The planned transfer of 158,000 academic hospital workers’ pensions from Dutch civil service scheme ABP to healthcare pension fund PFZW has been postponed again.In a statement, both pension funds said the parties involved failed to meet all necessary conditions in time and therefore could not make a sound decision about the move, scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2015.Negotiations on the transfer – meant to make it easier for academic hospital workers to work at non-academic hospitals – have been ongoing for nearly 10 years.Last summer, ABP announced that the employers and workers had agreed that pensions accrual would be transferred to PFZW as of 1 January, while the accrued pension rights would be taken over by PFZW one year later. Both ABP and PFZW declined to provide additional information about the cause of the new delay.PFZW, however, indicated that it was disappointed.“We have worked hard to resolve the issue,” a spokeswoman said.A spokeswoman for the NFU, the industry body for the employers of the eight academic hospitals, attributed the latest delay to the ongoing legal changes on pensions.“Subjects that seemed to be simple became complicated as a result,” she said.She underlined that both employers and unions still support a transfer, “if it can be concluded in a sound way”.Elise Merlijn, negotiator for civil service union AbvaKabo, said the biggest stumbling block was the threat of a salary reduction for the workers, as the NFU was supposed to pay ABP a €500m compensation for the participants leaving ABP.She added that supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) was reluctant to approve the transfer because of the costs that would be incurred by the NFU, as well as by the participants of PFZW, which has a higher funding than ABP.All parties involved have said they are committed to investigating whether the transfer would be possible at a later stage.
John Carver has left his relegation-threatened players in little doubt that they are drinking in the last-chance saloon. The Magpies find themselves in severe danger of slipping into the Sky Bet Championship if they cannot beat West Ham in the final Barclays Premier League game of the season at St James’ Park on Sunday. Their plight is due largely to a dreadful run of form which has seen them take just a single point from the last 30 on offer, and they are without a win since February 28. Press Association But if 18th-placed Hull manage to beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium in their last fixture, Newcastle will themselves have to take three points if they are to avoid the drop. Carver said: “There are no second chances now. This is the last game, it’s the cup final we’ve been talking about. We all know what we have to do and we all take responsibility. “It’s not about me taking the blame or [owner] Mike [Ashley] and [managing director] Lee [Charnley], we all take responsibility. “We’re in this situation, we’ve got to deal with it. I feel like we’ve got to win. If we do that, we take care of our own business.” Under-fire Ashley has been conspicuous by his absence in recent weeks and his presence at St James’ this weekend would provide a focus for fans seething with discontent at a season which has been allowed to spiral out of control. However, Carver, the man appointed as Alan Pardew’s replacement until the end of the season back in January, is confident he retains the sportswear magnate’s support. He said: “It wouldn’t bother me at all if he came. But if he doesn’t come, I’m sure he will phone me beforehand, and if he does come, I’m sure he’ll come and see me before the game. “But I really don’t know what his plans are. I can’t decide what Mike’s going to do, all I can decide is what we’re going to do on Sunday.” Speculation over Derby boss Steve McClaren’s future on Thursday evening led to fresh links between Newcastle and the former England manager. However, Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have not made another approach for McClaren, who has twice turned down the opportunity to replace Pardew, the first time with the Rams flying high in the Championship in January, and the second just weeks ago after they missed out on the play-offs.
