View post tag: asia Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, is currently on an official visit to India from 26 to 30 October 2014.The visiting Chief was accorded a Guard of Honour on his arrival at the South Block. He thereafter called on the CNS, Admiral RK Dhowan and is scheduled to meet officials in the Ministry of Defence and the National Security Adviser. The visiting CNS will also travel to the Headquarters Eastern and Southern Naval Commands and visit various training and operational facilities at Vishakhapatnam and Kochi.Indian and Sri Lankan navies have been cooperating regularly to ensure maritime security and good order at sea. The cooperation between the two navies covers a wide spectrum of activities including training, operations, hydrography, material and logistics and also information sharing for maritime domain awareness.The Sri Lankan Naval Chief’s visit is an opportunity to review and further strengthen navy to navy cooperation between the two Navies and explore further areas for cooperation.[mappress mapid=”14225″]Press release, Image: Indian Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sri Lanka View post tag: News by topic View post tag: India Share this article View post tag: Travels View post tag: Commander View post tag: Naval Sri Lanka Navy Commander Travels to India October 28, 2014 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Commander Travels to India
Bernard Delbecque, senior director at Efama, chaired the last OPSG and will chair the new one for half of its four year termAccording to Bernard Delbecque, chair of the outgoing and new OPSG, during the second to last OPSG’s term the Commission took part in meetings via a 15-20 minute conference call, during which it briefed the OPSG on some aspects of Commission work that related to pensions and responded to questions.To improve matters, in the most recent OPSG he took the initiative to at least have the Commission connected via a video call, Delbecque, who is also senior director at investment management trade body Efama, told IPE.“Still, the OPSG members felt the Commission is such a key player in the area of pensions, and because we know EIOPA and the EC have bilateral contacts, that it would be useful if the Commission could engage a little bit more,” he said.Serious progress, serious effortIn its activity report, the OPSG welcomed that “serious progress” had been made by EIOPA in terms of explaining how it had taken the group’s advice into account, and said that “members trust this will continue under the new OPSG”.Under its revised governing regulation EIOPA now has to make public this information.On the part of the OPSG, the challenge was “to provide sharp and clear advice, well-argued and documented with facts and figures,” the OPSG report said.In his introduction to the report, Delbecque emphasised the “considerable work, real commitment and […] genuine willingness for dialogue” that was required from OPSG members to ensure cooperation within the group and with other stakeholder groups.“In my capacity as chair, I was fortunate that members made serious effort to work together with that in mind,” he wrote.Funded pensions, CMU work desiredHis only regret, Delbecque added, was that the OPSG could not finalise its work on the contribution of funded pensions to retirement income, growth and employment.“This was an ambitious project that led members to discuss systemic issues relating to pension adequacy and sustainability, the financing of pay-as-you-go state pensions, the tax treatment of pensions, the market structure, the ability of private sector pensions to meet the needs of members, and different visions for the future of social protection,” he wrote.“In the end, the OPSG did not have enough time to converge towards a common position on these different topics.”He said he hoped the new OPSG would take up this work, also taking into account the final reports from the High Level Group of Experts on Pensions and the High Level Forum on the Capital Markets Union (CMU).In addition to responding to formal requests for advice from the relevant ESA, stakeholder groups can produce “own initiative” reports. In its activity report, the last OPSG said the pension-related recommendations of the CMU High-Level Forum and its potential impact on EIOPA work in the coming years “should produce a good source of topics for own initiative reports”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# “The possibility that members of the European Parliament read their reports, request some clarifications and raise questions will give a new meaning to their work and place the responsibility of the stakeholder groups and their chairpersons on the line,” the OPSG report said.“Undoubtedly, this will also give the ESAs further reasons to closely associate the stakeholder groups to their work.”The report also expressed a hope that possible interactions between the OPSG and the European Parliament “will convince the European Commission to show more interest in the OPSG work”.“Whilst appreciating the fact that they can raise questions to Commission officials, OPSG members strongly believe that it would be helpful if the Commission could participate in person in OPSG meetings at least once a year,” it said.The reference to participation “in person” expresses a hope that the OPSG will start holding physical meetings again in Frankfurt if safe from a coronavirus perspective. The most recent stakeholder group advising EIOPA on occupational pensions has welcomed the prospect of more attention from the European Parliament and expressed the hope it may lead to more engagement from the European Commission, according to a recently published end-of-mandate report from the group.The report provides an overview of the group’s activity and output during its one-and-a-half year lifetime, which was shorter than it should have been due to a revision of the regulation governing EIOPA on the back of reforms of the European supervisory authorities (ESAs).The new Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG), half of whose 30 members did not sit on the previous group, was appointed last month and will run for four years, a good chunk longer than previous OPSGs.In its activity report, the outgoing OPSG noted that the revision of the EIOPA regulation represented a “significant political step forward” in recognising the role of the stakeholder groups in that it now allows the European Parliament to invite the chair of any such group to come before it. Source: Copyright EIOPA/Martin JoppenThe EIOPA OPSG from 2018-2020Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy hosted a lunch on Tuesday as part of “Wired Women: Bridging the Technology Gap,” a series exploring the opportunities and challenges faced by women in technology.The panel featured Christine Outram, senior inventionist at Deutsch LA and founder at City Innovation Group; Sophia Viklund, co-founder of backCODE; and Sarah Penna, co-founder and chief creative officer of Big Frame. The lunch discussion was hosted by CCLP director and USC professor Geoffrey Cowan and chaired by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist, Narda Zacchino.According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, women represent only 6 percent of the chief executives of the top 100 U.S. tech companies and 22 percent of software engineers.“Women need to stand up and take a seat at the table,” Penna said. “There is a mental and psychological barrier that a lot of women have. They ask themselves, ‘Do I deserve a seat at the table?’”Viklund noted that even though greater numbers of women have started entering the field of technology, more women still need to step up.“It’s like martial arts — sometimes you get hit but what makes a difference is how fast you recover,” Viklund said.Outram also spoke about the need for women to push forward.“If you fail the first time, stand up and push forward,” Outram said. “Find another way to get in. Find another company.”In regards to what people should be doing to help women get leadership positions in media technology, Viklund said there was not one formula for every woman.“It is important to figure out the best strategies for yourself,” Viklund said. “You should expect career changes at least four or five times in a lifetime. But, the great advantage is that you have a lot of resources on your hands to make it happen for yourself. You have a lot of support — family, societal and public.”Panelists also spoke about the issue of income inequality in the workplace and urged women in the audience to take part in the discussion.“If we want to get paid equally, we need to set goals for ourselves,” Outram said. “Know what you are worth and develop a strategy to reach your goal. It’s not just about believing it.”Many female students said they found the discussion both helpful and inspiring.“It’s interesting that the progress of women has been different in different industries,” said Elise Welch, a graduate student in public diplomacy. “It was interesting to hear from women who have succeeded in that area. Though there are still gender biases, I think it’s important for women to overcome their insecurities. Women have to get out there.”Future lunches in the series will discuss opportunities and challenges encountered by women in sports journalism, photojournalism and punditry. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan