Talk of the towns: Sussex

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PBU plans talks to ease forced pension switching within work sector

first_imgJan Rasmussen, director of business development, told IPE: “The first phase of this process is to discuss how we can address the challenge that different pension funds offer different conditions for these workers.”In Denmark, ‘pædagog’ or education practitioner, is the professional name for specifically trained staff in nurseries, kindergartens, after-school clubs and day and residential institutions.Other pension funds covering education practitioners are those run by, for example, PKA, PenSam and Lærernes Pension, the pension fund for teachers, Rasmussen said.In the last five years, PBU estimates that nearly one-third of its working members transferred to another pension fund based on their new workplace, or transferred into PBU. It said changing fund and scheme could be confusing and costly for members.Asked whether the talks could end up with a decision to merge pension funds in some way, Rasmussen said: “One cannot exclude the possibility these talks will end up in the decision to have one set-up for all education practitioners, but, presently, we don’t have specific plans, and that would eventually be years from now.” PBU’s 108,000 members were covered by a homogeneous market-rate product, he said, while other pension funds that had members with the same qualification provided a with-profits (gennemsnitsrente) pension product.Rasmussen said this type of process to reduce the differences between labour-market pension scheme types was a common challenge within the Danish pension sector.“But this is especially the case in our sector, where there is high mobility between different pension funds,” he said.Ultimately, Rasmussen said, PBU’s aim in the task it is undertaking is to make conditions better for its members.Neither PKA nor Lærernes Pension were immediately able to comment on the matter. Denmark’s DKK55bn (€7.4bn) pension fund for education practitioners, PBU, is aiming to start talks with other pension funds and stakeholders that it says could lead to all people in the profession having the same pension, rather than the diverse provision that exists now.As things stand, education practitioners in Denmark may be part of collective agreements where their pension is provided by PBU (Pædagogernes Pensionskasse), or belong to agreements using another pension fund for their pension.This means individuals may find themselves having to switch pension provider when they change jobs within the same profession.PBU said it had now started a process aimed at solving this problem.last_img read more

NN IP: Green bonds an ‘economic alternative’ to traditional bonds

first_imgIt noted that the duration of the green bond index had significantly increased since the start of 2017, when France issued its first green bond of €7bn with a duration of 22 years.The longer duration increased the susceptibility of the green bonds for interest rate changes. As interest rates had dropped further in 2019, the green bond index performed better than the aggregate index, NN IP explained.The asset manager further found that green corporate bonds returned 6.4% in 2019, against 6.2% for traditional credit, and had outperformed in 2016, 2018 and 2019.The manager said that annual volatility of green bonds was higher in each of the past four years, whereas the volatility of corporate bonds had decreased every year.It added that the difference in volatility between the green and the non-green index was decreasing as a consequence of growth and an increased diversification of the green credit market.It said that the duration of both indices is now almost equal.Bram Bos, lead portfolio manager green bonds at NN IP, said the consistent outperformance of green bonds relative to tradional ones, confirmed that green bond issuers are less exposed to climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and are more transparent.Green bonds are usually issued by innovative and future-oriented companies that take climate change into account.Bos said NN IP’s analysis showed the indices for green bonds had become a real alternative for tradional bond indices.He highlighted that NN IP only invested in “dark green” bonds with a measurable performance aimed at solving large sustainability problems, and therefore excluded 15% of the worldwide issued green paper deemed insufficiently green. Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) has argued that green bonds – corporate bonds in particular – have become an economic alternative for traditional bonds, thanks to their returns and volatility.It said that a comparison between the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Green Bond Index and the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Aggregate Index over the past four years, had shown that green bonds had returned 7.4% last year, whereas traditional bonds had generated 6%.It added that the asset class had outperformed by 70 bps on average during three of the past four years.According to NN IP, the annual volatility of the green bond index had been higher for the last three years, which means that higher returns were largely thanks to higher risk.last_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 25th, 2011

