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Florida to use $633 million federal ‘disaster mitigation’ grant for resilience…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here By John Haughey | The Center SquareA new $6.875 billion federal grant program is banking that dedicating money upfront for “resiliency planning” will be a better “disaster mitigation” investment than spending billions on response and recovery. TAGSDisaster MitigationHUDResilience Planning Previous articleThis overdose-reversal medicine could reduce opioid deaths – so why don’t more people carry it?Next articleThe tree squeak collector Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply […] funding in 2017, along with a further $8bn in post-disaster grants. Florida is spending another $633m from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on resiliency […] The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis? – The Global Affairs Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. April 22, 2020 at 3:44 am Florida is eligible to receive $633 million under the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program, created with June’s adoption of the $19 billion federal packages that addressed disasters nationwide between 2016-18.“The damage brought by recent hurricanes has made it abundantly clear that Florida must prioritize disaster mitigation projects to better protect our communities from future disasters,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement announcing the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will develop a “state action plan” to be submitted to HUD by February to secure the CDBG-MIT money.“Florida has an incredible opportunity to leverage this first-of-its-kind federal mitigation funding to help our communities reduce the impacts and damage from future disasters,” DeSantis said.The DEO said it will stage regional workshops, webinars and hearings to gather input for the state action plan from state agencies, local governments, community and advocacy groups on how to distribute “federal funds to help better protect Florida’s communities from future disasters.”“We’ll continue working with our local, state and federal partners to develop and finalize our State Action Plan for these critical dollars,” DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson said. “The sooner our plan is approved, the sooner we can get these much-needed funds into the communities impacted by these storms.”The funding is earmarked specifically for “resiliency planning” as a component of disaster mitigation efforts.The American Planning Association defines “resilience planning” as developing “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”Hurricanes certainly meet the “chronic stresses and acute shocks” criteria in Florida, which warrants a “unified response to resiliency planning and disaster mitigation,” Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein said.DeSantis has emphasized resiliency planning since assuming office in January, appointing the state’s first Chief Resiliency Officer, Dr. Julia Nesheiwat.“With the infusion of this new federal funding, combined with the bold leadership of Gov. DeSantis, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on the successes of Florida’s existing mitigation and resiliency efforts and truly make Florida’s communities better prepared for and more resilient to future disasters,” Nesheiwat said.On Oct. 11, DeSantis announced the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) had surpassed $1 billion mark in dispersing hurricane recovery funding since January.The FDEM allocations are from federal grants issued for hurricanes Michael, Irma, Matthew and Hermine recovery efforts that had been awaiting dispersal until the Governor’s Office said DeSantis fostered “major policy and procedure changes at FDEM to allow funding to be distributed as fast as possible.”In January, FDEM implemented new procedures to accelerate FEMA reimbursements to communities. Previously, the division required projects to be 100-percent validated before any funding was awarded. Under the new process, half of the funds are awarded when a project is 50 percent validated.“The days of counties and cities waiting years for reimbursement and having to pay costly loans are over,” FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz said.The FDEM hurricane recovery awards since January, include:$150.9 million for Bay County and $20 million for Mexico Beach in October for Hurricane Michael recovery.$78.1 million for Miami-Dade County in June for Hurricane Irma recovery.$40.9 million for Collier County in April for Irma recovery.$18.5 million for Bay County in April for Michael recovery. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

Scotland end Six Nations losing streak with good win over Italy in Rome

first_imgSunday Feb 28, 2016 Scotland end Six Nations losing streak with good win over Italy in Rome Italy suffered a 36-20 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, as Scotland ended their run of nine straight losses in the Six Nations. Flankers John Barclay and John Hardie scored early tries, before Greig Laidlaw’s boot took control, and Tommy Seymour scored a late try.The match was competitive though and Italy scored tries of their own through Leonardo Ghiraldini and Marco Fuser, coming back from trailing 17-3, but not having enough in the tank to take control, despite Scotland losing both Finn Russell and WP Nel to the sinbin.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Need for greater clarity on rules highlighted at telephone fundraising summit

