Belgium adds functionality to online pension portal

first_imgSource: SigedisIn other news, Belgium’s larger house of parliament has voted to allow those who work for longer than 45 years to accrue additional pension rights. At the moment, workers can only accrue a maximum of 45 years’ worth of pension rights.The reform will take effect from January and follows through with a recommendation of the Pension Reform Commission 2020-2040, a panel of experts appointed in 2013 by the then government.Bacquelaine said: “Our pension system must encourage the pursuit of professional activity but must also better reward the work done. From now on, all years of actual work will be taken into account in calculating pensions.” The online service was introduced in January 2016. Initially it allowed users to consult their career data and find out when they could claim their pension. Since December 2016 those accruing occupational pension rights have been able to look up the second pillar entitlements they had built up. The equivalent is now possible for the unfunded state pension. Steven Janssen, managing director of Sigedis, which is responsible for the second pillar part of mypension.be, said the evolution of the state pension functionality on the site had encountered issues relating to pre-2016 reform that introduced changes to the state pension age. “It introduced an element of individualisation so there was a fair amount of confusion among the populace,” he told IPE. “As a result it was decided to focus our efforts on the pension age.”Also, changes to how the state pension was calculated were being introduced at the time, so those behind mypension.be decided it was not worth trying to model something that could soon be redundant. Announcing the fresh changes, the Belgian pensions minister Daniel Bacquelaine said: “Until recently, citizens were often unaware of the reality of their pension rights and had to turn to different services depending on their professional status. The implementation of the pension engine has significantly improved a citizen’s digital information about pension rights, regardless of the occupational scheme to which he is affiliated.”He noted that the mypension.be platform had been visited more than 6.7m times as of 20 November. The federal pensions service today announced there had been almost 500,000 unique visits to the website since the changes were announced less than a week ago.What’s the background? The mypension.be website is the outcome of collaboration between several federal pension organisations and Sigedis. Sigedis is a non-profit organisation created in 2006 by the Belgian government to collect declarations from all second pillar pension providers for the purpose of maintaining an occupational pensions database. The database, DB2P, became operational in January 2011. It is the data engine behind the mypension.be portal and other outputs, such as pension institutions’ individual benefit statements and letters to pensioners (see below for a workflow depiction).More than 200 providers declare information to the database. An English-language domain name was chosen to avoid having to register domains in all three of Belgium’s official languages (Flemish, French and German). The Belgian pension portal mypension.be is expanding, the country’s pensions minister has announced.From now on, users will be able to consult the website to find out the estimated amount of their state pension. From March next year they will also be able to use the website to calculate the impact of new rules allowing people to buy back years spent studying to count for their pensionable service.The mypension.be platform will also evolve to allow individuals to check the effect certain career choices would have on their pension. This feature is to become available from 2019.last_img read more

DD Pets – Why you should reward your dog – with LK Pets

first_imgRewarding your dog is so important. Each time you reward your dog for something they did that you liked this strengthens that behaviour.Rewarding and paying your dog must not be mistaken for bribing your dog. If you are finding that you have to bribe your dog for everything you should contact a trainer for some help. It’s a huge myth that giving your dog food to do things means you will always have to give your dogs rewards.Dog training has evolved so much in recent years and has moved further and further away from old school training techniques. It’s much easier to teach your dog to do what you want rather than teach him what you don’t want.by Ray Breslin from the K9 Academy in LetterkennyAlthough using food is the easiest way to teach a dog it is not the only way to reward them. Rewards can be toys, balls, walks, playing or even just praise. It varies from dog to dog. What you need to do is find out what motivates your dog. Rewarding and paying your dog for the correct behaviours will more than likely diminish unwanted behaviours. For example if you reward your dog for walking beside you and be consistent your dog will then walk beside you through habit and diminish any pulling on the lead.Rewarding your dog near or beside things that frighten your dog can also create positive experiences. Depending on the severity of the case this is something anyone can try with their dogs. Another example would be a dog that is afraid getting in and out of cars. You can start of slowly by rewarding around the car, for touching the car, then eventually getting into the car.Rewarding dogs is so powerful that often it only takes one time to feed your dog from the table for them to learn to hang around or beg during dinner. Often dogs have been accidently taught to jump up as they were constantly rewarded for it when they were puppies because we thought it was cute.So remember it’s important to reward good behaviours not bad behaviours. Please try this at home.If you are experiencing any issues or would like to learn more about teaching your dog new things. Check out the K9 Academy Facebook page. www.facebook.com/callK9academyDD Pets – Why you should reward your dog – with LK Pets was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Ray BreslinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Learn How To Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effects

first_imgIf you are eager to learn more about After Effects, this tutorial will help jump-start your next 2D motion graphics project.The world of 2D motion graphics can be a fulfilling hobby and profession. It gives you the opportunity every day to tell a story without any limitations. However, understanding how to use the tools can take quite a bit of time, which can be daunting. No worries! This After Effects 2D motion graphics tutorial will set you up with the essential beginner’s knowledge to get started.If you are new to After Effects, try using the project file included in the download below to follow along. It includes all of the assets and files you need to get started!Download Now!Adobe After Effects is a huge application with endless menus of effects, tabs, tools, and so forth. In this tutorial, we focus on what you will use every day. We look at shape layers and how you can build your 2D motion graphics by stacking graphics and adding effects to create animation groups.What You’ll Learn From This 2D Motion Graphics TutorialTo cover the basics of 2D motion graphics, this tutorial will take you step-by-step through creating a logo intro. Here are just a few of the many unique concepts you’ll learn in this After Effects tutorial:Shape layersLinear and easy ease keyframesWorking in 3D spaceControlling your color paletteCreating stroke animationsUsing solid layers for motion graphicsRemember: your job as a motion graphics artist is not only to produce great animation but also to create animation that makes sense for the brand project or story you’re working on. It’s easy to go off track and create graphics just because you want to fill every inch of the composition. Do what makes sense, and try to find the motivation behind every graphic.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!Need Inspiration? Check Out These After Effects Templates!Shapeshifter (via Rocketstock.com)Sigma (via Rocketstock.com)Tau (via Rocketstock.com)last_img read more

Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Nets

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine.Crabbe scored 16 of Brooklyn’s points in a row during one fourth-quarter stretch, capped by a 3-pointer that cut Detroit’s lead to three at 91-88. The Pistons put the ball in Griffin’s hands after that, and he scored nine of their next 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrummond had 12 rebounds in the first half and added 11 more in the third quarter. He finished with a season high, just two shy of his career best. It was the third time in the last five games he reached 20 rebounds.He shot only 5 of 17 from the field, but that just meant more opportunities for offensive rebounds. He had seven of those. Despite all that, the Pistons were actually outrebounded as a team, 50-46.        /kga Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brooklyn Nets guard Nik Stauskas (2) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Febraury 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team this Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

WORLD CUP: SEHWAG RULED OUT OF INDIA-AUSTRALIA QF

first_imgOpener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the crucial India-Australia quarterfinal due to his injury.He was dropped in the last match against West Indies.last_img

$400 Million Allocated for Mobay Waterfront Protection Project

first_imgThe Government will commence the Montego Bay Waterfront Protection Project in the upcoming fiscal year with an allocation of $400 million.Details are given in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Activities under the project, which are expected to begin in April 2019, involve the rehabilitation of the Montego Bay Groynes. This is to reduce the loss of beachfront acreage to coastal erosion and protect valuable coastal resources along the Montego Bay Waterfront and marine ecosystems in the area.A groyne is a rigid structure built from an ocean shore (in coastal engineering) or from a bank (in rivers) that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. It is usually made out of wood, concrete or stone.In the ocean, groynes create beaches or prevent them being washed away by longshore drift (a geological process that consists of the transportation of sediments – clay, silt, sand and shingle – along a coast parallel to the shoreline).Up to December 2018 under the project, drawings and tender documents for the pilot (Southern Groyne) had been completed; and Terms of Reference completed for updated designs for all other groynes.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, through funding from the Government of Jamaica, is expected to end in March 2021.last_img read more