first_imgRelatedNew Civil Servants Could Begin Paying Pension Contribution January 2013 RelatedNew Civil Servants Could Begin Paying Pension Contribution January 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Joint Select Committee on Pension Reform has recommended that new civil service employees should begin paying a contribution of five per cent of their earnings towards their pension, as of January 1, 2013. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley, opened the debate on the report from the Committee, in the House of Representatives, on November 6. It was also recommended that existing public sector workers should begin contributing to their pension in the new fiscal year of 2013/14. “The Committee was conscious of the fact that it ought to be an Executive decision and that the Cabinet should decide if it is April 1, 2013,” Mr. Dalley said. The Committee also recommended that the Government retains the defined benefit model as it is felt that the “benefits would be adequate and the operations of the new arrangement would be transparent and efficient.” “We are proposing that there be established a segregated fund under Trust, as the cost will be fiscally maintainable. The new arrangement would be secure and the operations of the new arrangements would be transparent and adequate,” Mr. Dalley said. “All employees from the implementation date will contribute five per cent of salary. This will result in the cost being fiscally sustainable (with) more equitable benefits,” he added. It was also recommended by the Committee that the Government continues to contribute $17 billion per annum for 40 years to fund the legacy portion of the liabilities with pensioners who are already on the pension roll. Mr. Dalley informed that under the new pension scheme an actuarial review would be conducted every three years or earlier if there are any significant changes in the economic environment of the country. “There is a team working on the implementation and we feel that we will be ready for all new entrants for January 1, 2013 to start to pay into this pension fund,” the Minister said. The retirement age for all workers will also be raised from 60 to 65 years, except for members of the security forces. The debate was suspended to facilitate contributions from other members of the House of Representatives. The White Paper on Pension Reform is expected to be tabled in the House of Representatives before the end of November. RelatedNew Civil Servants Could Begin Paying Pension Contribution January 2013center_img Advertisements New Civil Servants Could Begin Paying Pension Contribution January 2013 Finance & Public ServiceNovember 8, 2012last_img read more

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – A Canadian energy company said Tuesday that it is buying an embattled Montana power transmission line project that has seen its plans of shipping wind energy across the border become mired in landowner disputes. Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.’s announcement came the same day the company announced a significant settlement with a leader of the opposition.Enbridge’s plans to purchase Tonbridge Power Inc. — whose main business involves the Montana-Alberta Tie Line power transmission project — in a deal worth $70 million is subject to shareholder approval.Enbridge said it will pay stockholders $20 million and agree to repay about $50 million of debt incurred in the development of the 214-mile transmission line. Ultimately, Enbridge said it expects to spend approximately $300 million completing and upgrading the line.The MATL line has been the focus of high-profile legal and legislative battles in Montana. Some landowners are refusing to sell rights of way to the company, leading to bitter eminent domain claims that have slowed construction considerably.The state Legislature initially refused to guarantee eminent domain powers to MATL after a judge last year ruled the company could not use the process that allows it to force landowners to sell. But even though a new law was eventually put in place to help the project, the issue is still in the courts as MATL tries to negotiate sweeter deals with landowners and re-route its line to satisfy complaints.Recent mediation talks between the two sides fell apart, and the dispute appears hardened by past grievances that are slow to ease. But both sides say publicly a settlement is within reach.And one noteworthy deal fell into place Tuesday, MATL announced.Larry Salois, a landowner who gained notoriety fighting to re-route the project around ancient teepee ring sites, and MATL said the line will indeed be built elsewhere on his land. The two sides said they have secured regulatory approval for the new route. Financial details for the transaction were not released.But the company said the deal does not have any impact on the other lawsuits and disputes that still need to be worked out.A lawyer who represented Salois, and represents many of the others, said she hopes the new owners will help settle the claims.“I would just hope that new management would result in the company treating my clients fairly and decently,” said Bozeman attorney Hertha Lund.The issues sparked by MATL promise to linger in Montana for years, with some landowners and their advocates still seething over the legislative fix to clarify that such operations do have eminent domain power.Enbridge comes into the project confident. It points out that regulatory hurdles have been cleared, and it is already eyeing upgrades to the planned line.The company said demand is strong for electricity transmission, and expects the need to replace aging infrastructure and other factors will only increase the demand.The company, which operates significant gas and oil transportation and pipelines, said the MATL project is “the first step” to developing power transmission. The company said it is expanding its interests in renewable energy.