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Melbourne Mercer deems Danish pension system best in world

first_imgSwitzerland (4)73.9 Netherlands (2)79.2 Country (Ranking)Score UK (9)67.6 Country (2013 ranking)Score France (14)57.5 Sweden (5)73.4 Sweden (6)73.4 Australia (3)79.9 Singapore (7)65.9 Austria (17)52.8 Denmark (1)82.4 Finland (4)74.3 Germany / Ireland (12)62.2 Denmark saw its overall rating increase to 82.4 due to improvements across all three categories and increased its lead over both second-ranked Australia and the Netherlands, with scores of 79.9 and 79.2, respectively.The report praised the Nordic country for improving protection of benefits in cases of fraud or provider insolvency, but noted that the better score had been influenced by several minor factors including a higher savings rate.Australia, meanwhile, was congratulated on increasing the rate of the mandatory contribution to Superannuation funds from the current 9.5% to 12%.However, the Australian government last month announced that the current rate would be maintained until 2021, with the increase to 12% now occurring by 2025 rather than the initially planned 2019.The Netherlands, which saw its score increase by 0.9 points to 79.2 compared with 2013, was praised for changes to the conflicts of interest policy.Ranking of ten leading countries within Melbourne Mercer Global Pension IndexTop 10 Countries within Index Denmark (1)82.4 UK (9)67.6 Denmark has retained the only “world-class” pension system, while the Netherlands has fallen to third place behind Australia, according to the latest Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index.New European entrants include Finland, which came fourth and claimed the highest-ever integrity rating of 91.1, while Austria and Italy ranked 17th and 19th, respectively, behind France and Poland, largely due to the each country’s pension sustainability ratings.The Index, in its sixth year and written by David Knox of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies in Melbourne, assesses pension systems on the three broad categories of adequacy, sustainability and integrity.Italy set a record for the lowest overall sustainability rating, which takes into account coverage, contribution levels, demography and government debt, with a score of 13.4 in the category, slightly behind Austria’s 18.9. Switzerland (5)73.9 The worst sustainability score to date was achieved in 2013 by Brazil, when it scored 26, a rating that this year improved marginally to 26.2The final new European entrant, Ireland, ranked joint 12th overall, the same as Germany.Ireland earned a score of 62.2, with a higher adequacy rating than neighbouring UK but ranking significantly behind on sustainability.Ranking of European countries within Melbourne Mercer Global IndexScore of European countries within Index Canada (6)69.1 Italy (19)49.6 Netherlands (3)79.2 Finland (-)74.3 Poland (15)56.4 Chile (8)68.2 It is unclear if the research was already able to take account of the recent changes to the financial assessment framework (FTK).Knox stressed the importance of communicating clearly and concisely with fund members, as the effectiveness of a system was undermined by lack of community trust.He also said the increasing importance of private provision over state pension payments meant communication would be key.“This shift means communication to members has never been more important or come under more scrutiny from members, regulators, employers, consumer groups, politicians and the media,” he said.France and Germany both saw significant increases in their overall ratings, with France’s 4 point rise to 57.5 credited to an increase in the minimum level of pension.Germany, which saw a slightly smaller score increase of 3.7, nevertheless saw its grade improve from a C to C+, as its score rose to 62.2 due to changes to the provision of annuities.Ireland was told it could increase its score by introducing a minimum level of contributions to occupational pensions, a move that would be made possible through the Irish government’s potential auto-enrolment reforms.Auto-enrolment, and the rising contribution rates, benefited the UK, which saw its score rise by 2 points to 67.6, resulting in its overtaking Singapore and remaining ninth, despite Finland’s entry into the Top 10.Poland slipped behind France to 15th after its score fell to 56.4 after declines in both its adequacy and sustainability ratings, while its integrity rating remained unchanged over 2013.The report urged Poland to maintain a “significant” role for the country’s second pillar – months after the state transferred all of the second pillar’s domestic sovereign debt to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) – and to allow at least part of the private savings to be drawn down as an income stream.Sweden retained its strong position in the Index, increasing its overall rating and only falling to sixth due to the addition of Finland, with Switzerland’s rating remaining constant and also falling one spot to fifth.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to 2014 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Indexlast_img read more

