In contrast to other countries the gender gap in pension income in the Netherlands has not shrunk during the past 30 years, according to the OECD.In its annual report Pension Markets in Focus, the organisation said the pension income received by women had consistently been 40% less that received by men. The gap was the same in Austria.Last year, the European Commission’s Pension Adequacy Report suggested that the difference was 45%, the largest bar Cyprus.However, the OECD noted that the outcome of surveys could vary due to the use of different sources of income data. The think tank found that the gender gap in Denmark had declined by 11 percentage points to around 10% since 1990, and that in the UK it had dropped by six percentage points. The pension income gap in Germany had decreased by eight percentage points to around 35%, whereas the difference in Italy had remained at around 30%, according to the OECD report.The OECD linked the large gender pension gap in the Netherlands to workplace pensions accounting for a large share of total pension income, with women entering the labour market late relative to other countries and there also being a pay gap.However, the organisation said it expected the difference in pension income to gradually decline over the coming decades due to a rising number of women receiving an occupational pension, a decreasing pay gap as well as men increasingly switching to part time jobs.It said the difference in accrued pension assets of the under-64 year-olds had already dropped to 25%.
Fugro has completed the first of three Malaysian seep hunting and geochemical campaigns for the provision of surface geochemical survey for domestic waters for Petronas. Fugro Equator; Source: Wikimedia; Author: Justin Baulch – under the CC BY 4.0 licenseAccording to Fugro’s statement on Friday, the first project, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, began on December 21, 2018, aboard the Fugro Equator vessel, which acquired geophysical data including multibeam echosounder (MBES) and sub-bottom profiler (SBP) data used to interpret geologic features and optimize target selection for geochemical sampling.Targeted coring operations and shipboard geochemical analyses started on January 6, 2019 aboard the Fugro Equinox vessel and was completed on March 20, 2019.Over 6,600 square kilometers of MBES data comprised of bathymetry, backscatter intensity, and water column, approximately 2245 line kilometers of SBP data and 281 geochemical cores were acquired. Shipboard geochemical results for headspace gas, total scanning fluorescence and extracted hydrocarbon gas chromatography (C15+) were carried out on more than 550 samples taken from acquired cores.Regarding the Sabah Project, Dr. Awang Sapawi Awang Jamil, Geochemist for Petronas stated, “The receipt of geochemical analyses from the vessel was very helpful in de-risking our area of interest and in accelerating our project timeline by allowing earlier identification of samples to be sent for advanced geochemical analyses.”The second seep hunting and geochemical campaign for Petronas began in May 2019 and is taking place offshore Sarawak, Malaysia whereas the third campaign will be focused off the Straits of Malacca, Malaysian peninsula in 4Q 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Press Association Andy Carroll has revealed he is “absolutely devastated” that surgery on an injured ankle will see him miss the start of the season for the second year running. “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!,” he tweeted on Thursday evening. The news will come as a major blow to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce as he looks to improve on the 13th placed Barclays Premier League finish in the last campaign. Allardyce had already identified the need to add extra firepower to his squad ahead of the new season before Carroll’s latest injury nightmare. Mauro Zarate is already on board and only a work permit application is keeping Ecuador’s World Cup star Enner Valencia from joining from Pachuca. But the 59-year-old may now go back into the transfer market for another forward, while questions will be asked as to whether Carroll can ever maintain a level of fitness for a prolonged period of time. Carroll had travelled with the squad for a pre-season tour of New Zealand but the club decided they would not risk him in either game, with reports now suggesting he could be out for up to four months. It would be a bitter pill to swallow for the former Newcastle and Liverpool man, who had spoken before his injury about the importance of keeping fit for the forthcoming campaign. “It’s a very important pre-season for me after I had a very bad season last year with injuries,” he said upon landing in New Zealand. “It’s important I stay fit and do everything right with the medical staff.” Without the injured Carroll in their side West Ham slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix in their first tour match – although Allardyce will be boosted by the fact Zarate scored a well-taken consolation. The Argentina forward will now compete with Carlton Cole for a starting role in Saturday’s friendly against Sydney FC, with the club hopeful that Valencia’s work permit will be issued by the time they return home. With Carroll likely to be out for some time, Allardyce may return to the transfer market for another forward to bolster his options ahead of a season-opening derby at home to Tottenham. The 25-year-old England international has featured just 16 times for West Ham since becoming the club’s record signing last summer and now faces more time on the sidelines with an ankle problem. A long-standing heel injury kept Carroll out until January and he scored just twice on his return. Now he will be absent once again.
