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first_img“Regulation attempts to manage schemes from the centre by mandating the individual processes that schemes undertake but has not delivered the necessary improvements,” it said. Joe Dabrowski, head of governance and investment at the PLSA, said: “Regulatory oversight should […] focus on ensuring the right people are appointed to governance positions and let them take decisions in the best interests of their scheme.“We believe this would deliver the high standards of governance necessary to give pension scheme members security and confidence in their pension fund.”The PLSA suggested that the regulatory approach to pension fund governance in the UK could take inspiration from the country’s corporate governance regime, which was a principles-based, input-focussed approach.“Corporate governance in the UK is well-regarded internationally and the high profile scandals that pre-dated the Corporate Governance Code have become much less common,” said the trade body. “Pension funds could similarly gain from a move in regulatory focus towards governance inputs.”It added that while the UK’s corporate governance regime was subject to intense media and political interest, pension fund governance was subject to comparatively little scrutiny.Commenting on the PLSA’s pronouncements, a spokesperson for TPR said it wanted those running pension schemes to be “a knowledgeable, empowered first line of defence for scheme members”.“We will be focusing on making our expectations clearer, taking action against poor governance and encouraging consolidation where appropriate,” it said.It will not be imposing new or higher standards of governance, however. It will soon be launching a campaign focussed on the fundamentals of good governance, according to the spokesperson.In the longer term, it intends to streamline and consolidate its existing stock of guidance and improving its website in a bid to provide further clarity about its expectations.Last month TPR published a revised description of who it considers to be a professional trustee, saying this paved the way to build standards and accreditation for professional trustees through the Professional Trustee Standards Working Group. The UK pensions regulator should change its approach to ensuring good pension fund governance from one focussed on processes to people, according to the country’s pensions trade body.Releasing a discussion paper on what constitutes good pension fund governance, the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said it depended on the people who provide it.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) should therefore concentrate on ensuring that individuals who are appointed to boards and committees have the appropriate knowledge and experience, according to the PLSA.It said this is not TPR’s current approach, and that its discussion paper suggests this is focused on process rather than people. This had not worked so far, according to the PLSA.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With two key players out due to injury, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin had to create a variety of lineups for Wednesday’s home opener against Binghamton.Sophomore setter Emily Betteridge, who leads the team with 363 assists, watched from the sidelines with her foot in a boot while senior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe was out with an ankle injury.The two injuries proved costly for the Orange (7-7) down the stretch of its 3-2 loss to Binghamton (3-12) at the Women’s Building. Syracuse jumped out to a two-set lead, but the Bearcats took advantage of McCabe and Betteridge being on the bench to win the final three sets.“You’re always going to struggle when you have to rearrange things,” assistant coach Stephanie Cantway said. “We tried multiple lineups tonight, so we’re still trying to find that niche.”Betteridge said she wanted to be on the court to help her team win a game that was in Syracuse’s favor. She believes the Orange lost as a result of more than just the injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely hard being on the bench,” she said. “You want to be in there every point and play for your team, but I don’t think that one person makes a team. I think all of us have worked so hard and we could have won it out there. But unfortunately it didn’t go the way we wanted it to go.”Freshman Monika Salkute played a vital role in filling in for the injured setters. McCabe said the team needed Salkute to step up when it matters most.Betteridge noted the depth of the bench, saying role players can be relied on when starters are sidelined with injuries.“I think that we have a deep bench and we’ll always have people that can go on the court,” Betteridge said. “So I don’t think it was just the two of us that could have made a difference. I think we could have done it together.”Cantway said the atmosphere for the team’s first home game was overwhelming. The nervous energy led to sloppy play that resulted in losing the final three sets.The assistant coach said the coaching staff is still trying to build a winning atmosphere in its first season leading the program.“We just have to believe that when we are up 2-0, the third game is to finish,” Cantway said. “It’s not that you got lucky. You won the first two, you’re ahead 2-0 and it’s time to finish the third.“I think it’s more of not being used to winning, and that’s what we are trying to develop. You’re up two games to zero and that’s your game to win.”With Betteridge and McCabe sitting on the bench, Syracuse was forced to test multiple lineups in order to find the best combination for winning. Cantway said the injuries were frustrating but the players must remain confident.After trying multiple lineups, Yelin said his team has to hang in until McCabe is back.“(McCabe) is the most talented middle blocker,” he said. “We will overcome this somehow.” Comments Published on September 20, 2012 at 2:32 am Contact Austin: [email protected]last_img read more

