All-Star Musicians Assemble To Honor Peter Shapiro At BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Gala

first_imgAt opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park this past Wednesday night, event organizer BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, honored independent club owner, concert promoter, publisher, and overall good guy Peter Shapiro. The man behind Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, Relix, Lockn’ Festival, Jazz & Colors, the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances, and a myriad of other ventures was being celebrated for all of these accomplishments, but more importantly for his commitment to the arts, culture, and community in continuously working to make such events, initiatives and programs accessible to everyone.Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings had the honors of headlining the first concert at the Bandshell this summer. It was the groups first time back at the park since 2010, and they did not disappoint. Even at 60 years old and two bouts with cancer under her belt, Jones has more energy than most people in their twenties. Watching her dance around the stage and take command of the entire ensemble, she is like the female version of James Brown, as that uptempo soul-funk just begs for you to get up and dance. After the main stage performance in the Gala Tent, the festivities continued with a special disco-funk dj set from WFUV‘s Rita Houston that kept the evening rolling along in fine fashion.Prior to the performances, the Opening Night Gala to kick off the 38th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival saw presenters Leslie G. Schultz and Jack Walsh (President and Vice President of BRIC, respectively) along with artists and long-time friends such as Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Benevento-Russo Duo drummer and namesake Joe Russo deliver a few words about “Shappy” (as his friends call him), to an audience consisting of musicians Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Almost Dead/American Babies Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, moe.’s Al Schnier, Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Jackie Greene, Michael Franti, Lettuce/Soulive’s Neal Evans, Blues Travelers John Popper, DJ Logic, HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein (Shapiro is a founding board member), along with collaborators from Madison House, Shore Fire Media, and more. Krasno discussed Shapiro’s uncanny ability to make things happen, “Peter is never afraid to take a chance. He is a master connector, and always puts the best people together to make the best events”.As Shapiro spoke, you couldn’t help but notice the humble spirit and obvious super fan come out in the way he talks about music and these epic events that he has spearheaded over the years. After thanking his wife, Shore Fire Media Vice President Rebecca Shapiro, his two children Roxy and Simon, his supportive mother and two brothers, as well as his entire team at Dayglo Ventures he took time to recognize two people in his life that were responsible for all of this: his father and lawyer David Shapiro and Wetlands Preserve founder Larry Bloch, both of whom have since passed. Without Bloch’s willingness to hand over the club to a gung-ho 23-year old in 1996, along with his belief in Shapiro’s vision, as well as the support and both life and legal advice from his father, we may have not had those last five years (from 1996-2001) of one of the best clubs New York City has ever seen, and who knows if Brooklyn Bowl ever comes into fruition. He did sneak in a third person very important figure, just for the record. You guessed it….Jerry Garcia.Shapiro went on to discuss the importance of having spaces and events in which people can create, celebrate, and mourn. There are three staples that need to happen for this type of intrinsic success:1. Good weather2. Focusing on net worth doesn’t create a good vibe. Make people happy first and foremost, then worry about making a few dollars for yourself.3. Create magic and memoriesPeople’s memories of you last forever, and going that extra step to achieve the best possible vibe is the “X” factor that Peter Shapiro has accounted for in all of his ventures, and the reason why he is such a successful businessman, organizer, and community leader. Having served on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation Arts Committee for several years, being a founding board member of HeadCount, and his involvement in other non-profit organizations, Shapiro is an example of how you can be a success in business while still doing incredible philanthropic deeds and leaving a positive impact on the community. He left us with a quote that he and his daughter came up with, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe the possible, and to do it with others”. Keep on believing, Peter, because we most certainly believe in you.[all photos courtesy Marc Millman Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Students create petition asking for changes to social work curriculum

