Working with International Partners, US Coast Guard Offloads More than $411 Million Worth of Drugs

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo December 17, 2020 It doesn’t matter how many times you look at it: It’s always impressive to see 23,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 8,800 pounds of marijuana. That’s the amount of drugs — with a street value of over $411 million, according to U.S. authorities — the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded on December 16, at Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.“This patrol highlights our crew’s continued commitment to protecting the American people from our adversaries,” said U.S. Coast Guard Captain Todd Vance, commanding officer of USCG James, during a press conference on the dock at Port Everglades. “Despite COVID, the James crew demonstrated supreme resilience, and the results of their exceptional performance are being showcased today.”Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded approximately $411 million worth of drugs on December 16, 2020, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo: Steven McLoud/Diálogo)The drug busts were done with help from partner nations’ coast guards, including international crews from France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during 20 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels.“The [U.S.] Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations, which threaten America and our partner nations,” asserted U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz.According to the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office, during at-sea interdictions, a suspicious vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military, or law enforcement personnel, coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force South based in Key West, Florida. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard’s 11th District, headquartered in Alameda, California. The interdictions, including actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.“I am honored to be able to pay tribute to the successes of the team here today, and recognize the role the Royal Navy and U.K. National Crime Agency have played in this joint operation,” said Commodore Phil Nash, naval attaché at the United Kingdom Embassy in Washington. “Working seamlessly with U.S. and international colleagues, the presence of RFA [Royal Fleet Auxiliary] Argus has prevented the $54 million of drugs offloaded here from reaching the streets in the last few months; taken together with a wider effort this year by U.K. ships HMS Medway and RFA Mounts Bay, around $650 million of drugs have been stopped. This has been a genuine team effort — the key to success continues to be the close working relationship and collaboration between our nations.”Also at the event were Colonel Jarst de Jong and Captain Cédric Chetaille, naval attachés from the Netherlands and France respectively; Jean-Sébastien Conty, a political counselor of African and Western Hemisphere Affairs from the French Embassy in Washington; and Paul Jenkins, head of region for North America and the Caribbean at the National Crime Agency.last_img read more

CUNA to take, share video of NCUA’s new RBC discussions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association requested and the National Credit Union Administration has agreed that CUNA and a limited number of others can set up video cameras to record the agency’s open meeting Thursday.That’s the much-anticipated session at which a revised risk-based capital (RBC) proposal will be unveiled. The video cameras are a significant change from the agency’s standard operating procedures for board meeting.Thursday, CUNA requested that the meeting be streamed live over the Internet, or if not possible, that the NCUA allow the ability to videotape the proceedings. The agency was not able to accommodate live-streaming for the January meeting, but said it would plan to do that for future meetings.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanked the NCUA for agreeing to CUNA’s request to video record the important RBC discussions.  He noted that CUNA will post the video to the website and announce through News Now when the recording is available. continue reading »last_img read more

5 quick money-saving tricks that can save you thousands

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Who has time to mess with finances?Just about everyone, in fact!It seems like we spend more time avoiding finances than it would take to actually sit down and start to improve them.Here are five money-saving ideas that you can implement in minutes:Cook Purchasing convenience food can be very costly. Learn to cook quick, staple meals that you can whip up in no time and enjoy at least once a week. If you had two or three of these simple meals weekly, you could save hundreds of dollars in food costs every month. continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Brett Martinez – Be the member (#13)

