Police Merit Commission Agenda

first_imgOPEN SESSION: An executive session and a closed hearing will be held prior to the open session. Sergeant Steve Kleeman – 4 officers in field trainingSergeant Brian Talsma – 5 officers in SWILEA CALL TO ORDER I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5): To receive information about and interview prospective employees.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(6)(A): With respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(9): To discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.  This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation, or benefits of employees during a budget process. REMINDERS:  The next meeting will by Monday, April 24, 2017 with the Executive Session beginning at 2:00pm. PENDING DISCIPLINARY MATTERS: Personnel Order 16-PO-27:  Officer Marcus Craig, Badge Number 1250 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider termination.  Appeal hearing to be set at later date pending disability hearing per motion at February 21st meeting. APPLICANT REVIEW: March 27, 2017 (Hegeman, Cook, and Scott) APPROVAL OF CLAIMS: The executive session and hearing are closed as provided by: NEW DISCIPLINARY MATTER: 16-04516-065 EVANSVILLE POLICE MERIT COMMISSIONMEETING AGENDAMonday, April 10, 2017 2:00 p.m. Room 307, Civic Center ComplexEXECUTIVE SESSION:An executive session and a closed hearing will be held prior to the open session.The executive session and hearing are closed as provided by:I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5): To receive information about and interview prospective employees.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(6)(A): With respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(9): To discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees. This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation, or benefits of employees during a budget process.OPEN SESSION: CALL TO ORDERACKNOWLEDGE GUESTSAPPROVAL OF MINUTES:March 27, 2017 (Hegeman, Cook, and Scott)APPROVAL OF CLAIMS:PROBATIONARY OFFICER UPDATE:Sergeant Steve Kleeman – 4 officers in field trainingSergeant Brian Talsma – 5 officers in SWILEAAPPLICANT REVIEW:16-04516-065NEW DISCIPLINARY MATTER:Personnel Order 17-PO-03: Sergeant John Evans, Badge Number 5174 – 5 day suspension. No appeal received.RETIREMENT:Officer Douglas Kemmerer, Badge Number 1192 – retiring effective June 28, 2017 after serving 21 years, 3 months, and 16 days.PENDING DISCIPLINARY MATTERS: Personnel Order 16-PO-27: Officer Marcus Craig, Badge Number 1250 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider termination. Appeal hearing to be set at later date pending disability hearing per motion at February 21st meeting.REMINDERS: The next meeting will by Monday, April 24, 2017 with the Executive Session beginning at 2:00pm.ADJOURNMENTEVANSVILLE POLICE MERIT COMMISSIONMEETING AGENDAMonday, April 10, 20172:00 p.m.  Room 307, Civic Center ComplexEXECUTIVE SESSION: Officer Douglas Kemmerer, Badge Number 1192 – retiring effective June 28, 2017 after serving 21 years, 3 months, and 16 days. Personnel Order 17-PO-03:  Sergeant John Evans, Badge Number 5174 – 5 day suspension.  No appeal received. ADJOURNMENTFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare RETIREMENT: ACKNOWLEDGE GUESTS APPROVAL OF MINUTES: PROBATIONARY OFFICER UPDATE:last_img read more

Top ideas from K&B

first_imgKluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts) recommends adding icing and edible decorations to doughnuts to add value. The company supplies sugars, icings, colourings and edible decorations, such as plain, milk and white chocolate flakes, shavings and curls. Its Multifoods doughnut mix is designed for ‘make-to-order’ doughnut machines and larger production machines. “Freed from worries about consistency in the mix, bakers can concentrate on the toppings and maximise sales potential by displaying a variety of differently decorated options,” says the firm.last_img read more

