UK pensions regulator chief exec to exit in February

first_imgCredit: Lisa FergusonLesley Titcomb, TPRExpressing disappointment about her departure, the director of policy at Royal London said: “The legitimate challenges about the work of the Pensions Regulator have recently crossed the line into unnecessarily and inappropriately personal vilification of the current CEO. “If parliament wants the best people to lead public bodies, it needs to reflect on whether those people will be willing to subject themselves to highly personal scrutiny and attacks of the sort we have seen in recent months.”Webb defended TPR, saying it had achieved “notable successes” under Titcomb’s leadership. He said recent criticisms were particularly unfair given that many of the events in question happened before she became chief executive.TPR has come under repeated fire from politicians – in particular the Work and Pensions Select Committee – in relation to the high-profile collapses of high street retailer BHS and, more recently, contractor Carillion.The regulator has emphasised that, while in the past the balance of priorities between members and employers had not always been right, it has made significant changes in a bid to become “clearer, quicker and tougher”.In the three years since Titcomb became chief executive, the regulator had focused on being more visible and proactively engaged to ensure scheme members get their promised pensions, TPR said in a statement today.It highlighted achievements such as securing £363m (€413m) for members of the BHS pension schemes and £329m for members of the Coats scheme, the restructuring of the British Steel Pension Scheme, and setting up an authorisation regime for master trusts. TPR has also overseen the rollout of automatic enrolment across the UK.TPR’s chairman, Mark Boyle, will immediately start the search for a successor. The eventual appointment of Titcomb’s replacement will be subject to approval of the secretary of state for work and pensions.Boyle said he wanted to express appreciation, on behalf of TPR’s board and the whole organisation, for the “superb job” Titcomb was continuing to do.“We respect her decision, but will be very sorry to lose her,” he said. “She has been a real catalyst for change, working with energy and drive to get results and make a difference to the way we work.“Lesley has strengthened our leadership team and will continue, over the coming months, to implement TPR Future, the change programme she and I instigated together which is already making us a more effective regulator.” A former UK pensions minister has strongly criticised politicians for personal attacks on the chief executive of the country’s Pensions Regulator (TPR).Lesley Titcomb today announced she would be stepping down from TPR in February at the end of her four-year contract.In a statement, Titcomb said it had been a “difficult personal decision”, taken after extensive discussion with her family and the chairman of TPR.“I love working at TPR and am immensely proud of what we are achieving,” she said. “But as I turn 57 next month, the end of my contract in February 2019 feels like the appropriate moment to find more time in my life for family, friends, other interests and opportunities. “However, in the nine months before my departure we have a lot more to do. I will be here leading that work with my strong, committed TPR team.”Steve Webb, who was pensions minister from 2010 to 2015, suggested members of parliament had played a role in Titcomb’s decision.last_img read more

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Ndidi thanks Leicester City fans after Aston Villa demolition

first_imgNigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi has lauded Leicester City fans for their unwavering support during Monday’s 4-0 Premier League thrashing of Aston Villa.Advertisement Promoted Content17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave ChurchesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… center_img The Super Eagles star featured 84th minutes in the encounter as a brace each from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes secured the Foxes maximum points.Ndidi, who recently returned from a knee injury, has taken to social media to express his feelings on the impressive performance.“Massive win yesterday. Love it foxes,” Ndidi posted on Instagram.“A big thanks to our fans at KP for being patient and cheering until the goals started popping.”Ndidi has been a key member of Brendan Rodgers’ squad this season, featuring in 29 games across all competitions.Read Also:FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea face Ndidi’s Leicester, Arsenal, others know foesThe midfielder will hope to play a prominent role when Leicester, third in the Premier League, take on Watford on Saturday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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5 hurt in van-police car collision

