VIDEO: HMS Edinburgh, HMS Illustrious Descend on Capital for Commemorations (UK)

first_img View post tag: Navy VIDEO: HMS Edinburgh, HMS Illustrious Descend on Capital for Commemorations (UK) View post tag: HMS Veteran destroyer HMS Edinburgh and giant helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious brought the capital to a halt as they glided down the River Thames. HMS Edinburgh is the last of the Type 42 destroyers and is on her first stop on a round-Britain farewell tour which ends nearly 30 years of service.Watched by hundreds of people on both banks of the Thames, the Portsmouth-based warship glided under Tower Bridge – where she faced a barrage of camera flashes from eager tourists – and berthed alongside museum ship HMS Belfast, sister of her forebear which was sunk in the Arctic 71 years ago.HMS Illustrious took all of her 22,500 tonne bulk down the river and through the Thames Barrier enroute to her Greenwich moorings.As well as HMS Edinburgh and a third ship – HMS Blyth – the Portsmouth-based ship will be in the Capital for six days of events commemorating the longest military campaign of the Second World War.“We are delighted to be in London for the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations.“HMS Illustrious has a very close affiliation with the City which we will be aiming to strengthen further through a very busy programme of events.“It is, however, a very poignant occasion and we look forward to welcoming onboard some of those who served through the longest and one of the most costly campaigns of the SecondWorld War.” This month, the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA 70) will culminate with a series of events in Liverpool. The city was home to the Western Approaches Command in the Second World War – it was from here that the struggle against the German U-boat was successfully directed.The BOA70 commemorations are as follows:London during 8-13 May, Derry-Londonderry between 10-12 May, building up to the main event in Liverpool from 24-28 May.In Derry-Londonderry, a Royal Navy ship visit is planned to support the dedication of a new memorial statue by the Royal Naval Association and a special wreath-laying ceremony.Finally in Liverpool, up to 25 Royal Navy and international ship visits are planned in support of the city’s core commemoration day, Sunday 26 May, which includes a day-time Cathedral Service, a march through the city by current Naval and Merchant naval personnel as well as veterans, and a fly past of the Fleet Air Arm’s pride and joy, the Fairey Swordfish.In London, the aim is to use the three Royal Navy ship visits, an Evensong Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Merchant Navy Memorial Service and a Charity fundraising dinner to raise awareness of the importance of the maritime community to the UK economy, with London as the political and financial centre.During the warships’ visits, there is also a host of recruitment events and ship tours organised for local community groups and schools and colleges, plus members of HMS Illustrious’ ship’scompany will interact with many of their affiliate organisations in London.All three ships are providing crew members to act as step liners and attend the St Paul’s commemorative event. On completion they will march to the Mansion House accompanied by the Plymouth Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.Edinburgh will spend the next three weeks sailing around Britain – first to London, then the Scottish capital and finally Liverpool as part of a farewell tour, a goodbye not just to Edinburgh herself but also a class of ship which has served the Navy and nation with distinction, and paid the ultimate price in doing so on occasions: the Type 42 destroyer.The 42s have been the safeguards of the Fleet against air attack since the 1970s and have seen action in every major conflict and police action which the RN has been involved in over the past four decades, from the Falklands and two Gulf wars to UN peacekeeping duties in the Adriatic in the 1990s and, most recently, pounding pro-Gaddafi forces in the 2011 Libyan civil war.But with all six Type 45 destroyers, 21st-Century successors to the Type 42s, now in the hands of the Royal Navy, and four of them operational, the hour has come for the last of the veteran 14 Sheffield-class to sail into the sunset.Edinburgh will continue Battle of the Atlantic commemorations by attending a Merchant Navy ceremony in Tower Hill on Saturday, and by joining up to two dozen warships in Liverpool later this month at the climax of events over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend; see the Royal Navy’s official Battle of the Atlantic website, www.royalnavy.mod.uk/boa70 for details.In between – from May 15-21 – there will be an emotional last visit to Edinburgh, including a final parade through the city’s streets.She leaves London on Sunday – as does a team of nine officers and ratings who are cycling from the banks of the Thames to Edinburgh, via Coventry, Sheffield, York and Newcastle (cities all with Type 42s named after them) to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.HMS Edinburgh returns to Portsmouth on May 31 for a ceremonial final entry to her home base, flying her decommissioning pennant.She formally bows out of service on June 6.[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Illustrious View post tag: Descend View post tag: Defense Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: UKcenter_img Share this article View post tag: capital View post tag: Commemorations May 9, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: HMS Edinburgh, HMS Illustrious Descend on Capital for Commemorations (UK) View post tag: Edinburghlast_img read more