When asked if Arsenal could win the Premier League title this season, Pires told Press Association Sport: “It’s very difficult. “The current squad lacks the physical power the Invincibles team had in players like Sol Campbell, (Patrick) Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Thierry Henry. “But in football, everything is possible. They have (the points gap) with Chelsea, but we can still win the league.” Pires, who left Arsenal in 2006, is currently playing with FC Goa in the Indian Super League – his first game with the club ended in a 2-1 defeat. However, it is a world apart from the pressures Arsene Wenger is under at the moment, as Arsenal gave away a first-half lead to Hull and then had to rely on a Danny Welbeck stoppage-time equaliser. This season promises to be an even tougher test to 2013-14, when Wenger overcame severe criticism over his big-money signings and tactics to win the FA Cup and end a nine-year trophy drought. Wenger recently celebrated 18 years with Arsenal, a testament to the club’s support, and Pires wants the fans to continue doing so as well, saying: “I understand that the fans want to win the trophy. “But do not forget that Wenger built the Arsenal team. The Frenchman was part of the Arsenal side which went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 campaign en route to winning the league. The current Gunners side lay sixth in the table on Sunday morning after their 2-2 draw against Hull the previous day, 11 points off the pace set by Chelsea, who remain on course to go unbeaten all season too, albeit with 30 games still to go. “Of course, it is important to win the title. But I always believe in Wenger and in the team. “He spent a lot of money on the team because he always wanted a good team. But I think the fans should trust him and believe in him.” The faith for Wenger comes on both a footballing and a personal level for Pires, even if he does not consider himself worthy of following in Wenger’s managerial footsteps just yet. “Arsene Wenger is a very important person in my life,” World Cup winner Pires added. “When the offer from ISL came forward I consulted with him, I explained to him the concept. He very positively said, ‘Robert, go. If you are confident to play don’t wait. You need to go’. “The job of a manager is very difficult. It’s a tough job. At this point of time I don’t think I’m ready to take up that role, maybe later sometime I might. “Football is my passion and I can still play, so I decided to come back to playing football. “If you have the passion, you need to play. Whether it’s Arsenal or FC Goa, I am always up for a challenge.” Arsenal will find it difficult to emulate the achievements of the ‘Invincibles’ side of a decade ago and win the Premier League title, according to former Gunners star Robert Pires. Press Association
The city of Pensacola, Florida is the victim of a cyber attack one day after a terror attack at the Naval Air Station.Mayor Grover Robinson announced yesterday the attack started over the weekend, and the FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating.Robinson says it’s too early to know if any personal information was compromised.The attack did not affect public safety agencies such as 911 call, and there’s no word on when the city will be fully back online.Pensacola City spokesperson Kaycee Lagarde saying they aren’t sure if the cyber attack is linked to the naval air base shooting and as a precaution officials reported it to the FBI.For now Pensacola’s government’s doing business old school with pen and paper.
GUYANA’s downward spiral continues in the sport of Rugby, more so, in the 15s format, since, following Saturday’s 5-19 loss to Guadeloupe at the National Park, the ‘Green Machine’ is searching for a win since 2017.Guadeloupe capitalised on Guyana’s silly mistakes to win their first-ever Rugby America’s North (RAN) title (South Zone), with Guyana’s head coach, Kenneth Grant-Stuart, telling reporters that now, it’s time to head back to the drawing board.“I think our decision making was very poor. Guadeloupe didn’t play much but they deserved to win based to our poor decisions. It wasn’t fitness (on our part) and we had many opportunities to score. We got to regroup and come again,” Grant-Stuart said.With the win, Guadeloupe will now play RAN’s North Zone Champion, Bermuda in May for the over-all title.All eyes will now be on the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) and how well the Peter Green-led organisation will proceed in reaffirming Guyana’s dominance in RAN.
BAKEWELL, one of the leading bakeries in the country, has continued its traditional support of sports development when they handed over a cheque to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) in support of their year-end tournament, the Super16 Cup.At the company’s Triumph facility, General Manager Rajin Ganga handed over a cheque to president of the GFF, Wayne Forde, cementing their commitment.Ganga said that the company was pleased to be continuing a good tradition of supporting, in a tangible way, the development of the game and sport in Guyana, reminding that the late owner, Naeem Nasser, would have been happy to support a sport which he loved and invested in, in a huge way during his lifetime.Forde, in response, thanked Ganga for the continued commitment of Bakewell to football and the continued empowerment of players. The GFF boss said that Bakewell has displayed, over the years, a true commitment to sports development in Guyana.
Kyleen Hengelhaupt | Daily TrojanStreak snapped · Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford spikes the ball in USC’s defeat to UCLA on Wednesday, as the win streak ended.The No. 21 women’s volleyball team could not rally to beat No. 9 UCLA, as the Trojans’ eight-match win streak came to end with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday at the Galen Center. There was much anticipation leading up to the team’s Pac-12 play opener against their crosstown rivals, as UCLA was the only team to beat the Trojans at home last season.“No one likes to lose to the Bruins,” head coach Mick Haley said. “And I am the worst loser of the bunch.”The Trojans started off the first set strong with tight blocks and strong kills, but the Bruins responded with on target passing and strong kills of their own. The two teams rallied back and forth, with neither team being able to pull farther than one or two points ahead for most of the game.Not only were the two teams very evenly matched, but they both also ran a two setter-system throughout the match. While the Trojans have been using this system all season long with junior and senior setters Reni Meyer-Whalley and Alice Pizzasegola, it is the first time the Bruins have used it this season.UCLA quickly established dominance by taking the first set 25-22, but the Trojans answered. USC’s two middles, junior and senior blockers Jordan Dunn and Elise Ruddins, led the way for the team in being able to pull away with a second-set victory, as Dunn had three blocks, and the two had seven kills combined. The two seemed to make a play every time they touched the ball.Sophomore libero Victoria Garrick, filling in for the injured libero Taylor Whittingham, also stepped up with 24 digs, keeping the Trojans’ passing at a high level. “Not having Taylor out there was certainly disruptive,” Haley said. “But isn’t an excuse because Victoria did a great job. She came in there and you hardly knew there was a difference.”Along with powerful performances from Ruddins and Dunn, junior outside hitter Niki Withers and junior opposite Brittany Abercrombie also put up impressive numbers, with 13 and six kills respectively. All of the Trojans came out to play though, as scoring was more spread out among the players than it has been all season so far.Despite spreading their scoring, impressive digs and strong blocks, the Trojans played from behind for almost all of the fourth set, down 2-1 in the match. At one point, the Trojans were down 14-7, only to make a comeback, bringing the score to 22-22. However, after long rallies for single points, it was the Bruins that came out on top with a victory after winning the fourth set 29-27.Bruins outside hitter Reily Buechler had a game-high 21 kills and was a huge factor into their victory. UCLA had more service errors than the Trojans but made up those points with more kills. “I am encouraged about where we could go,” Haley said. “This was our first test against a top 10 team and if that was a top 10 team, then I think we can be pretty good this year.”The Trojans’ next match is against Washington University this Friday at Galen Center at 7 p.m.