AUS: Wood Initiates Next Phase of SEAR JIP

first_imgWood has launched the next phase of a collaborative industry effort to develop a better understanding of the reliability of subsea equipment for use offshore Australia.The company is leading the Subsea Equipment Australian Reliability Joint Industry Project (SEAR JIP); an initiative supported by a group of operators including Chevron Australia, ConocoPhillips, Quadrant and Woodside.The project is focused on collaboration and knowledge sharing in order to improve subsea equipment design and reduce the requirement for costly and time consuming interventions in Australia’s challenging offshore warm water environment.This latest phase of the SEAR JIP will: Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said: “We have been leading the SEAR JIP since 2014, partnering closely with Australian subsea system operators to deliver what we are confident will create a tangible step-change in subsea reliability.“The powerful combination of Wood and the collaborating companies’ knowledge and expertise enables the development of innovative solutions to address the challenges we collectively face.”Adriana Botto, Wood’s project manager for the SEAR JIP, added: “Enhancing the design of subsea equipment to mitigate issues and reduce the requirement for intervention was a key focus in the initial phases of the SEAR JIP. Through our collaborative work we have taken significant strides forward in identifying the root cause of equipment performance issues, so that they can be designed out by vendors in the future.“This phase of the project will build on our work to date, with a key focus on improving understanding of subsea equipment reliability issues. The long-term value of the project will be a step change in industry practice and performance, with lessons learned shared across operators, vendors and research institutions.” Continue the collaboration effort across a large group of Australian subsea system operators;Continue to collect reliability data for subsea equipment in Australian operations;Expand a marine fouling subsea test programme, with a focus on deploying additional living laboratories in Northern Australia to assess innovative coatings, materials and technologies for their performance against calcareous deposition and plant/animal growth;Establish marine fouling cleaning best practice and identify optimisation opportunities to improve the effectiveness of existing practices;Evaluate the performance of umbilicals and identify best practice remediation strategies.last_img read more

Eastern district schools festival dubbed a success

first_img Share Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Eastern district schools festival dubbed a success by: – June 14, 2012 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Teachers singing as part of festival activities Roseau, Dominica – Education officials have dubbed the recently held Eastern District School’s Festival a success that gave students the opportunity to showcase the work they had done over the past school year.Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth said the festival maintained “the tradition of the East where we focus on output within the education system.”“Being here today to see some of the things you are doing, it shows that you are continuing the legacy of excellence in the East,” Hyacinth said, adding that Education Officer Madura Walter deserved high praise for her work in that district.The festival was held at the Castle Bruce Primary School under the theme, “Showcasing our Achievements,” and included an exhibition of art and other works completed during the term by all schools in the east.A mental math competition was also held among students of grades 4, 5 and 6 of the various schools and a poetry competition involving participants from all grades.Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Hon. Johnson Drigo viewing some of the exhibits.Hyacinth commended the Eastern District principals for answering the “challenge together” in the organization of the festival.“I believe the district serves a very important function in that we can all learn together. We would experience much success if we would utilize the potential which lies in each district. Each principal in the district has a particular strength,” Hyacinth said.“Every school in the east should rely on the strength of the other principals in the district to support their efforts,” he advised.Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Hon. Johnson Drigo, who represented the Education Minister, Hon. Petter Saint Jean, told students they had a “golden” opportunity to access quality education.He also called on parents, and other community interest groups to get involved in the children’s education.“From the politicians down, all of us a have to play a bigger part in ensuring that no child is left behind, no child falls through the cracks and every child achieves to the best of his abilities,” Drigo said.The Eastern District Schools Festival also included performances in song and dance from students of the various schools and climaxed with a medley of song by all the district principals. Press Releaselast_img read more

