20 Dec

OAS and El Salvador Agree on Security Assistance Mission

first_imgBy Dialogo April 10, 2013 On April 8, the Organization of American States (OAS) and El Salvador agreed to establish a security assistance mission to help maintain the truce between criminal gangs in the Central American country, which has led to a sharp decline in homicide rates. David Munguía, Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, signed the agreement with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the regional institution reported. “About a year ago, the city of San Salvador was ranked third among the most violent cities worldwide, and now it is no longer on the list,” Insulza said after signing the agreement. The OAS Secretary General took an active role in achieving the truce between Salvador’s two main maras, MS-13 and the 18th Street gang (Barrio 18), when he traveled to the Central American nation to sign the agreement last July.last_img read more

29 Sep

Philips scheme replaces Aon Hewitt with PGGM as admin provider

first_imgThe €17bn Dutch pension fund of electronics giant Philips is to replace its pensions provider Aon Hewitt with PGGM as of 1 January 2016.In addition to pensions administration management, the new provider will also be tasked with policy and board support, according to PGGM, provider for the €156bn healthcare scheme PFZW.The current 10-year contract with Aon Hewitt is to expire at the end of 2015, the Philips Pensioenfonds said.PGGM indicated that the decision of the “leading” Philips Pensioenfonds was an important development in its multi-client strategy in the Dutch pensions market. Currently, PGGM provides various services to the industry-wide schemes for painters and decorators (Schilders), architects and private security (PPB), as well as the occupational scheme for doctors (SPH).In a joint venture with Rabobank, PGGM also carries out the administration of a defined contribution vehicle (PPI) for small and average-sized companies.A spokesman for PGGM said the new contract with the Philips scheme had been concluded for a five-year period.Jeroen de Munnik, institutional business chief at PGGM, said: “The combination of the company scheme that is known for its innovative approach and our expertise and experience on pensions management and board and policy support will create an excellent cooperation.”Jasper Kemme, chief executive at the Philips Pensioenfonds, said that, during the selection process, PGGM had shown itself to be a “very skilful and customer-friendly organisation”.At September-end, the scheme had 102,640 participants in total, including 14,175 employees and 57,320 pensioners.PGGM carries out the administration for 2.6m participants.BlackRock has been the pension fund’s asset manager since 2005.The management of the scheme’s indirect non-listed property was placed with BlackRock in 2013.A spokeswoman for the pension fund said the scheme’s contract with BlackRock had been concluded for an indefinite period.Aon Hewitt was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

16 Sep

Clare manager hits out at Championship format

first_imgAnd manager Com Collins says a change in the Championship structure is needed.Roscommon are through to the Connacht Football Championship final for the first time since 2011.They came from 0-8 down at half-time to beat Sligo by 4-16 to 2-13 in their semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.Donegal eased in to the Ulster Football Championship semi-finals.A goal in either half from Odhran MacNiallais helped them beat 14-man Fermanagh by 2-12 to 0-11.In the Leinster Football Championship, Meath set up a semi-final date with old rivals Dublin.Mickey Newman scored 0-7 as they beat neighbours Louth by 0-20 to 1-13 at Parnell Park.Westmeath are through to face Kildare in the other semi after they edged Offaly by 0-13 to 0-12 at Cusack Park.Meanwhile, the GAA will confirm times and venues for 1B of the football qualifiers later today.After losing to Westmeath yesterday, Offaly will meet London while Fermanagh’s defeat to Donegal sets up a meeting with Wexford.Also in Division 1B it’s Down v Longford and Antrim v Limerick.The matches will be played on June 25th and 26th.This coming Saturday in 1A it will be Laois and Armagh in Portlaoise from half-three while Derry now meet Louth in Owenbeg at 5pm and it’s Carlow and Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm.On Sunday, Leitrim and Waterford do battle in Carrick-on-Shannon at 2pm. Clare football manager Colm Collins has described the Provincial football championships as “dinosaurs”.They lost to Munster Champions Kerry by 2-23 to 0-17 in their semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.Clare haven’t played a game since their Allianz League Division 3 final win over Kildare at Croke Park in April.last_img read more