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first_imgLigue 1 ‘It’s amateurism’ – Nantes president demands ban for referee who kicked Carlos Dom Farrell 08:22 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Tony Chapron Diego Carlos Nantes PSG Ligue 1 14012018 Getty Ligue 1 Nantes Nantes v PSG PSG Despite a PSG win, referee Tony Chapron stole the headlines by kicking out at Diego Carlos before sending off the home defender Nantes president Waldemar Kita wants Tony Chapron to be banned for six months after he kicked out at defender Diego Carlos during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain – labelling the referee to be “a gag”.Angel Di Maria scored the only goal at the Stade de la Beaujoire to open up an 11-point lead at the summit for Unai Emery’s men but it was Chapron who took centre stage as the events quickly descended into farce during stoppage time.Carlos was running forward in support of a last-ditch Nantes counter-attack and collided with Chapron, who fell to the turf. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As he tumbled, the official kicked out at the Brazilian centre-back, who had already been booked, and appeared to catch him on the shin.Carlos then protested as the official got to his feet but was met with a second yellow card.”It’s a gag,” Kita told L’Equipe . “I received 20 SMS [messages] from all over the world telling me that this referee is a gag.”What do you want me to say to you? If I talk too much, I will be summoned by an ethics committee. We have no right to say anything. It’s scandalous to see that.”Have you ever seen a referee kick a player AND then send him off?! 🔴You have now!!! 😲😲😲 pic.twitter.com/Sc1oRisqgI — Goal (@goal) January 14, 2018 Kita complained that Nantes were not allowed to confront Chapron to query his bizarre actions after full-time.”Chapron has to rest and get a massage, it works like that now,” he said. “We cannot see him.”I’m waiting for the green light, otherwise I’ll be killed. It’s amateurism.”Sincerely, I think he did not do it on purpose. I do not want to believe he did it on purpose. At least, you apologise, but you do not show a red.”We still have to find a solution because there is a problem in all this. In the end, it makes me laugh – I have never seen that.”Nantes forward Valentin Rongier told reporters a player would face a 10-game ban if the roles of Carlos and Chapron were reversed.Kita has a more severe punishment in mind.”He should be suspended for six months,” he added. “If it is us [who do it] we take six months.”He [should be] at the end of his career but that’s not how we end up.”last_img read more

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)A college football quarterback was just ejected from his team’s game after receiving his second unsportsmanlike penalty of the game. Officials ejected Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer after he argued with an official in today’s game against Iowa State.Earlier in the game a brawl broke out among several players from both teams. As a result of that brawl, every member of both teams was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty.In college football, players that receive two unsportsmanlike penalties are ejected from the game. Thus, Brewer received his second unsportsmanlike penalty for arguing with an official and was ejected from the game.Baylor QB Charlie Brewer just got ejected because of this. He got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing with an official, so now that’s technically his second of the game. Unreal. https://t.co/ZJeRNcYGXs— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 10, 2018It’s a tough blow for the Bears, who currently trail 28-14 to the Cyclones.Brewer was hoping to lead his team back from the two-touchdown deficit, but now he’ll get to the locker room ahead of his teammates. At least he’ll get to take a hot shower first.Baylor is just one win away from becoming bowl eligible. The Bears will get another shot at a bowl against TCU next weekend.last_img read more