first_imgWelcome to episode 13 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of Brett Martinez, the President and CEO of Redwood Credit Union, joins me for today’s episode! In case you’re not already familiar with him, he’s also the CUNA Board Chair and on the Board of Trustees of CU Direct. You’ve probably heard of the wildfires that ravaged the Redwood Credit Union community, and how they raised $32 million in disaster relief. We’ve linked to articles about that below in the show notes. In our conversation, we’ll talk about the human side of all of this, and what it was like to lead in that unexpected situation.The first decision that Brett had to make when he saw the flames was whether to cancel the big event they had planned for the next day. This turned out to be a good choice; the building where the event was going to be held caught on fire. Getting his employees and their families to safety was the next priority after that.As Brett explains today, he has a situational leadership style, so he doesn’t have just one leadership style all the time. This meant that he was well-prepared to handle the fires from a leadership perspective, because he already believes in handling each situation uniquely as it comes up. He’ll chat about various things he did in the aftermath of the disaster, including an at-work daycare so employees could bring their kids, as well as mandatory counseling.In case you’re concerned that this episode is all about disasters and might not apply to you, don’t worry! We’ll also dig into the usual topics we address in the show, such as how Brett got started in the world of credit unions, how the industry has changed over the course of his career, and the advice that he keeps coming back to through his career.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Brett:Brett MartinezPresident and CEO, Redwood Credit Unionbmartinez@redwoodcu.orgwww.redwoodcu.orgTwitter | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Take a look at what going on at Redwood Credit Union.Brett is the current CUNA Board Chair. You can see his full bio here.Interested in attending Western CUNA Management School? Here’s a link.Read all about the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires here.The North Bay Fire Relief Fund information page.North Bay Fire Relief Fund wraps up after giving out $32 million – The Press DemocratAnchor Award: Brett Martinez honored by National Credit Union FoundationHow CUAid from the National Credit Union Foundation helps the credit union community in need.Check out the awareness campaign Brett spoke of. Open your eyes to a credit union.Best album of all time: The Eagles Greatest HitsBook(s) mentioned: The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner,  Money Rules by Jean Chatzky, How We Choose to Be Happy by Rick Foster and Greg HicksPrevious guests mentioned on the show: Chuck Fagan, Jill Nowacki, Jim NussleYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Welcome to the show! Brett Martinez joins Randy for today’s episode.[03:27] – What were Brett’s first thoughts in the emergency fire situation when he realized that it wasn’t going to be business as usual for a while?[07:29] – We learn that Brett had a plan for a situation like this, but as he points out, you don’t have time to read the plan during an emergency.[08:40] – Was there anything in Brett’s life that prepared him to react to the fires as well and quickly as he did?[10:26] – Brett talks about whether his leadership style had to change when disaster struck.[12:38] – We hear about the most important thing that Brett learned from the experience that he wants other people to know about.[15:09] – What was it like to be in the position of dealing with people who had lost their homes in the fires?[17:45] – Brett talks about what it was originally that drew him to credit unions and led to him having a career in this industry. He also digs into whether his inspiration has changed throughout his career.[20:31] – How have credit unions changed over Brett’s career? And how has going left when everyone else goes right worked out for him and Redwood Credit Union?[24:07] – We learn that Brett’s mom worked at a very small credit union when he was growing up, so he’s been familiar with them for a large part of his life.[26:31] – Is there a significant belief that credit unions hold that Brett expects will change in the relatively near future?[27:32] – Brett talks about how his team would describe his leadership style, as well as what his team’s greatest strengths are.[29:57] – We hear about how Brett makes hiring decisions and what he looks for in applicants.[31:24] – Is there something that Brett’s team has heard him say so often that they could finish his sentence? Does he have a favorite failure that has led to a future success?[33:36] – Brett shares a piece of advice that he keeps going back to over and over in his career.[35:36] – We hear about what Brett does when he runs into a wall, as well as whether he has people outside of the credit union world who he looks to for an outside perspective.[37:51] – What has Brett seen young leaders struggle with?[39:03] – Brett talks about what he does to recharge if he has a free day.[39:53] – We move into the rapid-fire questions: does Brett have any daily routines that he has to do or his day will feel off?[41:24] – When was the first time that Brett got into memorable trouble?[42:45] – What’s the greatest album of all time, that Brett could listen to without skipping a song?[43:07] – Is there a particular book that Brett recommends or gives away frequently?[45:02] – What has become more (or less) important to Brett as he has gotten older?[45:45] – When Brett hears the word “success,” who is the first person who comes to mind?[46:39] – Does Brett have any final thoughts or asks for listeners? 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events May 5–11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chris IsaakBest known for his 1991 smash hit “Wicked Game” and the video that cemented supermodel Helena Christiansen into the hearts and minds of adolescent boys for all eternity, Chris Isaak is a multi-talented rockabilly crooner and television personality whose understated voice and smooth guitar has been featured in multiple films including True Romance, Blue Velvet and Married to the Mob. This cooler than cool, sexier than sexy musician has a stage presence that drips charisma and a masterful command of his one-of-a-kind Gibson guitar, which has his name inlaid across its body, but it’s that voice that will bring Long Islanders to see him live. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. May 5.BushBritish rock group Bush is out to reclaim its fame performing their comeback album The Sea of Memories, their first release in 20 years (its main song “The Sea of Winter” topped charts for 6 weeks). Bush rose to success in the ‘90s selling close to 20 million records in the US and Canada alone, and pumping out 18 consecutive Top 40 Hit Singles on the Modern and Mainstream Rock charts, including “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us” and “The Sound of Winter”. The comeback is not stopping anytime soon, and with a new album in the works, Rolling Stone predicts the continuation of Bush’s “vital viva-la-grunge manifesto.” Opening the show is The Dose. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $29.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. May 5.Mick FoleyShowcasing his trademark blend of wildness and warmth while combining the humor WWE fans loved from his books and in-ring “promos” with the intensity of his most famous matches, this event is uproariously funny, simply surreal and surprisingly sensitive. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. $17-$32. 