Transformation Unit Head Urges Pension Reform Office of the Prime MinisterSeptember 8, 2011 RelatedTransformation Unit Head Urges Pension Reform RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes RelatedTransformation Unit Head Urges Pension Reform By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, says there is need to reform the public sector pension scheme. She stated that the pension facility, in its current non-contributory format, is unsustainable. Speaking on the final day of the Public Sector Monitoring Committee’s (PSMC) two-day seminar at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Wednesday September 7, Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla, said there is a “serious problem” facing the administration in fulfilling payment obligations over the next 5-10 years, based on “present value”. She explained that there are over 5,137 civil servants retiring now, and the initial lump sum payment due to them is some $4.8 billion, on average. She pointed out that there will also be an annual recurrent payment of $1.1 billion. There are 10,520 civil servants, aged 55-60 years old, who are due to retire within the next five years, and their lump sum payment could cost as much as $14.2 billion, with recurrent/annual payments of $3.4 billion. And, in another 10 years, over 12,800 persons aged 50-55 years will have to be paid some $13 billion in lump sum entitlements, and $3.1 billion in recurrent expenditure. Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla said that her unit has met with several public sector employees, who have indicated their support for a contributory pension scheme. “They are not opposed to paying an additional one, or even two per cent, and to have a contributory scheme,” she stated. Responding to questions on the level of consultations on the pension payments, Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla advised that Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Senator Arthur Williams, has engaged representatives and delegates of the various trade unions in the public sector on the matter. Senior Industrial Relations Advisor in the Public Service Establishment Division (PSED) of the Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Jones, said that two trade union representatives were members of a special working group involved in a World Bank-supported activity, leading to the formulation of a Public Sector Pension Reform Green Paper, to be tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw. Senator Williams, who also spoke at the seminar, said that he will be chairing a Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament which will review of the Green Paper. He said that the Committee will invite submissions from the public, which will also be considered, and a White Paper is expected to be tabled by January. The seminar was held by the Public Sector Monitoring Committee (PSMC), as part of Government’s efforts to work with the trade unions representing public sector workers to arrive at consensus on setting the parameters for public sector wages and conditions of employment. Participants in the two-day seminar, held under the theme “A partnership Approach to True Solutions”, included members of the PSMC, Permanent Secretaries and heads of agencies, public sector employees and representatives of the private sector. Topics discussed included the IMF Standby Agreement Conditionalities and the way forward, Growth Inducement in the Medium Term, Social Partnership to Achieve National Objectives, Public Sector Transformation and Productivity in the Public Sector. Advertisements
HomeOpinionColumnsYour column here – Lost your job and health coverage because of coronavirus? Covered California is here to help Apr. 06, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsYour Column HereYour column here – Lost your job and health coverage because of coronavirus? Covered California is here to helpGuest Author1 year agocovered californiahealth coveragemedicalyour column here These are unprecedented and challenging times for the nation and the state of California, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has altered the course of our lives for the foreseeable future.As job loss claims hit record-highs, more and more Californians will be dealing with a loss of in-come and their health insurance coverage. Covered California and MediCal are providing a path to coverage for those affected by this pandemic.Covered California recently announced a special-enrollment period related to the crisis. Anyone who meets Covered California’s eligibility requirements, which are like those in place during the annual open-enrollment period, can sign up for coverage from now through June 30.“The goal is to have as many people covered as possible to ensure they have access to vitally needed health care,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California. “This is the right thing to do and we to make sure no one is left behind in California during this pandemic.”Those signing up through Covered California will have access to private health insurance plans with monthly premiums that may be lowered due to federal subsidies and new state financial help that became effective in 2020. Once a plan is chosen, coverage begins on the first of the following month — meaning individuals losing job-based coverage will not face a gap in coverage.That was the case for Jose Gonzalez Fernandez. The 60-year-old Bay Area resident lost his construction job and health insurance at the end of February, but in March he heard on the local news that Covered California’s special-enrollment period would apply to his circumstances.