Video: Brioche Pasquier plans further production lines in UK

first_imgFollowing the opening of a second production line at its Milton Keynes site, Brioche Pasquier’s UK managing director Olivier Ripoche tells British Baker the plans for the plant.The new line, which will produce Pains au Lait with Chocolate Chips, was opened last week by company CEO Pascal Pasquier.Ripoche revealed that the company hopes to have another line in place for its Pitch range in either 2019 or 2020, with three coming in the next five to 10 years.“We have seen our business grow from strength to strength,” Ripoche said at the launch event last week (20 September). “This is a new step for the company. We want UK consumers to enjoy our brioches as much as we do in France.”The French business came to the UK in 2001, moving into a production site in Maidstone, Kent. Four years later, the business moved to Milton Keynes following the growing popularity of brioches among the UK public and better transport links to London and Birmingham.last_img read more

Original Allman Brothers Drummer Jaimoe To Play 4 Southern Dates Next Month

first_imgIn addition to their ongoing monthly residency at The Iridium near New York’s Times Square, founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson will play a handful of southern dates early next month. . Over the course of four nights in early November, he will appear in performances in Daytona, FL, as well as three different cities in Georgia.Founding Allman Brothers Band Drummer Jaimoe Remebers Gregg Allman’s Unparalleled Musical EnergyFirst, on Wednesday, November 1st, the drummer will play alongside other extended Allman “family” members including Junior Mack, Les Dudek, and more for a special reunion event at Daytona Beach, FL’s Bank and Blues.Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings Nels Cline, Norah Jones, Jaimoe & More, Honors Allman Brothers For 25th Beacon Show [Photo/Video]Next, he will convene his regular solo outfit, Jaimoe’s Jassz Band, to open for another former ABB member’s new project, Oteil Burbridge & Friends, at Athens, GA’s famous Georgia Theatre on November 2nd. From there the Jassz Band will shoot over to Macon, the Allman Brothers’ motherland, to support Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Georgia Jam” along with Randall Bramblett on November 3rd. The following night, Jaimoe and company will follow Marshall Tucker Band to Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse to reprise the GA Jam in the state’s capitol.EXCLUSIVE: The Big House’s Richard Brent On The Allman Brothers, The Museum, & The LegacyFor more information on any of Jaimoe’s upcoming performances, head to his website.[h/t – jambands.com][Cover photo via – All About Jazz]last_img read more

VMworld Europe: A Look Ahead to Simpler, Automated Disaster Recovery with Dell EMC PowerMax and VMware

