Print NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is www.irishshiptogaza.org.
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One in four FTSE 350 companies have turned to multi-employer defined contribution (DC) scheme providers, with this likely to rise to 35% among the FTSE 250 over the next two years, according to a survey.Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest FTSE 350 DC pension survey also found that the share of FTSE 100 companies to have adopted master trusts would probably rise to 27% by the end of that same period.The increased use of master trusts has been at the expense of own-trust-based DC schemes. In the FTSE 100, in the last two years there has been a seven percentage point increase in the number of companies using a master trust, while use of DC trust-based schemes fell from 45% to 39%, and contract-based schemes from 40% to 39%.Gemma Burrows, director in Willis Towers Watson’s retirement business, said: “As the COVID-19 crisis prompts employers to look more closely at efficiency savings, we are likely to see increased streamlining of trust-based processes as well as the continuing trend towards outsourcing of DC pension provision.”Master trusts first entered the mainstream DC pensions market some seven years ago, and there are now 38 approved under the regulator’s relatively recent authorisation regime.Hymans Robertson recently said enquiries into making the move to master trusts had doubled during the coronavirus, and that it expected a surge in adoption of the vehicles as lockdown eases.WTW’s survey also found that 33% of FTSE 100 schemes and 20% of FTSE 250 pension schemes were very likely or extremely likely to enhance their at-retirement support.More than half (57%) of DC schemes now offer access to drawdown options. The consultancy said that while most offered drawdown access ‘in-plan’ (28%), there was an increasing movement towards offering this via a third party (17%), with some schemes (12%) offering access via both via a third party provider and in-plan.The consultancy said a notable change in this year’s survey was the growth in the number of own-trust schemes offering facilitated access to a nominated third-party drawdown provider, “perhaps in recognition of the continued popularity of this option for retirees”.“We are seeing an increase in DC schemes offering drawdown access through master trusts, either as the existing pension provider or through a third-party partnership,” Burrows said.Phoenix Group yesterday announced the introduction of in-scheme drawdown for its Standard Life DC master trust pension clients, and Michael Ambery, head of DC provider relations at Hymans Robertson, said more master trusts would be getting to the same position over the next few months.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
Luke Rafferty | Staff Photographer 2. Michael Gbinije is human after allWith 13 points on Wednesday, Gbinije remains the only ACC player to have scored in double-figures in all of his team’s games this season. He also finished with seven rebounds, tied for a team-high, and five assists.But a string of uncharacteristic mistakes stood out in an otherwise solid performance for the SU point guard, who appeared bothered by Louisville’s pressure at times and rushed his shot when granted slivers of space.Gbinije missed three layups with varying degrees of “openness”, one of which was completely uncontested and came when Syracuse was trying to claw back in it in the second half. He also threw an errant pass way over the head of Roberson at the start of the second, which energized the home crowd coming out of the halftime break.“Mike didn’t play as well as he’s been playing,” Boeheim said, on a rare occasion that he pinpointed a pair of Gbinije mistakes after a game. Related Stories Syracuse gets dominated down low in 72-58 loss to No. 18 LouisvilleWatch Jim Boeheim’s press conference after Syracuse falls to No. 18 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse drops matchup with Louisville, 72-58Storify: Syracuse community reacts to loss against LouisvilleGrade Syracuse’s performance in its loss to Louisville and vote for the player of the game Published on February 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm 3. Frank Howard isn’t just a stopgap guardWith solid court vision and a calm approach to playing point guard, Howard is making himself a regular part of Syracuse’s rotation in recent games.The freshman played a season-high 23 minutes in the loss to the Cardinals, and his services were needed against a Louisville team that likes to full-court press guards. Howard finished with six assists, tying a season- and career-high, and Boeheim was encouraged by his performance before adding that he has improvements to make on defense and in creating scoring opportunities for himself.“It definitely helped me learn a lot playing against guards who picked up 94 feet,” Howard said of the Louisville game. “It definitely helped me learn how to protect the ball, and going forward I can definitely use this game as something to refer back to as how to beat the press.” Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse rode a five-game winning streak into the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, but couldn’t become the second team to beat Louisville at home this season.The No. 18 Cardinals (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast) were simply too big and too balanced for the Orange (18-9, 8-6), and coasted to a 72-58 win. That snapped a five-game winning streak for SU, which is now 8-3 since Jim Boeheim’s return from a nine-game suspension in early January.Here’s what we learned about Syracuse in its first loss since Jan. 24.1. Syracuse’s frontcourt is not in the clearLouisville scored 50 points in the paint, 34 of them coming in the second half, and out-rebounded Syracuse 41-30 after the teams were nearly even in that category after the first 20 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd while the Cardinals’ size and talent could make it reasonable to view these results in a vacuum, they’ve also lost two rotational big men — 7-foot center Anas Mahmoud and 6-foot-10 forward Mangok Mathiang— to season-ending injuries.SU head coach Jim Boeheim said it was the first time in 10 games that his team was that bad on the defensive glass, and that led to Syracuse’s biggest loss of the season.“But I think in the last 10 games this is the first game we really didn’t do anything in the second half, we didn’t do anything on the boards, and I think that was a big part of it,” Boeheim said. “… I thought again, we got beat on the boards pretty badly and that was the big difference in the second half.”On the defensive end, Cardinals center Chinanu Onuaku lit up the Orange for 13 points and 15 rebounds (seven offensive). Matz Stockman, a 7-footer off Louisville’s bench, chipped in six points in 10 minutes. On the other end, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon and Tyler Roberson combined for a meek 15 points while shooting 6-of-15 from the field.“That’s for the coaches to decide,” Michael Gbinije said of whether the frontcourt needs to be more involved in the offense. “We all could have played better tonight.”MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse gets dominated down low in 72-58 loss to No. 18 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse drops matchup with Louisville, 72-58Watch Jim Boeheim’s press conference after Syracuse falls to No. 18 Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+