Executive Director London Defends Parking Requirements Of Area Planning Commission

first_imgCouncilman Weaver,The Site Review Committee met with the owner/developer in March of 2018 that our office had set up to help introduce the project, the ownership team, and the agencies that were involved in the permitting process.  At that time, the owner described the project and what their proposed uses were for the building.  Based on the information received, each agency laid out what items would be expected to be presented at the Site Review meeting for approval.  In addition, some of the main items discussed where the parking requirements, variances that could be requested, sewer/water/grease trap items, redevelopment approval, etc.All agencies involved in the process were there to help this project through the necessary requirements along with providing detailed information from each agency.  On October 29, 2018, 7 months later, the first set of plans were submitted for review by the Site Review Committee, i.e. Phase 1 of the project.  During a walkthrough by the Building Commission, Fire Department, and the Area Plan Commission, it was discovered that the owner had already done some extensive work without having any permits.  Even though this activity had happened, the Site Review Committee moved forward to try and keep this project on track.On November 7, 2018, an Improvement Location Permit was issued for the project so that it could continue to move forward.  At that time, several items were discussed with the owner including parking requirements for future Phases along with items required by the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility since the facility did not have easements for the sanitary sewer system.  Since that time multiple sets of plans along with multiple different scenarios have been presented to the agencies that sit on Site Review.On February 25, 2019, Phase 2 of the project was submitted for Site Review Approval.  During the time between Phase 1 and Phase 2, a variance request was approved for parking on the project which would relax the number of required parking spaces from 122 to 86, which allowed for additional units to go in along with 4 hotel units and office space.  Based on the plans that were provided, which showed an additional parking lot to be built to meet the variance approval, a permit was issued on February 28, 2019.  The existing parking lot that is currently in place has a total of 71 parking spaces.Based on the variance that the owner requested and showed on the plan that was provided and approved by the BZA and the Site Review Committee, the additional parking lot would provide the 86 spaces required.  To date, that parking lot has yet to be built and has been shown on several different locations on the site. In addition, the shared parking agreement with Culver school that was recommended by the City government to help the owner in their future plans has yet to be provided for approval.  By no means has any agency tried to slow this project down, and in fact, each agency has tried to help nail down a moving target.To date, the Area Plan Commission has approved each request for a Certificate of Occupancy after the proper information has been submitted.  If you would like to discuss this project in more detail, I would be happy to meet and pull all the information on the project along with the multiple sets of plans that we have had to work with.Additionally, since I have become the Area Plan Commission Director, the parking requirements in the downtown business district have been eliminated for all commercial developments and the residential component has been greatly reduced by the addition of the ability to share parking or to be within 300’ feet of a public parking area.  The Arts Overlay Zone, Jacobsville Overlay Zone, and West Franklin Street Overlay Zones have been created, have helped reduce parking requirements and have been completed through a properly vetted process by the entire community.  Pushed for the last several years, we have finally received funds this year by the County and City Councils to hire a consultant to update our antiquated codes.  I could not agree more that this review has needed to occur.  We look forward to working with everyone through this process, which should include our entire community since it will affect everyone!Thank You,Ronald S. London, P.E., CFM– Executive DirectorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Atlanta Funk Band Adapts Child’s Story Into Music For “Sing Me A Story” Charity Effort

