PensionsEurope lauds flexibility, principles-based nature of IORP II

first_imgSuch requirements could have significant negative effects on IORPs, sponsors and members, he said.The Council of the European Union yesterday said it had agreed the revised EU directive for occupational pension funds with the European Parliament.Bouma said the association, which represents national associations of pension funds, welcomed the fact the IORP II Directive recognised IORPs were first and foremost institutions with a social purpose. “Considering the diversity of occupational pension systems across the EU and the central role played by national social and labour law, we are happy the member states retain flexibility to implement the IORP II Directive,” he said.PensionsEurope was also glad the delegated acts, which would pass many regulatory competences to EU level, were not included the legislation, Bouma said.Matti Leppälä, the association’s secretary general and chief executive, said the directive made the rules on IORPs’ cross-border activities clear. Even though the requirement for cross-border IORPs to be fully funded at all times was retained as a matter of principle, Leppälä said PensionsEurope welcomed the fact the possibility of being underfunded was now mentioned in the directive for the first time.“Furthermore, we are pleased that both transferring and receiving authorities have a role in cross-border transfers, their roles are clearly defined, and EIOPA’s (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) mediation is not binding,” he said.The modernised legislation makes pension funds better governed and more transparent, he said.“PensionsEurope is happy that the new rules are more principles-based than the European Commission’s original proposal, and therefore, they take better into account the diversity of occupational pension systems across the EU,” Leppälä said. PensionsEurope, the Brussels-based lobbying association, said it welcomes the modernised rules for pension funds under the IORP II Directive, which has now officially been agreed, and in particular the flexibility it allows member states in its implementation and its principles-based nature.Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope, said: “I would like to warmly congratulate the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission for finding an agreement on the modernised rules for pension funds.”He singled out the Dutch EU presidency and European Parliament rapporteur Brian Hayes for special thanks for taking on board many concerns that had been raised by pension funds.“In particular, PensionsEurope is pleased that the updated legislation does not contain new solvency capital requirements for IORPs,” Bouma said.last_img read more

1 dead in police-involved shooting in Pompano Beach

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 56-year-old man is dead after he engaged responding officers with a gun.Officials say they were called to the 2500 block of Northeast 11th Court around 10:30 pm on Sunday for a domestic- related incident.When authorities arrived at the scene, the suspect identified as Miguel Gomez opened fire on the officers. The officers then returned fire.Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene, while no one else was injured.It is unclear what led to the initial incident. Authorities are still investigating.last_img read more

Bank on Bars Of Gold

first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES They include MEET JUSTIN, who was noted making rapid headway to finish 2-1/2 lengths eighth to GANJA MAN over the straight last Saturday. He will appreciate the longer distance and with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride. I take the Patrick Lynch-trained colt to win from CAPTAIN GRANVILLE, who was just behind him on his recent debut when third to SAMORA over 1500 metres. OFFICIAL REPORT, having beaten better in the not-too-distant past and now dropped in class, is preferred to the recent winner, FRANKENSTORM, in the third race, the Pick 3 Easy to Win Bonanza Trophy ($450,00-$400,000) claiming over the round five course. Nine have been declared, but OFFICIAL REPORT with Ruja Lahoe and the consistent FRANKENSTORM (speedy) are the two standouts. BARS OF GOLD, a winner in much better company when last raced on September 12, has been thrown in for a tag by trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in lowly $180,000 and should slaughter his 15 rivals over 1500 metres with leading jockey Ellis retaining the ride. Despite the suspicious drop this low in class, BARS OF GOLD will report in good condition (seen at exercise) and should lead home GRAN CORAZON, PRINCE O’SHAUN, and EASTWOOD. The last three races in the first Super-6 should be won by the 2-y-o GOLDEN GLORY, with Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie; CHIEF SECRETARIAT (Nelson up) in the Pick 3 Five Times A Day Trophy over 1820 metres, a non-winner of three event for four-year-olds and up; and DARLIN EMMA in the seventh for maiden four-year-olds and up over the straight. (1) MEET JUSTIN/CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (2) OFFICIAL REPORT/ FRANKENSTORM (3) BARS OF GOLD (4) GOLDEN GLORY/ OCEAN SEEKER (5) CHIEF SECRETARIAT/ ROUGH PATRICK (6) DARLIN EMMA/ALL FOR THE GLORY. – O.C. A huge upset by PRINCESS SALLEMA at 43-1 in the eighth race at Caymanas Park last Saturday ensured that the Pick-9 eluded punters and the carryover to tomorrow stands at $1.8 million. PRINCESS SALLEMA, one of three winners for the promising apprentice Bebeto Harvey on the card, also ensured that there were no takers in the late Super-6, resulting in a $1.3 carryover from race six to 11. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11 and the first Super-6 from race two to seven. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with the Pick 3 Simple Ting Fi Win Trophy over 1600 metres, to be contested by 11 maiden three-year-olds. MEET JUSTINlast_img read more

Report gives details of sexual harassment allegations that felled a famed geneticist

first_img University of California, Irvine, investigative report I just learned that women don’t like to be told they’re beautiful, but I know you don’t mind. Francisco Ayala to an assistant dean, as quoted in a University of California, Irvine, investigation report By Meredith WadmanJul. 20, 2018 , 7:50 PM Franciso Ayala’s $10 million, 2011 gift helped fund the University of California, Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences, which is being stripped of his name. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email The investigative report that triggered the ouster of prominent evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala from the University of California (UC), Irvine, found that his behavior included telling a pregnant colleague “you’re so huge” and regularly putting his hands under a female administrator’s jacket and rubbing them up and down her sides. According to the report, he told a female professor that she had been so animated while giving a talk that he thought she would “have an orgasm.” In another instance, he invited a junior professor in a crowded meeting to sit on his lap, saying he would enjoy the presentation more that way.The 97-page report, completed in May and obtained by Science, describes a long-standing pattern of behavior by Ayala that continued even after he was warned to stop in 2015. The report detailed off-color remarks and repeated unsolicited compliments on women’s physical appearances—behaviors witnessed by one or more of the 61 people interviewed for the investigation. The investigators said women felt professionally undermined by his conduct and they concluded that Ayala, 84, violated UC Irvine’s sexual harassment and sex discrimination policies in the cases of three of the four women who lodged complaints against him. In response, the university terminated Ayala on 1 July and plans to strip his name from its science library and biology building.In responses included in the report, Ayala strenuously denies most of the allegations. He told investigators that the entire complaint of Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) professor and chair Kathleen Treseder, who reported the “you’re so huge” and orgasm comments, “was a lie.” “I saw my compliments as courtesies. And they turned those courtesies into sexual harassment,” Ayala told Science in an interview today. Report gives details of sexual harassment allegations that felled a famed geneticist AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Ayala was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1980 after doing pioneering work in Drosophila speciation. In 1995, he was president of AAAS, which publishes Science. In 2011, Ayala gave UC Irvine $10 million, which was dispensed in $2 million annual allotments over the following 5 years. His firing has drawn praise from some scientists and criticism from others on the UC Irvine campus and in Ayala’s native Spain. Critics questioned whether he received due process, and urged the university to detail the charges against him. Until now, those specific charges have not been publicized.Ayala’s behavior extends back to 2004 and he was cautioned about it well before the current investigation began in November 2017, according to the report. One witness recalled wearing a conservative, button-down shirt while being interviewed for a tenure-track job by Ayala in 2004. She told investigators that she was shocked and discomfited by Ayala’s focus and comments on her appearance.In 2015, Ayala made the “sit in my lap” comment to complainant Jessica Pratt, an assistant teaching professor, as she prepared to present at a crowded faculty meeting. Ayala admitted the comment to investigators, calling it a one-time lapse showing “a horrendous lack of judgment.” (A graduate student on whose dissertation committee Ayala served and who was interviewed as a witness described a separate occasion on which she said that Ayala invited her, too, to sit in his lap during a meeting.)Pratt complained to the then–EEB department chair, prompting Ayala to visit Pratt in her office, according to the report. Ayala told investigators that he “apologized profusely” to Pratt, telling her he intended the comment to be playful, like he was addressing a niece or granddaughter. But when Pratt told Ayala that then–department chair and others had overheard the comment, a fact corroborated by investigators, Ayala called her a liar. She lodged an informal complaint with UC Irvine’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Pratt told investigators that Ayala’s continued emphasis on her appearance had “started to make her question whether he respected her work. … She even began to question her own merit as a scientist.”As a result of Pratt’s complaint, Associate Chancellor Kirsten Quanbeck warned Ayala to watch his language with women and told him that his conduct was viewed as unwelcome and was out of line with university policy. The chair of the EEB department gave him a similar warning, according to the report.However, Ayala’s behavior continued. The report makes clear that Ayala’s habit of kissing women on both cheeks on greeting and his regular compliments on their appearance were unwelcome to some female students and staff who, because of his power, felt unable to complain. His expressions of pleasure at encounters with female graduate students in the mail room or elevator were so frequent that students nicknamed them “the mail room comment” or the “elevator comment.” One complainant, Benedicte Shipley, an assistant dean in UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences, felt she had no choice but to put up with his attention because of his power as a major donor, she told investigators.”I just learned that women don’t like to be told