first_imgThe two pension funds of engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV have announced that they are intending to merge into a multi-company scheme on 1 January 2015. The decision comes in the wake of the merger of the engineering companies Royal Haskoning and DHV in 2012, leaving the new company with two pension funds, the employer indicated.The new multi-pension fund is to carry out a new pension plan for all participants, and would also manage accrued pension rights of all participants and pensioners, said Royal HaskoningDHV.The Pensioenfonds DHV manages approximately €580m of pension assets for 3,400 employees and deferred participants as well as 1,100 pensioners of the former DHV. The €336m Pensioenfonds Haskoning (SPH) has 1,505 active participants, 1,475 deferred members and 610 pensioners.SPH has placed its pensions under a guarantee contract with insurer Nationale Nederlanden, which is to expire at year-end, according to the employer.A multi-company scheme operates under a single board, managing ring-fenced assets which are individually liable to the financial assessment framework (FTK).Contrary to an industry-wide pension fund, a multi-company scheme is open to pension funds from different sectors with different pension arrangements.The concept of the multi-scheme was meant as a transitional phase between the Premium Pension Insutitution (PPI), Dutch cross-border DC vehicle, and the proposed API for defined benefit funds.However, the API concept never made it onto the statute books and has been replaced with proposals for the APF, which will not be able to accommodate non-domestic pension funds for the time being.The interest from the sector for a multi-company pension fund has been limited to three schemes so far.last_img read more

first_imgVice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry sent a memo to the USC community Thursday about nonconsensual drugging at campus parties.Carry said that during office hours in October, a student informed him of what she viewed as a regularity of nonconsensual drugging. “She explained that among her friends, everyone had a story about someone believing they have been drugged,” Carry wrote in the memo. According to Carry’s statement, the student said that getting drugged at parties around campus has become normalized.Carry also addressed the criminality of nonconsensual drugging. “Students and organizations that are found responsible for ‘spiking drinks’ will be punished to the fullest extent of the law and face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University,” Carry wrote. “I strongly urge students who have information … to share it with the Department of Public Safety or the Office of Professionalism and Ethics.”Carry offered students tips on how to reduce the possibility of getting drugged. He said students should not leave their drink unattended and should open their own beverage. They should also be observant by stopping if their drink  tastes off. If a student is believed to be drugged, they should seek medical attention immediately. The memo ended with a list of resources. Carry said that reporting these incidents is fundamental to preventing them. “Nonconsensual drugging is a crime and a serious violation of our community standards,” Carry wrote. “Everyone’s help is required to rid our community of this behavior.”last_img read more

first_imgClaressa Shields calling out Amanda Nunes for a boxing bout and mixed martial arts match definitely caught the attention of Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano.As it should have, considering the veteran boxers have already crossed over to MMA and spent the last couple of years segueing between the two sports. So they, more than most, know what Shields would have to endure to step foot into the cage for an MMA match. There was a time Serrano offered to spar with former UFC sensation Ronda Rousey in boxing, though it never came to fruition. So, it will be tough to strike a two-fight deal pitting Shields vs. Nunes in the ring and Octagon. (It was also tough to make the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing bout in August 2017, and that made history).In the meantime, Shields is slated to face Ivana Habazin on Oct. 5 for the vacant WBO women’s junior middleweight title with the chance to become the quickest three-division world champion in boxing history. That’s first in line for the self-proclaimed “Greatest Woman of All Time (GWOAT).”But if Shields vs. Nunes actually happens, there’s no doubt Hardy and Serrano — and the combat sports world — will be watching keenly. On Tuesday, Hardy and Serrano formally announced their own fight for Sept. 13 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, live on DAZN. So Sporting News asked them to share their thoughts about a pair of possible Shields-Nunes super bouts.Join DAZN and watch Hardy vs. Serrano on Sept. 13Both Brooklyn fighters believe Shields would take the boxing bout. Serrano, the only seven-division women’s world champion in boxing history, even cautioned to combat sports fans not to sleep on Shields’ ability to win the MMA match as well.“Claressa Shields is a big, tough woman and my hat goes off to her,” Serrano said. “MMA is a total different sport, but she’s a hard worker. She’s determined, so whatever she puts her mind to, I know she’s going to do good in it.“Amanda Nunes is a veteran in the sport, but if Claressa Shields can catch her a couple of times, it’s not going to be the same outcome,” she continued. “But it’s hard because in MMA there’s so many different arts. But I know Claressa is going to give it her all.”Hardy agreed, also noting the adjustment from boxing to MMA will be hard because the latter sport is more “technical.” However, the WBO featherweight champion sees the potential super clashes as a huge opportunity for Shields — the undisputed women’s world middleweight champion — to rake in a deluge of new fans for herself and for women’s boxing.“That would be great for boxing,” Hardy said of a pair of fights between Shields and Nunes.MORE: Hardy, Serrano say time is right for fight“That’s part of why I went over to MMA — to take some of the fans because there were so many more fans in women’s MMA. So, to be able to expose some of Amanda’s millions of fans to women’s boxing and Claressa and the talent pool that’s here … that’d be incredible.”Hardy and Serrano enter their fight for Hardy’s featherweight title next month each coming off an MMA bout. Hardy was thoroughly dominated by Taylor Turner via a first-round TKO (punches) at Bellator 222 back in June, bringing her MMA record to 2-2.That’s compared to her 22-0 record, including 4 KOs, in boxing.Meanwhile, Serrano fought to a draw in her first MMA fight and won her second bout via a first-round submission (rear naked choke) against Eréndira Ordoñez — both in Combate Americas.After scoring a first-round TKO of Eva Voraberger in January to become a seven-division world champion, Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs in boxing) participated in her second jiu jitsu tournament and scored a win in her only bout in February.last_img read more