first_imgThe 52,400 dwt bulk carrier Nur Allya, that went missing off eastern Indonesia in late August, has been located.According to local media reports, the Indonesia-flagged ship was found in the Halmahera Sea, north of Buru Island in Maluku.Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Commission (NTSC) has reportedly determined the location of the ship by using a pinger locator.Nur Allya went missing shortly after sending a distress signal on August 20. At the time, the vessel was carrying some 50,000 tons of nickel ore from Sagea, Gebe island, to Morosi, southeast Sulawesi. The 2002-built ship had a crew of 25 seafarers onboard.Indonesia launched a search and rescue mission immediately afterwards. The search operations were called off on September 9, eighteen days after the vessel went missing, however, active monitoring by alerting the fleet and personnel continued.The mystery of the missing bulker was slightly revealed when the search and rescue teams found a damaged lifeboat on the coast of Gambaru Village, South Obi District. The ship’s owner earlier confirmed that the lifeboat was part of the missing cargo ship.In late August, relevant authorities identified oil spills in the southern waters of Obi Island, North Maluku, reportedly linked to Nur Allya.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgA deal between one of Canada’s oldest retailers and a fast-growing U.S. startup that wants to convert portions of its flagship stores into shared offices is the latest evidence that coworking spaces are increasingly hot properties — and demand for retail real estate is cooling.This week, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) sold off its storied Lord & Taylor property in the heart of New York City to a joint venture between WeWork Inc., the largest provider of coworking spaces, and private equity firm Rhone Capital.As part of the $1.6 billion deal, HBC will also lease out office space in its other locations, including floors of its downtown Toronto and Vancouver stores.It’s a manifestation of technology’s impact on the economy, with consumers increasingly moving to online shopping and away from big stores and a workforce no longer tied to a static desk and looking to coworking spaces — which offer shared amenities and spots for lease on a short-term basis.WeWork, a startup founded in 2010 which now has more than 150,000 members in 56 cities, has been capitalizing on this shift at a breakneck pace, doubling its customer base last year. The New York-based startup raised $760 million in funding in July with a valuation of roughly $25.6 billion, according to Forbes, which would make WeWork the fifth-most valuable tech startup at the time.“There’s lots of change in the economy, and the availability of solutions that give people greater flexibility, and a greater opportunity to connect with other like-minded folks and collaborate is something that people are really responding to,” said Dave McLaughlin, WeWork’s general manager of east U.S. and Canada.The rise of coworking spaces reflects the increasing “disconnection of work from having a job,” says Tsur Somerville, a senior fellow at the UBC Centre of Urban Economics and Real Estate.“Instead of joining a company, working in the company and working your way up, there are a lot of people who work on contract basis,” he said. “This a way for them to have a professional space, but without the … commitment.”Even before the Lord & Taylor purchase, WeWork was the 11th-largest tenant in New York City, with roughly 197,000 square metres, surpassing Goldman Sachs, according to a PwC report on real estate trends released Thursday.The New-York based company already has locations in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto (with a new location due to open soon). But the ability to tap HBC’s retail footprint and its prime locations across Canada will allow WeWork to extend its reach more easily, said Roberto D’Abate, a vice-president in PwC’s real estate division.“It gives them an excellent facility to expand very quickly into the marketplace,” he said.McLaughlin would not comment further on its deal with HBC. However, he said that WeWork sees plenty of demand for the company across the country.“There is opportunity in other cities, but for right now, our focus is principally on those, on Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal for the time being,” he said.Coworking is probably the “strongest growing trend in the office market,” including in Canada, says D’Abate.Beyond WeWork, there are several independent coworking spaces which cater to different niches, such as technology or arts. It is not just the domain of startups and freelancers, as WeWork’s customers include the likes of Microsoft Inc. and Samsung Ltd.Coworking spaces allow large companies to avoid committing to a typical 10-year-plus lease, which is costly to get out and can limit future moves, said Queen’s University professor John Andrew.“It really handcuffs their use of space,” he said. “Whereas this kind of flexible space, especially the way a lot of people work today with telecommuting and a lot of travel, this really can give a lot of flexibility.”It also allows companies to test the waters in a new location or have access to office space in multiple locations. For example, Microsoft’s partnership with WeWork announced in November 2016 gives its employees access to WeWork spaces globally.The open concept work environments, with living-room style common areas and perks such as micro-roasted coffee, craft beer on draft and social events, also appeals to the sought-after millennial workforce, which has surpassed the Baby Boomer generation in size, said D’Abate.“Everyone is chasing that younger millennial workforce. And the way to do it is to have these open concept spaces, services, coffee shops… All those sort of creative incentives for people to come work for them.”last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC – The fraud-related trial of former Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused will proceed despite a lengthy delay in the case getting this far, a judge ruled Monday.The accused were seeking a stay of proceedings due to what they perceived as an unreasonable delay since their arrest in March 2016.But Quebec court Judge Andre Perreault said while a delay of two years surpasses the 18-month ceiling set out by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the Crown demonstrated it was necessary due to the complexity of the case.The trial is expected to begin April 9.The accused were arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit following an investigation authorities said involved political financing and gifts allegedly being exchanged for public contracts.The charges include fraud and breach of trust.Normandeau, 49, was an influential minister who served as a Liberal member of the legislature from 1998 to 2011 and held key cabinet positions including municipal affairs, natural resources and Canadian intergovernmental affairs.She served as deputy premier under Jean Charest between 2007 and 2011.last_img read more

