Klijnsma calls for choice, solidarity and collectivity in pensions dialogue

first_imgPart of the dialogue will be nationwide meetings, where the Cabinet aims to check and supplement its own views, she said.She added that, depending on the interest and needs arising from these sessions, platforms for specific groups could be established.Klijnsma stressed that anyone with ideas about a sustainable pensions system could participate in the national dialogue, which will be held between September and December.The results of the broad discussion are to be laid down in a framework note, which will also include findings on the issue of the Social and Economic Council (SER).The state secretary said the outline note would include trends in society and experiences with foreign pension systems, and would be tabled in Parliament next spring.She added that the Cabinet would also address the consequences for the design of the system update, as well as possible transition routes and policy variants. Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, has said freedom of choice on pension arrangements, solidarity on risks and income and which collective approach and players should shoulder which responsibilities will be the main issues in the ongoing debate over the long-term future of the Dutch pensions system.Outlining her plans for future talks, Klijnsma said a new website, www.denationalepensioendialoog.nl, would become the focal point for the debate.She said the site – which is to go live in mid-August – would not only provide insight into the government’s orientation via surveys and polls but also contain links to the policy documents of important players in the debate. To support to dialogue process, Klijnsma presented a clarification of the definitions of the crucial concepts for the discussion.last_img read more

Lewis, Powell and Holder record ODI Ranking rise

first_img(CMC) – OPENER Evin Lewis, all-rounder Rovman Powell and captain Jason Holder have all managed to move up in the ICC one-day players rankings, despite West Indies’ dismal showing in the recent three-match series.Left-hander Lewis jumped 11 places in the batting rankings to 65th while Powell also climbed 11 spots to be 127th.Holder, meanwhile, leapt six places to be on the brink of the top 20 in the bowling rankings at 21st.The trio’s movement comes on the heels of the Caribbean side’s 3-0 whitewash at the hands of New Zealand where they found themselves completely outplayed.However, Lewis was one of two Windies batsmen in the series with half-centuries, scoring 76 in the opening match in Whangarei which the visitors lost by five wickets.The Trinidadian finished the series with 86 runs from two matches – the most by a Windies player.Powell was also among the runs in the first game scoring an attacking 59, a knock which marked his maiden half-century in ODIs.Seamer Holder finished as the joint highest wicket-taker for the Windies with five wickets, alongside left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell who also picked up the same number of scalps.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli leads an unchanged top 10 in the batting rankings while Pakistani paceman Hasan Ali continues to head the bowling rankings.last_img read more

