Orr Fellowship helps students develop careers

first_imgThe Orr Fellowship is a post-graduate professional opportunity in which selected graduates are placed with host companies in Indianapolis. Fellows work with their company for two years, participate in a curriculum meant to further develop their business education, according to the Orr Fellowship website.Emily Rompola, a 2017 alumna, is one of many former Saint Mary’s students who entered the Fellowship after graduation. According to Rompola, she was selected out of 1,100 applicants to the Fellowship. Rompola currently works as a Customer Success Manager at the technology startup Lumavate. She said her time at Saint Mary’s prepared her well for her career. She said her classes helped her learn critical thinking, problem solving and communicating with her peers, skills she said are vital for success.Rompola received her degree in political science, but is excited to work in the technical industry.“Diving into a technical role has been challenging, but also incredibly rewarding because everyday I am learning and discovering new things,” she said.Alumna Lauren Jamieson is also an Orr Fellow, and she began her fellowship in 2016. She works as Chief of Staff at the technology firm ClearObject.“I am working on projects, joining meetings and gaining experience I never thought possible a year and a half out of college,” Jamieson said of her career.She said her classes at Saint Mary’s gave her critical thinking and problem solving skills, and she said her education set her up for success.“Being involved in projects like the senior comp where you have to analyze a real business with a team is a real world experience you get in the classroom,” Jamieson said.Rompola named Jamieson and Lauren Hlavin, who both also graduated from Saint Mary’s and became Orr Fellows, as her primary mentors.“The transition to living and working in a new city has definitely been easier with help from Lauren Hlavin and Lauren Jamieson,” she said. “They have given me advice and guidance during my transition from college to the working world. Everything from best practices in an office environment to the coolest restaurants to visit on the weekends. In my experience, the sisterhood present at Saint Mary’s has continued within the network of Saint Mary’s alums involved in the Fellowship.”Jamieson said the Orr Fellowship is shaped by current participants, which allows it to evolve over time. She said she has seen this evolution in her two years as a fellow, and she is thankful for the people she has met through the Orr community.“There are so many fantastic parts of Orr Fellowship. It is truly hard to pick just one, but the community it offers is unlike anything else. Moving to a new city and having 85 friends to learn from and have fun with is such a blessing.”Tags: Alumni, business, Orr Fellowshiplast_img read more

BroadbandVT.org to use crowdsourcing to identify unserved areas of state

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin unveiled a new website today, BroadbandVT.org, a one-stop information resource and interactive tool for Vermonters to use in the quest to obtain statewide, universal availability of broadband service. ‘I think we are all well aware that some Vermonters are without broadband service today,’ the Governor said. ‘We have federal, state and privately funded projects in progress to build more broadband connections. As we achieve the broadband build out, we need to identify those remaining unserved areas down to the location level.’He said one of the important features of BroadbandVT.org is it allows Vermonters to participate and tell us where ‘ down to their individual home addresses — they know service is missing.   ‘But the site does more than tell us where service is not — it also tells us about the types and speeds of broadband already in use,’ said Karen Marshall, Chief of ConnectVT.  ‘For those Vermonters who are fortunate and already enjoy high speed access, the site identifies service options at any residence, business, or address in the state, as well as detailed information about the service providers. It also works on a dial-up connection, and can direct visitors to the nearest location offering public, high speed Internet access.’ BroadbandVT.org was designed as a neutral, broad based and singular resource for all things broadband.  The  central element of the site is the coverage map ‘ which is continuously updated to reflect the data input from visitors ‘ a process known as ‘crowdsourcing.’  The map includes various overlays that identify areas without service, existing broadband service speeds, and public facilities, such as libraries, that offer broadband service. The map is updated on a 24-hour cycle to reflect the information recently gleaned from Vermonters visiting and providing data to the site. ‘Key projects by Sovernet, VTel, FairPoint, Cloud Alliance, EC Fiber and others are building fiber connections deep into our communities, and beginning to create a canopy of wireless broadband in many areas of the state. We are coordinating with the Department of Public Service and providers to keep people informed as to when service will be available,’ said Marshall.   ‘I encourage all of our residents to visit BroadbandVT.org and let us know where and how you get broadband. This information will be invaluable as we aim to complete our broadband infrastructure together, by 2013,’ Shumlin said. Source: Governor’s office. 5.12.2011last_img read more

