Mitchell Starc: Australian quick says bio-secure bubbles are unsustainable | Cricket News

first_imgMitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable “It’s not a sustainable lifestyle,” Starc said after he signed for the Big Bash League’s Sydney Sixers.“You’re living in a hotel room with zero outside contact. Some guys haven’t seen families or their kids for a long time.“It’s tough going – we get to play cricket, (so) we can’t complain too much – but in terms of wellbeing of players, staff and officials, how long can you stay in hubs for?”- Advertisement – Mitchell Starc believes a prolonged stay within bio-secure bubbles is not sustainable and is likely to be taxing on cricketers’ health and mental wellbeing.The move to playing within bubbles has become commonplace since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted cricket in March, and is widely credited with helping international cricket fulfil its fixtures.However, Starc joined a growing list of players to have questioned the viability of these arrangements.- Advertisement – On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said the mental toll associated with spending long periods in bio-secure bubbles should be considered when establishing the length of future tours.Starc’s intervention comes as several of his Australia teammates are likely to return from the IPL this month and enter another bubble for their scheduled home series against India. While they were unlikely to be complaining about the financial benefits of playing in India’s premier T20 tournament, Starc had no regrets about not taking part this year.“When you’re stuck in situations like that, month after month, going from bubble to bubble, it can be quite tiresome on the mind and body as well,” said Starc.“Not having that escape from day-to-day cricket is (difficult). That’s important for people’s wellbeing.” Mitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable
Mitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable

Draft of German pension reform proposes plans without guarantees

first_imgA copy of a highly anticipated draft of a new law aiming to “strengthen occupational pensions” in Germany (“Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz”) is in the public domain.For several months now, experts in Germany have debated leaked bits and pieces of reform proposals.A draft of the proposed law dated 25 October is available on a social policy portal (in German) run by Johannes Steffen, social policy expert and adviser. With the new law, the government wants to lay the groundwork for industry-wide pension plans with more flexible pension promises. Studies commissioned by the government had shown that many employers were shying away from offering pension plans because of the long-term liabilities and the required top-up payment for guarantees. The introduction of “pure contribution-based pension plans” (“reine Beitragszusage”), as the draft law puts it, aims to “provide full cost and planning certainty for employers” with regards to their pension liabilities.In the discussions prior to the publication of the draft, the term “defined ambition” had often been used, or “Zielrente” (target pension) in German.However, the draft now uses “pure defined contribution” as a term.At a recent conference in Vienna, Heribert Karch, chairman of the German pension fund association aba, said: “We do not need defined contribution systems in Germany, which the people do not want anyway if we have defined ambition, or Zielrente, as we call it.”However, he generally agreed with the need to relax strict guarantees for occupational pension plans.“It will still need a lot of debate, but it is clear we need more flexibility in our pension promises in Germany,” he said. “In the current low-interest-rate environment, you have to go into assets that were formerly called risky assets. To do so, you have to be able to make use of the long-term investment horizons over which you can easily digest crises and drawdowns.“Therefore, we need to re-phrase hard guarantees into softer ones. And this also allows for a pension promise to remain a promise.”The government argues in its draft of the proposed law, which will now go into the consultation phase, that the introduction of defined contribution plans will “sustainably strengthen the role of the social partners”.Employer and employee representatives will now have to help operate these new pension plans, it said.The industry-wide pension plans can be set up either in new industry pension funds or within the framework of existing Pensionskassen, Pensionsfonds or Direktversicherungen (i.e. insurance-based pension funds).The new law would require several existing legal frameworks to be amended.Among other things, the government wants to create “legal certainty” for opting-out models, which, at the moment, can only be negotiated at an employer’s own risk.The government also noted it was aware that a mandatory occupational pension system or a general opting-out model would have helped increase the number of participants in the second pillar.However, it argued that such models would have been “more invasive” for companies and workers.The voluntary models are, therefore, to be promoted instead.Apart from making pension promises more flexible, the government also wants to introduce pension subsidies for lower-income workers.As part of the amendments to the second-pillar pension laws, the threshold for tax-free contributions an employer can make to a pension fund will also be adjusted.If the draft is approved by all stakeholders and parliament in time, the new law is scheduled to take effect from 2018.last_img read more

