She added, “I know that’s not something that most of the country will be able to do and it really breaks my heart. But again, it’s going to be about forging new connections and making do as we can.”The Cruel Intentions star is also considering celebrating Thanksgiving in March when she hopes the pandemic will have improved.- Advertisement – Screens at the table? Sarah Michelle Gellar will allow her family to use electronics during Thanksgiving to stay connected to loved ones who couldn’t join due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly about her and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.‘s holiday plans while promoting her collaboration with Apothic Wines. The actress teamed up with the wine company in October to create an interactive Halloween experience.- Advertisement – “There’s no rule against having Thanksgiving dinner in March, you know?” she said. “Maybe we’ll throw one when things are calmer in the world, but for a March Thanksgiving, we’ll have a lot more to be thankful for.”Gellar also shared her entertaining tips for the holiday noting that decorations are less important than the food and wine. The actress said she counts “a nice Apothic red” as one of her favorite wines to enjoy.Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Courtesy Sarah Michelle Gellar/Instagram“I think sometimes we get so bogged down in the tablescape and the settings and the flowers that we forget that it’s about enjoying the meal,” she said. “I always say this when people get married too. I’ve never left a wedding and been like, ‘That was the best floral arrangements I’ve ever seen, that was the best silverware.’ We leave with the memories of togetherness and a meal. So, I just always say to try to focus on that.”With reporting by Kayley Stumpe – Advertisement – “We’re fortunate that this has now happened in a time where we are so technologically connected and this is the one time I’ll allow electronics at the table,” she said. “People will sit at the table together and we’ll be with computers.”Sarah Michelle Gellar. ApothicGellar explained her Thanksgiving dinner with Prinze. Jr, 44, and kids Charlotte, 11, and Rocky, 8, will be hosted outside to allow for social distancing, but noted it’s an option she wishes was available for more people in the U.S.“Normally we host for a lot of people,” Gellar explained. “We don’t usually travel during Thanksgiving. We usually host it for people that can’t afford to go home or can’t get to their families and we usually do a really big one. And it’s so sad that this year there’s going to be so many people that can’t get home, but I don’t think it’s something that we can actually do. I mean, the beauty of living in California is that our weather usually does hold up until we will be able to do something outside.”- Advertisement –
Lucerne, SwitzerlandMeanwhile, a joint study by researchers from Lucerne University’s Institute of Financial Services and the University of Basel’s Faculty of Economic Sciences confirmed the problem of cross-financing in the second pillar.“Today’s focus on secure pensions at a high level and the short-term obligations for interest rates and funding levels connected to it, which no longer match market environments, have to be questioned,” authors Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann and Heinz Zimmermann wrote.They emphasised that Pensionskassen “have to be able to invest in risky assets over the long term” to achieve higher returns.A second paper, by Swiss consultancy C-alm, also highlighted the potential of the second pillar but warned about too much flexibility for members, such as providing a free choice of Pensionskasse for individuals, which has been frequently discussed.The researchers argued that such “measures for liberalisation are breaking with the concept of an intergenerational risk pool”.They said this “would undermine a risk compensation and with it the possibility to take investment risks”.C-alm pointed out that risk taking and risk compensation needed an “appropriate level of collectivity and long-term perspective”.Both studies (in German) can be downloaded from the Asip, the Swiss pensions trade body.See the June edition of IPE for a country report focused on Switzerland. Pension promises made in the past cannot be adjusted under Swiss law, meaning older pensioners’ benefits are calculated using a higher Umwandlungssatz, or conversion rate. This rate determines how much of an individual’s total accrued pension they can receive every year.Newer pensioners receive considerably lower pensions from the second pillar and active members’ assets have to be used to fulfil all these promises.“Overall it can be noted that the systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with the changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments,” Pierre Triponez, president of the OAK, noted in his foreword to the supervisor’s annual report.He said there was need for action from the authorities on new legislation, especially after the pension reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 failed to get public approval last year in a national referendum.In its analysis of the financial situation of Swiss Pensionskassen, the OAK also noted that the long-term minimum interest rate granted stood at 2.75% – down from 2.97% in 2016. The technische Zins – the return assumed when calculating contributions – was lower at around 2.25% on average.The OAK expected more Pensionskassen to make adjustments to their parameters.Studies back up regulator’s fear Switzerland’s second-pillar pension funds are being forced to use assets accrued by people still working to pay current retirees’ pensions, according to the country’s pension regulator.“Systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments”Pierre Triponez, president, OAKAround CHF7bn (€5.9bn) a year – roughly 1% of the total capital in the Swiss second pillar – must be taken from active members’ assets to pay for current benefits in Swiss Pensionskassen, the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) said in its 2017 report.“This annual reallocation has reached critical levels,” the OAK warned.
Doctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls onStuff co.nz 13 July 2015More than one in ten doctors have helped a patient die despite potentially breaking the law, a survey suggests.In a fax poll of general practitioners, conducted by magazine New Zealand Doctor and IMS Health, nearly 12 per cent of respondents said they had helped a patient die. About two out of five doctors also said they had been asked to help a patient die, although most had refused.The poll, reported in New Zealand Doctor was based on the responses from 110 doctors, which means about 13 doctors admitted to helping a patient die.It comes after terminally ill Wellington lawyer Seales’ high-profile court battle to seek legal clarification for doctors, allowing them to help terminally ill patients die at a time of their choosing without risking prosecution. Seales died of a brain tumour on June 5, living long enough to be told the judge in the case, Justice David Collins, had decided it was still against the law for doctors to help their patients to die.But the issue remains strongly contested and the poll suggested the medical community also remains divided. Of those surveyed, 45.5 per cent believed the law needed to change to legally protect doctors who helped terminally ill patients die, compared to 44.5 per cent who did not.Some doctors responding to the survey said even if they weren’t helping patients die, pain relief could effectively have the same outcome.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70184652/Doctors-helping-patients-die-as-assisted-death-debate-rolls-on
DEFENDING J. J. WATT—Several Steelers offensive linemen try to keep J. J. Watt away from the quarterback. (Courier Photo by Julio Torres)The Steelers improved to 4-3 last week and now face one of the best teams and best quarterbacks in the NFL when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts visit on Sunday afternoon.The Colts have been on a roll after losing their first two games to open the season and are favored by three points over the Steelers, at Heinz Field. That’s how far the Steelers have fallen, they are underdogs at home.The black and gold really want to get that 5th win to keep them alive in the playoff chase at the midway point. Do they have what it takes?Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:• The best defense is a ball control offense. The Colts have a very potent offense and with Andrew Luck leading them, they are easily capable of putting up 30 points. The Steelers must control the clock with their offense to keep the Colts off the field. That means LeVeon Bell and LaGarret Blount must get several carries and several yards to go with them.2. The defense must pressure luck and actually get into the backfield. If not, it will be a LONG day for the secondary.3. Special team sare going to need to make a big play. Antonio Brown may need to return a punt for a TD or the kicking team needs to force a turnover. Either way, special teams will be a key to victory.4. In a game against a quality opponent like the Colts, the penalties must be at a minimum. The black and gold cannot afford to provide the Colts with any extra yards.Here are a Few Things to Watch:• Martavis Bryant-He made his NFL debut last week and he immediately made an impact by stretching the field and scoring a TD. How will he be used this week.2. Trick Plays-Will the Steelers break one out as they did against the Texans with the Brown to Moore TD pass?3. Cortez Allen-He’s lost his starting job but with the Colts air attack he’ll need to play multiple downs and he will need to step up and make a play.4. Lawrence Timmons-He’s still the best player on the defensive side of the ball and I look for him to get close to 10 tackles and lead the young guys along with it.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.