Notre Dame remembers Dan Kim

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Friday night, the northernmost edge of the Grotto glowed with the light of a single three-letter word. Fifty-five candles spelled out “Dan,” a tribute to sophomore Daniel Kim, whose friends had gathered to remember the former business student and fencer.Kim, 21, died at his off-campus residence and was found early Friday afternoon, according to a Notre Dame press release. The South Bend Tribune reported that an autopsy was conducted Friday, but authorities will have to wait for toxicology results to determine exactly how Kim died. Deputy county coroner Michael O’Connell said Kim’s death was not a homicide or a suicide, according to the Tribune.Tonight, a memorial Mass for Kim will take place at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University President Fr. John Jenkins will be the celebrant and Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick will be the homilist.‘Just a great guy’Junior Paul Grima lived in Kim’s section of Keough Hall their freshman year and said Kim “had a very close, tight-knit group of friends,” though he maintained relationships with other students, like Grima, outside his best friends and fellow business majors.Kim’s FIFA video game prowess and outgoing friendliness made him a well-known figure in their freshman-year section of Keough, junior Dayton Flannery said.“If you wanted to call yourself the best FIFA player in the section, you had to go through Dan Kim first,” Flannery said.Though the majority of their interactions were “lighthearted,” Kim showed a particular interest in philosophy, even trying to take majors-only classes, Grima said.Junior Will Fields, who met Kim through mutual friends in Keough, said Kim’s sense of humor stands out in his memory.“He was just a really funny dude,” Fields said. “When we hung out, he was always funny. … All around, just a great guy. And he was brilliant. Always really smart. All-around great.”McCormick, Kim’s former rector in Keough, said he noted his resident’s confidence and genuine friendliness, particularly with his second-floor section mates, who were “always around the hall.”“Daniel was a young man that had good friends,” McCormick said. “Not only that, but they genuinely cared about him. And he was loyal to them.”McCormick said Kim impressed him in conversations with his openness, humility and authenticity.“What I always appreciated about Daniel is whenever we would have a conversation, he would be willing to own up to his own shortcomings and frailties, and I always genuinely appreciated that,” McCormick said. “Sometimes people are not as willing to own up to what their shortcomings were and what they needed to work on.”“He had a real sense of who he is, and he owned that,” McCormick said.‘A true competitor’Kim joined the fencing team in fall 2012, his freshman year at Notre Dame, after growing up with the sport in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, freshman fencer Claudia Kulmacz said. Kulmacz is also from Upper Saddle River.“Back in the club, he was really good,” she said. “He’d always kick butt, always give us a run for our money. I used to travel to World Cups with him, and he was great. He was a true competitor.”News of Kim’s death reached the team Friday afternoon, just before the DeCicco Duals were held Saturday at Castellan Family Fencing Center, fencing coach Gia Kvaratskhelia said after the match.“I think [the team members] were devastated, and they were crushed,” he said. “All their emotions were flowing. … The reaction was to rally around each other and truly give a tribute to someone we really loved. That was in the backs of our minds today and was truly difficult.”Kulmacz said the team “fenced for Dan” on Saturday.“It was a tough day, but you got to do what you got to do,” she said.Freshman fencer Paul Cepak, who trained at the same fencing club in New Jersey as Kim and Kulmacz, said he traveled to Latvia over one summer break with Kim, whom he called “a really genuine guy.” He said members of the team stood in a circle to offer prayers and share memories at the Grotto on Friday, and though they “came to terms,” the loss weighed on the team during Saturday’s competition.“I guess a lot of people … kind of had Dan in their heart,” Cepak said. “Today, I had a little trouble fencing just thinking about all the things going on, but I think Dan would like to see people move on, do great things and move on from what happened and try to live out part of his life through working hard and making friends and all kinds of different stuff.”Kim, a native of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, blazed the trail for Cepak by coming to Notre Dame as a fencer, Cepak said.“I guess I followed in his shadow,” he said. “[Kim] wasn’t exactly expecting to get in, and neither was I, and we both got in. So it’s kind of hard, but definitely one of the reasons I came here was to be with my friend.”‘Dealing with other demons’Kim struggled emotionally at Notre Dame, making friends but also at times keeping his distance from dorm mates, according to Keough residents.“He was a very good kid,” Grima said. “Most people only saw the troubled side of him, but he was a very good thoughtful person underneath it.“He really was a kind, thoughtful person,” Grima said. “I know I’m using pretty clichéd words, but he really was both of them. The trouble was that he was dealing with other demons. And most people only saw that because he wasn’t going outside in the section lounge talking about philosophy with most people. That’s not something you typically do.”“I would say overall, he was troubled, and that took up a large portion of his life, but it wasn’t malicious trouble,” Grima said. “He never took it out on other people, ever.”Kim’s parents asked “for continuing prayers for strength in this time,” McCormick said.“It means a lot to them that we’re going to celebrate this Mass,” McCormick said. “… At this point, celebrate him. Celebrate who he was at his core.”Associate Sports Editor Greg Hadley and Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Jakubowski contributed to this report.Tags: Daniel Kim, Remembrance, Student deathlast_img read more

Feeling Like a Nut

first_imgAs the old candy bar jingle goes so does my persona as an ultra runner. When talking amongst other ultra runners I’m quite normal, perhaps slightly on the “wuss” side. Sub-marathon runners consider me to be a little over the top as they wait for me to come to my senses and return to “normal” distance running. And to non-runners I’m as lunatic fringe as you can get.This disparity hit home a couple weeks ago when I was helping my wife get ready for the start of her 12-hour race at the Black Mountain Monster. As all of the ultra freaks/runners congregated prior to the start, I heard them asking one another whether they were doing “just” the 12-hour race or the “full” 24 hours. Just 12 hours of running, really? I’ve heard this comparison before, especially at the Mount Mitchell Challenge where the Black Mountain Marathon, which takes place alongside the 40-miler, is considered the “fun run”. Nowhere but in the ultra world would a marathon distance be considered a fun run.The fact that distances are so relative from one runner to the next was never more apparent than last weekend. I hung around for one of Anne’s twenty-two 5k laps then I went home and did yard work. Then I went to a beer festival. Then I had dinner and chilled out at home for a couple hours. Then I made my way back to watch her last few 5k laps. That is quite a long day for any runner. Upon returning I still overheard more banter from ultra runners about how running the shorter distance of 12 hours was perfect training for upcoming longer distances!I’m quite used to the differences in how my running is viewed by others. Some get it and some do not. For those who don’t understand, I don’t feel like I owe any explanation, nor could I put it into words if I tried. I usually spend more time pleading my case for rest to other ultra runners who are always asking, what event is next? This usually coincides with some epic run for me that I have just completed.Speaking of which, a couple of weeks ago I finished the 65 mile Pitchell Challenge for the second time. My crew this time was a good friend who has never born witness to anything longer than a marathon. He was awesome help throughout my journey and was quite excited as he waited for me on the summit of Mt. Mitchell and eagerly described my accomplishment to a group of tourists.Later he told me that my 65-mile run didn’t seem to make any sense to those tourists. Apparently these folks thought that the hundred-yard hike from the parking lot to the tower was epic enough. I told my friend, welcome to my world — I’m an ultra nut.last_img read more

Peruvian Army Welcomes Inter-American Defense College

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 13, 2018 The Peruvian Army shared its knowledge and experiences about security and defense with a group of 140 students from the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), a top academic institution operating under the Organization of American States through the Inter-American Defense Board. During the first week of May participants expanded their knowledge on countering illegal mining and related crimes, and reinforced bonds of cooperation and friendship. “Illegal mining is rooted in illegal artisanal mining that occurs in the departments of Madre de Dios, Cusco, and Puno. The practice involves related crimes, such as human trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, murder, and tax evasion,” Peruvian Army Colonel José Antonio Calderón Sumarriva, adviser and facilitator of Class 57 at IADC, told Diálogo. “It’s a threat, a concern, a challenge to security, and a risk for society and the environment.” Academic bonds As part of the syllabus for the one-year Master of Science in Inter-American Defense and Security at IADC, students of Class 57 experienced the Peruvian reality from a military and a cultural perspective. Officers from the armed and police forces and civil personnel from the Defense and Interior ministries of 16 countries took part in the trip to Peru. Students from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and others graduated from IADC in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2018. After visiting the Inca capital of Machu Picchu, IADC students and personnel attended a conference in Cusco hosted by Peruvian Army Brigadier General Ricardo Bustamante Zuñiga, commander of the 5th Mountain Brigade. The conference, Operations of the Armed Forces to Counter Illegal Mining and Related Crimes, delved into the problem. “It is Peru’s policy to counter illegal mining through regulation, interdiction, and environmental remediation [to] reduce crime through interdiction operations while controlling, inspecting, and sanctioning the actions of offenders,” Col. Calderón said. “Since 2013, more than 4,500 hectares were deforested in restricted and protected natural areas, and lands of native, farmer, and indigenous communities.” Conference attendees learned about the triggers to illegal mining, such as unemployment in rural areas, the high price of metals, and the existence of organizations conducting these activities, which take advantage of government’s lack of presence to operate. “Based on shared identity, I learned how essential regional integration between the armed forces is to overcome what the United Nations calls freedom from fear and freedom from want,” Peruvian Army Colonel Ricardo Benavides Febres of Class 57, told Diálogo. “The IADC visit to the Peruvian Army was positive for the exchange of experiences and high-level academic knowledge in defense and security,” Col. Calderón added. Other academic activities included a visit to the Center for Higher National Studies in Lima. Students learned about the fight against terrorism and illicit drug trafficking in Peru, the national strategic planning system, the defense policy, civil-military relations, threats and challenges to the country, and lessons learned from environmental phenomenon El Niño Costero. Strategic leaders IADC trains strategic leaders who will contribute to crucial decision-making processes in their countries and help respond to an increasingly complex and diverse hemispheric defense and security environment. More than 2,699 students from 26 countries have graduated from the institution since October 1962. According to IADC, more than 40 percent of graduates were promoted to general, admiral, or the civilian equivalent. The college is located in Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. “One of the most important objectives of the Peruvian Army is to improve land component operational capabilities through military training at the strategic level, prioritizing officer participation in master’s courses at regionally and internationally renowned institutions. The profile of the IADC graduate as leader and strategic advisor in defense and hemispheric security benefits and suits future army leaders and their training in the use of force in unstable, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments, which are typical of a multipolar scenario,” Col. Benavides said. IADC students are immersed in one of the most demanding programs of their careers. The syllabus is structured to promote participation in the exchange of ideas, critical thinking, and the development of research topics related to defense and hemispheric security, as well as the analysis of possible scenarios to compel them to respond to many challenges. “Among the main challenges that students face when they attend IADC is opening their minds,” Col. Benavides concluded. “[They must] widen the horizon of the strictly military field at the tactical and operational levels, and include other fields at the strategic level [to] create state policies that would contribute to achieve national objectives [with] defense and security components.”last_img read more

Fee statements hit the mail

first_imgFee statements hit the mail June 15, 2001 clicking here Managing Editor Regular News Fee statements hit the mailBy Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Florida Bar members soon will receive their 2001-02 annual fee statements reflecting an increase in fees and only minor modifications to the form. Bar finance director Allen Martin said the statements have changed little from last year, are payable July 1 and are late after August 15. Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are now $265. Inactive members pay $175. This year members also will have the option to complete their annual fee statement and pay their fees online via the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Members also have an option to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign and the Supreme Court Historical Society. “Members should be aware that the fee statements are two-sided and must be completed both front and back and be mailed along with their payment to cover their fees and sections joined,” Martin said. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a $50 late fee (up from $25 a year ago). Members who do not pay by September 30 will be deemed delinquent. The delinquency may be cleared by petitioning the Bar, paying the fees, the late fee, and a $150 reinstatement fee. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, members delinquent for five years will lose their Bar membership on October 1. To be reinstated, those members must meet all the requirements of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Pro Bono Reports This year’s fee form again includes a pro bono section for Bar members to report if they have met the Supreme Court’s aspirational pro bono goals. The court asks lawyers to provide 20 hours of pro bono service or donate $350 to a legal aid program each year. A series of questions promulgated by the court appears on the fee statement, depending on what option the attorney selected. The court wants to know: • How many hours of pro bono service the lawyer donated and if the work was done through an organized legal aid program or on the lawyer’s own. • If the lawyer’s firm provided pro bono collectively under a plan operated by a circuit pro bono committee. • If the lawyer has contributed to a legal aid organization in lieu of performing pro bono work. • Whether the attorney was unable to provide pro bono service or met the provision for being deferred. • How the lawyer fulfilled his or her service if done in some manner not specifically envisioned by the plan. The details of the pro bono plan, including the reporting provisions, can be found under Rule 4-6.5 beginning on page 713 of the September 2000 Bar Journal directory or by clicking here. Community Service This year’s fee statement again features a purely voluntary section that allows members to report the community and public service they have performed over the past year. The purpose is to obtain data to show contributions lawyers make by way of community service. Lawyers may voluntarily report whether they have provided service to the legal community, religious organizations, civic organizations, or other charities and how many hours they donated. The community service questions are separate from the court’s pro bono reporting requirements, and answering these questions does not constitute compliance with the required pro bono responses. Trust Accounting The statement also requires that all lawyers indicate whether they comply with the Bar’s trust accounting requirements and the interest on trust accounts rule. By answering the trust accounting question online, members certify they comply with Bar rules that mandate, “All nominal and short-term funds belonging to clients or third persons which are placed in trust with any member of The Florida Bar practicing from an office or other business location within the State of Florida shall be deposited in one or more interest-bearing trust checking accounts in an eligible financial institution for the benefit of the Foundation.” The Florida Bar Foundation may be contacted at (800) 541-2195 (for in-state members only) or (407) 843-0045 to answer IOTA questions. Installments Members who meet eligibility requirements may pay their annual fees in three equal installments. The first payment must be postmarked by August 15. To be eligible, members must be in the second or third year since admission to the Bar or be employed by a government agency in a nonelected position that requires the individual to maintain membership in good standing with the Bar. Only annual fees or prorated fees may be paid in installments. Section dues must be paid in full. The three payments must be postmarked by August 15, November 1, and February 1, 2002. The Bar will send statements for the second and third installments. A $50 late fee will be assessed if any payment is received late. For more information on paying in installments, see Rule 1-7.3(c). Other Options Bar members also may join sections and the Out-of-State Practitioners Division using the fee form. Sections marked show the attorney’s current membership. To join other sections, members may darken the circles next to the section they want to join and include the section dues with their membership fees. The fee statement also provides lawyers the opportunity to reduce their section dues by joining combinations of the Government Lawyer Section with the Administrative Law Section and/or the Criminal Law Section or the Administrative Law Section and the Criminal Law Section. Members also may opt for inactive membership by marking the inactive status proclamation located near the bottom of the front page of the active membership statement and paying their fees by a postmark date of August 15. Active members may not elect inactive status online. Those who chose inactive status on last year’s statement will receive an inactive membership fee statement this year. It has many of the same features as the active membership fee statement, but does not allow the inactive member to join sections. Inactive members, however, can become affiliate members of the Out-of-State Practitioners Division and the Tax Section for $20 each. By choosing inactive status, Bar members will reduce their annual fees by $90 and get automatic exemptions from continuing legal education requirements. They will, however, also give up a number of privileges, including the privilege to practice or advise on Florida law or hold a job that requires a Florida law license; to participate in the Bar’s certification program; to vote in Bar elections or be counted for purposes of apportionment of the Board of Governors; and to receive Bar publications, including the Journal and annual directory. Inactive members do continue to receive the Bar News. Inactive members who wish to become active again must call the Bar’s Membership Records Department at (850) 561-5832 or (800) 561-8060, ext. 5832.last_img read more

The credit union dream is alive!

first_imgOne thing that was clearly evident at the recent World Credit Union Council & America’s Credit Union Conference was the dedication and commitment of those in attendance to continue providing financial services to the under-banked and under-served.Over 2,500 individuals representing 61 countries came together in Denver to talk about ways they can serve even more people and provide additional and better financial products. Their comments and questions showed an eagerness to learn more about how they can further their goal of helping those who need it the most.People gathered from all over the world looking to find new ways to accomplish the same goal—to make credit unions stronger and more accessible to citizens of all countries. Seeing so many people from different backgrounds and diverse cultures all looking to accomplish a common goal is an experience one will never forget.Their task has not been easy. Credit unions with strong fields of membership are thriving but smaller ones continue to struggle. Unable to expand their base, small credit unions struggle to grow and be viable. The need to address additional regulation, cyber threats, member’s demands among many other issues, has left some credit unions fighting to survive.And yet, in spite of the ever present problems of running a financial institution, credit unions are not giving up. They continue to work hard to address the issues they face, seek help when needed and make decisions, as difficult as some may be, that are in the best interest of their members.There is strength and confidence in numbers. That was evident at the meeting in the Mile High City. Acknowledging problems and discussing solutions was the dominant theme of those engaged in the panels and break-out sessions.Someone once said that if you take one idea, one thought, from a conference it was worth attending. The take-away from Denver was clear—the dream is still alive. 166SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