Becoming a Highlander

first_imgWell here you are today. You’ve made it to this moment with all of your incredible experiences and life changing stories. How often do we take the time to think on the journey of life? As a college student I find myself constantly looking forward, but sometimes I find that I need to turn back to dust off an old part of me. I need to rediscover parts of me that I may have let fade into the blue glow of my laptop screen. As I became a graduate student I wanted to take the time to journey into myself, so taking a tip from Danny Kaye, it was time to travel.highlandscapeBecoming a Radford University Highlander, I had no choice but to grab the nearest willing soul and head to the Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia to earn my new title. Highlands, in Scotland, originally referred to the place of the Gael’s. It was exciting to me to go because I come from an impressively Irish home. As we drove out to the southwest Virginia destination for the weekend I reflected back on my time living in the Adirondacks. It was just two months ago since I moved down here but so much has changed. In the “dacks” I had a weekly goal of seeing just how far away I could get from the nearest light bulb, a bright idea, in my opinion. I wanted to try that in my new home and luckily my partner was up for the adventure. Walking away from the car that Friday and stepping out into the highland country I could hear the wind cutting across the rolling peaks like bagpipes echoing across the land. I could feel the roots of my soul tapping into the earth beneath me with every step.The journey began on Rhododendron Trail up to Wilburn Ridge where we spent much of the day exploring the hills and taking pictures. Still admittedly a bit plugged in, it felt good to be out backpacking again, feeling that weight of the bag with each step, zoning in and out of trail vision, talking about our class projects as we went along. There is always something incredible about stepping outside and this trip was no exception. Our conversation became more meaningful as it drifted toward true purpose and what life is for each of us. These are the shared experiences that Twitter and Facebook will never be able to even shake a stick at.thedustytrailAs we opened up on the trail, I realized I was losing touch with why I was pursing my master’s degree. Progress was pulling me in fast and this trip reminded me that I’m studying so I can help people find value in their lives and to help people realize their potential, not just to run analyses and add business value. Sure those things are important and critical to master, but I shouldn’t lose sight of my forest through the trees. Hiking along a smile came to my face because I got just what I came for. Nature and human connection, once again giving me the perspective I needed to turn on my own light bulb, ironically far away from all the electric ones.As we continued on that weekend, I found that the highlands left me with a sense of opportunity and openness. The seemingly endless hills alive with wild ponies and littered with beautiful rock formations are truly inspiring. I even made friends with a young colt on the trip that couldn’t help but follow us along the trail until running into other backpackers on their way to adventure. It’s no wonder the Gaelic culture is so beautiful, I’m proud to be a part of it and grateful to be able to have a glimpse of a land similar to its origins right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.nicecouchFor my first blog, I wanted to share an example of what drives me to play outside in our backyard every chance I get. Maybe next time you’re out you can learn something you forgot along the way too. Now go outside and play!last_img read more

2014 In TV: What Turned Us On, What Pissed Us Off

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]cross the spectrum critics and viewers agree we’re watching the Golden Age of Television. This year was no exception. The uncompromising cable shows have raised the bar so high that the main networks had no choice but to compete. Of course, there have been hits and misses—and everybody has some series they can’t live without that others think is crap—but quality beats mediocrity every time you turn on your HDTV. The trouble is that even if you use your DVR from now to eternity, you’ll never catch up with all the great stuff that’s available. You’ll just have to let it go, tune out and move on. What follows is a very biased and extremely jaundiced list of the highs and lows of 2014, with a sneak peak at the year ahead, from us here at the Press.Spencer Rumsey:As a Long Islander I felt duty-bound to embrace Showtime’s The Affair because it takes place on the East End in a place called Montauk without the traffic. But in the end (pun intended) I just didn’t care about the adulterous pair: the school teacher-turned-author and the mourning mother-turned-waitress. (Neither did fellow Squawkler Jaime Franchi; Read Her Kneecapping Of The Series Here.) The New Yorker’s great TV critic Emily Nussbaum nailed this pretentious show to the wall when she likened it to “listening to a couple bickering about whose idea it was to go to Queens for Korean food.” Likewise, she pointed out that the more interesting people on the show who should have been screwing around, let alone with each other, were the ones being screwed over. Enough already.Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are in shallow waters in “The Affair.” (Showtime/Facebook)On the other hand, Showtime turned this season of Homeland into must-see TV. Sure, I knew the writers were torturing me with their tortuous plot twists, their manipulative portrayal of the medically messed up Islamabad CIA chief Carrie Mathison, and those murderous mishaps and unbelievable betrayals, but I sat glued to the screen anyway. And to think this season took place in Pakistan where real news and horror happens practically around the clock deepened the veneer of realism. All season I worried about Agent Peter Quinn, Carrie’s one-man army who’d gone rogue. This skilled sniper shot her once, would he do it again? Not even if she stood brazenly in his crosshairs! In fact, he’d rather take himself out. Now that’s putting honor before duty. What a guy!Some watchers soured on the final season of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom on HBO, but not me. I couldn’t get enough of Jane Fonda as a wonderfully powerful woman knocking heads with the media assholes who have dumbed-down our democracy. I enjoyed how fast every Sorkin character talks—even their dialogues are mile-a-minute monologues—they always have so much to say. Such wonderful chemistry was always cooking with the characters played by Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and Thomas Sadoski, Alison Pill and John Gallagher, Jr. And having Sam Waterston as the wise old man of the Fourth Estate and Dev Patel as the Internet polymath were great touches, too. I never quite bought into Sorkin’s White House fantasy, The West Wing, probably because I was out living the East Village night life when it ruled prime time, but I felt right at home watching Newsroom, with Sorkin’s focus on the men and women behind the news, rather than the celebrity froth and conservative baloney on the air that takes up way too much of our time.Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” (Photo credit: HBO)I love watching Game of Thrones but I doubt I’d feel as strongly if I had read any of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the books this engrossing series is based on. But I’ll have to save that for another day. Season 4 ended with more “Stark choices,” so to speak. Arya Stark finally let that big psychopath with the scarred face and scarred heart known as The Hound get his just desserts. What happens to her in Season 5 remains to be seen until the premiere this spring. I just hope she hasn’t lost her Peter Pan-like good points. It’s a tough world, this harsh land she resides in. Up north Jon Snow had his hands full, and I’m worried about those ice creatures gathering steam. Talk about a zombie army! They make all the other crap going on in Westeros look like so much piffle—and the poor men of the Night’s Watch are too little too late, as far as I can tell. Way down south in this imaginary-but-vivid world, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen, my favorite woman on the show (all hail, Khaleesi!), has had to lock up her dragons, and kick out the one guy in her inner circle I most identified with, the love-struck exile Jorah Mormont, who admitted he’d betrayed her. Yeah, he done her wrong so he had to pay. Talk about tough love. Back in King’s Landing, that hornets’ nest of poisonous ambition, the incest angle is heating up as Cersei Lannister has declared her so-called love for her twin brother, the one-handed Jaime Lannister. Their tryst is a real turnoff, at least in my mind, because he is no longer as smarmy as she is since he did his dwarf brother, Tyrion Lannister, a solid after all. And let the record show that if there’s ever news that the actor who portrays him, Peter Dinklage, is leaving the series for whatever reason, that’s it for me: Game over. Meanwhile maybe I will get around to reading those George R.R. Martin books someday.My biggest disappointment in 2014 is House of Cards, the over-hyped, mean-spirited, scorched-earth Netflix series that ripped off the BBC version based on the House of Lords, which I’ve been told by people I trust is so much better television that there’s no contest. At this point, I am almost willing to pay