OECD says Denmark must step up effort to increase working lives

first_imgBut now, Denmark needed to strengthen incentives to carry on working, by enhancing work incentives for people coming up to retirement as well as for those beyond it.The country also had to provide information so that people could make well-informed choices between work and retirement, and make sure transitory bridging welfare benefits were not used as alternative pathways to an early exit from the labour market, the report said.On the other side of the coin, it said Denmark needed to address barriers to longer employment from the employers’ side.It said steps to be taken included moving ahead with abolishing mandatory retirement ages, and focusing wage setting procedures more on performance and skills and less on age and tenure, particularly in the public sector.Even though the mandatory retirement age of 70 for civil servants was abolished in 2008, such limits still exist in the private sector, the organisation said.In considering how work could be made rewarding for older workers in Denmark, the OECD noted that income testing in the Danish public pension system is quite complex and that it could be difficult for people to see what the consequences their work, saving and retirement decisions would have on their future entitlements.“Moreover, there can be disincentives to work through high simplicity marginal taxes on work, related to a loss of benefits when incomes are relatively high,” it said.Industry association Forsikring og Pension (F&P) welcomed the report and especially its focus on the interplay between the effective taxation of retirees and their decisions on whether to continue working.“It is the high effective taxation on pension savings, particularly close to retirement age, which makes it less attractive to continue working and saving for retirement,” the association said.Jan Hansen, deputy director at F&P, said the guidelines given by the OECD in the report on how the problem could be solved were in line with proposals the association had already made to politicians.“The OECD shows all too clearly that the interaction problem can and must be resolved,” he said.He said Denmark faced serious problems in maintaining its welfare society in the future.“It should pay to work and save for retirement, also for older people close to retirement age,” he added. Denmark needs to make more effort to lengthen the time its citizens remain in the workforce by giving people better incentives to carry on working beyond retirement age, as well as tackling barriers from the employers’ side, according to the OECD.In a report on ageing and employment policies in Denmark, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) said: “Further efforts are needed to implement a broader strategy to promote longer working lives.”It said incentives and provisions to retire early had previously been too generous in Denmark, and that this was why the country had been so active in reforming the system in recent years.“The 2006 Welfare Agreement and the 2011 Agreement on Later Retirement are important steps taken to reduce the burden of an ageing population,” the OECD said in the report.last_img read more

Growing push for drinking age of 20

first_imgSunday Star Times 22 April 2012Support for returning the drinking age to 20 is gaining momentum as MPs face calls to address binge drinking.But politicians courting the youth vote are cautious, and the Green Party has indicated it is unlikely to back a change to move the age from 18 to 20.MPs are expected to vote on the purchase age provisions of the Alcohol Reform Bill in the next couple of months.The drinking age was lowered to 18 in a 1999 conscience vote. Health leaders want it restored to 20, and say the evidence points to that as the only option.National MP Jackie Blue said straw polls had shown “overwhelming” public support for the age to be set at 20.The Alcohol Reform Bill purchase age provisions would allow 18-year-olds to buy alcohol in licensed premises, but restrict off-licence purchases to those 20 and older.National MP Tim Macindoe, who wants sales in any venue restricted to 20-year-olds, says support for the move has grown over the past three years.“In the previous Parliament I would have been struggling for much more than 20 per cent [support from MPs], but at the moment it would be closer to 30. And there will be an opportunity as the pressure comes on over the next couple of weeks to lift that.“There is support within my own caucus, and there is some support within Labour, as well as [Act’s] John Banks, and potentially New Zealand First.”The Maori Party also supports raising the purchase age to 20 for both licensed premises and liquor stores.National and Labour MPs will be able to cast a conscience vote but the Greens, who have 14 MPs, have yet to decide, although party policy is to oppose raising the age.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6786228/Growing-push-for-drinking-age-of-20last_img read more

