Colson Whitehead ’91 wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

first_img Harvard Arts Medalist recalls journey behind Pulitzer Prize-winning novel: ‘I felt I needed to become a better writer’ An imaginative leap into real-life horror Strong Pulitzer showing for Harvard Vision for ‘Underground Railroad’ brought out the best in Colson Whitehead Sociologist Matthew Desmond, journalist David Fahrenthold, novelist Colson Whitehead, and composer Du Yun among winners center_img Related Novelist Colson Whitehead has an interest in history, and now he has made some.The 1991 Harvard graduate won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in fiction on Monday for his novel “The Nickel Boys,” joining William Faulkner, John Updike, and Booth Tarkington as the only writers to win the prestigious prize twice. But unlike the other three, Whitehead’s wins are consecutive efforts, his last book, “The Underground Railroad,” having garnered a Pulitzer in 2017.Judges praised the novel, inspired by a brutal real-life reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida, for its “spare and devastating exploration of abuse … that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption.”“Obviously I’m very honored and I hope that it raises awareness of the real-life model for the novel — the Dozier School for Boys — so that the victims and their stories are not forgotten,” Whitehead, 50, said in a statement.Former inmates of the school, which ran for more than a century before it was closed in 2011, said that beatings, abuse, and forced labor were regular features of life at the Dozier School. In recent years, investigators have identified scores of unmarked graves on its grounds.Whitehead’s other Pulitzer winner, “The Underground Railroad,” follows an enslaved teenage girl’s journey to freedom from a Georgia plantation by way of an actual underground railway. Embracing elements of magical realism, it is an inventive piece of storytelling (a hallmark of Whitehead’s other fiction, such as “John Henry Days,” “The Intuitionist,” and “Zone One”). In addition to the Pulitzer, “The Underground Railroad” also won the National Book Award.“The Nickel Boys” won the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Bestseller. President Barack Obama recommended the novel in his list of favorite books in 2019.Born and raised in New York City, Whitehead said in a 2016 interview with the Gazette that he always knew he wanted to be a writer. Growing up, he read comics, science fiction, Stephen King’s books, and dreamed about writing “The Black Shining.”When he came to Harvard, he wanted to write about werewolves and vampires, but reading books by James Joyce, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Samuel Beckett in his first year expanded his horizons. After that, he said in a public talk at a Brookline library, he wanted to be “the black Garcia Marquez.”A recipient of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Whitehead was awarded the 2018 Harvard Arts Medal. In a ceremony at Sanders Theater, he recalled his Harvard days, including how a creative writing class in his junior year helped him develop his craft.“Harvard didn’t make me a writer,” said Whitehead, “but it made me a reader.” Colson Whitehead ’91 talks about ‘The Underground Railroad’last_img read more

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Dell Precision Workstations Get Smaller, Faster and Cooler

