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S&P: More coal production cuts coming as plant retirements continue

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal producers delivered 51.4 million tons of coal, 6.6% of the coal mined in the U.S. in 2017, to power plants scheduled to retire in the next 10 years as a secular decline in domestic demand continues to erode the size of the U.S. coal market.While U.S. producers have had some luck moving their product overseas in recent months thanks to an increase in international demand, opportunities at home have continued to shrink as more power plants announce plans to retire their coal-fueled facilities despite the Trump administration’s aim to boost the sector.Of the roughly 330.6 million tons of coal produced from eight U.S. coal regions in the first half of 2018, at least 33.6 million tons, or 10.2%, of that coal was delivered to U.S. power plants that are slated to retire between 2018 and 2032, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of production and fuel delivery data.“More constructive regulations are positive on the margin but do not appear likely to change the utility coal demand picture much, if at all,” Seaport Global Securities LLC wrote in an Aug. 16 note on key themes in the energy sector. “There are still likely to be no additional coal plants built in the U.S. with more retirements likely. Utility executives and state politicians remain committed to anti-carbon policies regardless of easing federal regulations.”About 5.9 million tons of coal delivered in 2017 went to plants with retirements scheduled for 2018. The scenario for coal worsens the next year, with about 11.8 million tons of coal exposed to retirements set for 2019. Another 10.4 million tons of coal were delivered in 2017 to plants with retirement set for 2022, and plants that took in 8.0 million tons of coal in 2017 are expected to close in 2025.On a tonnage basis, the Powder River Basin is the most exposed to coal plants set to retire. At least 17.8 million tons of coal, or 11.3% of the basin’s total production in the first half of 2018, were delivered to plants with announced retirement dates. The Four Corners region will soon see much of its 2017 customer base vanish, with 64.2% of the coal delivered from the region in the first half going to plants with scheduled retirements.Some companies are also more exposed to upcoming retirements than others. Westmoreland Coal Co. produced about 7.4 million tons of coal in the first half of 2018. The equivalent of 92% of the company’s first-half coal production was delivered to power plants with plans to retire between 2018 and 2032.More ($): Power plants set to retire in next decade consumed nearly 7% of US coal in 2017 S&P: More coal production cuts coming as plant retirements continuelast_img read more

Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session

first_imgOpposes legislation that would require courts to consider domestic violence counseling or mental health or substance abuse treatment when establishing the amount of bail or type of bond required for a criminal defendant. Opposes revision of Florida law regarding a spouse’s elective share that would modify the percentage of elective share in any revocable trust of a decedent based upon the length of the decedent and spouse’s marriage. Supports amendment to §673.3121, Florida Statutes, to provide a cross reference in it to §673.4111, Florida Statutes, stating that if an official check is not paid, then the person entitled to enforce the official check is entitled to compensation from the obligated bank for refusing to pay. The Florida Bar’s sections have begun preparing for the 2001 session of the Florida Legislature by reaffirming previous legislative positions and establishing several new positions. The Board of Governors last month recognized a variety of section legislative requests. Most were renewals for previous section positions, required because under Bar policies all legislative positions sunset at the end of the legislative biennium. Some sections have also begun with their new requests. Unlike Bar-wide positions, sections lobby in their own name and use only their own voluntary dues to support such advocacy, and consequently have a greater scope for their lobbying activities. Sections can also oppose each other on the same position. The Bar rules require that when section representatives present their positions to lawmakers, they clearly identify that they represent the section and not the Bar as a whole. Because the sections’ legislative activities are supported with voluntary dues, Bar members cannot seek a refund, as they can with Bar-wide positions, of their annual Bar membership fees when they disagree with the position. Anyone with questions about a section legislative position can find a list of section officers in the September Journal directory issue. Following is a list of section positions, both new and renewed, authorized by the board. Supports the creation of a commission to study issues of child support. Supports legislation to clarify that the Earned Income Credit is exempt from legal process under §222.25, Florida Statutes. Supports legislation providing that a motor vehicle is subject to forfeiture under the Florida Contraband Act if it is driven by a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the person’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled as a result of a prior conviction for driving under the influence. Administrative Law Opposes revision of §57.071, Florida Statutes, that would preclude the taxation of expert witness fees in family law matters absent compliance with particularized requirements. Family Law Public Interest Law Business Law Section: Opposes modification of §90.612, Florida Statutes, to require additional protections for the interrogation of witnesses under 14 years of age. Workers’ Compensation Supports statutory creation of the crime of culpable negligence creating financial injury. Opposes the portion of the 1998 Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act, which would extend the attorney/client privilege to accountants and enrolled agents in civil tax matters. Government Lawyer Opposes exemptions or exceptions to the Administrative Procedure Act, but otherwise supports a requirement that any exemption or exception be included within Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, itself. Opposes enhancement of the penalties for driving under the influence. Supports legislation amending §119.07(3)(i)(1), Florida Statutes, to exempt from public disclosure the home addresses, telephone numbers, places of employment, and names and locations of schools and day care facilities of grandchildren of justices, district court of appeal judges, circuit court judges, county court judges, general masters and child support hearing officers. Supports legislation to enact the revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code as recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. October 15, 2000 Regular News Tax Section: Supports amendments to Florida’s domestic violence laws that would include: (a) amending §741.28(1), Florida Statutes, to eliminate the wording “who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit”; (b) amending §741.30(6)(c), Florida Statutes, to substitute the term “permanent” instead of “final” with regard to judgments on injunctions for protection against domestic violence; (c) amending §741.30(6)(a)7, Florida Statutes, to authorize the court to enter relief to protect minor children of a domestic violence victim as well as the victim; (d) amending §741.30(1)(g), Florida Statutes, to permit consideration of evidence presented at a hearing of which parties were noticed to be present, as opposed to limiting consideration of evidence to those hearings where parties are actually present; and (e) amending §790.065(a), Florida Statutes, to include review of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. Administrative Law Section: Opposes legislation to repeal or eliminate the use of discovery depositions in criminal cases. Tax Supports legislation amending §737.307, Florida Statutes, to clarify the six-month statute of limitations applies to a trust accounting, provide a notice requirement for the statute and specify the statute of limitations does not apply to certain dishonest conduct by the trustee. Opposes the extension of child visitation rights to great-grandparents. Supports full legislative funding of the Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program. Supports repeal of §83.09, Florida Statutes, to clarify that distress no longer applies to residential tenancies. Supports modification of child support guidelines, Chapter 61, Florida Statutes, to eliminate the 25 percent reduction from the total cost of child care prior to allocating that cost between the parents, and to allow consideration of any available tax credit received by one parent as a result of child care expenses when determining allocation of costs. Supports full legislative funding of the Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program. Supports any legislation that would streamline and make more efficient the administration of justice in the workers’ compensation system. Supports legislation that would make it a capital felony to commit the unlawful killing of a human being while perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate the act of resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. Opposes federal efforts by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to eliminate the attorney fee program, which pays private counsel for successfully representing claimants in Social Security cases. Supports legislation recognizing the state’s legal obligation to provide medical, mental health and developmental services to all children in state custody who need such services. Opposes revisions in the statutory criteria for bail determination that would add consideration of whether there is probable cause to believe a defendant committed a new crime while on pretrial release. Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Supports language in the Legislative Appropriations Act to permit the payment of government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing legal education costs from funds within budget entities, and further supports amendment to general law to authorize all Florida government agencies to pay their government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing education costs. Opposes legislation that would seek to remove from the courts in any way the establishment, modification or enforcement of family support, and/or that would seek to place consideration, effectuation or adjudication of these issues under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue or any other governmental or administrative body. Supports legislation to extend child health insurance coverage, including special health care needs, dental care, presumptive eligibility and continuous eligibility, to all children who are eligible for coverage under KidCare. Opposes amendment of the repeat violence laws that would exempt a parent or guardian from setting forth facts sufficient to support an injunction for protection against repeat violence within a petition filed on behalf of a minor. Supports any changes in the current workers’ compensation law that would: (a) ensure the independence of the judges of compensation claims’ ability to discharge the duties of their office in the adjudicatory process, including a reappointment process that promotes and ensures the independence of the judiciary; and (b) ensure the right of injured workers to have their cases reviewed by an Article V court. Supports legislation to replace the term “general master” with “magistrate” within all statutes relating to family law. Opposes any efforts to enact a statutory will. Supports technical amendment of the assignment of rents statute, §697.07, Florida Statutes, to correct typographical and grammatical errors in subsections (2), (4) & (7), and to include the term “or control” inadvertently omitted from subsection (3) in the original 1993 legislation. Supports legislation amending §737.303, Florida Statutes, to make technical corrections to ensure trust accounting terms are used in a uniform manner. Supports the establishment and funding of programs to provide dependency mediation services in each judicial circuit. Supports legislation to allow relatives with custody of a child pursuant to any court order to receive financial assistance under the Relative Caregiver Program. Opposes any amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or other legislation, which undermines the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act by allowing “guidelines,” “determinations,” or other statements of agency policy without formal rule making. Opposes mandatory sentences for persons who commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony with a firearm. Supports legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Opposes statutory creation of the “doctrine of necessaries” with regard to joint marital debts. Opposes the rigid allocation of child support based on the number of days a child spends with each parent; supports factors that would permit a deviation in child support based on a rotating custody arrangement or extensive visitation. Supports passage of adoption legislation which: (a) amends Chapters 39 and 63, Florida Statutes, to provide that Chapter 39 applies to all adoptions that involve children surrendered to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Chapter 63 applies to all other adoptions; (b) provides that an adoption entity has an affirmative duty to follow specified due process provisions and that a material failure on the part of the entity to meet this duty may result in the entity being liable to the adoptive parents for all sums paid by the adoptive parents in connection with the adoption (such due process provisions should require the entity to begin specified efforts to identify and locate a parent whose consent to an adoption is required within 7 days after the person seeking to place a child for adoption evidences that desire to an adoption entity); (c) adopts the procedural framework for adoptions that is used by agencies under current Chapter 39, bifurcating the two-step process currently accomplished under Chapter 63, with the first step being an accelerated termination of parental rights proceeding; (d) requires repayment to the adoptive parents of certain fees, costs and expenditures by the adoption entity if the court sets aside a consent to adoption or judgment under Chapter 63 due to fraud or duress attributable to the adoption entity, and requires an award of attorneys’ fees to the adoptive parent in such circumstances; (e) requires that a copy of any order imposing sanctions under Chapter 63 be forwarded by the court to DCF if against an agency, and to The Florida Bar if against an intermediary; (f) provides that if the court sets aside a consent to adoption or a judgment under Chapter 63 due to acts or omissions attributable to the adoption entity that the entity is liable to the prevailing party for a reasonable attorney’s fee; (g) provides that consent must be obtained or notice under Chapter 63 must be provided to any man who is the child’s father by marriage, adoption or an order of paternity, and if there is no one, then any man who registers with the Department of Vital Statistics, has provided support to the child or to the mother during her pregnancy in a repetitive customary matter, has been identified under oath by the birth mother as the father, or is a party in a legal proceeding in which the custody, paternity or a legal proceeding in which the custody, paternity or termination of parental rights regarding the child is at issue; (h) provides that an affidavit of non-paternity may be executed in lieu of a consent in certain circumstances and sets out the form affidavit; (i) requires that certain persons with potential rights regarding a minor being placed for adoption execute a consent to adoption, an