first_img Discussions at last Friday’s telephone fundraising summit in London highlighted the need for even clearer rules on what fundraisers and their agencies could and could not do when using the telephone to fundraise.The summit was called following newspaper criticism of alleged fundraising practices at two telephone fundraising agencies on behalf of some national charities. It was co-hosted by the Fundraising Standards Board and the Institute of Fundraising with the aim of reviewing current practices and compliance with:• the Code of Fundraising Practice• Telephone Preference Service requirements and• Information Commissioner’s Office guidanceThe summit was attended by around 200 people, including representatives from the Information Commissioner’s Office, Direct Marketing Association and the Telephone Preference Service, as well as relevant suppliers and charities.Differences of interpretation of requirements between some speakers and some spirited contributions from the audience demonstrated that there is still some confusion about the practical application of some of the rules.This backs up some of the anecdotal conversations amongst fundraisers at the Institute’s National Convention last month when the Daily Mail first accused a telephone fundraising agency and four of its national charity clients of ‘bullying’ tactics towards donors and of fundraising from vulnerable people, specifically those with dementia.In the FRSB’s interim investigation report into charity fundraising practices, published on 9th June, the FRSB called for the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice to be amended to clarify that charities cannot call people that are registered on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), unless the individual has given clear permission to receive calls.The Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee has agreed to strengthen compliance in this area and a review of telephone fundraising practices is currently underway.Efforts to produce clarity in guidanceThe telephone fundraising summit’s discussions raised a number of common issues, in particular data consent options, warm donor relationships, and contact frequency.At the end of the summit it was agreed that:• the ICO commit will use the summit’s feedback in its forthcoming review of its Direct Marketing Guidance• the IoF will meet with the ICO to contribute to that guidance review• the IoF will share those contributions with its own task-group that is looking into telephone fundraising as part of its review of the Code of Fundraising Practice.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising said:“It is really important that charities are able to contact current supporters. We will be meeting with the ICO to feed into their code review and to get absolute clarity on how charities can use the telephone and the TPS; clarity that will inform our review of the Code.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 August 2015 | News Tagged with: ethics Fundraising Standards Board Institute of Fundraising Law / policy Telephone fundraising Photo: mobile phone icons by Blablo101 on Shutterstock.com Alistair McLean, chief executive of the FRSB, added:“Public feeling and recent allegations about telephone fundraising are deeply worrying and it’s clear that charities and agencies alike need greater clarity in the rules they are expected to abide by in operating within the legal requirements of the TPS. It’s encouraging that the IoF will be working with the ICO to identify amendments to the Code going forward.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Need for greater clarity on rules highlighted at telephone fundraising summit  38 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Replanting Underway After Last Weekend’s Freeze

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/kemper-planting-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Alan Kemper has been farming since the 70s in Tippecanoe County and he says he’s never seen a freeze like the one we saw last weekend.“I think they’re saying it was 1966 since the last time we saw this freeze. It went to 27 degrees here south of Lafayette and 27 degrees for numerous hours.”Kemper says he’s giving his corn some time to recover and they’ll make a decision after all the rain is through the area, but a lot of his early planted beans aren’t going to make it.“Some beans survived really nice. Usually it’s the neighbor’s beans that survive and your own don’t and that was kind of the case here. I’ve seen some really nice beans still here in the neighborhood. Our early planting, our normal planting beans the leaves just blew off the stems and they’re gone. So, we already started replanting the beans. I’ve probably got several hundred acres of beans to replant and a couple hundred acres of corn with it.”Kemper continued, “The challenge that we have is finding the right seed, the right maturity that you can do. We learned a lot of lessons last year.”So, much like the historic nature of 2019’s horrific planting weather, it’s possible the costs many farmers will face with replanting will make the freeze of May 2020 something that will be talked about for years to come. Replanting Underway After Last Weekend’s Freeze Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – May 17, 2020 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Replanting Underway After Last Weekend’s Freeze Previous articleUSDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in IndianaNext articleThe Need for Replant but When Will Rain Clear on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Pasadena Firefighters Deploy to Moccasin Fire in Mariposa County

first_img Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Public Safety Pasadena Firefighters Deploy to Moccasin Fire in Mariposa County By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, August 21, 2020 | 5:34 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff The team takes a rest after working through the night.A strike team made up of six Pasadena firefighters responded to Mariposa County on Friday to assist their colleagues to the north with the Moccasin Fire near Yosemite.The four-members crew of Engine 26, along with two battalion chiefs, departed for the fire late Friday afternoon, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.The fire erupted Thursday near Yosemite and the Tuolumne County line and has scorched more than 2,800 acres, prompting evacuations, according to Cal Fire. No containment lines had been established. Community Newscenter_img Make a comment 22 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Mortgage Delinquencies Begin to Recover from Hurricane Season