8 p.m. May 5.Thompson SquareWith a third album coming out later this year, country duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson are in their prime. After the success of their chart topping hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” they took time off for some studio collaborations and came back to the tune of over 30 award nominations. Their barefaced, gutsy and emotional sound plus the personal atmosphere they construct with audiences make them concert favorites. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $29.50-$74.50. 8 p.m. May 6.David Bromberg QuintetThe Godfather of Americana mixes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs until they’re happily coexisting as they can only on a Bromberg album. Newcomers will be introduced to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted audiences for more than 40 years. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $40-$60. 8 p.m. May 6.Generation AxeCalled a gathering of five “fiercely talented” guitar players, this tour experience incorporates a variety of collaborations between the five players and weaves in various individual hits with a few lesser known gems and on-the-spot riffs thrown in. With legendary guitar players who are enough of a privilege to view on their own, the combination is lethal. This dynamic group includes 3 time Grammy winner Steve Vai (who is also a native Long-Islander), Zakk Wylde (former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne), Yngwie Malmsteen (famous for his neo classical playing style in heavy metal), Nuno Bettencourt (lead guitarist of Extreme with his own guitar line), and Tosin Abasi (founder of the band Animals As Leaders). NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $40-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 6.Bike-to-Work Fashion ParadeCar-less Long Island, alternative transportation advocacy organization, invites cyclists to dress up their bikes for this parade that will follow a 6.5-mile loop beginning and ending at Hofstra University. There will be a festival with prizes for the best costumes and bikes at the end of the parade. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Free. 9 a.m. May 7.Nile RodgersLegendary guitarist, musician and producer Nile Rodgers has worked with the likes of David Bowie, Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Lady Gaga and a co-founding member of the band Chic which was one of the most successful groups of the disco era. A Grammy winner, Rodgers’s stamp is on countless hits, including “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, and plans to share his expertise with a few lucky individuals at a Master Class talking songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry with a Q and A to follow. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $25-$50. 3 p.m. May 7BeartoothFans of fun, wild and hardcore metal and punk will dig Beartooth’s emphasis on catchy choruses and punk evident in their debut EP, Sick alone, which was followed by their first album Disgusting  in June 2014. This relatively new band plans to pump out a third album next month. Warming up the crowd will be Stray From The Path, My Ticket Home and Former. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $16. 5 p.m. May 7.ProngThis heavy metal band is a pioneer of the urban metal scene and has been cited by Nine Inch Nails and Demon Hunter as musical inspiration. Known for their brutal hardcore punk sound, Prong has released 8 studio albums, disbanded and reformed, and by now are veterans in their craft. Combining thrash, New York hardcore influences, and industrial overtones, Prong creates a unique sound. Supporting acts include Magus Beast, The Hard Way, Black Dawn and One More Breath. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $17, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. May 7.The Fab FauxTake five of the hardest-working musicians in NYC and give them the artistic freedom to explore the Beatles’ musical magic in a way you never imagined possible, and you’ll begin to discover what makes the Fab Faux’s shows so astounding.  These guys will be accompanied by the four-piece Hogshead Horns and Crème Tangerine Strings perform studio masterpieces and songs never performed live by the Beatles. They may be the walrus but all you need is love. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $59-$89. 8 p.m. May 7.The WeightOriginal member of beloved American group The Band Jim Weider and member of the second incarnation Randy Ciarlante come together with talented musicians Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb and Albert Rogers to bring back the timeless music of The Band through their current group, The Weight. Said to bring back memories of Woodstock and the ‘70s, this band puts on a dynamic performance in bringing back legendary music while showcasing their own talent as a group. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 7.The WhispersThe famed R&B band began its legendary career in ‘63, capturing the hearts and minds of music fans across the country while producing timeless romantic hits. They were such a force for years that the band’s self-titled 1980 album went platinum, cementing their place in history among R&B greats. Now they’re back and ready to serenade Long Island with their smooth sounds. With opening act The Manhattans & Regina Belle. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 7.The Summer of Love Concert ExperienceThis convert has audiences reliving the memories and celebrating the songs of the Woodstock generation, including the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. All arrangements are played live and note-for-note by the highest caliber of musicians, including former Styx member and guitarist Glen Burtnik. The beautiful sounds of the Summer of Love will feature a horn section, rhythm section, back-up vocalists, string section, keyboardists, guitarists and more, supported by the most amazing light show production in Rock and Roll history. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $27-$57. 8 p.m. May 7.Pat Benatar & Neil GiraldoCreating a rocking and intimate atmosphere with entertaining interactions, four time Grammy winner and classically trained singer Pat Benatar and her husband, songwriter, producer, arranger and musician, Neil “Spyder” Giraldo create a unique sound through Giraldo’s innovative vision and Benatar’s incredible voice. The chemistry of Benatar—whose hits include “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong”, and “Invincible” —and multi-instrumentalist Giraldo has captivated music lovers for three decades and still selling out concerts, weaving rock ‘n’ roll, wit and banter together seamlessly. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $40-$79.50. 8 p.m. May10.Arlo GuthrieThe folk singer Arlo Guthrie celebrates the 50th anniversary of the little littering infraction that inspired the iconic song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre.” The tune has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe, and it all originates from Guthrie’s experience in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving in ‘65.  Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. $77-$107. 8 p.m. May 10.Bullet for My ValentineThis Welsh metal band is making a triumphant return to the stage with their fifth record, Venom, which topped charts around the world. With style inspired by Metallica and Guns n’ Roses, mixed with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan as songwriting inspirations, BFMV is known for feeding off the crowd’s energy and giving concerts their all. Opening the show is Asking Alexandria and Cane Hill. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$55. 7:30 p.m. May 11.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Multiple confirmed coronavirus cases among staff at Johnson City Central School District

