Swiss government weighs further changes to pension system

first_imgThe Swiss government is weighing amendments to the supervisory structure of the second-pillar pension system, as well as strengthening governance at first-pillar scheme AHV. It commissioned the Interior Ministry to draw up a reform plan in which the responsibilities of implementing organisations, as well as the first-pillar supervisor, are stated more precisely and, where necessary, “disentangled”. Further, accounting, reporting and administration costs are to be brought up to date by applying unified and defined standards.The changes will also be applied to smaller first-pillar funds such as the EO, the fund for maternity leave and military service, and the fund for so-called Ergänzungsleistungen, or people who have too little money in their retirement. The government said the supervisory structure for the second pillar, implemented in 2012, had “proven itself” but could be “optimised in certain areas”.Three years ago, the federal supervisory authority Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) was created.At the same time, the mostly cantonal supervisory authorities were merged to form larger regional bodies.With the next step of the reform, the Swiss government wants to further strengthen the independence of these regional authorities from cantonal bodies.This means representatives from cantonal governments will no longer sit on the boards of these authorities.A further reform proposal for Pensionskassen is to state the responsibilities of pensions advisers and auditors more precisely and differentiate them more clearly.The government gave the Interior Ministry until the end of 2016 to come up with a draft reform.“The aim is to achieve a risk and impact-oriented supervision for the whole social system,” the government said.last_img read more

A Quebec court has invalidated parts of the medical aid in dying laws

first_imgMontreal CTV News 11 September 2019Family First Comment:This is the slippery slope. The bill being debated by our Parliament at the moment is simply the ‘foot in the door’ – as evidenced by overseas experience.“A Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the laws on medically assisted dying, ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.”#rejectassistedsuicideA Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying, ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.Justice Christine Baudouin found in favour of two Quebecers struck by incurable degenerative diseases who’d argued they were denied a medically assisted death under laws that are discriminatory.Baudouin ruled invalid the Criminal Code requirement that a natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” before someone can be eligible for assisted death. The condition has prevented some people from accessing the end-of-life procedure. She also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life.”Baudouin suspended application of the judgment for six months to give federal and provincial legislators a chance to modify the laws.But the court granted an exemption to Truchon and Gladu, allowing them to seek medical aid in dying during this period if they satisfy other conditions in the law.The laws in place deprived them of the right to have “a dignified and serene death”, she wrote in her lengthy decision.Baudouin, who heard from witnesses in January, agreed the rules governing who was entitled to medical assistance in dying were too restrictive and discriminatory.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ.last_img read more

Why New Zealand’s law lacks necessary detail to make a fully informed decision

first_imgNewsHub 12 July 2020Family First Comment: There are so many crucial points made in this piece that it’s difficult to know which bit to highlight. So take the time to read it all!As Rhona Winnington – a registered nurse, sociologist and lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – concludes:“We need to safeguard our families and communities from these social consequences of assisted dying legislation. Vulnerable populations have to remain safe from persuasion to die and there has to be a supportive framework for those left behind after an assisted death, so they can grieve without feeling stigmatised.”When New Zealanders go to the polls in September, they will also be asked to vote in a referendum on assisted dying.Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act in 2019, but the referendum will decide whether it comes into force.We will be asked if we accept or decline the right of people to seek an assisted death, without the need for consultation with family and with no stand-down period other than a requirement of 48 hours to prepare the medication. The act would allow people to choose when they die and by what means, whether the medication is self-administered or given by suitably qualified clinicians.This appears an ideal scenario, affirming the right to choose, but it is a deeply profound decision for the public to make. Many may be unaware of issues beyond the goal of ending suffering for people with life-limiting conditions.My research shows an assisted death can have repercussions for many people – those left behind or others struggling with a chronic disease. Experiences from countries where assisted dying has been legal for some time have highlighted these challenges.Social consequences of assisted dyingIn the Netherlands, assisted dying has been legal for 18 years. Over time, there have been notable slips in the criteria that have to be met. This includes the level of physical suffering, which is a subjective experience, and the requirement that people must be competent to agree to an assisted death at the point of administration. This may not be possible for people with dementia who have previously given written consent but can no longer consent at the point of death.While the law hasn’t changed, its interpretation has, and people with mental illness can now also request an assisted death. Data from the Netherlands show one in 30 people now die by euthanasia, compared to one in 90 when the law was introduced in 2002.In the US, some medical insurance companies pay for an assisted death but not for palliative care. This removes any notion of choice and autonomy from the person.In Canada, where assisted dying has been legal for four years, the number of people seeking medical help to die has risen significantly, with figures more than doubling year on year. This has exposed unexpected consequences, such as fear of judgement for leaving family members unsupported after an assisted death and stigmatisation of clinicians, whether or not they support people choosing the time of their death.READ MORE: read more