first_imgThe new Dell Precision 3550 and 3551 mobile workstations offer workstation-class reliability and performance at an accessible price point. They are ideal for users with less intensive graphic needs, like those working on 2D CAD, heavy Excel workbooks or entry-level creative applications.Photo courtesy of Dell Client Technologist, Amit BhagaThe cool factor – intelligent design inside and out Rigorous tasks and high-performance applications often result in the creation of more heat. Dell engineers have developed thermal design solutions to overcome the challenge of balancing the high performance of CPU/GPU concurrency and higher wattage graphics power despite the reduction in footprint the new mobile workstations. Examples include the adoption of dual opposite outlet fans that dissipate heat quickly, alongside thinner vapor chambers in the place of some heat pipes. Software-based thermal management solutions, high-tech Gore technology insulation layers, plus graphite spreaders and copper materials provide impressive thermal performance. Learn more about Dell’s innovative thermal design here.New Space-Saving Compact Solutions Our expansive professional portfolio allows you to customize your workstation for your unique needs, workloads and budget. Dell’s innovative engineering and design isn’t limited to our mobile workstation portfolio. Today, we’re also announcing upcoming additions to our entry-level tower workstation line up, including a brand-new ultra-small form factor (USFF) workstation, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Designed for the tightest workspaces and Edge Computing workloads, this small (2.3L) yet powerful system can push up to seven 4k displays and will be ready for VR, with NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 3000 professional graphics. Available from Q3 2020, this ultra-small form factor workstation is perfect for use in schools, factories, retail, and trading floor environments, where space is a premium.We’re also introducing the new Dell Precision 3640 Tower workstation and Dell Precision 3440 small form factor (SFF) workstation, available from July. They are perfect for content creators and engineers working with 3D or complex 2D graphics, as well as power users working with large data sets and complicated analysis that require ISV certification. These scalable and affordable systems offer a range of high-performance options for productivity and accessible ports for connectivity.Optimized for your unique workloads As with all Dell Precision workstations, we collaborate with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to test and optimize these systems to give you the best user experience possible. Additionally, the new Dell Optimizer for Precision, exclusive to Dell, is now included on these platforms. Dell Optimizer for Precision is the only AI-based optimization software in the industry that automatically tunes your application performance using machine learning.We’re excited to share our latest innovations with you – Dell Precision customers are doing some of the most ground-breaking, innovative work out there, and we can’t wait to see what you create with these new products!Featured photo courtesy of Mark Mann Photography¹ Based on Dell analysis using publicly available data, January 2020. The smallest refers total surface area of the mobile workstations.² Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.³ When equipped with Intel® Xeon® W-10885M (2.40 GHz to 5.30 GHz), 128GB ECC/nECC RAM, NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 (16G) graphics running at 80W. Based on Dell analysis of competitive products using publicly available data, March 2020.4 Based on Dell internal analysis, January 2020. Smaller refers total surface area of mobile workstations. High-end application users working in mission-critical workflows have historically relied on desktop workstations to provide the power and performance they required. And back when “work” was viewed as a destination, it didn’t matter. However, the workplace is changing. Whether customers are working on ground-breaking healthcare research, designing innovative engineering solutions or editing the next big TV series, they shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for portability.Today, we announced the biggest updates to Dell’s mobile workstation line since we first introduced the award-winning Dell Precision M3800 in 2013. Our product and engineering teams continue to redefine the mobile workstation category. With this mobile workstation lineup, we believe we’ve found the perfect combination of power and style. We’re bringing award-winning Dell design and combining it with the latest thermal innovations, professional graphics and powerful CPU technologies into sleek devices to deliver heavy-duty performance wherever your work takes you.Designed for professional creators and engineers in mind, our smallest and thinnest mobile workstations¹ are the Dell Precision 5550 and the brand-new Dell Precision 5750. These 15- and 17-inch workstations feature stunning 4-sided InfinityEdge 16:10 aspect ratio displays and a top bezel Infrared camera for maximum screen real estate and an improved video conferencing experience. Starting at 4lbs and 4.7lbs², with a 92 percent & 94 percent display/body ratio respectively, they perfectly balance power, style and mobility in a lightweight aluminum package. The Dell Precision 5750 also joins the 7000 series in the NVIDIA® RTX Studio program, with the availability of NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 3000 graphics. Photo courtesy of @SavageGeeseEven the world’s most powerful 15” and 17” mobile workstations³, with impressive scalability, the Dell Precision 7550 and 7750, are now around 20 percent smaller and 6 percent lighter than previous generations.4 Now available with new top-firing speakers, ambient sensing and low blue light displays provide a more immersive feel and sound. With the latest Intel® Core™, vPro® and Xeon® processors combined with up to NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 5000 professional graphics, these workhorse devices can handle VR/AR, AI, complex 3D CAD as well as creative editing workloads and data science computing applications with ease.last_img read more