first_imgA Google Doc petition has circulated around the Saint Mary’s community calling for action and change. This petition is directed towards Saint Mary’s Social Work Department, asking for a curriculum that not only offers safety for students but also prepares them for the real world. “An education grounded in diverse perspectives is also essential to prepare students for fieldwork,” the petition said. “While it is important to dispel common misconceptions of the social work profession, we must discuss the capacity that well-intentioned social workers have for harm and educate students on the legitimate reasons different communities may mistrust social workers.” Senior Emily Oppman, a signatory of the petition, explained in an email how this information can be imperative for people to learn. “I’m not a social work major, but I am currently taking a social work class and I’m learning about just how influential social workers can be in their field— for good or bad.”Social work, like all other majors, need to be taught not only subject matter but also how to respond to real life situations that may arrive in the workplace, Oppman said. “I think it’s incredibly important that social workers be educated with fully diverse and inclusive viewpoints so that they can best serve their communities,” she said. The petition continues to explain what students believe is necessary to prepare them for fieldwork and some of what students should be required to learn. “If, for example, you are working with an indigenous family, and have had no education on social workers’ historic practice of intentionally separating Native families, your education has not prepared you for fieldwork. If you are working with a nonbinary client, and do not know the importance of using correct pronouns, your education has not prepared you for fieldwork,” Oppman said.  Oppman addressed the need to respect diversity not only to prepare students for their future careers, but also for the improvement of the Saint Mary’s Community. “I think people forget sometimes that Saint Mary’s is not solely comprised of upper-middle class, white, Catholic women,” she said. “We have students coming many different backgrounds (socioeconomically, culturally, racially, etc.) and everyone’s perspective is valid and important.”This petition isn’t being signed for the sole purpose of teaching students about jobs. Learning about people who are different from ourselves helps people grow in their understanding, Oppman said. She added that she desires students to leave Saint Mary’s as the best version of themselves.“I love Saint Mary’s and I want the students coming out of this institution to be passionate, well-rounded, empathetic, compassionate, and intelligent individuals,” she said. Change can happen later in life and out on the job, but Oppman states these changes are necessary because what you learn in a classroom is what you take out into the world. “I want Saint Mary’s students to change the world for the better and that starts within the classroom setting.”Signing the petition is a choice offered to students in and out of the social work department. It’s not something meant to hurt education, but rather enrich the diversity in the learning process, Oppman said. “You don’t have to be a social work major/minor or to have even taken a social work class in order to participate,” she said. “This is for the betterment of the Saint Mary’s community as a whole and the education that goes on within this institution.”Tags: post grad preparation, saint marys social work, social work petitionlast_img read more

Dorset’s Adams opens wood pellet plant

first_imgKatie Adams, who founded Cat Country Radio sixteen years ago, is now creating another Rutland based enterprise. Adams has taken a closed wood pallet mill in Clarendon, and, as she did with country music, is filling a void in the market. She s starting the first wood pellet plant in Vermont.Vermont Wood Pellet Co. LLC, formed with partner Chris Brooks, announces the opening of their manufacturing plant, giving Rutland a good-news story in tough-news times. The Vermont Wood Pellet Company mill has received all permits. Brooks, with five generations of lumber industry behind him, has completed construction of a test mill, with the full scale-operating mill nearing completion. The mill staff is testing and producing premium pellets from clean, high btu wood blend, which produces less than one percent ash residue.    We think users will be very happy with the results of heating with Vermont Wood Pellet Company pellets”.  After a year of research, buying the right equipment and securing the necessary permits, the first energy efficient pellets were test-produced on Saturday.  Carrara Mechanical Systems of Castleton designed and engineered the plant, which will initially produce 10,000 tons of wood pellets a year. A small-scale plant built by design, to harvest and heat within a 35-mile radius of Rutland. All logs are harvested from local Vermont woodlots, are processed locally and the pellets are distributed for sale locally.  Now Vermonters can truly Heat Local , states Adams.Vermont Wood Pellet Company s pellets are distributed by Bourdeau Bros.Source: Vermont Wood Pelletlast_img read more