ISIS accepts Boko Haram’s allegiance pledge

first_imgBoko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic militant group ISIS,has been accepted.ISIS accepted the pledge in a recorded audio message which is however yet to be verified.ISIS’ media arm, al-Furqan, released an audio statement by spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani that claimed the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate had expanded to West Africa.Al Adnani had previously urged fighters from around the world to migrate and join Boko Haram.The announcement comes  as both groups struggled against increased military pressure in recent days.ISIS is battling against Iraqi forces seeking to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, while coming under fire from U.S.-led coalition air strikes in other parts of the country and in Syria.In the meantime, Boko Haram is under fire from a multinational force which combines the armies of Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. Boko Haram has so far lost ground in towns that have been retaken the army according to military sources.   Analysts say there’s no other reason for Boko Haram combining forces with ISIS except for the sole reason of wanting to keep its media activities more alive.  It’s new Twitter account, increasingly slick and with more frequent video messages and a new media arm all  considered signs that the group is now being helped by ISIS propagandists.Boko Haram began it’s military campaign to impose Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009.The conflict has since spread to neighboring states. Abubakar Shekau is the purpoted leader of Boko Haramlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola plots move for highly-rated Chelsea youngster

first_imgPep Guardiola is “infatuated” with Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour and is desperate to bring him to Manchester City, according to reports.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… Gilmour even picked up the man-of-the-match award against the Premier League’s runaway leaders on what was only the sixth senior appearance of his professional career.The diminutive Scot has also attracted interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but according to El Desmarque, it is Guardiola that wants to seal his signature “as soon as possible.”Frank Lampard spoke glowingly of the Scot after Tuesday’s match, saying: “I have absolute trust in Billy.“I remember when he first came on against Sheffield United and we drew the game, people questioned this kid, but I have no problem with him.“If he’s small in stature he’s huge in personality, and he’s also huge in talent. When I look at a midfield player I have lots of questions.The 18-year-old wasn’t phased by high-class oppositionRead Also: Chelsea in transfer talks to sign Germany wonderkid“Do you want to receive the ball in all positions and all moments? Yes, he does. Do you want to make angles and pick the right pass? Yes, he generally does. Will you put your foot in? Yes, he does.”Gilmour, who has been on the radar of youth football experts for a number of years, was recruited by the West Londoners from Scottish giants Rangers back in 2017.The Blues were subsequently slapped with a transfer ban by Fifa after being found guilty of “at least 29 breaches” of regulations regarding the signing of minors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 18-year-old impressed with his poised, all-action performance for the Blues against Liverpool on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Oldenburg Academy recognized for academic performance

first_imgFrom left: OA Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple, Superintendent Jennifer McCormick, President Diane Laake and Principal Brian McFee.Oldenburg, Ind. — Oldenburg Academy has been named the winner of the 2016 Indiana Advanced Placement Award by the Indiana Department of Education. The award was presented to the academy staff at a statehouse ceremony on June 14. To qualify for the award schools must have at least 25 percent of their 2016 graduating class test 3 or above on an AP exam.AP is backed by research and helps students complete college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the program are more likely to enroll in college.At Oldenburg Academy 55.8 percent of 2016 graduates tested at 3 or higher.last_img read more

English wins Ireland’s first medal

first_img Scotland’s Guy Learmonth faded to finish last in 1:47.84. English said: “I had a lot of energy at the end. I was trying to keep in line and keep in touch with Lewandowski because he is very hard to pass. “The first two laps were close to 50 seconds, so quite fast, but I kept accelerating and found the energy. “Also we did not have much time to relax. Usually there is a day’s rest between the semi-finals and finals in the outdoor season, but I have to get used to it. “I will celebrate tonight because you do not get a medal every season.” Mark English landed Ireland’s first medal at the European Indoor Championships as he timed his finish to perfection to take silver in the 800 metres in Prague. Press Associationcenter_img The 21-year-old, a European bronze medallist outdoors last summer, chased down Thijmen Kupers and dipped to cross the line in one minute 47.20 seconds, edging out the Dutchman by 0.05secs. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski was the convincing winner in 1:46.67. last_img read more

India-Australia series on a par with Ashes: Nathan Lyon

first_imgSydney: Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon feels the series against India is one of the most high-profile encounters in world cricket presently and he went on to the extent of putting it at same level, in terms of intensity, as that of the Ashes. India are currently scheduled to travel Down Under for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy later this year. The four Tests will played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval (Day-night Test), MCG and the SCG respectively, starting December 3. The last time India toured the country, they ended up winning their first-ever Test series, recording a thrilling 2-1 victory. Lyon stated the hosts are eager for India to return this summer. “You definitely don’t like losing games or series while playing for Australia. Obviously, India, a couple of years ago, they outplayed us so we are looking to have those guys come out here,” Lyon told reporters in a video uploaded on Facebook page. “It’s getting up there to the pinnacle series alongside Ashes. Obviously, they have got a side full of superstars and it’s going to be an amazing challenge this summer when they get out here.” Lyon also stated that he will be keeping a close eye on proceedings when England lock horns against West Indies at home next month. The thee-Test series will mark the resumption of cricket which was suspended in March due to coronavirus pandemic “I’ll try and watch different players and see how they go about their business. I’m looking forward to seeing some cricket being played, I’m starting to get the itch back now, it’s pretty exciting,” Lyon said. “Well you’re not allowed to put saliva on the ball so I think spinners might open the bowling,” he joked. “That’d be a little bit interesting.” (IANS)ALSO WATCH: Murder in Betjan Tea Estate; Chowkidaar found murderedlast_img read more

Every school in India needs to have a playground, says Bahadur Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: Outgoing National Chief Athletics coach Bahadur Singh has appealed to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and administrators to ensure that every school in the country has space for children to play. The 74-year-old said that India has the potential to become a powerhouse in sports if it ensures that the country’s children have ample space to play sports.”If there is a playground in schools everywhere then there will be lots of PT Usha and Hima Das,” said Singh in a virtual farewell arranged for him by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Rijiju was present in the video conference alongwith a number of big names of Indian sports administration, including former sportspersons like PT Usha and Anju Bobby George. “But unfortunately, our schools have no place to play. India has a lot of talent, no doubt. India can be a world power in athletics but for that we have to make space for kids to play in schools. “In schools in China, there is three hours continuous physical activity. They also give food in the school. That’s the importance that country and many others are giving to their children. But sir, we are not giving our children importance. In lakhs of schools in our country, there are no playing fields.” Singh also said that the country needs more indoor facilities which might help athletes to avoid travelling overseas for training when conditions in India are not suitable. “We spend a lot of money in sending our athletes overseas when the climate at home does not permit training. India badly needs an indoor facility,” he said. Singh said that the rise of India in sports this far is a credit to the “teamwork” of various stakeholders in the field and not his achievement alone. “This work has been done by all the coaches, athletes, AFI, SAI, the centre heads, ministry — it is a teamwork they have done but everything comes on my name which is surprising,” he said with a smile. IANS Also watch: Get Set Global: How are People in The UK Facing Financial Crisis & Morelast_img read more