first_imgAtlanta funk ensemble Voodoo Visionary will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Off The Ground, on Friday, February 17, 2017. The group will be celebrating with a show that night at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, where they will be joined by Alabama’s Little Raine Band and Tennessee’s Opposite Box. Voodoo Visionary’s last two Atlanta shows were both sold out performances, playing at Terminal West on December 3rd where they opened for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Jimmy Herring, and previously on November 18th at Variety Playhouse where they opened for TAUK.To get a glimpse of the action, Voodoo Visionary has shared a live video from the Variety Playhouse, performing their debut single “Hold Tight” from the upcoming album. You can listen to the studio version of “Hold Tight” here, and catch the live version in the video below.Voodoo Visionary is also releasing their second single from the new album, titled “Hero On The Horizon.” In March of 2015, Voodoo Visionary was approached by Austin Atteberry from the Sing Me A Story Foundation, who asked them to participate in an effort to bring the voices of children in need to the world through music. The premise behind Sing Me a Story is that children in need create stories about anything they want, and songwriters turn them into songs and send them back to the kids. In partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia providing programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges, and SweetWater 420 Fest, performing artists had the opportunity to record a song onsite at the festival.Voodoo Visionary chose a story by 11 year Noel from Camp Twin Lakes, called “A Hero On The Horizon.” In the story, Noel is a robotics genius who can talk to animals, his sidekick, Hunter, is a tiger with a robotic leg, and their nemesis is Natura, who can control nature. Noel brilliantly describes Natura’s weaknesses as a giant ego and overconfidence. After defeating Natura, Noel humbly returns home, cloaked from the public eye, and wonders if being a superhero is worth it given that his loved ones would be endangered if his secret identity was ever discovered. Just as he is about to give up his heroic antics, he gets an alert of more people in danger and knows it is his duty to rescue them. Noel’s story of adventure, internal conflict, and ultimate selflessness inspired Voodoo Visionary to adapt the story into a song, which they debuted at SweetWater 420 Fest and will include on their upcoming album.The song is available to stream and download now from the Sing Me A Story Foundation website. A minimum donation of $1 will receive an mp3 download with the donation receipt, and all proceeds are split between Camp Twin Lakes and Sing Me A Story Foundation. You can also read Noel’s original story below.Photo courtesy of Bonnie Morét.Video courtesy of Kyle Indiana Robbins.last_img read more

Choose replacements carefully when cutting saturated fats

first_img Read Full Story When cutting saturated fats from your diet, carefully consider what you will eat instead. That’s the advice from Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a WebMD.com article published on August 13, 2015. Hu weighed in on a recent study published in the British Medical Journal that found that people who cut out saturated fat don’t necessarily lower their heart disease risk. Hu told WebMD that’s because many people who reduce saturated fats in their diet often start eating more unhealthy carbohydrates instead.“When people reduce their saturated fat content, if they replace saturated fat with refined carbohydrates like white bread, bagels, and white rice, it is not going to do any good,” Hu said, because eating too many refined carbohydrates is also a risk factor for heart disease. Instead, he recommends eating more healthy fats such as vegetable oils, nuts, and seafood—which can help to lower heart disease risk. Moderation with these healthy fats is still important. Dietary guidelines recommend that we get no more than 10% of our daily calories from saturated fat, which Hu calls “reasonable.”last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 3 – 9