affidavit of nonpaternity, or receive notice by personal or constructive service of an action to terminate parental rights and which sets out the form notice; (j) allows a person executing a consent to an adoption or an affidavit of nonpaternity to have an independent witness present and requires advance notice of this right; (k) provides that a consent to an adoption may be withdrawn by certified mail sent within three business days after execution, or one business day after a birth mother’s discharge from a hospital or birth center, whichever is later; (l) permits termination of parental rights of an incarcerated parent based upon such incarceration under certain circumstances; (m) specifies the fees and expenditures related to the adoption that may be collected from adoptive parents by the adoption entity, prohibits the charging of certain fees including nonrefundable lump sum payments and facilitation fees, and provides for repayment of these expenses under certain circumstances; (n) grants to the court the authority to scrutinize the fees, costs and expenses connected with an adoption and to restore to the adoptive parents monies paid that were not actually spent; (o) allows a party to an agreement for payment of fees, costs and expenditures related to an adoption to cancel the agreement within a period of three business days after signing it; (p) provides that petitions for declaratory statement, termination of parental rights pending adoption, and adoption filed under Chapter 63 pertaining to the same child may be consolidated at the request of a party or by order of the court, and prohibits the charging of more than one filing fee in such cases; (q) requires that, when readily obtainable, the Social Security number and date of birth of each birth parent be included on the social and medical history form filed with the court; (r) requires that the clerk of the court forward the statement of final decree of adoption to the adoption registry maintained by DCF for retention; (s) requires a statute of repose prohibiting any challenge to an order of adoption or underlying order terminating parental rights on any ground, including fraud or duress, more than one year after entry of the order terminating parental rights; (t) amends current law to set out factors to be considered when terminating parental rights based upon abandonment, preventing de facto termination of parental rights without notice prior to the child’s birthday, and which would preclude a finding of abandonment based upon lack of emotional support provided to a birth mother during her pregnancy; and (u) requires adoption agencies to follow the same law currently applicable to intermediaries regarding children placed out of state for adoption. Supports any legislation that would further enforce the insurance coverage requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act.center_img Opposes revision of §57.105, Florida Statutes, that would delete the standard of “a complete absence of any justiciable issue of either law or fact raised by the complaint or defense of the losing party” for awarding an attorney’s fee to the prevailing party. Opposes amendment to §733.302, Florida Statutes, to expand the class of non-residents which may serve as personal representative because of a concern that any addition to the class may subject the entire statute to a renewed constitutional challenge. Supports legislation amending §§61.30(11)(b), Florida Statutes, to include a specific mathematical calculation (Gross-up method) for determining child support in cases involving a shared parental arrangement wherein the child spends a “substantial amount of time” with the non-custodial parent. Supports legislation amending §61.30(11)(b), Florida Statutes, to include a definition of “substantial amount of time” connoting the non-custodial parent exercising visitation at 30 percent of the overnights during a calendar year, for the purpose of adjusting child support awards. Supports legislation amending §119.07(3)(i)(1), Florida Statutes, to extend to general masters and child support hearing officers the exemption from public disclosure granted therein. Supports legislation that would add assistant state attorneys, assistant statewide prosecutors and assistant public defenders to the Senior Management Service Class of the Florida Retirement System. Supports extending jurisdiction of the juvenile courts through age 21 for young adults who remain in foster care beyond their 18th birthday. Supports amendment of §918.16, Florida Statutes, which would require that a judge clear the courtroom at the request of a victim during his or her testimony concerning a sexual offense, provided that the judge retained discretion for certain individuals (such as psychologists or other professionals) to hear such testimony. Government Lawyer Section: Supports amendments to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, Condominiums, and Chapter 719, Florida Statutes, Cooperatives, to require that engineers, architects and other design professionals and manufacturers warrant the fitness of the work they perform on condominiums or cooperatives. Supports amendment to §119.07(3)(x), Florida Statutes, to exempt from disclosure under the public records law, the home addresses and telephone numbers of all current and former government agency employees. Supports the repeal of §744.3725(6), Florida Statutes, which requires the consent of a ward’s spouse before a court may permit a guardian to initiate a proceeding for dissolution of the ward and spouse’s marriage. Supports §718.116 (1)(a) and (e), Florida Statutes, of the Condominium Act as it currently exists, and opposes any amendments that would increase the liability of a first mortgagee for unpaid assessments or that would otherwise unconstitutionally impair the rights of owners or lienors. Health Law Section: Opposes amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, to deny points of entry to request administrative proceedings where rights of substantially affected persons are involved. Supports amendment to Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, Adoption, to provide that no consents shall be signed by either birth parent prior to the child’s birth and providing that a birth parent be given at least a three-day right of rescission once the consent is signed. Public Interest Law Section: Supports amendment of §61.1301, Florida Statutes, to reinstitute the use of income deduction “orders” rather than income deduction “notices,” and clarification of the authority of a trial court to utilize income deduction for temporary support. Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session Supports amendment of the domestic violence laws to provide that it is unlawful for a person subject to an injunction for protection against domestic violence to refuse to surrender firearms or ammunition, or to interfere with or obstruct a law enforcement officer from enforcing such an injunction. Supports legislative intent language to clarify that statutory restrictions or prohibitions on the private practice of law by government lawyers (other than judges and their staff) do not preclude such lawyers from providing pro bono legal services as contemplated by the Supreme Court of Florida in Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 630 So. 2d 501 (Fla. 1993), which establishes an aspirational goal of 20 hours per year of such services by each Florida lawyer. Supports, for administrative disciplinary proceedings before regulatory boards within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health, the adoption of a statute of limitations of no less than four years from the time of the conduct giving rise to the complaint, or from the time the conduct is discovered or should have been discovered, but in no event should the statute of limitations be extended more than seven years — said limitations being inapplicable in cases involving: fraud, concealment or intentional misrepresentation of fact by the investigated licensee which affect discovery of the alleged misconduct within the limitations period; a complainant whose minority, incapacity or other legal impediment prevented discovery of the alleged misconduct within the limitations period; claims of sexual activity between a licensee and patient; or alleged conduct that involves fraud or misrepresentation of a material fact in the context of an original or renewal license application. Opposes legislation that would re-enact the Bulk Sales Act, Article 6 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Supports amendment of §61.13(1), Florida Statutes, to clarify that a court may require either or both parents to carry life insurance or to otherwise secure child support obligations. Opposes creation of an evidentiary privilege for parent-child communications. Opposes revision of §827.03, Florida Statutes, that would include as a definition of “child abuse” the commission of an act of domestic violence by a caregiver in the presence of a minor child. Supports legislation amending §61.14(2), Florida Statutes, to clarify the Court has the authority to make upward or downward modification of support retroactive to the date of the filing of the modification action. Supports amendment to Chapter 723, Florida Statutes, specifying that each mobile home owner/owners shall have only one vote at elections or meetings, and to allow association bylaws to specify less than a majority for a quorum. Opposes any portion of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Title Insurers Model Act and Title Insurance Agent Model Act that may adversely affect Florida attorneys’ ability to participate in real estate closing and the issuance of title insurance. Supports a constitutional amendment removing the restriction on devise of homestead property; also to provide that homestead rights are limited to the head of a family with a surviving spouse or dependent heir. Supports legislation to resolve the cloud on Florida land titles resulting from potential claims that portions of property that appear from the face of deed in the chain of title to have been conveyed into private ownership are subject to a claim of ownership by the State of Florida as sovereignty lands, and further supports a commission to review the issue. Supports the exclusion of proceedings governed by the Family Law Rules of Procedure and Juvenile Rules of Procedure from a parent-child privilege. Supports adequate funding for dependency courts and for all Chapter 39, F.S. proceedings relating to children. Supports confidentiality of Physician Recovery Network records. Supports legislation to clarify that children in shelter or foster care be accorded the protections of §39.4085, Florida Statutes. Opposes any legislation effecting restrictions on, or restructuring of, the payment of attorneys’ fees — either to the attorney of the injured worker or to the attorney for the employer/carrier/self-insured — other than what is currently stated within §440.34, Florida Statutes. Criminal Law Section: Opposes any legislation that would eliminate, impair or change the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program. Supports amendment to §162.09(3), Florida Statutes, to clarify the relative priority of recorded municipal code enforcement liens created pursuant to the Local Government Code Enforcement Boards Act. Health Law Supports revision to §704.01, Florida Statutes, the Common Law and Statutory Easements of Necessity, to balance the rights of landowners. Opposes changes in Florida’s insanity defense which would impose on the defendant the burden of proving insanity by clear and convincing evidence. Supports repeal of §6045(f), Internal Revenue Code, which expands the scope of required tax information reporting, to include amounts paid to attorneys even where the payment includes damage awards that clearly are not taxable to the attorney, and even where the payments are made to an incorporated law firm. Supports revisions to §744.301 and §744.387, Florida Statutes, which would increase the settlement authority of natural guardians and clarify the role of guardians ad litem in settlements of claim for minors. Supports legislation to create trust accounting standards similar to probate accounting standards, including a requirement for notice of the deadline for filing objections to the trust accounting. Supports amendment to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes, Proceedings Relating to Children, to provide that a separate proceeding for termination of parental rights be conducted by the juvenile division of the court, thus affording the birth parents the right to counsel. Opposes any legislation limiting property owners’ rights or limiting attorneys’ fees in condemnation proceedings. Business Law Workers’ Compensation Section: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section: Family Law Section: Supports amendment to §695.26(3)(a), Florida Statutes, to provide that its requirements do not apply to instruments executed before July 1, 1995. Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session Criminal Law Supports adequate funding for mandated programs under the state’s Families in Need of Services and Children in Need of Services legislation pursuant to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. last_img read more

TMG clients gear up for digital wallets

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Given the recent announcements from Samsung and Google in regard to Samsung Pay and Android Pay, the Des Moines, Iowa-based CUSO The Members Group is making preparations to support the various digital wallet solutions consumers will operate from their mobile devices.In an exclusive client webinar, TMG’s digital and product teams asked nearly 75 attendees if they plan to implement each solution. For both Samsung Pay and Google’s Android Pay, 86% of respondents said they plan to make the solution available to their cardholders.When asked which of the two solutions they believed would be more attractive to cardholders, 54% said Samsung Pay and 40% said Android Pay. continue reading »last_img read more

Aegon Poland set to acquire Nordea’s second-pillar pension fund

first_imgThe number of Polish second-pillar pension funds (OFEs) is set to shrink to 11 following yesterday’s announcement that Aegon Poland had signed an agreement to take over Nordea’s pension fund, pending approval from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF).The Nordea OFE currently ranks seventh in terms of assets and eighth by membership.As of the end of May, according to KNF data, it had net assets of PLN6.5bn (€1.5bn), a market share of 4.7% and a membership of 986,257 (6.0%).While Aegon is currently in tenth place, with an asset share of 4.2% and a membership share of 5.6%, the takeover will push it into fourth place, behind Nationale-Nederlanden, Aviva and PZU. Claus Stoltenborg, chairman of the board at Nordea PTE (pension fund management company), told IPE the sale would complete Nordea Group’s strategy, initiated two years earlier, of withdrawing from customer-focused business in Poland.In 2013, Nordea divested its Polish banking, finance and life insurance businesses to PKO Bank Polski, the country’s largest bank“In addition to this,” Stoltenborg said, “after the nationalisation of the 51.5% of the assets of the OFEs and the implementation of the zipper [slider] mechanism, where gradually assets are transferred to the state for the older part of the portfolio, it makes sense to consolidate and create larger units with critical mass to be able to service the customers well also in the years to come.”Michał Biedzki, chairman of Aegon PTE’s supervisory board, said on Aegon’s website that the transaction would improve the quality of customer services and strengthen its market position.“This latest transaction clearly supports Aegon’s ongoing strategy in key areas,” he said.“In addition to divesting remaining non-core operations over recent years, it is Aegon’s ambition to further grow distribution and scale in core activities, including pension administration and asset management.”According to Stoltenborg, the transaction, pending KNF approval, should be completed towards the end of the year.This is the first sectoral consolidation since 2013, when PKO BP Bankowy took over Polsat’s pension fund, while the Warta fund was bought by Allianz.It has nevertheless raised eyebrows given the uncertainties overhanging the second pillar, including the outcome of the current transfer window, which lasts until the end of July, and which, as of last week, had only seen some 55,760 applications.Following this, the sector is set for its three-year statutory review that must be completed by the end of 2016.last_img read more

BSA complaints soar because of Naked Attraction

first_imgStuff 9 November 2018Family First Comment:  Because the BSA is morally hopeless, complaints will increase but complainants will soon realise the process is flawed and useless. Time for an overhaul.A controversial dating show where potential love interests are introduced by gradually revealing their naked bodies, has caused a huge spike in complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.Naked Attraction on TVNZ 2 has been deemed unacceptable by complainants because of its high level of nudity and sexual discussion.The BSA had a 54 per cent increase in complaints over the past year, up to 174, and issued 103 decisions in the last financial year, according to its annual report. There was also a 65 per cent increase in enquiries to the BSA.The advocacy group Family First made one of the complaints about the British show, which shows close-up shots of genitalia of the naked participants vying for dates.Although the BSA found it acceptable to broadcast the programme after 9:30pm with an Adults Only warning, they still upheld the complaints because the programme contained explicit nudity and sexual references and failed to meet the good taste and decency standards.In July Family First said in a press release that Lighting Direct, Carpet Court, Warehouse Stationery, Foodstuffs, Electrolux and Kitchen Things had all withdrawn advertising during the programme’s timeslot.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie started a #BoycottNakedAttraction campaign during season one of the programme, where Fonterra, Lotto, Emirates and The Warehouse Group all agreed to remove advertising during the show’s timeslot.READ MORE: read more

OA Swimming Meets Results

first_imgOldenburg Academy Swimming Results.Meet on 2/1/14  at Switzerland County.Women OA 122, South Ripley 101, Switzerland County 44.200 Medley Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Colleen Dietz, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms); 200 Free – 1st Colleen Dietz; 200 IM – 1st Erica Geers; 50 Free – 1st Caroline Storms; 100 Fee – 1st Caroline Storms; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Caroline Storms); 100 Back – 1st Elaine Welage; 100 Breast – 1st Colleen Dietz; 400 Free Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier,  Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Elaine Welage).   Caroline Storms and Colleen Dietz were winners in 4 eventsMenSwitzerland County 114, OA 81, South Ripley 40.Chris Nurrenberg – 1st 200 IM; John Pelzel – 1st 50 Free; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Liam Mungcal, Chris Nurrenberg, Jeremy Kelnhofer, John Pelzel); 100 Breast – 1st John Pelzel; Liam Mungcal – 2nd 50 Free.Meet on 1/30/14  at Columbus NorthWomen Columbus North 142, OA 33.Caroline Storms – 2nd 100 Free; Mikaela Fangman – 2nd 100 Breast.MenColumbus North 140, OA37.John Pelzel – 2nd 200 IM; Liam Mungcal – 2nd 50 Free.Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more