Marathon: Becoming a Runner

first_imgIn music, repetition evokes hypnosis and familiarity—the warmth of a house beat, the comfort of a vi, IV, I chord pattern. In writing, repetition evokes a motif, a signal to pay attention to this, or a crutch a writer relies on. In nature, repetition forms in snowflakes and snail shells, a result of mathematics and natural selection. The phenomena of repetition and recursion are so often signifiers of meaning and beauty, except when it comes to how we consume media. Because of the pace of digital media and publishing, information has to constantly be packaged in different ways else we over-familiarize ourselves with it and the package begins to curdle. Every day, we are recalibrating ourselves to the speed with which we need to absorb and familiarize ourselves with new news, new emails, new music, books, movies, because there is no governor on the amount of information we can have. When I’m feeling a pain in my ankle on a run, my brain and body tell me to stop. When I’m blithely checking Twitter before bed, I don’t have any reaction that tells me I have already had too much information for the day.  Becoming an athlete—a class of people I consider myself a part of because of both the constant soreness and exhaustion as well as occasionally not drinking because of a planned workout—has been an all-time great decision, right up there with marriage and seeing OutKast on the Stankonia tour. Unlike becoming a creative—a class of people I consider myself a part of because I occasionally smoke weed and have an astonishing ego—the athlete actually sees measurable progress. Put in work and see results in the body. For instance, mine has gone from writerly schlub to that post-schlub road-biker look with a baby-fat gut and weirdly jacked thighs; the guy who walks into the corner store dripping sweat and tries to buy a huge thing of coconut water and an RxBar with Apple Pay but can’t get the thing to show up on the phone and is holding up the whole line. This, I think, has given me perspective on the struggles of media and music. (I should also add this is why writers are encouraged to embrace a real hobby; to find new perspective through the eyes of a subculture and use it to add dimension to their essays.) In the worst of days online, it can feel like we are trapped in a repetitive, recursive nightmare. We struggle with how to process the same information—delivered in the same kind of way—over and over because nothing seems to be changing. Another day, another spate of horrifying or banal stories and emails delivered with roughly the same tone and commented on wryly or cynically by the same people. At worst, the information becomes toxic and elicits an unwarranted negative response to the sender; at best, we tie our brains into some mariner’s knot to try and have a genuine response to the information. We employ cynicism, nihilism, irony, anger, and contrarianism to try to respond to this sameness. We elide normal response in favor of something so layered and inscrutable as to be entirely without actual meaning. But do we grow? Do we get faster? Do the numbers really go up? For nine months, I haven’t met a day without soreness or left it without exhaustion. Whether nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon or dealing with a pre-arthritic runner’s knee or just a general ache from a speed, distance, or strength workout, my body, at 34, has become the site of a shady remodeling project, a real gut job like someone’s trying to flip me for cash. I ran my first marathon in the spring, came in under four hours, and in the summer I started training for my second. Previously the idea of running two marathons in a year would have seemed preposterous had it crossed my mind at any point during my life, yet here I am, 733 earned miles under my feet since January, hoping to have a good day at the New York Marathon in November. Until this year, I didn’t really know what it took to be an athlete. I had worked out, yes; I had even gone to the gym for a couple years, but that was more out of vanity than any kind of goal (the goal was to look attractive enough to be able to play a convincing Romeo, a contrapuntal action to distract from the fact that this Romeo was going bald). Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Athleticism is, in my understanding of it, doing the same thing and expecting different results—and actually getting them. The first day running on the road is misery. You are moving as if a bungee cord is attached to your back. But each day the bungee loosens until it’s gone, as long as you keep doing the same thing, keep setting the alarm, keep committing to honing the rhythm of the day when you are getting up to run and refining the posture and movement of the legs and body. 800-meter repeats, six times up the hill, four-mile loop at your marathon pace. Running is an exercise of repetition and trust that if you continue to do the workout, it will get better and better. Fall into the pattern like a trance, add a couple of speed workouts, and suddenly my 34-year-old body is using oxygen like a goddamn 20-year-old. The term “brain worms” is employed as a kind of in-joke when someone on Twitter leaps to what seems like the most absurd, layered, reactionary, referential response to a piece of information. Mostly “brain worms” is just what happens when you think the online world is exercise, when you believe you are accruing something or making the numbers go up, when in reality you are just loading an overworked, injured brain and nothing is changing. Everything feels recursive because you cannot process new information. A writer’s journey to becoming a runnercenter_img Jeremy D. Larson is the reviews editor at Pitchfork. So I grew into an oblong creative-type. Soccer practice turned into play rehearsal, baseball turned to transcribing Stan Getz solos, getting exercise was replaced by a life of the mind which included a lay interest in fiction while getting high and ordering two double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s on the way back from band practice. It all flowed easy; there was no one disappointed in my skill level, no teammate disappointed in my fear of the ball, no pithy orange slices to factor into the process.  But also: Put in work and see numbers. Real numbers, times on a stopwatch, data logged, arrayed, and analyzed. I have a record of the same workout I’ve done for the past year and to see my pace quicken, to see my heart rate decrease as I shorten those times little by little has been the most rewarding thing. They say that you need a hobby if you are going to be a creative type, something where you can be objectively successful instead of subjectively and hopelessly typing words trying to convey meaning and style. Cooking, gardening, woodcraft, Starcraft, whatever. Long-distance running has become my hobby, the tangible and tactile activity that exists alongside this indestructible and altogether unhealthy desire to be regarded as a writer and editor of note.  I wasn’t necessarily an athlete growing up: I played sports because that was the main after-school activity you could really do in my town other than Cub Scouts (too churchy) or 4-H (too muddy and too churchy). So I sportsed, but by the time the youth rec league transitioned from charmingly participatory to actually competitive, I was slotted into the also-ran positions in each one: soccer (fullback), track (3000m race), and basketball (guy who’s encouraged to pass it). I was the utility player who clearly didn’t have one of two things that allows young people to excel at sports: the drive to practice or the innate coordination to not have to practice. When I told my dad I wanted to quit baseball, it led to one of the biggest drag-out family fights in our history, the kind everyone looks back on with eyes down and utter shame. Running has made me more sympathetic to an honest response, to patience, to the idea of approaching the same thing with new eyes. At the end of a long 14-mile training run, knowing that it is a distance greater than a half-marathon, that I am just out here doing the work, running a loop, slowly strengthening and building to do better the next time, I feel better than any one moment in life outside of getting some writing done. last_img read more

