ABP to raise contribution to 22.9%

first_imgThe €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has announced a contribution rise of 1.8 percentage points to 22.9% in 2018.The increase follows a decision made to annually raise premiums over the period 2017-19, as pensions have become more expensive as a consequence of low interest rates and rising longevity.ABP again refrained from granting indexation, which would only be allowed if its coverage ratio was at least 110%. At October-end, funding was 100.2%.The scheme said it did not expect to be able to grant any indexation for the next five years. It said indexation in arrears – based on the consumer prices index – since 2009 has accumulated to 13.5%.According to ABP, the possibility of pension benefit cuts in 2018 had become slim, but it conceded that the possibility still existed further into the future.If its coverage ratio was still short of the required minimum level of 104.2% in 2020, a cut to pension rights would be inevitable, the scheme said.Earlier this month, the €189bn healthcare scheme PFZW decided to keep its contribution for 2018 at 23.5% of pensionable salary.The three other large Dutch pension funds, the metal schemes PMT (€68bn) and PME (€46bn) and building sector pension fund BpfBouw (€55bn) are expected to announced their contribution rates for 2018 in December.ABP and PFZW were among the schemes highlighted by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank earlier this month as still in danger of having to cut pensioner benefits.last_img read more

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 31,441 after 426 test positive

first_img426 people have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 5,158 samples collected in the last 24 hours Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has said. This now brings the country case load to 31,441 number of positive cases.From the cases all are Kenyans except nine who are foreigners with 239 males and 187 females.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next week Cumulative tests in the country now stands at 407, 610.Cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 132, Kajiado 63, Kericho 48, Kiambu 24, Machakos 21, Migori 17, Mombasa 16, Kitui 13, Laikipia 13, Nakuru 11, Kisumu 11, Uasin Gishu 10, Tharaka Nithi 8, Nyeri 7, Busia 7.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauMore Counties: Makueni 6, Kilifi 4, Garissa 3, Nyandarua 3, Isiolo 2, Embu 2, Meru 1, Kirinyaga 1, Kakamega 1, Baringo 1, and Lamu 1.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols257 patients have recovered from the disease, with 195 being from the Home-Based Care program and 62 from various hospitals. Total number of recoveries now stand at 17,869.She revealed that the COVID-19 death toll had risen to 516 after 10 more patients died from complications related to the highly contagious respiratory disease. Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Mwangangi confirmed the youngest case is a three-month old infant while the oldest is 88 years.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

The Latest: California pushes back start of prep sports

first_imgCiting increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___ Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season. Associated Press July 20, 2020 ___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days.The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities.The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided.___ The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Fifteen athletes returned to campus late last month under a phased training approach.___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.center_img The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately.Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played .California is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes. The Latest: California pushes back start of prep sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ‘WRESTLING’ WITH HIS CONSCIENCE OVER CAREER CHOICE!

first_imgA young Donegal man has entered the Irish professional wrestling circuit and dreams of becoming the best in the world.Steve Campbell, who is from Falcarragh, returns to his hometown this Saturday night at 6pm in the PCC Falcarragh to star in a wrestling event.Steven, who now lives in Goath Dobhair,plans to go to the top in the IWW wrestling world. The well-known Falcarragh man admits that some people are skeptical about wrestling.However he says that unless someone jumps into the wrestling ring, they will never know how toiuh the sport is.‘’Theres no easy match in IWW. The roster is full of talent and former champions. Every training session can be a real tough battle but I love the challenge.“I need to prove myself against the best wrestlers in Europe like Mandrake, Captain Rooney or the IWW International Heavyweight Champion, The Supermodel. I don’t just want to be a pro wrestler, I want to be the pound for pound best wrestler ever one day and IWW best place to start.,” he said. Steven says he thinks he got the inspiration for wrestling from watching the other stars with his brother Bryan on TV.The former LYIT student, whose wrestling name is Cambo, is certainly no flash in the pan.He spent seven years learning mixed martial arts and also kickboxing.He says he is hopeful a large crowd comes out to Falcarragh to cheer him on come Saturday.‘’I like to think that all of Donegal is my home, not just one area. I live in Gweedore, went to secondary school in Falcarragh, I’d always hang out with my friends in dunfanaghy and I went to college in Letterkenny. IWW holds shows all over the country but I can’t wait to wrestle in front of my friends and family in my hometown area.’’ DONEGAL MAN ‘WRESTLING’ WITH HIS CONSCIENCE OVER CAREER CHOICE! was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order Now