first_imgThis week at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, Dell Technologies is pleased to preview our latest PowerMax technology integration with VMware, which brings together PowerMax SRDF, the gold standard for storage replication, with VMware vVols 2.0 and VMware SRM to simplify and automate Disaster Recovery for our customers.The integration of PowerMax SRDF with VMware SRM and vVols enhances the world’s most trusted high-performance storage replication solution to achieve unparalleled availability across virtualized environments. It helps customers transform their datacenter availability operations while protecting their current storage investments. This is the latest example of our close collaboration with VMware to accelerate our joint customers’ IT transformation journey.This technology preview combines the following three technologies:VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) – Automated orchestration software that integrates with underlying array replication technology to provide policy-based management and automated orchestration of recovery plans to minimize downtime in case of disasters.VMware vVols – An abstraction of physical disks through a virtual disk container (Virtual Volume) that is independent of the underlying physical storage. vVols removes the need to manage VMFS datastores, enabling easier storage access and delivery of appropriate storage service levels for individual VMs. vVols offloads storage data services onto storage arrays like PowerMax allowing VM applications to directly leverage data services such as PowerMax SnapVX, SRDF, and QoS.Dell EMC PowerMax – The undisputed leader in high-end storage with over 40% market shareŧ, nearly triple that of the next highest competitor. Dell EMC PowerMax delivers industry leading performance and uncompromising data services with simple operations and enables massive workload consolidation. Recently, PowerMax became the first storage system to ship with dual port Storage Class Memory (SCM) as persistent storage for extremely low latency I/O needs. PowerMax scales up to 64,000 volumes, ideal for supporting high growth applications, virtual volumes, and snapshots. Enterprise customers depend on PowerMax to run their business while reducing cost and complexity.Attendees at VMworld US received a technical preview of VMware SRM with vVols. At VMworld Europe, VMware and Dell Technologies will jointly showcase the integration of VMware SRM and vVols 2.0 with Dell EMC PowerMax in a breakout session. The preview is also available at our booth in the Solutions Expo at VMworld Europe.For folks who like to know the technical details, this demonstration used the following hardware and software:2 Dell EMC PowerMax 8000sPowerMaxOS and Unisphere for PowerMaxPre-GA builds of VMware vSphere ESXi, vCenter and SRM pre-GA buildsI can also give you a quick glance of the integration here itself. Figure 1 below is a vSphere screenshot of the Async policy for vVols replication with SRDF. This shows a replication policy with an RPO of 30 seconds.Figure 1 – SRM replication policy“We are thrilled to share that the Dell EMC PowerMax platform will fully support VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols),” said Lee Caswell, Vice President HCI BU, VMware. “We are seeing great interest for this deep level of integration from VMware customers who value the combination of VMware technology with Dell EMC Infrastructure. This is a remarkable example of how Dell Technologies leverages VMware vVols and the VMware Cloud Foundation to help customers meet the intense availability and capacity demands of today’s digital business.”Come see us at booth #D401 in the VMworld Solutions Exchange to see how these two leading companies are developing this solution to automate and simplify Disaster Recovery for our joint customers.For more information, visit and watch this space: dellemc.com/powermax.ŧSource: IDC Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q2, September 5, 2019.last_img read more

J. Harrison Ghee Will Star in Broadway’s Kinky Boots

first_img J. Harrison Ghee J. Harrison Ghee will make his Broadway debut this spring in Kinky Boots as he reprises his star turn as Lola from the Tony-winning musical’s national tour. Ghee will begin performances on March 6, taking over for Todrick Hall at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Prior to the national tour of Kinky Boots, Ghee appeared in The Color Purple tour.The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein-penned show is about a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, the two become an unstoppable team and find that they have more in common than they could have imagined.The current cast of Kinky Boots features Olivier nominee Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price, Taylor Louderman as Lauren, Marcus Neville as George, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola and Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don. Kinky Boots Related Shows J. Harrison Ghee in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matthew Murphy)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Tool cleaning time

first_imgIf you don’t plan to plant a fall garden, inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools before storing them for the winter.“As a gardener, nothing is more frustrating than to pull gardening tools out in the spring and find hoes that are rusty or broken, a tiller that won’t crank, or an irrigation system with a blown gasket,” said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.Tony Johnson, the horticulturist at the UGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga., agrees. Johnson helps UGA scientists maintain their research plots. And he does so on a limited state budget.“Gardening tools and supplies are expensive,” Johnson said. “With a little care and forethought, you can help your tools last from season to season.”The two UGA professional gardeners offer the following checklist to follow before packing away garden tools for the winter.Shovels, hoes and other tools* Thoroughly clean all tools with soap and water.* Sharpen blades and tool edges.* Clean metal parts with steel wool, wipe dry and apply a light coat of cooking oil.* Smooth wooded handles by sanding them with sand paper. Then coat handles in linseed oil or paint them to preserve wood.* Store rakes with the teeth pointing down. Stepping on an exposed rake can be very dangerous, for children and adults.Tomato cages* Clean off tomato cages and stack them out of the way.* Repair any cages that have been damaged.Tiller and mower* Empty the garden tiller of fuel or add a fuel stabilizer.* Check the spark plugs, change the oil and clean the air filter.* Clean the underside of the mower’s deck with a pressure washer and scrape off any old grass and debris.Irrigation* Drain irrigation lines. Clean and inspect lines for cracks before rolling up. (Store these out of the sun in a shed or garage.)* To keep insects from hibernating in hoses, connect hose ends.* Do not hang hoses directly on a nail. The weight of the hose will create permanent kinks. Nail a coffee can or other round form on the wall and then roll the hose around the form.* Inspect and lightly lubricate sprinkler heads.* Clean and dry out the water timer.Sprayers* Fertilizer or pesticide sprayers should be triple-rinsed with water or a little ammonia. * Check the hose tip for debris before storing the sprayer for the season.last_img read more