Banner rises, players fall

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoTo say the Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s (2-1-1, 1-1-0 WCHA) home opening weekend was a roller-coaster ride would be a drastic understatement. In a two-game series against WCHA rival and No. 5-ranked North Dakota (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) the Badgers unveiled the banner commemorating last year’s national championship, lost their best scorer to injury, lost in overtime, had a closed doors team meeting and won a 1-0 thriller Saturday night. All in all, UW captured two points in an emotionally charged two-game set.After a 3-2 overtime loss Friday, the Badgers had a team powwow Saturday to discuss among other things, the team’s leadership, which according to Eaves was lacking the previous night.”We talked about how we have something to prove because we felt embarrassed about [Friday] night, and that was what our meeting was about,” UW forward Jake Dowell said. “It was a real rude awakening in the meeting where coach called out certain people, and we watched people’s mistakes, and it was in our heads, but it obviously made people better, and guys stepped up their game.”Saturday, the Badgers were missing forward Jack Skille, forward Ross Carlson and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz, all of whom suffered injuries the night before. Knowing the Badgers were playing short-handed, Eaves simplified the game plan to a grind-it-out style of play. Despite being out-shot 27 to 19, the Badger defensemen were strong in front of UW goaltender Brian Elliott, keeping the shots to the perimeter and not allowing UND many quality scoring chances. But after a scoreless first period, it appeared as though the Sioux struck first at the 13:05 mark in the second. UND forward T.J Oshie’s shot deflected off Elliott’s glove before striking the crossbar, but the apparent goal was ruled to have not crossed the goal line after being reviewed.Dowell finally ended the stalemate with a rebound goal mid-way through the third period. After jarring the puck loose Dowell crashed the net and cleaned up a juicy rebound for the game’s only goal. “We have guys that have the ability to make the pretty plays and highlight real goals, but those plays aren’t as likely to work out,” Dowell said. “We have to play hard and get pucks on goal and guys to the net for rebounds, and that is how we’re going to win.”Elliott was impressive in the 13th shutout of his storied UW career, including a plethora of big saves after Philippe Lamoureux was pulled with one minute remaining in the game.Friday night the Badgers came out flat in the early going, due in large part to the emotional ceremony that preceded the game. A video montage and fireworks set the stage for the dramatic unveiling of the 2006 NCAA championship banner. When all the smoke had finally cleared, the Fighting Sioux proved the electric atmosphere was not going to affect their play as North Dakota outplayed and out shot the Badgers in the first period. “I thought we stood around and watched a lot in the first period, which is a byproduct of the ceremony and maybe a little North Dakota,” Eaves said. Matt Ford got things going in the second period for the Badgers with his first goal of the season after controlling a tough pass from freshman defenseman Jamie McBain. Ford found himself one-on-one with Lamoureux and beat him with a backhand shot over his left shoulder. The lead, however, did not last long, and UND needed less than five minutes to score two goals to take a 2-1 lead after two periods. With their backs against the wall the Badgers came out firing in the third period, and UW forward Jack Skille netted the equalizer at 4:14 into the period. “Well they had it early, and I thought we worked our way back into the game, and when Jack (Skille) scored that second goal we thought we were doing real good things. … We felt something good was going to happen,” Eaves said.Unfortunately for UW, only bad things occurred from that point on. After a third-period collision, Skille was lifted up holding his right arm and had to be helped off the ice by players and coaches. Eaves had little to say regarding the banged-up Badgers.”The injuries are such that we need to give them a few days to settle down and let the swelling down, so we can know how long they will be out.” Things got worse for UW in the extra session when freshman defenseman Jamie McBain whiffed on an attempted reversal pass leading to a scuffle in front of UW goaltender Brian Elliott. UND forward Darcy Zajac controlled his own rebound to score the game-winner.”When you have a three-on-one in front of your net in overtime, stuff like that goes, and we got to play tougher in front of our net and make plays in front of our net,” Elliott said.last_img read more