UK to accelerate state pension age rise

first_imgThe UK’s state pension age (SPA) will rise to 68 seven years earlier than currently planned, the government has announced.It also outlined plans for further increases, meaning the SPA would reach 70 by 2056.David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensions, told parliament today that the increase would take place between 2037 and 2039, following a recommendation made by John Cridland’s review of the UK’s state pension system.In his foreword to the government’s report, published today, Gauke said the change would save £74bn (€83.6bn) by 2045-46. “Increased longevity is a triumph of improved health and better living standards,” Gauke said. “But an ageing population also presents us with some profound challenges.”He added that the only alternatives to bringing forward the SPA increase would be to lower payments to pensioners or increase the payments made by workers to fund the state pension.Currently, the SPA is due to rise to 66 by 2020 and to 67 by 2028.The government said it would conduct a further review before finalising the SPA increase “to enable consideration of the latest life expectancy projections and to allow us to evaluate the effects of current rises in state pension age”. Recent longevity data has suggested that improvements to UK life expectancy have plateaued.In addition, the report also outlined the government’s intention to cap the proportion of a person’s working life in which they can receive the state pension at 32%. The report said: “In order to keep the state pension sustainable and maintain fairness between generations in the future, the government will aim for ‘up to 32%’ in the long run as the right proportion of adult life to spend in receipt of state pension. A 32% timetable is consistent with the average proportion of adult life spent above state pension age experienced by people over the last 25 years.”According to calculations from the Government Actuary’s Department, capping this figure would mean further rises in the SPA, to 69 by 2042 and to 70 by 2056.John Cridland’s review also recommended that the UK’s triple lock be scrapped. This was introduced in 2010 as a guarantee that the state pension would be increased annually by the higher of wage inflation, price inflation, or 2.5%.However, the ruling Conservative Party’s plans to remove the triple lock were scuppered following last month’s election. Prime minister Theresa May was forced to drop the proposal as part of an agreement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to support the Conservatives in parliament.last_img read more

Bulldogs C-Team Baseball Results

first_img5-8-18BHS C-Team @ Franklin CountyBatesville got behind early and made a valiant attempt to regroup and catch back up, but ran out of time losing 11-6Nolan Williams got the start on the mound striking out 8 thru 4 innings. Cory Ralston came in for 2 innings of relief.Batesville managed 8 hits on the day. Ben Obendorf lead the team with 2 hits, Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston (2B), Jonathon Hoff, Tyler Schaeffer, Justin Heiser and Owen Fitzpatrick each had 1 hit. Batesville C-Team currently has a 3-7 record and looks to close the season out against the South Dearborn C-Team on 5/15 in Aurora. Game #2Batesville exploded in the second game with more great offense and pitching, winning 14-9Cory Ralston got the start on the mound, going 3 2/3 innings striking out 2. He was followed by Austin Cornn who struck out 2, and Tyler Schaeffer came in for the final inning. Tyler walked the first 2 batters, but thru excellent defense, Jeremiah Lemmel caught the lead off batter trying to steal and then Tyler was able to settle down and strike the last 2 batters out for the win.Batesville bats were alive, going for 12 hits. Cory Ralston lead with 3 hits, closely followed by Jeremiah Lemmel, Justin Heiser and Conner Roleson with 2 each. Tyler Schaeffer also had a clutch triple in the top of the 7th inning. Aggressive baserunning also allowed Batesville to steal 14 bases. 5/5/18BHS C-Team @ Seymour (doubleheader)Game 1Batesville lost a heartbreaker to Seymour, being down several times in the game but never giving up. Unfortunately running out of innings and lost 10-9.Batesville had 7 hits in the game, with Ben Obendorf having 2. Other key hits were Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston with a double, Jeremiah Lemmel, Tyler Schaeffer and Justin Heiser.Conner Roleson got the start going 5 innings, striking out 5 and only allowing 2 walks. Nolan Williams came in for relief and struck out 1. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.center_img Game 2Batesville was unable to get a lot rolling as Seymour scored early and often. Final score was Seymour 19 and Batesville 6 in 5 innings.Batesville managed 5 hits in the game, 1 each by Conner Roleson, Jonathon Hoff, Cory Ralston and Ben Obendorf with 2.Owen Fitzpatrick got the start on the mound and struckout 2 thru 1 1/3 innings of work. Austin Cornn came in for relief and struck out 3 while walking 4. 5/3/18BHS C-Team @ East CentralEC had too much offense for the C-Team, going for 16 runs across 5 innings. Final score was 17-7Ben Obendorf, Jeremiah Lemmel, Nolan Williams and Tyler Schaeffer had the lone 4 hits for Batesville in the loss. Nolan Williams and Cory Ralson each pitched 2 1/3 innings with 7 strikeouts while only giving up 3 walks between them. 5/12/8BHS C-Team vs Madison (doubleheader)Game #1Batesville got behind the great pitching of Nolan Williams with 9 hits and was able to pull away from Madison winning a great game by the score of 7-5.Nolan Williams thru a complete game striking out 9 thru 7 innings of work.The bats were lead by Ben Obendorf with 3 hits (1 double) and Conner Roleson with 2 hits. Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston, Tyler Schaeffer, Justin Heiser and Austin Cornn each had 1 hit.Batesville was also alive on the base paths, stealing 6 bases. Nolan Williams and Conner Roleson lead the team with 2 each.last_img read more

