PLSA chief executive Segars to leave in June [updated]

first_imgSegars said: “I have enjoyed my time at the PLSA enormously, but after 12 years it is time to move on. I’ve been privileged to lead fantastic colleagues and members who work tirelessly to provide millions of people with better retirement incomes.“My proudest achievements have included creating the Pension Quality Mark, establishing the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, increasing the association’s income by 40% and making our conferences and events the best in the industry.“Working with the PLSA’s members I have given the association a new and wider focus, reflecting the realities of retirement saving today, culminating in the rebranding of the NAPF as the PLSA in 2015.”Lesley Williams, chair of the PLSA, praised Segars for the impact she has had: “Joanne has been an outstanding chief executive of the PLSA and has made a huge difference, as she campaigned for a secure future for pensions and pensioners in the UK and the EU.”[Updated] Segars will also be stepping down from the board of PensionsEurope, the European occupational pensions trade body. She was its chair from 2012-2015, and remained on the board thereafter in her capacity as chief executive of the PLSA. PensionsEurope chair Janwillem Bouma and CEO Matti Leppälä said: “We wish to warmly thank Joanne Segars on behalf of PensionsEurope and all of its members. Joanne has been a firm supporter of PensionsEurope and has made an exceptional contribution to our work as a long time board member and as the chair.  “During this period we successfully defended European pension funds from unduly solvency requirements and secured an outcome in IORP II directive that respects the diversity of pensions systems across Europe. We have valued Joanne’s active and constructive participation in all of our work. We will miss Joanne and wish her the best of luck for the future.” In a statement, the association said: ”Over the course of her tenure Joanne has transformed the association, building its reputation as an organisation with credible and persuasive policy proposals, representing the interests of members with vigour, determination, and imagination. She has ensured that the association is a strong and trusted voice in the public conversation.” Joanne Segars, the chief executive of the UK’s pensions trade body, is leaving the association to pursue a “portfolio career”.Julian Mund will assume executive duties until the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) appoints a permanent successor to Segars.She will remain in her post until the end of June, completing some projects currently in progress and continuing to act as the association’s ambassador, the PLSA said.She has been at the PLSA – previously called the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) – for 12 years, having joined as director of policy in 2005 before becoming its chief executive in October 2006.   last_img read more

Ex-Aston Villa captain ruled out for four months with knee injury

first_img1 Former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar will be out of action for another three to four months after the free agent defender revealed he had gone under the knife again.The 30-year-old had been hoping to find a new club this summer having allowed his contract at Villa Park to expire, but another setback on his left knee appears to have halted his career prospects in the short term.An end-of-season MRI scan showed the Dutch international had torn his medial meniscus, as he did in January, and having a similar procedure twice in six months to try and remedy the issue has left Vlaar facing an extended spell on the sidelines.Revealing the news in a blog post, Vlaar wrote: “Instead of two days with crutches, there will now be a four to six weeks period. Instead of four weeks rehabilitation, it will now take three to four months.“On hearing this news it was a defining moment, I was stunned and I struggled to keep my composure. Even now when I think about it, the news is very hard to swallow.”Vlaar has been linked with Lazio and Southampton this summer and while his present situation may put off suitors for now, he is confident he can return to play for another five years.He added: “Where will this eventually bring me? At the level that suits me and I always aim for the highest goal – I’m sure I will be fine.“I will prepare myself so I will be able to play at least five more years at the highest level and for the Netherlands national team.” Ex-Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar last_img read more

Redwoods wraps up 2018 season on Saturday

first_imgCollege of the Redwoods football will take the field for one last time in 2018 on Saturday when it faces San Jose City College, on the road in San Jose, at 1 p.m.Redwoods head coach Frank Borba said despite his team’s tough 2018 campaign, a win on Saturday would mean a lot for his program going forward.“It would be huge to win,” Borba said. “It would give us a better record than we had last season and would give our young team some momentum and something to cheer about heading into the off …last_img read more

