Conservative MP quits Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Eurosceptic ERG for putting Brexit ‘at risk’

first_img whatsapp Joe Curtis Tags: Brexit The Prime Minister is speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today in Berlin before meeting President Emmanuelk Macron in Paris.Then she will visit Brussels tomorrow for the EU summit, at which she hopes to secure a Brexit delay to 30 June.Read more: EU would move ‘extremely quickly’ to back a new customs union, says BarnierLast night parliament passed Yvette Cooper’s bill to stop the UK leaving the EU with no deal on Friday night, which quickly received royal assent to become law. A Tory MP has resigned from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group (ERG), claiming “hardcore” Brexiters are endangering their own goal of leaving the EU.Read more: Brexit delay on the cards as Tories gear up for European elections Shropshire MP Daniel Kawczynski accused an ERG “hardcore elment of ‘Unicorn’ dreamers” of “now actually endangering Brexit”.Kawczynski, who twice voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal only to back it at the third time of asking, claimed hardliners were putting Brexit at risk.Their stance could “lead to possibly no Brexit at all”, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.Instead the ERG’s opposition to May’s deal has been “part of the problem in actually getting the withdrawal agreement across the finishing line”, he said. center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Tuesday 9 April 2019 9:03 am Conservative MP quits Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Eurosceptic ERG for putting Brexit ‘at risk’ Sharelast_img read more

For a brand like Nike, nothing beats an athlete with a crazy dream

first_imgTuesday 23 April 2019 8:08 am Unlike its peers, Nike stuck with Woods when he was in the doldrums – going through major back surgery and enduring another global embarrassment when he was caught asleep at the wheel of his car, under the influence, and his mug-shot was broadcast around the world.Nike, however, was prepared to play the long game.As the clip shared straight after the Masters victory showed, this was a brand that believed in Woods’ life-long mission to surpass the Nicklaus record. And this was the moment that its long-term perspective paid off.Woods’ final round at Augusta was reported to have been worth $22.5m of additional brand exposure for Nike, according to sponsorship analytics firm Apex Marketing. Nike shares were up 0.5 per cent in pre-market trading by the next day.But more than that, this victory reinforced – in the most thrilling way – Nike’s unrivalled association with elite performance and an athlete’s determination to “just do it”. Nicklaus’ “18” was the crazy, impossible total that Woods set out to beat when he was just three years old. Within minutes of his win last Sunday, Nike shared an ad from its “Dream Crazy” campaign featuring an infant Woods mouthing the words “I’m going to beat Jack Nicklaus”.For Nike, this was the moment that its 23-year relationship with the golfer came full circle.At the height of his career, Woods was making $110m per year as the world’s highest paid athlete, including $30m from Nike, according to Forbes. But after the sex scandal that shattered his reputation in 2009, sponsors couldn’t dump him quickly enough.AT&T, GM and Gillette all terminated their deals worth tens of millions of dollars within weeks, because he was no longer a good representative for their brands.Accenture – which had sponsored Woods for six years and used his image “as a powerful metaphor for business success” – determined that he was no longer the right fit for its advertising. As Tiger Woods rolled in his final putt, securing victory at Augusta and claiming his long-awaited fifteenth major title, Nike was ready and primed for the magical moment.Some 14 years after his last victory at the Masters and 11 years after his last major title, Woods now stands just three behind the greatest golfer in history, Jack Nicklaus, whose unassailable record of 18 majors is now tantalisingly within reach. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Opinion For a brand like Nike, nothing beats an athlete with a crazy dream center_img Over the years, Nike has had a string of issues with athletes falling from grace – Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones to name but two – and has had to address very public failings of its own.But its recent work with Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams, taking a proactive stance on societal issues such as race and sexism, has been good for business.Its share price has been climbing, and surged to an all-time high of $88.73 last week.Nike has encouraged athletes to “Dream Crazy”, exhorting everyone to embrace goals that may seem unattainable. In that, it fittingly echoes Apple’s iconic “Crazy Ones” campaign from 1997.For entrepreneurs – schooled in the idea of performance, dedication, goal-setting, and risk-taking – Nike and Apple are often held up as benchmarks of business success.Steve Jobs famously cited Nike as “one of the greatest jobs of marketing the universe has ever seen”. He admired Nike’s clarity of message and inherent understanding of who and what it was for – the clear sense of purpose built into the founding vision of the business.And so we come back to Woods. While other sponsors dumped the golfer, fearing any association would weaken the brand, for Nike there was a stronger connection. Woods’ sky-high goal was consistent with its stated mission “to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world”.Whether Woods’ win is a personal redemption story or a simple case of a world-class athlete sticking it to all those that had written him off, the tale of the chase to “18” is what gave this victory such an amazing sense of drama.More than just a comeback, it’s a race resumed – and from a brand perspective, Nike is out in front. And who could blame them?The decade of injury that followed – characterised by poor performances, major surgery, further scandals, and the ignominy of falling outside the top 1,000 players in the world – suggests that these brands were all wise to cash-in when they did.But Nike, as it often does, saw things differently.“There’s always a risk. One of the things we always try to do when we have a big endorsement is check out the character and the pattern of the individual. But you’re not going to get it right all the time, and if you’re going to be in the business you have to recognise that.”So said Phil Knight, founder and former chief executive of Nike, in 2009 as the storm was raging around Woods. whatsapp Nick Giles Giles Tags: Trading Archive Sharelast_img read more