Press release: British firms on track to score World Cup deals worth £1.5 billion

first_imgBritish companies will play a major role in ensuring a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and are expected to be involved in many aspects of the tournament from building new stadiums to cutting the grass and providing pitch-side security guards.The Department for International Trade has already helped British companies to secure £940m in Qatar World Cup-related exports and aims for at least a further £500m before the competition kicks-off in 2022.The UK’s Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery is in Qatar today (2 December) for the second meeting of the Joint Ministerial Economic Commercial and Technical Committee (JETCO).Talks will explore partnership opportunities for British business at the 2022 World Cup as well as celebrating the continued rise of trade between the two countries, which totalled £3.39bn in 2017, an increase of 70% over the last five years.Minister for International Trade George Hollingbery, said: In July, the Emir of Qatar visited London to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May. They discussed how the UK could continue to support Qatar to deliver a safe and successful World Cup in 2022, and the Prime Minister highlighted the expertise of British companies in delivering major sporting events.So far, the UK has stepped up, capitalising on its expertise in project management, design, architecture and supply chains to secure world cup contracts.UK business has a long track record of delivering the world’s biggest sporting events. The Department for International Trade helped UK companies win export business worth around £150m supporting Brazil to deliver the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Summer Games.At Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, the seats in which fans cheered on their teams were provided by UK firm Blue Cube. At the Rio Games, British company ES Global provided the decks on which triathletes changed disciplines (from swimming to cycling, and cycling to running), whilst PKL provided temporary kitchens to feed the athletes, staff and fans.More recently at this Summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, Staffordshire firm Allet Lawnmowers won a contract to provide £1 million worth of mowers for the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi during the competition.DIT is now focused on helping other British companies to win contracts at the 2019 Pan American and Para-Pan Games, the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as at Qatar 2022 and a host of other major events.UK-Qatar cooperation is not just about the 2022 World Cup but the beginning of a number of opportunities for the UK to support Qatar’s National Vision2030, its ambitious multi-billion dollar national reform plan. The World Cup will help build on the wider bilateral relationship between the UK and Qatar as well as helping to strengthen the country’s infrastructure and operations. With our football teams enjoying success this summer and fantastic support coming from all four nations, it’s great to see British business winning contracts and making these fantastic events the spectacle they are. If our nations have as much success in Qatar 2022 as UK businesses are having supporting it, we are in for another great tournament. Our world class construction companies have some of the best safety records in the world and they will play an important role in delivering a safe and successful World Cup.last_img read more

Alumnus attends 382 consecutive home games

first_imgRegardless of traffic, weather or even the possibility of his children being born, for the past 382 consecutive home football games, Notre Dame alumnus Charles “Chuck” Falkenberg has been in the stands. Falkenberg began attending games with his father in 1939, said Martin Falkenberg ‘90, Falkenberg’s son. Charles eventually graduated from the University in 1952, and continued his streak through the years as seven out of his 10 children went on to attend Notre Dame. Now, 72 years after his first home game, four of Falkenberg’s grandchildren are at Notre Dame. Brian Falkenberg, a sophomore in Alumni Hall; Tommy Falkenberg, a sophomore in Stanford Hall; Rebecca Moriarty, a sophomore in McGlinn Hall; and Danny Falkenberg, a freshman in Knott Hall, all enjoy the tradition that has been part of their family their entire lives and admire their grandfather’s unwavering enthusiasm. The grandchildren all agreed that their memories, as well as their grandfather’s passion for the University, undoubtedly influenced their desire to come to Notre Dame. “I just have memories going back as far as I can really remember. I mean, just going tailgating with my family, stuff like that,” Danny said. Moriarty recalls attending her first game as a freshman with her cousins Tommy and Brian and how exciting it was to take a picture with them, her grandfather and all of their parents. Martin said he attributes two major reasons to Falkenberg’s passion and dedication: his love for the University and family. “Obviously the first reason is the love of the University,” Martin said. “But secondly, it was something he did with his father. My grandfather went with him every weekend until he passed away in 1972. Then my oldest sisters were old enough to go every weekend, so Notre Dame football was something that transcended the generations. Most of my family who have graduated [from Notre Dame] go back every week, and it’s something we can all do together. It’s a social activity — we all love Notre Dame football, and we love the University and everything it stands for. “You know, my father is a persistent guy. Whenever I introduce my father at football games, I always say he hasn’t missed a game since 1939, and most people are pretty amazed at that streak.” Falkenberg’s daughter, Grace Moriarty ’80, said that his streak was never a goal. “For him, it’s just a part of his life,” she said. “I don’t think it was ever intentional.” As for the countless obstacles Charles Falkenberg faced in attending game day weekends, the alum always found a way to persevere. “We tried to arrange dates so that they didn’t [conflict with home football games]. That was just a given, he was going to be there,” Grace said with a laugh. “We didn’t schedule things on football days.” Danny said even the greatest of conflicts couldn’t deter Charles’ devotion to Notre Dame. “He’s almost missed his children being born,” Danny said. Saturday’s victory over Boston College marked Charles’ 382nd consecutive home game and Falkenberg’s family said he has no plans of stopping the tradition. His family remains loyal to continuing his legacy. “It was all him. He was the one who started it,” Tommy said.last_img read more