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 6th September, 2020 22:40 IST Gasly Surprise Italian GP Winner As Hamilton Given Penalty AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix after a thrilling race which saw world champion Lewis Hamilton given a 10-second penalty and both Ferraris fail to finish at their home circuit on Sunday. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 6th September, 2020 22:40 IST Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By COMMENT AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix after a thrilling race which saw world champion Lewis Hamilton given a 10-second penalty and both Ferraris fail to finish at their home circuit on Sunday.It was Gasly’s first-ever win in Formula One. The 24-year-old Frenchman finished 0.415 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz and 3.358 ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll on a surreal-looking podium. All three drivers had never won a race and each had only one top-three finish to their name.Hamilton appeared on course for a comfortable victory from pole position but he was given the stop-go penalty for entering the pit lane when closed.The Mercedes driver finished seventh, 17.245 behind Gasly.Ferrari’s abysmal weekend continued as Sebastian Vettel had a brake failure on Lap 7 and he limped into the pits with his right-rear brake disc in flames. It was the four-time champion’s first DNF at Monza in his 14th start.His teammate Charles Leclerc had made it into fourth but lost the rear of the car under acceleration through Parabolica on Lap 25 and crashed into the barriers, causing the race to be red flagged.By that time Hamilton’s penalty had been announced. Hamilton had pitted immediately after the safety car had been deployed after Kevin Magnussen broke down but was unaware the pit lane was closed as the marshals recovered Magnussen’s Haas.Antonio Giovinazzi received the same sanction.(Image Credit: AP) last_img read more

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)There’s a sense of normalcy surrounding the Warriors again, and, believe it or nit, it’s all thanks to Draymond Green.Golden State’s injured All-Star forward is finally set to return to the court and his return just may coincide with a patented winning streak.Green, who has missed 13 of the team’s last 15 games with a sprained right toe, has been cleared to play Monday night when the Warriors host the Minnesota …last_img read more

first_imgJohannesburg’s Sacred Heart College has a long history of opening its doors to the most vulnerable children. Under the apartheid regime it educated children of all colours. Today, as home to Three2Six, it offers refugee children the chance of an education they may otherwise be denied.Like their pupils, teachers at Three2Six were once refugees themselves. Their common history makes it easier to build trust and understanding between pupil and teacher. (Image: Three2Six)Sulaiman PhilipThe administrative office of Three2Six, a foundation school for refugee children, is up a steep flight of stairs. With its door wide open, you can hear the students of Sacred Heart College exuberantly head to waiting cars or to extra-murals.Esther Munonoka, co-ordinator of the school, is disturbed by a tentative knock and timid voice. The former teacher, and refugee from Rwanda, excuses herself and talks calmly and peacefully to the young girl, whose unease melts away. Munonoka speaks whisper soft but confidently as she explains the challenges and successes of the programme, which is now entering its tenth year.Named for the hours the school runs, Three2Six offers refugee children the opportunity to get an education. It is designed as a bridge for refugee children before they enter the South African education system. Students at Three2Six are tutored in three foundation courses – English, maths and life skills – up to Grade 6.Munonoka explains: “We want to prepare our children to enter government schools. We give them a grounding that allows them to integrate into schools in their own communities.”Classrooms buzz with languages from across Africa – smatterings of Shona, French and Swahili – until classes begin. Pupils who have been at the school longer encourage newer children to speak English only. The teachers, all of them refugees, are able to help pupils overcome language and cultural barriers.Munonoka describes her charges as friendly, responsible and hardworking. To casual observers other adjectives come to mind: resilient, wary and aware. For them South Africa, and Sacred Heart, represent something we take for granted. Normal and safe, a place where they are free to learn, released from the fear of roaming bands of armed men. It’s a place that allows them to be children again.Some of the students may be undocumented, but Munonoka will not say. Or care. Unless the students and their parents want them to know. When they are in the classroom, the teachers teach. However, Three2Six does offer help, where it can, to families to get their immigration status legalised.For