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UK election: What the manifestos say [updated]

first_imgThe UK’s main political parties have published their manifestos for the 8 June election – and the future of the country’s state pension is a major battleground.The Conservative Party, led by prime minister Theresa May, is expected to consolidate its position as ruling party by winning a greater majority.It has proposed abandoning the so-called ‘triple lock’ on the state pension, which ensures payments rise in line with earnings or inflation with a minimum annual increase of 2.5%.Instead, the Conservatives want to remove the 2.5% lower limit after 2020. Jeremy Corbyn, leader, Labour PartyMeanwhile the Labour Party – led by Jeremy Corbyn – wants to keep the triple lock for at least the next five years. The Liberal Democrats have also pledged to keep the triple lock in place until at least the next election in 2022.The Scottish National Party (SNP), the leading party in Scotland, Wales’ Plaid Cymru, and the UK Independence Party, have all pledged to maintain the triple lock. Former pensions minister Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat, was instrumental in bringing in the triple lock as part of the coalition government in 2010. Industry comment – Hugh Nolan, president, Society of Pension Professionals“The triple lock is unsustainable with our ageing population and so it’s good to see the Conservative Party being honest about this uncomfortable truth. “While Labour and the Liberal Democrats want to keep the triple lock for the moment, they might have to change that policy by the time inflation is next below 2.5% so there may not actually be as big a difference between the parties as it seems at a first glance.”The Pensions RegulatorAway from the state pension, another key pensions issue is the power and focus of the Pensions Regulator (TPR).During an enquiry held by the Work and Pensions Committee last year into the collapse of high street store BHS, the cross-party group of politicians called for the regulator to have more scope to step in and protect the interests of members during corporate actions. Theresa May, Conservative Party leaderIn its manifesto, the Conservative Party promised greater powers for TPR to stop pension funds being disadvantaged during mergers or acquisitions and protect them from “unscrupulous business owners”.“We will build on existing powers to give pension schemes and TPR the right to scrutinise, clear with conditions or in extreme cases stop mergers, takeovers or large financial commitments that threaten the solvency of the scheme,” the manifesto stated. It also mentioned “punitive” fines and bans for company directors found to be in breach.Labour’s election document made a similar, but less detailed, pledge to amend rules regarding company takeovers “to ensure that businesses identified as being ‘systemically important’ have a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners”.Industry comment – Martin Hunter, principal, Punter Southall“One major concern which has been raised in the past when suggestions have been made about making clearance mandatory is that it is often not feasible to conduct detailed discussions with the trustees of a pension scheme and the Pensions Regulator in advance of a deal, given that transactions often need to be completed very quickly.“Waiting for the Pensions Regulator to decide whether to apply some conditions to the deal could represent the introduction of substantial uncertainty into transactions, potentially damaging UK [companies].”The retirement age and other promisesThe Conservatives have promised to tie increases in the state pension age to life expectancy, with current policy set to raise the retirement age to 67 by 2028. Labour, however, rejected this and vowed to launch another review of the state pension age – despite one having just reported its findings in March.The SNP, Plaid Cymru, and UKIP have all rejected the need for the state pension age to increase past 66. UKIP has proposed a “flexible state pension window” to allow people to retire earlier with lower benefits – or later with higher benefits – if they wish.The Green Party – which currently has just one elected member of parliament – wants to replace the state pension with a “citizens’ pension”. This would “ensure that no pensioners are living in poverty, and would be up-rated annually”, the party said.Labour backed the creation of “large efficient pension funds, which will mean more cash for scheme members and lower costs for employers” – seemingly backing the idea of consolidation that has been gathering momentum in recent months.The Green Party said it would campaign for pension funds to invest more in “long-term sustainability projects” such as renewable energy, and would push for divestment from fossil-fuel-related investments. Tim Farron, leader, Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats want a review of the pensions tax relief system, with a view to introducing a flat rate of tax relief, rather than one linked to the income tax rate.Both Labour and Plaid Cymru in Wales vowed to review a surplus-sharing arrangement between the government and the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme. Currently, the government is entitled to take a percentage of any surplus in the defined benefit scheme as calculated every three years. This is opposed by unions.The Conservatives said they would expand the auto-enrolment regime to include self-employed workers. The SNP has made a similar pledge. The party said it would also promote long-term savings products such as the Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), a version of the tax-free savings ISA vehicle.Industry comment – Malcolm McLean, senior consultant, Barnett Waddingham“It is good to see that a Conservative government will continue to support the successful expansion of auto-enrolment to include small employers and the self-employed. In the latter case this is long overdue with all the evidence pointing to a continuing reduction in pension saving by the self-employed despite the fact that since the financial downturn in 2008 their numbers have increased considerably.” According to the Office for National Statistics, the government spent £108bn on state pension payments in the 2014-15 tax year.The Conservatives’ manifesto stated: “When [the triple lock] expires we will introduce a new ‘double lock’, meaning that pensions will rise in line with the earnings that pay for them, or in line with inflation – whichever is highest.”last_img read more

