Thane (Maha), Dec 24 (PTI) A balloon seller today died and seven students were injured after a cylinder used for filling gas in balloons exploded at a school in Kalyan town here, police said.The management of Arya Gurukul School, where the incident occurred, had hired the balloon seller for the annual sports day, they said.”The man was filling the balloons with gas when suddenly the cylinder exploded this afternoon. The impact was so powerful that the victim was blown away in the blast and died on the spot,” police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.At least seven children sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, they said.The deceased was yet to be identified, police said.Further details are awaited. PTI CORR NP DIP
AdvertisementNicole Gibbs (born March 3, 1993) is an American tennis player.Gibbs has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career.On 25 July 2016 she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 68.On 19 September 2016, she peaked at world No. 107 in the doubles rankings.Gibbs graduated in 2010 from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, and from Stanford University in 2014.Gibbs has played in a number of WTA Premier qualifiers, the 2009 LA Open and the 2010 and 2011 Stanford Open qualifiers, where she won a round each year, the 2012 Western & Southern Open losing in the first round, and the 2012 New Haven Open at Yale where she won three rounds to qualify, and then won a round in the main draw before losing in the second to Petra Kvitová.She has also played in qualifying for the US Open on three occasions (2009, 2010, 2011), winning a round in 2010.In addition to qualifying for the main draw in New Haven, Gibbs played in the three WTA Premier event main draws in 2012, the Stanford Open, winning one round before losing to newly crowned Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, and the US Open where she lost in the first round to Alizé Cornet.Gibbs played the 2010 US Open – Mixed Doubles with Sam Querrey as her partner and the 2011 US Open – Women’s Doubles with Lauren Davis.She was a hitting partner as part of the 2009 United States Fed Cup team in Italy.Gibbs won her first Grand Slam main-draw matches at the 2014 US Open.She upset 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round, before falling to another seed, Flavia Pennetta, in the third round.Image Courtesy – Nicole Gibbs (Instagram)Advertisement
Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the Miami Open and Indian Wells events to continue his recovery from troublesome knee.The 32-year-old curtailed his season in August last year after battling injury through the grasscourt campaign, which ended with opening round exits at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.The three-time Grand Slam champion returned to competition at the Australian Open in January but hobbled to a second round exit.”They are both amazing events, but coming back from a big surgery after having played a few tournaments, I have discussed with my team that it is best for me to build on the progress and go back to practice,” Wawrinka said in a statement.”I’ve enjoyed being back on tour playing matches and this gives me even more motivation to go back on the practice court. My goal is to find my highest level again and in order to do that, I will keep working hard every single day,” the former world No.3 added.Following his defeat at Melbourne Park, Wawrinka reached the semi-finals of the Sofia Open but followed that with early exits at Rotterdam and Marseille, the second through an injury retirement.French duo Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have also been ruled out of Indian Wells due to knee injuries with Jeremy Chardy, Laslo Djere, and Lukas Lacko replacing the trio in the main draw.(With inputs from Reuters)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With Week 8 finished we’re now two-thirds of the way through the college football season. ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Alabama: 12.3 – 0.6Clemson: 12.5 – 0.5Georgia: 10.4 – 2.2Michigan: 10.6 – 2.1Oklahoma: 10.7– 2.0Ohio State: 10.3 – 2.1Penn State: 8.7 – 3.3Washington: 9.6 – 3.0Notre Dame: 11.1 – 0.9LSU: 9.6 – 2.5Florida: 9.6 – 2.7Iowa: 9.5 – 2.8Mississippi State: 7.2 – 4.8Utah: 9.0 – 3.6Miami (Fla.): 8.5 – 3.8Wisconsin: 8.3 – 4.0Texas A&M: 8.1 – 3.9Auburn: 6.8 – 5.2West Virginia: 7.9 – 3.4Texas Tech: 8.0 – 4.3Texas: 9.3 – 3.3Stanford: 8.4 – 3.8Missouri: 7.4 – 4.6Purdue: 6.9 – 5.3Fresno State: 10.8 – 2.1Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.ESPN’s full FPI can be found here.