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsWinnipeg police have narrowed down the timeline of events that led to the discovery of an Indigenous woman’s body in 2012.Police also say they have DNA evidence that could help confirm the person responsible for the unsolved murder.But a private investigator, hired by the 23-year-old’s grandmother, says the police investigation is seriously flawed.last_img

first_imgAPTN NewsIt was a night of celebration in Vancouver as 15 women in film and television were recognized for their outstanding careers.That included the late award-winning filmmaker Barb Cranmer.As well as, Doreen Manuel who received the Woman of the Year award for her work as an industry leader.APTN’s Tina House has the story.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Twenty-one refugees are feared dead after their overloaded boat capsized during a smuggling incident in eastern Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. Among those missing, according to eyewitnesses, are 11 Eritrean and Somali families, including eight women and at least three children. They were part of a larger group that tried to cross the Atbara River – which is near the Shagarab refugee camp in eastern Sudan – in four boats. One of the four boats, which are meant to carry a maximum of 15 people, was packed with 26 and capsized several hundred kilometres from shore.Four Eritrean men survived by swimming to shore, along with one Somali woman who clung to a floating log. One of the men said he was travelling to Khartoum in search of work, and he and several others were offered the trip across the river and onward to the capital by road for a fee of $100 each. Two suspected smugglers – also refugees – now are in police custody. “Last night’s tragic incident highlights the plight of refugees in eastern Sudan and the inherent risks of smuggling people,” UNHCR said in a news release. The agency noted that the boat crossing was meant to bypass road blocks out of the camp, since refugees are required by government laws to remain in camps and receive assistance there. However, poor living conditions and lack of prospects force some, including women and children, to make dangerous journeys – often aided by smugglers – in search of a better life.Eastern Sudan is home to an estimated 130,000 refugees, most of them from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, according to UNHCR. Close to 100,000 of them live in 12 camps where they receive international assistance. 24 September 2008Twenty-one refugees are feared dead after their overloaded boat capsized during a smuggling incident in eastern Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. read more

Juan Francisco Rodríguez Ríos and his wife María Elvira Hernández Galeana were killed in the western Mexican state of Guerrero on 28 June.“I strongly condemn the murder of Juan Francisco Rodríguez and María Elvira Ríos Hernández Galeana. These two new murders again marred a profession,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”I urge the Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to find those responsible and bring them to justice because such crimes must not go unpunished,” she added.Mr. Ríos, correspondent for the newspaper El Sol de Acapulco in the city of Coyuca de Benítez, and his wife María Elvira, a freelance journalist, were gunned down while working in a cybercafé they owned. Mr. Ríos was also the local leader of the National Union of Press Editors. He had recently condemned the harassment of journalists in the region. 5 July 2010The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect the freedom of expression today strongly condemned the murder of two journalists in Mexico, a crime that reportedly brings to six the number of media professionals killed in that country this year. read more

