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Open consultation: NHS pension scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019

first_imgThe government received almost 1,500 responses to the consultation.The outcome document summarises the consultation findings and the government’s response.,The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals to change NHS pension scheme regulations.Proposed changes include: introducing a new contribution rate of 20.6% for employers from 1 April 2019 renewing current member contribution rates so that the same rates continue to apply beyond 31 March 2019 providing civil partners and same sex spouses with the same survivor pension rights as widows extending the current forfeiture of pension benefits rules We are also proposing some additional changes that were set out in a previous consultation in November 2017.The consultation document outlines all the proposed changes and gives details on how to submit a response.last_img read more

Dynasties

first_imgYou hear the work “Dynasty” thrown around all the time in sports.  These teams or schools come to mind.  They are The New England Patriots in pro football, Warren Central in Indiana High School football, and Caramel High School in swimming.A dynasty is really something in the eye of the beholder.  There are no rules on when you become a dynasty.  The only sure thing is that you win a lot.  Becoming a dynasty usually starts with a coach selling his/her system to a group of athletes.  This is easier in high school–not because they are teenagers–but because they will work extremely hard if you show them a way to succeed. This means the coach not only sells his/her idea to them, but backs it up with results.last_img read more

Fist-bumps over handshakes for England players on Sri Lanka tour

first_imgColombo: Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak around the world, England players will not be using handshakes to greet people or stop for selfies with the fans during their ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.Overall 1,00,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far across the world and over 3,500 people have lost their lives.“Following the world health agency’s advice, and in order to protect the players and, in turn, the integrity and continuation of the Sri Lanka Test tour, the team has put in place several precautions, leading to a number of normal activities being canceled for the foreseeable future,” an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) release said on Wednesday.“As a result, the touring party is now taking positive steps to reduce the risk of its health by limiting public engagements for its players and management team.”England players will be preferring fist-bumps over handshakes with their teammates or the opposition through the course of this tour. “Even a personal greeting will suffice,” the release added.“Whilst we acknowledge that this will be disappointing for some supporters, we stress that this measure to protect the ongoing wellbeing of the England Test squad and is a decision which has not been taken lightly. (IANS)Also Read: South Africa players may avoid handshakes in light of coronavirusAlso Watch: UK Queen Elizabeth II recognizes Jadav Payeng from Assam with ‘Commonwealth Points of Light’ Awardlast_img read more

College commission’s plea to NBA: Bring back prep-to-pros

first_imgMadrid beats Bayern away to take control of semifinal MOST READ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver senses the league’s age limit isn’t working. Requiring U.S. players to be 19 years old and one year removed from high school has sent many of them to a year of college they don’t want, and delayed the full-time basketball instruction pro teams prefer.But whether the league would agree to allow players to come straight from high school again, or want them to wait two years before becoming draft eligible, has been a sticking point practically since the age limited was enacted in 2005 and remains unclear now. Before the age limit was in place, some stars flourished straight from high school including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league and union were non-committal about change in a joint statement released Wednesday.“Regarding the NBA’s draft eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game,” Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts said. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The age limit once loomed as the biggest fight during the 2011 negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The league had signaled its desire to raise the age limit to 20, and the union wasn’t going to agree to that. But the league shifted its goals toward extracting financial concessions from the players, and the age limit moved to the back burner and has stayed there.Now could be the time to finally move it forward. Change has to be bargained by the NBA and NBPA, but they don’t need to wait for the next CBA to do it. And with nearly every team having its own G League affiliate, there is a legitimate minor league where 18-year-olds could play without having to do it on campus.WHY IT COULD WORK: Because the timing may be right. With now 27 teams, two-way contracts allowing easier paths to the NBA and a fresh increase in salary, the G League has never been closer to being an option on par with college. As shown recently when high school All-American Darius Bazley chose the G League over his commitment to play at Syracuse, even top players may consider it.WHY IT WOULDN’T WORK: Ending the age limit doesn’t necessarily end one-and-done. Players who know they aren’t going to make an NBA roster out of high school might prefer a tuition-paid year of being the big man on campus at Duke or Kentucky over a year in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Fort Wayne, Indiana, or some other G League city.WHY IT’S KEY TO THE SCANDAL: The report cries out for help with one-and-done, noting that “only the NBA and the NBPA can change this rule.” The commission says it may have to recommend ending freshman eligibility or mandating that all scholarships be for three or four years if the age limit can’t be ended in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Silver may agree it’s time for change, but it will come on the NBA and NBPA’s timetable.“We’re not by any means rushing through this,” he said during February’s All-Star break. “I think this is a case where, actually, outside of the cycle of collective bargaining, we can spend more time on it with the Players Association, talking to the individual players, talking to the executive board and really trying to understand the pros and cons of potentially moving the age limit.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames FILE – In this June 22, 2017, file photo, top draft prospects gather for a group photo before the NBA basketball draft in New York. The commission proposing reforms to college basketball wants 18-year-olds to be eligible again for the NBA draft, and the NBA Players Association would make that deal today. Change will take longer than that. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver senses the league’s age limit isn’t working. Requiring U.S. players to be 19 years old and one year removed from high school has sent many of them to a year of college they don’t want, and delayed the full-time basketball instruction pro teams prefer. But whether the league would agree to allow players to come straight from high school again, or want them to wait two years before becoming draft eligible, has been a sticking point practically since the age limited was enacted in 2005 and remains unclear now. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)NEW YORK — The commission proposing reforms to college basketball wants 18-year-olds to be eligible again for the NBA draft, and the NBA Players Association would make that deal today.Change will take longer than that.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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