zoom The Port of Los Angeles has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ports of Auckland, New Zealand, and Guangzhou, China, at a Tripartite Ports Summit sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles. The document establishes the Tripartite Ports Alliance, which represents a new level of cooperation between the three port authorities that had initially committed to working more closely together in November 2014.The newly formed alliance provides a platform for growing trilateral cooperation to foster trade, innovation and investment opportunities between the public and private sectors of the three regions.Objectives within the memorandum of understanding include sharing of best practices and expertise; strengthened communication and collaboration on investments, technologies and environmental policies; and working together to enhance capabilities of each port in order to boost their respective regional economies.The two-day Tripartite Summit that opened on Thursday in Los Angeles is focused on business-to-business matchmaking for key sectors, including transportation, infrastructure development and design, retail and consumer products, biomedical technology, among other sectors.Mayor Chen Jianhua of Guangzhou and Mayor Len Brown of Auckland have brought leading high-level government and business delegations to the event. The summit is the first of three to be held under the Alliance.“The Port of Los Angeles looks forward to collaborating with the ports of Auckland and Guangzhou on a series of initiatives, including promoting commercial and business opportunities as well as sharing innovative best practices,” said Ambassador Vilma Martinez, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President.
Washington: The International Monetary Fund said that the trade war between the United States and China is already triggering a global economic slowdown. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice recalled at a news conference at the organization’s headquarters in Washington on Thursday that it had previously characterized the trade tensions as a threat, Efe news reported. But now they “are actually beginning to weigh down the dynamism in the global economy,” he said. “Our latest estimate is that … the US-China tariffs, including those implemented and announced, could potentially reduce the level of global GDP (gross domestic product) by 0.8 per cent in 2020, with additional losses in future years.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Rice added that the US-China tensions are causing greater uncertainty and having negative repercussions on business and global trade. The Fund is due to release its new economic outlook at the 2019 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, a gathering that will be held from October 14-20. In its report released in Santiago in July, the IMF lowered its 2019 global growth forecast from 3.3 per cent to 3.2 per cent, citing international tensions and the US-China trade war in particular. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On September 1, the US followed through on plans to impose a 15 per cent tariff on certain Chinese consumer-goods imports – including apparel, electronics, footwear and dairy products – that were valued at around $112 billion last year. Those tariffs were in addition to 25 per cent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports that began to be imposed in July of last year. The Trump administration said last month that it would wait until December 15 to impose tariffs – now set at 15 per cent – on certain mass-consumption products imported from China, including smartphones, laptops, video games and toys. If those tariffs are implemented, virtually all Chinese imports would be subject to punitive taxes. China retaliated on September 1 by starting to impose tariffs of between 5-10 per cent on US imports – including crude oil – valued at $75 billion last year. Beijing had earlier implemented tariffs on roughly $110 billion worth of US imports. Trade tensions eased somewhat this week, however, when both countries announced that they would put off planned tariff increases. The US has postponed by two weeks its plans to raise tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports – mostly goods used by companies in the manufacturing process – from 25 per cent to 30 per cent. That hike was to have occurred on October 1. China responded by unveiling two lists of products that will be exempt from higher tariffs between September 17, 2019, and September 16, 2020. Those moves appear to be attempts to lower tensions ahead of a new round of trade talks in Washington in early October. Trump launched the trade war as part of his “America First” bid to lower a wide trade deficit with China, but the tariffs imposed thus far have barely made a dent in that gap.