Michael Reese joins Central Vermont law firm

first_imgVALSANGIACOMO, DETORA & MCQUESTEN, P.C.is pleased to announce thatMICHAEL S. REESEhas joined the firm’s transactional practice.Michael brings experience to real estate transactions, estate planning, and business law. He advises commercial and residential clients in all types of real property proceedings and transactions. He also works with individuals and families to structure their estate plans to protect their assets and maximize the benefits of a lifetime of hard work. In addition, Michael provides a wide array of legal services to businesses, ranging from choice of entity and financing to liability and tax planning.Michael brings over a decade of experience from his legal practice in the Woodstock region. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Temple University in 1990, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from Vermont Law School, where he served on the Vermont Law Review.Having served six years as a Vermont legislator, Michael continues his involvement in a wide array of community activities. Michael looks forward to bringing his unique perspective on our legal system to assist our clients to accomplish their objectives. Whether our clients are purchasing a home, planning their estate or embarking upon a new business venture, Michael will guide clients through the various complexities of any transaction and protects their financial interests.Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. offers a wide range of legal services to the community, ranging from litigation to transactional matters, all affecting the everyday lives of our neighbors. Michael’s addition allows our firm to better serve the real estate, estate and business planning needs of the entire community with experience.last_img read more

Southern Appalachian Beer Guide

first_imgSerious beer with a side of adventureby Graham Averill and Jack MurrayGreek philosopher Aristotle famously said, “Everything in moderation.” We tend to agree. Except when it comes to adventure. And beer. What can we say? Sorry Aristotle, but good beer and good adventure are two hobbies we just can’t get enough of. Luckily, we live in the Southern Appalachians, where craft beer has become as ubiquitous as singletrack. Now, you find yourself a brewery that sits next to a killer piece of singletrack, and what you have there, is the “sweet spot.” We found eight sweet spots up and down the Southern Appalachians, so you can hit the mountains, then hit the brewery with a limited commute.brewery map1. Pisgah BrewingBlack Mountain, N.C.Pisgah Brewing was North Carolina’s first organic brewery and strives to get much of their ingredients locally, even looking to source local hops from fledgling hop farms in the near future. In addition to the taproom (cash only), Pisgah has an outdoor stage and lawn where they host live music four nights a week (the Wailers are regulars). pisgahbrewing.com The Flagship Pisgah Pale, a cloudy, orange ale with organic malts that hits the hoppy notes just right.The SeasonalBacon Stout. What happens when you combine bacon with beer? Something great. This winter brew pours black, but balances the sweetness of a chocolate stout with the salty meatiness of bacon.The Adventure Pisgah Brewing sits at the base of the Black Mountains (the tallest range east of the Mississippi), giving you easy access to singletrack with monstrous downhills. Check out Kitsuma and Heartbreak Ridge, which are two of Pisgah National Forest’s classic descents, or hike-a-bikes, depending on your prowess. If you’re an angler, you can’t beat the crowd-free and gin-clear water of Curtis Creek, which drops steeply off the eastern wall of the Black Mountain Range, but has easy road access through most of its course.Brewer’s Pick  Biking Kitsuma. It’s a classic ride in the shadow of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi.2. Mountain State BrewingDavis, W.Va.Mountain State has two restaurant and pub locations, one in Deep Creek, Maryland, and another in Morgantown, W.Va. Both of these pubs serve good beer near epic adventures, but we like their original brew house in tiny Thomas, W.Va. Much of the taproom was built by hand by founders Willie Lehmann and Brian Arnett, who’ve grown the brewery from an upstart into West Virginia’s largest craft brewery since 