OTTAWA — The International Monetary Fund is upgrading Canada’s growth expectations for this year to 1.7%, but warns overall global conditions remain uneven, weak and perilous.The two-tenths of a percentage point upward revision for Canada follows a first quarter that topped expectations by coming in a relatively strong 2.5%.But the IMF believes it will all come out in the wash. It predicts Canada’s growth rate will rise to only 2.2% next year, two-tenths less than its previous forecast issued in April.The latest report from the Washington-based organization gives little encouragement to those who have long been calling for the recovery from the crippling 2008-09 great recession to take root.Instead, the IMF says the world economy is still in first gear and will take at least another year to come out of the slow lane.It expects growth around the world will barely top 3% this year, moderately lower than previously thought, and only start showing signs of life at 3.8% in 2014. With emerging economies running at 5, 6 and 7% rates, a 3.1% advance is not considered strong for global activity.The IMF says downside risks still dominate, with some new ones coming on stream, including a longer growth slowdown in emerging countries such as China and India, tighter financial conditions, and a more protracted recession recovery in Europe.Given the soft conditions, the IMF says stronger growth will require additional policy action from governments, particularly from advanced economies.The IMF notes that government contraction in the United States has weighed on growth in that key economy, while Japan expanded better than expected in part due to accommodative policies that weakened the yen and strengthened net exports.The organization’s forecast for Canada in 2013 is aligned with many private and official projections, but the 2.2% prediction for 2014 is well below the Bank of Canada’s 2.8% figure. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Penn West reduces Q3 loss to $232M, adjusts outlook in line with asset sales CALGARY – Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT) says its third-quarter revenue was less than half what it was a year ago, but its loss for the period was reduced by nearly 70 per cent as it slashed operating costs.The Calgary-based company’s lost $232 million or 46 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, an improvement from a $764-million loss or $1.52 per share in the third quarter of 2015.Oil and natural gas sales and other income totalled $115 million, down from $273 million.Penn West’s production of oil, gas and natural gas liquids was down 50 per cent, at the equivalent of 41,233 barrels per day, from 82,198 oil-equivalent barrels per day a year earlier.Meanwhile, the company cut operating costs to $13.40 per barrel of oil equivalent compared with $20.45 a year ago.In May, the Penn West warned it was facing the possibility of defaulting on its debt by the end of June, but the problem was averted by the sale of all its assets in Saskatchewan for $975 million cash.As of Sept. 30, Penn West’s net debt was about $484 million, down from $2.1 billion, at the end of 2015.The company also adjusted its full year 2016 production guidance to between 52,000 and 55,000 barrels, from the previous range of 55,000 to 57,000 barrels per day.It was the company’s first financial report since it named David French of Bankers Petroleum to be its new president and chief executive, succeeding David Roberts. read more

first_imgFollowing the news earlier this month that Outokumpu Technology will deliver to JSC Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant (KNFMP) a silver refinery installation to the world’s biggest platinum group metals (PGM) refinery in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, the company has now signed a contract with the world’s largest nickel and PGM producer, MMC Norilsk Nickel, for the modernization of a flash smelting production line at Nadezhda metallurgical plant in Norilsk, Russia. The value of the contract is some €16 million. Outokumpu Technology’s scope in the expansion and modernization project includes engineering, all the equipment and materials for flash smelting furnace No. 1, as well as installation and commissioning services. The updated line will be operational by mid-2008.Outokumpu Technology and Norilsk Nickel have worked in close co-operation for more than 30 years. Two flash smelting production lines have been in operation in Nadezhda since 1981 and they were expanded and modernized by Outokumpu Technology in 1998 and 2003. “By selecting the latest and most efficient nickel smelting technology, we will strengthen our position as the world’s leading nickel producer. Outokumpu Technology as a partner was a natural choice for us, since we have years of experience in working together”, said Tav Morgan, Deputy General Director of Norilsk Nickel.“Outokumpu Technology’s flash smelting technology is used to produce half the copper in the world, and also more than half of the world’s nickel smelters use this technology. We are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver our latest improvements and technical solutions in flash smelting to the Nadezhda plant”, Tapani Järvinen, CEO of Outokumpu Technology noted.The Flash Smelting Process, first invented in 1949 by Outokumpu, has been awarded the ASM Historical Landmark Status and rated as BAT (Best Available Techniques) production process by the European Union because of its energy saving and environmental benefits. Throughout its life, flash smelting technology has been continuously developed and improved. It is a highly attractive choice for smelting, since it is environmentally sound and makes use of the reaction heat of concentrate without a need for any external energy.last_img read more