‘Science is Magic!’ Summer Program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA magical program is set to take place this summer. Science is Magic, and the Alpena Public Library is going to show you how!Through the NASA @ My Library initiative, the library will host a program this summer called Science is Magic! It’s a five series program that will focus on science and space.The program will consist of learning about the chemistry in stars, the vacuum of space, NASA, the viewing of a space movie, and finally a showing of the eclipse. To add to the magic, after each session guests will receive a free ticket for the planetarium show at Besser Museum.The science is magic program is for children ages 12–18.The program will begin on June 20th and conclude august 21st with an all ages eclipse viewing party. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Advise MI Program Helps Local StudentsNext ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim Mottlast_img read more

Smith to defend title at the Copper Box

first_imgMitchell Smith will make the first defence of his southern-area title at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 30 November.Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect recently won the belt – his first professional title – with a points victory against Scott Moises at the same Olympic Park venue.That took the 20-year-old’s record to 7-0 and he will return to east London on another Frank Warren-promoted show that will be headlined by Dereck Chisora and Billy Joe Saunders.Wembley’s unbeaten welterweight Gary Corcoran (6-0) is also set to appear on the bill.See also:Smith is made to work for first pro titleFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

2016 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Check out Day 1 of the I-71 leg of the TourPutnam CountyCorn Summary: The field had very small diameter stalks and could have problems in the wind. Yield looks like 100 bushels per acre. There was tip-back, aborted ears, smut, GLS and signs of very dry conditions.Soybean Summary: The beans were 32 inches tall and the plants had aborted a few pods. The plants still had many pods and there is average yield potential if they can keep getting more rain. There was a little Septoria.Putnam Co.CornPutnam Co. CornPutnam Co. beansPutnam Co. beans Van Wert CountyCorn Summary: This stand was thin at a 25,000 population and a 110-yield average. There was some limited GLS and it didn’t look bad for as little rain as it had gotten. It was planted April 27 right before a big rain and extended cold weather, which really hurt the stand.Soybean Summary: The canopy was at 33 inches and the first node was at four inches. There was no disease and light bean leaf beetle feeding. There were two to three beans per pod in early pod fill. This field is at least fair with more potential with additional rains.Van Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. soybeansVan Wert Co. beans Paulding CountyCorn Summary: This field will yield around 149. The ears were large but the stand was extremely variable with a population of 26,000 or so. The confidence in the estimate may be high though due to variable stands outside of the check area. We found tassel ear in the field and it was planted late, still pollinating.Soybean Summary: There was some insect feeding and the canopy was short at 25 inches. It was podded well but yield is average in this field. We found what may be sudden death syndrome in small areas.Paulding Co. cornPaulding Co. cornPaulding Co. beansPaulding Co. beansDefiance CountyCorn Summary: There was a population of 32,000 with some denitrification due to dry conditions. You could see the crack from the knife when they put on anhydrous. The ground never closed back up. It was planted between May 22 and May 29. It had a yield of 130. There was no real disease pressure.Soybean Summary: There was a canopy height of 32 inches with a node height of 4.5 inches. There was no disease pressure and light bean leaf beetle feeding. There were many two or three bean pods with a fair overall rating and great weed control.Defiance Co. cornDefiance Co. CornDefiance Co. beansDefiance Co. beansHardin County Corn Summary: Planted on May 9 looks like around 150 bushels at a population of 34,000. A little GLS but not enough to spray. Stalk strength looks good but fired up three to four collars,  though not past the ear. The stand looks good but tipped back ears from the hot and dry conditions, maybe 20 bushels worth.Bean Summary: Population around 130,000 and canopy at 40 inches or so the pods were three inches apart