Dutch politicians threaten to legislate for pension board diversity

first_imgFive years ago, a special code for pension funds was established in which the sector agreed that boards would include at least one male and one female trustee as well as a trustee aged under 40.In the wake of the agreement, a manual for diversity was introduced. In addition, the PensionLab was established to help people in their twenties and thirties familiarise themselves with the sector.However, hardly any young trustees – and only slightly more female board members – have been appointed since then.Margot Scheltema, chair of the code’s monitoring committee, noted that some schemes didn’t see the urgency for change, according to FD, “although much research has highlighted the value of diversity for proper decision-making”.Two-thirds of pension funds still have not appointed any trustees aged under 40, the newspaper reported, and less than 7% of the 1,600 board members in total are under 40.In addition, almost 40% of pension funds lack a female board member.Gerard Riemen, director of trade body PensioenFederatie, acknowledged the need for diversity for improved decision-making and support among participants.However, he emphasised that pension funds had difficulties finding candidates and that any punishment for falling short of the desired diversity would come at the expense of the pension fund and its participants.Riemen suggested that the organisations of employers, workers and pensioners, which supply the board candidates, should improve their efforts.Semih Eski, chairman of the youth branch of union CNV, pension funds could also do more through offering work experience places. He highlighted the importance of support among young participants for a board if not all of its trustees were 50-plus.FD quoted Ellen te Paske-Lievestro, a young trainee on the board of the €47bn metal scheme PME, who said younger participants often looked differently at things such as short supply in the housing market and the increasing number of self-employed workers.Scheltema said she didn’t expect pension funds to meet Van Weyenberg’s deadline, as not enough board seats would become available. Instead, she suggested annually monitoring the number of board vacancies and establishing how often they are filled with a female or a younger trustee.“Within three years, we should see a significant improvement,” she said.See the original article from IPE’s sister magazine, Pensioen Pro, here (in Dutch). One of the partners in the Netherlands’ coalition government says it will legislate for diversity rules for pension fund boards next year if schemes fail to implement agreed changes voluntarily.The liberal democratic party, D66, led the calls but other parties are said to support the move. “For years, pension funds haven’t stuck to their promise to improve diversity among their trustees, and we have reached the limit now,” said D66 MP Steven van Weyenberg, quoted by Dutch financial newspaper FD.According to FD, opposition party GroenLinks also expressed dissatisfaction with pension boards’ diversity, while Social Affairs minister Wouter Koolmees – also a D66 MP – has promised parliament he would address the sector on the subject.last_img read more

Indians Swimmers Finish Strong at Rushville

first_imgThe Indian’s Swim Team had a good meet on Monday, with the boys bringing in a victory, and the girls taking a second place.Nathaniel Walter came in second for the 100 Backstroke and in fourth for the 50 Freestyle swim. Zach Seithel came in second for the 200 and 100 Freestyle swims. Brandon Summers came in first for the 200 and 500 Freestyle swims. Dillon Richardson received a =second for his efforts in the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly. Jarrod Nichols came in first in the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 IM. Alex Volz came in second in the 50 Freestyle and third in the 100 Freestyle. The boys two relays did well, both the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle came in first for the meet.The Lady Indians came in second for the meet, with Jessica Nichols coming in first for the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. Marisa Combs came in fifth in the 50 and 100 Freestyle. Jordan Healy received second for her efforts in 200 IM and 500 Freestyle swim. Rebecca Schmidt came in second for the 100 Backstroke and fourth in the 200 Freestyle swim. Lastly, Tori Haessig came in second for the 100 Breaststroke and third in the 200 IM.Congratulations to both teams and keep up the hard work.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img read more

Chris Giesting

first_imgChris Giesting is working his way to the Olympic trials which will occur in approximately 6 weeks.  The Batesville and Notre Dame graduate has been part of 3 recent relay wins by a United States 1600m relay team.  Chris has been running the 3rd leg on these teams.  The last time I saw on Chris’ leg was in the low 45 second range.On most relay teams you run the athlete with the best starting ability in the first leg.  The strongest athlete usually runs the anchor leg.  The 3rd leg is usually the next runner in the 4-some, and your weakest leg is normally leg 2.  In the case of these pro teams, there is little or no difference in anyone except possibly the anchor leg.Chris’ best bet to make the Olympic squad is as a member of a United States relay team.  As any Olympic hopeful, he needs help in attaining this goal.last_img read more

Still time to request absentee ballot for Primary

first_imgVersailles, IN—In view of the current  COVID-19 restrictions, Ripley County Clerk Ginger J. Bradford would like to remind the voters of Ripley County that there is still time to request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Primary Election.  The deadline for requesting an application for early or absentee voting is Thursday, May 21.  To make your request, simply call the Election Office at 812-689-4783.On June 2, Primary Election Day, there will be in-person voting at your local polling locations.  There is still a need for individuals to fill precinct board positions throughout the county. You must be a registered voter.   PPE such as masks, gloves, disinfectant supplies will be furnished.  Anyone interested in more information should contact the Election Office or your party county chairman.Again, for an absentee ballot or to work on the precinct board on Election Day, please contact the Election Office at 812-689-4783.last_img read more

