SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Statement on Civil Service Commission Banning the Box Criminal Justice Reform, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Civil Service Commission’s decision, at his urging, to ‘ban the box’ on employment applications starting on July 1, 2017.“I applaud the State Civil Service Commission’s decision to ‘ban the box’ and make opportunities for reentrants more accessible and create economic opportunity to combat recidivism. Banning the box will allow prospective applicants with criminal records to be judged on their skills and qualifications and not solely on their criminal history, while preserving a hiring agency’s ability to appropriately screen applicants as part of the hiring process.”Today’s announcement comes after Governor Wolf’s change to ‘ban the box’ on non-civil service job applications last week. May 09, 2017
PNO Media is to begin drawing contributions for its defined benefit pension plans from the average age of participating companies’ workers rather than charge an average contribution per worker.With the move, the €5bn, non-mandatory sector-wide scheme said hoped to prevent its participating companies from shifting their pension arrangements to insurers that base premiums on workers’ average age by default.As a result, smaller companies with predominantly younger workers will pay substantially lower contributions, according to Nelly Altenburg, the scheme’s chair, and Jeroen van der Put, director at MPD, the pension fund’s provider. Altenburg said companies with a relatively high proportion of older workers would see their premiums increase but only in phases and by no more than 1 percentage point next year. PNO Media will also begin offering the option of individual or collective defined contribution (DC) arrangements, considering DC plans as “essential” to attracting new companies.Van der Put said the collective DC plan would be variable and that the accrued pension’s level would be determined annually.“If the pension becomes more expensive, the accrual percentage will be lowered,” he said.Altenburg said PNO Media aimed to add 5,000 new participants to the current number of 15,000 over the next three years.The pension fund, which boasts 450 member companies, is the second industry-wide scheme in the Netherlands to add DC plans to its DB arrangements, with the €20bn sector scheme PGB recently confirming that it would expand its offering.
WITH Test audiences declining around the world, reducing the length of matches has been discussed at a high level among governing bodies, and Andrew Strauss, the England Director of Cricket believes the idea has merit.Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, floated the possibility of four-day Tests soon after taking office in 2015. Strauss’ comments come as Twenty20 cricket grows in influence, with the ECB expected to launch an eight-team, city-based competition featuring new teams in 2020.Asked about Test cricket’s future, Strauss , the former England Test opener said: “I genuinely believe that every game of international cricket you play should have some sort of meaning.“A World Test Championship and a World One-Day League would be really important opportunities.“We are not quite there yet but we are making some progress, and I wouldn’t rule out the idea of four-day Test cricket, either.“If we can get the playing conditions right, in the right circumstances, it might be a good thing in certain parts of the world. I am not necessarily saying it would happen in this country, but we can’t ‘love Test cricket to death’.“We have to think about how that format remains relevant in an era when the white ball, and certainly Twenty20 is taking over.”England’s director of cricket added on Sky Sports: “The game can work over three forms but you have to limit volume of each. Teams want to play as much cricket as they can, so we need a programme that is compelling.”
Ghana and Cameroon played out a 1-1 draw in their opening game at the CAF U-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday.The Black Meteors picked up a point after Mohammed Habib’s equaliser, four minutes from time cancelled out a wonderful free-kick from Cameroon’s Franck Evina.The first half had ended goalless with Cameroon the better side for much of the opening 45 minutes.Coach Ibrahim TankoThey took the lead deservedly in the 60th minutes as Evina curled in a brilliant free-kick.The Ghanaians dominated the rest of the game and found an equaliser with four minutes to go as Habib pounced on a ball over the top and poked the ball past the goalkeeper.Ghana will now face hosts Egypt before playing against Mali who lost to the Egyptians in the first game.See the highlights of the game belowSEE ALSO: See great skill by Black Meteors’ Sarpong that sent Cameroon player flying off the pitch [VIDEO]