Washington congresswoman will likely lead Trump’s Interior Department

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Environment | Federal Government | PoliticsWashington congresswoman will likely lead Trump’s Interior DepartmentDecember 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers during a markup in the Energy & Commerce Committee this year. (Photo courtesy office of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers)Multiple national news outlets are reporting President-elect Donald Trump is set to pick Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican congresswoman from Washington state, to lead the Department of Interior.She’s seen as friendly to industry, drawing criticism from some environmentalists. But others think she’s a relatively moderate pick.McMorris Rodgers is one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the House of Representatives, where she’s served since 2004. She chairs the House Republican Conference and sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.Many Americans got to know McMorris Rodgers when she delivered the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union in 2014.“I grew up working at my family’s orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls, a small town in Eastern Washington, getting up before dawn with my brother to pick apples,” McMorris Rodgers said in her speech. “My dad drove a school bus and my mom worked as a part-time bookkeeper.”State leaders hoped an Alaskan would land the Interior job; former Gov. Sarah Palin and former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell were both rumored possibilities. But some Washington insiders say the fact that Trump picked a leader from a Western state is a good sign for Alaska.“You’ve got a Westerner that understands the need for the Department of Interior to be a good neighbor and to work with the states,” said Robert Dillon, a former longtime staffer for Senator Lisa Murkowski who now works for the American Council for Capital Formation, a Washington, D.C. think-tank.About 60 percent of land in Alaska is federal, and much of it managed by the Interior Department. McMorris Rodgers will oversee pivotal decisions on oil exploration and drilling on federal lands and waters. Dillon says McMorris Rodgers is likely to take a different view on these issues than the current Interior secretary, Sally Jewell.“What you’d hope to see is a rebalancing that takes into account the economic needs of the state and the people of Alaska,” said Dillon.A number of environmental groups have already released statements objecting to McMorris Rodgers. She has often voted to expand oil and gas exploration on public lands, including a bill that would have allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has also voted in favor of limiting the president’s ability to designate national monuments. Kristen Brengel is with the National Parks Conservation Association.“Sadly, many of the votes that she’s taken haven’t been Park-friendly or pro-public lands,” Brengel said. “A lot of them have sided with special interests.”Addressing climate change has been a big priority for the current Interior secretary. Environmental advocates note McMorris Rodgers has been noncommittal on whether climate change is caused by humans. But some conservation groups say even though she wouldn’t be their first pick, McMorris Rodgers is someone they can work with. Whit Fosburgh, President of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, sees her record as a mixed bag.“Her reputation is, and our dealings with her, is that she is somebody who will listen,” Fosburgh said. “We may not always agree with her, but I think we get a fair hearing with her.”President-elect Trump hasn’t yet formally nominated McMorris Rodgers for the position. And experts say even if she’s confirmed, reversing Obama-administration policies on federal lands won’t happen overnight.Share this story:last_img read more