Pair arrested at Stamford Bridge

first_img The Football Association said it will liaise with the police and the two clubs involved. Police later confirmed the two men arrested were from the section of West Ham fans at Stamford Bridge. Press Association Two men were arrested due to alleged racially-aggravated public order offences at the Chelsea versus West Ham match on Sunday, police have announced.center_img The two men have been bailed to return to later this month and the Metropolitan Police is also investigating incidents of coin-throwing at the game at Stamford Bridge. Coins and other objects were thrown in the direction of Chelsea’s players as they celebrated Frank Lampard’s goal. last_img read more

Fans to begin singing experiment

first_img Nevertheless, fans’ groups feel the singing section idea is one worth persevering with and are keen to make a positive impact. “We would encourage supporters to get to Old Trafford 25 minutes before kick-off so we can make some noise as the players are warming up,” said Kilduff. “Hopefully that atmosphere will transmit back to the players and it will improve their performance as well. “We are aiming to police the area ourselves and hopefully, if it goes well, the singing section is something we can try again later in the season. “Having it on a permanent basis is not as easy as people think. “Nevertheless, if it works, it is something the club may look at because it will have a positive benefit for everyone.” A long-standing attempt to generate a better atmosphere for United home games means 1,500 supporters will be located in the area normally reserved for the away contingent. An anticipated 6,000 following from Spain for Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Real Sociedad has created the space for an initiative being spearheaded by various fans’ groups and given official sanction by the club. That the area was heavily oversubscribed when tickets went on sale suggests there is an appetite for such a scheme, even if the desire for a permanent singing section has been met with resistance. “For the big games, the atmosphere at Old Trafford is up there with the best of them but, as with most grounds, that is not the same for the lesser matches,” said Andrew Kilduff, co-founder of Stretford End Flags, which has been responsible for the distinctive banners in the stadium. “The problem is not lack of singing but more that, because of the size of the stadium and the acoustics within it, the sound doesn’t travel. “You can have fans in different parts of the stadium singing different songs at the same time and none of them really being heard. “The idea is to have an area of the ground where like-minded fans can be in the same place and, generally speaking, make some noise.” United employed their own acoustics experts in a bid to generate more noise and studies have found the most suitable areas to be the corners of the stadium opposite the Stretford End, where the roof is lower, trapping more of the sound. However, an initial idea to relocate away fans to the highest section of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand was rejected by police amid safety concerns when the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton visit. Without substantially increasing the space for away fans, moving them anywhere else from their present position would require major building work. Press Association Organisers are calling on Manchester United fans taking part in the singing section experiment at Old Trafford on Wednesday to get there early.last_img read more

Jimmy Carter released from hospital after brain surgery

first_imgOfficials confirm that former President Jimmy Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday following a to relieve pressure on his brain. Carter was admitted to the Georgia hospital on Nov 11. to undergo surgery to relieve pressure to his brain caused by bleeding from his recent falls.He was hospitalized twice last month for two falls in his home in Plains, Georgia.The former president received 14 stitches above his brow after his first fall when he hit his forehead “on a sharp edge.”He later received treatment for a minor pelvic fracture after his second fall.The 95-year-old spent more than two weeks at the hospital recovering from brain surgery before he was discharged on Wednesday.Carter is the oldest living president in U.S. history.Related content:Jimmy Carter Falls Again, Fractures Pelvislast_img read more