they’re beautiful, but I know you don’t mind,” Shipley recalled Ayala saying in 2016, rubbing her sides while kissing her cheeks—a behavior that occurred regularly, she said. A male professor noted the encounter and asked Shipley afterward whether she was all right, according to the report.Shipley told investigators she was relieved when Ayala’s attention shifted to Treseder, whom she said Ayala was “glued” to at a department social event not long after. Distressed, Treseder asked a male colleague, who corroborated her claim, to attend events with her. The report details how in 2016 Ayala met with Treseder to tell her he was nominating her for membership with NAS. She told UC Irvine that Ayala spoke extensively of the process of blackballing NAS nominations, which she interpreted as a reminder of his power to scuttle her nomination, and that he sat behind her at her computer and put his hand over hers on the mouse. According to the report, Treseder “felt uncomfortable but did not want to say anything because [Ayala] was nominating her.”Ayala denied touching Treseder or saying that one member could blackball a nomination, which he told investigators was untrue. However, investigators felt that the preponderance of evidence—the standard used for Title IX investigations—supported Treseder’s version. Francisco Ayala resigned from the University of California, Irvine, effective 1 July, in the wake of a sexual harassment report. Alicia Robinson/Orange County Register via Getty Images Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country [Ayala] has engaged in a campaign with the highest University officials to influence the outcome of this investigation. “I have never intentionally caused sexual harassment to anybody,” he wrote in an email to UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman days after the probe was launched. “To the extent that my actions may have caused harm to others … I apologize from the deepest of my heart and of my mind.”“I’m just shocked that this man’s life was ruined over this collection of reactions to his behavior,” says Elizabeth Loftus, a UC Irvine experimental psychologist who has vocally supported Ayala. After reading the report, she said the “thin” allegations “are far, far from the obviously bad behaviors that we want to be punishing. I feel like: ‘Who’s next?’”But Jane Zelikova, an ecologist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and a founder of the international advocacy group 500 Women Scientists, says: “No form of harassment is OK. … He could have corrected his behavior. He did not. Being fired for doing something that is illegal is justice.”“Unlike many harassers who have sex with students or pressure them directly for sex, Ayala did not cross those boundaries,” notes Ann Olivarius, a senior partner at McAllister Olivarius in Saratoga Springs, New York, who specializes in sexual harassment and reviewed the UC Irvine report at Science’s request. “But he clearly made multiple women feel degraded. … Senior university officials warned him to stop acting in these ways, but he continued.”“Norms are changing really fast and I think this 84-year-old got caught in a norm shift,” adds Robert Cook-Deegan, a science policy specialist and historian of science with Arizona State University who is based in Washington, D.C.; he also read the report. In early November, before the complaints against Ayala were filed, Treseder, who had recently been named the department chair, proposed a code of conduct concerning sexual harassment at a faculty meeting. Ayala pushed back, telling her not to share the code with the “ladies” in the dean’s office because they wanted him to hug and kiss them.In the fourth complaint, graduate student Michelle Herrera alleged that Ayala put his hands on her bare shoulders—a behavior Ayala admitted to—and leaned his front against her back as she sat at a picnic table. Ayala vigorously denied leaning against Herrera. UC Irvine investigators concluded that the incident probably occurred but could not conclusively be said to be gender-based as Ayala might have leaned on a man in the same way.The report also states that Ayala “has engaged in a campaign with the highest University officials to influence the outcome of this investigation.” It says that he wrote to Gillman and Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, pointedly reminding them of his financial and academic contributions to UC Irvine. According to the report, Ayala told senior UC Irvine investigator Erik Pelowitz that the probe “needed to end quickly and in his favor and [that] he had lawyers waiting if [it] did not.”In an interview with Science today, Ayala countered, “I didn’t say anything about lawyers.” He added that he wanted to avoid a protracted legal struggle so he could focus on his science.The case highlights a deep disconnect between how Ayala perceived his actions and how the women received them, notes Alexandra Tracy-Ramirez, a lawyer with HopkinsWay in Phoenix who specializes in gender discrimination and who also reviewed the report. “Professor Ayala repeatedly said he would never intentionally harass anyone. I don’t see a reason not to believe him,” she says. “But it still stands that there are many instances of [his] conduct that complainants and witnesses found uncomfortable, offensive, belittling, or unwelcome. … Even the lowest-level kinds of behaviors can add up to substantial impact over time.”Adds Olivarius: “Dr. Ayala’s very public punishment will send a loud signal that times are changing—that harassment … does not mean just extreme misconduct.”*Update, 17 August, 9:30 p.m.: Science has removed a link to the report in response to a recent request from several people close to the case. *Update, 24 July, 4:10 p.m.: This story has been updated to include additional comments from Elizabeth Loftus and Jane Zelikova.last_img read more