The scheme’s board will instead assess whether joining an industry-wide scheme – such as the pension fund for the graphics industry (PGB) with its flexible arrangements – could offer a better proposition.Rietdijk also dismissed the possibility of a closed scheme.“In any case, our participants prefer a collective pension plan,” he said.The GITP board said it was struggling with the added costs of meeting new legal requirements, as well as the falling number of active participants, resulting in less income from contributions.It also complained that stricter governance requirements had hindered its efforts to find qualified trustees.The Pensioenfonds GITP has 830 participants, of whom 255 are active.Its current funding is 107.7%, after consecutive cuts of pension rights of 7% and 4.2%.Last year, the scheme returned 0.5% on investments. The €140m company pension fund of Dutch human resources manager GITP is to be liquidated after the employer cancelled the contract for pensions provision as of 1 January 2015.On its website, the pension fund said it had been unable to secure annual pensions accrual of more than 1.45% with the current contribution of 20% agreed by workers and the sponsor.In the opinion of the social partners, any future pensions provider must be able to deliver better accrual.According to Bas Rietdijk, chairman of the pension fund, joining an insurer would be an “unattractive alternative”.
According to police investigation, Gervyand Rolando were having a drinking spree when a heated argument ensued betweenthem. This prompted Gervy to attack Rolando around 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday. Rolandosustained bruises on the body, police said. But it was not immediatelyestablished what triggered the altercation. Gervy Rafil was accused of hitting hisrelative Rolando Rafil with a stone, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Mandurriao police station. ILOILO City – A 24-year-old resident of BarangayBolilao, Mandurrio district faces physical injury charge.
“Choose Your Own Adventure” is a series of children’s books where each story is written from a second-person point of view. The reader assumes the role of the main character and influences the plot’s outcome by deciding their actions and behavior. And USC is no exception to this trend. When applying this universal principle to daily life, it becomes evident just how complex and difficult it is to live by this motto. Our thoughts, our actions, our beliefs, our quirks and, most notably, our values are highly influenced by various factors surrounding us. From a young age, teenagers face all sorts of pressure manipulating them to change their attitudes and decisions. According to a publication by Parent Further, 90% of teens surveyed said that they had been influenced by peer pressure. While peer pressure may not always be negative, this phenomenon significantly affects adolescent decision making. “I had a character named Pete, and I usually had him encountering all these different adventures on an isolated island,” Packard said in an interview with the Beaver County Times. “But [one] night I was running out of things for Pete to do, so I just asked what they would do.” During the ’80s and ’90s, this series was one of the most popular children books. Originally published by Bantam Books (now Random House), the books are based on the concept created by Edward Packard in 1976. Packard developed the idea from bedtime stories he crafted for his daughters which featured the character, Pete, and the adventures he went on. Life is like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series. Let me explain why. Though this style of literature is catered toward young children, his books invite people of all ages to be their own hero. Having the audience pick from three to four options every two or three pages for what the main character does fosters a deeper and stronger relationship between the reader and the protagonist. Breaking the wall between fiction and the real world, a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book transports readers into an alternative universe, allowing them to experience new worlds and situations. It is this societal constraint that builds the foundation of being easily swayed by those around you later in life, such as in your professional career or with your future family. We must all learn to stop making decisions based on the influence of others. Instead, we need to start making decisions for ourselves. It was his two daughters who came up with unique paths for Pete to take as he ventured on, motivating Packard to build several endings for each path. Inspired by his daughters’ creativity and eagerness, Packard went on to apply his personal experience to his professional career. (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) From small decisions like attending the Visions and Voices event of the week because “everyone is going” or eating at Parkside Dining Hall because it supposedly has the best food (even though EVK is only a two-minute walk from you) to larger decisions such as supporting a particular presidential candidate solely because they are the most popular, we all succumb to peer pressure. Ultimately you are your own protagonist in the story called life. But, the greatest life lesson these books contribute is the simple yet profound truth that life is filled with adventures of your own choosing. Both you and I should start being our own heroes. It is up to you to choose your own adventures, write new memories and narrate your personal success. So, go out there and start chasing your wildest dreams because maybe one day they’ll turn into a reality. Though it’s more complex than that, I nevertheless underscore the importance of choosing your own path. I understand that decision-making is guided by several factors ranging from past experiences and cognitive biases to individual preferences and social circumstances. Yet, I believe that if we begin to prioritize being comfortable with making our own choices, we work toward creating our own real-life version of the books we loved to read when we were younger. Aisha Patel is a freshman writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday.
15 December 2011 The opening of an access road between two previously divided South African institutions – Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument – will be among the highlights of this year’s National Reconciliation Day celebrations on Friday. President Jacob Zuma, along with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, National Council of Provinces chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, will officially open the road joining the two institutions on the outskirts of Pretoria, marking an important day in the history of South Africa.Joining two ‘sides’ of SA history, culture Freedom Park was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 2009 to provide a pioneering, empowering heritage destination reflecting South Africa’s pre-colonial, colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid experiences. It is aimed at contributing to mutual understanding and appreciation of various communities and nations. The Voortrekker Monument, on the other hand, was inaugurated in 1949 to commemorate the pioneer history of southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner. The monument also manages Kerkenberg and the Blood River Heritage. In a statement this week, the Presidency said the opening of the access road would play a big role in further reconciling South African society, as the two memorial sites represent different faces of South Africa’s history and culture.Nation building, social cohesion “The road will also enable easy access of visitors to both institutions, which will play a huge role in nation building and social cohesion, as visitors from both sides come from different political affiliations and cultures,” the Presidency said. The two institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding as a symbol of goodwill to work together to foster reconciliation, and the opening of the road is part of the implementation of this agreement. The commemoration of Reconciliation Day creates a platform to implement the principles embedded in the Constitution of South Africa. The Preamble to the Constitution states: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of the past, Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom of our land, Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country, and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in diversity”. Source: BuaNews
Ray MaotaAdd this green ribbon to your Facebook profile image to show your support for organ donation. Organ donation and transplantation is represented internationally with a symbolic green ribbon. (Image: Flickr)August is Women’s Month as well as Organ Donation Awareness Month and the awesome foursome of Love Life; Gift Life are on a mission to combine both elements in their newest campaign.Fawn Rogers, Siobhan Scallan, Shaylene Perry and Alice Voigt founded Love Life; Gift Life to heighten the level of organ donor awareness in South Africa.On 7 July, the foursome led the Save 7 Lives campaign on International Save 7 Lives Day to much success on social media. The campaign trended globally on Twitter.ORGust CampaignTheir recent campaign, aptly named the #ORGust Campaign, is about the stories of unsung heroes of organ transplantation – specifically, stories of the women making a real impact.These are the stories of nurses, transplant coordinators, surgeons, doctors, psychologists, specialists, physiotherapists, academics and activists.Perry said the campaign will recognise the efforts made by these healthcare professionals in involved in organ transplants. “No transplant patient would be here today, if it were not for the extensive team of people, so often behind the scenes, making miracles happen.”Besides showcasing women working in transplantation, Perry said the organisation hopes all South Africans can show their support for Organ Donation Awareness Month.Love Life, Gift Life is encouraging South Africans to add a green ribbon – an international symbol for organ donation and transplantation – to their Facebook profile image this month.“We are all well aware of the reach social media has,” said Perry. “And after our successful #Save7Lives campaign went viral, we are optimistic that this campaign will also have a great impact within the online community.“By showing their support with the green ribbon, people are not only creating awareness for the cause but will undoubtedly give much needed hope to the thousands of disheartened patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant.”To show your support click HERE and add a green ribbon to your profile.Personal journeysThe four women who founded Love Life; Gift Life needed lung transplants for various reasons. Getting donor lungs and starting recovery has been a joyful experience.Fawn Rogers (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- top left); Shaylene Perry (Single Lung Transplant Recipient- top right); Alice Vogt (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom left); and, Siobhan Scallan (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom right) are the founders of Love Life; Gift Life. (Image: Love Life; Gift Life)Rogers was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age and had not been able to live a normal life until she got a donor in 2013.“The recovery was difficult but since I’ve been out I’ve had a completely new life. I have gone from being bedridden with tubes, relying on my mom, to working full-time,” she said.“I enjoy mundane things like going out for coffee and relaxing with friends and family. They also seem very happy to be able to do that with me.”Perry, who fell ill when she was 27, said: “My joy comes from now being able to be a mother and wife. There were years that going up the stairs was a mission and my daughter always knew mommy as being sick. Now I can be a mother to her.”