“I have always had health insurance through my union,” Gonzalez Fernandez said. “It was scary to think that I would not be able to go to the doctor if I got sick or if I catch the coronavirus. I can’t imagine getting sick, not having health insurance and not having money to pay for the medicine and medical services. That truly is scary.”Gonzalez Fernandez is thrilled to be enrolled in Covered California plan for just $2 a month for him and his wife, Luz. “The best thing ever is that I get to keep my same coverage. I get to keep my doctors.”Also, consumers who sign up through CoveredCA.com may find out that they are eligible for no-cost or low-cost coverage through MediCal, for which they can enroll in online. Those eligible for MediCal can have coverage that is immediately effective, because California has put a 90-day hold on MediCal renewal reviews, ensuring those already enrolled can continue their coverage and freeing up resources to quickly process the expected new enrollments.All medically-necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 is free of charge. This includes tele-health or doctor’s office visits, as well as network emergency room or urgent care visits, when necessary for the purpose of screening and testing for COVID-19. In addition, MediCal covers costs associated with COVID-19 in both its managed care plans and with fee for service providers. Covered California health plans will help cover costs that arise from any required treatment or hospitalization.In addition, all health plans offered through Covered California and by MediCal will provide tele-health options for enrollees, giving individuals the ability to connect with a health care professional by phone or video without having to personally visit a doctor’s office or hospital.“A core part of our mission is improving access to high-quality health care, and that has never been more important than it is right now in California,” Lee said. “Covered California will help you find a path to the coverage you need for you and your family.”Consumers can easily find out if they are eligible MediCal or other forms of financial help and see which plans are available in their area by using the CoveredCA.Com Shop and Compare Tool and entering their ZIP code, household income and the ages of those who need coverage.To enroll in Covered California or MediCal health plans:– Visit www.CoveredCA.com.– Get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified en-roller.– Have a certified enroller call you and help you for free.– Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.Angie BlanchetteTags :covered californiahealth coveragemedicalyour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYour Column Here – Why Surfers Should Be Allowed To SurfRate of infection slows in Santa Monica with six new coronavirus cases confirmed since FridayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours ago
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The line of mostly gray haired veterans wrapped around the room, and every time it got shorter, another group stood up to fill it in. At the end of the line stood Congressman Ryan Zinke, who offered a handshake, a pin commemorating their service and a hearty “Bravo Zulu and welcome home.”A half-century after the Vietnam War began, many of those who fought in that conflict are finally receiving the welcome they never received when they came home from Southeast Asia.“When I came back here from combat there were bands and pats on the back, but that’s not the case for many of you,” Zinke said at a pin ceremony at Flathead Valley Community College on June 2, the seventh such event held this spring around Montana.More than 2.7 million American soldiers served in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. Montana has one of the highest populations of veterans per capita and more than 100,000 from conflicts call the state home.Zinke, who was a Navy Seal in the 1990s and 2000s before entering politics, handed out nearly 200 commemorative Vietnam veteran lapel pins in Kalispell. Spokesperson Heather Swift said the Congressman has issued more than 1,300 pins at medal ceremonies in Missoula, Helena, Butte, Bozeman, Billings and Great Falls in recent weeks. Swift said more ceremonies are planned for eastern Montana and elsewhere in the coming months.The ceremony featured brief comments by Zinke, the congressman’s district director and Vietnam veteran John Fuller, and veteran Maj. Tim Grattan.“We who have been there and done that know,” Grattan said to his fellow veterans. “We survive a war that most people would rather forget about.”Among the veterans who received a pin was Richard Huffman, who served as an aviation ordnanceman for the U.S. Navy in 1971 and 1972 and served in the Gulf of Tonkin. He said when he returned stateside after serving he was greeted by protestors.“It didn’t feel like home when I came back,” he said.Another U.S. Navy veteran, Gary Wilson, echoed Huffman’s sentiment.“Those of us who served were not welcomed when we came back because it was a very unpopular war,” he said. “It’s wonderful that they’re (recognizing Vietnam veterans) now.” Email
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For Whom The Bell Rings Like us on Facebook“A ripe melon will say ‘punk.’ An unripe melon will say ‘pink’ or ‘pank,’” Ness flicks the smallish watermelon and cocks her head, listening. “So it’s kind of like a ‘penk,’” she said laughing. “It’s not quite like a ‘punk’ yet.” Aluma Farm is the first farm on the Atlanta BeltLine. Ness and her business partner, Andy Friedberg, started to farm on the property last spring after they won a bid to lease the land from the BeltLine. Related Stories Ness said at first the property reminded her of an abandoned, gravel parking lot.