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, News Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CoreLogic Foreclosure hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria Loan Performance Insights Report Mortgage Delinquencies 2018-01-09 David Wharton Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Delinquencies Begin to Recover from Hurricane Season The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Smaller Banks Picked up RMBS Slack in Q3 Next: Cold Weather Means Rental Market Bargains for Investors Share Save Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago January 9, 2018 2,072 Views Mortgage Delinquencies Begin to Recover from Hurricane Season Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Even though last year’s hurricane season is behind us, the aftermath from 2017’s damaging storms continues to be felt both on the ground where the storms made landfall and throughout the housing and mortgage industry still dealing from the fallout of so many people losing or having their homes severely damaged. Unsurprisingly, given the sheer number of people affected, early-stage mortgage delinquencies spiked during September 2017, after Hurricane Harvey had blown through. The latest CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights report, however, shows the beginnings of a recovery from the storms in October 2017.CoreLogic reports that early-stage delinquency rates peaked at over 7 percent in some Texas markets during September 2017, as the Lone Star State dealt with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in August 2017. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damages. Hurricanes Irma and Maria followed Harvey in September, causing another $50 billion and $90 billion in damages, respectively.However, CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights Report shows early-stage mortgage delinquencies declining slightly in October 2017, decreasing 0.1 percent month-over-month.The temporary rise in September’s early-stage delinquencies reflected the impact of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, but now the impact from the hurricanes is fading from a national perspective,” said Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic. However, some markets are obviously still reeling from the natural disasters, and Nothaft notes that early-stage mortgage delinquency rates averaged around 5 percent in Florida cities such as Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, and Cape Coral.Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic, also forecasts that reconstruction in these affected areas will boost the local economy in the short term. Martell says, “The reconstruction of the housing stock and infrastructure impacted by the storms should provide a small stimulus to local economies. This rebuilding will occur against a backdrop of wage growth, consumer confidence, and spending in the national economy which continue to provide a solid foundation for real estate demand in the storm-impacted areas and beyond.”Nationwide, the 30-day-plus mortgage delinquency rate was 5.1 percent in October 2017, down from 5.2 percent in October 2016. The national foreclosure inventory rate in October 2017 was 0.6 percent, down from 0.8 percent in October 2016. The share of mortgages nationally that transitioned from current to 30 days past due was 1.1 percent in October 2017, an increase of .01 percent year-over-year.On the serious delinquency front, for mortgages that are 90 days or more past due, only Alaska saw its serious delinquency rate increase year-over-year in October 2017, climbing to 1.1 percent in that month, as compared to 1.0 percent in October 2016. All other states saw their serious delinquency rates decrease year-over-year, with the exception of Texas, which remained flat at 1.9 percent.You can read the latest CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report in full by clicking here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Foreclosure hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria Loan Performance Insights Report Mortgage Delinquencieslast_img read more

Fannie: Consumer Housing Sentiment Weakens

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fannie: Consumer Housing Sentiment Weakens March 7, 2018 1,728 Views Related Articles The U.S. housing market may be starting to get volatile. Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index report found that consumer confidence in housing took a hit in February. The worry seems to be stemming from some general upheaval at the federal financial level.“Volatility in consumer housing sentiment continued into February, with the new tax law beginning to impact respondents’ take-home pay and the stock market creating negative headlines due to early-month turbulence,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Additionally, consumers’ expectations for higher mortgage rates suggest that consumers expect the Fed to hike rates a few more times in 2018.”In raw numbers, Americans’ feelings about the housing economy translated into a nearly 4 percent drop in confidence in February.  The net share of respondents to Fannie’s survey who said now is a good time to buy a home decreased 5 percent (to 22 percent) from January, while those who said it’s a good time to sell dropped 2 percent (to 36 percent).The number who said home prices will go up in the next 12 months decreased to 45 percent overall in February. That’s a 7 percent drop that mirrors the number of consumers who said mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months.“Americans expressed a weakened sense of job security, with the net share who say they are not concerned about losing their job decreasing 2 percentage points,” the report stated. “Finally, the net share reporting that their income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago increased 1 percentage point.”The number of respondents who said they are not concerned about losing their job fell 2 percent, to 71 percent. However, wages are up, if only barely. The number of those who told Fannie Mae that their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 1 percent, to 17 percent, while those reporting a significant decrease in their income compared to a year ago dropped by 2 percent, to 9 percent overall.That last number matches a survey low last seen in February 2017. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Employment Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index Home Sales Homebuyers Housing Sentiment 2018-03-07 Scott Morgan Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie: Consumer Housing Sentiment Weakens Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save About Author: Scott Morgan in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Senate Debates Dodd-Frank Modification Bill Next: Mortgage Offer APRs Trending Higher The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing.  Print This Post Tagged with: Employment Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index Home Sales Homebuyers Housing Sentiment Subscribelast_img read more