US Treasury secretary Jack Lew urges an agreement as Greek drama continues

first_img Tags: George Osborne Greek debt crisis People The United States has heaped on the pressure for a deal between Greece and its creditors with Jack Lew, the US treasury Secretary, holding phone calls with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to push for an agreement in a “delicate” situation.”The Prime Minister had a phone conversation with US Treasury secretary Jack Lew in a particularly good climate,” Tsipras’ office said. In place of President Barack Obama, Lew has underscored the urgency of Greece making a serious move to reach a pragmatic compromise with its creditors, said a spokesperson.The US counsels that all sides need to compromise (Source: Getty)In an interview with CNN last week Lew warned of the terrible consequences of not reaching a deal.It’s clear that within Greece, the consequence of a failure here would mean a terrible, terrible decline in their economic performance. It will hurt the Greek people. They will bear the first brunt of a failure here.Lew had previously emphasised that markets’ reaction to a default, or to the country leaving the euro, cannot be predicted, saying: “I don’t think anyone should want to find out.”The need for Greece to present credible proposals that provide a basis for agreement as soon as possible was also counselled.Yet, he warned that European leaders should also be ready to compromise and do their part in response.This comes the week after the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, warned that a Grexit would lead to a financial market crisis with the fallout having global ramifications, including in the US.Chairwoman Yellen will contemplate what a Grexit could mean for the US (Source: Getty)Meanwhile, Lew’s equivalent in the UK, chancellor George Osborne, has warned Britain must be “prepared for the worst”. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ US Treasury secretary Jack Lew urges an agreement as Greek drama continues by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily WinnersComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSingles whatsapp Tuesday 23 June 2015 4:23 am James Nickerson Sharelast_img read more

Oil prices jump more than 10 per cent in biggest one-day rally since 2009

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Laois professionals ranked as the top talkers in Ireland

first_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois professionals ranked as the top talkers in Ireland ‘247 Meeting’, the Irish research company that carried out the study, gathered their research data from 133,345 conference calls and business meetings held in Ireland last year.Tipperary were lower than average, taking 33 minutes to do business, while Portlaoise ranked alongside Dublin and Cork when it came to the number of people attending business meetings, with an average of six people. Previous articleLooking to advertise with LaoisToday in 2018?Next articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Pinterest Facebook By Sean Hennessy – 21st March 2018 Community For those who are looking to conduct productive business meetings, the study shows the best time to hold a meeting.It says that late in the morning, on a Tuesday and a duration of 35-45 minutes long is the time guideline.SEE ALSO – New apartments in Portarlington on hold following objections Twitter WhatsApp Research carried out on business meetings across Ireland has ranked Laois-based professionals as the biggest talkers.The reports says that Laois business meetings take on average 48 minutes, which is 12 minutes longer than the 36 minute national average.The interesting statistic might not suggest that Laois people go on and on at meetings but it is more likely that Laois people are now based from home and instead of commuting to Dublin they join conference calls. Pinterest Home News Business Laois professionals ranked as the top talkers in Ireland NewsBusiness TAGSbusiness meetingsLaois Business Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Twitter Rugby WhatsApplast_img read more