What are your members’ jobs to be done?

first_imgHere’s a secret: credit union members aren’t looking to buy products and services. What they’re really after is getting jobs done in their lives, and they “hire” products and services to accomplish these tasks. One member, for example, may purchase a new car. While the car purchase was the action, the member’s job to be accomplished may have been finding a more reliable way to get to work, communicating a new status or being able to accommodate a new lifestyle or life event. To discern the jobs that people have, where those come from, how they relate to what people do today and what new solutions must achieve to be effective in tackling these jobs, organizations can use a tool called the Jobs Atlas. The Jobs Atlas enables a holistic view of consumers – not in terms of factors like demographics that simply correlate to demand, but rather the dynamics that actually cause demand for new solutions. It provides a roadmap to achieve consumer-centered innovation.  CO-OP asked author and innovation expert Stephen Wunker to introduce the Jobs to be Done Framework to the THINK 17 audience. In addition, CO-OP engaged Wunker’s firm, to survey both credit union members and consumers without credit union relationships. The goal was to understand the jobs these people have relevant to consumer financial services and how current approaches help them get their jobs done. The data suggests that credit union members and banking consumers alike are stressed out when it comes to finances. They face an uncertain future and are frustrated with current solutions. While many credit unions focus on the poor long-term outlook members have for retirement, there are nearer-term gaps that consumers have as well, such as eliminating all debts (aside from mortgage payments), reducing worries about financial surprises, tracking spending and planning for the future. This is an opportunity for credit unions, as they are the most trusted financial institutions when compared to banks and fintech startups. Members are seeking reassurance, counsel and guidance. By actively identifying jobs to be done and developing spot-on solutions, credit unions can stay relevant to ever-evolving member needs. To further explore the results of CO-OP’s exclusive research of members’ jobs to be done, download the full research report and check out the recent Jobs to be-Done webinar recording 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Samantha Paxson Samantha Paxson is Chief Experience Officer for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a payments and financial technology company serving credit unions. Web: www.co-opfs.org Detailslast_img read more

Cesc Fabregas explains why he would sign Kylian Mbappe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

first_imgCesc Fabregas explains why he would sign Kylian Mbappe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Cesc Fabregas says Kylian Mbappe reminds him of former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Kylian Mbappe would be his priority signing if he was a manager and had all the money in the world to spend. The legendary 32-year-old midfielder was in his second season with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco when the coronavirus pandemic brought French football to a halt.It’s clear Fabregas is already thinking about his next step when he finally hangs up his boots and the 2010 World Cup-winner, remembered for his spells with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, joined Spanish radio station Cadena Cope at the weekend to share his insights on the game he loves.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 9:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link671Shares Mbappe ‘goal getting and speed’ has blown Fabregas away (Picture: Getty)During his time at Barca, Fabregas shared a dressing room with arguably the greatest player of all-time, Messi, but the Spaniard overlooked his former team-mate when asked which player he would look to sign if he was a current manager.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Cristiano is 35 and Leo is going to turn 33, they are older,’ Fabregas explained.‘For youth, talent, desire and mentality, I would sign Mbappe. ‘The thought of having him for ten years up front for my team, I would go for him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFabregas reserved special praise for PSG and Borussia Dortmund stars Neymar and Erling Haaland but couldn’t look past Mbappe for his number one pick, a player who reminds him of Thierry Henry.‘Then there are players like Neymar and Haaland, but due to his goal getting and his speed, Mbappe reminds me of Henry,’ Fabregas added.‘I saw him from in behind and it was a delight when you gave him a long pass into space.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas sends Alexis Sanchez warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Manchester United transfer linksMORE: Romelu Lukaku names Tammy Abraham & Mason Mount as the best prospects at Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