Henderson crowned football writers’ player of the year

first_img Loading… Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was named the Football Writers’ Association player of the year on Friday for his role in leading the Reds to their first league title in 30 years. The 30-year-old beat Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and teammates Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane to the prize.Advertisement As well as making his presence felt in 30 Premier League games this season as Liverpool have surged to the title with an 18-point lead at the top of the table, Henderson led by example off the pitch during football’s three-month coronavirus shutdown. He spearheaded the PlayersTogether initiative during the lockdown which saw players team up to raise money for Britain’s National Health Service. Read Also: Chelsea must off-load centre-back to buy Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez“I accept it on behalf of this whole squad, because without them I’m not in a position to be receiving this honour. These lads have made me a better player, a better leader and a better person,” said Henderson.“If anything I hope those who voted for me did so partly to recognise the entire team’s contribution.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?last_img read more

Burnley left waiting for first win

first_img Few will be as keen to erase it as Clarets striker Marvin Sordell, deputising for the injured Danny Ings, as he fluffed a fine chance in just the fifth minute. Although the away side, Sunderland arguably came into the match with greater hope of registering a first victory of the campaign. Yet they were badly off the pace for long stretches, a series of Seb Larsson crosses keeping them in the conversation in the first half and Emanuele Giaccherini providing bursts of life that threatened to make the difference yet never did. There were notable negatives for Gus Poyet’s side too, Adam Johnson enduring one of his wasteful days and Connor Wickham still looking a shadow of the striker that fired the Black Cats to safety at the end of last season. Burnley had come out of the traps with real intent, George Boyd immediately causing problems with a couple of crosses from the left and Kieran Trippier ending an impressive surge upfield with a less successful shot on goal. They should have taken the lead early but Sordell froze when the chance arose. Cattermole’s poorly directed back header played Lukas Jutkiewicz in behind and his square ball was begging to be driven home. Instead Sordell fluffed his connection completely, allowing Patrick van Aanholt to clear. That miss appeared to sap the home side’s momentum, while Sunderland were struggling to get out of first gear. Giaccherini managed to create something when he cut in and shot from 20 yards, but Tom Heaton was left with a simple save. The standard of shooting scarcely improved at the other end, David Jones firing straight at Mannone following neat hold-up play from Boyd. The best chance of a much-needed goal seemed to come from Larsson, with his hanging crosses responsible for most of Sunderland’s forward pressure. One was deftly taken down by Wes Brown, only for Ben Mee and Jason Shackell to scramble clear, while Wickham headed another into the six-yard box where Jack Rodwell’s finishing touch lacked power. Burnley were actually showing greater composure on the ball but struggled to make any meaningful progress in the final third, and the break arrived with Mannone having fielded only simple attempts. The Black Cats had greater energy after the interval. First Rodwell’s driven effort was gathered at the second attempt by Heaton, before a well-worked break ended with Giaccherini in space on the left-hand side of the box. He drilled the ball across goal and Rodwell was waiting to tap home from point-blank range had Shackell not read the danger correctly and beaten him to it. Shortly after the hour-mark Sordell’s audition as Ings’ stand-in was ended as Barnes was summoned from the bench. Sunderland boss Poyet also went to his replacements, Jordi Gomez and Jozy Altidore on for Larsson and Johnson, and the game began to open up. But it was Burnley who began to force the issue, an overlapping Scott Arfield almost surprising Mannone at his near post and Jutkiewicz appealing ambitiously for a penalty when challenged by the slight Giaccherini. Jutkiewicz had a chance to settle things with 13 minutes left, reacting quickest to a Jones pass that briefly outwitted everyone, and getting a strong shot away. But Mannone was equal to it and palmed it clear. Burnley so nearly gathered the three points when Jutkiewicz and Arfield combined to give Barnes his chance, but despite the helpful touch off Cattermole nothing would end the stalemate. Sunderland could have stolen the points themselves deep in injury time when Van Aanholt’s 25-yard strike crashed against the post. The ball might then have crept in off Heaton but instead ricocheted off the goalkeeper’s foot and out. The substitute saw his shot balloon off the boot of Lee Cattermole in the 87th minute, leaving Vito Mannone beaten, but the ball rattled back off the woodwork to leave the game goalless and both sides winless in the Barclays Premier League. The game ended with the hosts camped in the Sunderland box during five minutes of injury time but, late drama aside, it was a forgettable outing at Turf Moor. Press Association Ashley Barnes came within a whisker of claiming Burnley’s first victory of the season against Sunderland, only to see a late effort deflected against the crossbar. last_img read more