New proposal for income-based parking ticket fines in Boston

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A new proposal on the docket in Boston on Wednesday could determine how much residents pay for parking tickets.The Boston City Council will meet at noon today to discuss new legislation which will include a hearing order for potential income-adjusted fines on parking violations.Recently elected city councilor at-large Julia Mejia filed the hearing order on Monday and has been vocal about the idea on Twitter.“I am introducing legislation on income-adjusting parking tickets so low-income families don’t have to decide between paying a parking ticket or putting food on their table,” she wrote.The hearing order cited that in 2018, the city of Boston issued “over 1.38 million parking tickets, collecting over $61.3 million.”It also stated that in the same year, changes were made to the pricing structure for a number of parking violations such as the fine for “overstaying the meter” which increased from $25 to $40.Mejia’s hearing order noted a study from the Greater Boston Food Bank, which found that “food insecure individuals in Eastern Massachusetts now face an average weekly budget shortfall of $21.21 per person.”The legislation also stated that “30% of Bostonians in the lowest income bracket are in ‘car dependent neighborhoods’” in an attempt to highlight the intersection of transportation and economic empowerment.Currently, parking tickets in Boston range from $15 to $120 and can increase due to fines if a violation is paid late, according to ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A big wind-up

first_img Comments are closed. A big wind-upOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Government has changed the way pensions’ assets are distributed when ascheme is wound-up in the hope that it will make things fairer fornon-pensioners. But will pensioners be the only ones to lose out? Compiled by PhilBoucherJohn Wilson Head of pensions research, actuaries and consultants, HSBC I am less than impressed with the changes for a number of reasons. First,there is no tidying up of the existing regulations so the problems ofinterpreting the language still exist. And as a major priority there is a bigdebate about whether the word ‘pensioners’ includes early retirees who havechosen to defer their pension. Do they account as the top of the priority orare they lower down the list? I have also observed that the regulations have introduced some new problemsas they are based on length of pensionable service, but do not explain how thisis defined. For example, do you include service where the scheme is closed andaccrual ceased but benefits are still linked to future earnings? The imprecisionof the language makes it impossible to tell. And would the Inland Revenueconsider this to be pensionable service? A deferred member with 40 years’ service in one scheme is much betterprotected than a deferred member who has been in four schemes with 10 years’service under each. Similarly, a 59-year-old with 10 years’ scheme service getsless protection than a 45-year-old with 20 years. The only fair way to distribute a pension fund is to treat all classes ofmember equally. But one of the most worrying things is that the changes are potentiallydiscriminatory against women, because people on short service are not going toget the same protection as those on long service. This is likely to affectpart-time and casual workers more than most and, as previous sex discriminationcases demonstrate, these are predominately female. Is there scope for a legal challenge for breaching the Equal Pay for EqualWork provisions that are held under the EC treaty? To cope with this situation, the word ‘pensioners’ should be restricted tothose who have retired at normal retirement age or on the grounds ofincapacity. This is because a 50-year-old pensioner does not need any moreprotection than a 59- year-old deferred – the latter arguably having lesschance of rebuilding benefits than the former. The priority order given to pension increases should be consolidated becauseit is unnecessarily complex to give different priority orders to differentcategory of increases. The regulations do not do anything to simplify pensionslegislation and will not be of any help to existing pension scheme wind-ups.Does the Department for Work and Pension’s view on securing guaranteed minimumpension first still applies? This is because there may be assets left overafter valuing the GMP on the statutory basis. The problem is not going to go away because the Government is too reliant onthe grey vote. It will not want to take away the priority because it does notwant to see pensioners marching through the streets. David YeandleDeputy director of employment policy, EEFThe Government should review the winding-up process as it seemsunfair that pensioners can scoop the pool and leave non-pensioners with next tonothing. When you reallocate a sum of money it means you are taking fromone to pay another. It looks as though it is going to be taken from theincreases that pensioners are expecting. The increases have been moved down theorder of priority. And in its place between pensions, actual pensions andfuture increase they have inserted non-pension members. Those with the longest service closer to retirement will bebetter off and have more of their pension protected. However, pensioners willbe marginally disadvantaged.Stuart StephenGroup pensions and benefit director, Barclays Group I think the principle behind the changes is right as itprovides greater security on a wind-up. But the idea of re-spreading a limitedamount of money does not solve the problem. I do not think it will force people into winding-up their schemesearly. If anyone is thinking of doing this then it will be because of moreimportant reasons than the introduction of a priority order. It is active members who are most vulnerable and it will beinteresting to see if it causes them to lose their inflation proofing. Theproblem is that there is no new money coming in so there is no extra money todraw from. I do not think this is positive enough, and although it has got theright intentions, you have to question whether it has enough substance to work.Charles CottonReward adviser, CIPDIn anything like this you are always going to have winners andlosers. And if you are dealing with employees who have been with a company fora few years you have to make sure they get something out of it. From an HR point of view, you should explain precisely what youthink will happen if the scheme is to be wound-up. But HR should be moreconcerned with the Pensions Protection Fund and the age of compulsoryretirement, than the technical issue of ordering the preference of who getstheir reward. HR should be looking at pensions as a strategic issue for theorganisation and asking if compulsory retirement is coming to an end. If so,then HR should be focusing on the issue of flexible retirement rather than themore technical, legislative aspects of pensions. Jay ShethPensions policy adviser, CBI The CBI is concerned when an individual receives less thantheir pension entitlement after years of pensions saving. We support theGovernment’s decision to ensure a fairer distribution of scheme assets. It ispossible to suggest that if the priority order was changed earlier, there wouldhave been a much fairer distribution of funds in company insolvencies. We recognise it is a difficult issue and that when a company isfacing insolvency and a scheme is wound-up, it is inevitable that some peopleare going to lose out. In this case it is pensioners, and the key is to ensurethe distribution is handled fairly.If the PPF is designed carefully and made workable, that shouldincrease member security in the future. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