CANMORE, Alta. — The mayor of Canmore says he’s disappointed that Calgarians have rejected a potential bid by their city for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.John Borrowman, who has lived in Canmore since before the 1988 Calgary Olympics, says he believed in the benefits to again co-hosting the Games.Canmore was the site of Nordic ski events in 1988, and would have held some events again and built an athlete’s village as part of a successful bid.The mayor says the investment, which included affordable housing for the Rocky Mountain town west of Calgary, would have been worth it and the risks would have been manageable.The bid is essentially over after a majority of Calgarians voted “No” in a plebiscite on Tuesday.City council, which was already nervous and divided over bidding, is expected to officially end the effort on Monday.Housing affordability is a major issue in Canmore.The bid corporation’s plan had called for 240 affordable housing units in Canmore to be managed by the town’s housing corporation.The Canadian Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — The head of Canada’s largest railway says ferrying crude remains a lucrative, albeit temporary solution to Canada’s pipeline quandary.Canadian National Railway Co. chief executive Jean-Jacques Ruest says the company ramped up capacity with more track, crews and locomotives, only to see volumes fall this year from record highs last autumn after Alberta lowered the oil production cap to free up export pipeline space and boost the price of Western Canadian Select amid an oil glut.Ruest, who has headed CN since July, says he sees railway’s role in the commodity as complimentary, a bridge between the past and the near future when pipelines will again bear the lion’s share of the black stuff.Attempts to build or expand pipelines have faltered the last few years, leaving railways to pick up the slack. Major projects such as the Northern Gateway and Energy East pipelines were cancelled, and delays continue to snarl the Trans Mountain expansion, Line 3 replacement and Keystone XL pipeline.Meanwhile CN Rail and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. shipped 23 per cent more oil and petroleum in 2018, according to the Association of American Railways. Crude-by-rail exports hit a record 327,229 barrels per day in October, a 58 per cent year-over-year increase, according to the National Energy Board.Ruest says CN’s crude-by-rail exports to the U.S. are currently down 40 per cent from December to about 150,000 barrels per day — though year-over-year revenue from petroleum and chemicals still rose 25 per cent last quarter. He says the incoming United Conservative Party government in Alberta might hasten a roll-back of the production curtailment, but declined to speculate further, saying the province would do what’s best for its residents and the country.
The agreement signed today by the FAO and the Media Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Media Lab) provides for the UN agency’s World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) to serve as a platform for disseminating and supporting programmes initiated by the MIT Media Lab, such as “Digital Life,” “Digital Nations,” and “Things-that-Think.” The main objectives of the cooperation between the UN food agency and the MIT Media Lab are to work on field programmes together, to explore possible funding resources and to support joint development of tools, workshops and training courses. For the first time, farmers and rural communities in least developed areas will be able to use advanced information technologies for accessing email and the Web using pocket-sized, battery or solar energy-powered wireless communicators at a very low cost. They will have unlimited access, through Internet and other innovative technologies, to information of all kinds including educational material, agricultural advice, as well as information on food security, food safety, economic issues, nutrition, public health, among others.Even illiterate farmers in remote and isolated areas will be able to collect and share information relevant to their day-to-day work: information and even training will be conveyed through voice and images provided by wireless communicating devices. For example, in Asia, women farmers are currently using wireless devices to exchange information on levels of irrigation water to improve food production, WAICENT manager Francisco Perez Trejo said.Wireless technology developed by MIT Media Lab tends to level differences between rich and poor, because it works as well in remote regions as in modern cities, and is cheap enough to be spread everywhere, according to experts. One of the most distinctive features of the MIT Media Lab is that more than 90 per cent of its funding comes from private industry: it currently receives support from 170 corporations worldwide.
On Friday, Private Chitete’s brave and selfless action was commemorated at a ceremony held at UN headquarters in New York, when his family received the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage,” the UN’s highest peacekeeping award, on his behalf.Speaking exclusively to UN News’s Stella Vuzo on Friday, Tanzanian UN peacekeeper Corporal Omary recalled the deadly outcome of November 14, 2018. Along with Private Chitete, and other soldiers attached to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he had been part of a military operation to dislodge armed fighters of the ADF militia in the east of the country, who had been attacking civilians and disrupting the UN’s efforts to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Family of Private ChitetePrivate Chitete was killed in November 2018, during an operation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to combat the ADF.“We received instructions to go to Naru camp in Kididiwe (eastern DRC). It was a joint operation with peacekeepers from Malawi. There was heavy fighting… I was shot in the leg. Thankfully for me, I was near Private Chitete, and he tied my leg with a bandage.”Private Chitete administered lifesaving first-aid, and dragged Corporal Omary, who was pinned down and exposed to enemy fire, away to a less dangerous area: in doing so, he was shot and killed.“Honestly, I feel bad,” said Corporal Omary, “because he was a fellow peacekeeper, and we were working together to carry out our duties. I wish it hadn’t ended that way, but it’s God’s will and I pray for him.”Thanks to the actions of Private Chitete, described by UN chief António Guterres as “a true hero,” the peacekeepers were successful in dislodging the militia fighters from their stronghold, enabling the UN to continue working to eradicate Ebola from the region. “He personally made a difference,” said the Secretary-General, at a special ceremony in New York where the award was presented, “a profound one.”For Corporal Omary, the experience has led him to reflect on his own role as a peacekeeper, and the importance of the often dangerous work that he and his colleagues carry out every day: “I have learned a lot: patience, collaboration, and to diligently carry out the responsibilities bestowed upon me by my country. The UN should continue aiding peacekeepers, give them support and highlight the good work that they do.”
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Veteran Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy will be one of captain Ernie Els’ assistants for the International team at next year’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.Els, with Ogilvy at his side, made the announcement Sunday at a media conference during the final round of the World Cup at Metropolitan.Ogilvy announced in May that he would be moving his family from Scottsdale, Arizona back to Australia later this year and would likely have a reduced playing schedule. He owns a home on the 14th hole of the West Course at Royal Melbourne.Ogilvy was also an assistant to captain Nick Price for the 2017 Presidents Cup.Els said he would announce two more assistant captains early next year.The next Presidents Cup is Dec. 9-15, 2019 at Royal Melbourne, the third time the sandbelt course in southeast Melbourne has hosted the tournament.Tiger Woods will be the U.S. team captain and is scheduled to be in Melbourne in early December for a scouting mission at Royal Melbourne.The International team had its only win in 12 events at Royal Melbourne in 1998, when Els picked up 3 1/2 points for the Internationals. The 2003 tournament in South Africa was tied, but the U.S. has won every other Presidents Cup.Later Sunday, Els is expected to unveil a new logo for the International team at a reception at Royal Melbourne.____More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDennis Passa, The Associated Press
The strike,set to start at 8am on September 12, will involve a total withdrawal of labour, including from accident and emergency, paediatric and maternity units.The renewed flare-up of the bitter dispute hits the NHS as it faces mounting pressure, with waiting times increasing and providers threatening to suspend non-urgent treatment in order to balance their books.In May it looked as though a breakthrough had been reached in the dispute after both sides agreed to a new deal following six rounds of industrial action.But the agreement was subsequently rejected in a referendum of junior doctors, prompting Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to say he would begin imposing the May deal regardless. Dr McCourt also reiterated the BMA’s criticism of Mr Hunt’s pledge to create a “seven-day NHS”, saying the Government could not answer how it would fund extra weekend care.But Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said the proposed action was “extreme in its scale and timing” and “shows scant regard for patients”.Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The BMA must be the first union in history to call for strike action against a deal they themselves negotiated and said was a good one.“Whilst there are many pressures on the frontline, funding is at record levels, with the highest number of doctors employed in the history of the NHS.” The BMA must be the first union in history to call for strike action against a deal they themselves negotiated and said was a good oneDepartment of Health Junior doctors will stage the first national five-day strike in the history of the NHS next month in protest over their pay, the British Medical Association (BMA) has announcedThe doctors’ union was last night accused of “militancy” and playing politics at the expense of patient safety as it threatened a rolling programme of industrial action going into the winter if the Government refused to back down. Jeremy Hunt decided to impose the contract after the deal was rejected in a referendumCredit:Neil Hall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Andrew Haldenby, director of the public services think tank Reform, said there was “no reasonable grounds” for escalating industrial action because doctors are divided and the strike vote took place last year”.“The BMA has every right to stand up for its members but militancy won’t persuade anyone,” he said.The BMA has not said when further strikes will take place or when they will confirm the dates.However, in a message on social media Dr McCourt said she would ask the BMA council to endorse a five-day all-out strike once a month for the rest of the year.Were that to take place it is estimated that around a million out-patient appointments and 250,000 operations would be cancelled. The BMA has previously argued that the proposed new terms and conditions will be bad for patient care.However, it is understood that Mr Hunt and the new chairman of the union’s Junior Doctor’s Committee, Ellen McCourt, had narrowed the remaining outstanding issues to those of weekend pay and pay for part-time workers.Last night, Dr McCourt said: “We have a simple ask of the Government: stop the imposition.“It if it agrees to do this, junior doctors will call off industrial action.“This is not a situation junior doctors wanted to find themselves in.“We want to resolve this dispute through talks, but in forcing through a contract that junior doctors have rejected and which they don’t believe is good for them or their patients, the Government has left them with no other choice.”