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The JacksonsCelebrating the first family of pop music’s 50th Anniversary tour, one of the greatest groups in history returns, electrifying the stage with the late Michael Jackson’s famous dance moves. The king may be gone but his legend lives on through videos of him unleashing his genius, played alongside the performance. Relive classics, such as ear candy “ABC” and so many others, for a crazy night you’ll never forget. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$89.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 3. Sailin’ Shoes, a Little Feat tribute band, rocks The Space at Westbury.Sailin’ ShoesThis tribute band performing music by Little Feat will play tunes from each incarnation of the influential group from the 1970s through the ’90s. This isn’t just any cover band, however. With a familiar classic sound bellowing with originality yet reminiscent of so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Newman brings tones of familiarity yet originality in his music throughout the many stages he’s had the presence of gracing throughout his acclaimed career. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 3.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity FestivalIf laughter is the best medicine, this festival is a miracle. Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari and Trainwreck’s Amy Schumer are joined by SNL’s Jay Pharoah, Comedy Central roaster Jeff Ross, ex-Daily Show correspondent Michael Che, Insomniac Dave Attell and so many others in what is expected to be a night of sharp-tongued, sexual, and morally questionable jokes. Get ready to laugh, uncontrollably. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $22-$125. 5:15 p.m. Sept. 4.Invitational Gallery Show OpeningBreathtaking oil paintings, ceramic works, photography and more define this Invitational Gallery Show and opening reception, featuring the works of Shain Bard, Puneeta Mittal, Pamela Waldroup and Constance Sloggatt Wolf. Art has the divine capability of transcending this realm and showcasing the boundless, unimaginable vortex of the soul. Come be inspired! The show runs through Sept. 19. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington huntingtonarts.org Free. 6 p.m. Sept. 4.Counting CrowsSinger Adam Duritz & Co. make this intimate, local stop in support of their seventh album, last year’s Somewhere Under Wonderland. Adjusting the setlist every show, fans should expect a different, undeniably memorable night of rock that includes gems from this most recent drop as well as a joyous barrage of hits from 1993’s August and Everything After. Warming up the crowd are Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $70-$150. 7 p.m. Sept. 4.Pat DixonExpect plenty of quirky crook jokes from this New York City-based comedian, writer and producer who hosts The New York City Crime Report with Pat Dixon, which is the only comedy podcast that focuses solely on the topic of crime in NYC. The weekly show presents a comedic take on the most bizarre and interesting criminal and court activity in New York City through the lens of the popular city tabloid news. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 9 p.m. Sept. 4, 5. Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.Fire Island National Seashore 50th Anniversary Weekend CelebrationIf the late master planner Robert Moses had his way, Long Island’s largest and most magical barrier island would have a parkway running down the middle of it. Marking the preservation of this car-free paradise a half century ago are a slew of events that reveal the soothing natural beauty of one of the region’s only National Park Service sites. Events include a ranger-guided Sunset Paddle canoe tour in Watch Hill 5-7 p.m. Sept. 4, a Sunset Breach Hike from the Wilderness Visitors Center at Smith Point County Park in Mastic to New Inlet 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 4, an Evening Seaside Stroll from the Fire Island Lighthouse to Kismet 6:15-7:45 p.m. Sept. 4, the 50 Years, 50 Plants Tour of the William Floyd Estate in Mastic at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5, a Hike Through History from Robert Moses State Park Field 5 to the Fire Island Lighthouse 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 5, an Enchanted Evening Sunken Forest to Cherry Grove Walk starting at the Sailor’s Haven Visitors Center 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Maritime Music with The Shipmates at the Wilderness Center 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, plus several sand castle contests.R5This pop/rock quartet is coming to Long Island from LA to play for fans songs off their debut album, Louder, which was released last year. Fans of Disney’s Austin & Ally will recall the band’s singer/guitarist, Ross Lynch, who appears regularly on the show. Opening the show are Jacob Whitesides & Ryland. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$75. 7 p.m. Sept. 5.The Brooklyn Bridge BandLong Island Music Hall of Famers and diehard rock and rollers will be delivering their legendary heartfelt hits “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” along with other gems from their seemingly endless, four decades-plus career creating addictive melodies and seamless, ever-flowing harmonies. The late, great Johnny Maestro, will be singing along from the clouds, smiling. A great band, an unforgettable night. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. Sept. 5.BenyaminOne of Iran’s most famous religious and traditional pop singers will be perform hits from his latest album, 85. Benyamin Bahadori, a south of Tehran native, shares his musical talents with multiple countries around the world and is taking that world tour to Long Island. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness this musical maestro’s music and spirit of his culture. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westburythespaceatwestbury.com $55-$125. 9 p.m. Sept. 5.Sean PaulHe’s been heard on Beyonce’s U.S. #1 single “Baby Boy” and seen on various television shows like Punk’d, 106 & Park, and Making the Video. The Jamaican rapper and musician, sold more than six million copies of his album Dutty Rock, following his triumphant win of Reggae Album Of The Year for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards. His latest release, Full Frequency, furthers this amazing artist’s successful future, featuring guest appearances from Damian Marley, Iggy Azalea, and many more. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Fine art, such as this work, will be available at the Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts.Westhampton Beach Festival of the ArtsExplore the world of art through these breathtaking creations of painters, jewelers, sculptors, photographers, mixed-media and fiber artists. Select from handmade originals in glass, ceramics, metalwork and woodwork. Purchase spectacular pieces for your home or office. Commission a piece specifically for yourself! Artists are available throughout the event. Great Lawn, 35 W Main St., Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 6.FishboneFor more than 25 years Fishbone has been seen touring alongside acts including the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and many more. American Ska, Punk, and Rock Fusion are only a few genres the band crossed paths with, as they continue to push their boundaries with their 2014 release Intrinsically Intertwined. Fishbone is known for their hyperactive and humorous live presence, even adding a bit of social commentary into the mix. The band’s top hits include “Freddie’s Dead,” “Sunless Saturday,” and “When Problems Arise.” Supporting acts include Downtown Brown, Nonstop To Cairo, Soul Junkies and Pillow Theory. Hells yes! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6.Blues LegendsJoin host Bill Shelley for a celebration of the unique musical talents who created the highly inspiring sound of The Blues. Some of the film clips that will be shared in this program are the only known filmed performance of the artists. This program will feature an assortment of legends and pioneers from the earliest days of Bessie Smith (known as the “Queen of the Blues”), John Lee Hooker, Son House, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Ida Cox, Pops Staples, Memphis Minnie, and many more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public, including reception. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.—Compiled by Nicholas Semelak, Chuck Cannini, Chelsea Russell Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Croatian tourist offer presented in South Korea and Japan

