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Ivory Coast election: Alassane Ouattara wins amid boycott

first_img– Advertisement – “They should stop because Ivory Coast needs peace, these are criminal acts and we hope that all this can stop, so that after the election this country may continue on its course of progress, which it has enjoyed over the last few years.” – Advertisement – Mr Gbagbo also put himself forward to stand in this year’s election but the electoral commission blocked him because he had been convicted in the Ivorian courts. What’s the background to the tension? Alassane Ouattara, 78, economist. Became president in 2011, serving his second term after years in opposition. It added that a significant number of voters were disfranchised because polling stations did not open, adding that even those people who were able to vote did so “in a context of fear and anxiety”. At least nine people were killed during Saturday’s vote, news agency AFP reports. Related Topics His supporters argued that a constitutional change in 2016 reset the clock and that his first term did not count. In the eastern town of Daoukro, protesters erected roadblocks. Meanwhile tear gas was used to push away demonstrators who gathered close to where the president cast his ballot in the main city, Abidjan. Opposition figures say it was illegal for Mr Ouattara to stand for a third term as it broke rules on term limits. But, in July, the ruling party’s previous presidential nominee, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a heart attack. After voting in Abidjan on Saturday, Mr Ouattara called for an end to the protests. His opponents do not share that view, arguing instead that it is illegal for Mr Ouattara to run for a third term. Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote. “An election is the moment when a society comes together to experience and live out democracy, but the context that prevailed on election day… shows that a large segment of the Ivorian population did not experience this election in peace,” PTI Advocacy Group said in a statement. Ivorian anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in Blockhauss, Abidjan.

Social partners agree on finer points of Finnish pension system reform

first_imgUnder the agreed proposal for the pension reform, the earliest age workers will be eligible for an old-age pension will be raised gradually from 2017 by three months per birth-year cohort until it reaches 65.The upper age limit for old-age pensions will be five years higher than the earliest retirement age.However, under the agreement, the eligibility age for old-age retirement will be linked to life expectancy from 2027 to ensure the time spent working in relation to time in retirement remains at the 2025 level, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions.To keep to this ratio, the factors affecting the time spent working and the financial and social sustainability of the earnings-related scheme will be reviewed regularly, according to the agreed proposal.This development will be monitored at regular intervals through tripartite negations (social partners and government) every five years, according to the deal.TELA, which represents insurers providing earnings-related pensions, said the fact the agreement had been reached meant there would be no strikes or employer resistance to the reform.But in the end, not all parties have been pleased with the agreement.Reijo Vanne, director at TELA, said: “One problem is that the trade unions of people with academic education could not accept the agreement.”The academics’ unions wanted to have higher pension accrual rates at higher ages, he said.“Their argument was that people with long education do not have enough time to accrue a proper pension,” said Vanne.The reform also provides for possible early retirement at 63 for those who are considered to have had a strenuous and extensive working life, according the Finnish Centre for Pensions.The current part-time pension is to be abolished and replaced with a partial early old-age retirement, with certain new conditions.Pension accrual rates will be standardised to make the annual rate for individuals of all ages 1.5% of wages, and working after the earliest pensionable age will be rewarded with a monthly increment of 0.4% for deferred retirement.After 2017, pension contributions will accrue from the full wage, according to the reform, since the earnings-related pension contribution will no longer be deducted from the pensionable wage.Between 2016 and 2019, the combined pension contribution for workers and employers is to be 24.4%, though in 2016 this will be temporarily reduced by 0.4%, according to the agreement. Labour-market organisations in Finland have agreed the details of the country’s long-awaited pensions reform, which will raise the retirement age in fixed increments until 2025 and link it to longevity after that.The central labour market organisations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), the Local Government Employees (KT), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) – signed an agreement on Friday on the content of the pension reform that will change to the earnings-related pension scheme.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will now start the process of amending legislation according to the proposal agreed by the social partners.The aim of the pension reform, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017, is to extend working life and narrow the sustainability gap of the whole public economy by 1% of GDP, according to statutory organisation the Finnish Centre for Pensions, and Finnish pensions alliance TELA.last_img read more

Combat Ready! Ex Paddy Power Mischief maker Ken Robertson launches The Tenth Man

first_imgShare Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Former Paddy Power advertising guru Ken Robertson has set up new venture ‘The Tenth Man’, a Dublin based marketing agency which will specialise in ‘building disruptive brands’.Robertson the former Group Advertising Director for Paddy Power Betfair, left the FTSE100 bookmaker in June 2017, having completed the post-merger combination of Paddy Power and Betfair marketing divisions.At the time of his departure, Robertson revealed to Irish media that he would be launching a ‘creative-focused business’, targeting new advertising verticals.An 18-year Paddy Power veteran, Robertson led the Irish bookmaker’s ‘Mischief division’, developing bold and controversial high coverage/low cost marketing campaigns’, which propelled Paddy Power into the general public’s consciousness.Speaking to UK marketing news source The Drum, Robertson details that he wants The Tenth Man to combat traditional brand development strategies which stifle innovation and deliver diluted results.“Using this as a guiding principle, The Tenth Man agency works with people and brands happy to explore different thinking and brave enough to nurture opposing views.” Robertson details launching The Tenth Man.last_img read more