Warm welcome as Laois County Council secure landmark building in Portarlington

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Warm welcome as Laois County Council secure landmark building in Portarlington Facebook News TAGSAidan MullinsLaois County CouncilMartin HeydonPortarlingtonTom Mulhall By Steven Miller – 15th July 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Facebook Pinterest The old Market House in Portarlington Laois County Council has taken a long-term lease on the landmark Market House building in the square in Portarlington, one that operated as Ryan’s Garage for a long number of years.Local councillors Aidan Mullins (Sinn Féin) and Tom Mulhall (Fine Gael) have both welcomed the news, as has Kildare South TD and Minister for State Martin Heydon, for whom Portarlington is now part of his constituency.“I have been working hard for the past few years to get the Council to upgrade the streetscape in Portarlington and they commissioned a report on this,” said Cllr Mullins.“A major part of this upgrade would have to be the success of the Council in securing possession of Ryan’s garage in the Square. I am delighted to announce that the contract was signed this week and the Council is now in a position to include this historic building in their plans to improve the public realm in the town.“This will include upgrading the entire square along with new footpaths along Main Street and undergrounding the overhead lines.”“This progress will mean that the council will be open to ideas or submissions from the people of the area as to what are the best options for the building and the whole area around the square,” added Cllr Mulhall.“I am looking forward to seeing a new look square in the near future and this progress will only add to the improvement to the rest of the town. I would like to say well done to Laois County Council and the Ryan family for concluding their business in a very professional manner.“This is very good news for Portarlington and hopefully a sign of more progress to come.”“The completion of negotiations on a long term lease by Laois County Council of the almost 300 years old Portarlington Market House is significant,” added Deputy Heydon.  “It is the culmination of over three years work by Cllr Tom Mulhall from the time he was Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council in 2017.  He has always emphasized to me the importance of this property as a catalyst for further development and renovation of the town square and town centre areas and I am fully supportive of the initiative.“Portarlington has huge potential and I look forward to working with Tom and residents of Portarlington to develop ideas and initiatives to further enhance the town centre for locals and visitors alike.”Ryan’s garage was run for years by Sean Ryan, a much-loved character in Portarlington and surrounding areas and a former footballer of distinction with Offaly in the 1960s. He died in 2012.SEE ALSO – Proposal in place for bus service in Portlaoise – with plans for two routes Home News Community Warm welcome as Laois County Council secure landmark building in Portarlington NewsCommunity Electric Picnic WhatsApp Previous articleProposals in place for a Portlaoise town bus service – with plans for two routesNext articleLaois Abroad: Rosenallis girls on working in Melbourne as city goes into lockdown again Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic last_img read more

Testing centre opens in Laois as extra phases could be added nationally to slow lockdown exit

first_img By Steven Miller – 9th August 2020 Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter TAGSCoronavirus Facebook Testing centre opens in Laois as extra phases could be added nationally to slow lockdown exit Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Twitter Previous articleFifty Seven Boutique in Portarlington announce details of closing down saleNext articleIn Pictures: High spirits in Ballyroan but lockdown forces curtain to come down on Cul Camps Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp Home News Testing centre opens in Laois as extra phases could be added nationally… News News A new Covid-19 pop-up testing centre opened in Portlaoise on Saturday, where a reported 60 tests were carried out.The HSE facility is on the grounds of St Fintan’s Hospital while similar centres were in operation in Tullamore and Newbridge.  Over 120 tests were carried out in both on Saturday.Laois, Kildare and Offaly are in their second full day of new restrictions after the counties experienced a huge surge in cases in the past two weeks.While Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that the measures do not represent a lockdown, numerous business have been forced to close until August 24 while sports and religious events have been cancelled also.The 174 cases announced in Ireland on Saturday was the highest since May 14.There was only one new case announced in Laois on Saturday, with 110 in Kildare and seven in Offaly – but the 14-day incidence rate that the health authorities use to determine their decision is very high at the moment.Laois does have the lowest of three counties involved but it is considerably higher than the national rate.The national incidence rate per 100,000 population over the past 14 days is 16.3 but in Laois it is 69.7, in Offaly it is 89.8 and in Kildare it is 130.3.In Dublin at the moment – where almost 50% of the cases have been since the start – the 14-day rate is just 9.59 while in neighbouring counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary it is just 5.37, 3.03 and 1.25 respectively.Most of the infections in Laois, Kildare and Offaly have arisen due to clusters associated with meat plants and direct provision centres for asylum seekers. O’Brien Fine Foods in Timahoe in Kildare, halted its meat-processing operation, with the exception of a handful of warehouse staff, after more than 80 of its 240 workers tested positive.Another meat factory in Naas was also confirmed as the site of a cluster and shut its operation after more than 30 staff members tested positive.“It’s very possible there will be many different phases of what we have yet to do,” Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said earlier this week.“It’s possible as we make further choices to protect our public health that we’ll have to look at other phases now in 2020 and in 2021.”Meanwhile, according to the Sunday Times, Minister Donnelly is studying a written submission made by the HSE outlining different methods of on-the-spot testing for Covid-19 at Irish air and sea ports.The submission states that, once a political decision is made to commence testing, it can be implemented almost immediately. The health minister has said he is considering “random testing” at airports.The Sunday Independent, meanwhile, is reporting that some countries are to be added to a travel red list which would ban all non-essential travel. According to a report in today’s paper, the Government is set to ban all non-essential travel from countries with high rates of Covid-19, including the US and Brazil.New proposals being drafted by the Department of Health would see a ban on tourists arriving into Ireland from countries that are disease hotspots, by placing them on a new travel red list.SEE ALSO – Laois hotel manager expresses frustration at lockdown measuresSEE ALSO – ‘We want answers’ – as Minister for Health and Chief Medical Officer invited to Laois for emergency council meeting Electric Picnic Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

North Korea’s Proud Imports, Would You Like a Look?

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2007.06.27 6:25pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News North Korea’s Proud Imports, Would You Like a Look? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter News News [imText1]From June 26th to 28th, the 2nd Chosun People’s Democratic Republic Import Exhibition will be held at Yalu River hotel in Liaoning, China. A Chinese exhibition will also be held at the hotel. Within the 100 square meter exhibition hall, 15 booths were set up showcasing North Korean items and 5 Chinese booths. Participants of this event includes North Korean Kangsung Trade, the No. 28 Trading House and Chosun Seungri Cooperative Company. However, the event was not well publicized and there were many North Korean, Chinese traders in Dandong who did not know the location of the exhibition. Even the director of the exhibition seemed rather inactive. There were not many visitors to be seen at the exhibition. Excluding the event coordinators and staff, there were no more than 10 visitors to the exhibition. Furthermore, the coordinators hadn’t organized any translators for consultations and consequently, visitors seemed to wander the exhibition hall absent-mindedly. You can only enter the exhibition hall if you have an invitation or pay 100 Yuan. In frank, it seems that the motive of the exhibition was to sell entry tickets to visitors. On the whole, the items on display in the showroom were health products, alcohol, agricultural products, gold and silver rings, cosmetics, red pepper paste, clothing, shoes, paint for cars, 4-5 different minerals and handicrafts. [imText2][imText3][imText4][imText5][imText6][imText7]last_img read more

Pension woes point to target-benefit option: report

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news “DC plans leave complicated investment decision-making to plan members, who frequently have no investment expertise,” state the authors. “Furthermore, while risk and reward may be aligned, DC is not a completely economically efficient model because it fails to capture substantial value available from the pooling of risks and costs among plan members.” Bartlett, Mazerolle, and Steele also note that, due to extremely low interest rates and the volatility of equity markets over the past several years, many DB plans have suffered from significant solvency deficits. Additionally, “the longer-term trends of increasing life expectancies and maturing pension plans have also constituted a rise in DB funding costs.” Designed to be flexible and adaptive, the authors describe TBPs as having the following characteristics: Fixed contribution amounts. Plan members receive a targeted defined-benefit-type pension at retirement. Benefits may be adjusted, both up and down, to balance the plan’s funding. This, according to the authors, is a TBP’s defining characteristic. Using the recent New Brunswick shared risk pension legislation to draw lessons that can be applied to the design of similar TBP legislation elsewhere, the authors recommend that pension standards legislation must be changed to accommodate single employer TBPs. The report also calls for clear and logical accounting guidance for TBPs to be established to facilitate the emergence of such plans as well as changes to the tax rules. The report concludes that policy makers should be encouraged to move outside the pure DB versus DC debate, and permit the implementation of TBP pension options across various Canadian jurisdictions. Based in Toronto, the C. D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute. Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Keywords Pensions IE Staff center_img Canadian governments need to move beyond defined-benefit (DB) versus defined-contribution (DC) pension model debates, and towards a middle-ground option that incorporates attributes of both designs, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Target-Benefit Plans in Canada – An Innovation Worth Expanding, authors Mel Bartlett, Angela Mazerolle, and Jana Steele call for the changing of pension standards legislation to accommodate single-employer target-benefit plans (TBPs), which they feel combine elements of both DB and DC plans in a way that addresses the limitations of each. Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slumplast_img read more