“Like pretty barren,” Ness said. “Like just like scrubby, bushy weeds. Like it took us a really long time to get like grass to grow.”A year and a half later, the farm is lush and bountiful. It even has a greenhouse.This transformation was the original intent for the property, says Fred Yalouris, the BeltLine’s director of design. Share “We were looking for a way to clean up the site,” Yalouris said. “It was unbelievable amounts of trash. There was a buried oil tank. So taking the approach of turning it into an urban farm was a good, you know, use of the land.”He said the BeltLine would like to build more farms along the trail, but there are no concrete plans yet.Meanwhile, Aluma Farm got a small boost. Last Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved a grant for solar panels. Construction on a shed to refrigerate and store the farm’s harvest will break ground shortly. The solar panels will completely power the shed, making it an off-the-grid building. Ness said she looks forward to having the shed, as she carts many of the vegetables to her home in Adair Park to be stored until they can be sold. Add to My List In My List The farm supports itself by selling veggies once a week. But Ness said they also sell to a lot of Atlanta restaurants, like Barcelona in Inman Park and Argosy in East Atlanta. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Andrea Ness walks the nearly 4-acre farm. It butts up to the Westside Trail in Adair Park, separated by a chain link fence and a small gully. Walking between rows, Ness points out okra, corn, watermelon. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party
+1 [email protected] Public Art Award 2011 Deadline: 5 November 2010Open to: Sculptors of any age and nationality yet to be recognised as practitioners in public artAward: £10,000Committed to the pursuit of excellence in the art form, the Society aims to inspire, inform and engage people of all ages and backgrounds with sculpture, to support the development of sculptors’ professional and creative practice and to promote good practice. [email protected] is an award designed to offer Sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. We are delighted to open the 2011 award which is made possible by the generous support of philanthropists.The jury will short list five sculptors whose applications meet the criteria, reflect the brief and indicate quality and potential through the work presented. Short listed sculptors will be invited to produce a full proposal, including drawings, maquette and supporting documents (e.g. an outline budget) for a fee of £500. .Deadline for the receipt of maquettes and proposals is 15 February 2011.The short listed maquettes and proposals will be exhibited in the RBS Studio Gallery from 2 February $ 23 March 2011. During the course of the exhibition, the jury will meet to review the proposals and interview the short listed sculptors before selecting the winner.The winner will be publicly announced at a special event later that day in the Studio Gallery. Feedback will be given to the unsuccessful short listed artists.EligibilitySculptors of any age and nationality working in any style or media who have yet to be recognised as practitioners in public art, meaning that Sculptors can not have on an open (or closed) competition for a commission to create a work for a public space above the value of £15,000. For those who have received formal training the expectation is that they will have a minimum of three years post education practice.ApplicationApplicants must submit:• a completed application form,• 5 digital images of their work (clearly titled and in Jpeg format),• CV• brief statements about their approach to the award.Completed form and supporting information must be mailed to:[email protected], Royal British Society of Sculptors,108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RAAwardsFive short listed sculptors will:• be paid a fee of £500 for the design and submission of a maquette.• participate in the exhibition of short listed work in the RBS Studio Gallery in February $ March 2011.• be included in the [email protected] Award catalogue.The winning sculptor, announced during the exhibition, will be awarded:• £10,000 towards production cost of a work to keep or sell (reasonable transport and installation costs are covered by the scheme)• the opportunity for individual mentoring and to participate in the RBS professional development programme.• a solo exhibition of the winning work in the Sculpture Forecourt for four months from October 2011 $ January 2012.• a short accompanying exhibition in the RBS Salon Gallery October 2011.• A second exhibition of the winning work at Canary Wharf Spring/Summer 2012.ContactLisa Howard, Education ManagerT: 020 7373 8615E: [email protected] The deadline to submit aplications is 5th November 2010.Official Webpage Tweet Share 0 Reddit ← Two junior researcher job positions, Macedonia Writers on the move 2011, England, Czech Republic → LinkedIn 0 Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. October 13, 2010 Published by Site Default Similar Stories
Similar Stories May 30, 2011 Published by Site Default Deadline: 10 June 2011Open to: young Roma from any Central and Eastern European member stateRemuneration: a stipend of 500 CHF per monthDuration/Place: 3 months, StrasbourgThe Council of Europe in cooperation with the Open Society Institute is pleased to offer three month internships to young Romastudents/professional at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg). The aim of the internship programme, which receives the financial support of the Open Society Institute (OSI), is to train young Roma in administration and civil service and to familiarise them with work in the intergovernmental sector. The trainees will have the opportunity to obtain qualifications which may help them integrate local, national or international administrations.Who Can Apply Young Roma from any Central and Eastern European member state Complete secondary education/preferably university or equivalent level (including social workers and mediators/advisors on Roma issues), in areas such as law, political sciences, sociology/anthropology, economics, social studies, psychology, education or international relations The Max van der Stoel Award → Tweet ← Active – Sobriety, Friendship, Peace Working language: good command (written, read and spoken) of at least one of the official languages of the Council of Europe (French and English); knowledge of other