first_imgHeavy damage is seen in the front portion of this van that crashed into a police patrol car in Barangay Bolong Oeste, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on Feb. 26. PANAY EMERGENCY UPDATES GROUP According to police investigators, theincident happened around 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday. The police patrol was about to turn left when the van driven by RenanteGuevarra hit the former, the investigators added. Guevarra, who was unscathed, was detainedin the lockup cell of the Sta. Barbara police station, facing charges./PN ILOILO City – Five persons were hurtafter a van crashed against a police patrol car in Barangay Bolong Oeste, Sta.Barbara, Iloilo.center_img Meanwhile, van passengers Van Francis Laru-an;Kevin Cepra; and Precila Gangoles were brought to the Western Visayas MedicalCenter in Mandurriao district for treatment. Cepra and Gangoles, who complainedof body pains, were eventually discharged from the hospital. Police Staff Sergeants Francisco Sodustaand Windy Ojana sustained minor injuries.  last_img read more

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Aina’s teammate at Torino recovers from COVID-19

first_imgThe unnamed player was diagnosed with no symptoms on May 6 and went on to spend two weeks in self-isolation.However, Torino announced in a statement this afternoon that fresh tests have come back ‘completely negative’ and the player has resumed individual training.Read Also: Osimhen gets private jet to attend father’s funeral ritesThe rest of the squad, meanwhile, did ‘mainly aerobic work and ball possession exercises under the orders of coach Moreno Longo’ on Monday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Our Favorite Celebs Look Like With Their Natural Hair ColorThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This YearCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Ola Aina’s teammate at Torino who tested positive for coronavirus has made a full recovery.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Faces Multiple Charges for Having Sex With 15 Year Old

first_imgA Florida Highway Patrol trooper is facing multiple charges that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that 23-year-old Riley Schwarz is facing two counts of lewd and lascivious battery involving sexual activity of a minor between 12 and 16 years of age.The Tampa Bay Times reported that deputies confronted Schwarz after the girl’s parents found a personal journal detailing their discreet relationship.The girl told deputies that she and Schwarz had sex multiple times.Deputies say Schwarz admitted to the relationship with the minor and surrendered himself to jail.A spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Schwarz was terminated.Online court records showed no current attorney for Schwarz, who remained in jail Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

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Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ National Championship kicks off on Friday

first_imgWITH a tremendous amount of fan support for the recently concluded Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Championship, the eagerly anticipated National Championship will kick off on Friday night (August 9) at the Jubilee Park tarmac.The two-day tournament, which concludes on Saturday night will see 16 teams from across Guyana compete in an elimination format.Six teams (champions Gold is Money, Albouystown-B, Sophia, Broad Street, Leopold Street and Sparta Boss) will represent Georgetown, while four representatives will come from West Demerara (champions Brothers United, Showstoppers, Ballers Empire and Up-Top Bosses).Champions Beacons and Police will represent Bartica while champions Melanie-B and Paradise-A will represent East Coast Demerara.The remaining two will come from Berbice (champions Trafalgar) and Linden (champions High Rollers).According to a release from tournament coordinator Three Peat Promotions, “The anticipation is at a fever pitch for the National Championship following a wonderful and exciting Georgetown Zone Championship.”The release continued, “The Georgetown teams and fans are bracing themselves for an invasion of talents as the visiting teams have been arduously preparing for this moment in which they put their abilities against the traditional giants of the sport.”The correspondence concluded, “We can expect another exciting and thrilling tournament that will captivate the audiences who are expected once again to descend on the venue in their thousands.”The tournament will officially be launched today, when further details will be disclosed.Complete fixtures for the two nights of action.Day-1 – Jubilee Park tarmac August 9Round of 16 Fixtures Draft(1) Up-Top-Bosses vs Paradise-A – 19:00hrs(2) Melanie-B vs Showstoppers – 19:30hrs(3) Brothers United vs Sophia – 20:00hrs(4) Ballers Empire vs Albouystown-B – 20:30hrs(5) Beacons vs Sparta Boss – 21:00hrs(6) High Rollers vs Leopold Street – 21:30hrs(7) Trafalgar vs Broad Street – 22:00hrs(8) Gold is Money vs Police – 22:30hrsQuarterfinal Matches(9) Winner (4) vs Winner (2)(10) Winner (3) vs Winner (6)(11) Winner (5) vs Winner (7)(12) Winner (1) vs Winner (8)Day-2 – Jubilee Park tarmacSemifinal Matches August 10(13) Winner (10) vs Winner (11)(14) Winner (9) vs Winner (12)3rd PlaceLoser (13) vs Loser (14)FinalWinner (13) vs Winner (14)last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Friday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 20.Crimes against a personOn oct. 19 at 8:10 p.m. a suspect approached a student from behind as she exited the Norris Medical Center and punched her in the side of the head without provocation. The suspect then fled on foot and could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.Miscellaneous incidentson oct. 16 at 6:20 p.m. a student reported that a suspect knocked on the door of her apartment in the City Park complex and she did not answer because she did not recognize him when she looked through the peep hole. The student continued to stand by the door and observed the suspect unlock it. When the suspect pushed the door open the student slammed it closed and yelled that she was calling the police. The suspect then fled and he could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.on oct. 16 at 3:50 a.m. a male student who was sleepwalking walked into a female student’s Century apartment and used the restroom. The female student did not know this person and notified DPS that a stranger entered her apartment.on oct. 19 at 6:10 p.m. a student drove her vehicle into the rear of a university tram driven by a staff member, causing minor damage to the tram and moderate damage to the student’s vehicle.on oct. 20 at 1 a.m. DPS officers responded to a report of students at the Moon apartment complex making excessive noise and swimming in the pool after hours. The officers heard no noise upon their arrival, and when they contacted the students one of them admitted that he had been swimming in the pool. The students were cooperative and the officers cleared the scene after advising them to keep the noise down and stay out of the pool.last_img read more

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TAPP canvasses for Las Vegas Democratic candidate

first_imgMembers of Trojan Advocates for Political Progress pose for a photo after canvassing for CA-25 Democratic candidate Katie Hill in October. (Photo from Facebook)Trojan Advocates for Political Progress headed to Las Vegas from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4 to campaign for Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller. In the state of Nevada, TAPP President Alec Vandenberg said the goal was to engage people who usually do not vote in the midterm elections.Since Heller is a USC alumnus, Vandenberg said students may automatically vote for him. However, Vandenberg said that TAPP is campaigning for Rosen because they believe Heller doesn’t properly represent the USC community. Vandenberg said Heller promised to protect the Affordable Care Act and vote against the American Health Care Act, but ultimately violated that promise. He instead supported the Graham-Cassidy Bill, which would reduce Medicaid funding.“As USC students with our own personal political beliefs and our own ideologies, we don’t think he’s indicative of what we stand for at USC in that capacity,” Vandenberg said.Vandenberg had been analyzing where TAPP could make the biggest impact, and between Nevada’s close proximity and the urge to push out Heller, the group decided to go to Las Vegas.“The last thing we want is [to wake] up on Nov. 6, thinking that we didn’t do enough or that we could’ve done more,” Vandenberg said. “This weekend is part of a last minute effort to really make sure we have no regrets on Election Day.”To get to Nevada, Esequiel Sandoval, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development, served as the point of contact for the Rosen campaign through a previous job. Even though he is not a member of TAPP, Sandoval said he’s been impressed with how TAPP has been able to mobilize  for events like this.On Saturday, the group knocked on nearly 400 doors in an effort to garner support for Rosen, spending several hours in the afternoon going around neighborhoods. The next day, they began their second shift at 9 a.m., reaching about 200 more voters and also sending out texts, according to Vandenberg.Nayanika Kapoor, TAPP’s Vice President of Internal Relations, said the political environment in Las Vegas was vastly different from that of Southern California’s. “It’s way more moderate and the candidates are more moderate as well,” Kapoor said. “[Las Vegas] is a very different demographic, and we were acutally canvassing for Democratic voters. [A lot of it was] convincing voters to show up at the polls.”Sandoval believes that Nevada is a key state to help turn the Senate from red to blue. Two seats are needed for the Democratic Party to take the majority, but 35 seats are up for reelection in 2018, meaning that the 26 seats held by Democrats will have to be retained in addition to turning two of the nine Republican seats. Nevada could prove to be a tight race, with Heller’s approval rating at 37 percent and his disapproval rating at 44 percent.Kapoor said that TAPP was looking to make a national impact in their canvassing efforts, and Rosen’s campaign was an opportunity for the group to become involved in a Senate race.Both Vandenberg and Sandoval stressed the need to get involved, especially with this year’s elections. Sandoval said that even though young voters may feel like their voices are unheard, they should not wait for the ideal candidate.“Convincing people there’s value in coming off the sidelines in a midterm election is so, so important,” Sandoval said. “These are the most important midterm elections at least in the last 50 years.”last_img read more

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Tyler Lydon battles foul trouble, helps Syracuse pull away late in win

first_imgJustin Bibbs went straight at Tyler Lydon, who tumbled backward and sideways under the basket. Whistled for his fourth foul, Lydon took his place in between the hashmarks and watched as Bibbs stretched Virginia Tech’s lead to three with 45.7 seconds left.When the clock hit triple zeroes minutes later, Lydon was still playing in a game still going.It wasn’t until three minutes into overtime, after his emphatic two-handed slam gave the Orange its biggest lead of the night at the time, that Lydon finally headed to the bench with his fifth foul. He spent the last 2:04 watching from next to assistant coach Gerry McNamara, the only time he couldn’t play and the only time Syracuse had the game finally in its favor.The freshman chipped in 13 points before fouling out and his six rebounds were second only to Tyler Roberson’s 15. His three offensive boards reinforced an SU rebounding corps that continues to improve, just as Lydon continued to trend upward while battling foul trouble in Syracuse’s (16-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) 68-60 overtime win over Virginia Tech (12-11, 4-6) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.“He was a game-changer toward the end,” Trevor Cooney said. “He had four fouls and they were driving to the lane but he was able to block a shot or make them miss it and come back again and make that guy miss it again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean he was unbelievable.”Lydon’s night was kick-started when his turnaround 3-pointer hit nothing but net as the first-half buzzer sounded. A lethargic Syracuse offense made the worst defensive team in the conference look like one of the best, but the freshman’s deep ball gave the Orange a sliver of momentum heading into the half down six.With 8:46 left in the game and Syracuse down three, Lydon flushed a two-handed dunk and let out a guttural scream toward the Syracuse bench. Seconds later on the other end of the court, Bibbs went right at Lydon for an answer. A microcosm of the mix of caution and aggression the freshman had to balance as the game teetered and he tried to avoid sending one of the league’s best foul-shooting teams to the line.“He was aggressive,” Michael Gbinije said, “but he wasn’t stupid.”Virginia Tech broke Syracuse’s second-half press with relative ease and the familiar sight of a guard charging in open floor faced Lydon on multiple occasions. Earlier this season, Lydon had trouble staying straight up when defending under the basket.Now, that was his only option.“I thought Tyler Lydon saved the game when we were trapping and pressing and they got the basket and he changed their shot, got the rebound and we got out and scored,” Jim Boeheim said. “I think he did that once or twice.”The Orange’s first lead came with 22 seconds into overtime. It quickly vanished. Then a Cooney 3 gave it another and Gbinije took the next possession toward the basket on a fast break, running away from a defender as Syracuse tried to do the same with the game.The senior’s layup didn’t hit the rim, only the backboard. But as it dropped back toward the court, Lydon charged in pursuit, corralled his third offensive rebound of the night and flushed another two-handed dunk. This time one that would help distance the Orange for good.“I just saw him get that slight little edge on the defender,” Lydon said. “… I got to be there in case he misses.”In a game Syracuse looked buried in with under two minutes left, it was now running out the clock. The Hokies didn’t even bother playing defense.Lydon rose from his seated position on the bench and joined Malachi Richardson in flapping his arms upward with a towel in hand. It was a result he helped finally tilt in Syracuse’s favor, even if he had to watch the finish from the sideline. Comments Published on February 3, 2016 at 12:31 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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