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All change for UK government pension policymakers post-election [updated]

first_imgHe replaced Richard Harrington, who was appointed pensions minister last summer. Harrington has been assigned to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.Gauke is viewed as bringing welcome pensions expertise to the role.Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London and a former pensions minister, said: “There are few ministers who could have been appointed to this role who know as much about pensions as David Gauke.  Prime minister Theresa May has appointed a new secretary of state for work and pensions as part of a cabinet reshuffle following last week’s general election.David Gauke (pictured), the former chief secretary to treasury, has been appointed cabinet minister in charge of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He replaced Damian Green, who has been promoted to first secretary of state and cabinet officer minister, effectively functioning as deputy prime minister.Guy Opperman has been confirmed as pensions minister, with the additional brief of “financial inclusion”.  David Gauke, Department for Work and Pensions“In his five years at the Treasury during the Coalition he played a key role in developing the detail of the pension freedoms and was a keen supporter of automatic enrolment.”Kevin LeGrand, president of the Pensions Management Institute, also said that Gauke brings knowledge and experience to the role, with pensions tax relief one of his particular areas of expertise.He said it was particularly important for the secretary of state to have pensions knowledge after the role of pensions minister – who reports to the secretary of state – was downgraded to parliamentary undersecretary last year.The reshuffle of government pension roles was bemoaned by several in the industry.Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddinham, said: “Ever since the post of pensions minister was established, we have seen constant change – up to the appointment of Steve Webb, who remained minister for a full five year term.“Pensions is an important area for so many people and continues to suffer from constant change and increased complexity.”LeGrand said that if there had to be change in officeholders then there must be policy continuity. The to-do list for the incoming pensions minister is significant. The future of the triple lock, which guarantees an annual increase to the state pension of at least 2.5%, was a major point of debate between political parties during the election.In addition, the DWP earlier this year began a wide-ranging discussion with the industry about changes to defined benefit pension regulations, while a bill bringing in tighter rules for defined contribution master trusts was put on hold during the election.last_img read more


first_imgThe Indiana Pacers certainly showed that they could play with the “big boys” in the opening round of this year’s NBA playoffs.  Unfortunately, a couple of less than stellar finishes cost them the series with Cleveland.  The new mix of Pacers, including Nate McMillan, jelled at the right time and gave the Indianapolis fans a lot to be proud of this year.I know LeBron James is a great player.  He may be the best ever.  I still do not like pro basketball, because I feel that super stars like James get all the breaks.  They are allowed to take an extra step or two when driving to the basket or they pound their opponent and no fouls are called.  To me, it is not true basketball.  It is football on hard wood.  The biggest and strongest win out.  Nevertheless, Cleveland won the game they had to win and now move on to play Toronto.last_img read more

Wildcats Harriers Participate At Richmond Invite

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats were not able to compete as a team, but were able to compete individually. Junior, Taylor Stewart, was the top finisher for Franklin County, placing 19th. Freshman Katherine Apsley is making gains as she improves her time by 17 seconds. Stewart, Apsley, and sophomore, Josie Selm were all able to drop their times from the Union County Invitational, despite the difficult course and warmer temperatures.Sophomore, Drew Grant, and Junior, Kyle Seibert, continue to lead the Franklin County Boys cross country team at the second meet of the season. Drew’s time of 19:41 was about 30 seconds from a top twenty spot. Junior, Tanner Lainhart, claimed Franklin County’s 3rd spot on the team, with a time of 21:19. The team did well on the unfamiliar course. The boys are ready to focus on the Rushville Invitational next Saturday, which is a course they know well.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Super heroes is theme for best appearing car contest at Super Nationals

first_img“While designs should be original, it’s important that drivers and their graphics design­ers remember that required decals must be incorporated,” he noted. Modified and Northern SportMod drivers are en­couraged to enter cars with the Super Heroes theme.  Drivers of the winning cars in each division receive trophies. Speedway Motors gives $100 gift cards to all drivers entering the contest while Sweet Manufacturing gives a steering box to the Modified winner. Both winners will be announced during the week at Boone.center_img BOONE, Iowa – Dirt track racing heroes competing at Boone Speedway won’t be the only heroes in the pits and on the track at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “Super Nationals is all about heroes, so the tie in to super heroes is obvious,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “There’s room for a lot of imagination with the contest and we look forward to seeing what folks come up with.”last_img read more

Aileen M. Koester, 95

first_imgAileen M. Koester, 95, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.  Born January 5, 1924 in Ripley County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Alvin and Matilda (Gander) Cramer.  Aileen was a homemaker and she loved spending time with her family.  She was married to Walter R. Koester on February 20, 1943 and he preceded her in death on May 9, 1985. She is survived by three daughters, Julia (Ron) Thompson, Virginia Tichenor, Nancy Herbert; two sons, William Koester, Samuel (Carol) Koester; ten grandchildren, Connie Barker, Victoria Williams, Lisa Barker, Michael Koester, Steven Herbert, Sierra Koester, Cynthia Mackey, Lauren Koester, Allan Koester, Adam Koester; ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Paul Koester; one sister, Dolores (George) Amberger; one son-in-law, Marvin Herbert. Private services will be held for the family. Memorials may be made to the Union Baptist Church or to the donor’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Baldwinsville boys soccer dominates F-M, 3-0

first_imgLess than eight minutes into the game, Tyler Johnson, already causing lots of problems on the left side, ripped a shot that F-M goalie Chris Szidat could not handle, which allowed Brennan Walsh to swoop in and convert the rebound.Midway through the first half, B’ville earned a free kick that Kantak dropped into traffic. Amid it, Stephen Foertch dropped a pass to Chase Hornsey, who scored to make it 2-0.It stayed that way until the early stages of the second half. Johnson was robbed by Szidat on a hard, curving shot, but seconds later was well-positioned to take the rebound of a corner kick and head it into the net.The fun continued at Nottingham Thursday night, and though this game was a bit closer and the Bees did surrender a goal, it still put away the Bulldogs 3-1.To its credit, Nottingham kept it tight for a while, only trailing 1-0 at halftime, but the Bees’ depth proved too much as three different players – Foertch, Malik Davis and Griffin Seeber – earned the three goals, Johnson adding an assistB’ville, now 5-0, has two more SCAC Metro division road games next week, traveling to West Genesee on Monday and then venturing to Liverpool Thursday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Pagano, a junior already committed to Syracuse University, led the Hornets to two early-season victories, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in a 5-1 romp over East Syracuse Minoa on Sept. 7.Knowing all this, B’ville set about defending Pagano, and was quite successful. Marked by the likes of Jack Branigan, Jared Kantak, Geoffrey Tse and Dylan Killian, they held Pagano to two good chances, both in the second half – one that went wide, the other stopped by a diving Andy Taylor.And this all took place after the Bees had long established its winning margin. Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys soccercenter_img Victories in each of its first three games by comfortable margins had shown that the Baldwinsville boys soccer team was just as potent and dangerous as the side that reached the state Class AA final four a season ago.Further proof was offered last Monday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, when Fayetteville-Manlius arrived and the Bees took care of them in every phase of the game on the way to a 3-0 victory.Having struggled (by its own high standards) a season ago, F-M received a jolt when junior forward Cheech Pagano returned from three years of academy soccer.last_img read more

Stars shutout Golden Knights in Game 1 of Western Final

first_img Written By Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 1-01 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday. John Klingberg scored for Dallas, the No.3 seed in the West.Anton Khudobin made 25 saves for his first Stanley Cup Playoff shutout, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for Vegas, the No.1 seed in the West. Game 2 of the best-of-7 series will be on Tuesday in Edmonton, the hub city for the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final. First Published: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Stars Shutout Golden Knights In Game 1 Of Western Final Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 1-01 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.center_img FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Angels lose to Brewers on bases-loaded walk in ninth

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles UP NEXT: Angels (RHP Dylan Bundy) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Jose De Leon), Tuesday, noon PT, Tempe, Ariz. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GAME: The Angels gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth to drop a 2-1 game to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in Maryvale, Ariz. Jake Thompson gave up both runs, including issuing three straight walks to push home the winning run.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Dillon Peters pitched two scoreless innings, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first inning. He struck out three, including two in a perfect second inning. Peters said he has added a slider this season, but he isn’t ready to throw it in a game. … Left-hander Ryan Buchter pitched a perfect third inning, including two strikeouts of right-handed hitters. He hit 94 mph. Buchter had been used mostly as a situational lefty, but the new three-batter rule will force him to also be effective against righties if he is going to have a role with the Angels. “He looked really good,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “I thought he looked really sharp, and he came off the mound kind of impressed with himself that he had that good of a first outing.” … Right-handers Neil Ramirez, Luke Bard, Taylor Cole and Jose Rodriguez also pitched a scoreless inning apiece.HITTING REPORT: Jared Walsh doubled and scored the Angels’ only run, coming home on a groundout by Anthony Bemboom in the fifth inning. … Jordyn Adams, generally considered the Angels’ No. 3 prospect, got the start in center field and struck out in both of his plate appearances. … The game ended with 19-year-olds Jeremiah Jackson and D’Shawn Knowles in the game. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked a spring training game with that many young players,” Maddon said.DEFENSE REPORT: David Fletcher played the first four innings in right field without incident. He did not have a fly ball hit to him, and he cleanly fielded a ground ball single. Fletcher, who has played infield for most of his time in the big leagues, is going to see more time in the outfield this season. … Second baseman Tommy La Stella made an error trying to backhand a ball in the first inning. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more