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Shocking results

first_imgWorking with CAES poultry scientist Scott Russell, Hung tested both forms of EO water on fresh chicken carcasses. They found the acidic EO water killed foodborne pathogens on the chicken. The alkaline EO water cleaned the chicken. “We wanted to use the water on chicken carcasses to see if it cuts down on the levels of salmonella and campylobacter,” said Yen-Con Hung, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Two steams of waterEO water is created when a saltwater solution goes through an electrolysis process, said Hung. It separates the water’s positive and negative ions. This makes two forms of water, one very acidic and one very alkaline. Hung hopes to see the technology used in U.S. fast food restaurants. Widely used in Japan and KoreaThe technology is widely used in Japan to sanitize dental and medical equipment. Many Japanese homes have EO washing machines that need no detergent. Koreans use it in dishwashers. In his laboratory on the UGA Griffin, Ga., Campus, Hung has found the acidic water effectively kills harmful bacteria on eggs, apples, lettuce and cutting boards. The alkaline water is a useful general cleanser. In the U.S., the wholesale and retail cut flower industry uses the water to prevent the spread of diseases and extend shelf life. “And the water doesn’t have to be changed every day,” Hung said. “The alkaline stream of EO water mixes with the fat on the chicken and cleanses the surface and protects the carcass in the future,” Russell said. “It’s just like when your grandmother mixed fat and lye to make soap.” Technology licensed and used in U.S.Pennsylvania-based Murray’s Chickens is the first poultry processor in the United States to use the UGA EO process to kill pathogens, Hung said. EAU Technology holds the license on the UGA technology. “In mass production, this technology would be very cost effective,” Hung said. “When you want to use it, you push a button. You don’t have to worry with mixing up concentrated liquids, and it’s more effective than chlorine rinses.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWater is one of the world’s most precious resources. But if you combine it with salt and an electrical charge, it becomes one of the strongest disinfectants, too. Scientists at the University of Georgia are studying ways to use electrolyzed oxidized water, or EO water, to sanitize fresh chicken in processing plants along with other things. It can be up to 10 times more effective at killing harmful bacteria than traditional methods. “We’ve had several outbreaks of foodborne illness related to fast food. This could help prevent future cases,” Hung said.last_img read more

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4-H State Congress

first_imgBorn with autism, 19-year-old Christopher Morgan didn’t speak until he was 4 years old. Today, Morgan is one of 47 Georgia 4-H members who earned the coveted title of “Master 4-H’er” at the annual Georgia 4-H State Congress, held July 26-28 in Atlanta. State Congress symbolizes the end of a year of hard work and dedication by Georgia 4-H youths. Students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement (DPA) and participate in service and leadership events in their communities. Regional first place winners compete at the state competition in a variety of categories including history, horses, performing arts, and public speaking. Each student gives a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and prepares a portfolio detailing their research, leadership and service projects.“It’s a great way to make you learn more about what you love to do in life. It also teaches you life skills you will need to use throughout your life,” said Morgan of Warner Robins, Georgia. “For me, District Project Achievement changed my life by helping me win the battle against my autism. I couldn’t talk until I was 4 years old, and when I finally was able to talk, I took 12 years of speech therapy to improve my public speaking skills.”Morgan credits his speeches on photography and videography — his passions — for helping him “win the battle” against autism. “Ever since [I first won second place in DPA], I’ve been confident in doing all the things that were once impossible for me