Abortion – Baby Ava defies all the odds

first_imgNZ Herald 2 June 2013Mum grateful she refused to terminate her pregnancy.Ava Alexander-Thomas is the little girl who almost wasn’t. Scans throughout pregnancy showed no amniotic fluid and a fetus with missing organs, no facial bones and undeveloped lungs. Three medical experts urged her mum, Toni Alexander, to terminate the pregnancy. Instead, the family researched and drew hope from similar cases. At 32 weeks, baby Ava was born with a relatively common horseshoe kidney. Now the family want answers.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10887863last_img read more

Minister of Justice Shouldn’t Hide Info From Voters

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 1 September 2020The SayNopeToDope campaign is calling on the Minister of Justice Andrew Little to release economic reports relating to proposed cannabis legalisation so that voters can make a fully informed decision at the upcoming referendum.According to the NBR, economic reports on the proposed cannabis legalisation are being withheld by the Ministry of Justice until after the October referendum, with the Ministry of Justice refusing an Official Information Act request on the issue.“This is significant, because a lot of claims have been made that the legalisation of cannabis could earn up to ½ billion dollars for the taxpayer. This sounds very attractive, but international evidence shows that it is a flawed pipe dream. Cannabis advocates and the marijuana industry are quick to overestimate large amounts of revenue from cannabis sales, but it rarely fully recognises the societal costs of legalisation,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“Other societal costs not referred to by drug supporters include: greater other drug use, greater marijuana use among underage students, property and other economic damage, controlling an expanded black market, sales to minors, public intoxication, and other burdens. No policy is without its costs. Legalisation also results in administrative and enforcement costs, similar to alcohol regulation.”“Andrew Little should be releasing any and all information related to this referendum as part of being an open and transparent government. The fiscal reality of changes to our drug laws are just as important as the likely health and societal harms,” says Mr Ironside.Alcohol and tobacco have already warned us that tax revenue from marijuana sales will fall well short of the costs. Trends have already surfaced in Colorado & Washington state, suggesting that, like tobacco and alcohol, costs outweigh revenues. Over half the pot money promised for drug prevention, education & treatment in Washington State never materialised. Bureaucracy consumes a significant portion of Colorado marijuana tax revenue.California’s projected marijuana tax revenue by July 2019 is nearly half of what was originally expected when the state began retail sales in 2018, since most consumers continue to purchase marijuana from the black market in order to avoid high taxes. Statistics Canada, a state agency, reports that just 29% of cannabis users buy all of their product from a legal source.ENDSlast_img read more

Jamaica welcomes new WestJet service from Canada

first_img 30 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Photo credit: airport-technology.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Norman Manley International Airport(NMIA) in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 30 welcomed its first WestJet international flight from Toronto, Canada, with 136 passengers onboard.The Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft landed at approximately 12:05 pm to applause and cheers from the welcome party, headed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeil.The Canadian carrier, which also flies from Toronto to Sangster International in Montego Bay, will now have three weekly flights to Kingston on Monday, Friday and Saturday, making it a total of 10 weekly flights to both airports.The minister, in his address at the brief welcome ceremony, noted that the entrance of WestJet into Kingston represents another step towards re-branding and building the capital city as a prime tourist destination.“One of the very encouraging things about this flight is the fact that onboard the plane are travel agents, who will be doing a familiarisation trip and looking at Kingston, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios and what possibilities exist in opening up those markets,” he said.McNeil noted that WestJet is “a very important carrier” to Jamaica, with as many as 27 flights into the island during the winter tourist season. “WestJet is a tried and tested partner for us in the Ministry of Tourism. We look forward to a long and strong partnership,” he said. Minister without portfolio for Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Morias Guy, pointed out that despite global economic challenges, flights between Toronto and Kingston have been growing in recent years.“This growth was again demonstrated in the last quarter, January to March 2012, when the route saw an increase of over five per cent over the same period last year and there are strong indications that this trend will continue,” he said.Guy noted that the decision by WestJet to flight to Kingston comes at a time when Jamaica will be welcoming overseas nationals and visitors for the 50th year of independence celebrations.“This new route also signals the building of better connectivity between the two cities, and an expansion of opportunities for Jamaicans living in Canada to return home in a convenient manner and time, and to partner with us in building this great nation,” he said.Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew, Councillor Angela Brown-Burke, also welcomed WestJet into Kingston, noting that the airline will not only bring nationals home for ‘Jamaica 50’ but also for the City of Kingston’s 140th anniversary events.Acting vice-president, guest services, WestJet, Mark Brown said the airline’s culture is “a very perfect match for the warm and caring culture of the Jamaican people”.“When people ask me why they should travel to Jamaica, I tell them ‘well the beaches of course, and the tourism events, but to me, what’s more important is the people’,” he remarked. He noted that there are indeed many countries with beautiful beaches and great tourist attractions “but the people, the smiles, the warmth is what sets Jamaica apart”. Brown said that, as Kingston becomes WestJet’s 72nd destination, he looks forward to great successes and a long lasting relationship. By Athaliah Reynolds-BakerCaribbean News Now LifestyleTravel Jamaica welcomes new WestJet service from Canada by: – May 3, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Money Management

first_imgLifestyleMoney Money Management by: Dominica Vibes News – November 24, 2014 Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Nowadays; most first salaries are spent on celebrating the new job. So you find people taking their significant other out; or shopping or they go to the bar and order a couple rounds of drinks for their friends.It’s okay to celebrate; however, you should be cognizant that this is the time to be paying attention to finding or developing ways to take charge of your money. In other words, find ways to make your money work for you. This is known as financial planning.To properly plan your finances; you should bear the following in mind:1. Clearly define your financial goals2. Make plans to reach your goals3. Take action until your goal becomes a realityAt the end of this article is a guide to creating a goal planner.One sure way to plan is through budgeting. In setting up your budget, always ensure that you make allowance for savings. In preparing your budget, here is an important breakdown:1. 65% of salary to recurring expenses(rent, utilities, food, transportation, tuition, bank loans, car payments etc.)2. 15% of salary to savings3. 20% of salary to living expenses (entertainment, clothing, miscellaneous purchases).Another more effective way of ensuring that you save is by automatic transfer. In this regard, if your salary goes directly to the bank, open a separate account and have the bank automatically transfer 15% (or what you’re comfortable with) to that account. This new account automatically becomes your savings account.Log on next week for more…Follow the above and stick to it; then watch your money grow for you! 272 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Rodgers hails ‘outstanding’ Suarez

first_img The England international missed last week’s win at Norwich with the problem but has progressed well in training, and should he be ready midfielder Lucas Leiva is likely to miss out. On-loan winger Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club and midfielder Jordan Henderson serves the second game of a three-match ban Jose Mourinho is considering wholesale changes for Chelsea’s trip due to the proximity of the Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid next Wednesday. The Blues are afflicted by injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech (shoulder), captain John Terry (ankle), playmaker Eden Hazard (calf) and Samuel Eto’o (knee), while midfielder Ramires’ season is over after he received a four-match ban for striking Sebastian Larsson in the loss to Sunderland. Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible in Europe so are likely to feature, while Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are available ahead of European bans, with all four likely to be selected at Liverpool. Mourinho is unfazed at the prospect of finishing the first season of his return to Chelsea without a trophy. The Blues face a pivotal four days to determine if they can resurrect their Premier League hopes and advance to the Champions League final in Mourinho’s native Portugal on May 24. Liverpool hold a five-point lead ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Anfield and if the Blues fail to overturn the deficit, serial winner Mourinho will go two successive seasons without winning a league championship for the first time. If Chelsea, who play Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg with the tie poised at 0-0, miss out on a second European Cup in three years it will be the first time Mourinho has ever gone two successive years without any trophy at all. Mourinho, the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history, said: “I’m not worried about it. I think match after match. “When you give everything you have, when you try everything, when you work hard, when the group is good, when the group respects the club and the fans, you wait for the end of the season and you see what destiny has for you.” Having served his punishment, which extended five matches into the current campaign, the 27-year-old’s performances have been nothing short of remarkable, producing a return of 30 goals in as many Premier League games with three hat-tricks – including four goals in a 5-1 win over Norwich in December. That means he is the favourite to lift the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year title on Sunday evening and with it complete his rehabilitation from a player opponents and fans loved to hate to one who is fully appreciated for his world-class quality. “He is a brilliant talent. I think the supporters have seen him mature over the course of the last season,” said Rodgers. “I think he was in a real low moment after that game (against Chelsea last year) but he has gone away and probably looked in the mirror and reflected on himself because he is not that type of guy and it probably just spilled over. “He is a really intelligent man who fits the values of this club, which is all about humility, class and he has all of that. “He is a sheer winner and that probably overspilled last year, but his development over the last year has been remarkable both on and off the field and Liverpool have benefited from that. “For me he is the consistently outstanding player over the course of the last year.” Striker Daniel Sturridge faces a late assessment to see whether he is fit enough to return from a hamstring injury at home to Chelsea on Sunday. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes striker Luis Suarez’s transformation from public enemy number one to likely Footballer of the Year is a true credit to the player. Just over 12 months ago the Uruguay international was starting a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in one of the most bizarre incidents of last season. The pair are set to come face to face again at the scene of the crime on Sunday but Suarez arrives at Anfield as a completely different person. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barca’s Zubizarreta praises Suarez

