Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green Archant This week our reader wants to know if they have to pay the pension contribution increase in April. Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green, responds. Reader question: I’ve been reading in the press over the weekend that the amount I have to put into my work pension every month is going to go up in April, whether I like it or not. Surely they can’t make me pay in more than I want to, can they? It’s going to make it a bit of a struggle to make ends meet.MORE: Ask the Expert: I’m in my mid-30s – what’s the best personal pension scheme for me?Almary Green Response You are right that the minimum contribution to your workplace pension will go up on 6 April. This is compulsory for all members of workplace schemes and was part of the Government’s plan to make us all save more for our retirement. The actual amount does depend on the way that your contribution is calculated for your scheme … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: Do I have to pay the increased pension contribution in April?
PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 February 2019 Sarah Chambers Dr Vishuu Mohan at the University of Essex Picture: VICKY PASSINGHAM Vicky Passingham A prototype fruit-picking robot being developed on an Essex jam maker’s farm has featured in a report on farming of the future. Wilkin and Sons’ Farms manager Andrey Ivanov has been working with Dr Vishuu Mohan, a computer science and engineering lecturer at the University of Essex, to develop the robotic strawberry picker.“The researchers at the university, like many across the world, are trying to develop a robotic piece of equipment that will be capable of identifying when a strawberry is ready to be picked then make a decision and pick the fruit by snapping the stem without damaging or touching the actual berry to avoid bruising,” said Mr Ivanov.MORE – Wealthy individuals and lifestyle buyers push down proportion of land being sold to farmersThe challenge for the researchers is developing … [Read more...] about jam factory’s fruit-picking robot
Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press Updated 9:49 pm PST, Friday, February 22, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington. Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for “Medicare-for-all,” higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy is largely taking a back seat. Biden is seizing on that opening to position himself as the global policy expert if he decides to run for president. less FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington. Democratic presidential candidates are touting their ... more Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP … [Read more...] about Biden’s 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand
>>> Deputy PM, FM Minh holds talks with DPRK officials The visit will be made at the invation of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Saturday. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings with the DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK Workers’ Party Ri Su Yong during his official visit to the Northeast Asian country from February 12-14. Minh expressed his pleasure to visit the DPRK, affirming Viet Nam will work with the DPRK to boost exchanges and cooperation across fields that match the potential and interests of each side for peace and development in the region and the world. Viet Nam stands ready to share its experience in national construction, socio-economic development and international integration with the DPRK upon the latter’s request, said Minh. He reiterated … [Read more...] about DPRK leader to make official friendly visit to Viet Nam
fire that destroyed documents and computer files at an office of the Bureau of Customs, a lawmaker said Saturday. The blaze, the cause of which is still unknown, struck the BOC office in South Harbor, Manila on Friday night. Some documents destroyed by the inferno had no back-up copies, said Customs Spokesperson Dino Austria. Austria said this might cause port congestion and other problems. Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy said it is "understandable for the public to be skeptical about the cause of the fire" given the "notoriety of the Bureau of Customs for graft and corruption." "I request (Interior) Secretary Eduardo Año to task the Bureau of Fire Protection to immediately assign its best arson investigators to probe this incident," she said in a statement. "Their investigation must be meticulous, thorough, and scientific," added Uy, who is a member of the House committee on public order and safety. Customs officials have come under fire for … [Read more...] about Lawmaker seeks ‘meticulous,’ ‘thorough’ investigation of Customs fire