MCPON Visits USS Constitution

first_img View post tag: Constitution Share this article Authorities MCPON Visits USS Constitution View post tag: MCPON View post tag: Naval August 25, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today MCPON Visits USS Constitution View post tag: visits View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited with Sailors aboard USS Constitution Aug. 22 during Chief Heritage Weeks.MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West spoke to approximately 50 crew members of Constitution about how to stay successful in the Navy.West proceeded with humorous anecdotes, motivating the crew after a busy first week of chief heritage training, where nearly 150 first class petty officers chosen for promotion to chief petty officer learned 18th century naval skills and participated in various community service projects.The all hands call was full of questions regarding Perform to Serve (PTS), Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) and ways to stay proactive.“It is great to have MCPON visit and interact with the Sailors,” said Cmdr. Matthew Bonner, the 72nd commanding officer of Constitution. “They are able to directly hear from MCPON on the issues that affect them, as well as for him to see who they are and what they do here. He brought a unique perspective and was able to share that with the Sailors and convey important messages without it being filtered.”Not only did West clarify the questions Sailors had, but he reinforced the importance the Navy puts on teamwork and family. He recognized various Sailors whom he had met and worked with in the past at events such as the Sea, Air and Space Exposition in Washington, D.C., and Chattanooga Navy Week where Navy ball caps were given to children at a local hospital during Caps for Kids.“I previously met MCPON and joked that we must be related,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Ashley West. “Surprisingly, he remembered, making his all hands call very fun, informative and personable. He answered our questions with practical solutions to inspire us to be the best we can and reminded us to keep pushing for a brighter career.”MCPON said he hoped Sailors gained an insight on what’s going on in the Navy, how important their mission is and how important their efforts are to the Navy. He was informed that it was also one of the Sailor’s birthday and led the entire crew in singing “happy birthday.”West’s all hands call did not leave Sailors of Constitution empty handed; he lastly posed for photographs and gave words of wisdom to the young and future of the U.S. Navy to carry on as possibly the next chief petty officer selects.Constitution is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard of Boston Harbor and is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. The ship defended the sea lanes against threat from 1797 to 1855, much like the mission of today’s Navy. Constitution’s mission today is to offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history, as she welcomes more than 500,000 visitors per year.[mappress]Source: navy, August 25, 2011last_img read more