first_imgThe Johnson City Central School District says they are continuing to monitor the situation and notify staff members of any possible interruptions to the school schedule in a statement issued on their website. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Central School District says they have been working with the Department of Health (DOH) in Broome County to address a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff members. The district says 12-month staff have been asked to not report on Monday and Tuesday with a “small” exception of essential staff who have not been asked to self-quarantine. The also says a they cannot provided a specific number detailing how many staff have been asked to self quarantine. The Broome County DOH has advised that any person who came within direct contact with someone who has tested positive for ten minutes or longer, or within six feet of them, should quarantine for the recommended 14 day period. Officials of the DOH have conducted contact tracing with staff members who possibly have had contact with anyone afflicted and have advised them on the next steps to take to ensure safety. The district says the DOH will not share information on where staff contracted the virus.last_img read more

Military pay should be made comparable

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York state is looking for correction officers and running advertisements in many newspapers. They list the “starting” pay rate as $40,590 — $42,695 after six months and $48,889 after one year.Plus, they can retire and start collecting a pension and benefits after 25 years as a guard at any age. So they could pass a test and become a guard by age 20 and retire at age 45.Now I know that they protect and serve, but what about our military? Starting pay is $19,602. A PFC with one-year service makes $21,972. A sergeant with 10 years of experience makes $39,373. And our military people are serving in areas where they are being shot at every day. They don’t get to come home after an eight-hour shift.Just wondering, that is all.Edward F. WagnerClifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img read more

Band of brothers

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Gold Coast home fetches $2.6 million days before it was due to go under the hammer

first_imgThe water views can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house. Perfect for entertaining, especially during the warmer months. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe main living areas are open plan.She said they didn’t want to risk missing out on the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, where they wanted to retire, so made an offer on the spot.“They had a look in the morning then had a second look in the afternoon and made an offer,” Mrs Schmidt said.“We had a couple of interested parties (and) I’d say we probably had 20 groups though.”It sold within the third week of its auction campaign but has been on the market since October last year.Mrs Schmidt said prospective buyers liked the size of the 863sq m property as well as its waterfront position. Imagine watching sunsets from here.A SOVEREIGN Islands home has fetched $2.6 million days before it was scheduled to go under the hammer.An interstate couple bought the waterfront property at 40 The Sovereign Mile.Marketing agent Jeanette Schmidt, of Professionals Vertullo Real Estate, said they flew up from NSW to see it about a week before it was due to go to auction last Saturday. The perfect view. A bedroom fit for royalty. The indoor living area flows seamlessly outside. The kitchen is large and versatile.“The house is actually very deceiving in that it doesn’t look as big (as it is) from the outside,” Mrs Schmidt said.The home has multiple living areas, including a media room and upstairs children’s retreat, as well as a gym, outdoor entertainment area, pool and private courtyard.“There’s somewhere for everyone,” Mrs Schmidt said.There were several million-dollar sales on the Gold Coast last week.A hilltop home at Sanctuary Cove sold for $1.345 million on Friday while a Rainbow Bay apartment sold for $1.22 million and an Isle of Capri home sold for $1.201 million. The home has multiple living areas.last_img read more

Pension bosses call for flexible systems to support increased savings

first_imgMargaret Snowden, chair of the Pensions Administration Standards Association, added: “I think we make it hard for people to save sometimes by insisting that they save X percent every week or every month without fail.“A little bit more flexibility to allow them to increase or decrease contributions as they go through life would be favourable. We need our systems to be a lot more flexible, to cater to what the members actually do.”Bill Galvin, chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the UK’s largest pension fund, echoed calls for flexibility to help cope with the rising cost of retirement provision and help individuals “manage through changes in circumstances and changes in their position”.Dean also highlighted research being done by NEST’s Insight arm into the potential benefits of so-called “sidecar savings”. NEST launched a pilot programme earlier this year designed to help auto-enrolled savers build up an emergency pot of liquid savings alongside their pension.She cited Harvard University research that had shown benefits for individual savers in terms of health, financial wellbeing and pension saving, and called for more research into similar areas.“There’s quite a bit of academic research looking at… how can you translate a long-term goal into a short-term goal for someone,” Dean added. “Should you talk about saving a certain amount of money this year? Or is it better to say, ‘you’ve bought a year of retirement’? We need to understand what works in practice: try different things with cohorts of members and do proper A/B testing to see what works.”The PLSA this morning launched a set of “Retirement Living Standards”, an illustrative framework to help individuals picture the lifestyle they want when they retire and what it might cost. Forthcoming regulations should focus on making the UK pension system more flexible for defined contribution (DC) savers, according to speakers at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) annual conference in Manchester.Helen Dean, chief executive of £8bn ((€9.3bn) DC master trust NEST, called for a more holistic approach to retirement savings, taking into account long-term and short-term savings as well as “scalable, affordable solutions” for the decumulation stage, in particular for lower earners.“Automatic enrolment has been a great thing – it’s got people saving, and it’s a great foundation to build on,” Dean said. “But having built the foundations, we now need to build the house.”She highlighted women and self-employed workers as two groups requiring more flexibility than the current DC system allows.last_img read more