Bulgarian bartender falls in love with the law

first_imgBulgarian bartender falls in love with the law Bulgarian bartender falls in love with the law November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newscenter_img ‘I needed a challenge. I needed something to nourish my soul’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor As soon as new lawyers take the “Oath of Attorney,” the tradition is to crowd onto the steps of the Florida Supreme Court for a group picture with the justices.After the professional photographer packs up and leaves, proud families and friends whip out their digital cameras for their own keepsake shots.It was here, on the courthouse steps on a sunny Tallahassee afternoon, that Pavlina Petrova came to stand next to Chief Justice Barbara Pariente for a picture of just the two of them.“This is a very special day for me,” Petrova told the chief justice. “It took me nine and a half years to come to these steps. I had to learn the English alphabet. I am from Bulgaria.”Squeezing her hand and congratulating her, Pariente told Petrova that America needs more people like her, with that kind of determination.Two days later, Petrova was back on the job as an assistant public defender in the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Clearwater office, representing defendants charged with misdemeanors.“Some of my clients have never heard of Bulgaria,” Petrova said. “When I introduce myself in the very beginning, I tell my clients, ‘Even though I have a strong accent, don’t worry. My enthusiasm and dedication will compensate.’”Quoting a poem “We Are the Hope,” displayed on Sixth Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger’s Web page, Petrova says: “What we the public defenders do for our clients, we really are the hope. It’s great satisfaction to me, even though I haven’t been long here, to see hope in my clients’ eyes. It’s something that money cannot buy.”Petrova knows all about losing hope and finding it again.She told the story of how it came to be that a single mom from once-communist Bulgaria landed in Florida in 1995 without her high school diploma, but with a passion to become a lawyer no matter what it took.“I needed a challenge. I needed something to nourish my soul,” Petrova said. “I wanted a profession which, to me, would be a long-term challenge for the rest of my life.”The American-Bulgarian connection began when her young daughter, Ekaterina Atanassova, was in the fourth grade and a visiting teacher from America taught her class for two months and finally made learning fun.The next year, Ekaterina came to America as a visiting student, and Petrova came to see her three times. When the school year was up, Ekaterina did not want to return to Bulgaria, where communist domination had ended only a few years earlier in 1990. The process of moving toward a political democracy and market economy was slow and painful, as Bulgarians combated inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime.“First years of democracy were very difficult,” Petrova said. “Change cannot happen overnight. Change in people’s minds cannot happen in even one year.”But big changes were in store for Petrova.The divorced mother, who owned her own 24-hour bar she started from scratch, realized she had two choices: Stay alone in Bulgaria unhappily working at her bar, or go to America to be with her daughter.Once in America, she dreamed of going to college and restarting her education.“During communist time in Bulgaria, once you are 33 or older you cannot continue in a regular college. You are considered too old,” said 49-year-old Petrova. “So I say, I am going to the United States. My friends said, ‘What are you going to do? You won’t have money to buy bread for your child.’”In the fall of 1995, Petrova landed in the St. Petersburg area, enrolled in a class to get her GED and to learn English. She was lucky to meet Jean Cook, her instructor of English for speakers of other languages, at Palm Harbor Community School.“No. 1, I am extremely proud of Paula,” Cook says, using her former student’s American name. “I can safely say she is my highest achieving student.. . . When she walked into my class, she was pretty much a nonspeaker and didn’t understand much at all. It hasn’t been easy for her. She had to study and work very hard. I gave her as much support as I could.”When friends who bought Petrova’s bar in Bulgaria refused to send her the $20,000 sales price, Petrova felt betrayed by her so-called friends and distraught over how she could afford to go to school.“I don’t have money to go to school and that is my dream. So about for six months, I didn’t see any light. Mrs. Cook, she knew about that. She started to give me more homework. She realized that I wouldn’t go unprepared, so I will spend most of my time doing homework and I wouldn’t have time to spend feeling sorry for myself. When you have a positive attitude, things fix themselves,” Petrova said.So Petrova went to what was then called St. Petersburg Junior College, then on to Eckerd College for a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.“She was a full-time waitress, a full-time mom, and a full-time student,” Cook said. “She is extremely bright. She is the type of person who asks questions in class that stump the teacher.”Cook stuck with her, writing letters of recommendation and keeping the encouragement flowing.Pulling a paper out of her former student’s thick file, Cook quoted an essay Petrova wrote about opportunities in America: “It doesn’t matter what gets in my way. Time will prove whether I am right or wrong.” It was about her dream to become an attorney within 10 years.She was accepted at Florida State University College of Law at the same time her daughter was accepted at FSU to study finance.“If in 10 years, I can start from nothing, not know the English language, not knowing anybody. If I can do that, anybody can do it—if they have the desire,” said Petrova, who hopes to become an American citizen in January.For her graduation from law school, her daughter gave her a clock, with this message: “Where there is a will, there is a way.”last_img read more

Land Securities to enter Belfast shopping battle

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Industrial: Into the fast lane

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20,000 trucks serving Tanjung Priok port can’t operate amid floods: Association

first_imgFlooding on thoroughfares of the capital and major roads in satellite cities has disrupted operations of at least 20,000 trucks in Greater Jakarta.The deputy chairman of the Indonesian Trucks Business Association (Aprtindo), Kyatmaja Lookman, said the association’s members operated 20,000 trucks a day to and from Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta, and on Tuesday the trucks could not hit the road because of widespread flooding.“Usually, floods do not reach the Cakung-Cilincing and Marunda toll road,” he said, referring to one of the primary arteries connecting the city with the country’s biggest ports. “I haven’t got detailed reports from the members, but typically, there are about 20,000 trucks belonging to our members moving to and from Tanjung Priok each day,” he told The Jakarta Post. “If we include trucks operating across Jakarta, the number could be higher,” he said.He estimated that the loss borne by the members could reach Rp 30 billion a day (US$2.15 million). That calculation, he said, did not include losses from possible damage to the goods.Kyatmaja said he had received reports that some truck depots were inundated. Should flooding damage truck engines, the loss could be Rp 20 million to Rp 30 million per unit, he went on.Topics :last_img read more