LIQUOR BAN LIFTED BUT… Drinking in public still not allowed – Treñas

first_img* drinking in public places isprohibited Treñas, however, did not say how thecity government could limit number of people on a drinking binge in theirhomes, or even ensure that they are observing social distancing. People buying liquor must bring thisstraight to their homes and consume this there, according to Treñas. * 77-year-old female from Jaro (region’sPatient No. 48) The order lifting the liquor ban iscontained in Executive Order No. 66, series of 2020 release yesterday afternoon. He won’t hesitate to re-impose theliquor ban “if there are violations or abuses” to the conditions he set for itslifting, warned the mayor. Treñas also stressed the prohibitionon mass gatherings such as fiesta celebrations and similar activities remain ineffect. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas haslifted the prohibition on the sale and consumption of liquor, an initial step towardthe gradual easing of enhanced community quarantine restrictions. He assuredthe public this won’t scale back the city government’s efforts to curb thespread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). “Thissituation is new to us all. We have no experience in this regard so we need allthe help we can get from the experts,” said Treñas. * 44-year-old male from La Paz (region’sPatient No. 40) SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMALCY. A man buys a bottle of beer at a store in La Paz, Iloilo City. Mayor Jerry Treñas has lifted the ban on the sale and consumption of liquor. However, drinking liquor in public remains prohibited while the city is under an enhanced community quarantine. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * 61-year-old from Mandurriao (region’sPatient No. 3), recovered Treñas said therewould still be restrictions on public transport, school classes and religiousgatherings, among others while quarantine rules and regulations are lifted instages or phases. “Violators would be arrested andcharged,” said Treñas. Iloilo City has been enjoying relativepeace under quarantine. The crime rate dropped, according to the ICPO. * social distancing must be observedat all times if and when alcoholic beverages are consumed * 59-year-old male fromMandurriao (region’s Patient No. 34) The mayor announced the liftingyesterday afternoon. He, however, imposed conditions. These were the following: But he said the city government’s PublicSafety and Transportation Management Office and Iloilo City Police Office(ICPO) would make sure no one drinks liquor in public. “Indisila mag-inum sa public places. Dira lang sila inum sa sulod sang ila balay,kag limitado lang ang tawo nga makaupod nila sa pag-inum,” he stressed. * 72-year-old male from Mandurriao (region’sPatient No. 11), died/PN “Iloilo Cityshould consider prepping for a phased reopening, and scaling back of the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) support for the economy. The phased reopening is astrategy that will protect the people from the (corona)virus while allowinglife to progressively return to normal, albeit a new normal,” according to theprofessors. He expressed confidence, too, that thelifting of the liquor ban won’t adversely affect the city’s peace and ordersituation. Treñas said the 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.curfew helped and this remains in effect. The mayor createdan ad-hoc committee to formulate and prescribe policies for the gradual liftingof the enhanced community quarantine. He forwarded to the committee the UPVprofessors’ proposed lockdown exit strategy. “Effective immediately, the selling ofany form of liquor or alcohol beverages, or any alcoholic drink containing aspecific percentage of alcohol by volume or weight which may be in the form ofwhisky, brandy, gin, rum, cordial, cocktail, wine, champagne, vermouth, basi,tuba, beer, sake, stout, ale and the like shall be allowed…,” it read. * 44-year-old male from Jaro (region’sPatient No. 17) As of yesterday, April 21, Iloilo Cityhad six confirmed COVID-19 cases. These were the following: On Monday, Treñas expressed intensionto startgradually easing quarantine measures by May 1. He welcomed the inputs ofprofessors from the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV). last_img read more

Second half of season starts Saturday at Perris

first_imgBy Scott DalaisoPERRIS, Calif. – For the second time in the month of June, the PASSCAR Stock Car Series, featuring IMCA Modifieds, will be at Perris Auto Speedway.The Saturday, June 30 show marks the start of the second half of the season for the cars at the famous Riverside County 1/2-mile clay oval. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and the first race will be at 7 p.m.Cory Sample, who lives in Winnemucca, Nev., and makes the nearly 1,200-mile round trip to Southern California to race at Perris, has a 31-point lead in the IMCA Modified point standings.Sample, who picked up his second Perris win at the last race on June 2, has only finished out of the top three one time in the first seven races of the year.  That came in May when he finished 11th  after contact with another car.In the other six races he has two wins, a couple second place finishes and a pair of thirds. Chuck Becker is second in points with Terry Hershberger third.last_img read more

