coming to a close, Wisconsin has managed to either win or tie each of its last five games and has gone 4-2-3 in conference play and 7-4-6 overall. Illinois will head into Saturday with a record of 3-5-1 in Big Ten matchups and 6-10-1 overall.Nearing the end of her tenure with the Badgers, senior Micaela Powers remains tied with sophomore Emily Borgmann as the team’s leading scorer with four goals, and also stands atop the assist column with five on the season. Powers continued to lead the way in Wisconsin’s rout of Michigan State, scoring the Badgers’ only goal at the twenty-two-minute mark.Illinois’ 11 senior players will be honored before Saturday’s game for senior night in Urbana-Champaign. While the Fighting Illini will say goodbye to their leader in assists, Hope D’Addario, they will retain both of their top scorers in sophomore Patricia George and junior Kara Marbury next year in what should be another great season for them.Women’s soccer: Badgers continue lossless streak with tie to Wolverines, win over SpartansThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team traveled to Michigan this weekend to take on the University of Michigan and Michigan Read…Illinois, which averages 0.94 goals per game and 12.4 shots on goal per game, is statistically overmatched by Wisconsin’s offense, which has posted 1.12 goals per game and 15.4 shots per game. In terms of shot percentage, both teams have shot at about the 7 percent mark, making for an even match.While both teams have struggled to limit opponents’ shot percentage, Wisconsin’s defense has proven much more effective. Compared to the Fighting Illini’s 1.24 goals allowed per game, the Badgers have held opposing teams to just 0.82 goals per game, which makes them the early favorites to get the victory.Road losses have been characteristic of Illinois’ 2016 campaign, one that has seen them notch only a single win away from their home crowd. Meanwhile, with five of Wisconsin’s seven wins coming on games played away from Madison, the Badgers will be set on creating some momentum to carry over into their season finale at home.The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT.last_img read more