Assam Football Association plans zoom meeting for GB members

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The Assam Football Association (AFA), the supreme body of the state soccer, is planning to organize a zoom meeting for its GB members to discuss the plans on post-COVID 19. The meeting would likely to be held within a next couple of days. The sports activities in the state are on a standstill, because of lockdown imposed to combat COVID- 19. Football too is suffering badly due to this and there is huge uncertainty about the start of new season. Talking to The Sentinel the secretary of the Assam Football Association Hemendra Nath Brahma informed that they have planned to organize a GB meeting through video conference. “All the sports disciplines including football in the state are suffering badly because of COVID-19. “We even not able to complete our schedule calendar of 2019-20. So we want to make a preliminary discussion with the GB members and chalk out tentative plans and programmes of the next season so that once the situation turns normal we immediately start the soccer activities.” Meanwhile the secretary feels that the recent webinar on soccer coaching and online classes for the referee will help the coaches and referees of the state to stay in touch with the game. The coaches’ webinar was organized by the Association of Indian Football Coaches and it was followed by online classes for the referees under the supervision of AFA and All Assam Football Referee Welfare Association. In both the events there was huge turn out from the state. Brahma said, “Both were very essential and it will help our coaches and referees to stay tune.”Also Read: Assam government proposes extension of academic yearlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game. NHL-SCHEDULERangers top Blackhawks 6-3CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Rangers put away the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich, Chris Dreider, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) all scored for the Rangers. Dominik Kubalik scored twice for the Blackhawks along with one by Drake Caggiula.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to Vegas Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.Elsewhere in the NHL:— For the first time since October, the Washington Capitals took the ice for practice as something other than a first-place team. Defensive lapses and a glaring lack of structure have added up to losses in six of nine games and a .500 record over the past 10. It’s a struggle for the Capitals right now, but they hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon and a few adjustments will shake them out of their midseason doldrums. Dillon could play as soon as Thursday night against Montreal, but he can’t solve all everything by himself. Even with Holtby finding a groove, the Capitals have allowed almost 3.5 goals per game during this stretch and not looked like a group that led the NHL for much of the year.MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug test Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. February 19, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.In other baseball news:— Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenix Update on the latest sports DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets. NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot chargeUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai Championships McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.In other T25 hoop news:— Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, Dwayne Sutton added 16 and No. 11 Louisville routed Syracuse 90-66 to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals never trailed the Orange after losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson dropped them from the conference lead. They stretched a 41-34 halftime lead to double digits early in the second half before an 18-2 run made it 69-44. Nwora shot just 5 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc but regrouped from scoring just seven points the past two games. Buddy Boeheim had 15 points and Quincy Guerrrier for Syracuse.— Anthony Edwards’ big night for Georgia has left No. 13 Auburn with its second straight loss. Edwards scored 18 points, including a late 3-pointer to slow Auburn’s comeback attempt, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 65-55. Auburn fell to 22-4 overall and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference, thanks to its second straight loss to a team with a losing record. The two straight losses followed seven straight wins. Georgia ended a four-game losing streak. J’Von McCormick led Auburn with 22 points. Georgia’s Toumani Camara sank seven of eight free throws in the final minute to help protect the lead.last_img read more

NFF Saga: Clark Calls for Dalung’s Resignation

first_imgDeji Elumoye in AbujaElder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has called for the resignation of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, over his reported involvement in the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) saga.Clark, who made this call in a three-page statement issued in Abuja on Thursday said if Dalung fails to resign, President Muhammadu Buhari should not hesitate to sack him from his cabinet. Solomon Dalung His words: “I must maintain that, in the overall interest of the future of football, and indeed, sports generally, and for Nigeria to maintain its enviable position in Africa, and as we gradually make global impact in the game, it’s no longer a matter of discretion that, the Ministry of Sport is not a place for the likes of Mr. Solomon Dalung, as Minister.”According to him, “I have followed with concern and keen interest, the unfolding developments at the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), and have had cause to speak my strong comment on the unfortunate controversy rocking the Glass House, where I strongly advise that Mr. Solomon Dalung, current Minister of Sports, has no place in this Ministry, if Nigerian football must attain it’s expected height.”Clark, a former Minister of Information, accused the Sport Minister of “unfortunate foray into ethnic frolic, total disrespect and disloyalty in his open show of crass ignorance and incompetence, when Mr. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, then as acting President, took the patriotic step to honour and recognice the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF, an action which saved Nigeria from international soccer embarrassment.”The Minister, he further said, also challenged the legality of the NFF Congress that took in Katsina yesterday, “as he has now committed greater atrocity by challenging the legality and appropriateness of the NFF Congress being held in Katsina, as scheduled”.Pondering over the question of whose interest the Sport Minister is serving, Clark emphasised that Dalung was obviously not serving the interest of government and the Nigerian people, as he never showed any concern whether Nigeria was banned by FIFA or not, “as he does not recognise FIFA, in the first place, except his own parochial interest, one Mr. Chris Giwa, his kinsman, he is fighting tooth and nail surreptitiously to restore to Glass House, in defiance of a federal government directive to Department of State Services (DSS), to flush him and his remnants from the Glass House, Headquarters of the NFF and in disobedience to FIFA’s ban for a period of five years”.The elder statesman added that, “It is unfortunate that Mr. Dalung has come to personify the disagreement within the NFF, where he has wrongly misinterpreted the Supreme Court according to his whims and caprices.“I repeat that, the Supreme Court did not give any definite judgment in favour of anybody, and therefore, very improper of the Minister to drag in the Supreme Court in his offensive statement. It must be reiterated, as I have always emphasised that, the unity of Nigeria is very paramount, and football is one of the contributory factors to this endeavour.”The Sports Minister who as the supervisory authority on sports matters in the country had been involved in all past NFF Congresses, was conspicuously absent at the venue of the election in Katsina yesterday.Two days before yesterday’s polls in Katsina, Dalung granted press interview where he claimed ignorance of any Elective Congress anywhere.He was also reported to have written the Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari not to allow the NFF hold any election in the state, claiming to have a Supreme Court ruling in favour of Chris Giwa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more