A back-and-forth contest which saw USC and Arizona State trade leads on 11 occasions ended in tragic fashion for the Trojans on Sunday.A double-digit lead for USC with 3:57 remaining in regulation evaporated as Arizona State finished the game on a 12-1 run to defeat the Trojans, 83-82, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. USC (21-8, 8-8) was clinging to an 82-81 lead with 14 seconds remaining in regulation when sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright’s inbound pass was stolen by Arizona State freshman Tra Holder. Holder proceeded to get fouled on a shot attempt, and he hit two game-winning free throws to give the Sun Devils the final lead change of the game at 83-82 with seven seconds remaining. A 12-1 scoring run — capped off with a dunk from USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu — gave the Trojans an 81-71 lead over Arizona State with just under four minutes in the game. The Trojans’ devastating, last-second loss saw them finish the game on a 2:08 scoring drought in which they missed five of their final six shots taken in regulation. USC allowed Arizona State to score seven points in the final 28 seconds to clinch the come-from-behind victory. The loss to the Sun Devils (14-16, 7-10) is the Trojans’ fourth consecutive loss in conference play. USC has not won a game since Feb. 9 against Oregon State and has lost its last five games played at the Wells Fargo Arena. After losing their final road game of the season, the Trojans fell to 8-8 in conference play and currently sit at sixth in the Pac-12 standings. USC finishes the season with a 4-5 record in road conferences game; the Trojans have failed to clinch a winning-record in road conference games since 2008.Despite outshooting ASU from the field (56 percent to 46 percent), a 31-for-55 shooting effort from the floor was not enough to give USC a victory. The premier offensive performer for the Trojans in the loss was Boatwright, who finished Sunday tied for the game-high with 22 points scored. Boatwright finished the game 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from beyond the 3-point line. Both USC (12-for-28, 43 percent) and Arizona State (13-for-28, 46 percent) finished with strong shooting performances from beyond the arc. The Sun Devils hit 10-of-16 3-point shot attempts in the first half. In a losing effort, Metu recorded his second consecutive double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling in 13 rebounds. This was the sixth double-double of Metu’s career. Metu hit a 3-pointer in transition at the halftime buzzer to give the Trojans a 48-47 lead entering the break. USC finished the first half on a 17-8 run over the final 4:52 to take a one point lead going into the half. A 14-2 run from Arizona State midway through the first half gave the Sun Devils a 28-19 lead with 9:22 remaining in the opening period. Arizona State junior guard Kodi Justice tied Boatwright for the game-high in scoring with 22 points. A 3-pointer from Justice pulled Arizona State within an 82-81 deficit of the Trojans with 15 seconds remaining in play. After hitting his first four 3-point shots of the game, Justice finished Sunday shooting 6-for-9 (67 percent) from long distance. The Sun Devils capitalized by scoring 27 points off of USC’s 12 turnovers in the game. USC junior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who finished with eight points on 4-of-10 shooting, recorded a game-high 10 assists against the Sun Devils Sunday. The Trojans opened the game by hitting eight of their first 11 shots (72.7 percent). USC finished the first half shooting 18-for-26 (69.2 percent) from the floor. After dropping its fourth consecutive conference game, USC will look to finish its regular season on a strong note with a homestand against Washington State (12-15, 5-10) and Washington (9-18, 2-13) in the coming week. The Trojans’ current four-game skid has stalled their hopes of clinching anything better than a No. 6 seed for the Pac-12 Tournament in March.
The 40th edition of the event, which was held at the package ‘B’ of the Abuja National stadium also saw the women defending champion, Sarah Adegoke came from one game down to beat Â Christy Agugbom 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 and retained her tittle.Both champions smiled home with N700,000 each and the giant singles’ trophy that goes with the cash prize.What Agugbom Â lost in the singles final was gained in the doubles as she combined effectively wth her semi-final victim, Blessing Samuel to win the women’s doubles title by beating the duo of Rose Abu and Bukola Olowu 6-3, 6-1.The men’s doubles title went to the duo of Babalola and Shehu Lawal that defeated Philip Abayomi and Michael Osewa whom they outscored 6-2, 6-1.In his key note address during Â the clossing ceremony of the grand finale,Â on saturday, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who was represented by the CBN Deputy Governor Corporate Services, Edward Adamu, said the bank has since 1979, been supporting tennis in the country and has produced champions that have represented the nation in various international competitions and won laurels.Besides, he said the skill displayed by the players on court underscores the reason why the Apex bank has renained committed to the initiative that has always been staged in Lagos until this year that it was organised in Abuja to give the FCT tennis stakeholders a sense of belonging too.He said the Bank will continue to collaborate with the Nigeria Tennis Federation in the overall intrerest of the game in order to ensure steady development of tennis in the country and assured that the CBN Tennis Championship has come to stay..Speaking further, the Governor informed that the CBN is proud to be associated with Â both the players and other stake holders for keeping fate with the annual championship that remains as the biggest tennis tournament in the country and pleaded with Nigerian youths yo take advantage of this and develop their skill.The event was also used to honour past champions like the winner of the inaugural edition Mr. Kehinde Ajayi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sylvester Emmanuel Â on saturdayÂ emerged Â as the new champion of the Central bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis championship by dethroning Â the defending champion, Abdulmumuni Babalola with a score of 3-6,7-6 on 3, 6-4 in the final match.