Why I would never fly with AirAsia

first_imgThe question is being asked all over Asia  — should we fly AirAsia to our favourite holiday destinations. It is not quite as simple as “you get what you pay for”.But that is a major factor.Qantas is the world’s safest airline and it has the highest standards for training. Read: Who are the world’s safest low cost airlines? When you pay for your Qantas ticket, you are paying for some of the best-paid pilots who are likely to be Top Guns.You are also paying for one of the world’s most sophisticated plane monitoring systems that detects problems before they become serious.But surveys taken before last year’s extraordinary string of airline disasters show that, though 60 per cent of passengers have a fear of flying, only 27 per cent choose safety over price. Clearly, not all passengers put a value on their lives.Low-cost airlines usually have tighter schedules with less back-up. So, when a plane breaks down, the disruptions can be longer. They work with fewer ground staff, which manifests as less customer service.Low-cost airlines now make up almost 20 per cent of all travel into and out of Australia.The big loser has been Qantas, with its market share declining from about 40 per cent in 1988 — when Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man uttered the famous words “Qantas never crashed”— to about 17 per cent last year.Passengers have been turning their backs on Qantas as the safety records of its competitors have improved greatly, mainly through advances in plane safety. But, tragically, there are still plane crashes.Low-cost airlines have been around since the 1930s but the accepted game changer was Texas-based Southwest Airlines which in 1972 with just three planes, started serving just peanuts on flights and charging rock-bottom fares. It is the only low cost airline from the modern era that is still in business.AirAsia brought the low-cost concept to Asia in 2002. It has been a huge success, with more than 230 million passengers carried on the group’s services.It has joint-venture partners in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines, as well as long-range partner AirAsia X in Kuala Lumpur.Up to December 28, the airline group had operated without a fatality but it has not completed the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit.Airlines that have done the IOSA have a 4.3 times better safety record than ones that have not. However, that is not to say AirAsia is 4.3 times less safe than other IOSA airlines — the ratio is distorted by the big number of Third World airlines with terrible crash records that have also ignored the audit.The audit is an internationally recognised evaluation designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.Other major low-cost carriers that have not done IOSA include Southwest Airlines in the US and Ryanair and Easyjet in Europe.They argue they have robust systems in place and do not need to do the audit.AirlineRatings.com initially rated the AirAsia group five stars out of a possible seven because it had not done the audit.But would I fly on IndonesiaAirAsia? I never have and never will — though, as a rule, I don’t fly on low-cost airlines because the seating is too cramped for my height. And I would not consider flying on any airline that had not done IOSA. IOSA makes a difference.There has been considerable commentary since the Indonesia AirAsia crash about the safety of airlines in Indonesia and certainly most don’t score high marks. But 120 people die on Indonesia’s roads every day.What airline you should fly on is a vexing question.But perhaps the question to ask is: should you buy a more expensive car to ensure you’re safer driving to the airport?last_img read more

US network support firm expands in SA

first_img12 October 2012Emerson Network Power, a business of New York-listed Emerson and a global leader in protecting and optimizing IT and telecoms infrastructure, opened a new regional configuration centre in Johannesburg this week, to serve as the base for the company’s expansion into the enterprise space throughout Africa.The facility, staffed by nearly 110 employees, consolidates the company’s sales, marketing, engineering and operations “in one state-of-the-art location to enhance customer support, improve communications and increase efficiency”, Emerson Network Power said in a statement on Wednesday.Speaking at an opening ceremony in Johannesburg, Scott Barbour, executive vice-president of Emerson and business leader for Emerson Network Power, Barbour said the investment showed the company’s commitment to providing “reliable voice, data and IT infrastructure solutions and services to Africa.“We are excited to officially open this new facility in Johannesburg, which has been custom designed to meet regional production needs.”Speaking after the opening, Barbour told Business Day that Emerson Network Power saw South Africa as the foundation of its African business. “From there we will look at the other countries to see which ones have telecoms roll-out. We think those countries will follow the cycle of investment – telecoms build-up followed by data centre build-up.”Emerson Network Power said that the new regional configuration centre marked the company’s expansion “beyond its expertise as an energy specialist for the telecommunications market into the data center and industrial markets in South Africa, broadening its product portfolio to also include AC power, surge protection, precision cooling, rack solutions and infrastructure management and monitoring”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Josh Richardson gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

first_imgUFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season. Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a surprise, given that Miami officials had indicated repeatedly that they had no plans on letting Richardson go elsewhere.Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season — after missing training camp with a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Heat begin this season’s training camp Sept. 26.Richardson turns 24 on Friday. He was the No. 40 overall pick by Miami in the 2015 NBA draft after a four-year career at Tennessee. Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat tries to get a shot off between Tobias Harris #34 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Josh Richardson will go to Miami Heat training camp later this month with a new contract.Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson’s option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Huawei teases P20, P20 Pro India launch, could be announced later this month

first_imgA few days after its global unveiling of the P20 and P20 Pro last month, Huawei teased the India launch of the phones on its official website. Now, Huawei India has begun teasing the launch of the P20 via its twitter account which suggests the launch could happen soon. The teaser has a short motion video of colourful lines shaped as a DSLR initially and then converting into a phone. Huawei has tweeted with the hashtag #HuaweiP20 and #SeeMooore suggesting both the P20 and P20 Pro are set to launch soon.The P20 Pro, in particular, highlights a vertically placed triple camera setup, a first for any phone. Huawei launching the P20 will come as a delight for fans in India seeing as how the last flagship from the company was the P9 that launched in India two years ago. As of now, there is no official date set for the P20 launch in India, but sources close to GSMArena say that the company may announce the phones some time during the last week of April. There is also no word on the Indian pricing as well.Is it a phone Is it a DSLR It is the best of both worlds! #SeeMooore #HuaweiP20 pic.twitter.com/GfrZATMstBHuawei India (@HuaweiIndia) April 13, 2018Based on their international pricing, both the P20 phones will come with a premium price tag. The P20 has gone on sale at EUR 649 (approx Rs 52,300) while the P20 Pro comes with a super premium price tag of EUR 899 (approx Rs 72,300). We expect the prices in India to be a little more competitive, but still on the higher end of the spectrum. To recall, the P9 was launched in India at Rs 39,999, and we expect the P20 to be priced a few notches higher. We will have to wait and see if Huawei can once again attract consumers after the brief hiatus.advertisementHuawei P20 and P20 Pro specificationsThe P20 Pro is Huawei’s star flagship as it brings a triple rear camera setup which includes a whopping 40-megapixel sensor. Both the P20 and P20 Pro also bring a brand new design language for the company. Notably, like many other Android OEMs lately, both the P20 phones sport a notch on the display. Huawei at its event explained that its notch is smaller in size compared to the iPhone X, allowing for a bigger screen-to-body ratio at around 90 per cent. The Pro model sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ (2244×1080) AMOLED display, while the P20 comes with a 5.8-inch FHD+ IPS display.In terms of hardware, the P20 and P20 Pro come with top-notch specs that include a Kirin 970 chipset with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit. Both the devices offer a 24-megapixel front camera and will ship with EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Pro model packs a large 4,000mAh battery while the P20 houses a 3,400mAh battery. The Pro model is offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the regular P20 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.Coming back to the triple camera setup on the P20 Pro. Apart from 40MP primary RGB camera with f/1.8 aperture, the flagship also gets a 20MP monochrome camera with f/1.6 aperture, and an 8MP camera with telephoto lens, 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom. The P20 gets a dual camera setup with 12MP primary RGB camera, f/1.6 aperture, OIS, and 4-way autofocus and 20MP monochrome camera with f/1.6 aperture.Huawei touts several AI-backed features supporting the triple lens setup that includes 4D predictive focus feature that tracks motion of objects and keeps them in focus. The two main cameras come with something called artificial intelligence stabilisation or AIS which works on object and scene recognition. AIS also comes into play during night shots with a Handheld Night Mode. Huawei says that you will be able to capture exposures lasting up to six seconds to get enough light and you won’t even need to use a tripod.last_img read more