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier, right, and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — The “M-V-P!” chants reigned down, and Stephen Curry played every bit like one yet again. Mouthpiece dangling and shots dropping.He has had so many brilliant back-and-forths with Kyrie Irving in recent years, and this one will surely be added to that list among the best.ADVERTISEMENT Plenty familiar with Golden State from three straight Finals matchups with the Cavaliers, he hit his first seven shots with three 3-pointers while Jaylen Brown converted his first four field goals including two 3s. Boston built a 34-24 lead late in the opening quarter and stayed ahead by 10 going into the second.He didn’t miss his first shot until a driving floater 4:16 before halftime. Irving too appreciates the push from Curry.“Oh yeah. I’ve been going against him for the last seven years,” Irving said. “This special team that they have now, adding KD, you’ve seen how they’ve kind of transformed from the first year they won it to now being two-time champions. The bench, everyone. It’s always a high-level game.”Curry isn’t about to make a bold prediction about Finals time. He learned that lesson already.“I got in trouble last time,” Curry said, “if I was thinking about going back to Boston in the summer.”HAYWARD PROGRESSCoach Brad Stevens still doesn’t expect Gordon Hayward to play again for Boston this season as he recovers from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered early in his Celtics debut last October.Hayward hasn’t lost his shooting stroke as he rehabs.“He makes a lot of shots standing still. I mean a lot. He’s a heck of a stand-still shooter now,” Stevens said. “He’s really good in a chair too. Nothing new. We don’t anticipate him being back this season.”Kerr has been so impressed with the Celtics’ resiliency without the star guard. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I was devastated for him and I’m happy to see he’s recovering well,” Kerr said. “Their recovery as a team without him has been amazing. Two losses to start the year and then they just took off.”TIP-INSCeltics: Second-year F Brown, who played collegiately at nearby Cal, scored 20 points. Durant hit a 3 from the top of the arc over Brown midway through the first quarter. … Boston shot just 32.9 percent in beating the Warriors last time, including 7 of 32 from deep, but made 14 of 27 3s on Saturday.Warriors: Curry has made at least five 3-pointers in five straight games, one off the NBA record. “I’m shooting 30 3s next game,” he cracked. … G Patrick McCaw missed his second straight game but said he is improving from a strained mid-back and hopes a few days before the next game will give him time to be ready. … Rookie F Jordan Bell missed his fourth straight game with left ankle inflammation. … C Damian Jones was recalled from the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, who will play their second ever game at Oracle on Sunday night against the Austin Spurs. So Jones could play again in Oakland on Sunday if sent down again.UP NEXTCeltics: At Denver on Monday to conclude a four-game road trip.Warriors: At Utah on Tuesday looking for a fourth straight road win in the series. Curry made a go-ahead 3 with 1:42 to play, scored on a driving layup the next time down before eight late free throws. He also made three of his 3s over the final 4:20 of the third quarter for the Warriors, who had lost the last two matchups to the Celtics and two in a row at home. The Warriors fell 92-88 at Boston on Nov. 16 in which they squandered a 17-point lead.Kevin Durant added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who haven’t lost to the same Eastern Conference opponent twice in the same season during fourth-year coach Steve Kerr’s tenure. Draymond Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.Curry’s 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the third put Golden State up 70-63, he hit another at the 2:52 mark then connected once more at 2:12 as Golden State grabbed momentum heading into the final period up 80-73.The two-time NBA MVP scored 18 points in the third, shot 16 for 24 and 8 of 13 from long range while notching his second 40-point game of the season and 29th of his career in the regular season. Fans chanted “M-V-P!” as he made two free throws with 43 seconds left, two more at the 10.3 mark, another pair with 6.9 seconds left and two more at 1.6.Irving was sensational himself.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Butler returns to score 21 points, Wolves beat Nets Curry scored 49 points with 13 of those over the final 1:42 and hit eight 3-pointers, lifting the Golden State Warriors past the Boston Celtics 109-105 on Saturday night in what is already being hyped as a potential NBA Finals matchup come June.Irving scored 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting with five 3s, but Boston failed to build momentum from a win at the Clippers on Wednesday night and lost for the fifth time in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The way he started the game tonight was pretty crazy,” Curry said. “We try to bring the best out of each other. Tonight was one of those nights, just a fun way to play.”The NBA’s top teams from their respective conferences put on quite an entertaining show. View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Vic Manuel, one of the Aces’ main cogs, finally suited up and scored six points on restricted minutes, as Compton said he would ease his hardworking forward back to his regular spot in the rotation.