Poll: Americans’ Terror Concerns Trump Civil Liberties

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York #455210854 / gettyimages.com Half of Americans today say the government’s anti-terrorism policies have not gone far enough to protect the country, while about one-third of people say those same policies have gone too far in restricting civil liberties—a precipitous change from one year ago. Americans’ rising angst regarding terrorism was revealed by the Pew Research Center on the same day that President Barack Obama outlined his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS militants in a nationally televised speech Wednesday. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama declared. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” The Obama administration plans to “eradicate a cancer like ISIL,” another name used for the Sunni militant group ISIS, by sending 475 additional service members to Iraq to support and train Iraqi and Kurdish forces, as well as assist with intelligence. Obama, who was elected to office largely because of his opposition to the Iraq war instigated by President George W. Bush, insisted those troops won’t have a combat mission. “We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq,” he claimed. The president also requested that Congress give his administration the authorization to train and equip moderate opposition forces in Syria battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all,” Obama said. The Pew poll released Wednesday found that 62 percent of Americans are “very concerned” about the rise of Islamic extremism in the world, and 53 percent are worried about such extremism rising in the US. In a previous survey conducted in August, 67 percent of people identified ISIS as a “major threat to the US.” But Obama said that authorities have not uncovered any ISIS plots at home, though he did note that the intelligence community believes “some” Americans have joined the militant group in Syria and Iraq. It’s still unclear what kind of threat, if at all, ISIS poses to the homeland, according to a New York Times report on Thursday. “It’s hard to imagine a better indication of the ability of elected officials and TV talking heads to spin the public into a panic, with claims that the nation is honeycombed with sleeper cells, that operatives are streaming across the border into Texas or that the group will soon be spraying Ebola virus on mass transit systems—all on the basis of no corroborated information,” Daniel Benjamin, a former Obama State Department counterterrorism adviser, told the Times. From the report:“[Benjamin] said the public discussion about the ISIS threat has been a “farce,” with “members of the cabinet and top military officers all over the place describing the threat in lurid terms that are not justified.”One year after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed mass government surveillance at home and abroad, most Americans are becoming more concerned with how the government is combating terrorism than how it impacts civil liberties. Only 35 percent of those polled say current anti-terrorism policies have gone “too far” in restricting civil liberties. That is a stark difference from July 2013 when Pew found that 47 percent said those policies go too far in impeding civil liberties.“That marked the first time in nearly a decade of Pew Research Center polling that more expressed concern over civil liberties than protection against terrorism,” Pew said. The recent slayings of hundreds of people in Iraq and Syria by ISIS, including the beheadings of two American journalists by the group, could also be impacting how Americans view Muslims. According to the poll, half of Americans now say that Islam encourages violence more than other religions, up 7 percent since July and 12 percent since February. Obama touched on the extremists’ warped ideology of the religion early in his speech: “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents,” Obama said. “And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”last_img read more

