German government presents plan to implement Portability Directive

first_imgThe German government has presented its draft proposals for the implementation the EU’s Portability Directive.As widely expected, it reduced the vesting period from five years to three, in addition to making other changes applicable for both cross-border workers and those changing jobs within Germany.In the commentary published with the draft, the government claimed the Directive would have allowed the implementation of differing regimes for domestic and cross-border mobility.Such a differentiation, it said, would have been “impractical”, leading to an “undesirable discrimination against employees remaining in Germany”. Nor will the German legislation discriminate between benefits from old-age pensions, invalidity payments or those made to widows or children, the government said.It said lowering of the starting age for the vesting period from 25 years to 21 would have a “positive effect on equality policies”, particularly for young women, who often leave work to have children before the age of 25.One area where the new German law will discriminate, the government said, is where employers wish to pay out smaller pension accruals as a lump sum instead of continuing to keep them in the pension fund.This will only be applicable to employees leaving to work in another EU country, not for domestic migration.The government said it would make full use of the transition period suggested by the EU to allow sufficient time for affected company pension plans to be adjusted and to keep the financial burden on affected employers to a minimum.If the law passes Parliament, it will come into effect from 1 January 2018.Click here to read more on how the Portability Directive has informed the debate on proposed industry-wide schemes in Germanylast_img read more

Construction of the Port of Duqm in Oman (VIDEO)

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. recently released a video about the Duqm project which involves the creation of an enormous port area that will house, among other things, a bulk terminal and a refinery.The company is executing this engineering, procurement & construct contract for the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm.Operations began in 2017 with an intensive design and preparation phase, and extensive soil surveys.The work included the construction of a large port basin and an entrance channel with a depth of 18 meters, and the construction of a kilometer-long quay wall and two 400-meter-long jetties.Boskalis started the second phase of the major land reclamation for the port area in the first half of 2019.last_img read more

Late run fuels SU women’s basketball’s comeback victory against Northeastern

first_img Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Iasia Hemingway absorbed the contact and made the layup. She turned away from the basket and yelled, pumping her fist in aberration. ‘I think it was just me being excited,’ Hemingway said. ‘And letting my teammates know that I had their backs regardless.’ Her basket with just fewer than nine minutes left in the game Saturday ended Syracuse’s field goal drought of 5:58. It came at a time when her team faced a double-digit deficit. Down 10 to a Northeastern team picked to finish last in the Colonial Athletic Association, Hemingway gave the Orange the emotional spark it needed. Hemingway’s layup fueled a 13-0 Syracuse run that willed the Orange (1-0) to a comeback 72-69 victory over Northeastern (0-1) Friday. That 2:39 burst gave SU its first lead in nearly 27 minutes of game time to win a game that head coach Quentin Hillsman called ‘ugly.’ SU persevered despite turning the ball over 29 times and giving up 14 3-point baskets to the Huskies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text What made that run possible was the Orange’s domination of Northeastern on the offensive glass. Syracuse racked up six of its 28 second-half offensive rebounds during that spurt and converted them into eight second-chance points. ‘When you look at the stats of getting 37 (total) offensive rebounds,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s a monster number.’ And right there on the glass was Hemingway. She grabbed two of her team-high six offensive rebounds during her team’s run and poured in five of the 13 points. By attacking the glass relentlessly, she created more chances for her team on a night when it struggled shooting the ball. ‘They call me ‘Baby Barkley’ for a reason,’ she said. ‘That’s what I do. I attack that rim, and I just go for any rebound that I could possibly get.’ But if it wasn’t for Hemingway’s play in the second half, Syracuse never would have won Friday’s game. She poured in 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second period, along with four offensive rebounds. She brought her team back from a miserable first half in which the Orange could hardly get the ball over half court. Against Northeastern’s full-court press — the same one SU uses — Syracuse turned the ball over constantly. Last year’s team averaged 18.4 turnovers per game. SU had 18 turnovers in the first half alone on Friday. ‘That press is our press,’ Hillsman said. ‘We run that every day in practice. So when we were throwing the ball away against that press, it was kind of mind-boggling.’ Yet not turning the ball over is what made that 13-0 run possible. Without a made basket, the Huskies couldn’t set up their press. For that entire 2:39, the Orange didn’t turn the ball over once. Prior to that run, Hillsman utilized the media timeout in a way different from his usual coaching style. The white board he uses to diagram plays and scenarios was left sitting on the floor. Instead, he preached a message of belief in his team. Overcoming a double-digit deficit would be more of a test of heart. Put simply, his players responded. Their 13-0 run was complemented by a defense that finally buckled down on Northeastern’s shooters. Rachael Pecota, who had a game-high 25 points, was limited to just three in the game’s final 10 minutes. ‘I told them in the huddle, I said, ‘Guys, I’m not panicking. We’re not going to lose the basketball game,” Hillsman said. ‘I wish I could say that I did something great. But my kids did that something great.’ In a game in which Syracuse had to claw just to escape with a win, Hillsman learned something about his team. For the first time in five years, he said, he learned to trust the level of talent out on the court. So even though his star player — Erica Morrow — was held scoreless until the game’s final four minutes, and even though his team had more turnovers than made field goals, Hillsman wasn’t nervous. For the game’s first 30 minutes, his team was outplayed. But when his players needed to get the job done, they did. ‘Just to know that we could come together at the end among ourselves,’ Morrow said. ‘That just makes me more excited about how far we can possibly go. ‘We got the ‘W,’ and that’s really all that matters.’ [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more