to do,” he said.Many 4-H members, like Joe Waters of Glennville, Georgia, learned leadership skills by serving as teen leaders to younger 4-H members at Cloverleaf 4-H’er camps. “I learned that it takes patience to be a good leader, but you also have to be diligent in making sure that the campers respect you. I can be their friend, but their leader as well,” said Waters, 16, who supervised 20 boys.Community projects included making snacks for soldiers guarding The Moving Wall, the traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; packing snacks in backpacks for children in need; making pillowcases for a children’s home; making blankets and raising funds for homeless dogs; cooking dinner for the local Ronald McDonald House; and much more.Andrea Hill, 18, of Crawfordville, Georgia, organized a clothing and shoe drive for residents of her mother’s hometown in the Philippines. “I was able to collect seven large boxes of clothes and pass them around in my mother’s hometown as Christmas gifts,” she said. “I was shocked by how happy they were to receive clothes and to find some new shoes to wear. It made me realize how lucky and privileged we are in America, when people in developing countries, like the Philippines, struggle every day, working in the heat, to earn enough money to provide for their families.”No matter what their age, people learn best through doing, and this is the heart of Georgia 4-H, said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader of Georgia’s largest youth leadership organization.“The best lessons in life are learned through hands-on experiences, and 4-H provides many opportunities for youth to learn valuable life skills through evaluation contests, public speaking, record keeping, knowledge bowl contests, shooting sports, livestock projects, summer camp experiences and environmental education outdoor classes,” said Smith, a former Warren County, Georgia, 4-H’er. “The Georgia State 4-H Congress is the capstone event that celebrates the success of the best of the best in Georgia 4-H.” This year’s first-place Georgia 4-H’ers, by home county, are:BARTOW COUNTYEnvironmental Science – Amelia PayneBEN HILL COUNTYHealth – Tyler TuckerBERRIEN COUNTYWorkforce Preparation – Ben MurrayBLECKLEY COUNTYFruits, Vegetables and Nuts – Adam BelflowerOutdoor Recreation – Dawson JarrellBULLOCH COUNTYPerforming Arts/Piano – Chandler LiggettPerforming Arts/Vocal – Chyann HoyleCATOOSA COUNTYFlowers, Shrubs and Lawns – Emily CasonCHATTOOGA COUNTYDog Care and Training – Hamp ThomasCLARKE COUNTYArts and Crafts – Mackenzie WurstCOLUMBIA COUNTYFood Fare – Julianne JonesPerforming Arts/Other – Harley Williams COWETA COUNTYHorse – Kailey PrinceCRISP COUNTYForestry, Wood Science – Kayla StephensDECATUR COUNTYPork Production – Heath ParkerDEKALB COUNTYPublic Speaking – Kailah TriceDOUGLAS COUNTYHuman Development – Kayla JaconetteEFFINGHAM COUNTYTarget Sports – Grace KeifferSports – Rose MossELBERT COUNTYSheep and Meat Goats – Elise WebbGORDON COUNTYPoultry and Egg Science – Caleb CarrGRADY COUNTYHistory – Adam WombleGWINNETT COUNTYEntomology – Harrison MartinHALL COUNTYFashion Revue – Rhea ChawlaHART COUNTYPhysical, Biological and Earth Science – Robert HarrisonHENRY COUNTYDairy Foods – Piper BrownHOUSTON COUNTYPhotography – Christopher MorganJACKSON COUNTYWildlife and Marine Science – Caleb TylerJASPER COUNTYSafety – Ivy EnglishLIBERTY COUNTYCommunications – Sophia Rodriguez MADISON COUNTYPerforming Arts/General – Cubby RupersMITCHELL COUNTYFestive Foods for Health – Courtney ConineMORGAN COUNTYBeef – Will WoodardDairy and Milk Science – James CaglePerforming Arts/Dance – Marie HayesOCONEE COUNTYHousing, Equipment and Environment – Hayden GuthrieTextiles, Merchandising and Interiors – Andrew HuntPAULDINGCompanion and Animal Science – Aaren SchertlerPEACHVeterinary Science – Abigail TurnerRABUN COUNTYScience of Engineering and Mechanics – Huck SmithSPALDINGFood Safety and Preservation – Hannah RutledgeTERRELL COUNTYFamily Resource Management – Jessica CliettTIFT COUNTYComputer Information Technology – Jarod BeemanUNION COUNTYPlant and Soil Science – Gabriella JenningsWILCOX COUNTYFood for Fitness – Haley WilsonWILKES COUNTYInternational – Andrea HillFor more information about Georgia 4-H, go to www.Georgia4h.org.last_img read more

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Energize your staff before rebranding your credit union

first_imgFor University of Illinois (U of I) Community Credit Union in Champaign, launching a community branding campaign started by first energizing its employees about the initiative and training them to meet new service expectations.The credit union’s best communication tool is its staff. Without them, the $307 million asset credit union’s plans simply won’t work.U of I Community first informed staff of a pending name change and rebranding effort 18 months in advance. The previous name, University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, had hampered awareness efforts in the decade since the credit union broadened its field of membership by obtaining a community charter.The credit union regularly offered updates on the transformation, and in November 2015 held an all-staff event that was more party than breakfast meeting. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Bangladesh garment exports rebound from coronavirus crunch

first_imgThe reinstatement of cancelled orders from retail titans including H&M, Primark and Walmart has revived the industry even though Bangladesh is still suffering from the pandemic, BGMEA spokesman Khan Monirul Alam Shuvo told AFP.Some companies say they are now looking for thousands of workers to cope with new orders. The association said in April that western retailers, who normally buy around $30 billion worth of garments each year, cancelled $3.2 billion-worth after the virus forced stores to shut down.Shipments collapsed 83 percent in April and more than 50 percent in May.  Bangladesh’s crucial textile industry saw a sharp rebound from the coronavirus crisis in August, with exports surging nearly 50 percent as factories swung into full gear to meet orders from global retailers, officials said Tuesday.Shipments of ready-made clothes hit $3.3 billion, up from $2.3 billion a year earlier, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said.The garment industry is the cornerstone of the economy in Bangladesh, the world’s second largest exporter of the goods after China.  “Some 80 percent of those orders have since been reinstated,” Shuvo said. “Still, we have to wait another five months to see a clear picture.”Because of the pandemic, Bangladesh closed factories for one month from March 26. The 4,500 garment factories employ more than four million workers — about two-thirds of them women — and hundreds of thousands were laid off.Hannan Group, which exports high-end fashion to brands such as Esprit and Casamoda in Europe, said it has recruited nearly 1,600 workers in the past two months.”I think the worst is over. Some retailers have placed new orders and revived some old orders. We need new workers to make the shipment deadline,” Hannan chairman A.B.M Shamsuddin, whose companies employ 12,000 people, told AFP.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Up

first_img Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor’s Business AmendmentHealth Secretary’s Business AmendmentOnline Car Sales GuidanceUpdated Industry Operation GuidanceUpdated Industry Operation FAQGovernor Tom Wolf announced three actions including online sales of vehicles, which will be enabled by the signing of SB 841, restart of construction projects statewide starting Friday, May 8, and curbside pickup of wine and spirits at select Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board locations.“Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Wolf. “It has not been easy, but it has paid off. Today, we are taking small steps toward a degree of normalcy. We are allowing curbside pickup of phone orders at PLCB stores and auto sales will be allowed to take place online. On May 8, construction will resume statewide.“I want to caution that we will not be resuming operations as they were in February. We’re going to continue to take precautions that limit our physical contact with others, and we will closely monitor this to see if it can be done safely.”These limited steps forward will be closely observed in the coming days and weeks to ensure that they do not result in a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, in which case the governor will use his authority under the emergency disaster declaration to resume restrictions to protect public health and safety.Vehicle Sales May Be Conducted OnlineThe governor will sign Senate Bill 841 later today that approves qualified Pennsylvania notaries public to perform remote online notarizations, which will allow auto dealerships to conducted limited car sales and leasing operations through online sales, as a notary is required to complete the transaction. Auto dealerships may continue to remain open for certain activities, such as repairs to passenger and commercial vehicles and sales of auto parts, but in-person car sales or leases are still considered non-life sustaining and remain prohibited at this time.Construction With Strict Guidelines Resumes Friday, May 8Public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting Friday, May 8, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration shortly. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.PLCB Begins Limited Curbside PickupThe Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today began accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. Phone orders can be placed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until reaching a store’s maximum order capacity each day. Curbside pickups will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a few days of order placement. Callers will be guided through each store’s unique inventory. There is a limit of six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order is delivered.The PLCB website lists the stores offering curbside pickup. PLCB anticipates expanding the service at more locations in the future. The PLCB website, FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, is also increasing order capacity.Curbside sales at Fine Wine and Good Spirits Shoppes will serve as a guide to determine whether certain other non-life-sustaining businesses may be able to resume limited operations through curbside pickup, which is currently only permitted for life-sustaining businesses that offer food and pharmaceuticals.The Administration will monitor the implementation of curbside pickup including the safety of the supply chain to determine if broader curbside pick up can be done safely and effectively to provide goods and services, while still limiting the amount of person to person contact not just at retail locations but throughout the supply chain.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish. April 20, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Upcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Revised FTK will provide ‘clear rules’ on indexation, reduce contribution volatility