2005. mountainstatebrewing.comThe Flagship  Almost Heaven is one of Mountain State’s original brews, and still its most popular. This amber ale is lightly hopped with a caramel finish for easy drinking year round.The Seasonal  Rumsey Rock Porter is named after James Rumsey, the Shepherdstown man who didn’t get credit for inventing the steam engine. It’s a dark and malty chocolate porter with plenty of hops.The Adventure  Mountain State sits on the edge of the Canaan Valley, the perfect base for exploring some of West Virginia’s signature adventures. During the winter, Canaan Valley has two downhill ski resorts (skithevalley.com) and the most active backcountry center in the Mid-Atlantic (whitegrass.com). You have hundreds of miles of cross-country trails at your disposal. After the snow melts, those trails become mountain biker and hiker nirvana.Brewer’s Pick  Hiking the Sods. Kate Lane, assistant brewer, opts for a simple hike. “Just pick any trail in the Dolly Sods. It’s all amazing.” The 17,000-acre Wilderness has a high-country ecosystem more common to Canada. You have 47 miles of trail to choose from, with Red Creek Trail being the most popular.Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain’s family friendly atmosphere and outdoor patio make it the perfect spot for drinking in the Blue Ridge over some local brew.3. Blue Mountain BreweryAfton, Va.Blue Mountain is one of the fastest growing craft brewers in Virginia, with a newly-opened production facility geared toward canning and distribution, a restaurant and smaller onsite brewery, even a cooperative hop farm project. The restaurant sources as much of their food as possible from local farms, and the brewery crafts a wide range of lagers and ales at the foot of Shenandoah National Park. bluemountainbrewery.comThe Flagship Full Nelson Pale Ale, a pleasantly bitter American pale that uses five pounds of Blue Mountain’s own farm-grown hops in every batch.The Seasonal  Blitzen is a classic Belgian Christmas ale that has a drunk reindeer on the label. Thanks to the new expansion, this seasonal will be distributed beyond Virginia this winter.The Adventure  Blue Mountain sits five miles from Shenandoah National Park, with 200,000 acres of Virginia’s finest ridges and valleys as well as a 100-mile chunk of the Appalachian Trail. From the pub and restaurant, cyclists can choose between the 100-mile Skyline Drive, which bisects the park, or the Blue Ridge Parkway, which heads south through Virginia into North Carolina.Brewer’s Pick  Fly fishing the G.W. Owner Taylor Smack likes the hundreds of tiny creeks in the nearby George Washington National Forest, where native brookies thrive. “These are respectable fish too—9 inches, but honestly, I just like getting back into these tiny waterways, places you wouldn’t bother going if you weren’t fishing.”4. Moccasin Bend Brewing CompanyChattanooga, Tenn. Moccasin Bend is a nano-brewery just outside of downtown Chattanooga, crafting small batches of wildly inventive beers. Think barbecue-flavored porters and juniper-infused pale ales. Moccasin is in the process of expanding to meet distribution demands, but the brewpub already has a strong following among Chattanooga hop-heads looking for a beer with cojones. bendbrewingbeer.comThe Flagship  Moccasin’s diverse lineup resists the “flagship” notion, but Welter Weight, a light pilsner, is about as straightforward of a beer as you’ll find in the taps. It’s popular as hell too. The Seasonal  Dead Ned Imperial Red was a winter warmer that was so popular, it earned a permanent tap. It’s typically 8.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), but this winter, Moccasin is experimenting with an even higher, 10 percent ABV version that’s guaranteed to warm your cockles.The Adventure  Moccasin’s small brewpub is located at the base of Lookout Mountain, on the edge of downtown Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain has some of the South’s best-known kitschy tourist traps (Rock City, Ruby Falls), but it also houses some world-class adventure. Cyclists revere the roads that ascend Lookout, one of which (Nickajack Road) was the time trial in the gone but not forgotten professional Tour de Georgia, and 2,000 amateurs battle their way up and over Lookout annually as part of the Three State Three Mountain Challenge. The hang gliding park is on top of the