first_imgIt’s also worth noting that Musk claimed last fall the solar roof would cost less to manufacture and install than a conventional roof, even without accounting for the electricity it produced. “Electricity is just a bonus,” he said. That’s clearly not the case. Three houses, three cost estimatesTo test Tesla’s claims, Consumer Reports ran the numbers for three houses — one in Yonkers, New York, one in a Houston, Texas, suburb, and the last in Thousand Oaks, California.The most compelling case for a Solar Roof came from the California house. Tesla recommended a 50-50 split between solar and non-solar tiles, with the 1,878 square feet of roofing and the Powerwall battery costing $56,800. Because the roof would generate an estimated $84,700 in electricity, the homeowner would recoup $41,800 over 30 years (the estimate includes a $13,900 federal tax credit).Texas didn’t do so well. The two-story, 4,467-square-foot house also would get a roof with 50% solar tiles, which would generate $46,800 in electricity over 30 years. But the size of the house and the fact it would need air conditioning 300 days per year means that the homeowner would be out $13,500 after 30 years. The roof plus Powerwalls (two of them in this case) would cost a total of $97,700.In Yonkers, the 2,700-square-foot house would need 70% solar roofing tiles and a single Powerwall battery. The upfront cost would be $45,400, but in the end the homeowners would net $13,900 if they lived there for 30 years and all of the other assumptions the calculator makes hold true.Tesla recommends a Powerwall battery as part of the package. But in states with net-metering, where homeowners are paid the full retail rate for excess electricity they send to the grid, it might be more economical to skip the Powerwall, providing the homeowners aren’t concerned about an occasional power outage. The basicsA Solar Roof uses two types of tiles, which both look the same. One type produces electricity; the other doesn’t. Depending on where the house is located, the mix of solar to non-solar tiles allowing the home to be completely powered by solar electricity will vary. That ratio also affects the total cost of the installation. Estimates also include the cost of a Powerwall 2.0 (13.5 kWh) battery, which comes with a 10-year warranty.Tesla has provided a cost calculator allowing homeowners to plug in a few basics about their home and get an estimate of how much the installed roof would cost and the value of the power it is expected to produce over 30 years (the warranty period for solar production.)Homeowners may order tiles with either a smooth or textured glass surface. Tiles made to look like slate and terra cotta will not be available until next year.Tiles come with a warranty described by Tesla as “infinity, or the lifetime of your house, whichever comes first,” while power and weatherization (no leaks) each have a 30-year guarantee. Tiles can be installed on a roof with a pitch of 3:12 or greater.If you want to place an order, you will be asked to place a refundable deposit of $1,000. Tesla says installations will start in California in June, “rolling out to additional markets over time.” Installations will be on a first come, first served basis. Details on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to EmergeSolar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar Panels Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?Dow Drops Its Line of Solar ShinglesSolarCity Is Getting Into the Roofing Shingle BusinessAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Market RELATED ARTICLES Tesla has now answered one of the big remaining questions about its textured glass Solar Roof — just how much will it cost? — and the estimates show some homeowners could benefit financially over time despite substantial upfront costs, according to an analysis published by Consumer Reports.CEO Elon Musk promised last fall that the innovative roofing tiles, which can be made to look like one of several roof coverings, would cost less than a conventional roof.Did Tesla deliver? Broadly speaking, it looks like it. But there are many assumptions included in the mix. Consumer Reports said last fall that a Solar Roof would have to cost no more than $24.50 per square foot to beat the cost of an asphalt roof for an average house. Tesla’s current estimate for the same house sets the cost of the roof at $21.85 per square foot, just about 11% less than the Consumer Reports limit.The analysis was based on the value of 30 years’ worth of electricity. (Consumer Reports explained the assumptions it made in an article published last November.) What we still don’t knowHomeowners who buy a Solar Roof are paying for 30 years of electricity upfront, but most of them will move long before that. The National Association of Home Builders says that owners of single-family homes on average move every 13 years — less than half the tenure that would be required to see the financial gain in Tesla’s calculator.Electricity costs over time, the impact on property taxes, interest rates, even shading from trees on the lot or nearby buildings are all variables that would affect the financial outcome over a 30-year stretch.Tesla has published some information about the tiles, including hail, wind, and fire ratings. We know that each tile is 14 inches long and roughly 8 5/8 inches wide.But Tesla hasn’t said anything about the output of the solar tiles, how they are wired, and even what type of solar cell is beneath the textured glass surface. Does each tile have its own electrical connection — meaning hundreds or thousands of individual junctions on each roof — or will tiles somehow be ganged together to reduce the number of connections that must be made (and potentially repaired)?“We are not yet sharing the specific technical details you’ve requested,” a Tesla spokeswoman said in an email.A lack of information also makes it difficult to compare the cost of a Solar Roof with a conventional rooftop solar installation. In order to make an apples-to-apples comparison, homeowners would have to know the capacity (in kW) of the Tesla roof so they could get bids on a racked solar array of the same capacity from a local installer. Tesla doesn’t provide that information.Plus, homeowners have other options if they want something other than conventional panels in racks attached to the roof. There is GAF’s recently announced entry into the market, Tesla’s own low-profile solar panels, and SolarSkin panels from Sistine Solar, which are installed on racks like conventional solar arrays but manufactured so they have the appearance of any material the homeowner chooses.No matter how the number-crunching goes, Tesla hopes that homeowners will find the appearance of the tiles to be a major draw. How quickly are the orders coming in? The company isn’t saying. “We are not providing updates on orders at this time,” a spokeswoman said.last_img read more