Highest daily spike sees Jakarta logging 658 new COVID-19 cases

first_img“Of the 658 positive cases, 98 were the accumulation of the previous day’s data that had just been reported,” Weningtyas Purnomorini, the head of health services at the Jakarta Health Agency, said on Friday.Jakarta has conducted a total of 41,914 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests per 1 million people to date, with 43,330 people in the city having been tested over the past seven days.As of Thursday, 15,201 infected people have recovered and 922 have died due to the respiratory disease, according to the Jakarta administration’s official COVID-19 tally.Read also: Discourse: Indonesia must go back to basics for COVID-19 recovery: UN official Jakarta reported 658 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest one-day spike since the first infections were recorded in March, bringing the total number of cases in the capital to 24,521.The latest figure continues the trend of rising positive cases in Jakarta over the past few weeks following the city’s decision to gradually ease restrictions and reopen businesses and offices under health protocols on June 4.Jakarta’s authorities, however, have said that the rise in positive cases in the capital is due to the administration’s aggressive contact tracing of COVID-19-positive cases. The national COVID-19 task force recently revealed that office buildings had emerged as new clusters of coronavirus transmission, particularly inside those that lack ventilation or room for social distancing.In Jakarta alone, 68 distinct office clusters had been found as of July 26, which included buildings belonging to public institutions, ministries and state-owned enterprises.Tests also reveal an increase in COVID-19 clusters in Jakarta’s houses of worship, where the positivity rate, which refers to the percentage of positive results from all tests conducted in a cluster, had reached 74 percent, according to an epidemiologist.Jakarta Health Agency data from June 4 to July 28 shows there were 114 confirmed cases from clusters at nine houses of worship across the capital. Most of them were located in churches and mosques, with three clusters each and a total of 40 cases.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, therefore, decided to extend the transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until mid-August as the pandemic showed no signs of letting up in the city of some 10 million people.The capital’s positivity rate has hit 7.4 percent in the past week, above the figure recommended by the World Health Organization for relaxations, which is 5 percent or below. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

European Commission moves on cross-border pensions

first_imgLegislation to give workers occupational pension rights when they move to new jobs across EU borders is being cleared through the Brussels rule-making machinery, but the final outcome is unlikely to enter into force until at least 2018.The development comes with agreement by member states and the Parliament’s Employment Committee.The accord is expected to be confirmed by the European Parliament in plenary session, at a meeting planned formerly for February 2014.However, this has since been put forward to April, that is, shortly before the elections, due in May. History of the move goes back at least to 2005, when a text was presented by the European Commission. That version was revised in 2007.But legislation was then blocked by member states, meeting in the Council, for almost seven years, according to a statement by the Parliament.Now, following endorsement by the Parliament, governments will have to meet a four-year deadline for transposing the Directive into national law, the statement continues.It adds: “This agreement follows many years of difficult negotiations. Under the compromise agreement, the Directive would only apply to workers who move between member states; however, [they] may extend these standards also to workers who change jobs within a single country.“Currently, occupational pension scheme rules in some countries mean people who change jobs after less than five or even 10 years will not earn any occupational pension rights.”The delay problem is described in a Parliament press release as “due to differences among member states’ pension schemes and the unanimous vote requirement [then]”.  Under the new rules, the ‘vesting period’ of a pension scheme must not exceed three years, according to the release.The period refers to active membership of a scheme needed for a person to retain entitlement to a supplementary, or occupational, pension.Ria Oomen Ruijten, the Dutch centre-right MEP, said the legislation would “help to eliminate barriers to the free movement of workers”.She is prime mover of the legislation and a substitute member of the Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.Her office has confirmed with IPE the generally accepted fact the delays were due to a lack of political will from Germany.Meanwhile, Paul Bonser, partner and UK retirement practice leader at Aon Hewitt, said: “Anything that improves the portability of pensions in the EEC is a good thing.”Significantly, he notes that, already, an increasing numbers of large international employers are setting up cross-border pension funds for their European workforces.PensionsEurope pointed out that opinions differed among its members, as some were more affected by the legislation than others.The federation’s policy officer, Corianne van de Ligt, said: “In general, we can say the agreement is all right by us.”However, she added that a certain article – Article 5 (3), which covers compensation to a worker with a capital sum in compensation in certain conditions –might create extra costs.As for any benefit to the EU economy, Brussels think tank specialist Mikkel Barslund, at the Centre for European Policy Studies, said the Directive could be an issue for large companies.“I don’t think it would affect the EU economy much,” he said.last_img read more