The UK government has appointed the new chair of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), selecting existing non-executive director Arnold Wagner for the role.Wagner, who joined the PPF in 2011, replaces Barbara Judge, who departs after six years chairing the UK lifeboat fund.In a statement released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), pensions minister Ros Altmann said it was “vitally important” the PPF continue its work providing security to those saving into defined benefit funds.“I look forward to working with Arnold Wagner, who has been with the PPF for five years and is already familiar with its operations in protecting defined benefit pension schemes,” she said. Altmann also thanked Judge for her “dedication” while in the role.For his part, Wagner said he was delighted by his appointment and also praised his predecessor.“I’d like to thank Lady Judge for her excellent leadership of the board and overall contribution to the PPF over the last six years and wish her well as she moves on to new roles,” he said. In common with Judge, Wagner previously sat on the board of the UK Atomic Energy Agency as a non-executive director and chaired public and private sector remuneration committees.He also spent seven years as HR director at Smiths Group and worked as director of personnel at Bunzl.
The final model now being implemented by TPR splits the UK schemes it oversees into 30 groups.Jackson said: “There are groups where most pension schemes are expected to make a return on time, and other groups where a large proportion of schemes are expected to be late or never make a return. This is great as we can tailor our communication strategy differently for each group: light touch when we expect schemes to make returns on time, firmer where we expect a scheme to be more problematic.”The work can also help the regulator keep on top of other data that might not have been updated, Jackson added, such as contact details of the scheme and key people.“Approaching our existing data in a different way also helped us focus on data quality issues like missing and dirty data,” Jackson said. “By cleaning up these issues we hope to continue to find innovative ways of improving our engagement and enforcement.”TPR has come under pressure in the past 18 months to improve its operations, having been criticised by politicians and industry commentators for its response to the high-profile BHS pension scheme case.The Work and Pensions Committee, a group of politicians from the UK’s lower house, late last year called for TPR to be given a range of new powers and greater resources. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has built a machine-learning tool to help it focus on pension schemes most at risk of breaching its guidelines.Peter Jackson, head of data at TPR, outlined on a government blog how the watchdog had worked with data scientists to make better use of the “scheme returns”, TPR’s main source of pension scheme data.Data scientists from the Government Digital Service (GDS) built the machine-learning model to “predict future pension scheme behaviour”, Jackson said.“As we have data about pension schemes going back several years, labelled with whether they complied with the requirement to submit a scheme return, we were able to build a supervised machine-learning model that learns from our existing data and can be used to make predictions about how a pension scheme will behave,” he said.
With just one day to go until Nigeria’s Premier League kicks off, anticipation has turned to dread among the country’s football fans and organizers. The threat of the militant group Boko Haram poses a real threat to the security of the league. On Thursday, five players from league side Kano Pillars were injured following an attack on the club’s entourage travelling for their opener in Owerri. Their fixture against Heartland has now been postponed indefinitely
Many doctors recommend treatments to their patients that they would not use themselves, a US study suggests.Experts asked nearly 1,000 US physicians to consider a medical scenario and pick a treatment.But when doctors were asked to imagine themselves as the patient their answers differed significantly.Doctors were far more likely to opt for a therapy carrying a higher chance of death but better odds of side-effect free survival, for example.But for their patients, doctors tended to pick a treatment that erred on the side of survival, regardless of the quality of life, Archives of Internal Medicine reports.Death riskFaced with a choice of one of two operations to treat bowel cancer, for example, two-fifths of 242 physicians chose the surgical procedure with a higher rate of death, but a lower rate of adverse effects.Conversely, when asked to make a recommendation for a patient, only a quarter of physicians chose this option.In another scenario, doctors were asked to imagine that either themselves or a patient was infected with a new case of bird flu.They were told a drug treatment was available, and that without this treatment a person who contracted flu would have a 10% risk of death and 30% risk of needing hospital care.Treatment would halve the rate of adverse events but also caused death in 1% of patients and permanent neurological paralysis in 4%.Of nearly 700 doctors, about two-thirds chose to forgo the treatment when imagining they had been infected, to avoid its adverse effects.However, when imagining that a patient had been infected, only half recommended not taking the treatment.Dr Peter Ubel, from Duke University, North Carolina, and colleagues say: “When physicians make treatment recommendations, they think differently than when making decisions for themselves.”What is not clear is which is the best way to reach a treatment decision – putting yourself in the shoes of another or not.Indeed, today doctors are often discouraged from giving their own personal opinion and instead are encouraged to present the relevant evidence and information so that the patient can make the choice for themselves.“Our study does not suggest that physicians always make better decisions for others than they would make for themselves.“At most, our study suggests that in some circumstances, the act of making a recommendation might improve decision making,” say the researchers.‘Reliant on doctors’Katherine Murphy, chief executive of UK-based The Patients Association, said it was “very telling” that the research had found many doctors may take a different course of action from the one they would advise their patients to follow.“Doctors are of course human and will weigh up the options subjectively for themselves, no matter what they recommend to their patients.“The difference is that doctors will have all the medical knowledge to back up their decision whereas patients are sometimes entirely reliant on their doctor for information.“If the government is serious about making patient choice a reality, it must ensure that all patients have access to meaningful information in a variety of formats on all treatment options so they can come to a decision which is right for them.”By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News HealthLifestyle Doctors ‘often defy’ their own treatment advice by: – April 12, 2011 Share Share Tweet Share 20 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
Share Share Sharing is caring! 162 Views no discussions Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint UK Archbishops criticise anti-gay laws by: – January 30, 2014 Tweet Archbishop Welby is on a five-day tour of four African countriesThe Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, after being asked about laws there penalising gay people.The letter said homosexual people were loved and valued by God and should not be victimised or diminished.Nigeria and Uganda have both passed legislation targeting people with same-sex attraction.The letter is also addressed to all primates (heads of national Churches) in the worldwide Anglican Communion.Archbishops Justin Welby of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York said the letter was a result of “questions about the Church of England’s attitude to new legislation in several countries that penalises people with same-sex attraction”.The letter comes as Archbishop Welby starts a five-day tour of four African countries.‘Draconian’In Nigeria this month, President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a bill which bans same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.In Uganda – Archbishop Sentamu’s native country – a bill allowing for greater punishments for gay people, and those who fail to turn them in to police, has been passed by parliament, but blocked – for now – by President Yoweri Museveni.The laws have been heavily criticised by gay and human rights groups.UN human rights chief Navi Pillay described the Nigerian law as “draconian”.She said she had rarely seen a piece of legislation “that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights”.In their letter, the archbishops reiterated their support for a document known as the Dromantine Communique, published in 2005 by the primates of the Anglican Communion.The communique said: “We continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.“The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us.“We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.”‘False gospel’Archbishop Welby’s stance on homosexual relationships has created tension with more traditionalist Anglicans.Last October, he held talks with members of the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon), which condemns those who preach what it calls a “false gospel” claiming God’s blessing for same-sex unions.The primates of seven national Anglican churches in Africa attended October’s Gafcon meeting, including Uganda and Nigeria.Archbishop Welby has said some gay couples have loving, stable and monogamous relationships of “stunning” quality.But he says he still supports the Church of England’s opposition to active homosexuality.BBC News
LocalNews A Ladies Night and Back in Time Night added features of Stardom Tent by: – January 5, 2012 11 Views no discussions Chairman of the Stardom Calypso Tent, Norman Letang. A “Ladies Night” and “Back in Time Night” are two added features which will form part of the Stardom Calypso Tent for the 2012 Carnival season.At the official launching of Stardom Tent on Thursday Chairman of the Tent Norman Letang, announced that the new features; female Calypsonians as well as Carnival queens, calypsos from past years as well as return to its old home; the Sisserou Hotel of the tent.“We want to make all the tents this year especially exciting. Our first tent will feature obviously all the new songs and we are going to have a special introduction, special beginning and in the course of the tents also we are going to have a Ladies Night which will feature the Carnival queens and the ladies calypso competition. We also intend on having a back in time night where we’ll feature some old Calypsonians and old songs; some of the guys will sing old songs, this is one of the things that people usually enjoy very much.”Calypso stalwarts like Hunter, Scrunter and Web have returned to the competition and Mr. Norman noted that they will also be featured at the tent as they “always cause additional excitement in the tent”. 2011 Road March King, Sour Sour.Stardom Calypso Tent which had been traditionally hosted at the Sisserou Hotel changed venue to the Krazy Kokonuts which is opposite of the old venue. That move according to the organizers was not a successful one. Mr. Norman therefore announced that the tent would return to its “original spot” and cited a few reasons for that decision.