By Dialogo May 18, 2010 A specialized team of experts in naval salvage and industrial recovery arrived in Chile to provide reconstruction expertise May 11. Deputy Commander of Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Albert Garcia and Commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center Rear Adm. Jim Shannon arrived in Chile with the 10-person team. The team consisting of shipyard, dry-docking and diving and salvage experts from Naval Sea Systems Command and waterfront shore facility experts from NAVFAC will be working with the Chilean navy to share their insight into reconstruction efforts of Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR, shipyards and armories of the Chilean navy) Talcahuano, a shipyard located in the Bay of Concepcion. ASMAR, is a state-owned company, belonging to the military and defense industries in which it constructs and repairs Chilean navy ships as well as domestic and internationally owned ships. The shipyard was damaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Feb. 27. This is the second time the Chilean government has requested the assistance of an advisory team from the U.S. Navy since the earthquake and tsunami. The first team assisted the Chilean navy with an initial damage assessment of Naval Base Talcahuano and the shipyard. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.
Malta has been urged to place greater emphasis on third-pillar pension saving rather than a compulsory or semi-compulsory system of occupational provision.The Malta Employers’ Association (MEA) suggested the government should introduce incentives to encourage workers to save into third-pillar provision, or nudge employees into action.It reiterated its long-standing opposition to any element of compulsory pension saving.The government-backed Pensions Strategy Group (PSG) previously suggested this should be the next step if current proposals to encourage saving into individual savings accounts failed to boost participation. In its position paper, the MEA argued that the government needed to do more to ensure Maltese workers understood that the first pillar would only ever act as a safeguard, unable to guarantee the same purchasing power enjoyed while in employment.“The Association reacts positively to the fact that, rather than introducing a second pillar, the [PSG] is recommending incentives for more persons to invest in third-pillar products,” it said. The MEA’s paper implied that pensioner poverty was due to “individual choices” made by pensioners, driving them towards poverty.“The MEA has been claiming that a culture of dependency is detrimental to our society, and that people cannot expect the state to provide for all their needs through handouts,” it said.“The general public must be made to understand this point through educational campaigns.”Under the current Supporting Retirement Scheme proposed by government, workers will be offered a tax rebate on annual contributions up to €1,000, which it was hoped would offer an average replacement rate of 9% after 40 years of contribution.In the event that the system fails to boost participation, the PSG recommends the consideration of a mandatory opt-in, voluntary opt-out scheme, with administration and other elements overseen by employers.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to MEA position paper ‘Strengthening the pension system’
David Duncan wants Kotoko to be sexy again.The recently-appointed head coach has hinted that the team will be approaching their second leg CAF Champions League game against MC El Eulma with attacking intent.Advancing to the next round is the overriding objective, but pleasing the fans is important to him, as well. “We obviously need to win the game and the obvious approach is very important,” he notes.”Eulma will obviously be approaching the game with a particular strategy which will in a way affect us but we are approaching the game with an attacking mind.”The Algerians are in Ghana ahead of the game, following a 0-0 game played in North Africa two weeks ago. The Porcupine Warriors have made several plans to make the atmosphere intimidating, including offering free bus services to fans in and around the Kumasi catchment area.”I am personally not interested in what the scoreline will be but I can assure fans that will will make them proud come Sunday.”–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith