Macro International Inc. welcomes Omland

first_imgKristian Omland has joined the Statistical Services Group at Macro International, Inc. The Statistical Services Group is based in the companys downtown Burlington office. Omland blends statistical and ecological expertise and will complement Macros existing strength in fisheries and other natural resources surveys. He has an MS from UVM and a Ph.D. from UConn.last_img

Peers call for removal of triple lock on UK state pension

first_imgThe select committee’s report today said that as pensioners’ incomes had been brought back in line with those of working people, according to an inquiry by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, it was no longer needed.“The triple lock for the state pension should be removed,” the report said. “The state pension should be uprated in line with average earnings to ensure parity with working people. However, there should be protection against any unusually high periods of inflation in the future.”The move follows similar calls made by the OECD in October 2017. At the time, the institution said: “Indexing the state pension solely to average earnings would be fairer, while it would still allow pensioners to benefit from improvements in living standards.”‘Important first step’John Taylor, president-elect at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), said the institution supported the peers’ recommendation.“The introduction of the new state pension in 2016 restored the level of the state pension in relation to wages and means that the triple lock should no longer be necessary,” he said.The peers’ report said that maintaining the triple lock indefinitely would be unsustainable, something echoed by Frank Field, an MP who represented Labour at the 2017 election but is now independent. Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee in the lower house of parliament, told the Lords that he still supported this notion, but was quoted as being “worried about its political ramifications”.Taylor at the IFoA said: “It should now be a priority to ensure the state pension remains sustainable and affordable over the long term. Removing the triple lock would be an important first step in ensuring the sustainability of the state pension for future generations.”The peers’ report called on the Treasury to generate and publish data on intergenerational fairness. It also recommended the government create intergenerational impact assessments for all draft legislation indicating how it will affect different generations. A committee of peers in the House of Lords has called for the removal of the triple lock on the UK state pension, saying keeping it active indefinitely was unsustainable.In a report published today, entitled Tackling Intergenerational Unfairness, the Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision called for the measure to be withdrawn.The triple lock was a mechanism introduced by the UK’s coalition government of 2010-15. Its application means the state pension must be raised annually according to whichever was highest of wages, inflation or 2.5%.Each of the main political parties pledged to maintain the triple lock before the snap election of 2017, although the ruling Conservative party proposed to scrap the 2.5% lower limit after 2020. However, following its poorer-than-expected showing at the polls, the party was forced to abandon this idea in order to secure parliamentary support from Northern Ireland’s DUP.last_img read more

Barcelona hunt for Lautaro Martinez

first_img The Spanish giants want to sign a striker that could replace injured Luis Suarez and according to TNT Sports, they are prepared to pay £100m for his services.Advertisement Loading… Barcelona are reportedly in the hunt for Manchester United transfer target Lautaro Martinez. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Speaking on Monday, Barca boss Quique Setien admitted that he is on the lookout for a new central striker, but he was cautious not to give away much about the club’scurrent position. Read Also:Barca put off Lautaro Martinez’s €100m price tag He said: ”It’s true we’re speaking about it. But we still have to move things on a little bit. It’s an issue I still can’t answer and I am not going to do so”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more