NZ’s approach to sex work under fire

first_imgNewsroom NZ 21 November 2017Family First Comment: “… supporters of outright abolition, argue that reform has worsened the relationship with the police, many of whom are wilfully ignorant of issues of consent in the sex industry and turn a blind eye to its violence. Worse still, the law entrenches other aspects of patriarchal power by legitimising a sexist industry. The balance of power has shifted from sex workers to brothel owners; what was once viewed as sexual violence is now viewed as a mere ‘occupational hazard’.” A new book by British journalist and academic Julie Bindel has taken aim at New Zealand’s landmark Prostitution Reform Act (PRA), accusing it of further entrenching a culture of violence against women and failing, at the most basic level, to fulfil its primary function: to improve the lives of sex workers.In 2003, New Zealand became the first country in the world to fully decriminalise both the selling and, controversially, the buying of sex. Prostitution was not fully legalised — migrant workers were prohibited from working in the trade and certain aspects of sex work were specifically regulated, like the compulsory use of condoms, but the PRA went further than any other country by legalising most aspects of the industry.Decriminalisation, in the words of the act’s sponsor, then-Labour MP Tim Barnett, accepts the ‘inevitability of prostitution’ and, through practical and enforceable regulation, works to “minimise a specific harm”.Supporters argued that it would raise the safety of sex work and the standard of brothels by taking them out of the ambit of gangs and drug lords, whilst extending to sex workers health and safety benefits in line with New Zealand’s existing employment laws.The ambition of the law was that sex workers could work more safely in groups or with professional managers in brothels. Should something go wrong, sex workers should feel more empowered to go to the police or colleagues without fear of incriminating themselves.Bindel, and fellow supporters of outright abolition, argue that reform has worsened the relationship with the police, many of whom are wilfully ignorant of issues of consent in the sex industry and turn a blind eye to its violence. Worse still, the law entrenches other aspects of patriarchal power by legitimising a sexist industry.The balance of power has shifted from sex workers to brothel owners; what was once viewed as sexual violence is now viewed as a mere ‘occupational hazard’. Bindel cites a government review of the PRA undertaken by the Prostitution Law Review Committee in 2008, which found that most sex workers believe that decriminalisation ‘could do little about the violence that occurred’ in the industry.…..Alternatives to decriminalisationThe most popular alternative to the New Zealand model, and the model advocated by Bindel, is the Swedish (or Nordic) model, which decriminalises the selling of sex, thereby protecting sex workers, but criminalises the purchase of sex.Based on Sweden’s ‘Kvinnofrid’ law, versions of which have since spread to a number of Nordic countries, it takes as its basic premise that prostitution is sexist and therefore incompatible with Sweden’s goal of eradicating gender inequality. The argument goes that women enter the industry because of poverty, drugs or trafficking and that the state should at once try and reduce the harm to sex workers themselves, whilst also working to stamp out the industry altogether.New Zealand studies, like that undertaken by Abel, Fitzgerald, and Brunton broadly line up with this view of entering sex work. Most begin sex work for financial reasons (73 percent of respondents needed money to pay for household expenses).READ MORE: read more

Ex-Flying Eagles star joins German club St Pauli

first_imgAfeez who will wear jersey number 14 for the club next season, said in a short video posted on social media that he can’t wait to get started with the club. Read Also: Man City plotting to sign Messi without breaking FFP rules“I’m excited to be starting a new adventure with St Pauli, I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to get on the pitch with my new teammates,” he summed up.Afeez was part of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles squad to the African Youth Championship in 2019, but narrowly missed out on the team to the FIFA U20 World Cup same year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The 20-year-old Afeez joined the German side from Norwegian side IK Start on Monday and he signed a three years contract that will keep him at the club until 2023.center_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Ex-Akwa United and Flying Eagles midfield maestro Afeez Aremu has completed a switch to German second division club side St.Pauli.Advertisementlast_img read more