mountain, the nearest trail head is a quarter mile from the dog-friendly taproom, and the local climbing gym, the Bouldering Authority, is a block away.Brewer’s Pick  In-town mountain biking. Owner Chris Hunt was a bike cop for 10 years, so mountain biking is his adventure of choice, particularly on Stringer’s Ridge, a newly conserved piece of forest inside Chattanooga’s city limits. “When I was training as a cop, I’d put the lights on and hit this crazy off-camber trail there late at night,” Hunt says.devils backboneAt the base of Wintergreen Ski Resort, there is no better place for an apres beer than Devils Backbone5. Devils Backbone BreweryRoseland, Va.Devils Backbone won the 2010 World Beer Cup Small Brewery Championship and pulled the gold for its Vienna Lager in 2012. The brewpub sits on 100 acres with 360-degree mountain views, but the crew has recently opened a production brewery in Lexington to fill the distribution demand in Virginia and beyond. DB is Virginia’s most decorated brewery, and one of the fastest expanding craft breweries in the South. dbbrewingcompany.comThe Flagship  Wintergreen Weiss, a Bavarian style Hefeweizen, was modeled after founder Steve Crandall discovered it while on a ski trip in the Alps during the ‘90s. It’s a low-hopped lager with a smooth, malty flavor. And it’s named after nearby Wintergreen Ski Resort.The Seasonal  The Kilt Flasher (check out the label!), a Scottish wee heavy ale that’s a little higher in alcohol content (7 percent range).The Adventure  The brewpub is perched at the base of Wintergreen Ski Resort and founder Steve Crandall is a life-long skier and backpacker. During warmer months, cyclists revere the long road climb up the mountain, and DB sponsors the popular Stampede mountain bike race in August as well as a 100-mile road race. The brewpub is a stone’s throw from the cycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is five miles from the Appalachian Trail. Even cooler, the brewpub will give hikers on the A.T. a ride from the trail to the brewery and let them camp on their property for free.Brewer’s Pick  The Appalachian Trail, of course. Founder Steve Crandall chooses backpacking the A.T. “There’s a section of the A.T. that runs through the Three Ridges that might be the toughest part of the trail,” Crandall says. “You can do a great 10-mile backpack that drops 3,300 feet to the Tye River, then rises 3,000 feet back to the ridgeline.”6. Hardywood Park BreweryRichmond, Va.Just a year old, the fledgling Hardywood Park Brewery has already endeared itself to the Richmond community, distributing its beer widely throughout the town and instigating cool city-based endeavors like the Community Hop Project, where local gardeners were given free hop rhyzomes to grow specifically for a special release beer. Hardywood is the hip establishment you expect from a downtown brewery, complete with Food Truck rodeos during the summer. Just don’t go looking for an actual park named Hardywood in Richmond. The brewery was named after the sheep station in Australia where founders Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh first discovered craft beer. Along with Devils Backbone and Starr Hill, Hardywood was instrumental in getting VA 604 passed (see sidebar). The tasting room is open Wednesday through Saturday. hardywood.comThe Flagship  Hardywood Singel, a Belgian-style blonde ale with a mellow finish. It’s too high in alcohol to be considered a session beer (6.2 percent ABV), but it’s a great food-pairing beer. It’s also the only year-round beer Hardywood produces.The Seasonal  Gingerbread Stout. This is an imperial milk stout brewed with fresh local ginger harvested from Casselmonte Farm and local honey. Sweet. And it packs a punch at 9.2 percent alcohol by volume. It was also this year’s bronze medal winner at the World Beer Cup.The Adventure  Richmond. Geographically speaking, you’d be hard pressed to call it a mountain town, and yet there’s no denying that Richmond’s adventure portfolio is stout. A smokin’ class III-IV section of the James River runs right through downtown. Belle Island, in the middle of the James and connected with downtown by a bridge, has tight singletrack and a new bike skills park. The city was even picked to host the UCI World Road Cycling Championships, cycling’s pinnacle event, in 2015.Brewer’s Pick  Fat tires. Both Murtaugh