Top 10 financial products that drive members crazy

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, receives over 25,000 complaints a month regarding problems with financial products or services. As of mid-2017, the bureau has received 1,242,800 complaints. So which products and services create the most frustration for consumers? Without further ado, here are the top 10 financial products and services that drive consumer crazy on a daily basis, as compiled by the CFPB:Debt CollectionCredit ReportingMortgagesBank Accounts or ServicesCredit CardsConsumer LoansStudent LoansPayday LoansPrepaid CardsMoney TransfersWhile some financial institutions may look at this report and scatter to make sense of their failures, credit unions know they have 10 opportunities to offer these services the right way and surpass the expectations of everyday members. Credit unions are different from banks in many ways, but the biggest difference is the way they approach serving members.  “The Credit Union Difference” was designed by CUNA to highlight the qualities that set credit unions apart from the big banks: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jill Stein, Third-Party Candidate, Escorted Off Hofstra’s Campus

first_imgMore than 1,000 police officers are providing security in and around Hofstra, and various checkpoints have been set up throughout the sprawling campus to avoid people without credentials from gaining access to secure areas. According to her Twitter profile, Stein was escorted out and placed into a van, which was stopped twice by authorities. Stein is expected to hold a demonstration outside the campus Monday evening along with several hundred of her supporters. “The Commission on Presidential Debates is trying to exclude myself and Gary Johnson from the debate on Monday night on the campus of Hofstra University,” she wrote on a Facebook event page. “I’m going to be there anyway. The American public has a right to hear real debate about real issues affecting real people.” Stein was famously arrested outside the gates of Hofstra during the 2012 presidential debate. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, was escorted off Hofstra University’s campus Monday afternoon following an impromptu news conference with reporters, a Nassau County police spokesman told the Press. Stein, who did not secure the requisite 15-percent polling threshold to get on the debate stage, had apparently gained access to the campus and was speaking with reporters when she was removed from the campus.A police spokesman said Stein did not have proper credentials to be on Hofstra University’s campus. It was unclear how the long-shot presidential candidate entered Hofstra’s grounds, the police spokesman said.On Twitter, Stein suggested she was authorized to be at Hofstra. last_img read more

Vouchers for the delivery of food to citizens in isolation and the elderly, as one of the concrete solutions?

first_imgThe National Civil Protection Headquarters as we know it yesterday announced new measures to reduce the possibility of transmission and protection against the spread of coronavirus.  Vouchers for the delivery of food to citizens in isolation and the elderly, as one of the concrete solutions? Thus, as of today (next 30 days), a number of measures have come into force aimed at ensuring stricter measures of social distancing, in order to mitigate the possibility of the epidemic spreading. PROPOSAL OF THE NATIONAL CATERERS ‘ASSOCIATION: VOUCHERS FOR EVERYONE IN SELF-INSULATION AND THE ELDERLY But what exactly is it about and how would it work? Therefore, this measure will provide concrete assistance to at least one sector, ie catering facilities, and thus to the elderly and those in isolation. Also, many cities are currently trying to publish their measures to help the local economy, at least those measures that are under the jurisdiction of local governments, and in addition to various measures of deferral of payment, there is one specific measure that would really help in this situation help at least one sector – hospitality . Specifically, these are vouchers for food delivery to citizens in isolation and the elderly. Value vouchers would co-finance part of the bill up to HRK 20,00, and the difference would be paid by the clients, while caterers would create special offers up to HRK 30,40 and 50, the NUU suggests. Namely, last week the National Association of Caterers (NUU) proposed the introduction of vouchers for everyone in self-isolation, especially the elderly. Perhaps this is also an opportunity to ensure coffee delivery in the same way, although there is currently quite a bit of uncertainty as to what and how to act, in this case. One of the measures suspends the operation of catering facilities of all categories, but with the exception of the preparation and delivery of food. The mentioned exception is seen by some caterers as a “straw of salvation”, in order to still have a certain “cash flow”, ie income so that they do not have to lay off their workers, which is the main purpose of the proposed measures – to provide liquidity and jobs. Issuance of daily value vouchers in the amount of HRK 20,00, a total of HRK 600,00 per month, by the state and local self-government would be targeted at all residents who are in isolation and those over 60 years of age residing in the Republic of Croatia prepared to co-finance delivery, thermally determined foods from catering facilities. That’s right UJE Oil bar from Split, like many other restaurants, posted on its FB pages a special menu as well as the possibility of delivery. As Marin Medak, the president of NUU, points out, in this way, isolated citizens and the elderly, who are the most at-risk group, would have food delivered to their doorsteps, thus minimizing the need for their display. Also, this measure would also allow caterers to keep part of the workforce and business to a minimum, which will reduce the wave of layoffs and the decline of companies that are preparing given the current situation. Some restaurants have delivery in their organization, and some use food delivery services, such as: Pauza.hr, Dobartek.hr, Wolt.hr, Glovo etc.… If you have questions about the implementation of food delivery vouchers in your city or municipality, you can also send an inquiry to the National Association of Caterers: [email protected] Photo: Pixabay.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