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Dani Alves could be in line for a shock return to Sevilla this summer after 10 years away, reports SportVarious media outlets in Spain have announced that the Brazilian is available in the upcoming transfer window with Paris Saint-Germain having reportedly offered him to Sevilla, whom he originally left in 2008 to join Barcelona, because he does not fit into the Parisian club’s plans.New PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is understood to have told the board that he does not view Alves as part of his plans at the French capital.Joaquin Caparros, who now works as the Director of Football at Sevilla after being replaced by Pablo Machin as head coach, has since revealed that he is currently unaware of these reports.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…But the 62-year-old did state he would welcome Alves back to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.“I do not know anything about Dani Alves, but we are always open to signing right-back and when we improve, although right now the priority is elsewhere,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
Former Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry has today officially been announced a Bayern Munich player, 12 months on from signing for the club.Gnabry initially signed for the German giant’s last summer but was immediately sent out on loan to fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, ensuring that he was never revealed to fans officially.That all changed today, however, as the 22-year-old made his first proper public appearance at the Allianz as a Bayern Munich player. „Meine Ziele würde ich kurz fassen: So viele Titel, wie es geht, zu holen.“ ? #Packmas, @SergeGnabry! ? ➡ https://t.co/DsKlIJCyo0 #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/91n089Exfg— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) July 2, 2018He spoke to the media as he received his welcome this Monday, as reported by The Sun: “It’s certainly a proud moment.”“FC Bayern are a club that everyone knows about from when they’re a child – a club with huge success. It’s an honour for me to play for Bayern”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The German international spent 5 years at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger – spending one season on loan at West Brom – but failed to establish himself in the Arsenal first team before being sold to Werder Bremen in 2016.Gnabry’s loan spell last year with Hoffenheim was the success that Bayern had hoped it would be, as he scored 10 goals in 22 domestic appearances for the club.He now joins the ranks of one of the biggest football clubs in Europe and he will hope to prove himself to new manager Nico Kovac quickly, in order to contribute to a team that has won the last 6 domestic league titles in Germany.
Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Kampl explained why his stay at the club only lasted eight monthsThe Slovenia international arrived at Signal Iduna Park in January 2015 from RB Salzburg for €12m.However, Kampl rejoined boyhood club Bayer Leverkusen in August that year after Dortmund finished a lowly seventh in the Bundesliga.“I came to the BVB at a difficult time. We were sitting 17th in the league. Everything wasn’t going as it should,” Kampl told Goal and Spox.“We finished seventh in the end, but generally, it was a very difficult season for us and for me personally. I came from Salzburg to Dortmund.“That was a huge leap for me. Nevertheless, I played almost every game and felt well.”Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Kampl asked then-Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel for his permission to be reunited with old coach Roger Schmidt at Bayer Leverkusen.“Roger Schmidt really wanted to bring me to Leverkusen. He was like a mentor to me in Salzburg,” said Kampl.“So I asked Mr. Tuchel for permission to join Roger Schmidt. He understood that a player sometimes meets a coach in his career to whom he develops a special bond.“For me, it was the best decision to go to Leverkusen, because I really blossomed there again. That is why I’m grateful to Mr. Tuchel to this day.”Kampl made 19 appearances in total for Dortmund before spending the next two seasons at Leverkusen.The 28-year-old now plays for fellow German side RB Leipzig.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has been awarded the EA Sport’s Player of the Month award for NovemberThe 24-year-old winger proved to be as impressive as ever by helping City win all three of their Premier League games against Southampton, Manchester United and West Ham last month.In the process, Sterling added three goals and three assists to his tally in November as City continued their impressive start to the 2018/19 campaign.While Sterling has been at the centre of racism controversy over the past weekend, EA Sports gave him a timely boost by naming him their Player of the Month on Twitter.The England international emerged victor seven-man shortlist including City teammates Leroy Sane and David Silva along with Andrew Robertson, Felipe Anderson, Lucas Digne and Moussa Sissoko.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Sterling has already managed a total of eight goals and six assists in 13 league games for City.⚽⚽⚽ goals, 3️⃣ assists. @sterling7 is the #PL POTM for November 🏆 #PLAwards #FUT #FIFA19 @premierleague pic.twitter.com/rD3v4eDnSa— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) December 12, 2018
Clark County — Clark County commissioners will present the public with a proposal to eliminate the county’s septic tipping and inspection fees and instead impose an annual flat fee of $16.50.The commissioners, serving in their capacity as the Clark County Board of Health, will hold a public hearing on the proposal at the next board of health meeting at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Clark County Public Service Center.Last month, the board approved changes to numerous other environmental public health fees. The commissioners had differing opinions on how and whether to change the septic fees. The board held a work session Wednesday to further discuss the proposal.After the hour-long meeting, the commissioners agreed to move the proposal forward for a public hearing and a vote.The proposal, if approved, would eliminate the county inspection fee of $20 and tipping fee of 6 cents per gallon pumped and impose a $16.50 flat fee onto property taxes of the 34,000 Clark County residents with septic systems.The proposal, like the current fee structure, would not cover the cost of the actual inspection or tipping. Septic system owners would still be responsible for paying those costs to the company hired to perform the work.
Motability has always been keen for staff to be fully engaged in, and informed enough about its contract-based defined contribution stakeholder pension plan, so that they can decide how best to invest their pension contributions.This is why the mobility support services charity has produced a comprehensive pensions communication strategy, which includes a guide for staff about the option to obtain independent financial advice and how to go about accessing this.Jo Rose, HR manager, says: “We always encourage [pension fund engagement] through the communications that we offer, and we also put lots of tools on [our] own website to help [staff] plan for their retirement and think about how much they’re contributing.”This support was particularly important when the organisation decided to switch its default fund earlier this year following the downturn in the economy and the introduction of the pension freedoms in 2015.The switch, which came into effect from July 2016, saw the take-up of a new fund with a 15-year lifestyling phase and a different mix of investments, structured on the premise that employees can make a number of choices about what to do with their retirement fund, rather than on the assumption that they will buy an annuity, following the abolition of compulsory annuitisation, which came into effect in April 2015.The employer’s previous default option, also with Friends Life, now part of the Aviva Group, had a lifestyling phase of five years, which meant that the pension de-risked over a period of time, five years before employees’ planned retirement age.“We were looking at high engagement [levels] and for staff to review their choices and make a decision about how they wanted to invest their funds,” says Rose.Motability’s paternalistic culture drives its commitment to ensure that its staff are fully engaged in their pension fund, despite less than 10% of staff actively making their own investment decisions.Rose says: “It’s very much the chief executive and the executive team that [is driving] the need to do the right thing by staff with the pension and making sure that the scheme is fit for purpose.”