UK roundup: NAPF, Office for National Statistics

first_imgThe National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has challenged industry assumptions in the government’s consultation on how to tax pension savings.The industry organisation said it was aiming to inform the debate around tax relief on pension contributions, as the government considers its next step.In the July Budget, the Conservative government announced a complete review of pensions tax relief.It is considering moving away from providing relief on contributions and taxing retirement income, to taxing contributions and allowing tax-free income. The NAPF said pension members needed to understand that taxing contributions would not necessarily mean more income for the government.The organisation also said a move away from the current tiered system to a single rate of tax relief would not necessarily make the system fairer.The NAPF said this move would produce a “relatively small additional benefit” for lower-income pension scheme members, while “greatly reducing the attractiveness” of pension savings for the 4.6m higher-rate tax-payers.In other news, the number of active members saving in UK pension funds has increased by 2.4m since the rollout of auto-enrolment, reaching heights not seen since 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Figures from the UK government statistics office showed active pension fund membership was 10.2m at the end of 2014, up from 8.1m a year earlier.Pension fund membership had been steadily falling over the previous 15 years, with the 2014 figure now surpassing the 10.1m seen in 2000.The advent of auto-enrolment saw private sector membership rise from 2.8m in 2013 to 4.9m in 2014.Public sector membership also rose, by 0.1m to 5.4m.The ONS also said the biggest increase in private sector membership was reported by defined contribution schemes, which rose by 2m to 3.2m.Defined benefit membership remained stagnant at 1.6m.last_img read more


Argonauts Leave Wonder Boys Amazed

first_img Share March 27, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida (26-10) completed the first day double header sweep over Arkansas Tech (16-20-1) with a 5-0 victory in Tuesday’s seven-inning night cap at Pelican Park on the UWF campus. The Argonauts out scored the Wonder Boys 15-1 in the double header.West Florida jumped on the scored board early with a two-run first inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted, Ohio/ St. Edward HS) lead off the inning with a single to right field. After Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second, Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) singled through the right side of the infield scoring Antoske from second. DeBos would score the second Argonauts run of the inning on a wild pitch.The Argonauts extended their lead to 4-0 with a two-run fourth inning. Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Fort Walton Beach HS) opened the inning with an infield single when he hustle out a softly hit chopper to short stop. Andrews would score from first when Logan Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Jefferson Davis CC) double down the right field line. Hundley would score on a successful suicide squeeze bunt by DeBos.West Florida padded their lead with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on second Hundley hit an RBI double to left center making the score 5-0.Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) extended his hitting streak to 10-straight games with a single up the middle of the infield to lead off the fifth inning.For the second-straight game a West Florida pitcher threw a complete game. Nick Presley (Milton, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) got the win tossing seven innings of shut out ball surrendering only three hits. He had three walks and three strike outs in the game.West Florida and Arkansas Tech will complete their three game series with a nine inning affair tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Argonauts Leave Wonder Boys Amazedlast_img read more


Lady Wildcats Victorious Against Lady Knights

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats Tennis team posted a 5-0 win over The South Dearborn Lady Knights.#1 Singles Lillie Stewart 6-0/6-0#2 Singles Taylor McCreary 6-0/6-0#3 Singles Maggie Brack 6-0/6-0#1 Doubles Meredith Bohman & Allie Routh 6-0/6-0#2 Doubles Kairee Hodapp & Elise Klei 6-0/6-0Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Denny Dorrell.last_img


Beat writers predict winner of Syracuse-Notre Dame men’s basketball

first_img Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Commentslast_img read more