first_imgBarcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has praised transfer target Luis Suarez for issuing a public apology for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, calling the Uruguay and Liverpool forward “humble”. Press Association Suarez is believed to be Barcelona’s number one transfer target this summer and the fact the player has been banned from playing football for four months by FIFA for his bite on Chiellini has not deterred the club from pursuing his signature. Suarez, who initially denied biting Chiellini, apologised to the Italy defender via social media on Monday, but did not mention Liverpool in his statement, prompting speculation he is indeed looking to leave the Merseyside club for Barcelona. center_img It has been suggested that Barcelona encouraged Suarez to apologise for his actions, and Zubizarreta welcomed the move. “Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important,” he told reporters. “He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do.” The former Barca and Spain goalkeeper also highlighted Suarez’s footballing qualities. “Everyone knows that Luis is an excellent player, everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player,” he said. Zubizarreta was speaking at the presentation of Barcelona’s latest signing Ivan Rakitic, and the midfielder also praised Suarez. “The fact he has had the character and the strength to go in front of everyone and say sorry says a lot about him as a person,” said the Croatian international. “Not every person has that strength to admit they have done something stupid. I rarely say that I am wrong so this says a lot about him, he has shown the character and strength he has so he should be commended for that. “Regardless of whether the club signs him or not, his quality is unquestionable. He has shown a lot of quality with Uruguay and scored more than 30 goals (last season) with Liverpool, so he has the necessary quality to play for Barca.” last_img read more

Shooting at Pompano Beach Vigil Leaves Bystander Dead

first_imgA 35-year-old woman was fatally shot during a vigil in Pompano Beach on Friday evening.The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) says Marge Armande, of Deerfield Beach, was attending a vigil Friday at about 10 p.m. near the 200 block of NE First Avenue.According to officials, she was shot during an altercation between two other people.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported Armande to Broward Health North, where she was pronounced dead.Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the case to contact BSO Homicide Detective Wilson Dejesus at (954) 321-4210.last_img read more