first_imgBy the way, Korean tourists visit Croatia in a significant way in an organized manner, about 73 percent, but more and more individually, often as part of a wider European cruise. On the other hand, in the traffic of Japanese tourists to Croatia, there is an increase in the number of individual trips compared to organized trips. According to the number of overnight stays, the destinations with the highest turnover from the Korean and Japanese markets are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes. During their stay, Korean and Japanese guests most often choose to stay in hotels. Korean tourists most often stay in three- and four-star hotels, while Japanese prefer four- and five-star facilities. In terms of seasonal distribution of traffic, the Japanese and Koreans contribute above average to the affirmation of pre- and post-season, given that the peak of traffic in Croatia is recorded in May and June, and in September and October. Let us add that 5 Croatian entities are participating in the workshops in Seoul and Tokyo on the Croatian side, including the Tourist Boards of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Split-Dalmatia, Istria and Zadar County and the City of Zagreb, with the Kvarner Tourist Board presenting itself in Tokyo. Croatian Ambassador to Japan Dražen Hrastić. Ljubljana Tourism and the Julian Alps are participating on behalf of the Slovenian Tourist Board. A prize game was prepared for the participants of both workshops, which includes Turkish Airlines tickets to Croatian and Slovenian destinations. According to the CNTB, the first workshop, intended for representatives of tour operators and agencies, which was also visited by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Korea Dr. Damir Kušen, was held yesterday in Seoul, while the second is held on Thursday, September 19 in Tokyo. in Japan. The Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board in South Korea and Japan organizes educational workshops “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia” which aim to promote Croatian and Slovenian tourist offer, but also education of agents who offer or will offer Croatia and Slovenia. Among the travel agencies and tour operators in Seoul were Interpark Tour, the most important Korean online travel agency, Mode Tour, one of the most important agencies for organizing individual and group arrangements, and SM Town Travel, an agency that brings a large group of prizes to Zagreb and Dubrovnik in October this year. Amway’s motivational trip. The workshop, which was led on the Croatian side by the newly elected director of the CNTB Representation in Seoul, Zoran Horvat, was also visited by 11 representatives of the Korean media specializing in lifestyle and travel. Photo: Croatian National Tourist Board / Cover photo: MINT A typical “Croatian” tour for Korean and Japanese tourists includes Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik. “The educational workshop in Seoul is being held at the very moment when we are in the phase of the last formal procedures for the opening of the CNTB office in South Korea. The great interest in the workshops attended by over 60 established partners is proof that our activities aimed at the Korean market are yielding results.”, Said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that in the current part of the tourist year, 377 thousand overnight stays were realized from the Korean market, which is an increase of 5 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. “In addition to the long-term charter connection between Croatia and Korea, since last year Seoul and Zagreb have been connected by a direct scheduled airline of Korean Airlines, which successfully continues to operate during this tourist year.”, Stanicic pointed out.last_img read more