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Prostitution bill defeated in ‘South Australia’

first_imgThe Australian 15 november 2012 A MOVE to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia has been defeated by one vote in state parliament. The bill, introduced by Labor backbencher Steph Key, was subject to a conscience vote but was defeated when put to lower house MPs on Thursday. It would have decriminalised most forms of prostitution including brothels and escort services while retaining soliciting as an offence in some circumstances. Family First MP Dennis Hood welcomed the bill’s defeat and said it would have introduced legalised prostitution with no controls. “I cannot understand how some members of the government could support such a proposal,” he said. Mr Hood said the bill would have given councils control over brothels, with police having no role of substance.http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/prostitution-bill-defeated-in-sa/story-fn3dxiwe-1226517453827last_img read more

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Oregon cop warns Florida lawmakers about dangers of legal marijuana

first_imgRodrigues says he wants lawmakers to be prepared in case one of the two proposed constitutional amendments gets on the ballot and wins approval by voters in 2020. Rodrigues is term-limited, but the Legislature would have to pass a bill setting up parameters for a newly legal marijuana industry, just as it has for medical marijuana.READ MORE: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/florida-marijuana/os-ne-house-legal-marijuana-florida-oregon-20191105-5thqbahtnzditmqpfzwbwm6v6q-story.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from Chris Gibson, a narcotics officer in Oregon, where marijuana was legalized in 2015. The presentation was the latest in a string of speakers planned by committee chairman Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Recreational marijuana has brought trouble to Oregon, a law officer said Tuesday, as Florida lawmakers prepared to deal with the chance that Sunshine State voters could legalize pot next year. Gibson stopped short of calling marijuana legalization a “gateway” to other drugs, as Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, suggested, but said, “we have seen reported drug use in Oregon increase across the board … we’re seeing users that are using everything all together.”center_img Orlando Sentinel 5 November 2019Family First Comment: “He listed a litany of problems that followed, including an increase in positive drug tests in the workforce, legal marijuana being siphoned into the black markets of other states and a spike in the use of other, still illegal drugs.”Don’t believe the Green Party hype #saynopetodope A Harvard medical school professor spoke of the medical dangers of marijuana last month, and Rodrigues says he plans to have other law enforcement officials from Colorado, another state where marijuana is legal. He listed a litany of problems that followed, including an increase in positive drug tests in the workforce, legal marijuana being siphoned into the black markets of other states and a spike in the use of other, still illegal drugs.last_img read more

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William B. Laib age, 73

first_imgWilliam B. Laib, age 72, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, May 23, 2016 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born October 9, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the son of the late William C. & Marcella (Luken) Laib. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a Captain during the Vietnam Era.On November 20, 1965 he and the former Claire Borntrager were united in marriage, and she survives. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening and working, but his greatest joy was time spent with his grandsons Jacob and Noah.Bill was a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor for many years.Besides Claire, his loving wife of over 50 years, survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Sally & Adam Henson of Brookville, Indiana, his two grandsons, Jacob G. Henson and Noah M. Henson both of Brookville; two brothers, Dr. Richard Laib and Thomas Laib of Newport, Kentucky.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Steven Laib.Family & friends may visit from 6 till 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Walker Chapel, 7740 Springfield Road, Oxford, Ohio 45056. An additional visitation will be held from 9 till 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Colerain Township, 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45252.The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 11:00 A.M., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati. Burial will take place in St. Joseph New Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to the PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway Suite 510, Kansas City, Missouri 64114. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Laib family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: Full squad, players list of all participating teams

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Asia Cup 2018 is set to take the centre stage after the recently concluded high octane India tour of England.  Asia Cup 2018 will take place in UAE from September 15 to 28. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong will lock horns for Asia’s biggest cricketing trophy. The much-awaited Asia Cup 2018 is already exciting the cricketing fraternity due to the mother of all matches – India vs Pakistan – on September 19. The tournament was played in T20 format in 2016, however, it is back to the 50-over format for this edition.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Why Virat Kohli has been rested? The Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue are touted as front-runners to lift the cup, but are without regular skipper and talisman Virat Kohli. India have bagged the Asia Cup six times in the history of the tournament while Sri Lanka have won it five times.India are the defending champions as the MS Dhoni-led side defeated Bangladesh in the finals by eight wickets in 2016.ALSO READ: Hardik Pandya centre of social media outrage YET AGAIN!Asia Cup 2018: Complete squads of all the six participating teams:IndiaIndian squad for Asian Games 2018: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel AhmedSri LankaAngelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga.PakistanFakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir BangladeshShakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque AfghanistanAsghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Yamin AhmadzaiHong KongAnshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain last_img read more

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Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: Bengal Warriors Beat Tamil Thalaivas 35-26