MDI Trojans Nip GSA 1-0 In Baseball Opener

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts Bio admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014center_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) The ball eludes George Stevens Academy Eagle second baseman Nick Kane as Jasper Cousins of the Mount Desert Island Trojans slides in safely at second base.—HUGH BOWDENBLUE HILL — Righthander Nolan Hall handcuffed the George Stevens Academy Eagles, striking out 11 and giving up just four hits as he pitched the Mount Desert Island Trojans to a season-opening 1-0 win on Thursday, April 23.Righthander Nolan Hall of the Mount Desert Island Trojans limited the George Stevens Academy Eagles to three hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 1-0 shutout on Thursday at Blue Hill.—HUGH BOWDENHall outdueled righthander Peter Dickinson, who also pitched superbly for GSA, striking out 13, walking three and allowing just three hits in his six-inning outing.Early on, Dickinson was almost invincible, mixing a fast ball and curve ball to great effect and striking out seven of the first nine batters he faced.GSA mounted a threat in the second inning as Justin McGraw had a leadoff single and went to second on a one-out single by Cameron Lawson.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut Hall then got Tommy Crowe to bounce into a force play at third and struck out Sam Eley to leave two GSA runners stranded.MDI freshman Caleb MacDonald may have saved a run in the fourth inning when he made a diving catch of a line drive by Lawson with a GSA runner at second base.Dickinson pitched out of a jam of his own making in the fifth inning.He walked Chris Gridley, got Ian Hodgdon to foul out, then walked MacDonald.After striking out Gordon Falt, Dickinson then walked Hall to load the bases before striking out Sam Stewart to end the threat.The only run of the game came after Dickinson walked Dennis O’Neil with one out in the sixth inning.O’Neil went to second on a passed ball and scored when Young rifled a bouncer down the third base line.With Young at second, a bunt by Gridley went for a single when Dickinson fielded the ball near the first base line but couldn’t make the tag as Gridley raced past him.But Young then was picked off third and tagged by Dickinson in a rundown and Hodgdon struck out to end the inning.But for GSA, the damage was done.The Eagles were retired in order in the final two at-bats and the Trojans escaped with the 1-0 win.For more sports action, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.last_img read more

The Latest: Michigan-Kentucky hoops game in London postponed

first_imgThe Latest: Michigan-Kentucky hoops game in London postponed ___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.” Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.” May 20, 2020 ___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic.The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August. ___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely.Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks. Associated Press “The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday.___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena. The series also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President & CEO John L. Doleva says in a statement that the “unknown combination” of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viabilities for all parties required postponing the event.Kentucky coach John Calipari says he is disappointed to not go to London and looked forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II.“But I’m glad we were all able to come together, figure this out and preserve this series for the future,” Calipari says.Michigan coach Juwan Howard says: “The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options — all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn’t canceled, it’s just delayed.” The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___ The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program. ___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.last_img read more

Fulham man making steady progress

first_imgSteve Sidwell is on course to return to action in two weeks’ time.The Fulham midfielder has been sidelined with an abdominal injury and has not played since last month’s draw with West Brom.Meanwhile, the Whites have been boosted by Bryan Ruiz’s recovery from illness ahead of this weekend’s game against Aston Villa.AdChoices广告Ruiz was laid low by a virus but has returned to training and will be in the squad for the trip to the Midlands.But Aaron Hughes faces a fitness test on a calf problem and Stephen Kelly is out with a thigh injury.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Interest low, Viterbi council forced to fold

