German parliament approves basic pension law

first_imgThe basic pension is calculated in steps, from 33 to 35 years of contribution, and is guaranteed after assessing that single earners own a maximum monthly income of €1,250 (€15,000 per year), and €1,950 per month (€ 23,400 per year), for married couples or partners.The German Trade Union Confederation DGB union welcomed the introduction of the basic pension.“The pension must be enough to live in dignity. This also applies to those people who have had low wages in their professional lives and therefore receive a low pension,” Anja Piel, member of the executive board at DGB, told IPE.The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil had proposed a “good draft” for the basic pension law, but unfortunately it was changed, and “damaged”, during the negotiations with the coalition partner CDU/CSU, Piel said.“The pension must be enough to live in dignity”Anja Piel, member of the executive board at DGB“The CDU/CSU has made the process of calculating the basic pension extremely complicated and far fewer people will benefit,” she said, adding that the unions have always rejected the income as a measure to grant the basic pension.Under the new law, the financial support to employer-financed company pension schemes for low-wage earners will be increased from a maximum of €144 to a maximum of €288. This supports employers’ contributions of up to a maximum of €960, according to the legislator.In 2018, with the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz, a new tax incentive in the form of subsidy was introduced for company pensions, especially for low earners, meaning employees with a monthly gross wage of up to €2,200, can get a maximum €144 per calendar year.The Union had promised its political support for the approval of the basic pension in exchange of the reform of the Riester-Rente and an expansion of the occupation pension through tax incentives, as reported.“The coalition groups have also agreed to present a reform of private provision (Riester savers) in October,” said the pension expert for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Peter Weiß, during the parliamentary debate.For Piel, a reform is necessary because the private pension schemes are too expensive and inefficient, but it is not a solution for reliable old-age insurance. The German parliament, Bundestag, has approved the law for the introduction of the basic pension – Grundrente – from 1 January 2021.The grand coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD voted in favour, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the liberal party FDP were against the measure, while the Greens and Die Linke abstained.The parliamentary commission on Labour and Social Affairs gave yesterday its green light to vote on the law proposed by the government.The Grundrente is paid in the form of a supplement to pensioners with at least 33 years of contributions to the statutory pension insurance based on periods of employment, child-rearing or care work. Anja Piel at DGB“We need a strong statutory pension and good company pensions as a supplement,” she said.Diakonie Deutschland welcomed the introduction of the basic pension, too.“The basic pension is an important answer to the concerns of 1.3 million pensioners, an important signal especially for women who worked part-time for a long time, raised children or cared for relatives,” Maria Loheide, member of the executive board responsible for social policy at Diakonie Deutschland, told IPE.For Loheide, the basic pension reinforces the idea of statutory pension insurance as a central component of the system in Germany, but furthers steps are required.Diakonie Deutschland proposes a uniform tax exemption for all types of old-age provisions for basic security benefits, to include self-employed and civil servants in the statutory pension insurance, and not to favour private and company pensions, she added.Mario Ohoven, the president of the federal association of small and middle-sized businesses – Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e. V. (BVMW) – called the basic pension an “uncovered check”, adding that the promised European financial transaction tax “does not yet exist”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Bradley Avery Court Case

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Early Monday morning Judge Michael Mack sentenced Bradley Avery for embezzling money from the Alpena county fair board. Avery will serve jail time and sixty hours of community service.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious NOAA: Captain Kidd and the Golden Age of PiracyNext Traditional pill containers have met their replacementlast_img

Could coronavirus fears force Southern California games to be held without fans?

