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IPE Views: Steeling for a battle over pensions

first_imgIt’s questionable whether such a step would be possible, or appropriate, in the case of a private sector company, as it could amount to state aid. However, the other possibility would be for BSPS to fall into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), a move that already has some precedent when one of the UK’s other traditional industries, coal, encountered problems.The two industry-wide funds associated with the coal industry entered the lifeboat fund as part of a wide-ranging restructure of its sponsor in an attempt to keep coal mining viable in the UK. As part of the agreement to sever ties with its sponsor, UK Coal, the funds were granted a controlling stake in a new property venture. But attempts to keep the industry viable were scotched by a later fire in one of the remaining coal pits. So the absorption of the BSPS into the PPF would not be without precedent, but for the Pensions Regulator (TPR) to agree to such a move, Tata would likely need to offer a reasonable (and costly) settlement to the trustees.The trustee board has so far remained quiet about Tata’s selling out of the UK, only saying that it would expect the company to “discuss […] the implications” of any sale or restructuring. The government must now proceed carefully. TPR’s independence must be preserved, and no impression must be given that either the regulator or the PPF were asked to agree to a deal that is detrimental to those already within the PPF.While the PPF is currently well-funded, and last March reported a £3.6bn surplus, the desire to keep an ailing industry open and avoid the significant unemployment that would come with the collapse of the UK steel industry, must not lead to an outcome that looks like a sponsor dumping its pension obligations – precisely a scenario the current regulatory framework is meant to avoid. With the collapse of the UK steel industry a distinct possibility, Jonathan Williams looks at the future of the British Steel Pension FundAs the UK faces the prospect of its steel industry winding down, attention has focused not only on the possibility of a temporary nationalisation of some of the assets owned by Tata Steel but also on the fate of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS), sponsored by Tata. With £14bn (€19bn) in assets this time last year, BSPS was among the UK’s larger pension funds – and hardly in a unique position that it was reporting a deficit. It is this shortfall – £553m on an ongoing basis in 2011 and up to nearly £1.2bn by 2013 – that means the scheme will play a material part when it comes to settling the future of steel manufacturing in the UK.Commentary in recent days has remarked that Tata’s UK business is a pension fund producing steel, often used when pension obligations are viewed as overwhelming. This perception – however mistaken it may be when part of the funding difficulties are simply down to the low-interest-rate environment – has led to suggestions the government should take on responsibility for the pension fund, including from former secretary of state for business Vince Cable.Cable’s intervention is notable. It was under his tenure the UK government took on the majority of the liabilities associated with Royal Mail, in an attempt to make the company more attractive to private investors ahead of its flotation in 2013. The listed company was left with a significantly scaled-back pension liability and a pension fund now firmly in surplus, while the remaining pensions owed are now simply part of government expenditure.last_img read more

Season filled with highlights sees Ward win third consecutive IMCA Eastern Region title

first_imgA.J. Ward raced to a third straight championship in IMCA’s Dirt Works Eastern Region for Modi­fieds. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)IONIA, Mich. – A.J. Ward brought a “win everything” mindset into the 2018 IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Weekly Racing point season.He almost did.Ward became the first driver from Michigan to win three Dirt Works Eastern Region champion­ships with his third consecutive title. His 22 IMCA Modified feature victories included his career 100th in the division and came during an Aug. 26 doubleheader sweep at I-96 Speedway.The Ionia ace was track champion at I-96 and at Crystal Motor Speedway, won the Great Lakes Nationals for the first time and clinched a fourth Michigan State prize on the way to finishing se­cond in the national points race.“Getting our 100th win this season was the ultimate goal. Doing that in just our ninth season was an accomplishment in itself,” Ward said. “We had a lot of highlights this year but the ultimate was the Jimmy Bennett Memorial win at I-96 in August. He was the father of one of my crew guys and I know he wanted me to win it big for him. Everybody was there and the stands were packed. It was my most emotional win.”After starting the season with a win at New York’s Outlaw Speedway, Ward racked up 15 victo­ries at Lake Odessa, five at Crystal and another at Tri-City Motor Speedway.He finished outside the top five just four times and broke twice while leading late in races.“Maintenance is very big. We rolled the car out of the trailer after we got home Friday night and got ready for Saturday,” he said. “We spent a lot of hours in the shop after a lot of hours at work. My dad spent a lot of time underneath the car cleaning, greasing and checking for cracks.”Ward raced his way into Wednesday, Thursday and Friday qualifying features, then the last-chance event on Saturday during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s. He’d run 10th in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.He returned home to Michigan and won his final IMCA start of the season, and $3,000, at Crys­tal’s Great Lakes Nationals.“That was a race we’ve been trying to win for a long time. All in all, this was a year I can’t hang my head low on. We raced against a lot of drivers with newer equipment and I’m proud of being able to finish second nationally,” Ward said. “We set our goals high to win regional champion­ships and that was a destination we worked hard to get to. The next big step is the national title.”Wins-22                   Top Five Finishes-37             Starts-41HIS CREW: Ryan Bennett, Tony Williams, father Frank, son Kraton, Brooke Brasington, Spencer Flint, Jeff Dygert, Kyle Shat­tuck, Brandon Linderman, Justin Taylor and Jordan King.HIS SPONSORS: Four Seasons Mobile Pressure Washing, Level 5 Construction, Darin Elliott with Green Ridge Realty, CL Trucking & Excavating, Smokey Mountain Tobacco, Ionia Race Car Swap Meet, the Ben­nett family, Tommy Fochmocher, Ruerink Roofing & Siding and Animal House Dog Grooming, all of Ionia; XLT Engineering of Kaw­kawlin; Abbott Hayes Pool Construction of Bath; TWI Installation and S and M Video, both of Stanton; Seaver Motorsports of Sheridan; Wellman & Son Machine Shop and White’s RV Rental, both of Fenwick; Brinn Inc. of Bay City; BMS of Great Bend, Kan.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Ban­gor, Wis.; Bob Harris Enterprises of Ames, Iowa; Big Deal Car Care of Adel, Iowa; Quickcar Racing Products of Lebanon, Tenn.; and Close Racing Supply of Eldred, Pa.last_img read more