and McKay dabble in kayaking, but mountain biking is their go-to adventure. “From the brewery, you can ride a mile of pavement, then hit trail in Byrd Park for a 13-mile trail ride. Buttermilk Trail is the most technical piece of the ride, but I like coming out of the singletrack jungle and getting a big view of Richmond’s skyline,” says Eric McKay.7. Dry County BrewingSpruce Pine, N.C. Dry County is a nano-brewery/pizza shop in the surprisingly hip Spruce Pine, N.C., a tiny outpost of a town with more-than-decent grub and quick access to some of North Carolina’s most iconic adventures. DC’s production is small, putting out 10-gallon batches at a time, but the brewers love to experiment, so they have a stock of 30 beers they like to rotate through their bar with six beers on tap at a time. And you can pick up a giant cheese pizza for under $12, making a visit to the small shop a win/win. drycountybrewing.comThe Flagship  Though locals love the Farmhouse Ale and IPA, there’s no real flagship beer here—the experimentation of brewer Chad Mohr resists that sort of consistency. Dry County tries to put out at least one new beer a month.The Seasonal  The Homewrecker is a Belgian strong ale with crystallized ginger and cherry. Does anything say Christmas like ginger and cherries? Just keep the name in mind when you find yourself ordering one after the other.The Adventure  Spruce Pine is 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and about 30 minutes from Roan Mountain and its string of high elevation balds.  The North Toe River runs through downtown, offering in-town fly fishing. Cyclists have a love/hate relationship with Hwy 80, which leads up to the Parkway with a brutal ascent, and hikers and trail runners can explore miles of singletrack on the privately owned (but open to the public) Springmaid Mountain Retreat.Brewer’s Pick  Hiking high. “We always go straight to Roan,” says Dry County Brewing owner Chad Mohr. “It’s a little further than some local trails, but the hiking is amazing.” Pick up the A.T. at Carver’s Gap and head east for seven miles of grassy balds, all of which stand over a mile high in elevation.8. Nantahala Brewing CompanyBryson City, N.C. Nantahala Brewing Company is still a relative newcomer to the Western North Carolina beer scene (the tasting room opened in March 2011), but in just a couple of years they’ve managed to make a name for themselves as a brewery with an adventurous mindset. Brewery founder Joe Rowland also owns a paddling guide and hiking guide business, local boaters and bikers frequent the taproom, and Nantahala even puts out a special limited edition Trail Magic series that helps support the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner program in the Smokies. The brewery is located in a converted warehouse on the edge of Bryson City, which is rapidly becoming a hot gateway town to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. nantahalabrewing.comThe Flagship  The Noon Day IPA was NBC’s first beer out of the tanks and is still the most popular. The pale ale gets plenty of hops throughout the brewing process, and has the citrus aroma and dry finish beer lovers have come to expect from an IPA.The Seasonal  Sticky Dog Stout is a straightforward stout without the typical hints of chocolate or coffee usually associated with winter stouts. Also look for the limited release Trail Magic Series in 22-ounce bottles.The Adventure  It’s hard to beat Nantahala Brewing’s location. The brewery sits less than two miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and not much farther from Lake Fontana, which offers pristine flatwater paddling as well as a handful of wild islands for those seeking an isolated campsite. Drive a little farther and you have Tsali Recreation Area’s 20 miles of buffed singletrack to the south, as well as the Nantahala River’s eight miles of class II-III whitewater and newly enhanced surf wave.Brewer’s PickFat tires in town and out. Joe Rowland, founder of the brewery, loves paddling the lake, but his go-to adventure these days is mountain biking. “The new SORBA chapter has done such a good job maintaining Tsali, it’s a great ride now,” he says. “But I also like doing a 10-mile road loop into Deep Creek, because you can hit one of the only trails in the GSMNP open to bikes, then come back for a beer.”last_img read more

