PMA urges united front on service charges

PMA urges united front on service charges

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Pension fund for Dutch coal miners forced to ‘consider own future’

first_imgThe Algemeen Mijnwerkersfonds said it was therefore looking into the options of carrying on independently or starting a co-operation with other pension funds for miners.At the end of 2012, the AMF managed pension assets for 26,733 pensioners, 1,793 deferred members and a single active participant.The scheme reported returns on investments of 9.4% over 2012, and a funding ratio of 111.8% at January-end.The BMF, its sister scheme, managed €155m for 2,283 pensioners and 47 deferred members in 2012.Recently, it announced a second rights cut of 0.6% in April, following a 7% discount last year.Last January, the miners scheme had a coverage ratio of 105%.The BMF, which also reported a 9.4% result over 2012, said it had to make a provision of 13% of its total assets for increased longevity so far. The Algemeen Mijnwerkersfonds (AMF), the €885m closed pension fund for coal miners in the Netherlands, has said it is “considering alternatives” for the management of its participants’ pensions.Together with its sister scheme BFM, and advised by Towers Watson, it said it was now investigating its options for placing its pensions with an insurer.The AMF’s board claimed that a review of the pension fund’s future would be “necessary”, as its population is to halve over the next decade, resulting in “increasingly expensive” management.It said it was also becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified board candidates, and that rising life expectancy required ever-rising returns on investment to meet promised pensions.last_img read more

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Ex-World Cup star driving for Uber in US after Turkish exile

first_imgSukur says his dad has also been thrown in jail and his assets frozen – driving him to the brink of despair in the US and forcing him to use any means available to grind out a living.The Uefa Cup winner and World Cup semi-finalist said: “I drive for Uber and I sell books. I am starting to work now.“Everyone that has a connection with me has financial troubles. I don’t have anything left. I have tens of millions of dollars of property in Turkey, but everything is confiscated.“Erdogan took everything from me: my right to freedom, my right to express myself, my right to work.“My wife’s boutique was stoned, my children were harassed and my father sent to jail.“When I left for the US, my father was locked up and my assets taken.”Sukur is widely regarded as Turkey’s greatest ever footballer with 52 goals from 112 caps and he also played for Inter Milan, Torino, Parma and Galatasaray back home.Ex-Gala boss Graeme Souness took him to Blackburn but his Ewood Park spell was hampered by a broken leg. Turkish striker Sukur, 48, lives in America having been exiled for opposing his country’s hardline president Recep Erdogan. Loading… Read Also: Top European club sign Eagles forward on loanSukur insists he still loves his country – just not its leader.He said: “I am an enemy of the government, not the state and not the Turkish nation. I love our flag, our country.“I am an enemy of wrong politics and an attitude that aims to detach from the West.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Former Turkey and Blackburn striker Hakan Sukur is in line for a fare play award after rebuilding his shattered life to become an Uber driver.Advertisementlast_img read more

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World’s Greatest! to feature 281 Speedway

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas – How2Media, producers of the television show World’s Greatest!, announced it has selected C&S Promotions’ 281 Speedway to be a part of the popular television series.The quarter-mile dirt track at Stephenville, promoted by Joe Spillman and Heather Combs, sanctions the Modified, Stock Car, Southern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions with IMCA.“281 Speedway is not just a favorite dirt track for racing but it is truly an entertainment venue, a one-of-a-kind place to be on a Saturday night with exciting events involving the fans, interaction with the drivers and contests during intermissions,” said Gordon Freeman, executive producer of the show.“We think their story will be meaningful, fun and entertaining for our viewers.”As part of the show, How2Media will send a film crew to spend time at the track on April 21 to get the story behind the story on C&S Promotions and 281 Speedway, and to show World’s Greatest! viewers why they were selected as the best in their category, and therefore featured on the show.The episode will be broadcast approximately 90 days after filming is completed.World’s Greatest! is a 30-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places and people. Each show is a fast-paced tour around the world featuring behind the scenes footage, informative interviews and exciting visuals.How2Media is a 21st Century television production company. Their award-winning programming can be seen on national cable channels and local network affiliates across the country.last_img read more

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Hancock County success continues for Droste at Night of 1,000 Stars

first_imgTyler Droste topped Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Hancock County Speedway, earning $4,500 for his latest IMCA Modified victory. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)BRITT, Iowa (Aug. 10) – Tyler Droste’s second career IMCA Modified win at Hancock County Speed­way looked a lot like his first.Droste led the last 35 times around the track in Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Britt. His $3,500 share of the purse was complemented by a $1,000 bonus for leading at halfway in the 50-lapper.Johnny Whitman ran at the front early on but couldn’t keep Droste, who’d started in the middle of the second row, at bay.There was no catching Droste from that point, although racing continued two, three and some­times four-wide behind him.The final caution waved with five laps left. Droste, already on the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot, pulled away again to beat Hunter Marriott to the checkers by half a straightaway.Marriott had started 15th. Defending race winner Richie Gustin was third, Corey Dripps was fourth and Jay Noteboom completed the top five.Dripps made his way from 22nd starting. Hard charger Joel Rust started 28th and finished 11th.Another impressive run up front at Britt had netted Droste his career first ArnoldTyler Droste topped Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Hancock County Speedway, earning $4,500 for his latest IMCA Modified victory. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour win in June. The $3,000 Salute to Veterans victory that evening had matched his career-best payday.Sixty-six Modifieds were entered in the fourth event of IMCA Speedweek and the first of three Stars specials at Hancock County.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday boasts a $7,000 top check, plus another $3,000 in potential bonuses. Saturday’s Shryock Memorial All Stars event pays $4,000 to win with another $3,000 in bonuses possible. Droste is now the driver in line for a $1,500 bonus if he can sweep the week­end.Both the Night of 10,000 Stars and Shryock Memorial All-Star events will be broadcast by IM­CATV.Ethan Braaksma was the $750 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner Thursday at Britt. Derek Green continued his torrid pace with the $600 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Andrew Burg was the $500 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.Feature results – 1. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 5. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 6. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 7. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 8. Johnny Whitman, DePere, Wis.; 9. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 11. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 12. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 13. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 14. Adam Hensel, Hammond, Wis.; 15. Mark Noble, Blooming Prai­rie, Minn.; 16. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 17. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Jason Schneiders, Sioux City; 20. Troy Swearingen, Thompson; 21. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 22. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 23. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 24. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 25. Rob Hughes, Humboldt; 26. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 27. Stacey Mills, Webb; 28. Jon Snyder, Ames; 29. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 30. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.last_img read more

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Tottenham squad best in my time – Defoe

first_img Defoe, 30, has spent more than seven years as a Spurs player over two spells at the club. During that time the England international has played with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Rafael van der Vaart, Robbie Keane and Luka Modric, but Defoe feels the squad assembled under Andre Villas-Boas is brimming with quality. “I think it probably is the best squad since I have been here,” he said. “As a player I have always said when you are playing with good players it makes it easier. Especially as a forward, you know you are going to get chances in a game to score.” Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe believes the current crop of players is the best he has played with during his time at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “There are players that could walk into other top teams in the Premier League, but it is great for everyone and keeps you on your toes because you know if you get an opportunity you have to take it. “We have that winning mentality in training – it is just a good time to be here. “There are players that can come into the team and do well so there is that competition which is always healthy. It is a great time to be at the club, we are playing with great players and the sky is the limit.” last_img read more

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Doctor lives in his kid’s treehouse during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgA doctor in Corups Christi, Texas is sacrificing his home for the moment as he works in the emergency room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Jason Barnes is quarantining himself by staying in the family’s treehouse located in the backyard.Dr. Barnes has treated patients positive with the virus and he says “ya know, trying to think about bringing that home, it’s scary for us.”Now, he turned his children’s treehouse into his new temporary home. It is equipped with a bed, water, and food. It even has a bathroom and air conditioning.Barnes said he has everything but his family’s hugs but it is worth it.“Quarantine is serious,” “But it’s the only way we’re going to beat this thing.”last_img read more

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One of our worst defeats in IPL: Virat Kohli

first_imgHyderabad: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Sunday termed their 118-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad as one of their worst losses ever in the Indian Premier League.”One of our worst losses ever. Literally nothing I can explain. Nothing went right for us from ball one until our last wicket fell in the second innings,” Kohli said after the match.Kohli’s decision to field first backfired as Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries to take Sunrisers to 231. In reply, RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark.RCB are still to win a game after three matches and lie bottom of the table.”We were outplayed in all departments by a quality side. They showed that they are a champion side – they were finalists last time and beat us in the final (in 2016). Credit to them (Warner and Bairstow) – we could have tried a few different things, like pace off the ball,” Kohli rued.”But once those guys got in, they just kept going – you need a few things to go your way, and a few catches fell in between fielders.”They were world-class today and they deserve to be on the winning side.”Asked why he did not open the batting, Kohli said: “We thought about that initially as well – I have done well opening the batting but myself at 3 brings that balance in the side, given that I can bat with AB and put the opposition under pressure.”RCB next take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, and Kohli hoped their fortunes would change from that match onwards.”We just need our players to put up a better challenge up front. There are still 11 games to go. The pitch will be nice in Jaipur against the Royals.”We need to bring our A-game, like we did against Mumbai and play with that kind of intensity. If we go through the motions, we need to do the regular basic stuff, and get results our way and start winning games in the tournament – the next game should be that game for us.” IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s offense is rounding into form at just the right time