first_imgTo keep salary costs stable for employers, and maintain purchasing power of participants, the new FTK would provide for a steady cost-covering contribution, based on the 10-year average of interest rates, or on estimated returns, Klijnsma said.However, a pension fund which picked the latter option would be required to include the costs of indexation in their premiums.The new FTK will also include steering instruments to limit pension funds’ exposure to daily changing discount rates, said the state secretary. For example, schemes would be allowed to use 12-month average rate to calculate of their coverage ratio.In addition, the Cabinet would discuss with the pensions sector how defined contribution plans could also be enabled to share risks collectively, she made clear. Klijnsma added that that Cabinet would start a broad dialogue with society about the long-term future of the pensions system. As part of the process, the Social and Economic Council (SER) would be requested to advise on the future of additional pensions. The Pensions Federation welcomed the FTK proposals, as it would decrease volatility of funding and would allow to more evenly distribute the impact of market shocks on pension benefits.However, it voiced concerns about the way the FTK is to balance the approach across generations.The envisaged rules, based on macro calculations, could turn out to be unbalanced for individual pension funds, it argued, underlining that a balance between the generations must be based on an overall solution, rather than on a single element in a pension plan.In its opinion, individual pension funds should be allowed to take their own decisions, based on their specific characteristics.The Federation further called for solutions to limit the volatility of the current risk-free discount rate, a source of instability to the pension system over the course of the last few years.In a joint statement, supervisors DNB and AFM cited increased shock resistance, stability, transparency and balance of the pension system, as the most important improvements in the proposed new FTK rules.However, they expressed disappointment that the option of cushioning premium levels based on estimated returns remained. They noted the uncertainly of achieving expected returns and argued that this could affect pension benefits.In their opinion, the approach was at odds with the benefit-based contract of the defined benefit schemes that still dominated in the Netherlands.Both supervisors urged Klijnsma to focus on a quick introduction of the new FTK, and indicated that they were confident that pension funds would be able to cope with a short implementation period. The new rules are scheduled to come into force as on 1 January 2015.In a preliminary response, the €300bn civil service scheme ABP noted that the new FTK proposals hardly offered opportunities to achieve its indexation target. “The new contract looks like a stricter version of the current nominal one,” it said.Peter Borgdorff, director of the €137bn healthcare scheme PFZW added: “Compared with previous proposals, the current ones are an improvement, but they are not sufficient yet.”“For example, it is stil unclear whether we will be allowed to invest as we think is necessary for the pensions we want to provide,”  he said.Also in a joint statement, the lobbying organisations for the elderly associations (CSO) and pensioners’ associations (KNVG) said they were afraid that the new rules would limit indexation.They called for an additional pension contract, that would allow pension funds to invest actively in order to increase the chances of indexation, while offering less certainty for future pensions.CSO and KNVG also underlined the importance of the same discount rate being applied for both pension contributions and liabilities. The new Dutch financial assessment framework (FTK) is to provide “clear rules” for dividing up indexation of pensions between younger and older workers to prevent disproportionate redistribution between the generations, the Dutch ministry of Social Affairs has announced. As a consequence, any potential windfall would not be able to redistributed immediately, the ministry said in a clarification of the FTK proposals. The proposals have now been put to the Council of State (RvS) for a legal assessment, before being presented to Parliament and fully published.According to Jetta Klijnsma, the secretary of state for Social Affairs, financial shocks or rising life expectancy, must trigger immediate rights cuts, but these may be spread out over a 10-year period, to avoid sudden discounts.She said that under the new rules, pension funds must also clarify in advance any measures to be taken in case of a big funding drop.last_img read more

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Indian PM describes Nelson Mandela as shining beacon of democracy

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a “shining beacon of democracy”.“Remembering the apostle of peace, a shining beacon of democracy and a champion of equality, the beloved Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day,” Modi said.The Indian prime minister was paying tribute to the late South African president on the occasion of his birth anniversary.Mandela’s birthday on July 18 was declared by the United Nations in 2009 as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contribution to peace and freedom.last_img read more

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‘Asin’ task force urged Antique LGUs to monitor salt distributors

first_imgAfter a feedback session with therepresentatives of the Provincial Health Office, Office of the Municipal Mayorof Sibalom and the Municipal Rural Health Office, the task force urged saltdistributors to secure their permits with the Food and Drug Administration(FDA). The RBATF under the Regional NutritionCommittee, recently monitored salt distributors in Sibalom, Antique to checktheir compliance of the Republic Act 8172, or an Act promoting Salt IodizationNationwide, that ensures the proper storage and selling of salt fortified withiodine.     Members of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force recently monitored storage areas of salt distributors in Sibalom, Antique. PIA-ANTIQUE SAN JOSE, Antique – The RegionalBantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) urged the local government units here to monitortheir local salt distributors to ensure their compliance with the setstandards.   The inter-agency task force iscomposed of representatives from the FDA, the departments of Science andTechnology, Public Works and Highways, Agriculture, Health, the National FoodAuthority, Philippine Information Agency, and the Regional Nutrition Council.(With a report from Pilar Mabaquiao/PIA-Antique/PN)last_img read more

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