Dominica government approves increase in retirement age & social security contributions

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first_img Share 121 Views   no discussions Michael MurphyPresident of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities and Former Statistician Michael Murphy, who was the keynote speaker at the 5th stakeholders meeting of the Dominica Social Security on Thursday, announced that the government of Dominica had approved the increase in the retirement age and social security contributions.The Dominica Social Security embarked upon an awareness campaign earlier in 2011 to inform and educate the public on a proposal by an actuary report indicating that the retirement age should increase from sixty (60) to sixty-five (65) as well as an increase in contributions from employees to assist in sustaining the fund.Mr Murphy highlighted two main areas of reform at Thursday’s meeting.“There are two main areas of reform which were recommended by the actuary to take effect in 2009 and again in 2011. The aspect for 2009 was implemented but in 2011 there has been a little backlog. The government has now approved this; one first of all, they have approved an increase in the retirement age from sixty to sixty-five every year by six months which means it is going to take the Dominica Social Security ten years to completely implement this. Secondly, the recommendation that the contribution rate and I think it refers to the employees’ contribution rate should also be increased by 0.25% each year for twenty years. So over the twenty-year period there would be a total increase of 5%.”According to Mr Murphy, “the government has stipulated that there should be no further enhancements of benefits other than those that are being recommended or approved at this time until the first two measures are adopted and implemented by the Dominica Social Security”.These new measures will commence as of 2012 and Murphy hopes that “the social security will increase their financial position” and that “pensioners who are receiving very small increases will no doubt be able to attract a better increase in our social security benefits”.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica government approves increase in retirement age & social security contributions by: – December 8, 2011last_img read more

Backups must help fill Butch’s void

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first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs the No. 3 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team readies for the onset of the postseason, it does so knowing Brian Butch will be watching the entirety of it from the sidelines.Butch, who will remain sidelined after a gruesome injury to his right elbow against Ohio State Feb. 25, will miss this weekend’s conference tournament, as well as most of Wisconsin’s NCAA tournament run.UW head coach Bo Ryan acknowledges that unless the Badgers find someone to fill his shoes, the team’s historic season might not have a storybook ending.”[Butch] is still the big with the best touch,” Ryan said. “So what you have to make up for is in stretching the defenses. That’s not a strength of our other bigs, so you deal with that and just get it elsewhere.”Two players who should be able to carry the additional workload are junior center Greg Stiemsma and sophomore forward Marcus Landry.Stiemsma, who stands 6 feet 11 inches, has been a key contributor off the bench all season. His play down low will be crucial to Wisconsin’s postseason run, as will his ability to sink open shots from the perimeter.Landry, also known more for his post play rather than his outside shooting ability, seemed to have found his stroke from beyond the arc when he connected on four of six 3-pointers against Michigan State Feb. 20. He has cooled off since then, however, going zero for four in UW’s last two contests.”Marcus is tough around the basket,” Ryan said. “He’s hit some threes, but as far as consistently, let’s face it — Brian’s ball rotation and his touch for his size is something that creates problems for other teams.”A lesson in defenseOn Feb. 17, in Wisconsin’s 75-49 trouncing of Penn State, senior guard Kammron Taylor was four of six from 3-point range and finished with 18 points. Since then, Taylor has connected on only four of 14 treys and is averaging less than seven points per game. Taylor’s offensive struggles have affected UW’s play, as it hasn’t cracked 60 points in the time Taylor has been cold.While the offense, with Taylor at the helm, has sputtered as of late, the Badgers’ defensive play has made up the difference, holding opponents to 55 points per game in their last three games.”Our momentum right now has been pretty much on the defensive end,” Ryan said.”We might be having some struggles in scoring, but we’ve also made it tough for other teams to get a lot of points per possession. It’s been some pretty physical battles in the last three games.”Familiar FaceDepending on the outcome of Thursday afternoon’s matchup between Michigan State and Northwestern, Ryan’s first round game plan could look very similar to Wisconsin’s last few games.If the seventh-seeded Spartans defeat the 10th-seeded Wildcats, the Badgers would have to face Tom Izzo’s squad Saturday for the third time in 18 days.”Michigan State we know a little bit about,” Ryan said, “Northwestern we haven’t [seen for a while], so we’ve got to do some Northwestern stuff to prepare for the backdoors and the different things that they do.”Wisconsin is projected to be a No. 2 seed for the NCAA tournament but could make a case for a No. 1 with a Big Ten tournament title.Asked if he was concerned about Wisconsin’s NCAA tournament seeding, Ryan tersely responded.”No, I’m not,” Ryan said. “It’s not a one-game thing. It isn’t as if you had a bowl-type situation, and you’re going to play one team. You’ve still got to win six.”For now, Ryan and the Badgers will concentrate on winning three games to capture the conference tournament title.last_img read more

WADA appoints outside experts to oversee Russia reforms

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first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants three outside experts to oversee the clean-up of Russia’s anti-doping system.A WADA report in November accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping programme in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes.As RUSADA tries to earn back its right to run Russia’s anti-doping operation, WADA announced yesterday that it would appoint two “international experts” to oversee the process and wants a third to sit on RUSADA’s board.”There is much work to be done if RUSADA is to become compliant again,” WADA director general David Howman said in a statement.”By appointing independent international experts, WADA will be able to monitor the situation and determine when requirements will have been met that will protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide and help re-establish public confidence in the Russian anti-doping programme.”UK BODY TO TAKE CHARGEMeanwhile, the UK Anti-Doping agency said yesterday that it had been asked by WADA to run Russia’s doping test system across all sports, while RUSADA is suspended and is close to signing a contract. WADA said this would mean “targeted and intelligence-led testing” for Russian athletes.”If you are talking about state-sponsored doping, you question whether it is just limited to just athletics. You have to be careful you are not singling one sport out in an effort to avoid a bigger issue,” Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UKAD, said at a briefing in London. “If anyone thinks this is purely about Russia and purely about athletics, they are supremely naive.”It is not single figures, the countries where they need to do more. I’m not saying it’s state-sponsored or corrupt. It’s whether they are fit for purpose. I would say there is a big question mark over a number of countries’ anti-doping organisations.”Even if Russia’s ban from track and field is lifted in time for the Olympics, no Russian athlete will be allowed to compete internationally without having been tested at least three times.Natalia Zhelanova, an adviser on anti-doping to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, told Russia’s Tass agency that she expected UKAD to work with RUSADA and that the pair would start joint operations “by February”.last_img read more