Launceston Touch Mourns The Loss of Michael Webb

first_imgWhilst enjoying a run with his ‘Old Grey Sharks’ mates on Thursday night, Mick suffered a heart attack, and despite the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and ambulance staff, could not be revived.Mick, his immediate and massively extended family, have played a huge part in the landscape of both Launceston Touch and Touch Football Tasmania for many years, and there is no doubt that his passing will sadden a great many.Mick embodied what our sport is really all about, having fun with your mates and spending some quality time with family and friends.Gone way too soon, Mick will be remembered by all who came to know him.Our thoughts are with Tania, and Mick and Tania’s beautiful daughters Tahila and Alix, as well as all of the very close and wonderful Webb and extended families.The LTA is providing counselling services to any of their members who may have been affected by this tragedy with:Newport and Wildman15 Lawrence St                              Launceston03 6332 09991800 650 204last_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Real Madrid.This was Sevilla’s first defeat of the season in LaLiga Santander, but Monchi isn’t getting carried away either way.”It’s a very long season,” he said.”We’re happy with what the team is doing.”We can’t draw positive conclusions for either the good or the bad.”We came up against a team made to win and they played a very good game.” last_img read more

a month agoOxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Ham

first_imgOxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOxford United boss Karl Robinson was delighted with their 4-0 Carabao Cup rout of West Ham.During his tenure as MK Dons boss, the 39-year-old knocked out Blackpool and Norwich when they were in the Premier League before recording a famous 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round five years ago.Robinson also triumphed over QPR – when they were in the top flight – in the FA Cup, but played down his cup exploits.”I just like winning football matches, no matter who you play against. I think one thing my teams always do is show tremendous respect for the opposition, but we never change our style,” Oxford’s manager said.”We almost in a stupid way match them at their own game and sometimes it doesn’t work.”I’ve been battered 6-0 in this competition by Southampton. I’ve also been beaten 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, so there have been a few hidings, but these are the ones you remember for the rest of your life.”Before the game I said I think I have some Premier League youngsters in my team and if you look at our age, we were younger than West Ham.”We don’t only have an older group of players who want to run around, but we have a young team with tremendous growth thanks to the academy and the players we have brought in so I can’t ask for any more from my players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Get a double dose of thrill

first_imgAfter season one of AltBalaji’s ‘Apaharan’ receiving accolades for its great story line, makers of the web series are coming up with an extra dose of suspense and thrill. Actor Arunoday Singh, who made his debut in web space with ‘Apaharan’, reveals some details about the new season while talking to Millennium Post. How did you come on board for the project? Siddharth Sen Gupta (director and creator of the show) called me for narration, and I immediately said yes to him because the script was very convincing and intriguing. The character I play in the show is something that I wanted to do for a long time. And, I feel very fortunate that I got an opportunity to work in the second season as well. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIs this going to be the sequel of ‘Apaharan’ season one? Yes, it is the sequel of ‘Apaharan’. It does follow the characters’ story from the first season, but surely has lots of new elements and an extra dose of twist and turns. Has your role in the second season changed? No, the character which I played will remain the same. My character is of Rudra Srivastav – a police officer who specialises in kidnapping cases. So, I will reprise the role and will be seen working on different cases. It’s worth waiting for. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhat were your initial expectations from the first season of the series? Has the responses been any different? (Laughs) I don’t keep any kind of expectations from the projects I do. As an artist, I like to keep the bar high for myself. Being an actor on-screen, I always try to give my best and I leave the rest to audience and God. Speaking about this show specifically, I am extremely proud to be associated with an interesting project like this. The show has received a positive response from the viewers so far, and it obviously feels good to hear nice things from people about your work. When can we expect season two? The shooting for the season two has not gone on floors yet, but the date will be announced very soon as the scripting and casting for the show is finalised. Who else will be sharing screen space with you in the new season? Nidhi Singh and few other actors from the earlier season will be joining Season 2. Also, as the story grows further, few new characters will also be seen in our story, which can’t be revealed at this moment.last_img read more