Belgian government aims to raise second-pillar retirement age

first_imgThe Belgian government has indicated that it wants to tie second-pillar retirement to the official retirement age for the state pension. It also wants to raise the minimum age for receiving an additional pension from 60 to 63 by 2018, the Belgian business daily De Tijd reported.It said that the plans were part of the budget agreements which were concluded in July.The measure must ensure that a planned increase of the retirement age for the state pension also actually leads to workers retiring later, the paper quoted the government as saying. The cabinet stressed that it didn’t want people to stop working before they had reached the minimum retirement age for the state pension. The state pension is to rise to 67 in 2030.The new proposal would level up the retirement age for the second pillar with the first pillar.The government further made clear that it wanted to outlaw provisions in pension funds regulations that encourage early retirement.That said, the proposed measures still need to be discussed with Belgian social partners.last_img read more

Live above a real recording studio

first_imgA room in Bedlam records in Indooroopilly hit the rental market at $160 a week plus bills in early January. Picture: Supplied/Facebook“This house has a recording studio underneath it and is operating as a business so there’s more foot traffic than your usual house, but it is a very welcoming environment. Free rein on the studio should be a bonus for some, but we welcome anyone to apply,” was how it was listed.“The studio was originally built something like five years ago by the owner of the house. It used to be the base of operations for ‘Bedlam Records’ a record label. The studio was mainly for signed bands to utilise and make their music. Since the label has stopped operating in that capacity I was asked to help bring the studio into its own, so now Bedlam Records operates solely as a recording studio.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Bedlam records takes up the downstairs space in a classic Queenslander in Brisbane’s Indooroopilly. Picture: Supplied/FacebookThat makes upstairs the ultimate home for those who live and breathe music – a “huge house with multiple living areas and outdoor areas” where one of the flatmate perks was “free rein on the studio”.Bedlam engineer Brock Weston who led the search for a new housemate told The Courier-Mail that it was more about finding someone who could fit the lifestyle.“The offer is more to try find someone that can keep up with the lifestyle,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“We found another producer that is now living here which has been great. There’s also a musician living here who utilises the studio for their bands’ use.”A room in the Indooroopilly property hit the rental market at $160 a week plus bills in early January – “available ASAP”. Violent Soho closing the Brisbane Festival last year. Violent Soho were among bands that have jammed at Bedlam records.A recording studio, that’s cut tracks for the likes of Violent Soho, Dune Rats and others shortlisted in Triple J’s Hottest 100, is hunting for housemates.The Bedlam recording studio – which has worked with Dune Rats, Guttermouth, Violent Soho, Twin Haus, Boss Moxi, Young Lions, Drunk Mums, The Murlocs, Baskervillain, The Babe Rainbow, Pilots and Funkoars – threw open its doors in a search for a flatmate.Located in the purpose-built downstairs of a classic Queenslander in Brisbane’s inner west, it’s kitted out with mathematically precise acoustics, a large live space where bands can jam and smaller rooms. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to split your rental costs fairly00:39 Chatting with flatmates about life, the universe and everything. Picture: Supplied/FacebookBedlam had long been considered a hub for creatives and musicians.“Plenty of people seem to idealise the offer to live here,” Mr Weston said. “The reality is they’d have to bring their own work in and still make a name for themselves (if recording). But regardless of that, it’s an opportunity to learn a lot and offers facilities cheaper than anywhere else you would find them.”The flatmates were “not looking for a particular lease length at this stage”, willing to go with the flow. Upstairs has living quarters and bedrooms like any normal rental house. Picture: Supplied/Facebook A key part of the flatmate search was finding someone who fit the lifestyle. Picture: Supplied/Facebooklast_img read more

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finds counseling role heightened

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts has a lot on his plate.He is getting his team ready for a shortened 60-game season that will begin July 23 against the Giants. He’s doing so amid a coronavirus pandemic that is not going away, as well as nationwide civil unrest spurred by the death of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.It’s a nervous, even scary, time for many people, and professional athletes are not immune to those emotions. Roberts therefore finds himself becoming more of a counselor to his players than usual.“I like to think that I fit that role, you know, my time here,” Roberts said Friday morning, via Zoom news conference from Dodger Stadium. “But, obviously, issues have heightened.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Roberts suggested it’s imperative that when he is in that mode, players as well as the coaching staff are in tune to what is being said by all involved in the conversation. The players, he said, have contributed well to the dialogue.“I like to speak intelligently and honestly, and players have done a good job of asking the right questions and talking among themselves,” Roberts said. “But I like to think I do it the right way.”Roberts is beginning his fifth season at the helm.Getting Gavin Lux readyInfielder Gavin Lux missed the first week of summer camp workouts before reporting Friday. Privacy rules prevent the Dodgers from saying why he was not initially in camp.Now that Lux is here, Roberts has the task of getting a young player ready to start the season just 13 days after he reported. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think with Gavin, it’s more of you try to ramp him up in a safe way as far as getting him at-bats, issuing the grounders and seeing where it takes us,” Roberts said. “I really don’t know – and I don’t even know if Gavin knows, you know, as far as this short of a time of this window — how it looks in two weeks.“But we’re going to do everything we can to get him ready and confident and ready to go.”Roberts said he did not plan on using Lux, who took batting practice Friday, in Saturday’s intrasquad game.“I think we’re going to wait another day,” Roberts said. “Yeah, he’ll be in there tomorrow. Just giving him a couple of days to get his legs under him, take some batting practice, some grounders.”Lux, 22, made his major league debut in 2019. He batted .240 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 23 regular-season games. He went 2 for 9 (.222) with a home run against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS, and was batting .276 (8 for 29) in 11 spring training games this year before baseball was shut down because of the coronavirus.Austin Barnes looks for ’17 formCatcher Austin Barnes hit .289 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 102 games (218 at-bats) in his rookie season in 2017. He dipped to .205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 100 games (200 at-bats) in 2018 and to .203 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 75 games (212 at-bats) in 2019.Also, his on-base percentage of .408 in 2017 dipped to .329 and .293 the past two years, respectively.Barnes said he knows how to return to where he’s been.“I’m trying to get back to feeling good at the plate by controlling (at-bats),” Barnes said. “I used to do a good job of controlling the zone, which was one of my big strengths, and kind of dictating where that (at-bat) went.”The result of being able to go deep in counts helped Barnes hit the ball hard on a regular basis.“I’m just trying to get back to that,” he said.This and thatPitchers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander, as well as outfielder A.J. Pollock and catcher Keibert Ruiz, as of Saturday morning had yet to report to camp. Again, privacy issues prevent the team from saying why they are not with the team. Asked about any additional players joining the team Saturday, Roberts said he was going to bring in catcher Diego Cartaya from the team’s satellite camp to back up Barnes in the intrasquad game. …Related Articles Roberts said he liked what he saw from starting pitcher Alex Wood in Friday’s intrasquad game. He allowed a two-run home run by Joc Pederson in 5 2/3 innings; aboard was Barnes, who had doubled. “He got ambushed a couple of times with some balls up in the zone, but I thought that he settled in, his changeup was good, his slider was good at times and fastball velocity was good,” Roberts said. “I thought it was a positive outing for him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more