with many thee-bean pods and no disease. We saw a lot of hovering flies and a few Japanese beetles, but nothing serious. Good yield potential, maybe in the 50s with the nice recent  rain.Hardin Co. cornHardin Co. Corn fired up from dry conditions.Hardin Co. beansHardin Co. Beans Allen CountyCorn Summary: The population was 24,000 with a yield around 136 for the April 27 planted corn. There was very little disease, if any. The field struggled with emergence early. It was moderately dry here with 6 inches in June and 1.5 inches in July. It just got a nice rain.Soybean Summary: This gravel underlay farm has a 125,000 population with 34 inches on the consistent canopy height. The node height was 3.5 inches and many three and four bean pods. No disease and light insect pressure. They were planted May 23 with average to good yield potential.Allen Co. cornAllen Co. cornAllen Co. BeansAllen Co. soybeans Hancock CountyCorn Summary: This field had 140 bushels per acre with heavy GLS. Half the field looks good and half looks bad. It was planted May 16 and suffered some denitrification with some smut and drought stress. The plants had cannibalized themselves in some parts of the fields with a population of 33,000 or 34,000.Soybean Summary: Canopy highest was at 30 inches with low disease pressure and a little insect feeding. There were several Japanese beetles making babies. Pods were filling with fair yield potential for this field. This was one of the cleaner fields in terms of weed pressure.Hancock Co. cornHancock Co. cornHancock Co. soybeansHancock Co. soybeans Seneca CountyCorn Summary: This field was planted May 23 and suffered from drought. The population is 33,000 and has good ear fill with no disease. The stalk quality is still good and the yield is 140.Soybean Summary: The canopy is at 31 inches and it is a clean field. There is maybe a little mold developing and really no insect pressure. It has been dry here but there was a nice rain recently. There is pretty decent yield potential in this field. Seneca Co. cornThe dry ares of the field show from above in this Seneca Co. corn.Seneca Co. cornThere was some mold growing in the Seneca Co. bean field after the recent rains.Wood CountyCorn Summary: The field was at 34,000 population with a yield at 152 planted May 19. It had the least denitrification of a field we have been in so far. There was significant tip-back and a little green snap in the field from some wind early in the season. Minimal GLS and little insect feeding.Soybean Summary: We saw 38 inches tall for the canopy and 3.5 inches on the node height. We had three bean pods with a few bean leaf beetles. Not much disease in these 7.5-inch row beans. The field was clean with a fair yield potential in the low 40s.Wood Co. cornGreen snap in Wood Co. cornWood Co. BeansWood Co. Beans Henry CountyCorn Summary: There was a 28,000 population with no disease, no insects and good ear fill. There was quite a bit of ear size variability with a yield of 146 bushels. It was planted May 22.Soybean Summary: This was the tallest canopy of the day so far at close to 40 inches. Very healthy with good pod set and still blooming in the very good to excellent yield potential field.Henry Co. CornHenry Co. CornHenry Co. BeansHenry Co. beans Fulton CountyCorn Summary: We saw a yield of 146. It was a replant situation and the replant was not going to make anything. There was not a lot of drought stress but we saw a major insect issue with western bean cutworm in two of the six Bt corn ears we pulled. The population was 33,000 and it was planted in April and replanted the end of May.Soybean Summary: We had a canopy height that averaged 38 inches with a first node around three inches. There was no disease or insect pressure with many three-bean pods. There were many pods with good yield potential.Fulton Co. Corn with Western Bean Cutworm damageWestern bean cutworm cause damage in two of the six ears pulled in Fulton Co.Fulton Co. beansFulton Co. beans Williams CountyCorn Summary: This was a good stand but a low population of 27,000. There was no disease or insect pressure, though there was one ear with zipper ear and a little tip-back. The kernel depth was excellent with an average yield of 195 bushels in by far the best corn we have seen. It was planted May 20 with multi-hybrid and variable rate.Soybean Summary: The canopy was at 38 inches, the tallest we have seen. They were still blooming and pods were still forming. There was a fungicide application and no diseases or insects present.Williams Co. cornWilliams Co. cornWilliams Co. BeansWilliams Co. Beanslast_img read more