first_imgVeolia Water Technologies has been awarded a patent for the recirculation of sludge for its sulphate removal technology, LoSO4™ which is used primarily to treat wastewater from mining operations for discharge or reuse. The proprietary LoSO4™ process was developed by Veolia to respond to increasingly stringent regulations limiting sulphates in surface water discharges as well as increased mining industry interest in the reuse of mine water for beneficial purposes.“Veolia has more than 350 patented technologies developed to conserve resources and optimise their use, while protecting their quality and efficiency throughout the usage cycle. This latest innovation has been designed to significantly improve the method to lower sulfate levels in mine water effluent below 100 mg/l, and generate a clean water effluent for reuse or discharge,” says Klaus Andersen, President of Veolia Water Technologies, Inc. The newly issued patent (US 9,278,875) specifically supports the crystal recovery/sludge recycling process of the LoSO4 technology and is the second patent related to this invention. This innovation separates aluminum-based crystals from the precipitated sludge of the LoSO4 technology to recycle them back into the system for reuse. “This new patented process enhances the efficiency of the LoSO4 system by capturing approximately 95% of crystals from the sludge and recycles them to be reused in the system,” according to Chuck Blumenschein—a co-inventor of the LoSO4 technology. He adds, “this process boosts crystal growth which improves the removal of sulpate and other solids from the wastewater stream.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Vasilis Vasilas is not your average author. By day he is a school teacher with a love of soccer that has seen him coach young kids and take them on tour, and by night you’ll find him researching and working on his passion. That passion revolves around the communities that have migrated to Australia from Europe post-World War II, and on Sunday Vasilis delivered an overview of his life’s work and achievements to 250 fans and supporters at Rockdale Town Hall in Sydney.Organised by AHEPA, the event showcased the documentation of the Estonian, Greek and Ukrainian communities in both Australia and New Zealand. A special analysis was given by Dr Panayiotis Diamandis and Dr Vasilis Adrahtas, themselves no strangers to the written word. Cultural performances by Greek, Estonian and Ukrainian dancing groups followed, entertaining those gathered and highlighting the strong connection Vasilis has created over the last decade amongst his subject communities.LesvosVasilis’ parents come from Lesvos, an island that has been in the news countless times this year for its humane treatment and assistance to tens of thousands of refugees. Proud of his heritage, the author has published two books depicting the journey of Greek migrants from Lesvos, entitled Journeys of Uncertainty and Hope, and Our Homeland: Lesvos. Both were complemented with photographic exhibitions and the establishment of an online archive with images of those who migrated to Australia and New Zealand, the photographic element giving the author’s work a point of difference.Since then, Vasilis has gone on to produce another title on the Lesvian migrants to New Zealand, followed in 2012 by his critically acclaimed story on local Greek football, The Giant Who Never Awoke: History and Oral Stories of Pan-Hellenic SC (1957-76).Baltic people It’s not unusual to find Vasilis trekking across Australia to interview people.Easily distinguishable with his portable scanner and laptop, he visits people in their homes, retirement villages, or wherever he can obtain a story of migration.Vasilis set himself the “challenge to attempt to replicate the work I had done within the Greek community to another community”.“After four publications within the Greek community I was searching for another challenge. I wanted to avoid being categorised as the writer of Greek migrant stories, like an actor who is typecast,” he explains.He says the initial idea was to compile and write a book on the journey of migrants and refugees from the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. But on his quest, Vasilis’ decided to follow a strong current of interest that was developing within the Estonian communities around Australia, resulting in the first volume of Estonian stories.When he commenced working with the Estonian community, “it was from ground zero – I had no connection with this community”.“There were questions such as ‘Who is he?’ and ‘Why is a Greek interested in our stories?’ I was fortunate to have a core of Estonian people who really believed in my work, and they helped me overcome any arising problem,” Vasilis says.The author went through the same process with the Ukrainian stories. Vasilis attributes his successful completion of books on different communities to one vital factor: identifying people with a similar passion who believe in what can be achieved through images and words.What next?Vasilis always has something in the works; he is currently preparing a second volume of Ukrainian stories.“I have grown extremely sympathetic towards the Ukrainian people and their suffering through history. I believe the stories of the Great Famine in the 1930s and forced labour workers in Nazi Germany needed to be collected and published before this generation, who experienced these horrific experiences, passes away and the stories disappear,” he says. Having completed work on both the Estonian and Ukrainian communities, Vasilis admits to having his sights set on the Hungarians and their migration stories.But with Australia home to hundreds of migrant communities, it is certain that the talented author will be there to document as many as he can. After all, it is his passion.For more information on Vasilis Vasilas and his work, email the author directly at vasilisvasilas02@gmail.com*Billy Cotsis is a freelance writer and short film director.last_img read more

Alonso believes that Chelsea deserved to win

first_imgChelsea managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final game yesterday and Marcos Alonso believes that it was a well-deserved win as his team stuck to their game plan and it all worked out well.The full-back insisted that the Blues deserved to lift the trophy as they were the better side against José Mourinho’s Red Devils and their victory was just a result of well-structured and organized game plan.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s win as he said, according to chelseafc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had.”“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win.”“It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title.”last_img read more