DI-S girls continue red-hot start with 2nd-half burst vs. Shead

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts DEER ISLE — The late 2010s have been a golden age of sorts for the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team. As a new decade looms, the Mariners don’t look like a team that’s going to be backing down anytime soon.Since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Deer Isle-Stonington has been one of the most consistent teams in a region that’s seen plenty of different programs rise to the top. The Mariners have not lost a regular season game in more than 1,000 days, a span during which they’ve frequently gone unchallenged for long stretches.On Saturday, though, Deer Isle-Stonington had its hands full in its first major test of the season. Facing the latest in a long line of competitive Shead teams, the Mariners overcame early-game sluggishness with a second-half burst that saw them display their credentials as Class D North contenders.Deer Isle-Stonington broke open a tight game with a dominant second half Saturday to earn a 60-42 victory over visiting Shead. The win continued the Mariners’ red-hot start to the season and gave Randy Shepard’s team a signature win as it looks to navigate a challenging schedule in the coming weeks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We had to earn it,” said Shepard, whose Mariners have outscored opponents by a combined 137 points over their first four games. “They’re a very good team over there, and they didn’t just let us have it.”Deer Isle-Stonington’s Kaylee Morey shoots over Shead’s Maleeka Barnes during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game Dec. 14 in Deer Isle. The first-place Mariners have won their four games by a combined margin of 137 points. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe first half was a tight affair between the two teams with Deer Isle-Stonington (4-0) holding a one-possession lead throughout the first quarter. The Mariners stretched the lead to five points in the second, but two late baskets from the visiting Tigers left the home team clinging to a 25-24 advantage at the break.The Mariners were kept on their heels to begin the second half as Shead (3-1) followed a layup from Deer Isle-Stonington’s Kaylee Morey with a basket of its own. Yet the Mariners responded with a 10-0 run to stretch the lead to 37-26 before ultimately taking a 43-30 lead into the final period.“In the first half, we played their game, and we knew we couldn’t do that again,” Deer Isle-Stonington junior Rylee Eaton said. “We switched [the momentum] by coming out and playing our game.”The Mariners continued to surge in the fourth quarter, during which they led Shead by as many as 24 points. The Tigers cut the deficit down to 14 points in the final minutes of the game, but the result was never in doubt as Deer Isle-Stonington notched another lopsided victory.The win was a product of a balanced scoring effort from the Mariners, whose eight scorers included Morey (13 points), Eaton (11 points), Taylor Hardy and Brienna Limeburner (nine apiece) and Katie Hutchinson (eight). Deer Isle-Stonington also got six assists and four steals from Morey, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals from Eaton and seven rebounds from Hardy.Although Deer Isle-Stonington has posted undefeated regular seasons each of the past two years, doing so this year could be much more difficult; with a road game against Shead later this month and home and away games against both Schenck and reigning Class D South champion Greenville ahead of them, the Mariners have a schedule Shepard thinks is the team’s toughest in years.“We have 18 [games on the schedule this year] instead of 16, and there a lot of tough ones in there,” Shepard said. “It ain’t going to be easy.”Members of the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team pose for a team photo. The Mariners, who finished 18-1 last season and earned a berth in the Northern Maine title game, are taking aim at another deep playoff run in 2019-20. DEER ISLE-STONINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOFortunately for Deer Isle-Stonington, the bulk of last year’s Class D North runner-up squad has returned; the Mariners have retained last year’s leading scorer, rebounder and distributor in Eaton, Hutchinson and Morey, respectively, as well as Hardy and Limeburner, who have proved to be reliable starters thus far.As juniors and seniors who have contributed since their freshman seasons, those players give Deer Isle-Stonington an experience level few of their counterparts can match. Yet the Mariners’ strong chemistry on and off the court, Eaton said, began to take shape years before the current players reached the high school level.“A lot of us girls have played on a travel team together ever since we were in fourth grade, and I think that’s a big piece of where we are today,” Eaton said. “We’ve played together for a long time, and that travel team is really what brought us together.”Deer Isle-Stonington’s next game will be on the road against Jonesport-Beals (0-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Mariners will host Schenck at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, before taking on Bucksport at 1 p.m. Dec. 23 at Bucksport High School.The Mariners will then close out 2019 with a challenging slate that includes a home game against Greenville at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and a rematch against Shead at 1 p.m. Dec. 30 in Eastport. Yet even if that stretch gives this Deer Isle-Stonington unit all it can handle, Shepard thinks his team will be all the better for it inthe long run.“You want those tough games,” Shepard said it. “They get you ready for what’s next.”center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more