The UK High Court has ruled in favour of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the first judicial review of the latter’s approach in relation to automatic enrolment.The case concerned the position the TPR took in relation to peripatetic workers, such as seafarers and airline pilots.It was brought by Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) (FMSB), a company that employs seafarers who work on ships owned by Carnival, such as P&O Cruises and Cunard.In July 2014, TPR effectively ordered FMSB to auto-enrol qualifying employees, setting out its approach and guidance in a compliance notice to the company. FMSB challenged this with TPR, but, in September 2014, the regulator affirmed its decision, prompting the employer to seek a judicial review of the decision.FMSB argued that many of its UK staff were not covered by the Pensions Act 2008, as they worked in international waters and could not be said to “ordinarily work in the UK”. TPR argued that the location of the workers’ base was the primary consideration and not their contracts.Shortly before Christmas, the UK High Court ruled that the regulator’s approach on peripatetic workers was correct and concluded that the “base test” and not the “contract test” was the most appropriate test to apply when establishing where such a worker “ordinarily works”.TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb welcomed the judgment, also noting that the judge made clear that “decisions of the regulator based on the assessment of particular facts are not ordinarily suitable for judicial review”.The High Court ruled in favour of the company in relation to those workers who regularly begin and end tours of duty in non-UK ports.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher expects to miss the start of the new Barclays Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a bowel operation. The Scotland captain took nine months out to see if his symptoms settled down before returning last September, and seemed to be making rapid progress. However, after appearing in three games out of four at the end of November, he was restricted to two very brief substitute appearances – the last of which came in the 4-3 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. “I’ve had it for five years but really struggled to control it for the last three years,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on my day-to-day life, never mind trying to play football. “Medication wasn’t helping me but surgery was the only solution if I wanted to have not only a future playing football but even a quality of life going forward. Fletcher added: “It’s all going well. I am still under the hands of the medical team just now, and the surgeon who is looking after me. Everything is going to plan so far and I am not that far away now. “I am doing exercise on my own. I’ve not been given the green light to join in contact in football training but I am doing my own running and physical activities and feel great. “Hopefully, in the next few weeks I am going to get the green light to join in and to start making the comeback, which is looking very good.” Press Association The 29-year-old has been battling ulcerative colitis for the past five years and underwent surgery in January as part of a “planned procedure”. Asked on BBC Radio Five when he would be back in action, Fletcher replied: “Hopefully, not too long after the start of the season. I think I will just miss the beginning of the season.”
Update on the latest sports Roush team president Steve Newmark opened a news conference before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by reading a lengthy statement from Newman.Newman wrote that he was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones, and that the doctors have been pleased with his progress over the last few days. He said he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again.Newmark said it is Newman’s intent to race for the 2020 Cup championship this season, and the driver plans to ask NASCAR for an exemption to qualify for the playoffs once he’s medically cleared to return.Ross Chastain is driving the No. 6 Ford on Sunday as Newman’s streak of 649 consecutive starts comes to an end.NHL-PENGUINS-CAPITALS Lamar Stevens, who was plagued with foul trouble all game, led Penn State with 29 points on 11-of-27 shooting.The Nittany Lions opened the second half with 12 unanswered points to slice Indiana’s 13-point halftime lead to 37-36. The Hoosiers’ cold streak continued as Penn State took a 48-42 lead with 12:17 left.In other top-25 action Sunday:— Myles Powell scored 18 points, Sandro Mamukelashvili added 16 points and nine rebounds and No. 16 Seton Hall beat St. John’s 81-65. Jared Rhoden added 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Romero Gill had 12 points while going 6 for 6 from the floor in in the wire-to-wire victory. The Pirates began pulling away midway through the first half. LJ Figueroa led St. John’s with 19 points, while Julian Champagnie had 14 points and 11 rebounds.NBA-GRIZZLIES-JACKSON INJURED Memphis currently is in the midst of a four-game road swing, holding the eighth spot in the Western Conference at 28-28. They visit the Clippers on Monday night.MLB-NEWSRed Sox put former AL MVP Pedroia on 60-day injured listFORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list Sunday, further putting in doubt whether the former AL MVP will play again.The Red Sox made the move while claiming right-hander Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray allowed four goals on 22 shots. The Penguins lost their third in a row to cool off and fall into second place. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDurham, Jackson-Davis lead Indiana past No. 9 Penn StateUNDATED (AP) — Al Durham scored 14 points and Trayce Jackson-Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 68-60 victory over No. 9 Penn State.Devonte Green contributed 10 points for the Hoosiers, who started hot but needed to hit their final four free throws to help seal the win. Brignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined winCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third.TENNIS-OBIT-JEANNE EVERT Grizzlies: Jackson out at least 2 weeks with sprained kneeMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left knee after getting hurt in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Jackson will be re-evaluated in two weeks.An MRI exam showed Jackson sprained his knee Friday night contesting a shot late in the second quarter. He did not return for the second half of Memphis’ 117-105 loss to the Lakers.Jackson is the Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game. The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-NEWMAN-HEAD INJURYNewman confirms he suffered head injury in Daytona 500 crashLAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Newman says he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details, and there’s no timetable for his return to NASCAR racing. Jeanne Evert, former tennis pro and sister of Chris, diesDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former world-ranked professional tennis player and a younger sister of 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died.A funeral home in Delray Beach, Florida, where Evert Dubin lived, posted an obituary that said she died Thursday at age 62 after a 2 1/2-year struggle with ovarian cancer.Evert Dubin turned pro at age 15 in 1973 after a stellar junior career. She and sister Chris played doubles together for two years, ranking No. 4. Evert Dubin reached a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world in 1978, when she retired from competition.A funeral will be Monday in Fort Lauderdale. The 36-year-old Pedroia has played just nine games over the last two seasons. The four-time All-Star has spent the time trying to recover from an injury he sustained when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his left knee in May 2017.Pedroia has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.In other MLB news:— Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) says he expects to be ready to play by opening day. Out of the lineup since July 2018 with heel problems, Céspedes said Sunday that he plans to play in spring training games by the middle of March. And if all goes well, he intends to be in the lineup on March 26 when the Mets host the World Series champion Washington Nationals in the opener. The two-time All-Star outfielder was out for much of 2017 with hamstring strains, then missed more than two months in 2018 because of a strained hip flexor. While recovering from surgery on his heels last May, Céspedes fractured his right ankle in multiple places in an accident at his ranch.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED February 23, 2020 Capitals snap skid, beat Penguins to vault into first placeWASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby made 33 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Sunday to snap their losing streak at four and leapfrog their archrivals into first place.The Capitals endured a back-and-forth, chippy game to win for just the second time in their past eight games. The team that led the NHL for much of the season showed the kind of resolve that was lacking during a recent stretch of futility.Despite being outshot 36-23, Washington put together responses to some potential momentum-crushing Penguins goals. Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby scored 26 seconds apart late in the second and Evgeni Malkin had a highlight-reel goal in the third that tied it.Tom Wilson scored 76 seconds into the third to make it 2-2, two-time Penguins Stanley Cup champion Carl Hagelin put the Capitals up and Oshie shoveled the puck in on a scramble in front with 9:20 left. Associated Press
In their own ways, the girls basketball teams at Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool enter the 2019-20 season with intense hunger and quite aware of the challenges ahead.For the Northstars, the main task is simple – dislodge West Genesee and reclaim its place atop the area Class AA ranks. Having most of its roster back, including top forwards Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe, helps in that effort.Knowing how consistent Cook and Rowe are in the paint, all of the C-NS players have said that, if it can find some consistent outside shooting, it could really be tough to beat.All of those elements were on display for C-NS in last Thursday’s opener, a 74-16 romp over Henninger that served as a tune-up for much tougher games on the weekend in the Albany area.Up against Shenendehowa on Saturday afternoon, the Northstars met a severe challenge and could not get past it, falling 80-46 to the Plainsmen.Cook gained 20 points and newcomer Alita Carey-Santagelo added 13 points, but Rowe was kept off the board and Shen was unstoppable in the first half, roaring to a 46-24 advantage.Following that, C-NS challenged Class A powerhouse Averill Park on Sunday afternoon at Shen, AP had already defeated Jamesville-DeWitt the day before, avenging six straight defeats to the Red Rams in Class A regional finals dating back to 2014.Not letting down at all, AP then beat the Northstars 54-42 behind 23 points from Anna Jankovic and 18 points from Kelsey Wood, meaning that C-NS was 1-2 with just its Tuesday game with Nottingham left before a trip to a large holiday national tournament in Arizona late this month.Liverpool’s challenge is a different one. The reconstruction of the high school gymnasium means most of the Warriors’ “home” games will take place at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.However, for last Tuesday’s season opener against Rochester Mercy (Section V), Liverpool played at Le Moyne College’s Henninger Athletic Center, where it lost, 53-35, to the Monarchs.Held to just 10 points in the first half, Liverpool did improve as the game went on, even though Mercy maintained its comfortable lead. Victoria Morgan led with 12 points, while freshman Naveah Wingate had nine points and Karlyssa Shiflett had six points.From there, the Warriors went to Corcoran on Friday for its SCAC Metro division opener. The Cougars are now coached by one-time great Camille Murphy, who replaced the retiring Jim Marsh.None of this fazed Liverpool, who got its first win of the season by putting away Corcoran 52-30. Holding the Cougars to a single free throw in the first quarter, the Warriors then got its attack going.During the last two periods, Liverpool outscored Corcoran 31-11, with Shiflett earning 13 points as Sarah Miles got 11 points and Jim’Marya Hunter contributed 10 points. Morgan helped out with six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpool