Dominica hosting the 22nd Meeting of Caricom Heads of Social Security

first_img Share 19 Views no discussions LocalNews Dominica hosting the 22nd Meeting of Caricom Heads of Social Security by: – April 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dominica is currently hosting the 22nd Meeting of CARICOM Heads (Directors) of Social Security.The annual meeting is held in a different CARICOM member state every year, bringing together the Directors of the Social Security Organizations within the CARICOM sub-grouping to deliberate on pertinent issues affecting these organizations and to explore strategies and approaches for treating with common problems.The meeting is being convened under the theme “Social Security, striving for continuous improvement”.Mrs. Jean-Jacques the Director of Dominica Social Security explained the agreement, “we have a CARICOM reciprocal agreement that came into being on the 1st of April, 1997 which makes possible the totalization of the contributions paid by CARICOM nationals who move and work within the various CARICOM countries to allow them to qualify for pension benefits. And so, every year we report on the operationalization of that agreement and the difficulties being experienced and we examine ways in which we can improve the operationalizing of the agreement.”One of the most pertinent issues which the CARICOM Heads face is the payment of pension benefits for CARICOM nationals who also work outside of their home country; how this claim should therefore be processed, which country pays what amount and what procedure can be employed to facilitate this accross the board in all CARICOM coountries.The Director Mrs. Jean-JacquesThis year, Dominica Social Security was charged with the responsiblity of preparing a document highlighting the procedures which will be circulated within CARICOM to decide how these claims should be processed. Although a national must work a total of ten years, which is 500 weekly contributions to qualify it does not mean that these ten years must be during employment in one member country. A national could also be employed in one CARICOM country for five years, three years in another and two years in another country and qualify as these contributions can be totalized.Mrs. Jean Jacques further explained the three different scenarios whereby a CARICOM national can qualify; “one you qualify independantly meaning if you worked in one country for ten years and another for ten years you qualify for two independent pensions. The second; I work long in Dominica to qualify for a pension but not enough in Antigua and St. Lucia. Therefore St. Lucia and Antigua must pay a partial pension to the individual even though it was for one week the national worked there. The third scenario; where a national has not worked long enough anywhere to qualify independently but the contributions are totalized; meaning all the contributions are brought together to allow the national to qualify for a partial pension which is much better than if you had received a grant as the lump sum finishes quickly. The national would receive a pension which is a lifelong benefit.”Although some participating CARICOM countries still express difficulty with the procedures of the new agreement, Mrs. Jean Jacques is hopeful that in time the process will run smoothly.Twenty-five (25) participants representing 15 member states, and representatives from the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS)—based in Mexico; the CARICOM Secretariat and the Consulting Firm from the United Kingdom are among persons attending the meeting.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 9: How players adjust to revamped conditioning

first_imgWith Syracuse football training camp less than a month away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out and follow along here to countdown to camp.Since last December, it’s been clear the hallmark of Dino Babers’ offense is speed. But to run the offense Babers wants, the players within the system have to be in spread-offense shape.“Everything is fast,” sophomore running back Jordan Fredericks said during SU’s spring practice season. “Everyone needs to be in tip-top shape.”Fredericks, last year’s leading rusher, said he threw up multiple times during the first spring practice. Not long after, he had been supplanted by Dontae Strickland as the top running back. Babers said Fredericks would be battling freshman Moe Neal to play in the backfield with Strickland.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE: AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPreseason storyline No. 10: Tight ends factoring into offensePreseason position battle No. 10: Cordell Hudson vs. Juwan DowelsPreseason player file No. 10: Cole Murphy Published on July 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Offensive lineman Omari Palmer said Fredericks wasn’t alone in how hard the workouts hit him. On top of the strenuous workouts, Babers had the vending machines removed. When he stepped in at SU, Babers brought a strength and conditioning staff with him.Spring football is just that: spring football. But it’s worth watching how the team’s conditioning level is going into the season, since it’ll likely affect how Babers can run the offense that has been hyped for seven months.During the spring football game, Babers said fans would never see his team so slow again. Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey also said Syracuse was too slow.“I thought the tempo of the offense was OK,” Babers said after the game.Fitness will play a major role in hitting the max speed Babers and Dungey see possible. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Players prepare for Dino Babers’ new offense with revamped conditioningObservations from Syracuse football’s post-spring depth chartSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 10: How SU’s tight ends will factor into this year’s offenseSyracuse football preseason player file No. 10: Cole MurphySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 10: Cordell Hudson vs. Juwan Dowelslast_img read more

Amir Khan looks to unite two nations in his return to the ring

first_img“This is an exciting challenge that I have ahead of me,” Khan said in a press release. “It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer, which eventually will bring the two nations together.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe former unified junior welterweight champion has gone through his fair share of wars against the likes of Crawford, Danny Garcia and a vicious knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016 that caused a nearly two-year hiatus. Going through those intense battles have made Khan think about stepping away if he can’t get by Goyat next month. “Let’s see how I feel in this fight. If I don’t feel like myself, I’ll probably just call it a day,” Khan said to BBC Sport at his media workout. “The former unified light-welterweight champion added “I have achieved what I wanted to achieve in the sport, so it’s now just enjoying the sport. I want to see how I feel in the fight and take it from there – If things didn’t go the right way or I don’t feel good, I know myself I would hang up the gloves right away.”Goyat (11-3-2, 2 KOs) turned professional in 2011 and is well known in India but pretty anonymous worldwide. The 27-year-old has the hopes of the Indian nation behind him when he steps in the ring with the 2004 Olympic silver medallist.“This opportunity is as big as it gets for me.” Goyat also said in a press release. “Everything that I have achieved to date wouldn’t matter when I enter the ring on July 12, taking on a seasoned, established superstar in Amir Khan. I will be carrying the hopes of 1.2 billion (people) on my shoulders who will expect me to bring the title by causing an upset.” After suffering a sixth-round TKO defeat in April to pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford, Amir Khan will be back in the ring, but this time it is to try and bring two nations together. Khan, from England and of Pakistan decent will face Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat (11-3-2, 2 KOs) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 12 in an India vs. Pakistan event called ‘Nations Connect’.Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) is the heavy favorite going into this bout and is reported to earn in the region of $7 million but has put all the emphasis on the leading cause for this event which will be held at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. last_img read more