​Auto-enrolment irons out gender gap in UK pensions participation

first_imgThe UK’s pensions watchdog has linked the automatic enrolment (AE) system brought in seven years ago with “a huge cultural shift”, with results so far including women’s participation rates in workplace pensions rising to those of men.According to The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) latest annual commentary and analysis report on auto-enrolment, more people in their twenties are now saving into a workplace pension thanks to the success of the legislation requiring employers to include staff in a workplace pension scheme unless they opt out.In the private sector, the largest increase in participation was seen among 22 to 29 year olds, with participation up from 24% in 2012 to 84% in 2018, the report showed.The 2018 data also showed the gender gap in pensions saving had been significantly reduced since the advent of the new regime, with as many women as men now saving into a workplace pension. Last year participation levels increased to 85% for both male and female eligible employees in the private sector, whereas before 2012 there had been a higher proportion of men in workplace pensions.Also evident from the 2018 analysis – which TPR said would be the last annual report of this type – was an increase in saving among employees of small and micro businesses compared with before the reforms. Total staff auto-enrolled by March each yearChart MakerWorkplace saving among staff not eligible for auto-enrolment has nearly doubled, the regulator said, with 30% of these employees asking their employer to join a scheme in 2017/18 –  up from 16% in 2012/13.Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said that when taking on a job, people now expected a pension.“Even more encouraging,” he added, “is that there has been a rise in the number of people who, although are not eligible to be automatically enrolled, are asking to join a scheme. This signifies a huge cultural shift.”Ryder said that to continue to build on the success so far, TPR wanted people to get to know their pension and consider whether they were saving enough for the retirement they wanted.But more work to be doneAt consultancy Barnett Waddingham, Mark Futcher, head of workplace wealth, commented on the new data, saying it was undeniable that the policy had been a spectacular success.“The impact that auto-enrolment has had on pension savings is staggering,” he said. “Both the number of savers, and the total amount saved into pension schemes has sky-rocketed in the last seven years.”However, the figures did not mark the end for the pension policy story, he said, adding that it was critical the government continued to build on this and educate people on the benefits of the scheme and provide the tools for more thorough engagement with savings.But former minister of state for pensions Steve Webb — now director of policy at Royal London — said the figures showed a worrying decline in employer awareness of auto-enrolment.The new report shows that only 82% of micro employers are aware of all five of their duties under the policy in the winter of 2019, compared with 88% in the summer of 2018.  Awareness among medium-sized employers also declined between these two points to 94% from 98%.“Automatic enrolment has been a huge success story, but it is vital that the momentum is maintained,” Webb said. “The government must sustain publicity around automatic enrolment, especially targeted at employers, if the programme is to continue to be a success.”last_img read more

Gazprom considering LNG supplies to Pakistan

first_imgRussian giant Gazprom is considering the potential of delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to Pakistan.The country’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said the company is focusing on the construction of the North-South pipeline from Karachi to Lahore under the intergovernmental deal signed in 2015, but LNG supplies are an option.The two countries signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the delivery of liquefied natural gas in October last year.The agreement aims to create favorable conditions for the delivery of Gazprom’s LNG shipments to regasification terminals in Pakistan, a statement by the Russian ministry of foreign affairs reads.Pakistan currently has two LNG import terminals currently in operation in Karachi, however, with a total capacity of around 9.5 mtpa, a significant supply shortfall of 19 million tones of LNG per annum is still expected.However, the country is planning to develop new LNG terminals at Port Qasim to further alleviate the gas shortage and it is expected that by 2020 Pakistan’s import capacity will grow to about 30 mtpa. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Plans being finalized for staging of 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival

first_imgLocalNews Plans being finalized for staging of 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival by: – July 4, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Director of the Discover Dominica Authority, Mr. Colin Piper speaking at a function during Tourism Awareness Month earlier this year.Director of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper says officials are currently finalizing plans and contracts for the staging of this year’s 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival.Piper told an interview with the media that while the plans will be outlined at the official media launch on July 14th, he can confirm that everything is on schedule.He said “we are trying to finalize on contracts. As you know, you are prohibited by law to advertise any artiste showing up at a festival until you have signed a contract and our hope is that by July 14th, we would have finalized all the contracts and we would be able to say to the world that this is whose coming,” he said.He said officials are trying to stay within their budget but also put on a lineup that is satisfactory.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more