someone to tell me what happens to Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood in Season 3 because life is too short. Just let me know how the cynical-Congressman-turned-opportunistic-Vice President-(emphasis on vice)-now-POTUS meets his well-deserved end, and I can go back to worrying about the 114th Congress, which promises to be really scary because those bad politicians aren’t actors.Rashed Mian:Claire Danes as CIA Islamabad Station Chief Carrie Mathison in Showtimes’ “Homeland.” (Photo credit: Facebook/Homeland)This maddening season of Homeland began with great promise: Carrie receives faulty intelligence detailing the whereabouts of a homicidal terrorist, and, without visual confirmation, goes ahead and approves a drone strike inside Pakistan. An entire family celebrating a wedding is slaughtered in the strike, and when the dust settles Hassan Haqqani is unaccounted for. All hail the Drone Queen (It’s even written on a cake!). There we have it, a storyline that appears to borrow from real-life events (See: US drone strikes kills civilians in wedding procession). But the writers go ahead and find a way to screw it all up by latching onto a survivor of the drone strike—Haqqani’s nephew Aayan. Instead of letting the kid go off to college and peacefully mourn the loss of his entire family, the CIA sees this as an opportunity to turn him into an asset. That’s when the season begins to unravel. We’re taken on an agonizing journey that culminates in Carrie (pretending to be a journalist) taking Aayan’s virginity and bedding him over the course of multiple nights inside a CIA safe house in an effort to gain his trust. It’s hard to get our heads around how a show with an A-list roster of writers takes such an unimaginative route. Alas, they weren’t done! They send Peter Quinn, a seasoned assassin contemplating retirement following a recent bender, to question Carrie’s strategy, as if he’s some moral authority. Carrie intentionally has the safe house raided and Aayan is left to journey alone to a rural region of Pakistan where he’s reunited with his murderous uncle. Carrie is pleased. Her plan works. She found Haqqani. Suddenly, Aayan’s brain is blown to pieces. Haqqani, aware of a drone hovering above, produces former CIA Director Saul Berenson, who has been taken hostage. At this point, many fans have already jumped ship, largely due to Carrie’s creepy seduction of the college student. But the season is saved by—who else?—Manny Patinkin (Saul Berenson), who gives a mesmerizing performance during his captivity and again when he has to be convinced by Carrie not to put a bullet in his brain after a failed escape. Haqqani’s siege of the American embassy in Islamabad with the help of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, is dramatic enough, but it feels like it was lifted from the script of Fox’s 24. (Remember when terrorists infiltrated the White House in Season 7?) To be fair, the season did rebound, but it squandered an opportunity early on to explore the ramifications of a failed missile strike.Keri Russell and Matthew Rys play undercover KGB spies in FX’s “The Americans.” (Photo credit: The Americans/Facebook)If you’re yearning for a new show to devour in 2015, look no further then FX’s drama The Americans. The series follows a KGB spy couple—Elizabeth and Philip Jennings—who have two kids and ostensibly live a ho-hum life in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Cold War. Just to up the ante, the series’ creators made sure that an obsessed FBI agent lives next door. The show succeeds in turning the Jennings into likable characters despite their mission to gain useful intelligence that they can covertly relay to “The Center” and satisfy their KGB bosses, thereby undermining the United States’ effort. Did I mention they’re also murderers? Still, it’s hard not to root for the Jennings. Take, for example, last season, when another spy couple and their daughter are killed inside a hotel room, leading Jennings to fear the worse: Their family might be next. The drama somehow plays second fiddle to the Jennings’ relationship, which when the series begins is tenuous at best. The KGB forced Elizabeth and Philip to marry and then sent them off to create the all-American family. They grow fonder for each other as the series goes on, and we witness a burgeoning romance. Maybe it’s their fear that any day could be their last that spurs them on, but their affection toward each other feels genuine. Their bond grows tighter despite Philip’s marrying a woman who works inside the FBI’s Washington office. It’s only when Martha boasts to Elizabeth (pretending to be Philip’s sister) about their mind-blowing trysts that Elizabeth can’t help but succumb to jealousy. At home, she insists that Philip take her like he does Martha, but their innocent attempt at roleplaying doesn’t manifest perhaps the way she imagined. Philip, she realizes, is not a doting father and husband when he’s with Martha, but the dangerous spy that he was groomed from a young age to be. But this is more than a story about a KGB couple’s path to unbridled love. Their decisions have real-life implications—for themselves and their children. And as we discover in the Season 2 finale, the KGB’s plan for the Jennings was more protracted than even they believed. The KBG, they learn, intends to turn American-born children of spies into a new generation of agents. And the Jennings’ daughter Paige is a top candidate. Now that’s drama.Stephen Colbert ended his run as a conservative version of himself on “The Colbert Report” on Dec. 18. (Photo credit: Colbert Report/Facebook)Last week America bid ado to Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report, and possibly shed a few tears along the way. Colbert is not really going anywhere: He’ll be taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show on CBS, albeit as the real Stephen Colbert, not the self-aggrandizing conservative blowhard character he played on Comedy Central for nine-plus years, and before that as a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Still, he’ll be missed in that format. But thanks to the emergence of British-born satirist John Oliver, and Stewart’s continued success, Americans thirsty for late-night political comedy will still get their fix—and perhaps more than they asked for. Oliver, who recently completed the first season on HBO of his Sunday evening show Last Week Tonight, has demonstrated a remarkable ability to profess outrage about hot-button political issues, and use his new-found stardom to spur his audience, and millions of others on the Internet, into action. The new crop of talent on the venerable CBS and NBC late night shows is worth paying close attention to. Jimmy Fallon, who is 10 months into The Tonight Show, has injected much-needed life and stability into a much-coveted late-night institution. It’ll be interesting watching how Colbert adjusts—and for that matter, how viewers adjust to him. He rarely deviated from character during the Colbert Report, so it’ll be fun getting to know the real Stephen Colbert.Jaime Franchi:Lena Dunham and her stellar castmates in “Girls.” (Photo credit: HBO/Facebook)Lena Dunham hit her stride in 2014 with her show Girls. The characters grew deeper, though definitely not mature (thank God). What sets Dunham’s writing apart is her willingness to commit to a flinchingly honest look at the self-absorption that exemplifies life in your twenties. This is important – not only for entertainment’s sake – but from an anthropological point of view. We are living in an era of unprecedented narcissism when our cameras and pens point almost exclusively selfward. Dunham’s Girls pinpoints and documents that exact Gen Y Zeitgeist. It’s awkward and uncomfortable, sometimes excruciating. I watch it and remember the complete asshole I was in my twenties, as the characters Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna undoubtedly are. Unlike how Candace Bushnell’s Sex and The City inspired women to attempt to squeeze ourselves into the caricatures of a Carrie or a Samantha or a Miranda or a Charlotte, the Girls girls don’t try to represent something bigger than the tiny demographic that they are, singular characters with conflicts, neuroses and faults; characters who don’t love and support one another as part of a fictional apparatus, but who alternate between loving their friends and lying to them, from manipulating and sabotaging them, and feeling jealous as they grow, in what seems from here to be real time, in fits and starts and regressions. Dunham gives each character room to breathe, to not find the lesson, and to be ugly. In that exploration, truth peeks out. To me, the portrait she is drawing is breathtaking in its honesty.Sons of Anarchy was my binge-watching accomplishment of 2014. Lured by the promise of the chiseled torso of British actor Charlie Hunnam’s Jax Teller and the Hamlet-on-motorcycle premise, I tuned in. My initial delight at the captivating portrayal of Gemma Teller by the amazing Katey Sagal (who’s ex-onscreen husband Ed O‘Neill made his own amazing late career comeback in Modern Family) soured soon enough when the glorified violence and convoluted plot points drowned out the considerable acting talent. The body count on SOA had to have added up to the high hundreds by the time the show wound its way down as groups so creatively named as “The Chinese” and “The Blacks” waged battle after battle in their war for control of the gun trade in Charming, a California town so unbelievably small that its tax base can afford to employ about two cops, both of whom are on the take, despite violent A-Team-like shoot-outs and a mounting blood bath that no one outside poor little Charming seems to notice — except for one federal agent, also on the take. Or something. At some point the series grew so outlandish that I could only stand to watch it out of the corner of my eye while my husband saw it through to the end. I’ll give props to the strong female characters -– from Jax’s wife Tara to his ex-girlfriend Wendy (The Sopranos’ Drea de Matteo) to Gemma, who were mostly criminals as well, but who were not played as victims. At the end, I think the writers tried to paint a religious picture with Jax as a Jesus-figure with allusions to bread and wine, but abs aside, I think it was a mighty stretch. I was happy to see this show end.“House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey as the cunning Frank Underwood returns for a third season. (Photo courtesy: Netflix Facebook page)Contrary to what my esteemed colleague Spencer Rumsey thinks, I ate up the second season of House of Cards with a spoon, savoring every wicked turn that Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and his equally vile wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) took. It might just be a testament to Spacey’s acting, but I was captivated by every shot that featured his manipulative ascendancy to the Oval Office -– even the typewritten letter my other esteemed colleague Rashed Mian cannot get past. For a show about the inner workings of a male-dominated inner-circle of power inside the Washington Beltway, this show also displayed strong and multifaceted female characters, from Mrs. Underwood to journalist Kate Mara’s Zoe Barnes to Jackie Sharp, played by Molly Parker. Each woman portrayed a depth of character that elevated them from roles as being either stark bitches or simple props. Each character possessed a complex backstory, unique motivation and her own ambition. Even if that drive led to some ugly ends, it was a thrill to watch. I can’t wait to see what happens next (and not just because Spencer has promised to pay me).last_img read more

PREMIUMGreater Jakarta sees bumpy road to future of public transit

first_imgSevere traffic congestion has prompted the government to improve urban mobility in Greater Jakarta by encouraging more people to switch from private vehicles to mass transit.But the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is undeniably hindering this agenda, with demand for public transit slumping in recent months as a result of social distancing and fears of contagion.Yet, despite the unforeseen impacts, the authorities are sticking with their plan to increase ridership by 2029.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi is aware that fear of contagion has discouraged people from public transit.”Therefore, the government is trying hard to restore [the demand for public transit] by ensuring the availability of various modes of transportation and enforcing health protocols at departure, during travel and upon arrival,” Budi said in a public discussion on Wednesday.The health… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Transportation Greater-Jakarta public-transportation-in-Jakarta #Greater-Jakarta #Transportation COVID-19 #COVID19 Topics : Linkedin Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Belgium overhauls second pillar pensions for self-employed

first_imgThe Belgian government is on track to obtain parliamentary approval for a law that would allow self-employed individuals to accrue second-pillar pension benefits.A parliamentary committee approved the draft law in late January, and the full parliament is expected to pass it in due course.According to Luc Vereycken, co-founder and CEO of pensions and insurance consultancy Vereycken & Vereycken, the new regime is due to start in July.Currently, self-employed professionals such as traders, notaries or craftsmen do not have the same entitlements to occupational pension benefits as self-employed who are registered as directors of a company. Belgium’s parliament building in BrusselsWith the new law, self-employed individuals will be able to choose to save more for their pension, benefitting from a tax reduction of 30% on contributions. The net tax on the pension savings will be around 12.5% of the contributions.As is the case for self-employed company directors, self-employed individuals will be able to save up to 80% of their taxable salary across the first and second pillar.To sign up for the new regime, self-employed individuals can set up a contract with an insurer or a pension fund.The law was presented to the parliamentary committee by Denis Ducarme, minister for the self-employed and small businesses, and Daniel Bacquelaine, the pensions minister.Bacquelaine said the measure was “an additional step towards the generalisation of supplementary pensions and the harmonisation of schemes”.Complexities aheadVereycken said he thought the new law was a positive development, but that “in Belgium it’s becoming rather complex”.There was a contradiction in that, for budget reasons, the new system for the self-employed was not as attractive from a tax perspective as some third-pillar pension arrangements, he added.Vereycken said that, although the new system had many similarities with private pension arrangements (third pillar), it was officially a second-pillar pension regime because it was governed by social law, and hence was better protected than third-pillar pensions.This was a difference that many people did not understand, he added. Other European governments are seeking to improve pension coverage for the self-employed. In the UK, the government has proposed extending its auto-enrolment policy to cover self-employed workers, while in the Netherlands unions are seeking better benefits and protections for “zzp’ers” from a rising state pension age. In addition to a state pension, the self-employed have been entitled to accrue additional benefits up to a premium of around €3,000 per year. This is known as the “pension complémentaire libre pour indépendants” (PCLI).Since 2004, self-employed company directors have been able to accrue second-pillar benefits, but this was not available to self-employed people that were not company directors.This led to many individuals setting up companies for pension and tax reasons.“The government did not like that, and now, in theory, that is no longer necessary for pension reasons,” said Vereycken.last_img read more