many, Sacred Heart is a safe zone, but Three2Six staff are well aware of the fears that drive life outside its gate. Whenever there is violence directed at immigrant communities, Munonoka and her staff are upsettingly conscious of it. The classes are small, so when even one child stays away, it is painfully obvious.Violence, sadly, is nothing new to many of the children who attend Three2Six. “Speaking generally, our children and their parents are escaping war, genocide, and persecution. They are looking for something we take for granted, an opportunity to learn. Some have walked from the DRC or crossed from Zimbabwe. We take the trust they put in us, to look after their children, very seriously.”At Three2Six refugee children get the chance to be kids again. (Image: Three2Six)For immigrant children, Three2Six is the lodestar. They attend religiously and parents are involved despite their circumstances. Administrators lament that their success has made them a choice for South African parents eager for their children to benefit from the educational grounding.“We have had some scary experiences because we won’t take in South African citizens. Our argument is the government is required to provide for the citizens of this country. We see ourselves as a partner of the government to help with a problem – we have an overwhelming number of refugees – that has overwhelmed them.”Hunger is also commonplace among the 275 children that Three2Six educates, with 300 on their waiting list. As Munonoka points out: “You can’t learn if you’re hungry.” The school provides students with a meal a day and has, over the course of its existence, served more than 350,000 meals.Sacred Heart College supplies school uniforms to the children. Often the uniform is among the few items of clothing the child possesses. (Image: Three2Six)A history of caringGiving Three2Six a home fits in with Sacred Heart’s long history of social engagement. In 1976, in defiance of the apartheid government, the school opened its doors to all races. It has been a beacon whose identity is wrapped up in its social justice activism.Colin Northmore, head of Sacred Heart College, explains that Three2Six would not exist if not for the work done by Bishop Paul Verryn at Johannesburg’s Central Methodist Church in 2003. “He called me and asked for help with the children who had taken refuge in the church after the first wave of xenophobia. We tried to help, we tried to do some teacher training, we tried to help with some of their other initiatives but they all collapsed.”While he takes as gospel the morality of doing something, Northmore believes that the work of the Central Methodist Church failed because there was no long-term plan in place. “At the time one of our brothers (Sacred Heart is one of 403 Marist Brothers schools spanning the globe) from Brazil was passing through and spoke about a programme they were running. They had a fee-paying school in the morning and a fee-free school in the afternoon and an adult education programme in the evening.“One of the defining features of that school was they did not use the same staff. All of these ideas coalesced and led to us asking: where is the social injustice in Johannesburg. That’s where Three2Six was born.”Reaching outThe project helps documented and undocumented migrants who would otherwise struggle to gain access to education. Northmore stresses that the programme is not a school but a bridging programme. He believes South Africa’s future is best served by allowing migrants to integrate into society.“We are not best served if migrants lock themselves in their own enclaves, or if South Africans build walls around themselves. We do not benefit from one another if we lock ourselves away out of fear or a lack of understanding.”Building understandingIf there was criticism, Northmore explains, opinions were quickly changed as children began playing and talking to each other. Understanding grew as Three2Six children were made to feel welcome on the bucolic grounds of Sacred Heart. “Our afternoon children are encouraged to use the sports fields as well, to be normal kids, to laugh and play. To have a normal childhood.”Watch: Precieuse: a refugee’s story. An animated biographical story created by the children of the Three2Six school at Sacred Heart CollegeNorthmore believes the well-heeled students of Sacred Heart have benefitted as much as the refugee children they have welcomed into their world. Kindness and respect, he believes, triggers understanding and opens up the possibility of transformation on both sides.“My parents are very proud of this project. The mothers of my day school noticed that some of our students weren’t eating their meals; they were packing them up and taking them home. So they started a food parcel project that now feeds a hundred families every month.”Now in its tenth year, Three2Six has spread to two other campuses and has been nominated for a JFK Humanitarian Award. The programme, one of a handful across the globe, is being recognised for its work in solving a growing problem – migration and how to accommodate refugees in an urban setting.“It’s a significant intervention into this problem in the world. How do you accommodate people moving to cities? And Three2Six is one small part of the answer to that question.“You need to understand something about Sacred Heart. We are one of the most diverse communities you will find. We are trying to fulfil the dream of what South Africa could become. My children already engage with difference.”What Munonoka, Northmore and the children of Sacred Heart and Three2Six have created is a community committed to embracing and celebrating all that makes us different.