“We are especially happy to be back in our original spot the Sisserou Hotel or the Reigate Waterfront. Reigate Waterfront has a special ambiance and the sound there is very good, people enjoy it very much in the past it was always a sell-out and we can assure our patrons that this year is going to be even better than the past.”Meantime, Digicel Dominica who has pledged $15, 000.00 in cash and an unlimited amount in kind through its Country Manager Richard Stanton highlighted the importance of Calypso to the Caribbean region.“Calypso is deemed as one of the many ways in which Caribbean people showcase their talent and express their views on political, social, entertainment and other related issues affecting its people which bring much excitement with great rhythm. Calypso also forms part of the Caribbean’s unique cultural heritage which is carnival, to which many Dominicans both locally and in the Diaspora look forward to each year. Superior PickyIn related news; Belfast Estate represented by Mrs. Hyacinth Ducreay presented Mr. Letang with a cash sponsorship of $10, 000.00 and she also noted that the company is proud to partner with the Stardom Calypso Tent as over the years they have never disappointed their patrons. Other sponsors of the tent include; Bulls Eye Pharmacy, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Guiyave Restaurant, the Sign Man, DOMLEC, Dominica Brewery and Beverages Limited, Courts Dominica Limited Veteran Calypsonians Scrunter, Superior Picky and 2011 Road March King Sour Sour also thrilled the audience a preview of their 2012 calypsos.Stardom Calypso Tent will begin on Wednesday January 11th, 2012 from 8:30pm at the Sisserou Hotel in Castle Comfort and will continue every Wednesday night thereafter. The tent will climax with the Stardom King of the Tent Show scheduled for the 15th of February, 2012.The organizers are urging patrons to support the tent and help them make Stardom Tent a success for 2012.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
By Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (July 15) – Kelly Shryock continued the trend of new Hawkeye Dirt Tour winners Wednesday night at Southern Iowa Speedway.Not only was he the fifth winner in as many series events this season, it was Shryock’s first career win on the tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.A qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Shryock was already vote eligible.Fresh off his Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Mod Tour championship, Ricky Thornton Jr. redrew the pole and took the early advantage in the 25-lapper. His time out front was short-lived as Shryock grabbed the lead away just prior to a lap three caution.Shryock continued to pave the way with Cayden Carter pursuing and Kyle Strickler making his way through the field.Strickler worked the low side past Carter with three laps to go, however he came up a couple car-lengths short of Shryock at the line. Carter ran third.Shryock became the fourth different series winner in four events held all-time at the speedway.Other winners during the Southern Iowa Fair included Daniel Hilsabeck in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Jason McDaniel in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Dale Porter was the winner in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Bill Whalen Jr. topped the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The next event on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is a Wednesday, July 22 stop at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.Feature results – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 2. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 3. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Colt Mather, Keswick; 5. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 7. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 8. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 9. Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon; 10. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 11. Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa; 12. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 13. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 14. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 15. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 16. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 17. David Brown, Kellogg; 18. Jon Snyder, Ames; 19. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 20. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 21. Jason Murray, Hartford; 22. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 23. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield; 24. Kurt Kile, Nichols.1st heat – 1. Carter; 2. Thornton; 3. Strickler; 4. Dotson; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Lauritzen; 7. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 8. Larry McConnell, Danville.2nd heat – 1. Less; 2. Schroeder; 3. Shryock; 4. David Brown; 5. Kile; 6. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Ill.; 7. Joey Franklin, Las Vegas, Nev.; 8. Todd Shute, Des Moines.3rd heat – 1. Taylor; 2. Van Genderen; 3. Gustin; 4. Marriott; 5. Snyder; 6. Scott Dickey, Packwood; 7. Roberts; 8. Mills.4th heat – 1. Jason Murray; 2. Vanderbeek; 3. Groenendyk; 4. VanDenBerg; 5. Sample; 6. Mather; 7. Ryan Fullenkamp, Bloomfield; 8. Levi Nielsen, Mason City.First “B” feature – 1. Marriott; 2. Dotson; 3. Snyder; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Roberts; 6. Mills; 7. Lauritzen; 8. McConnell; 9. Jacob Murray; 10. Dickey.Second “B” feature – 1. VanDenBerg; 2. Mather; 3. Kile; 4. David Brown; 5. Sample; 6. Woodruff; 7. Fullenkamp; 8. Franklin; 9. Shute; 10. Nielsen.