“The project comes with an established project development team which, with support from Enbridge’s major projects execution group and our financial resources, will be well positioned to develop the existing Tonbridge opportunities under the Enbridge banner, as well as to support other transmission development opportunities Enbridge is examining,” Enbridge executive J. Richard Bird said in a release. “We welcome this team to Enbridge.” Emaillast_img read more

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email The Flathead City-County Health Department’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has been more tortoise than hare but the local health officer believes his department is on track to immunize the community as efficiently and effectively as possible, even as eager residents struggle to book appointments and available doses sit unused.Logistical complications have hampered the county’s ability to ramp up vaccination efforts quickly and data compiled by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) confirms that Flathead lags behind similar-sized counties across the state. As of Feb. 4, Flathead had administered 88.2 vaccine doses per 1,000 eligible residents, far behind Missoula (129.4), Lewis and Clark (144.7), Cascade (128.6), Yellowstone (146.1) and Butte-Silver Bow (177.7) counties. Only Gallatin County (81.2) reported a total similar to Flathead.Health Officer Joe Russell blamed the disparity, in part, to the number of people in Tier 1A — primarily healthcare professionals — in other counties that allowed those areas to pull ahead, and expressed confidence that Flathead County would catch up over time. And at a clinic at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Center on Feb. 4, held primarily for those in Tier 1B, Russell and his team showed off the thoughtful planning and public-private cooperation that he believes has the county set up to distribute the vaccine more efficiently in the coming weeks.Tom Bertelsen and his mother, 90-year-old Shirley Bertelsen, arrived at the Expo Center Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Tom received a call that the pair had received one of the precious vaccine appointments scheduled at five-minute increments. Inside, the Bertelsens signed in and confirmed their identities, were given a card with a date for their follow-up second shot, received the first dose from one of eight vaccinators on duty, and watched 15 minutes tick away on an egg timer in case of a rare allergic reaction.The clinic’s operation spans from wall-to-wall inside the16,800-square-foot building with safe social distancing in mind, and volunteers routinely sanitize chairs, pens, clipboards and anything else that could be contaminated. To minimize the chance of an errant vaccine or recipient, every needle and vial is diligently labeled, forms are color-coded, and workers wear different colored vests to correspond with their responsibilities and expertise. Those at work at the clinic Thursday included a contingent of health department employees and contractors, retired and active medical professionals, staff from Kalispell Regional Healthcare, and volunteers with no medical training who assisted in non-medical ways.“It’s a big relief for me and it’s a big relief for (my mother),” Tom Bertelsen said as he settled into a chair in the observation area after receiving his shot. “It’s a happy day.”But for the thousands of people still waiting on a vaccine appointment, their happy day has not yet arrived, and it may not be coming for several weeks. Russell wrote in a press release on Feb. 2 that vaccinating all of Tier 1B would take “several months” and the backlog of appointment requests was around 8,000 as of late January. Flathead County is not unique in its inability to keep up with demand — both in Montana and around the country — but certain challenges here have compounded the delays.At a health department call center, the phone rings about 1,000 times a day with only three or four employees tasked to answer those calls, collect vital information, book appointments when available and answer a flood of voicemails. The small staff is unable to match the volume of calls coming in, Russell said, and the county is currently receiving more doses from the state than it is able to administer. The Kalispell clinic had about 1,500 doses available the week of Feb. 1 but was unable to put that number of shots in arms, although Russell said none of those doses are being wasted.