Lee Dixon sends transfer message to Arsenal and sets realistic target after Liverpool defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Arteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:14FullscreenArteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-arsenal-beaten-3-1-liverpool-2258966/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Dixon was disappointed with the result but says the match was a ‘good reality check’ for Arsenal as it showed the progress they have made under Arteta, while highlighting just how far they need to go to compete with the very best.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Liverpool’s closing down and starting from the front was just unbelievable. To watch that in the opening 45 minutes, I was absolutely in awe,’ he told talkSPORT.‘It was just a brilliant performance all-round. They were superb last night, there’s no doubt about that. They were back to their best. ‘They’ve had a few dodgy performances here and there, individually, at the start of the season but I thought they were superb. Dixon (left) insists a top-four finish is the ‘absolute minimum’ target for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Asked what’s ‘realistic’ for Arsenal this season, Dixon responded: ‘There’s always the ambition to win a trophy, we did that last year and I think that’s always on the side burner.‘If you can have a good cup run, that’s great and it builds confidence and it’s something tangible for people to look at and say: “Yes, we’ve won that”.‘We have to take into consideration the lack of pre-season and the unusual situation we find ourselves in, but I do feel Arteta be looking at top four, absolute minimum. He’s a very ambitious young manager.‘You’ve got to get in the top four now. They’ve fallen so far from grace that that didn’t used to be enough and now, all of a sudden, it’s the holy grail. So that’s the next step.’ Advertisementcenter_img Lee Dixon sends transfer message to Arsenal and sets realistic target after Liverpool defeat Lyon midfielder Aouar is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been exploring a possible deal for Houssem Aouar before the transfer deadline but Lyon are yet to receive an offer that meets their valuation of the French midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementDixon believes bringing in a quality player in this position could be key for Arsenal if they are to have any hope of matching Arteta’s ambitions this term.He added: ‘I think he’s got his eye on a few more players. If he can get them over the line in the next week or so… I think a creative midfield player is key. When [Dani] Ceballos came on yesterday, you could see the difference in that creative side of things.‘It’s so difficult to be under that sort of pressure for that amount of time against a brilliant pressing team, then to go and play your football because you’re absolutely exhausted. We’ve all played against a team that suffocates you.‘So they need a little bit of creativity in midfield in order to get them out of those situations when they’ve been under pressure.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDixon is convinced Gabriel Magalhaes will be a success at Arsenal and thinks the his former club should be targeting a place in next year’s Champions League qualification as a bare minimum.‘Going forward, we’ve seen how good they are on the counter-attack. Defensively, I do like Gabriel and I think he will be a good player for Arsenal,’ he continued.‘But top four is the absolute minimum for me now. ‘When you look at the league and you look at Manchester United struggling, Tottenham not quite there yet so there’s gaps to be able to sneak into the top four and I think that’s what he will be looking at.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘He’s turned the club around’ – Andy Robertson praises Mikel Arteta and Arsenal signings after Liverpool winMORE: Houssem Aouar prefers join Manchester City or Juventus instead of Arsenal Klopp speaks after his Liverpool side beat Arsenal 3-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenKlopp speaks after his Liverpool side beat Arsenal 3-1https://metro.co.uk/video/klopp-speaks-liverpool-beat-arsenal-3-1-2258962/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I think from Arsenal’s point of view, it’s a good reality check because it shows them how far they’ve got to go and how far they have come. That would have been a thumping under Unai Emery.‘I was sitting on the fence when Arteta got the job because it was his first job. Was it a bit too early in his learning curve? But what he’s doing at the club, what he’s doing to the players, what he’s doing on the training pitch and how they’re responding – he’s turned some of them around and he’s got them playing in a way they all understands.‘Yes, there’s lots of improvements to be made but they were playing against one of the best teams in the world.’ Mikel Arteta and Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season away to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has urged Mikel Arteta to sign a creative midfielder before the transfer window closes and believes a top-four finish in the Premier League is the ‘absolute minimum’ target for the club this season.The Gunners suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Monday evening as champions Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Anfield. Alexandre Lacazette scrambled the ball past Alisson to break the deadlock in the 25th minute of the clash before goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota put the hosts out of sight on Merseyside.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Parliament won’t force pensions on self-employed