Stoke reject a new £2million bid from Norwich for Jonathan Walters

first_img The player, currently on a deal that runs out next summer, was this week quoted as saying he wanted to stay with the Staffordshire outfit but felt they were yet to show they truly valued him in recent contract negotiations. Reports suggest the main sticking point is the duration of extension being offered to Republic of Ireland international Walters, who turns 32 next month. And when asked about the contract situation on Friday, Hughes said ahead of Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom: “Jon knows our feeling and my feeling – I’d like him to stay. “He has his view in terms of the negotiations. We haven’t closed the door and we still think we will be able to get somewhere with it, but it has not been concluded yet.” Asked if he was disappointed Walters had aired his view, Hughes said: “No – I think they are honest comments. “Maybe it is borne out of a little bit of frustration. But I have told him my thoughts about what he offers us and the value he gives to the squad. “Jon is looking for security and a little bit longer maybe than the club feels they can give him. “But hopefully there is some common ground we can discuss and move it forward.” Stoke have rejected a fresh £2million bid from Norwich for forward Jonathan Walters. The Canaries have been knocked back once again a week on from having an initial £1.5million offer for Walters turned down. Speaking at a press conference on Friday before the news of Norwich’s second bid emerged, Potters boss Mark Hughes remained optimistic Stoke could reach agreement with Walters over a new contract. Stoke have consistently said they want Walters to stay since rejecting Norwich’s original bid. Stressing last weekend that the £1.5million offer was “nowhere near” their valuation, Hughes expressed his hope Walters would sign a new deal with Stoke, adding: “If not, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.” When asked on Friday about his confidence Walters would still be a Stoke player beyond Tuesday’s transfer deadline, Hughes said: “We certainly hope to have Jon’s services for a lot longer – although you can never say ‘Yes, definitely that will be the case’. “If we can’t come to a situation where both sides are happy and Jon doesn’t want to re-sign, it may be we just allow him to see his contract out, and at least we will have the benefit of his services for a year – although Jon and his advisers might have a view on that. “But from a purely selfish point of view, I’d like him here. We will see.” Another club being linked with Walters are West Brom, whose boss Tony Pulis signed him for Stoke in 2010. This weekend’s match will be Pulis’ first at the Britannia Stadium since his second spell as Potters manager ended in 2013. Pulis got Stoke into the Premier League in 2008 and oversaw consistent finishes around mid-table thereafter, before his successor Hughes guided them to a record-high ninth place – and again a year later – with what is generally deemed a more fluent style of football. Hughes said of his fellow Welshman: “I think it is fair to say Tony is viewed as having done a great job here, so I don’t anticipate he’ll have too many people not happy to have him back – but at the end of the day, he’s still an opposition manager. “And we are not better or worse (than under Pulis) – we are still progressing and going in the right direction.” Stoke and Albion, both League Cup victors on penalties over lower-league opposition on Tuesday, are each still looking for their first top-flight wins of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alex Ferguson: Managers too scared to gamble on academy players

first_img Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson believes managers are not blooding enough young home-grown players because they live in fear of getting the sack. The likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers graduated from the Manchester United youth set up and became first-team stars during Ferguson’s spell in charge at Old Trafford. But with so much money involved in top-flight football now, the Scot thinks managers are reluctant to gamble on academy products. Ferguson told ITV News: “There needs to be a cultural change in our game to allow managers the time to breathe, to develop a system where the supporters are going ‘Yeah, we’ve got five young kids for the first team, from the reserve or youth team, into the first team’. “That would be great. Progress of the game. And it would benefit the English team.” Ferguson, speaking on the day his new book ‘Leading’ was published, seemed to agree with FA chairman Greg Dyke’s claim that home-grown players were becoming an “endangered species”. “He has a point, there is no question about that, and I think we’d like to see more home-grown talent,” Ferguson said. “Give them the proper platform, proper drive, I think anything is possible.” In order to improve the state of the national game, Dyke is considering raising the quota of home-grown players in Premier League squads from eight to 12. “I think nothing is wrong with that,” Ferguson said. “He’s got the authority certainly to be listened to, there’s no question of that. “Getting the consensus from other clubs will be more difficult because there’s a pressure on the managers to get the results, which means sometimes he tosses his beliefs out the window because he wants to keep his job.” During the interview with ITV, Ferguson also defended the huge salaries clubs pay to their players nowadays. “I’ve no problem with what the top players get paid,” he said. last_img read more