Opening night postponed at Perris

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – Rain and forecasts calling for more precipitation have resulted in postponement of the 2017 opening night event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Perris Auto Speedway.The Saturday, Jan. 7 show at Perris has been called off with the Winter Heat Challenge Series to resume on Saturday, Jan. 21.The series continues Feb. 11 and 12.last_img

Franklin Township makes Safe Passage donation

first_imgBatesville, In. — A $5000 check from Ray Township in Franklin County was recently sent to Safe Passage. Safe Passage is a domestic and sexual violence victim support services provider with a shelter in Batesville that serves six counties, including Franklin County.“We are very grateful to Ray Township for considering Safe Passage with funding. This allows us to continue to serve some of our neediest residents with not just safety, but day to day living. At Safe Passage, we not only provide emergency shelter, but a means to get their life on track, away from violence, for them and their children. Counselors assist with safety planning, legal advocacy, children’s programming, plus further education, jobs and housing applications,” said Jane Yorn, Executive Director of Safe Passage.No one is forced out of shelter until they have a safe place, and sometimes this can take weeks, even months. This township funding will sustain those services.Townships primarily assist with fire protection, emergency response and poor relief, the last two aligned with Safe Passage’s mission. Trustee John Livers Sr. said the three-member Ray advisory board saw the need and services provided by Safe Passage and approved a township contract.Last year, Safe Passage served some 1223 people either through the shelter, the non-residential programming or toll-free line.  The majority of these victims are low income and do not have adequate resources or support available to transform their lives. All services are free and confidential. “Thank you to Ray Township for helping us build a safer and healthier community,” Yorn added.For more information about Safe Passage click here or call 812-933-1990.last_img read more

Ramsey turns up the heat

first_imgQPR coach Chris Ramsey believes his “heated” half-time talk during last weekend’s defeat at Crystal Palace may end up being a turning point in their season. “There was a constructive heated discussion at half-time,” he said. “Our second-half performance was better. “I think the players realised they didn’t want the game to fall into a debacle for the travelling fans that had woken up early that morning to come to the game.” Ramsey thinks his team can continue to grow from that moment. “The heated discussion was important,” he said. “It shows that people want to stay in the division and want to do well for this club. It was constructive. “We have an experienced squad here and we have people that will try their best to make sure the other players do their best to stay focused and try to win the next game.” Ramsey said that with nine games remaining and the team four points adrift of safety, QPR’s players must show a fighting spirit every time they go into battle. “We are all in it together,” he said. “The players have to pick themselves up. “We have to regroup.” The relegation-threatened outfit was out of sorts and trailing 3-0 at the interval and lost the match, 3-1. Yet, the team’s second-half performance was encouraging for Ramsey and he hopes it will serve as a launchpad for a strong finish to the campaign, starting with Sunday’s home game against Everton. Ramsey feels his players have the right state of mind for the challenges ahead. “The main thing is that the players are trying their best,” he said. “Even the injured players are doing their all to recover and help the team.” Ramsey knew that when he took over last month, the task was going to be hard but is grateful for the opportunity to lead a team in the Premier League, even if it is one that is struggling. “You are not going to get a call from Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Manchester City or Arsenal,” Ramsey said. “You are always going to get your baptism in a situation where things appear not to be going well. “It’s a tough baptism. “I think I’ve handled it quite well with the players. “Whether we maintain this situation or not, remains to be seen. “As far as dealing with the situation is one that I’ve welcomed. “I’m hoping that together we can get ourselves above that line and start next season in the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucks Blank Hawks