Mrs. Deanna (Scott) Macrander, age 74, of Hanover, Indiana, entered this life on October 12, 1944, in Vevay, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late, William Denton and Loretta (Peelman) Scott. At age 8, she and her family moved to California. By age 14 she could play the piano, organ, and bass. At age 17, she formed her own band called the Stardusters. She was the youngest woman to become a band leader. Deanna and her band had the opportunity to perform with and play backup for many talented artists such as Tex Ritter, Little Jimmy Dickens, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley and many others for over 30 years. She will always be grateful to Freddie Hart for helping her get started in the music industry. She was a 1963 graduate of the Kerman High School in Kerman, California. Deanna returned back to Vevay, Indiana with her parents where she met Ivan Earl Macrander. They were united in marriage on February 14, 1981, in Vevay, Indiana. Deanna and Ivan shared 32 years of marriage together until he passed away on September 6, 2013. Deanna was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ and was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary in California. Ivan and Deanna resided in the Louisville, Kentucky community from 1986 – 1996, in the Ramsey, Indiana community, in 1996 and resided since 2006 in the Hanover, Indiana community. Deanna was an avid reader and played the piano occasionally. She enjoyed watching FOX News, Hallmark and Inspiration channels. Deanna passed away at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Hanover Nursing Center in Hanover, Indiana.Deanna will be missed by her sons, Mike Macrander and his wife: Connie of Lexington, IN and Gayle Macrander and his wife: Kay of Brooksburg, IN; her grandchildren, Carroll Wayne Macrander, Vanetta Pike and Steve Wolf; her great-grandchildren, Carol Ann Macrander-Stakelin, Zane Bennett and Bradly and Dylan Wolf; her great-great-.granddaughter, Maddie Stakelin and several cousins. She will be missed by her two cats, Snowball and Lucy, who have been her companions for several years.She was preceded in death by her parents, William Denton and Loretta (Peelman) Scott and her husband, Ivan Earl Macrander.Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the United Service Organizations, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC. 20077-7677 or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
Barclays Premier League high-fliers Manchester City were without Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure at the Britannia Stadium, but they were able to call upon David Silva again against Stoke. Press Association The diminutive Spaniard started alongside summer signings Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling for the first time since City scored six against Newcastle at the start of October. Here, Press Association Sport assesses Silva’s impact versus the Potters. CREATIVITY While Xherdan Shaqiri was carving out opportunity after opportunity at one end, Silva was struggling as his own’s team’s playmaker. The 29-year-old was still spotting passes but a strong wind was ensuring his attempts were failing to find their intended targets. The poor movement of Wilfried Bony was not helping Silva, who must have wished partner-in-crime Sergio Aguero was his team’s fulcrum. WORK-RATE City’s entire XI were out-worked and out-fought in the first half and they certainly lost the midfield battle against Mark Hughes’ men. Silva, not famed for his work in the hustle and bustle in the middle of the park, was guilty of putting in weak challenges. He also offered little support to the shield of Fernando and Fernandinho on an afternoon when they were torn to shreds by the hosts’ creative players. MOVEMENT Silva usually thrives in the pockets of space between defence and midfield yet those areas were denied him by Glenn Whelan and Geoff Cameron. He moved across the pitch in search of it, while Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling both swapped flanks to try and make something happen, to no avail. Silva even dropped deeper at times in a bid to involve himself more, but it was not to be his day. IMPACT Silva’s biggest contribution on the match would lead to a Stoke goal. It was his pass that gifted Stoke possession in the move which culminated in Arnautovic’s second goal, although blame should also lie at the door of others, notably Fernando and Bacary Sagna. Ultimately City needed more from their tricky midfielder on a day when he was overshadowed by Stoke’s Swiss genius and replaced just after the hour.