A quartet of Danish academics known as the “wise men” has called for a planned pension reform agreement to be expanded to take into account a broader set of pensions issues needing resolution.The wise men – who make up the presidency of the Danish Economic Councils (De Økonomiske Råd) – published a report last week that included comments on pension reforms brought in as part of an agreement signed in May between the then-coalition government, led by the Liberal Party, and the Danish People’s Party and Radical Liberal Party. The commission focused on increasing the coverage of the senior pension, an early-retirement disability pension.Under the pact, which would involve 17,000 Danes getting the new senior pension in 2025, a commission is to be set up to look at the benefits and disadvantages of differentiated pensions. There has been debate in Denmark in recent months regarding whether some groups in the labour market should be entitled to earlier retirement than others.In their report, the four professors said of the commission idea: “It seems sensible to thoroughly consider the issues of differential pension so that decisions can be made on an informed basis. “However, there are also many other important issues related to the pension system, including the interplay between public services and individual pensions, and the issue of pension coverage for groups with a loose connection to the labour market.“The issues are complicated and thorough analyses are needed to find solutions that balance the various considerations. It would be natural that the new pension commission was also asked to come up with a comprehensive and long-term solution to these issues.”The academics said there had been many changes in recent years to Denmark’s pension system, which had increased its complexity, and could create uncertainty about where the best place to save was.The current four-strong wise men panel comprises: chairman Michael Svarer, professor at Aarhus University’s Department of Economics; Carl-Johan Dalgaard, professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Economics; Lars Gårn Hansen, professor within the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen; and Torben Tranæs, a professor at the The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI).Lobby group endorses wise menMeanwhile, lobby group Finance Denmark voiced support for the professors’ report and said it was important for a pension committee to be able to investigate other possible improvements to the pension system.“We endorse the view of the [professors] that this should not only affect the possibility of differentiated pensions, but may also benefit the interaction issue and the residual group challenge,” the financial sector association said.Related to this, it said the framework for pension products should also be examined to make sure there was enough flexibility for all Danes and provided equal competitive opportunities for all providers of pension products.“We strongly recommend that a pension commission examine the possibility that banks may offer annuity-like pensions in free competition with the pension companies,” Finance Denmark said.The general election earlier this month saw power swing to the Social Democrats and away from the Liberal Party, but talks are still going on regarding the formation of the next government.
Clark County Public Health has identified six new confirmed cases of measles in its ongoing measles outbreak investigation, according to a press release issued Saturday afternoon. That makes a total of 59 cases confirmed since Jan. 1, plus one suspected case.Public Health has identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles: The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver, from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 15.For a complete list of exposure sites, visit: columbian.com/news/2019/jan/29/measles-exposure-sites/.Confirmed Clark County cases now include: 43 between the ages of 1 and 10; 13 between the ages of 11 and 18; one between ages 19 and 29; and two between ages 30 and 39. There also is a confirmed case in King County and four in Multnomah County, Ore.Fifty-two of the confirmed cases were unimmunized. Immunization status could not be verified in five cases. Two cases involved people who received a single dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; Public Health is not providing any additional information about those two cases in order to protect patient privacy.For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage at Clark.wa.gov/Public-Health/Measles-Investigation. read more
Fly Finnair Source = Finnair Finnair and Jetstar Asia launch new codeshare through Singapore hubFinnair and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia have launched a codeshare cooperation that will provide Finnair customers with a wider choice of destinations and departure times across Asia and Australia.From December 15 2015, Finnair customers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia to and from its Singapore hub.Finnair customers will benefit from the convenience of the single ticket itinerary that includes Finnair’s baggage allowance. The passengers will also enjoy a seamless transfer at Singapore Changi Airport, with baggage being through-checked and onward boarding passes being received at the initial departure point.Finnair’s code will be added to Jetstar Asia’s flights between Singapore as well as Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phuket in Thailand and Perth and Darwin in Australia.From today, customers can make flight reservations with the Finnair marketing code.“We are delighted to start this codeshare cooperation that will leverage Jetstar’s Singapore hub, improving connectivity throughout Asia and improved access to Australia for our customers,” says Hannu Sundberg, Director of Partnerships, Finnair.Jetstar Asia CEO Barathan Pasupathi said: “The collaboration between Jetstar Asia and Finnair is a welcome enhancement towards the codeshare and interline model at Jetstar Asia. The Finnair service from Helsinki will connect to Jetstar Asia’s services at Changi Airport.“This will allow customers from Europe to connect via Singapore onwards to Jetstar Asia’s Australasia destinations”.Changi Airport Group’s Senior Vice President for Market Development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, said, “Changi Airport welcomes the partnership between Finnair and the Jetstar Group. It enhances choice for European travellers to Southeast Asia and Australia through Singapore, and presents growth opportunities for both airlines, while strengthening Singapore’s air hub position.”Jetstar Asia is part of the Jetstar Group of airlines and a member of the oneworld Alliance, in which Finnair is a member. Fly Jetstar read more