first_img admin Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) HERMON — The Golden Bucks made it two in a row on Saturday at Hermon, getting a three-hit shutout pitching performance from Tim Nason in a 6-0 win over the Hawks.Bucksport jumped on Hermon for four runs in the second inning.Steve Klenowski doubled and singled and Ray Wood singled twice and drove in a run for Bucksport. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme launched … 210 schools to benefit

first_imgTHE Scotiabank Kiddy cricket programme is a unique developmental tool, which has evolved over the past 17 years and has been proved to significantly enhance the latent athletic and academic skills of primary school pupils.Scotia’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 1999 as a joint effort between the financial institution and now Cricket West Indies (CWI) formerly West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to help foster skills and passion for the game among West Indian children.The showpiece has grown among a number of Caribbean countries, and yesterday it continued here when the 2017 edition of the programme was officially launched at the Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) head office, located on Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown.The programme was re-launched in Guyana in 2014 after a two-year hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances, and this year some 210 primary schools countrywide will benefit from the programme.In giving an overview of the programme, GCB’s Territorial Development Officer Colin Stuart, said the programme is set to include a number of new developmental aspects.Apart from teaching the students the rudiments of the game, ‘Cricket is your game, learn it’ is one of the major features of the programme.According to Stuart, the multifaceted approach to cricket development will see officials of the game going into different schools to deliver practical lectures with the main objective being to influence youngsters to get involved in the game while at the same time putting them in positions to gather a comprehensive understanding of the sport.Stuart, the former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler, also said that there will be an international display as part of the Kiddy programme.The display will see a number of youths being given the opportunity to engage each other during the lunch break of the One-Day International (ODI) between West Indies and Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Apart from the cricket tournament, Stuart confirmed the board’s intention to hold four summer camps, two in Demerara, and one each in Essequibo and Berbice.Meanwhile, Marketing Manager of Scotiabank, Jennifer Cipriani, said her organisation remains committed to the growth and development of cricket locally as well as regionally.She said the Kiddy Cricket Programme represents the bank’s commitment to the sport of cricket.“Scotiabank continues to be proud of its almost 18-year association with Kiddy Cricket, one of our longest-running sponsorships in the Caribbean.“As we embark on the 2017 Kiddy Cricket programme, it is my wish that the hundreds of Kiddy cricketers involved in this programme develop not only their cricketing skills but also their life-skills, giving us emotionally intelligent youths and adults who are equipped to make good choices,” Cipriani pointed out.Speaking also at the launching was Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary), Lorna Mohammad, who viewed the initiative as an important one, adding that the programme will assist students to choose a career path at an early age.Gervy Harry, Admin Officer/Manager of the National Sports Commission, said the programme is there to bring out the potential hence those participating should take full advantage of it.He stated that the administration is prepared to support not only the Kiddy Cricket programme, but sports in general.Further, president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur, while praising the support and sponsorship of Scotiabank, called on the students and teachers to play the game in good spirit.Yesterday’s launch was also attended by Nicholas Fraser of the Education Ministry’s Allied Arts Unit, Taaliba Speede of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Hazel Pyle-Lewis, representative of Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), along with students and teachers of St Pius and Redeemer primary schools.last_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Thursday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 17. Crimes against a personat 3:04 a.m. on June 14, it was reported that several males were involved in a physical altercation at 28th St and Figueroa St. A student and his friend told the officers they were kicked and punched by two suspects during an argument. The suspects fled once the officers arrived, and the two victims did not wish to press charges.Miscellaneous incidentsat 4:14 p.m. on June 12, it was reported that a suspect was yelling obscenities and racial slurs to passersby at the Grace Ford Salvatori Hall. The suspect refused to leave after contacted by DPS officers, and she was arrested and transported for 2:12 a.m. on June 15, a suspect was riding his bicycle without a light on the wrong side of the road, and was detained by DPS officers. A check of his name revealed an outstanding warrant, but upon further investigation it was revealed that the warrant was not his and he was 12:04 a.m. on June 17, DPS responded to a student who dropped a pot of boiling water on himself and burned his arm. A LAFD Unit responded and transported him for medical treatment.last_img read more