first_imgDutch politicians prefer to encourage the approximately 1m self-employed workers in the Netherlands to save for a pension rather than to be subject to mandatory pensions accrual.A survey by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro revealed that most parties would like to offer a fiscal stimulus or an opt-out system.Liberal party VVD and the liberal democrats of D66 – partners in the government coalition – indicated that they opposed mandatory pensions accrual for self-employed people (known as zzp’ers).Steven van Weyenberg, pensions spokesman for D66, said he hoped that the envisaged individual pensions accrual in a new pensions system would tempt them to keep on saving with the pension fund of their previous employer. At the other end of the political spectrum, socialist party SP also made clear that it preferred encouraging pensions savings rather than making it mandatory.“We want sector pension funds [to] offer zzp’ers the option to accrue a pension with them,” said MP Bart van Kent. “If this doesn’t work, we prefer a fiscal stimulus, such as making the current fiscal relief for self-employed workers subject to pension saving.”Pieter Omtzigt, pensions spokesman for the Christian democrats CDA – also part of the government coalition – said his party shared SP’s view on a fiscal stimulus.Green-left party GroenLinks indicated it supported mandatory pension saving, albeit only for people in low-paid jobs.Pension funds object to financial supervision payments The Dutch Pensions Federation said it still has serious objections proposed rules for the financing of financial supervision next year.In a joint response with the associations of insurers (VvV) and banks (NVB), the sector organisation argued that the proposed legislation fell short of democratic checks of costs, and that it also lacked transparency and an incentive to keep costs under control.During the past couple of years, the government hasn’t contributed to financial supervision, leaving the supervised organisations to foot the bill.According to the lobby organisations, it was unclear why the government made this exemption, as it still contributed to supervisory costs in other sectors.They proposed that the government paid for costs that had nothing to do with direct supervision.Sustainalytics takes over SolaronESG consultant Sustainalytics is to take over fellow analysis firm Solaron, increasing its oversight of controversial issues at companies in emerging markets.Amsterdam-based Sustainalytics said that 26 of Solaron’s 36 analysts, most of whom speak local languages and can follow local news sources, would join.Sustainalytics provides ESG ratings and analyses to institutional investors. The company employs 350 staff, of whom 50 are based in Amsterdam. It has offices in 13 countries.It said Solaron staff would largely be deployed in London and Bucharest, adding that Vipul Arora, Solaron’s co-founder, would be employed in a management position in London.Solaron – a specialist in emerging markets – is headquartered in the United States, but also has offices in India, the Netherlands and London.Its clients include the €123bn Dutch asset manager MN and Aviva Investors.last_img read more