€2.2bn scheme tightens manager constraints after regulatory intervention

first_imgIn addition, as a consequence of the regulator’s instruction, it had decided to restrict the asset managers’ freedom to invest. “They won’t be able to quickly and extensively reduce risk in their mandates now,” the pension fund said. The €2.2bn Pensioenfonds Atos has limited the leeway granted to third-party asset managers when implementing its investment policy, following an intervention from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).In its annual report for 2018, the scheme said DNB had demanded insight into its investment choices, more detailed calculations for stress testing, and tighter constraints on asset managers.The watchdog also ordered Atos to consult its accountability body (VO) about the scheme’s risk attitude. The VO consists of employee and pensioner representatives and is meant to hold a scheme’s supervisory board to account.In the annual report, the board said that DNB’s additional demands had put pressure on the pension fund’s operational functioning, resulting in the board failing to consult the VO in time. De Nederlandsche Bank’s headquarters in AmsterdamAlmost 72% of its assets are managed by BlackRock. The remainder is run by GMO.At June-end, funding of Atos stood at 104.8%.The closed pension fund also said it wanted to continue independently until at least 2023, when the contract for pensions provision with Achmea Pensioenservices was due to expire.Last year, Pensioenfonds Atos made headlines when it fired two members of its VO for undisclosed reasons.last_img read more

ICC Americas clinch first Super50 win

first_imgLUCAS STREET, Barbados (CMC) – ICC Americas ended their losing streak in style when they stunned Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by 78 runs here yesterday, to grab their first win of the Regional Super50.Choosing to bat first at the Windward Cricket Club, ICC Americas rallied to 265 all out off their 50 overs, on the backs of half-centuries from captain Nitish Kumar (80), all-rounder Timroy Allen (69) and opener Kamau Leverock (55).Fast bowler Jermaine Levy picked up four for 22 while off-spinner Vikash Mohan finished with three for 40.In reply, Marooners were in the hunt at 117 for two at the half-way stage of the innings but lost their last eight wickets for 70 runs, to collapse to 187 all out off 43.3 overs.Mark Deyal top-scored with 68, while Mohan completed a good all-round performance by stroking 30 and Aaron Jones, 23.Off-spinner Nikhil Dutta (3-32) and leg-spinner Timil Patel (3-38) wrecked the innings and got support from left-arm spinner Saad bin Zafar who finished with two for 29.The victory put ICC Americas on five points while Marooners remained on nine. Both sides are already out of the running for a semi-final spot.ICC Americas, however, were unusually impressive in their turn at the crease, stumbling on occasions but refusing to collapse.Akeem Dodson departed in the fourth over for six with the score on 14 to a catch at the wicket off Levy but Leverock struck his second half-century of the tournament in a 77-run, second-wicket stand with Kumar, which repaired the innings.The left-handed Leverock faced 61 deliveries and counted four fours and six while Kumar, a right-hander, struck three fours and a six in a controlled innings lasting 100 balls.Leverock’s demise in the 18th over led to a slide which saw four wickets fall for 30 runs before Kumar and the big-hitting Allen put on 97 for the sixth wicket to again bolster the innings.ICC AMERICAS inningsK. Leverock c Levy b Mohan 55A. Dodson c wkp. Jangoo b Levy 6N. Kumar c Corbin b Henry 80A. Amsterdam b Hinds 0S. Wijeyeratne c Henry b Mohan 13H. Tariq lbw b Mohan 0T. Allen b Henry 69S. bin Zafar c Harding b Levy 16N. Dutta c Mohan b Levy 11T. Patel b Levy 1C. Pervez not out 1Extras: (b-1, w-11, nb-1) 13Total: (all out, 50 overs) 265Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-91, 3-92, 4-121, 5-121, 6-218, 7-251, 8-263, 9-264.Bowling: Harding 6-0-38-0 (w-6), Levy 5-0-22-4 (w-1), Henry 9-0-72-2 (w-4, nb-1), Mohan 10-0-43-3, Hinds 10-0-39-1, Deyal 10-0-53-0.MAROONERS inningsA. Jangoo stp. Tariq b Kumar 16M. Deyal c Wijeyeratne b Patel 68V. Mohan c and b Dutta 30K. Corbin b Patel 8C. Burton c wkp. Tariq b Patel 0R. Hinds c Dodson b Dutta 1A. Jones c wkp. Tariq b bin Zafar 23J. Smith b Dutta 6N. Henry c bin Zafar b Allen 6K. Harding not out 13J. Levy stp. Tariq b bin Zafar 10Extras: (w-6) 6Total: (all out, 43.3 overs) 187Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-95, 3-117, 4-117, 5-118, 6-133, 7-146, 8-162, 9-167.Bowling: Pervez 6-1-21-2 (w-2), Allen 6-0-43-1, Kumar 5-0-24-1, bin Zafar 6.3-0-29-2, Dutta 1-0-32-3, Patel 10-1-38-3 (w-4)Points: ICC Americas 5, Marooners 0.last_img read more