Emile Smith Rowe joins Leipzig

first_imgArsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.Smith Rowe has impressed at the club this season, scoring three goals from his six first-team appearances, in the UEFA Europa League and Carabao Cup.The 18-year-old has also featured in Premier League matchday squads but is yet to make his league debut.The Gunners confirmed Smith Rowe has made the move in order to gain more playing time on the pitch under his belt.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Emile is a promising young player. This move will get him valuable competitive action which is important as he continues his development,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said, according to Sky Sports.Smith Rowe joins Reiss Nelson, who’s currently on loan at TSG Hoffenheim, as the second Arsenal player on loan in the Bundesliga.Leipzig currently in fourth place in the German League with 34 points from 19 games.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Nationwide to discuss pensions engagement at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Ian Baines (pictured), head of pensions at Nationwide Building Society, is to discuss how employers can encourage and support staff to save more for their retirement at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, titled ‘Boosting retirement prospects for employees’, will form part of the workplace pensions conference stream on Tuesday 10 October.During the session, Baines will discuss how employers can influence employees to take ownership of their pensions. This will include a look at defined contribution (DC) pension structures and communication methods that organisations can employ to help staff be more engaged with managing their own retirement outcomes.He will talk through the initiatives Nationwide implemented to help employees save more for retirement. These include moving to a contribution model which automatically defaults employees to the maximum, not minimum, contribution level, as well as its forthcoming launch of a pensions e-learning module to help employees improve their knowledge and understanding.Baines will also discuss the importance of fun and creative staff communications, showcasing videos and films that helped Nationwide Building Society successfully implement the changes to its pension offering. These were designed to steer pensions conversations away from technicalities to instead look at retirement aspirations and lifestyles, which Nationwide Building Society promoted using poster and poem competitions. “What it did was it encouraged people to start talking about what retirement meant for them but not in the classic pound, shilling and pence; […], It was what people aspired to, [and] what they dreamed to,” he said.“It’s really all about, against the backdrop of auto-enrolment, trying to encourage people to engage with their pension and save more. I’ll be talking about […] how [we have] gone about trying to engage with our employees and get them to take more ownership of their pension, save more into their pension, manage their pension more, look towards retirement in terms of what they’re on track for and whether that’s going to be enough.“I’m giving a practitioner’s insight into how we’ve gone about trying to improve engagement with our employees and get them to do more, so some interesting behavioural nudges at play [that] might be interesting for others to hear about.”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Pay more attention to pregnant women children Director to

first_imgYadadri-Bhongir: Director of Health, Medical and Family Welfare, Dr Yogita Rana, here on Friday urged the doctors to pay more attention on providing medical aid to pregnant women and children.The Director was inspecting the Government Area Hospital in Bhongir. She directed the officials to register the name of the Asha workers accompanying the pregnant woman to the hospital. She also urged the officials to ensure that the Asha workers guide the pregnant women during medical examination. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us She enquired about distribution of KCR Kits to the women. She also examined the list of pregnant women registered with the hospital. She advised the doctors to ensure that more normal deliveries take place. She interacted with patients and enquired about the facilities and the treatment being provided to them. District collector Anitha Ramachandran, District Medical Officer Dr Sambasiva Rao, hospital officials, doctors and others participated in the progamme.last_img read more

Khaleda cant move left hand Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday night voiced deep concern over their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s ‘deteriorated’ health condition in jail, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference, he demanded the government immediately take steps for better treatment of the BNP chief.The press conference was held at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office after some of Khaleda’s relatives met her in jail.”We’ve come to know from madam’s [Khaleda] family members that her health condition has seriously deteriorated. She is so sick that she can’t move her left hand. We’re deeply worried over her falling health condition,” Fakhrul said.He questioned as to why the government is not ensuring better treatment for Khaleda despite their party’s repeated demand.The BNP leader warned that the government will be held responsible if anything bad happens to their chairperson.He alleged that the government is showing a cruel attitude towards Khaleda and not providing her proper treatment with a ‘heinous’ motive to keep her away from politics.”The government’s such attitude towards a national leader can’t be accepted.”Earlier, in the afternoon, Khaleda Zia’s sister Selima Islam and her four family members met the BNP chief at abandoned Dhaka central jail at Nazimuddin Road.last_img read more