ABP to roll out visualised pensions pot next year

first_imgThe €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP is to provide all its 1m active participants an overview of their accrued pension rights as well as their estimated final accrual at retirement if they stay with the pension fund.Nicole Beuken, ABP’s director, said the “pensions pot” was a communication concept to visualise how much the individual participants have saved up so far.She emphasised that the approach was separate from the possible introduction of individual pensions accrual in the new pensions system that is currently being hammered out. It was not a plea for the introduction of individual pension arrangements either, she added.Beuken said that the concept had been proven to work and would be introduced from next year. An example of ABP’s visualisation toolSource: ABPThe visualisation takes the form of a graph, starting with current pension savings and continuing to the expected accrued assets at retirement.Each stage shows which part of the capital has been paid by the participant, which part by the employer, and what has been contributed through the pension fund’s return on investments.The forecasted return is based on the result on risk-free investments, as is also used in the uniform pensions statement (UPO), a standard document issued to all pension members across the Netherlands. However, the graph of the pensions pot doesn’t show the percentage used to calculate accrual through investments.Beuken noted that such an inexact and simple illustration initially triggered resistance from legal experts and actuaries, but she said they were eventually convinced “as the concept was very easy to explain to participants”.Raoul Willms, programme director at APG, ABP’s pensions provider, said that the visualisation concept was meant to prompt participants into action and increase their confidence in the pension fund.“Tests have showed that this works, as half of the participants visited their pensions portal at ABP to seek additional information,” Willms said. “Their answers also made clear that their faith in the pension fund has increased as a result of the information.”Beuken said that other pension funds were allowed to use the concept developed by ABP and APG.“They could also adjust it to their specific situation, although I hope that the resulting setups aren’t too much different, as this would not be in the interest of the participants,” she said.Beuken added that additional testing would continue into the first quarter of 2018. Beuken explained: “An important reason for the overview of accrued pension rights is that we wanted to remove incorrect impressions among participants.“Some [people] wonder whether they will ever receive their contribution in benefits, or even think there won’t be any benefits left at all at retirement.”During this year, ABP extensively tested the pensions pot among 3,000 participants.Beuken said the testing had revealed that participants preferred a simple reflection of their accrued pension, and that they didn’t appreciate additional information, such as various scenarios.last_img read more

Ighalo inspired to hear Watford Fans cheering with his name

first_img The Nigerian described the moment at Old Trafford as “special”. Ighalo scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for the Hornets before departing for Changchun Yatai in China and was given a warm reception by the travelling fans. After signing for United on the last day of the January transfer window, he made his home debut against his former club and almost scored late on following a defensive mistake.Advertisement Loading… Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, was motivated last Sunday after hearing Watford fans cheering with his name. Speaking after the match, he spoke about his affection for Watford and said he hopes they can avoid relegation this season. “It’s always special to hear the Watford fans sing your name because they know what I’ve done for them in the past when I was there,” he said. “They are always in my heart and I love them for that. Read Also:Odion Ighalo to work towards Man Utd stay plans “My wish is for them to keep fighting to remain in the Premier League because I know they have a good team, they are good people, it’s a family club and they have a good owner and I just wish them all the very best to remain in the Premier League.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Lady Cats Fall To Lady Tigers In Volleyball

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats were defeated by The Hagerstown Lady Tigers 25-18, 25-20, 25-13.The Lady Wildcats did not play as well as they could have. They had opportunities to get the win but those small mistakes were to costly. It is still very early in the season and they have room to grow.Kendall McCool had 4 assists and Autumn McDaniel had 4 digs. Kamryn McCool had 2 kills and Taylor McCreary had 1 ace serves.They will get back in the gym to practice tomorrow before hosting Greensburg on Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.last_img