first_img Related Stories Syracuse weathers Duke comeback to win 2nd straight ACC tournament championshipFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 14-8 ACC championship win over Duke Published on May 3, 2016 at 1:47 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds John Desko knew there was a lot to replace and didn’t know who would step up. He knew finding that out would take time. So when his offense was still developing, he never panicked.Throughout the season, the Orange has evolved. A team that lost four out of five in the middle of the season turned into one that’s won four straight, including an Atlantic Coast Conference championship, which clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.“It’s been a challenge for us to figure out who we are … and trying to piece some things together at the offensive end of the field,” Desko said at media day on Jan. 11. “… I think as we go forward, you’re going to see changes during the season as we figure out our players and guys tend to rise to the top.”With wins over North Carolina and Duke this past weekend, No. 5 SU (10-4, 2-2 ACC) has re-emerged as a contender to return to championship weekend for the first time since 2013. And a big reason behind it is Syracuse’s offensive fluidity in which the ball zips in and out of seams in opposing defenses and players use their skill sets to capitalize on cushions of space. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHannah Wagner | Staff PhotographerThe Orange’s first-line midfield of Sergio Salcido, Nick Mariano and Derek DeJoe boasts three players with the ability to snipe every open shot from as far as 15 yards out. Opponents have to make a decision: get burned by the midfielders on the perimeter or open up the core in front of the net for attacks like Dylan Donahue to sneak through.The offense ranks 11th in the country with an average of 12.6 goals per game. During Syracuse’s current four-game win streak, it’s averaging a fraction fewer than that with 50 goals in that span. With the NCAA tournament set to begin in less than two weeks, the Orange’s offense is finally rounding into form.“You have to peak at the end of the year,” Donahue said. “You don’t want to peak at the beginning of the year.”Emma Comtois | Design EditorOne of the only things Desko could count on a few months ago was that Donahue would be the quarterback. Who would be catching, shooting and scoring after his passes was still unclear. But Mariano and Salcido have become the primary beneficiaries of Donahue’s savvy play.Through the first 10 games of the season, Salcido averaged of 1.6 goals per game. In the past four, he’s averaging two goals per game. Mariano also bumped up his scoring averages from 2.2 in the first 10 to 2.5 in the last four. Three of the last four games came against teams ranked in the top 13.“I think it takes a little pressure off (Donahue) that the midfielders are doing a little more than we’re used,” Mariano said.With five and a half minutes left in the second quarter against North Carolina on Friday, the Orange showed why its offensive has become so dangerous. Donahue (yellow rectangle below) carried the ball behind the net as Mariano (blue rectangle in second and third photos), a lefty, set up on the left wing.Courtesy of ESPN3Courtesy of ESPN3As soon as Mariano caught the ball, two UNC defenders (red circles below) shifted their attention and their bodies toward him. That opened up space (white rectangle) for attack Tim Barber to have a wide-open chance on the crease.Courtesy of ESPN3“Any time you get the defense to pressure out, it leaves so many openings underneath,” Donahue said. “It’s kind of like basketball with 3-point shooters. If a team’s shooting real hot, it leaves everything else open, too.”On Sunday against Duke, Mariano capitalized as a scorer while Donahue (yellow rectangle) drew the defensive attention. About three minutes into the third quarter, Donahue carried the ball behind the net. As he curled closer and closer to goal-line extended, a second Blue Devils defender (red circles) shifted his eyes toward him.Courtesy of ESPN3So Donahue dished the ball to Mariano (blue rectangle) standing near the restraining line with several feet (white rectangle) to crow-hop before shooting. Seconds later, the ball was in the back of the net.Courtesy of ESPN3Courtesy of ESPN3“Having (Donahue) draw the slides for us, we try to help him and can our shots whenever we can,” Mariano said, “because he’s doing all the work and that’s us paying it back to him.”Poetry in motion. Clicking on all cylinders. Locked in a groove. Any cliché would work.What was unknown four months ago is now nearly a surefire lock. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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WATCH: Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers and players’ postgame press conferences after Connecticut win

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutSyracuse-Connecticut football: A graphical breakdown of the Orange’s 31-24 winAmba Etta-Tawo sets Syracuse football single-game record with 270 receiving yards in win against Connecticut3 things we learned from Syracuse football’s 31-24 win over ConnecticutSyracuse football’s offensive line patches together mediocre performance Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2016 at 10:05 pm Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) beat host Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic), 31-24, on Saturday afternoon. Amba Etta-Tawo set a single-game school record while the Orange’s inexperienced offensive line patched together a mediocre performance.Here’s what first-year head coach Dino Babers had to say after the game.center_img Comments Here’s Etta-Tawo’s postgame press conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere’s quarterback Eric Dungey and middle linebacker Zaire Franklin’s postgame press conference.last_img read more

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