“The question for us all to consider is whether there will be an announcement post-election,” he said. “I can’t anticipate that, but what I can guarantee you is that this [structural reform] will be on the shopping list of incoming ministers both within DCLG and Cabinet Office.”He added: “I’m pretty certain that, even if ministers don’t have a great appetite for this, there may well be officials within Whitehall who may want to drive the cost and efficiency agenda further forward and pick up where things were left before the election.”Even without action from central government, a number of local authorities have begun collaborating on investment matters, with the majority of London LGPS working together on a collective investment vehicle. Speaking at the recent Local Government Pension Risk & Liabilities conference in London, Holloway said Brandon Lewis, the minister responsible for LGPS reform until last year, appeared to be supportive of radical structural reform to the system and in favour of reducing the number of funds to just five.“It took us some time, but we managed to move Brandon away from that idea,” Holloway said.He acknowledged, however, that the current 89 LGPS in England and Wales was not a “perfect number”. Holloway also signalled that a previously discussed review of LGPS investment regulation would be a matter for any future minister to consider, with revisions needed in light of John Kay’s 2012 review on long-term decision-making in equity markets. A future minister would also be required to consider greater flexibility in investment regulation, most recently amended to allow increased exposure to infrastructure.Holloway did not indicate any preference but said a future government would need to weigh up the benefits of increased flexibility at the local level “and perhaps even allow them to decide their own investment limits”. In the past, the Camden Pension Fund has called for an end to “prescriptive” investment guidelines.The London Pensions Fund Authority has also called for changes, suggesting regulations be brought in line with private sector schemes – a proposal recently echoed by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.Holloway also discussed the recently concluded recruitment process for the chair of the LGPS Advisory Board, launched in 2013 as the Shadow Scheme Advisory Board and chaired by Joanne Segars, also the chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds. He said the recruitment process was limited by taking place so close to the general election, and that the department was thus unable to advertise a paid role. Instead, he left the door open to a paid position being advertised again after the election, hopefully attracting a “better range of choice” of candidates. A senior civil servant has blamed “tensions” within the UK government for a lack of progress on structural reforms that could see local government pension schemes (LGPS) in England and Wales pool assets.Bob Holloway, who heads the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) pensions unit, said a response to a 2014 consultation – which recommended requiring all scheme assets to be invested in passive mandates, or launching a limited number of collective investment vehicles to pool investments – was “way, way overdue”.He added that it was an “open secret” the delay was down to disagreements between his department and the Cabinet Office on how to proceed but did not elaborate.He instead outlined the issues incoming ministers would need to address after the upcoming general election.
Online Opinion – Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate 30 July 2013The proposal to ban smacking in Australia is motivated by a commendable desire to reduce child abuse – a desire we all share. But Australian parents need to reject this particular proposal as it will do more harm than good, will have no effect on child abuse rates, and will criminalise good parents raising great kids.The rate of child abuse deaths in New Zealand have stayed at the same rate as it was before the anti-smacking law was passed, against the clear will of the people, in 2007. Cases of actual child abuse have increased by a third in the past five years.Six years on from the ban on smacking in NZ, opposition remains as strong as ever. A referendum in 2009 found 87% opposition to the smacking ban, but the results were ignored by the National-led government, who had previously lobbied strongly against the bill while in Opposition.The ban has targeted good parents, rather than the rotten parents who are abusing their children, and has wasted valuable time and resources of the police and social agencies.Any claims that a ban on smacking will lower child abuse rates are simply ‘hot air’. A recent survey of 1,000 NZ’ers found that only 12% of respondents think the law change has had any effect on the rate of child abuse.The survey also found that two out of three respondents said they would flout the law and smack their child to correct their behaviour if they thought it was reasonable to do so. Mothers and younger parents were more likely to have smacked. The law is held in contempt by New Zealanders.Another survey in 2011 found that almost a third of parents of younger children say that their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked. And almost one in four of parents of younger children say that they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour from their children since the anti-smacking law was passed.The latest review of police activity related to the anti-smacking law also shows disturbing trends, and reveals that almost 600 kiwi families have had a police investigation for allegations of smacking or minor acts of physical discipline since the anti-smacking law was passed yet only 9% of them have been serious enough to warrant charges being laid. The report also referred to an increase in false allegations of assault. This may come from neighbours or even the children themselves.Let’s be quite clear. Child abuse is unacceptable. We must take pro-active action and tackle head-on the difficult issues of family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, violence in our media, mental illness, and other key factors identified by the various UNICEF, child agencies, and Children’s Commissioner’s reports.The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is constantly quoted as the driving force for banning smacking, yet clause 5 of this Convention acknowledges the important role of parents in raising a child with appropriate direction, guidance, and correction.It recognises the right, and duty, of parents to provide direction and guidance in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.This is what opponents to smacking won’t acknowledge. The capacity of a child is very different to the capacity of an adult. That’s why we have laws protecting children from sexual involvement and exploitation, driving vehicles, voting, drinking alcohol, the ability to enter in to certain contracts, watching violent and sexually explicit movies etc. That’s why we need to train and correct children in a way that is different to how we deal with adults.Despite what anti-smacking groups will try and tell you, good parents will be treated as criminals under a ban. Beware of promises from politicians that good parents and smacking will not actually be targeted if the law is changed – as kiwi parents were told. Smacking a child will be assault. The police and social agencies will have to investigate any complaint made against a parent for smacking or even removal to ‘time out’ as this will involve a level of force, and quite probably resistance! This will immediately place a family under enormous pressure. The police have to enforce the law, regardless of what politicians say.Child abuse is already illegal in Australia as it is in New Zealand. Banning smacking isn’t required because the law already says that child abusers have committed a crime.Banning smacking will not stop child abuse, as has been evidenced in NZ. In 2003, a UNICEF report identified family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, and non-biological adults living in the home – as the factors most closely and consistently associated with child abuse and neglect. Of the five countries with the lowest child abuse death rates in that UNICEF report, four allowed smacking!Sweden was the first country to ban smacking in 1979. What does this Swedish utopia look like? One year after Sweden’s smacking ban, 3% of their parents admitted beating up their child – 2 to 5 times higher than the overly high American rate. Physical child abuse increased almost 6-fold during the next 15 years, according to Swedish criminal records. Criminal assaults by minors against minors increased over 6-fold during that same time period. The ability of parents to enforce appropriate discipline continued to erode until only 31% of 10- to 12-year-olds thought that parents had the right to use grounding in 2000.And appropriate smacking does not damage children or teach them to be violent.There has been much research done in this area. But the studies cited by opponents of corporal punishment do not adequately distinguish the effects of smacking, as practiced by non-abusive parents, from the impact of severe physical punishment and abuse. Nor do they consider other factors that might account for problems later in life, like whether defiant or aggressive children might be more likely to be smacked in the first place. It simply assumes that the outcomes of a light smack will be the same as a child who is physically abused.A 2007 Otago University study found that children who were smacked in a reasonable way had similar or slightly better outcomes in terms of aggression, substance abuse, adult convictions and school achievement than those who were not smacked at all. And a study by the Christchurch School of Medicine found there was no difference in outcomes between no smacking and moderate physical punishment. They said, ‘It is misleading to imply that occasional or mild physical punishment has long term adverse consequences’.A study of teenagers by a teamfrom the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and published in the journal Parenting: Science and Practice in April, found the effects of discipline – such as verbal threats or smacking – are offset by the child’s feeling of being loved. The researchers said being punished is unlikely to result in antisocial behaviour further down the line, as long as the child believes their punishment is coming from “a good place”.It also says anti-smacking policies are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes, and this study demonstrates one condition under which discipline does not result in negative outcomes for the child in later life.This study joins what the researchers refer to as ‘emerging theoretical and empirical evidence’ which challenges the academic and political view that smacking is child abuse and should be banned.Ultimately, it’s not the technique that the parent uses to correct their child that’s necessarily the problem – it’s the way it’s used.We definitely need to send a strong message that violence and child abuse is unacceptable.But in our attempts to send a clear message, we should not end up treating good parents as criminals under the law. That is an unacceptable burden to great mums and dads who should be supported, not prosecuted.Children will never be safe until we are honest enough to identify and tackle the real causes of child abuse, rather than pass ‘feel-good’ but ineffectual and, ultimately, harmful laws.The proposed ban runs counter to scientific evidence, previous experiences with similar bans, and the wisdom of previous generations.http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=15292&page=0 read more
Share A new study from Baylor University found that a rude coworker can not only make your 9 to 5 hellish—it also screws with your personal life, too. Not cool. Here’s how to shut down a mean girl on the job, fast.The bitchy move: She trashes your idea in front of your boss.Your response: Say, “I thought about that, but then I realized…” and calmly defend your suggestion. Then move on.Why it works: She’ll know you’re not a pushover, and your boss will be impressed that you stood your ground without getting catty.The bitchy move: She constantly says things like “Wow, you look so tired today” or “Are you feeling sick?”Your response: Tell her, “Oh, well I feel great. I got up early to go for a run/get ahead of deadline/take a yoga class/etc.”Why it works: It gets across two things: 1) You don’t give a crap what she thinks about how you look, and 2) You’re way more busy and accomplished than she is (even if all you really did was stay in bed and hit snooze).The bitchy move: She doesn’t pull her weight on a joint project and expects you to do everything.Your response: Say this, “Listen, I know you’re swamped, but let’s come up with a plan to divide things evenly, otherwise we’ll both look bad.”Why it works: If you flat out tell her that you think you’re doing everything, she’ll get defensive. This way, she’ll get the message without shutting down on you. But if she still flakes, send your boss an e-mail once the project is complete. Tell her how much you enjoyed working on the project, especially [insert all of the things you did on your own], and you’d love to do similar assignments in the future. Your boss will be able to read between the lines.The bitchy move: She invites everyone to an office happy hour…except you.Your response: E-mail a coworker you’re friendly with, and say you heard that everyone’s hanging out after work and you’d love to join.Why it works: You’ll connect with your other colleagues, so they’ll extend the invite to you next time. And while you’re being charming and fabulous and having a blast with everyone else, she’ll see that her scheme was NBD for you.The bitchy move: She takes credit for your idea in a meeting.Your response: Jump in the conversation and point out a way to make it even better.Why it works: If you called her out, your boss would think you’re whiny. With this approach you come across a team player…plus you get the satisfaction of one-upping her.By Mina AzodiCosmopolitan.com Tweet LifestyleRelationships Have a Bitchy Coworker? Here’s the Right Way to Handle Her by: – September 1, 2011 74 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share read more
SHELBY COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation has postponed the proposed road construction on I-74 in Shelby County this week.Harry Maginity, media relations director for INDOT, said Monday that the work could be done at a later date by a contract company.The project would have led to single lane closures near Shelbyville between Tuesday and Wednesday and also Friday through Sunday.
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Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 A four-yard touchdown run by Teagan Candage in the final seconds lifted the Trojans to a 42-35 win over the previously unbeaten Waterville Purple Panthers on Friday in Bar Harbor.The 5-2 Trojans will travel to Old Town to face the 4-3 Coyotes Friday at 7 p.m. in their final game of the regular season.Liz Graves of the Mount Desert Islander contributed to this story. Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff read more
SKIPPER Trevis Simon will lead a formidable Reliance Hustlers team on their second tour of neighbouring Suriname for a series of T20 matches against MCC Warriors from May 3-6.The local team have been in fine form this season and are second in the points standings in the current Central Essequibo T20 cricket league.Opener Mark Austin is the top run-getter with a century and three half-centuries in the competition. He will receive strong support from former national Under-17 batsman Rovendra Parasram, Narendra Mandolall, Anthony Ifill and Pavendra Persaud.The seam-bowling department will be spearheaded by Satesh Persaud and Sedeshwar Shivambar while Simon and Pavendra Persaud will provide spin variations.In an invited comment, Simon disclosed that “the players are eager to showcase their talent and gain further exposure. A lot is expected in terms of building our young team, who have already shown immense maturity and character”. Simon is also chairman of the Reliance Grounds Committee.The full squad reads: – Trevis Simon (captain), Mark Austin, Narendra Mandolall, Pavindra Persaud, Rovendra Parasram, Jageshwar Latchman, Sedeshwar Shivambar, Keron Boodram, Anthony Ifill, Beshan Narine, Satesh Persaud, Rajeev Kissoon, Rajendra Benni and Shiva Ramjewon. The Manager is Romesh Shivambar while former Essequibo senior inter-county opening batsman Dinesh Joseph will serve as coach.Meanwhile former national youth player and Suriname’s senior national captain, Mahindra Boodram, will lead the MCC Warriors with the matches scheduled for the Snellen Park. read more
Published on June 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Daewood Davis had just finished up a long practice. He had the stress of football on his mind, which was only compounded by the stress of recruitment.He got home and dozed off to sleep. His sleeping mind wandered to years past the present. He was a national champion, and he was playing for Syracuse.“I was in the national championship, and then I was on stage holding up the national championship trophy,” Davis said. “And then I woke up … and after that it clicked.”Davis, a wide receiver from Florida, became the first commit in the Class of 2017 for Syracuse on Monday. His commitment came while Syracuse is still trying to fill spots for its Class of 2016. He chose the Orange over offers from Louisville, North Carolina State and Nebraska, among others, according to Scout.com.“I wanted to commit before my season started,” Davis said. “I (wanted to build a relationship) with the coaches and the players early.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavis said he told his mom about his decision on Sunday night, and she supported him completely. His only contact with SU football outside of recruiter Joe Adam was a phone conversation with Bobby Acosta on Monday. He has yet to visit Syracuse and said he keeps up with the football program “a little bit.”But he said Adam and him became “best of friends” with Adam telling Davis that he was like current SU receiver Steve Ishmael, who is also from Florida. Davis said that when Adam first saw his highlight tape he was “shocked.”Said Davis: “I think Syracuse is the place for me.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Almost every athlete who makes it to the collegiate level experienced some degree of personal success and achievement in high school, but few Wisconsin athletes had as much pre-collegiate success as wrestler Jesse Thielke.During his high school years, Thielke won not just one, but four individual state titles as a member of the Germantown High School wrestling team. Going to the state tournament all four years as an individual is incredibly hard to accomplish, considering the consistency and dedication it takes to compete for four years. It is especially challenging for an underclassman competing against older and more experienced athletes. But not only was Thielke able to compete at a high level for all four years of high school, he was the best in Wisconsin at his weight class every single year, a feat very few other athletes have been able to accomplish.According to UW head coach Barry Davis, the personal strengths Thielke has that helped him make adjustments in high school will also be beneficial in helping him make adjustments to the college scene.“He is very knowledgeable about the sport of wrestling, and he can pick up techniques really quickly, but the key is he is willing to win,” Davis said. “He prides himself on winning and he loves the sport, and that will help make his transition much quicker.”Thielke’s success was not just limited to the high school mats, and in fact most of it occurred at a much higher level. Starting during his high school years, he was a four-time member of the junior world team, the most recent time being the beginning of this school year. During that stretch, Thielke won a junior national championship, placed fourth at the US Open and more notably, in September, won the bronze medal at the FILA Junior World Championships.Although he had already been to the Junior World Championships three times prior, Thielke considered his latest trip to be the most memorable.“I had been to three world championships before that, but Thailand was completely different than all of them [because] it was in Asia instead of Europe, and then just being able to finally bring back some hardware was probably my biggest accomplishment so far,” Thielke said.As if competing at a world-class competition four years in a row was not enough, Thielke also took last year off to train and make an attempt to make the U.S. Olympic wrestling team. Thielke came up short in his bid when he placed fourth at the Olympic Trials, but despite not reaching the Olympic level, fourth place was still quite an accomplishment for someone not even in college. And even though Thielke did not make the Olympic team, it’s hardly as if it was a waste of time because he trained with some of the best athletes in the world, including fellow Wisconsin wrestler Tyler Graff.Graff had the opportunity to see his future teammate when they trained together over the course of the past year, and he got a glimpse of the talents Thielke possesses.