“We have to create our own solutions and a lot of solutions are human resource,” Russell said. “We have the (scheduling) hardware now and we have to continue to staff up.”Russell said the department is working with a temp agency to make additional hires for the call center but that even onboarding those hires takes time, with county computer training mandated before staff can get to work. And inside the clinics themselves, the county has all but maxed out the available personnel and space needed to pull off the event, making operating a second vaccination site impossible.The other factor contributing to the slow pace of vaccinations is a more deliberate one. By the end of the month, the county will be circling back to give second doses of the vaccine to those in the current tier, as well as administering the first dose to a new crop of people. So if the county’s current capacity is 600 or so doses per day, administering 600 first doses now would lead to a huge logjam later this month. Russell sees a semi-solution there, too, with the county expected to open up the larger Trade Center for vaccinations in March, once a series of scheduled events there have been completed. Tearing down and moving the clinic from the Expo Center to the Trade Center and back, depending on scheduling, is not something Russell said is feasible.Once the 45,000-square-foot Trade Center becomes the clinic’s base, Russell says at least 12 vaccination stations will be operating and the clinic will be capable of giving out as many as 900 doses per day. And if the need presents itself, the department is also open to some weekend clinics, again provided supply and staff is available.“When we move forward, we may be more like the little turtle that could,” Russell said. “I really do believe things are working a lot smoother; we’re gaining the efficiencies it’s going to take to really ramp up.”For now, Flathead County’s vaccine clinics are scheduled to operate Tuesday through Thursday, and all shots are administered by appointment only. Those in Tier 1B — anyone age 70 and over, Native Americans and other people of color, and those with select severe medical conditions — can request an appointment at or by calling (406) 751-8119. Callers are asked to leave a message with their name, phone number and date of birth. Calls will be returned in the order they are received and callers are asked to leave only one voicemail.As of Feb. 4, 7,394 vaccine doses had been administered in Flathead County and 2,350 people were fully immunized, according to [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LAS VEGAS — EngineQuest (EQ) has announced the appointment of Jill Cabral as general manager and Eric Haugland as national accounts manager. Cabral will report directly to Scott Stolberg, president and CEO of AAEQ, EQ’s parent company, while Haugland will report directly to Cabral.   As general manager, Cabral will oversee sales, marketing and purchasing for EQ. She has more than 25 years of aftermarket experience, including 18 years at Bonded Motors, an engine builder based in the Los Angeles area and four years at SMP Sales/Don Gross Sales. She has worked at AAEQ since 2006 in purchasing and administration.   Haugland has more than 25 years of experience in automotive manufacturing, remanufacturing, machine shop and metal industries. He worked for AAEQ from 1999 to 2009 in sales, marketing and motorsports and rejoins the company after working several years as national sales manager for a distribution company supplying engine builders. Haugland will be responsible for EQ’s motorsports program and sales to national accounts.   “We are excited to announce the promotion of Jill and to welcome Eric back to our company,” said Stolberg. “Both of these individuals are deeply knowledgeable about our industry and know what it means to provide outstanding service to our customers.”  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

first_imgMANILA – Twelve American imports – seven newcomers and five returnees – will boost their respective teams in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which opens today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Defending champion San Miguel Beermen will have Troy Gillenwater while losing finalist TNT KaTropa will bring in former NBA player Jeremy Tyler.Adrian Forbes will reinforce NLEX Road Warriors while Alaska Aces will bank on Antonio Campbell, as Rain or Shine Elasto Painters would with Reggie Johnson and Columbian Dyip with CJ Aiken.Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings made an import change before the start of the conference by tapping 6-foot-10 Charles Garcia in lieu of Shane Edwards. The change was made due to the continuous absence of center Greg Slaughter. Returning imports this conference are Arinze Onuaku for Meralco Bolts, Malcolm White for GlobalPort Batang Pier, Vernon Macklin for Magnolia Hotshots, James White for Phoenix Fuel Masters, and Jarrid Famous for Blackwater Elite.Among locals, seven players are set to play for new teams.Terrence Romeo, Yousef Taha and Celedonio Trollano are now with KaTropa, Moala Tautuaa with Batang Pier, Norbert Torres with Painters, and Jeramy King and Andreas Cahilig with Columbian Dyip.Elite and Columbian Dyip are set to face each other in the first game at 4:30 p.m. This will be followed by the matchup between Batang Pier and KaTropa at 6:45 p.m.The tournament format will be single round-robin. Each team plays 11 games.The top eight teams will move to the quarterfinals, with No. 1 and No. 2 having a twice-to-beat advantage over No. 8 and No. 7.The No. 3 team fights No. 6 and No. 4 battles No. 5 in best-of-three quarterfinals./PNlast_img read more

first_imgAmerica’s got talent. So why is it so hard to find? Maybe it wouldn’t be great theater, but why not develop another reality-based television show based on marriage—one that would tie the knot between those elusive skilled workers and job openings at thriving U.S. employers. You can have your manufactured pop stars and your weight-loss champions. And please, keep your dancing celebrities. Give me something that’s a little more connected to reality—the continuing struggles of those who make up the U.S. labor market, showing how the short- and long-term effects of the latest recession are truly damaging the country’s future. New research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that this is not going away anytime soon. Of manufacturers that are hiring full-time staff, more than two-thirds (67 percent) said their organizations are having a difficult time recruiting for available positions, virtually unchanged from the summer of 2011 (68 percent). Naturally the process becomes even more strenuous for highly specialized positions: 74 percent of those surveyed said they’re struggling to fill jobs that require “new and different skill sets in manufacturing,” up from 72 percent in 2011 and 43 percent in 2010. What makes this scenario even more frustrating is that many of these companies already are doing quite well, but business likely would be booming with a full staff. Nearly three-quarters of manufacturers surveyed (73 percent) reported “mild to significant” improvement in their organization’s financial health compared with a year ago, up sharply from 59 percent in both 2011 and 2010. Of that group, 24 percent reported a “significant” financial recovery, up from 19 percent in 2011 and just 6 percent in 2010. Simple math will tell you how harmful the skills gap is for the U.S. economy in the near term. Fewer people employed means fewer dollars being spent on goods and services and fewer taxes being collected. Now for the scary long-term news: Some companies are getting quite complacent about the skills mismatch issue, according to research by staffing services firm Manpower. The company’s 2012 Global Talent Shortage Survey showed that 56 percent of employers indicate that unfilled positions are expected to have “little or no impact” on constituents, such as customers and investors. That’s up considerably from 36 percent in 2011. Why the sharp rise in that metric? Manpower’s analysis suggests that the data could be revealing a “new normal” for the workforce—companies operating at higher levels of efficiency due not only to technological improvements but to cutting labor costs by employing fewer workers and increasing productivity of existing staff. Will the time come when skating by on the bare minimum doesn’t produce the results desired by consumers, stockholders and others with a stake in corporate America? Possibly. But given the painfully slow progress the country’s economy has made, it’s suddenly easy to see why many companies aren’t extremely worried about filling a few slots on their payrolls. This is incredibly shortsighted, though; as Manpower’s analysis correctly points out, “failure to understand the impact unfilled positions can have on the client experience and stakeholders . . . is a monumental mistake . . . it is an unsustainable approach to addressing talent shortages in the Human Age.” Now there’s a dose of reality for all HR professionals to consider. Joseph Coombs is SHRM’s workplace trends and forecasting specialist. To read the original article, please click here.last_img read more

first_imgAlexander-Arnold recovering quickly reveals Liverpool boss Kloppby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is recovering quickly from a knock sustained against Napoli, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed. The 20-year-old missed Sunday’s win over Manchester United and will also miss Friday’s clash with Wolves.”It actually looks surprisingly good,” said Klopp. “I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.”But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.”But it looks good for Trent.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAston Villa move for Leicester defender Christian Fuchsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have made a move for Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs.The Mirror says Villa are short of cover at left-back and boss Dean Smith has identified the former Austrian international as the man to help the club’s promotion push.Fuchs, 32, has been kept out of the picture at the King Power Stadium by Claude Puel’s decision to promote Ben Chilwell to the first-team.And that has paid off spectacularly as the home-grown youngster has progressed to England’s senior squad.Villa have Neil Taylor as their only recognised defender in that area and although Alan Hutton has deputised on that side in the Welshman’s absence through injury, it has upset the balance in Smith’s rearguard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFoden won’t follow duo out of Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden is confident his career can be fulfilled by staying put.Foden, who signed a £30,000-a-week deal last month which keeps him at the club until 2024, has seen Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid) leave the club in the last 18 months.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff so I’m in the right position,” he said. “I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.”With regard to Diaz and Sancho, he added: “It’s up to them, really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan, in what they want to do, so fair play to them. Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgThe college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPN FPI RankingsESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.last_img read more