Schneidman: Uncertainty surrounds Syracuse heading into ACC tournament after loss to Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm Commentscenter_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Gbinije hobbled across an open court by himself and glanced twice to his left. There, in a corner of the Donald Tucker Civic Center, a mosh pit of Florida State fans and players celebrated 30 minutes after the game ended.Syracuse’s leading scorer finished with a team-high 21 points, but had no say in cementing a furious Syracuse comeback down the stretch, fouling out with 22.8 seconds left. He observed from the bench as Trevor Cooney’s potential game-tying 3 clanked off the front of the rim with 16 seconds remaining.Cooney thought it was going in. Malachi Richardson did too. Even Florida State’s Malik Beasley thought his team-leading 20 points would be nullified by either a make or a renewed Syracuse possession.But neither happened. Instead, Xavier Rathan-Mayes streaked the other way for an uncontested layup to put the final nail in Syracuse’s coffin that the Orange repeatedly staved off. SU’s (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) quest for double-digit wins in conference was denied despite cutting a 10-point lead to two in the final two minutes. And with a 78-73 loss to Florida State (18-12, 8-10), the uncertainty of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament hopes looms larger heading into the ACC tournament next week.“I’m not going to talk about it,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ”What good would that do? My opinion is the selection committee will have to determine who the best teams are in the country. We’ve got (31) games already and then they’ll have the tournament also. They’ll have to make that judgement. That’s my opinion, but it’s no answer because I’m not going to answer that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Virginia Tech beat Miami on Saturday evening, it solidified the Orange as the No. 9 seed at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. next week. Syracuse will face eighth-seeded Pittsburgh, who has beat SU twice this season and outrebounded the Orange by a combined 38 boards in two matchups.Against the Seminoles on Saturday, Syracuse was bullied down low to the tune of a 43-26 rebounding margin in favor of the hosts. Three different Florida State players grabbed eight rebounds while nobody on Syracuse corralled more than five.It’s a problem SU shed in the middle of conference play, but the last five games have seen Syracuse get outrebounded by 56 while allowing over 71 points per game.“We got a lot of stuff to work on defensively,” Tyler Lydon said, “so it’s just a matter of going back, getting ready.”After winning eight of nine games in the middle of ACC play, Syracuse has dropped four of its last five. Following Syracuse’s most recent loss to Pittsburgh, Gbinije said he had an idea of where Syracuse stood on the bubble but didn’t want to discuss it. Cooney too left that up to those outside the team. Boeheim echoed the same.On Saturday, it was no different, with Syracuse likely slipping further toward the cut line of the 68-team field with an opponent that has twice blown Syracuse away down the stretch up next.“It’s hard but it’s just something we’ve got to improve on and make sure we get better,” Richardson said of finishing games. “Get ready for the ACC tournament.”When Richardson was asked if he had a gauge on what Syracuse needed to do next week to secure an NCAA Tournament bid, he stared straight at the ground and mumbled “I don’t know” twice.Just minutes later, a Florida State staff member cracked open the door to Syracuse’s locker room and handed Richardson four boxes of soap. Richardson extended both arms in the air holding the bars and screamed “Soap!” with a wide smile across his face in a silent locker room before declaring that was the deal-breaker for him to take a shower.A win in the ACC tournament may result in the same change in emotion, but Saturday’s loss amplifies the uncertainty.One by one, players moved from their lockers. Richardson went to the shower, Tyler Roberson trudged across the open court to the team bus and Gbinije followed. With ice bags latched onto his knees and right hand, Gbinije remained stoic, observing a celebration that leaves Syracuse with questions that weren’t given answers, and ones that may not have them yet.Matt Schneidman is the Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcschnei@syr.edu or @matt_schneidman.last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Getting Wells back on the field would help an offensethat, to put it lightly, struggled in Seattle. The teamclearly missed their workhorse, as replacements AlfonsoSmith and Chester Taylor rushed 25 times for just 74yards. So yes, getting Wells and his 5.7 yards per carry averageback would go a long way towards fixing the offense, aswould the return of the electric Stephens-Howling.“Having Beanie and LaRod back would certainly give us aboost,” Whisenhunt said. “Whenever you have talentedplayers to throw into the mix you’re excited about that.”Then again, the head coach made sure to temper hisexcitement. Many expected Wells to play last week, but thedecision was made before the game to sit him for theafternoon. So, until the final decision is made there is no guaranteeeither player will be active.“We’ll look at it and see, we’ll see where we are withthat position on Sunday,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s alwaysa decision on Sunday with the inactives. “We’re in pretty good shape health-wise this week, sowe’ll see where we are on Sunday.”Here’s hoping they’re at University of Phoenix Stadiumwith a healthy group of running backs. Top Stories Just when it seemed like Beanie Wells was ready to be therunning back the Cardinals thought he could be he wentdownwith a hamstring injury. This happened, of course, with LaRod Stephens-Howlingalready injured and with rookie Ryan Williams out for theseason. Needless to say, runners have been in short supplyfor Arizona. That could change this weekend when the team hosts the NewYork Giants in Glendale.“We’ll still work him out before the game,” head coach KenWhisenhunt said of Wells. “I still feel very optimisticthat he’ll be able to play.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Arizona Sports 620’s Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed tothis report Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more