PGGM to focus on healthcare sector, exit other business channels

first_imgUnder Velzel, who succeeded Else Bos last year , PGGM has developed a new strategy for the next five years, abandoning its earlier plans to support consolidation across the entire pensions sector in the Netherlands. The Huisartsen scheme will likely remain with PGGMThe €10.6bn occupational pension fund for general practitioners (Huisartsen) was also set to stay as it was part of the healthcare sector.Velzel indicated that PGGM expected to achieve synergy benefits with Stipp, the €198m scheme for temporary workers, which has 1.3m participants in a defined contribution plan with the provider.General pension fund up for grabsPGGM’s general pension fund Volo – established in 2016 as a consolidation vehicle for smaller pension funds – no longer fitted with the provider’s new strategy, Velzel said.Currently, Volo has roughly 3,000 participants and is the second-smallest general pension fund in the market.According to Velzel, PGGM hadn’t set a clear deadline for offloading its APF.However, the chief executive said PGGM would continue to support the low-cost defined contribution vehicle (known as a PPI) that it operated in collaboration with Rabobank.Velzel said: “The PPI is an important preparation for an individual DC system with its choice options. If the mandatory participation were to move to the many employers in the care sector, it would be very useful for us to have the PPI available.”IT overhaulDuring the next five years, PGGM is to invest tens of millions of euros in IT in order to be prepared for a proposed new pensions system with more choice options for employers and participants.“Within this new system, which is to deliver tailor-made pension arrangements for large numbers of participants, we expect synergy in the long term,” Velzel said.While PGGM is to close its door to pensions provision, it wants to open it to third-party asset management clients.“If we want to be best in class, we need to scale up,” Velzel said “Therefore we are considering opening some asset classes for mandates in part.”Velzel said PGGM was assessing the options for property at the moment.Although in its annual report PGGM said it wanted to open its infrastructure fund to external players, the CEO noted that PFZW also wanted to increase its investments significantly, emphasising that the healthcare scheme would have priority.PGGM’s shift follows other providers such as the €130bn MN, which said that it would no longer take on new clients in order to focus on supporting the large metal pension funds PMT and PME.However, MN did open up its asset management services to other clients in the metal industry.APG, the provider for the €414bn civil service scheme ABP, hasn’t accepted new clients for pensions administration for several years. PGGM, the Netherlands’ second largest pensions provider, is to refocus its strategy and exits some lines of business in a major overhaul led by its new CEO.In an interview with IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, Edwin Velzel said the €215bn asset manager would focus solely on catering for the healthcare sector and its largest client, PFZW.Velzel said PGGM’s general pension fund (APF) no longer fitted with this new strategy and would likely be sold.In addition, he confirmed that his company would stop taking on new customers for its pensions administration business. In July the €1bn occupational scheme for marine pilots (Loodsen) said its contract with PGGM would expire in 2020 and not be renewed.center_img Edwin Velzel, PGGM“It has become clear that it is very difficult to achieve synergy by taking in other pension funds with very different arrangements,” Velzel said.He added that PGGM also wanted to prepare for a possible future without mandatory participation of employers in a sector scheme.Velzel explained that “retaining market share in the healthcare and wellbeing sector is one of our top priorities”, and so the provider had to collaborate more with other entities in this sector.No new admin clientsThe new strategy also meant PGGM wouldn’t take on new clients for its pensions administration business – at least in principle.“We would like the pension funds in the care sector that aren’t yet being served by us to join PFZW,” said Velzel.While Loodsen would be looking for a new provider from 2020, Velzel said PGGM wanted to keep its other non-healthcare clients – including the €19.4bn Dutch pension fund of Philips and the €7bn sector scheme for painters and decorators – “because they have been deeply integrated into PGGM’s systems”.last_img read more