“I thought our defense was solid, too,” added Compton. “It’s so nice to have a lot of guys sharing the ball, doing such a good job together. It was just a total team effort.”Ian Sangalang led Magnolia with 17 points and nine rebounds while Mark Barroca added 15 as import John Fields was held to just 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Aces, showcasing exquisite teamwork, carved out a wire-to-wire 103-80 victory over conference-debuting Magnolia on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“As happy as I am with the win, I also recognize that was far from [Magnolia’s] strongest punch, that was far from their best,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “So I don’t think more should be made of this game than the situation that we had a month of preseason to prepare and get through stuff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You don’t see another team’s best when they’re coming off a Finals game,” Compton added, referring to the fact that Magnolia was playing its first game since losing the Philippine Cup Finals to San Miguel Beer in seven grueling games.The Beermen were playing the NorthPort Batang Pier at press time. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport But even with the Hotshots at their worst, the Aces deserved a lot of credit in polishing off their third foe in five assignments.Great passingAlaska had 31 assists as it stormed out of the gates early and stayed in control until the final buzzer.Chris Banchero had 11 out of that assist total, even as Chris Daniels went on to lead Alaska with 23 points—18 in the third period.Skipper JVee Casio tossed in 17 points, Jeron Teng added 12 and guard Simon Enciso chipped in 11 for the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT PH dragonboat rowers triumphant in Singapore tournament Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArmed with a healthy roster for the first time in a long while, Alaska showed what it can do with a complete cast in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Of course, catching “one of the league’s giants” on its first game after a long layoff had its benefits, too.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue
Mason Mount admits surprise over wonderful Chelsea startby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount has admitted he is a little surprised at the start the Blues have made in the Premier League.When their first game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, many worried for the Blues and boss Frank Lampard.But they have bounced back and are firmly in contention for a top four a lot.Their away form is especially impressive, as evidenced by a 4-1 win at Southampton this weekend.”It’s been going good away from home,” Mount told BBC Sport. “There are little things we can work on, obviously conceding, and we had a tough period but away from home we’ve been very good.”You’ve always got to have that confidence in yourself. To be fair, I probably didn’t think it would go this well at the start. Everyone is working hard, you can see how much it means to us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
ALBERTA – Alberta’s environment minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plans to eliminate regulations and labour rules will likely hurt working people.Shannon Phillips says transparency is critical, so Kenney needs to explain what exactly he’ll cut if he wins power.The United Conservatives are still consulting on the party’s policy platform ahead of the spring election, but Kenney dropped some hints in a speech last week to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Kenney told the audience he will repeal labour rules enacted under the N-D-P that he says are hamstringing businesses, and that his party wants to cut bureaucratic red tape by a third.
OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Premier Rachel Notley took time for a holiday trick in Ottawa.The Alberta NDP projected figures outside of the federal Liberal holiday party that claimed to show how much money is being lost every day because pipelines aren’t moving Alberta oil to world markets.While many are applauding the move seeing this as some grade ‘A’ trolling, others are calling it classless.Well played Premier Notley.— Dan Harris (@danharrisndp) December 13, 2018It isn’t the first time Notley and company have sent not-so-subtle hints to the feds and it won’t be the last time, especially with some bleak forecasts for oil prices going into next year.Cailin Birch is an economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit and one of the authors of a report delving into oil price predictions around the world.She believes with the Chinese and the U.S. economies expected to sputter in 2019, there could be a global price drop for oil.“With 2020 looking like an even more difficult year economically speaking. We are expecting it to feed into prices across the board really as consumption doesn’t look as strong as it has in the past few years.”She noted other global factors at play.“Market conditions have changed significantly since OPEC and Russia agreed to rein in production in November 2016. Unprecedented output restraint from most OPEC countries and Russia, together with unexpected supply crunches from more volatile producers, including Venezuela, Libya and Angola, have brought global oil stocks back down to below the previous five-year average,” she said in the report.While a drop in oil prices in the past five years has fed consumption, she expects that trend to change.“Remembering of course, that for the last few years it has been inflated a bit. The rate of demand growth has been inflated by the fact that oil prices were so low that it gave this kind of boom to consumption growth. We’re not looking at the same situation anymore.”