Latina law student fights for Latinx youth, immigrants

first_imgCarson Scott, a graduate student in the Gould School of Law, has been interested in helping immigrant communities since childhood. (Annalise Pasztor | Daily Trojan)From a young age, Carson Scott knew she wanted to help immigrants. Over the summer, the Gould School of Law graduate student worked with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, helping over 60 unaccompanied minors and their guardians fight deportation through Esperanza’s Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Released Youth. “It’s basically a presentation on what the responsibilities of custodians for unaccompanied minors are,” Scott said. “We also provide them with information on what the legal defenses against deportation are for the minors, how to find an attorney and what court proceedings are going to look like.” Scott said most of the minors she worked with had come to the United States on their own, but by the end of the summer she began to see some children that had been separated from their families at the border.“It is a very emotional experience,” Scott said. “I had worked with trauma survivors previously, but this was a whole new thing. I didn’t realize how unprepared I was, because it’s challenging.” Mercedes Nuñez Roldan, Scott’s supervisor at Esperanza, said Scott is efficient, passionate and a great advocate for the people she works with. Scott, who was raised by a Mexican mother and American father in Phoenix, said growing up in an area where Latinos were not always welcome allowed her to understand why many of those in the United States fear for their safety. Outside of her summer work, Scott also volunteers at the USC Citizenship Project and is president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, which provides free legal assistance to marginalized communities.Eliane Fersan, the director of USC’s Initiative on Immigrants and Global Migration, works closely with Scott through PILF. After hearing about her work from Esperanza and other immigrant rights groups, Fersan was drawn to Scott’s humility. “What struck me is her commitment to immigration issues, and not in a pompous way,” Fersan said. “She’s right there to get the job done.”Working with children is not new to Scott. From 2009 to 2014, she ran a summer art camp with her brother in a small pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico. Scott’s grandmother, an artist, always complained about the lack of art education for students in her town, so the summer before her junior year of high school, Scott and her family started a makeshift camp for children to learn music, dance and visual arts at her grandmother’s house.“[My grandma] would tell a few people in the town, and then the word would spread and then the day that the camp started, kids would just flood into her house,” Scott said. Since then, Scott’s interest in underprivileged communities and immigration has only grown. She is now at USC working with the school’s immigration clinic where she is representing eight different clients, as well as volunteering with Esperanza at least once a week. “Even though it’s really difficult work, I find it really rewarding,” Scott said. “I like interacting with the kids. It’s something I enjoy and it helps give me perspective of why I’m studying so hard and why I’m working so hard in school.”This story is part of a mini-series highlighting Latinos at USC. It will run every week during Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends Oct. 15.last_img read more

Duffy wanted by Rodgers at Celtic

first_imgThe Sun reports that the 24 year old is a priority for Hoops boss Brendan Rogers but he faces competition from Swansea and West Brom for the Blackburn player. USA head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe have also been linked with the role. Meanwhile, it’s understood Hull boss Steve Bruce has become the latest manager to be interviewed for the vacant England job.Sunderland chief Sam Allardyce remains the favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson – after his club confirmed talks with the Football Association last week.last_img