Der Telefonjoker (🌜Night-Cache, Multi🌛) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe first stage is a mailbox with cryptic numbers on it that point you to the next stage. After unscrambling the numbers and finding the coords, the next stage requires you to take out the UV light and search the area for the next waypoint. A voice comes from a speaker inside the box and gives instructions on how to open the next locks. Difficulty: 4 Terrain: 1.5 The final stage is a locked chest and the only way in is by picking the lock. The Joker appears, along with another lock to pick on a smaller box, but there’s a catch. This box holds 200 cell phones, not the logbook.There are three phones that contain the correct numbers for the combination of the final lock. If you make it through this daunting stage the logbook awaits you, to proudly impress your letterbox stamp upon it, and you save the day.  Location: Zurich, Switzerland N 47° 14.421′ E 008° 29.780′ You will have to wait for a dark ‘night’ to find this cache. We aren’t talking about Batman—this is a night cache, so all you have to do is wait for the sun to go down. This Letterbox Hybrid is no joke. It has three stages that lead you to a red-herring box full of 200 mobile phones and a birdhouse with an mp3 speaker that tells you your task to find this Geocache of the Week.  Traditional GC7XJ13 by WM79 A sidekick is recommended and an appointment needs to be made ahead of time via the cache page.  SharePrint Related’Tis Only a Flesh Wound — On a Dark Night (GC1JHWA) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 29, 2015In “Community”DieMuggels – Genesis (A rough night) – Geocache of the WeekJanuary 24, 2018In “Community”Don’t Shock the Goat — Geocache of the WeekOctober 2, 2019In “Geocache of the Week” UV lightFlashlightLock picking set Share with your Friends:More Finding a cache at night can be creepy, and this one is no exception: at the end of this one you come face to face with the infamous Joker. The unpredictable menace is up to no good and stands between you and the logbook. Like Batman, you need to save the day with a couple tactical items in your utility belt:last_img read more

On Hiring Non-Salespeople for Sales Roles

first_imgHaving too few salespeople may be your problem. You can’t make your number without the proper headcount, and you can’t cover all the opportunities in your territory without the human capital necessary. You may want to hire fast, and you may want to hire right now. And there are a lot of people right now who need jobs. Some of these people may even pretend to be salespeople in order to get work.But hiring non-sales people for a sales role is a mistake. I’m not writing about hiring people without sales experience. If you have the ability to train and develop sales people there’s nothing wrong with hiring people without sales experience.What I’m writing about here is hiring people who don’t really believe that they’re sales people. They don’t enjoy the work of selling. They don’t love the challenge of winning a new client. They don’t love the challenge of opening a relationship with a prospective client, creating enough value to win their business, and eventually acquiring a new client.They don’t love the chase. They don’t love the hunt. And they don’t love the hustle.Some of these people may have worked in roles that they considered sales, but roles in which the clients came to them. Like retail. These people are perfectly comfortable in sales–without the opportunity acquisition component and without the “asking for commitments” component. If that’s the kind of salesperson you need, fine, hire them.But if you truly need hunters, the sales people who can acquire opportunities for your business, then hiring non-salespeople will only give you the false comfort that you have your headcount and that you can make your goals. But you can’t. And you won’t.It’s difficult to find hunters. It’s tough to building a salesforce that can acquire opportunities. It takes longer, too. But it’s the fastest path to growing your revenue. Anything that feels easier, is probably wrong. Take your time. Hire well. And then work like crazy to coach, to train, and develop your sales hunters.last_img read more