first_img 2,000-plus more LA County cases reported, but coronavirus backlog still anticipated from state Top 50 coasters you can’t ride on National Roller Coaster Day 2020 “The health and safety of our fans, players, teams and employees is paramount,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”The Dodgers’ opening day is March 26, when they play host to the San Francisco Giants. But they return to Dodger Stadium three days earlier to face the Angels for the final two games of the Freeway Series, the annual spring training wrap-up for the Southern California clubs.“Obviously, everyone is aware of it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s not scary, I guess, until it is, and you’ve got to be mindful of it. So, I know that we’re going to bring one of our doctors in and educate our players on sanitation and washing hands and just being mindful of that.“But it is scary.”Stan Kasten, the Dodgers’ president and chief executive officer, said, “Since last week we’ve had guidance from MLB and from the L.A. Public Health Department, both of whom are consulting with the CDC and the WHO. So, we’re operating with the same information. None of it is great news, but they have stressed also this is not a time to be panicking.“We’re in the process of finalizing what kind of procedures we do going forward.”The NHL has banned league personnel from traveling outside of North America, but left it up to the 31 teams to determine whether they would continue to take scouting trips to Europe. More than a century ago, the NHL didn’t award the Stanley Cup because of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918-19.Hockey’s international governing body, the IIHF, has canceled four men’s age-group world championship tournaments and two women’s events scheduled to be played in Europe. In Switzerland, the top hockey league has postponed its playoffs until the middle of March.The Under-18 World Championship, the last significant event for NHL scouts evaluating talent for the league’s annual draft at season’s end, remains on the schedule for April 16-26 in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Michigan, however.“After a thorough review of the guidelines the health organizations have suggested, there are no planned schedule changes at this time,” the Ducks said in a statement. “The Ducks … will follow NHL suggested guidelines. The health of everyone associated with all of our events, including fans, staff, and players/performers, has and will continue to be our number one priority.”In Major League Soccer, both local teams, the LAFC and the Galaxy will play at home in front of sellout crowds this weekend and it should business as usual. LAFC hosts the Philadelphia Union on Sunday and the Galaxy hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.MLS recently formed a task force, which includes MLS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Margot Putukian. In a statement, the league said it “is in direct contact with the relevant governmental agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Agency of Canada and is also coordinating with other sporting organizations.”The Los Angeles Marathon will go on as scheduled Sunday and its 26.2-mile route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica will be unchanged, organizers said in a statement that also read, “our operations team has been in consistent dialogue with local authorities.”Race officials said it would contact entrants and volunteers via email and social media should circumstances change in the days leading up to the race, which they said is expected to draw 27,000 runners from all 50 states and 78 countries.At USC, there are no plans to cancel athletic events or ban fans from attending, the university said in a statement. The school said it would continue to monitor recommendations from the county’s health authorities as well as the CDC and it is also in contact with the Pac-12.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LA firefighter lost to coronavirus mourned by family, peers Coronavirus state tracker: California reported 92 more people have died as of Aug. 15 center_img San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties see declining trends in coronavirus hospitalizations Could there be Lakers, Clippers and Kings games played without fans in attendance at Staples Center? Or a Dodgers game played in an empty Dodger Stadium? Or could some games actually be canceled altogether because of fears of the spread of the coronavirus?Los Angeles County health officials declared a health emergency Wednesday as the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow in Southern California. Discussions reportedly have been held about banning spectators at games in order to prevent the spread of the virus, known as COVID-19.It would be a dramatic step, but one that’s already been taken in Italy, as worldwide deaths have climbed past 3,000 this week. All sporting events in Italy, including soccer games in the top domestic league, will be held without fans in attendance until April 3, the Italian government announced.Staples Center, the busiest sports venue in Southern California with the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Kings calling it home, is working with local, national and worldwide health organizations to stay abreast of the situation, according to a statement released by the facility. “USC athletics will continue to take direction from the university’s Emergency Operations Center team that meets daily to assess the COVID-19 situation and its effect on our campus and community,” the school’s statement read.The NFL season is farther off, with the first exhibition games to be played in August.  Any changes in plans for games would probably come from the NFL office, not individual teams. There has been communication between the Rams and the NFL office about whether there will be changes in plans for the upcoming league meetings (March 29-Aprll 1 in Palm Beach) and draft (April 23-25 in Las Vegas). So far there are no changes in plans for those gatherings.“We continue to take the lead from the NFL and federal and local authorities,” said Joanna Hunter, the Rams senior director of corporate communications.Staff writers Damian Calhoun, Adam Grosbard, Bill Plunkett, Mirjam Swanson, Kevin Modesti and wire services contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs of Wednesday, there were no discussions of playing any games without fans, however.“As a result of the latest briefing update from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, we have posted messaging through our venue reminding fans to engage in safe hygiene practices and to stay home if they feel unwell,” the statement read.“We also have increased access to hand sanitizers through the building. We will continue to update our policies and procedures based on new recommendations from the public health department, CDC (the Centers for Disease Control) or WHO (World Health Organization).”Staples Center will host the NCAA men’s Division I West Regional March 26 and 28.The NBA has instructed players to stop high-fives with fans and use fist-bumps instead, and it also has asked them to discontinue taking items to sign for autographs. Fans often crowd near the tunnels that lead from locker rooms to the court, hoping to high-five players or get an autograph.last_img read more

Ronaldinho loses appeal for release from house arrest

first_imgThe pair have denied any wrongdoing and said they were presented with the passports as a “gift” upon arriving in Asuncion.Ronaldinho retired from football in 2018 after a career that included spells at Gremio, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Milan and Atletico Mineiro, among other clubs. He was a part of the Brazil team that won the 2002 World Cup and was twice voted the FIFA world player of the year.**XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Asuncion, Paraguay | XINHUA |  Ronaldinho has been ordered to remain under house arrest in Paraguay after an appeal court judge refused a request to release the former Barcelona star and his brother.The 40-year-year-old and his older sibling Roberto Assis spent more than a month in prison for allegedly entering the South American country with fake passports.In April, the pair were relocated to the four-star Palmaroga Hotel in the capital Asuncion after agreeing to pay 1.6 million U.S. dollars in bail.Local media reported that the failed appeal means the brothers will be kept in preventative detention for up to six months, pending a trial.Ronaldinho and Assis traveled to Paraguay on March 4 to participate in a children’s charity event and promote a new book. They were arrested later that day on accusations of using false travel documents.last_img read more