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements.The 2015 Produce Post-Harvest Microbial Food Safety Practices Survey marks the first time since 1998 that such a survey has been conducted. NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly encouraged operators to participate in the survey, noting that implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act  might affect post-harvest businesses.FSMA was signed into law in 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under FSMA, the FDA may issue rules for produce safety.“Better data lead to better decisions,” Reilly said.  “This survey will provide a wealth of new information with respect to where the industry is on the eve of FSMA implementation.”The survey looks at food safety practices, some costs, information about the sizes and types of operations, and any food safety requirements for produce coming into the post-harvest operation. NASS will contact approximately 2,200 post-harvest businesses across the United States. Businesses may respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov (website) through January 2016. Although USDA recommends responding online as the most convenient method, businesses also have the option to respond by mail.Data obtained from the survey will be used by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), the sponsoring agency for the project, for analysis and publication. ERS will use the data to:•             Document changes in food safety practices since 1998•             Provide a benchmark of practices prior to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)•             Examine expected costs of compliance•             Estimate the impact of FSMA on the produce industry•             Identify the most crucial areas for future research and training efforts•             Ensure that policymakers, produce associations, and produce businesses have up-to-date information to make informed decisions that could impact the produce industryThere will be two other related surveys that focus on produce growers. Both the 2015 Fruit Chemical Use and 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Surveys will also contain sections on microbial food safety and these will be sent to 10,900 growers in total.NASS conducts the surveys for ERS under an interagency agreement. NASS and ERS safeguard the privacy of all respondents.  Responses are kept confidential and results will only be published in aggregate, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by Federal law.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When September 2–9 2020, All dayWhat Ohio Farm Bureau Presents: Discover Canyon Country Sept. 2, 2020 through  Sept. 9, 2020. Explore the most famous canyons of the American West on a journey featuring three national parks.Highlights:Scottsdale • Oak Creek Canyon • Kaibab National Forest • Grand Canyon • Lake Powell • Bryce Canyon National Park Zion • National Park • Las VegasView complete itinerary.The overall activity level of this tour is a level 1. This trip is for leisurely travelers who like to discover the energy of a new place, but typically take it easy. Travelers should be able to handle at least one flight of stairs, board a coach and walk for 15-30 minutes at a time with little difficulty.Per person rates. Book by March 2, 2020:Double $3,099 ~ Single $3,999 ~ Triple $3,049Included in price:Round-trip air from Columbus International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, motor coach transportation, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (porterage), select meals (six breakfasts and four dinners), admission to attractions as outlined in itinerary, and gratuities for bellmen, door attendants and wait staff.Not included in price: Cancellation waiver and insurance of $299 per personFor more information, email John Marihugh, Ohio Farm Bureau sr. director partnerships and member services, or call 614-249-2400.Testimonial about this year’s Alpine Trip“My wife and I had a great time on (the) Alpine mountain trip. Collette’s guide had everything planned out to the hour and the whole trip was wonderful. We saw a lot of places and things that a farm owner from Ohio could only read about. If you decide to put together another trip with Collette, let me know and I’ll try to arrange our schedule to match.” ~ Roy and Marilyn Gregglast_img read more

first_imgMayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, has hailed the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for its efforts in ridding St. James of solid waste.“The NSWMA has been relentless in making sure that they educate and work with the citizens. In the last two years, we have had some major clean-up (activities) across the parish (which have resulted in the removal) of a lot of bulky waste,” he said.Mayor Davis was speaking at the official opening of the Cambridge garbage holding area in the parish on Friday (January 25).The facility, which currently has four skips, will serve as a central location for the disposal of garbage from around the community.As part of the day’s activities, the Western Parks and Markets (WPM) staff removed bulky waste items from the Cambridge community, which could provide breeding ground for mosquito.Representatives from the Western Regional Health Authority also gave a presentation on how to prevent and destroy mosquito breeding sites in and around the home.last_img read more