“[Thielke is] a very good Greco wrestler,” Graff said. “He’s good at positioning, and he’s got a good feel for the sport.”It is not a question of whether Thielke has the abilities to have success at the college level given his previous achievements, but more of how well he can adapt to collegiate wrestling.To a fair-weather wrestling fan, the sport would seem to be the same across all levels of competition, but that is hardly the case. There are two major types of wrestling: freestyle and Greco-Roman, the latter being the style Thielke has been wrestling in for the last year at the Olympic and world junior levels. The major difference between the styles is Greco consists of only upper body wrestling, with the legs and lower body not used for attack and defense.Thielke will have to adjust to the freestyle form, the one used in collegiate wrestling, and Davis said he sees this as the biggest focus for his young but talented athlete.“He needs to make some adjustments to collegiate style wrestling because he’s been wrestling Greco the last couple years, but he’s picked up [freestyle] really quickly,” Davis said. “Time will tell what he can finally contribute because we’re not sure if we’re going to redshirt him or wrestle him for sure. But for right now he needs to learn more about collegiate style wrestling rather than Greco.”If Thielke can make the necessary adjustments and adapt well to the freestyle form of wrestling, all signs point to even more success in the future for both him and his teammates.“He’s been wrestling with the best guys in the world,” Davis said. “There’s no doubt he can contribute to us because that’s what he’s used to.” read more
Junior utility Maud Megens shoots against Indiana at Uytengsu Aquatic Center Feb. 16. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) The match tips off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans will honor their graduating seniors driver Courtney Fahey, goalie Amanda Longan and driver Brooke Presten for senior day before the match begins. In preparation for the match, the Trojans are focusing on the big picture for the rest of the season. “Something like this can either destroy what you had or make you stronger,” McIntosh said. “I’m so happy to say that it’s made us so much stronger. There is so much love and joy and happiness when we come to the pool and do what we love, and that’s what’s kept us strong and keeps us moving to what we want to do at the end of this season in May.” “We’re trying to do something special, and that’s go back-to-back for the first time in women’s water polo history here at USC,” McIntosh said. After a 8-9 overtime loss to Stanford two weeks ago that snapped USC’s 36-game win streak, it became clear the Trojans are not invincible. On offense, USC will need to be conscious of senior attacker Maud Koopman, a scoring force with 46 goals on the season. Sophomore goalie Bridget Johnston will hold down the Sun Devil defense in goal, having saved 77 shots on goal this year, averaging 4.7 saves per game. “I think it helped us refocus on what our goal is for this season,” McIntosh said. “That loss allowed us to learn from our mistakes. Yes, we didn’t have Maud, but we had control of the game and we just let that slip. So we’re refocusing, re-adding Maud back into the picture after her being gone for a week and taking that full route.” Junior utility Maud Megens leads the Trojans this year with 54 goals on the season. Drivers sophomore Paige Hauschild and freshman Alejandra Anzar put up 30 each. Senior goalie Amanda Longan anchors the Trojan defense with 182 saves in the books. “We’re focusing on getting better every practice, every game,” junior driver Kelsey McIntosh said. “Focusing on perfecting and getting better at the things that we want to bring out and play with in MPSF and NCAA [tournament play] come the end of April and beginning of May. We’re honing in on mistakes that we’ve made in the past few games, learning from our mistakes and just getting better.” The Trojans, who are 21-1 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, already defeated Arizona State this season in a decisive 7-1 victory over the Sun Devils back in February at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational Tournament in Irvine. The Trojans faced challenges this past month after losing head coach Jovan Vavic amid the national college admissions bribery scheme. However, the team has displayed its resilience, and McIntosh said the recent administrative changes brought the team closer together. The No. 2 USC women’s water polo will be back home for senior day in the Uytengsu Aquatic Center this weekend to take on No. 10 Arizona State. As regular season play wraps up, the Trojans have one more game against crosstown rival UCLA before the MPSF tournament. These upcoming games will serve not only as opportunities for USC to avenge their loss to Stanford, but also as preparation for MPSF and NCAA tournament play. read more