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance to defeat the experienced Tamil Thalaivas 35-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 match here on Thursday.K Parapanjan’s Super 10 (10 raid points), ably supported by Maninder Singh’s nine raid points, was the difference for the Bengal side who moved to second spot on the points table. Experienced all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar returned to Thalaivas’ line-up as coach E Bhaskaran made a few changes to bring more stability into the side. Shabeer Bapu was added in the starting seven to share the raiding responsibilities with Arjuna Award recipient Ajay Thakur and Rahul Chaudhari.The Thalaivas started the match on a bright note in front of a packed stadium at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here, with Ajay Thakur impressing in his raids and the defence not allowing Bengal raider Maninder Singh to settle down.But K Prapanjan had other plans and his multiple two-point raids helped Bengal reduce the Tamil men on the mat to finally inflict an All-Out in the 11th minute.The experienced Thalaivas did not give up and immediately got back into the match thanks largely to Ajay Thakur who picked up eight points in a first half that ended 15-14 in favour of the Bengal side.The second half began with only three men remaining for Bengal but Sukesh Hegde produced a smart raid, taking out the dangerous Manjeet Chhillar in the process, to start a revival for the Warriors.Thalaivas went on the rue the lost opportunity, despite a three-point super raid by Anand with eight minutes left in the clock, reducing Warriors’ lead margin to three points.The experienced Thalaivas made silly errors, especially in defence, to let Bengal inflict another All-Out with just four minutes left in the match. The Bengal defence held firm in the final minutes to see out the match and emerge victorious but questions will be asked about the performance of the Thalaivas who are failing to perform despite having a star-studded squad.Ajay Thakur’s Super 10 mattered very little as Bengal proved to the better side in all departments. last_img read more

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Dream Team VI Crush Sweden to Land in Q’final

first_imgBy Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSadiq Umar’s diving header against Sweden was all Nigeria’s Dream Team VI needed last night to book a place in the quarter finals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of the ongoing Rio2016 Games in Brazil. Nigeria consolidated leadership of Group B on six points.Right from the kick off at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, the Samson Siasia wards who battled against all odds to defeat Japan 5-4 in their opening game were in charge of proceedings for the greater part of the encounter.Fresh from scoring four goals last time out against Japan, Oghenekaro Etebo attempted several shots in the half—with his right foot, left foot and with his head—but he was unable to get the better of Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Linde.Nigeria eventually found the opener six minutes from time, when Stanley Amuzie delivered a pinpoint, curling cross in open play from the left wing that found Umar and the Roma man made no mistake, scoring with a diving header.The Dream Team continued their dominance in the second half, and just three minutes in, captain John Obi Obi took had a well-driven shot from the top of the area saved by Linde. The Swedish goalkeeper had to be alert four minutes later when Etebo dribbled inside the corner of the penalty box and attempted a curling effort, but once again, Linde saved.Coach Hakan Ericson did use all three of his substitutes—Ken Sema, Muamer Tankovic and Jacob Une Larsson to try and give his team a new dimension but, in the end, Nigeria’s backline was up to the challenge and held on to all three points.On Wednesday, Nigeria will close out group play against Colombia in Sao Paulo, while Sweden have a must-win match ahead against Japan in Salvador if they are going to continue their Rio 2016 journey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Diouf Sorry for Matip, Others who Refused to Play for Cameroon

first_img“I don’t understand people turning down their country,” Diouf told BBC World Service.“And like the legend Bob Marley always said ‘if you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where to go’.”The Indomitable Lions defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in Thursday’s semifinal in Gabon to book a final meeting with Egypt on Sunday.Diouf, who played for seven British clubs including Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, featured in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations final for Senegal, as well as the World Cup later that year.“Definitely they’ll regret not playing in the Cup of Nations. After your career, what are you going to do? Stay living in Europe? To do what?” adds the legend.“It’s always tough to be African, because you can be the best African coach but they’ll never give you Paris St Germain (PSG), Barcelona, Liverpool or Manchester United.“That’s why I say to all the boys: don’t turn down your country because the future of this world is in Africa.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017Former Senegal international striker El Hadji Diouf believes Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Joel Matip will regret turning their country down.The Senegalese legend told the BBC website that the pair will rue missing the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and should have listened to one of Bob Marley’s songs.Diouf was speaking after the Indomitable Lions managed to reach final of the tournament despite West Brom’s Nyom and Liverpool’s Matip being among eight players to refuse call-ups.last_img read more

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Hunt leads Syracuse to touchdown in relief of Allen

first_img Published on September 8, 2013 at 12:17 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass After Drew Allen took a blindside hit while throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter, backup Terrel Hunt calmly trotted onto the field and led Syracuse down the field for a touchdown in its 48-27 loss to No. 19 Northwestern.The game was already out of reach, and it came against a unit made up mostly of backups, but the drive was still impressive.Hunt led the offense the way he knows best. He ran three times for 30 yards, including a 15-yard scramble into the end zone. But he also threw two completions for 22 yards and looked sharp throughout the drive.“I thought he came in and did a great job,” Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “He came in and took advantage of the opportunity, and I tip my hat to him for that.”Hunt held the upper hand in Syracuse’s quarterback competition before Allen arrived on campus after transferring from Oklahoma, but he’s been stuck on the bench behind Allen for the past two weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHunt made the most of his opportunity in the game’s final minutes. Now, SU head coach Scott Shafer has a decision on his hands.“We’re going to keep having those guys competing their asses off,” Shafer said, “and we’re going to play the guy that’s ready to play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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