CALL FOR ENTRIES FORRALPH NADING HILL, JR. LITERARY PRIZECOLCHESTER. Entries are now being accepted for the 17th annual Ralph NadingHill, Jr., Literary Prize. The contest was established to memorialize theliterary contributions of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., one of Vermont’s bestknown writers and historians, who died at the age of 70 in December 1987.The contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power Corporation and VermontLife magazine. Mr. Hill was a long time member of GMP’s Board ofDirectors and the Vermont Life Editorial Board. The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entry for the prize, as in past years, may be an essay, short story, play or poetry. The focus of the literary work must be “Vermont – Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” It must be unpublished. The maximum length is 3,000 words. The winner will be selected on the basis of literary merit and suitability for publication in Vermont Life. The deadline for this year’s contest is November 15, 2004. A $1,500 cash prize is awarded annually to the winner, and the winning work will be published in a future issue of Vermont Life. The most recent winner was “Four Poems for Elizabeth,” by Mary Pratt of New Haven. The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize Board of Judges consists of Ruth Page, a writer and former member of GMP’s Board of Directors; Tom Slayton, editor of Vermont Life magazine; Brian Vachon, Vice President of Communications at National Life; Alison Freeland, a Vermont author; and Steve Terry, Senior Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs at GMP. The contest is open to all residents of Vermont, including students enrolled in Vermont colleges and seasonal residents. Entrants may be professional writers as well as amateurs. Green Mountain Power employees and their immediate families are not eligible, nor is the immediate family of any member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. Please send two copies of your entry to the Corporate Relations Department at Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Please provide entrant’s name, address and phone on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mention the entrant’s name on the entry itself. For more information please contact Green Mountain Power’s Corporate Relations department at (802) 655-8788.
Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) research has shown awareness of auto-enrolment among the UK population is increasing, as the programme’s rollout continues.Statistics from the government said 78% of those surveyed believed employers being compelled by law to provide pensions was a positive step.The research also found around 50% of those surveyed said saving into a workplace pension was a “normal thing to do”, in a boost to the government’s policy.Some 30% of those of working age have taken action as a result of the government’s advertising campaign for auto-enrolment, with around 25% having discussed second-pillar savings in a social environment. The news comes as the government announced 4m people had now been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme since the programme began in October 2012.Pensions minister Steve Webb said: “Increasingly, people are waking up to the fact it pays to think about the future and consider the kind of retirement we want.“But we still have a mountain to climb. Recent DWP research found that close to half of working-age people are failing to save enough to maintain their standard of living into old age, so there is more to do.”In other news, the DWP’s charge cap, aimed at protecting members being auto-enrolled into default investment strategies, has come under fire from one of the UK’s largest insurance mutuals.Royal London Group (RLG) has told its shareholders the government grossly underestimated the impact estimates on pension companies.The cap, which comes into force in April 2015, stops member-borne charges in DC auto-enrolment default investment funds being above 75 basis points.The government estimates that, at the time of legislating, said industry revenue would be reduced by £200m (€250m) over a 10-year period.Chief executive of RLG, Phil Loney, said the policy would have the opposite consequence to its intention.“This government intervention will only distort a market that was already moving in favour of lower charges,” he said.He said the impact at his own firm, plus other impact provisions from other pension providers, showed the DWP’s estimates to be incorrect.Royal London said the £200m estimate could realistically increase to as high as £1bn.“This seems to me to be an unacceptable margin for error in the government’s understanding of the impact of its actions and the size of the impact,” Loney said.Despite the estimated £200m hit on the entire industry, insurers Standard Life and Scottish Widows have each already stated individual provisions of £160m and £100m, respectively.
RelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: TClassic to perform with Zlatan, Mayorkun, Malaika, Oritsefemi GOtv Boxing Night 19: Lightweight division Nigeria’s most competitive – Real One GOtv Boxing Night 19: Joe Boy, Baby Face target N1m Cash Prize West African Boxing Union lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has boasted that he will Disfigure the face of Ola Adebakin, his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night Mini on 16 November.Their eight-round lightweight bout is one of the five scheduled to take place at the Rowe Park Sports Complex at Yaba, Lagos.Speaking in an interview yesterday, the WABU champion, renowned for his flamboyance, said Adebakin will become unrecognisable to his family and friends after the fight, as he would messed up his face for good.He expressed confidence that his unbeaten record will remain intact.“I heard Adebakin has been boasting. No problem. By the time I’m through with him, his family and friends won’t recognise him. I will redesign his face,” he said.Oladosu commended the sponsors for the new event, noting that it will help Nigerian boxers get tested and earn more fights in order to enhance their career records and gain the attention of regional and international boxing bodies to compete for regional and international titles.Other bouts for the event include a national welterweight challenge between Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, and Dennis “The Range” Mba; a national cruiserweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Tunji “Germani” Olajide; and a national light welterweight challenge between Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade.There is also an all-female clash as Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore will take on Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya in a national super featherweight challenge. Tags: Rilwan Oladosu