Holmdel’s New Library To Open Soon at Bell Works

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Space for Holmdel’s new $1.7 million public library positioned inside the innovative and commercial hub of Bell Works was unveiled to hundreds of parents and children last week during an evening of behind-the-scenes tours.While walls are still bare of books, computers wait to be installed and construction is ongoing in the children’s section, Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo believes the 18,000-square-foot library will be unparalleled when completed at the end of November.“A lot of what we put in here is custom,” Buontempo said. “We didn’t want the library to be from out of a catalog. We wanted it to be distinct and unique.”The joint library and learning center provides guests with a winding, light-filled experience from front to rear. It’s brushstroke design splits into four different sections: periodicals, research, collaborative and children.Buontempo said the goal was to create a space for people “that almost feels like a home, an extension of their living room.”All workstations around the perimeter of the library face toward windows. Patrons seated along the entrance will look in at the atrium and the remaining spaces throughout the library all look out through glass to the front entrance to Bell Works.Holmdel parents and children tour the inside of Holmdel’s new township library on Nov. 1 after a ribbon-cutting earlier in the evening.“It creates that environment where you are in a public space but you’re also in your own space,” Buontempo said. “It was a concept we worked hard to achieve.”The facility, part of the Monmouth County Library System, will provide a number of perks to Holmdel and county residents:Two large conference rooms with seating for 169 and 80, respectively.Free access to digital research and reference tools like Ancestry.com, Morningstar Investment Research Center, EBSCO host journals, Hoover’s Online, Value Line, Small Business Reference Center, JSTOR Academic Journals and Weiss Insurance Ratings.A selection of subscription-based resources for law, medicine, arts, entertainment, employment, grants and politics.Access to more than 100 magazines, both current editions and archives.An up-to-date print collection with a dedicated children’s and teen wing.Plans for educational programs and services for children, teens and adults.Buontempo said the library will also feature a piece of history – a handmade radio built by world-renowned inventor Thomas Alva Edison. Buontempo said the radio was awarded to a former Bell Labs employee in 1921 after he won a science contest Edison hosted. The Smithsonian Institution and the Thomas Edison Center were interested in the radio for their respective museums, but the family donating the piece chose Bell Works, Buontempo said.Moving the township library into Bell Works was always the endgame, Buontempo said. Holmdel’s current library is located in the basement at Town Hall, 1 Crawfords Corner Road, where it has been since 1981. The collection totals more than 51,000 items.Holmdel resident Mike Sockol said the basement space is a far cry from what residents will soon enjoy.“It’s not the greatest optical positioning for a library – in a basement, away from everything,” Sockol said after his Wednesday evening tour. “A centralized location is always very good.”Sockol, also a former Monmouth County Library commissioner, believed Bell Works to be the right home for Holmdel’s new library.“When you consider the history of this building, when you consider the dynamism that is occurring here, those are all good things to surround your library with,” he said.After some smaller additions to the cost last month, the final tally for the new library is just shy of $1.8 million. Somerset Development president Ralph Zucker, who purchased Bell Works in 2013 for $27 million, donated $1 million towards the construction of the new library in January. Buontempo said the remaining money will be raised through fundraising and donations. Over $300,000 was brought in by a fundraiser earlier this year, and naming rights for the library could yield another $300,000 to $500,000 to cover the remaining costs, he said.Somerset Development’s Ralph ZuckerZucker said Wednesday evening reminded him of traveling to the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore alongside his grandmother in years past. He recalled borrowing the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” authored and illustrated in 1963 by Maruice Sendak.“The pages of a book allow your mind’s eye to see and to roam free. It allows you to imagine and think,” Zucker told a gathered crowd. “And in a way, that’s what Bell Works is all about.”This article was first published in the Nov. 9-16, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more