WATCH US LIVE First Published: 6th December, 2019 22:23 IST Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 22:23 IST UFC News: Frankie Edgar Replaces Brian Ortega At UFC Fight Night 165 Frankie Edgar is ready to postpone his bantamweight division debut and has turned his attention towards Chan Sung Jung. Know more about their upcoming fight. Chang Sung Jung’s upcoming fight at UFC Fight Night 165 looked doomed after Brian Ortega’s sudden exit from the matchup. However, The Korean Zombie is still going to fight as Frankie Edgar has agreed to step up against him. Brian Ortega has been forced to pull out from the fight due to a knee injury. FOLLOW US Raj Sarkar 9 months ago UFC: Everything you need to know about the new ‘UFC Honors’ award 9 months ago Brock Lesnar’s comeback victory over Shane Carwin is still one of UFC’s greatest fights 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov channels inner LeBron James, scores fantastic basket 9 months ago UFC: Justin Gaethje baits Conor McGregor for a future fight by ridiculing his comeback Written By Also Read | UFC: Colby Covington Calls Out Dana White For Being A ‘coward’ And ‘spreading Lies’Also Read | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Channels Inner LeBron James, Scores Fantastic Basket Also Read | UFC: Justin Gaethje Baits Conor McGregor For A Future Fight By Ridiculing His ComebackUFC Fight Night: Frankie Edgar replaces Brian OrtegaFrankie Edgar was ready for his bantamweight debut against Cory Sandhagen on Jan 25. After an unsuccessful attempt at the featherweight title, Frankie Edgar waved “goodbye” to the division. However, things turned out differently after Brian Ortega’s injury. Frankie Edgar postponed his bantamweight debut and decided to have one more beef at 145 against The Korean Zombie. It is undoubtedly good news for Korean fans since their local hero Chang Sung Jung’s upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night 165 will take place.According to reports, Brian Ortega suffered a torn ACL and Frankie Edgar saw it as a great opportunity to face The Korean Zombie. There is no doubt that Frankie Edgar is a legend but a victory against Chang Sun Jung can bring him back into the featherweight mix. Also Read | UFC: Everything You Need To Know About The New ‘UFC Honors’ AwardUFC Fight Night: Frankie Edgar-Chan Sung-Jun ComparisonFrankie Edgar – Age: 38. Height: 5’6”. Reach: 68”. Stance: Orthodox. Record: 22-7-1Frankie Edgar is one of the most experienced fighters in the division and he has fought against some of the best fighters of the world. The former UFC lightweight champion possesses immense striking ability. He has victories against Gray Maynard, Chad Mendes, BJ Penn and Urijah Faber among others. SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND Chan Sun Jung – Age: 32. Height: 5’7”. Reach: 72”. Stance: Orthodox. Record: 15-5Chan Sung Jung, the 32-year-old rising superstar, has got pretty dangerous hands. The Korean Zombie is a dirty fighter when it comes to standpoint and a victory against Frankie Edgar can ensure him a title shot against Max Holloway. Take a look at the Korean Zombie. COMMENT LIVE TV 9 months ago UFC: Colby Covington calls out Dana White for being a ‘coward’ and ‘spreading lies’
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League is quickly approaching its endgame, so naturally, sights are being set on the upcoming second season. With this in mind, Blizzard has released the rules behind how rosters will be constructed moving forward.On August 1st, the signing window will be opened for teams to negotiate extensions with players already signed to them, or for their respective Overwatch Contenders players to be signed. This is also the date on which player trades can be made from.Official agreements from the inaugural season end on September 9th, meaning any players that aren’t under a contract at this point will become free agents. The exclusive window for expansion teams to sign free agents start from this date also, ending October 7th.October 8th is the day in which the signing window for free agents opens for all teams, so if players are still yet to be selected by expansion teams then they become available for the teams that competed in the first season.By December 1st, each team must have at least eight players signed under contract. Despite this, teams are still able to sign or trade players throughout the upcoming season until a final deadline which has not yet been specified. Players who turn 18 years of age before this deadline are eligible to be signed and compete in the League, too.Starting with this next season, the terms of player’s agreements “will no longer be fixed at one year with an additional one-year option.” Instead, players can negotiate contracts with teams that last up to three years.Another interesting development is the option of having “two-way players”. This means it’s possible that a player can compete for both an Overwatch League team and an Overwatch Contenders team. There are more details surrounding the stipulations of such a move here.Esports Insider says: The rules and dates surrounding renewing contracts and trading players all seem relatively fair, but it’s the two-way player rule and the three-year contract implementation that grab our attention the most. It’s also nice to see that expansion teams have an exclusive window to sign players.Sign up to our newsletter!