Race DetailsWhen: April 20, 2013Where: Roanoke, VirginiaWhat: marathon, half-marathon, double marathon, and team relay run optionsStart time: 7:30 amRace size: 2,000Website: www.blueridgemarathon.comThe 2013 course includes 3,620 feet of total elevation gain and 7,234 feet of total elevation change. Kind of gives new meaning to runner’s high.The uphill portions will test each runner’s strength and endurance while the equally challenging downhill sections are sure to weed out those who are unprepared. The breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery will offer some reprieve to runners as they persevere to the finish line! Are you up for the challenge of America’s Toughest Road Marathon?Join legendary runners Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Bart Yasso for this year’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon.Choose from the half marathon, full marathon, 5-person team relay, or even the unofficial official double. Whatever you choose, we guarantee a good time.Race ContactPete [email protected]
Proposed amendments to the IORP II Directive have failed to produce a sound legal framework for the creation of pan-European pension funds, according to Hansjörg Müllerleile, a corporate pensions expert at German industrial company Bosch. Speaking at Towers Watson’s bAV-Tag occupational pensions conference in Frankfurt, Müllerleile argued that “nobody would sensibly set up a cross-border pension fund” at the present moment based on the IORP II draft released this spring.“I could not back such a decision,” he said.Müllerleile cited in particular ongoing legal uncertainty and the possible introduction of capital requirements. Earlier this week, EIOPA published its consultation paper on the controversial holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach.Instead of the HBS, Müllerleile said he would like to see a “bespoke” supervisory framework for occupational pensions focusing on company pension plans or those run by unions and social partners.“It makes no sense to include competitive pension funds or insurers into this supervisory scope,” he said.He also argued that national labour law should have priority over supervisory decisions, and that supervisors “should not call for things impossible to fulfil under national legal frameworks”.As an example, he cited the European Commission’s failure to acknowledge pension contracts negotiated with employee groups such as unions, as well as its “demands for consent” from each individual plan member.Müllerleile also highlighted the fact the draft IORP II still contained a requirement for cross-border plans to be fully funded at all times, and the requirement to ringfence the assets and liabilities in those pension plans.“There should be only one supervisory framework for pension funds – no matter whether or not they ever did any cross-border business,” he said.He said Bosch had tried to accommodate its employees’ increasing mobility in its pension plan but had failed, due mostly to the above-mentioned reasons.Müllerleile claimed that “10 years had been lost” since IORP I was introduced in 2003, as the directive failed to provide legal certainty or the appropriate legal framework.Apart from the “disappointing” IORP II draft, he also argued that Europe was lacking sufficient competition among service providers for cross-border pension plans.
Share Share Share HealthLifestyle Parents ‘want child gene tests’ by: – April 18, 2011 Sharing is caring! 17 Views no discussions Genetic tests look for increased risk of diseaseParents believe the benefits of testing their children for the genetic risk of some diseases outweigh the negative consequences, according to US scientists.In the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, parents who were offered a genetic test supported their children also being tested.The authors say doctors and politicians need to be more aware of the issue.Genewatch UK said children should never be tested for adult conditions.Genetic testing used to be confined to specialist clinics, but direct-to-consumer testing is now possible.People send a sample to a company in the post and are told if they have any genes which carry an increased risk of illness.Genetic testIn this study, 219 parents were tested for 15 genetic variants linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and colon, skin and lung cancer.They were then asked a series of questions to compare benefits such as reassurance, knowledge and prevention, with risks such as invasion of privacy and psychological discomfort.The report found that “parents offered the genetic susceptibility test for common preventable conditions tended to consider that the potential benefits of this test for their own child could outweigh its risks”.Professor Kenneth Tercyak, from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said: “These tests usually don’t offer a clean bill of health and can be hard to interpret even in the best scenario.”Helen Wallace, from genetic science lobby group Genewatch UK, said: “Online gene tests frequently give misleading results because most common conditions such as cancer, obesity or diabetes are not predicable from a person’s genes, except in special circumstances.“Children should not be tested for risk of adult-onset conditions, full stop. They should be allowed to decide for themselves, with medical advice, when they are grown up.”Dr Vivienne Nathanson, director of BMA Professional Activities, said: “We would have concerns about genetic testing being widely available over the internet or off the shelf because parents could find out results without a health professional to help intepret them. They may also find out about genetic abnormalities for which there are no cures, or be caused needless worry.“It is important that parents who find out that their children have a genetic disposition to a particular illness, have counselling in advance so they understand the consequences of the test for their child, other children and themselves.”Prof Tercyak said: “The findings of our study should remind clinicians and policy-makers to consider children when regulating genetic tests.”BBC News Tweet
Loughmore-Castleiney will take on Kilsheelan/Kilcash in the County Under 21 ‘A’ Hurling Semi-Final in Leahy Park in Cashel. Throw-in is at half one.While, JK Brackens will come up against Moyle Rovers in the County Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling Semi-Final in Boherlahan with a throw-in time set for one o’clock.