Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ROCHESTER – Colleen Wegman delivered a message Wednesday, updating the company’s COVID-19 response.She says Wegmans has received enough masks to make it possible for employees to adhere to the CDC’s advice.“All along, we have followed the guidance of the CDC for the latest trusted advice,” Colleen said.The masks will arrive at the stores in the next few days. Wegmans says it will continue to follow standards for social distancing, sanitation, and plexiglass screens at check out.Colleen Wegmans says, “we are confident in the measures we’ve taken to keep our stores a safe and positive place to be during this time. We thank you for your support as we continue to learn and ensure progress is made daily.”Read her full message below:We are a family company who has never felt more like a family as we come together during this trying time, and we hope the same for all of you. On a daily basis, we are so moved to hear the stories of kindness and connection happening in our stores. Our people and our customers continue to be nothing short of amazing.We thank our people who continue to show up every day with a positive attitude, ready to deliver incredible service, equipped with the most up-to-date trusted science to protect themselves and our customers. Our customers support us every day, taking time to recognize our people and encourage us to keep going, which truly makes a HUGE difference.We understand this is a trying time for everyone. We are extremely grateful for the way people – our suppliers, employees, customers and community partners – are pulling together to help.All along, we have followed the guidance of the CDC for the latest trusted advice. Most recently they are advising that the application of masks may prevent the spread of the virus. We are fortunate to have secured enough masks, arriving at stores in the next few days, to make it possible for our people to adhere to this advice. As we continue to follow the highest standards for social distancing, sanitation, and plexiglass screens at check out, we are confident in the measures we’ve taken to keep our stores a safe and positive place to be during this time. We thank you for your support as we continue to learn and ensure progress is made daily.As the world around us continues to change at a rapid pace, we continue to make decisions with the most up-to-date science in mind, while always leading with our hearts. We express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you.All Our Best,Colleen
Norwegian municipal pensions giant KLP has hailed its success in winning the first tender for an insured pension product from a local authority in seven years, saying the win shows it has delivered good services at a competitive price.However, financial services provider Storebrand – which has just re-entered the market – declared itself encouraged by this first tender process despite losing, because it demonstrated the firm was fully competitive and had delivered the best financial offer.Nye Øygarden Kommune (New Øygarden Municipality), a new local authority covering the archipelago to the west of Bergen formed from the merger of the Øygarden, Fjell and Sund administrations, awarded a four-year contract to KLP after a competitive tender process.The pension scheme holds total assets of NOK1.54bn (€152m) and an annual premium of NOK115m, according to 2017 figures. Marianne Sevaldsen, executive vice president for KLP’s Life DivisionBut Marianne Sevaldsen, executive vice president for KLP’s Life Division, told IPE: “The contract with Nye Øygarden is for four years as they requested in their call for public pension tender, and their decision to award the contract to KLP says nothing about a reconsideration after two years.”When it came to the financial proposition, she said the evaluation of the process with the municipality was that KLP was cheaper than Storebrand on administration costs, which she said was the part of the price the companies themselves had influence over.“Storebrand was a bit cheaper on estimating the premium for early retirement (AFP) in the ages 65 to 67. But, this is a liquidity question where the premium is based on different assumptions about the future,” Sevaldsen said.Storebrand has said it expects around 20 pension tender processes to be launched by municipalities next year.DNB Liv has also announced its intention to re-enter the municipal pensions market, but a spokesman for the firm said it had not participated in the Nye Øygarden tender.While Storebrand is gearing up to provide both the old and the new schemes, DNB Liv intends to bid only to provide the new public sector pension. Norway’s municipal pensions market has been shaken up by the far-reaching municipal reform on the one hand, which has seen many authorities merging, and agreement over a new hybrid public sector pension scheme on the other, which is due to start in January, running alongside the old defined benefit scheme.The new environment is expected to prompt more competitive pensions procurement from the municipalities, fostering increased competition between providers in a sector that has become a virtual monopoly for KLP in the last few years.Sverre Thornes, chief executive officer of KLP, said of the win: “It shows that we have spent our time well and delivered good services at a competitive price.”He said in the firm’s interim results announcement last week that parliament’s approval of changes to the pension scheme for public employees contributed to increased complexity also for KLP’s customers and members.“KLP is, therefore, investing heavily in solutions that will guide both employers and their employees, as well as lay the foundation for further streamlining their own operations,” he said.Although this was the first tender from a municipality for a full insured pensions product, there has already been recent competition in the market in the sense that several municipalities and other public entities have decided to leave KLP and establish their own pension fund.Different perspectivesJon Hippe, head of Storebrand’s new public sector department within its business market division, told IPE: “We are encouraged by this first process, in the sense that it showed we are fully competitive and delivered the best economic offer.”Hippe also said the minority on the Nye Øygarden joint committee at the time of the decision had made it clear that Storebrand had the best economic offer, and that it wanted a new tender offer in two years’ time.After recent elections, this minority is now the majority, Hippe said, adding: “So there is reason to believe this will in fact happen.”
To learn more about the National Missing Children’s Day Poster contest visit: https://www.ojjdp.gov/missingchildrensday/If ever a child goes missing, contact your local police department or dial 9-1-1. It is also a good idea to keep an updated picture or cell phone image, and a DNA sample from your child. For more safety and prevention tips please visit http://www.in.gov/amberalert/2335.htmWe wish all participants good luck in the competition and to have fun creating the posters! Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Police is proud to partner again in 2019 with the U.S. Department of Justice in promoting the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. This day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers and all concerned individuals with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It also serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and loved ones. It also serves as an occasion to honor those that are dedicated to this very noble cause. The National Missing Children’s Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and parents/guardians to discuss and promote child safety.The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice and their poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition. The national winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, along with the state manager will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the U.S. DOJ’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.Some important facts about the contest:There is NO LIMIT on the number of posters a school can submit.Only 1 poster per student is allowed for submission.Students who submit posters MUST be in the 5th grade. Artwork should reflect the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.” This phrase MUST appear somewhere on the poster.The theme may be depicted in the artwork through one or a combination of illustrations and can be created using media such as acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons and pastels. Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs and stamping WILL NOT be eligible for consideration.The finished poster MUST measure 8 ½ X 14 inches.The poster must be submitted with a COMPLETED application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist.All poster contest rules can be found at https://ncjtc-static.fvtc.edu/Resources/RS00005796.pdfDeadline for submissions from participating organizations to be received by state manager Torie Harris is February 1, 2019.
In Munster Post Primary Schools action Our Lady’s Templemore go in search of silverware this afternoon.Brian McGrath – a brother of Tipp star Noel – will be part of the team that will take on the defending champions Midleton CBS in the Dean Ryan Cup Final.The game will throw-in at 1:30 in Clonmel with Our Lady’s looking to win the cup for the first time in 7 years.