first_imgEven after extending its application deadline, the Viterbi Student Council’s Executive Board received only one application, causing the council to become inactive for this school year.The VSC is an umbrella organization that coordinates monthly meetings between the presidents and board members of various Viterbi organizations and the Viterbi administration.Paul Ledesma, associate director of undergraduate admissions for Viterbi and last year’s VSC faculty adviser, said he was not sure why there was so little interest in the VSC Executive Board this year.It is the responsibility of the outgoing Executive Board to organize and publicize elections, Ledesma said.“It’s possible that it wasn’t advertised adequately by last year’s leadership, but it’s also possible that students who may have run for the position found it more important to hold leadership positions within their specific engineering student organizations,” Ledesma wrote in an email.William Wu, last year’s VSC vice chair, said the organization had slowly moved away from its original role as a resource for students.“I think [VSC] is becoming obsolete because [organizations] were just going to it for money instead of using it as a resource and building a relationship with the administration,” Wu said. “It could have a big impact and could really make engineering present at USC. Right now, I don’t think there’s a need for it. Maybe there’s not a want for it.”Internal issues might also have played a role in this year’s suspension of the Executive Board, according to Wu.“The Board had its own separate communication issues to deal with [and] VSC also had to learn how to adapt to the regulations set by the administration, which previous Board members thought was always challenging,” Wu said.Wu noted that he doesn’t think an overarching committee is necessary.Traditionally, the VSC treasurer oversees the VSC Funding Board, which is responsible for allocating funds to various Viterbi clubs. This year, the Funding Board will continue to function as a separate entity despite the lack of a VSC Executive Board.“The Funding Board is operating as it always did,” Ledesma wrote. “With the exception of a few procedural changes and an updated, streamlined application, there are no changes to the Funding Board’s operation.”In fact, some club presidents feel that a separate funding board is more efficient than the funding board that was part of VSC in previous years.“The only change that has been made is pretty positive. They streamlined the [funding application] procedure,” said Lynn Ho, president of the Society of Women Engineers. “There’s only one form to actually get the money. Before, you would apply and it was harder.”The new funding board is also functioning well without a VSC Executive Board, according to those involved.“I’m kind of the person who is communicating between the [administration] and the student organizations right now, since there’s no VSC,” said Ken Diedrich, director of the Funding Board.Ledesma said the transition to a separate funding board has been a smooth one.“Ken made sure to inform student organization leadership of the change and reassure them the funding sources would remain unchanged at our first event of the year,” Ledesma wrote.After speaking with the leaders of various Viterbi organizations, Ledesma said he believes these groups will be unaffected by the lack of a VSC Executive Board.It has yet to be determined whether or not VSC will be active next year, but it will largely be based on student interest, Ledesma added.He wrote, “If students want to get VSC back up and running, I look forward to working with them,” he wrote.last_img read more

IAAF World Champions: Nigerian Athletes Depart for Moscow

first_imgSome of the home-based athletes and coaches in Nigeria’s party to the 14th IAAF World Championships departed Lagos for Moscow, Russia Monday morning.Some of the athletes who departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos include, Noah Akwu, Abiola Onakoya, Isah Salihu, Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Tobi Ogunmola.The female members of the team that boarded the Etihad Airways to Doha, Qatar en-route Moscow, include Peace Uko, Josephine Ehigie and Bukola Abogunloko.Gabriel Oko, Yusuf Alli, Tony Osheku, Paul Obodoechina and others were among some of the coaches listed for the trip to Moscow.The coaches and athletes are to be joined by the foreign-based athletes including Blessing Okagbare, Tosin Oke and Ajoke Odumosu who have been on the IAAF circuit this outdoor season.AFN Board member and Head of Media, Olukayode Thomas, confirmed at the airport that the federation has prepared the athletes well ahead of the World Championships in Moscow. “We had a training plan, and in terms of support, we had the backing of the Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who has ensured that everything they need in Moscow is in place. We are hoping to have a good outing at this edition,” said Thomas.He explained that since the bulk of the show at the IAAF World Championships were mainly individual events, it was not necessary to camp the athletes at one location.“The kind of training we have in football is not what obtains in athletics.“Someone who is into high jump does not need to train with others– once he or she has a good coach,’’ he said.last_img read more