languages is desirable (Romani in particular) Seminar “Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Young People” in Strasbourg Reddit +1 Ability to work in a team and to adapt to a new environment Internship in Council of Europe for Young Roma, Strasbourg Good drafting ability requiredTrainees are selected by a common decision of the Support Team of the Special Representative to the Secretary General for Roma Issues and the Open Society Institute following the principle of fair geographical distribution.DutiesTrainees will be working with the Support Team of the Special Representative to the Secretary General for Roma Issues. Should theywish, the opportunity might be provided to spend the whole 3 months or part of the internship in other departments, provided that the chosen service has the possibility to take on a trainee. Trainees will be given an opportunity – especially through the induction course arranged for them – to find out about the Council’s structures, activities and international co-operation procedures, including the implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity of attending sittings of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly and other meetings taking place during their stay in Strasbourg.The every day work of the trainees will consist of:· Assistance in the preparation of international meetings,field visits and conferences taking place in Strasbourg or in member states ;· Preparation and drafting of substance documents/files on different topics· Assistance in answering requests for information/research in the documentation centre of the Support Team of the SRSG for Roma Issues;· Taking part in the daily work of the team, ie. administrative tasks, team meetings, internal coordination on Roma issues ;· Opportunity to attend parts of the European Parliament sessions (once a month in Strasbourg) and sessions of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly;· Opportunity to become acquainted/establish links with the local Romani community through NGO contacts;· Opportunity to spend part of the internship in other sectors of the Organisation, depending on the wishes and competences of the trainees and facilities in other sectors.CostsA scholarship offered by the Open Society Institute will be allocated to the selected applicants (1 per session of three months). It should cover travel expenses from and to the country of origin, accommodation costs and subsistence expenses. Cost for health and accident insurance will be deducted from the grant . Office space and computer are provided.15 August – 15 November – deadline for application : 10 June 2011How to ApplyThe applicants are kindly requested to fill in the attached form and to prepare a letter of motivation, explaining why they wish to apply for an internship at the Council of Europe, Support Team of the Speacial Representative to the Secretary General for Roma Issues and what benefit they expect from such an experience. Letters of endorsement or recommendation are welcome. Selection will be based on language skills, the motivation letter and education performance.Applications should be addressed, in English or French, to Mrs Eleni Tsetsekou – [email protected], Administrator, Support Team of the Speacial Representative to the Secretary General for Roma Issues, Council of Europe, F-67075Strasbourg Cedex, France., fax: 0033390214053The Official Website Share 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Council of Europe – Youth Delegate Program in Strasbourg LinkedIn 0 The European Press Prize – The Award for Excellence in Journalism Pocket
InnoGames reports revenue growth of 24% last year, up to €161.5mTen years of consecutive growth for German mobile publisher and developer Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 20th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleInnoGamesLeading German mobile developer and publisher InnoGames has today announced record-breaking revenues of €161.5 million for 2017.With revenues up by 24% on the year prior, fuelled primarily by a 62% increase on mobile, 2017 marks the company’s tenth year of consecutive growth. Browser games remained intrinsic to the InnoGames’ success last year, with revenues up by 11% to €107 million. The company also confirmed an EBITDA margin of 25%, increasing its overall profitability. InnoGames’ reported a 15% increase in play time and an additional 13% in daily active users across its entire portfolio. Its flagship titles Forge of Empires and Elvenar saw revenue increases of 36%, with mobile as the main growth drivers. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Meanwhile, Elvenar’s mobile version successfully launched onto iOS and Android in November 2017 and is expected to scale over the coming year. “The keys to our success definitely are our teams, our high-quality, data-driven approach and, ultimately, our games,” said InnoGames’ CEO Hendrik Klindworth. “We are focusing on the development of new mobile titles to further invest in future growth while optimising our existing titles. I want to take the opportunity to thank all the players and everyone who contributed to another record-breaking year for InnoGames.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG increases investment in InnoGames, forms new holding companyGamingCo will include MTG’s entire gaming business, including KongregateBy Rebekah Valentine 5 months agoForge of Empires reaches €500m in lifetime revenueInnoGames’ strategy title brought in over €250m in the last two yearsBy Rebekah Valentine A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Competing at the CCI 3* Saumur, in Saumur, FRA, Lindsay Pearce finished in 18th place out of 52 entries riding Saniki with a score of 89.80. Pearce also placed 35th with Candar van het Neerveld.A complete list of the CCI 3* Saumur results may be found at http://bit.ly/MdDdJh. Tags: Lindsay Pearce, Saniki, Candar van het Neerveld, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.