Palestinians ask Europe to send monitors for elections

first_imgPalestinian election officials have invited the European Union to send observers to monitor upcoming elections planned for the Palestinian legislature and presidency. The elections are seen as an important step toward ending a rift that has left the Palestinians divided between rival governments since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007. Past attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed. But Sunday’s invitation to the European Union was a sign that the Palestinians are serious about holding what will be their first elections in over 15 years. An EU official confirmed the bloc’s readiness to “provide everything possible for the success of the electoral process.”last_img

In hopes of keeping his hold on the G.O.P., Trump plans a leadership PAC.

first_img– Advertisement – But a leadership PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people and accept donations from other political action committees. And it could spend an unlimited amount in so-called independent expenditures to benefit other candidates, as well as fund travel, polling and consultants. The PAC would almost certainly be a vehicle by which Mr. Trump could retain influence in a party that has been remade largely in his image over the past four years.Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year — far less than the limits for the committees formed by Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee. President Trump is planning to form a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fund-raising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office, officials said Monday.The announcement is expected as soon as this week, just days after the major news networks and newspapers, as well as The Associated Press, called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Mandate roundup: Japan’s GPIF seeks ‘multidimensional’ analysis

first_imgJapan’s ¥157trn (€1.2trn) Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is searching for an institution to provide “multidimensional” analysis relevant to the formulation of its investment strategy, according to tender documentation.The selected organisation will be asked to provide analysis on matters such as economic policies, including monetary and fiscal aspects, and political and geopolitical risks.“[O]ther analysis on the formulation of investment strategy” may also be requested, according to a draft specification about the “Project to Provide Information on Investment Strategy”.“GPIF is capable of flexible investment within the permissible ranges of deviation to policy asset mix based on the adequate forecast of market circumstances,” it noted. Such forecast should be based on strong certainty, it added, but recent market circumstances were changing significantly “by economic environment but also by political conditions or international relations”.“In order to contribute to the formulation of investment strategy considering an adequate forecast of market circumstances based on more multidimensional analysis, GPIF procures an institution to provide information on investment strategy.”A contract for the project would last until 2020, but could be terminated at any time. Applications must be submitted by 31 January. EC to commission equity investment research The European Commission is looking for organisations to carry out a study on the drivers of equity investments by insurers and pension funds.It committed to the study last June when it presented a review of its work to forge an EU Capital Markets Union (CMU). The European Parliament also has pension-related mandates to awardAlthough also about pension funds’ equity investment, the Commission appears more focussed on the study analysing insurance companies’ investment behaviour.According to tender documents, the study “aims to inform and help the Commission’s support any policy initiatives in the area of fostering higher equity investments by insurance companies in the EU”.“Incidentally,” the Commission added, “this study will also contribute to the work of the Commission on pension funds.”More specifically, the study should help provide more data on the level of cross-border investment by national pension funds. Previous research from the Commission found that pension funds’ investments seemed to be significantly biased towards their domestic market or, where cross-border, to outside the EU.The Commission noted that the organisation mandated to carry out the study will also be asked to analyse investments in equity related to unit-linked and indexed linked insurance contracts in the EU, as well as investments in equity made by defined contribution pension funds.The deadline for applications to carry out the study is 19 January.Actuarial reports for European Parliament own schemesThe European Parliament is looking for organisations to conduct actuarial studies of certain of its pension schemes.It wants a report of the annual actuarial situation of each pension scheme, and projections and/or simulations of annual cash flows.Four schemes are in question: the retirement schemes for former members of the European Parliament (MEPs) elected in France and Italy, an additional voluntary scheme, and a survivor’s and invalidity pension scheme.The schemes were set up before July 2009, when there was no EU-shared remuneration and pensions system for MEPs, and MEPs’ pensions were payable by each Member State.The schemes are closed, although one member still contributes to the voluntary additional scheme under an exception to the rules.The French and Italian schemes owe their creation to the then unequal treatment of MEPs and members of their national parliaments with regard to pensions. The European Parliament set up schemes to make up for this, with coverage requiring MEPs to pay contributions to the European Parliament.The Italian and French scheme each have just over 250 members, the voluntary supplementary scheme almost 1,000, and the survivor’s and invalidity pension scheme 41.UK public pension fund seeks custodianThe administering authority of £7.2bn (€8.1bn) Lancashire County Pension Fund is looking for a global custodian. The total value of the contract would be between £900,000- £2.1m, according to a tender notice.last_img read more

Majority of Premier League players not ready to return – Willian

first_img Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? Chelsea attacker, Willian believes the majority of Premier League player are “uncomfortable” with the idea of the competition resuming in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “So right now, players don’t feel comfortable with the idea of returning until it’s totally safe to do so. “Our squad has spoken a lot over the internet, via different apps, and we’ve had some meetings too. Lampard has sent us information about what the Premier League wants to do. “We still don’t know how things are going to play out, moving forward. Hopefully, we’ll know in the next few days. The Premier League is going to have a meeting and then they’ll inform us about the next steps.” read also:Campbell urges Arsenal to sign Willian, Fraser The likes of Sergio Aguero, Troy Deeney and Danny Rose have all questioned the Premier League’s plan to return on June 12 with Rose particularly critical. Watford manager Nigel Pearson has also voiced his concerns about a possible restart, claiming the competition could be underestimating the virus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Football in England was suspended in March with the top-flight currently targetting a return in mid-June. The United Kingdom has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19 with 240,000 confirmed cases and over 34,000 deaths to date. While the Bundesliga resumed behind closed doors this weekend, Willian has stressed player safety must come first when it comes to the Premier League possibly restarting. “Honestly, from what I can see, a lot of players – the majority, I’d say – are uncomfortable with the idea of returning right now,” Willian was quoted by the Evening Standard. “We’re really keen to return, we really miss playing and doing what we love. But it needs to be safe for us to do so. That’s how we’re looking at it. Our health has to come first.Advertisementlast_img read more