Priests at Gothic cathedral master livestream amid virus threat

first_imgPriest Philippe Rochas, left, and Jean-Benoit de Beauchene pack up livestreaming equipment after holding a closed door Sunday mass at the St. Vincent de Paul church in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, March 22, 2020. AP MARSEILLE – Recent restrictions ongatherings in France to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus have forcedreligious communities to adapt the way they express their faith. “I already realize that the people whosee us online are very happy to have this service, as a kind of comfort,”Rochas told The Associated Press. (AP) This Sunday, however, he sat hunchedover a webcam as he and his fellow priests prepared an empty meeting room tolive-stream Sunday Mass directly to the screens of parishioners confined athome. On a typical Sunday morning, FatherPhilippe Rochas greets roughly 350 worshippers as they trickle into theneo-Gothic St.-Vincent-de-Paul church in the heart of Marseille.last_img read more

Park Jefferson’s rich Iron Cup pays $7,000 to IMCA Modified winner

first_imgModified entry fee is $150 if paid by Aug. 1 or $200 on race day. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $1,000 to win both nights. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $400 to win, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $150 to win on Friday. Saturday’s card includes a $700 to win feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods race for $400 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance state points will be given at the draw/redraw show.  Qualifying starts on opening night with the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event set for night two. A race of states is also on the Friday program, with one Modified driver from each state represented at Park Jefferson selected by random draw to compete in a $500 to win event. Friday grandstand admission is $17 for adults and $15 for seniors ages 65 and over. Admission on Saturday is $20 for adults and $18 for seniors. Fans ages 6-16 are $5 and five and under get in free each day.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights.  The Iron Cup is presented by J & J Fitting. More information is available at www.parkjeff.com and on Facebook. Pit passes are $35. JEFFERSON, S.D. – Seven thousand dollars is the top prize at the richest IMCA Modified race in South Dakota, Park Jefferson Speedway’s seventh annual Iron Cup special Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7 and 8. last_img read more

Jones run 1-2 at Raceway Park

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 13) – Glen Jones and son Casey ran 1-2 in Sunday’s Casey’s General Stock IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Raceway Park.Kyle Welch had his hands full holding off Todd Boulware for the KCAU IMCA Northern SportMod checkers. Chris Mills’ move to the high side late in the race paid off with the Total Motors IMCA Modified checkers.Craig Clift paced the Golden Auto IMCA Hobby Stocks and Ramsey Meyer was the Z98 IMCA Sport Compact winner.last_img