first_imgLocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 25th, 2011 by: – November 25, 2011 Share **Kalinago Territory launch Home Stay Programme and Promotional Materials**In an effort to improve the marketability of the Carib Territory, a major component of Dominica’s tourism product, Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Kalinago community have upgraded and expanded the website, produced a brochure to include all the sites and attractions of the Territory and finalized the Home Stay Programme Guideline. In celebration of these first time activities, the Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Kalinago Barana Aute of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs will launch the promotional material and the home stay programme on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2:30pm at the Kalinago Barana Aute, Salybia. To mark the occasion, the Kalinago Chief, the Kalinago Council, Parliamentary Representative for the constituency, the Local Government Department, Kalinago home stay providers and other Kalinago stakeholders will be present at the event. Media houses are expected at the launch. The brochure and website will be showcased and the Karina Cultural Group will celebrate the event with a performance. ** Increased inquiries about Dominica from France Nationals**Interface Tourism, Dominica’s representatives in France, received an influx of inquiries from persons planning to travel to Dominica, further to the publication of an article in Le Figaro magazine on the destination in September 2011. Discover Dominica Authority partnered with French tour operator Iles du Monde to host journalists from Le Figaro magazine in February. Le Figaro magazine features articles on lifestyle and leisure among other topics and has a circulation of over 300, 000. The media value of the article is in excess of 2 million euros and it is read by over 1 million persons in France. **I am Dominica. Are You? Scrapbook competition for preschoolers in the North**The Leo Club of Dominica in collaboration with Discover Dominica Authority will involve preschoolers in the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign through a scrapbook competition this November. Preschoolers in the north of the island will participate in the scrapbook competition as they portray through pictures, photos and drawings what they love about Dominica, and how they can help to develop and promote Dominica. Scrapbooks will be judged for neatness, applicability to the I am Dominica. Are You? concept and creativity. The Pennville Preschool, Thibaud Preschool, Paix Bouche Preschool, Sunflower Preschool and Gospel Life Christian Academy will take part in the competition. The judging of the scrapbooks will take place on November 25, 2011 by Community Leaders of the north and representatives of the Leo Club of Dominica and Discover Dominica Authority. **The UK market continues to be very productive in delivering great PR for the island**.The DDA hosted journalist Judy Bastyra from May 28 – June 5, earlier this year. Judy who writes for the UK market is a lover of the destination and its natural wonders. She travelled along with a photographer who was able to capture the true beauty of the island and its cuisine. Judy’s latest article appeared in the December issue of the Food & Travel magazine entitled ‘Isle of Youth’ which has an abundance of lovely images of great local produce and picturesque views of the island. Judy was able to visit many of the local spots where organic farms, cassava bread, bakeries and eateries where secret recipes could be found. Fine dining restaurants were also discovered throughout the island to get a true feel of the tastes and flavors of Dominica. Much support was received from the private sector – Calibishie Lodges, Silks Hotel, Riverstone Bar & Grill, Picard Cottages, Beau Rive, Rosalie Bay, Zandoli Inn, Kalinago Barana Aute, Jungle Bay Resort, Mrs. Fae Martin, Roots Organic Farm, Roy’s Organic Farm, Cocoa Cottages and more. A quote from the article reads, “The Caribbean island of Dominica is very different from its neighbors….it has waterfalls, lush rainforest and produce so good it’s practically an elixir for long life. ” The DDA hosted UK journalist David Hoppit from March 24 – April 1 this year which produced several articles on the destination with the latest being featured last weekend in The Sunday Telegraph. The three-page feature on the island was entitled ‘A Boy’s Own Island’ where David brought his grandsons along on his adventure to get a true family experience on the island. The Sunday Telegraph is a weekly newspaper and online publication with a circulation of 471,894. The feature is a beautiful written piece with the journalist concluding that “the only hard thing about our visit to the natural history island was leaving it behind”. Many of the service providers gave tremendous support to this trip – Beau Rive, Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Waitukubuli National Trail, Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Castle Comfort Lodge & Dive Centre, Irie Safari, Jungle Bay Resort, Zandoli Inn, Rainforest Aerial Tram, Calibishie Cove, Calibishie Lodges and Kalinago Barana Aute and we would like to thank them and encourage them to assist the authority in creating further awareness of the destination. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/8899219/Dominica-the-Caribbean-a-Boys-Own-island.html Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Sharing is caring! 230 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Droste takes IMCA Modified Madness cash at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 22) – The IMCA Modified Madness 50 was the big show Friday night at Dav­enport Speedway. When the checkered flag fell, the spotlight was on Tyler Droste.Making his first visit to Davenport with an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Droste topped the $2,000 to win feature after swapping the lead and a little paint with Milo Veloz.“There were a lot of good cars here and a lot of very good drivers in the feature,” said Droste. “It helped having been here once before this year (in a Late Model) because every track is just a little bit different.”The main event started with 2012 race winner Veloz on the pole. Veloz jumped out to the early race lead but was in and out of first before Droste took over for good on the 46th of 50 circuits.Wisconsin’s Todd Dart, running the high side, took the lead briefly on lap seven but Veloz re­gained the top spot in the next corner.Lap 30 saw Jeremiah Hurst take his shot at the lead. Veloz returned the favor on the following lap and got back in front.Droste forced his way to the front on lap 37. Again Veloz came back to regain the lead. On lap 46, Droste went back to the lead for good, taking the win by two car lengths over Veloz in second.Hurst was third. Dart took fourth while Richie Gustin came from 16th to finish fifth.“This year has been really good to us,” said Droste, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot candidate. “We’ve got a Modified and a Late Model that have worked right out of the box. We haven’t struggled half the season like we did last year.”Winner of Friday’s IMCA Late Model main event was Justin Kay. Due to the length of the pro­gram, the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature will be made up next Friday.Feature results – 1. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 2. Milo Veloz, Colona, Ill.; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubu­que; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma, Wis.; 5. Riche Gustin, Gilman; 6. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 7. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 8. Bob Dominacki, Bettendorf;  9. Tony Von Dresky, Long Grove; 10. Greg Durbin, Silvis, Ill.; 11. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 12. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 13. Matt Wer­ner, Colona, Ill.; 14. Jeremy Marquette, Davenport; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 16. Kyle Brown, State Center; 17. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 18. Bruce Hanford, Davenport; 19.  Steve Johnson, Camanche; 20. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 21. Joe Beal, Milan, Ill.; 22. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 23. Jacob Mur­ray, Hartford; 24. Chris Zogg, New Liberty.Heat winners were Durbin, Droste, Carter, Marriott and Werner. “B” feature winners were Gustin, Morris and Mullen.last_img read more

Draw edges United closer to title

first_imgManchester United moved to within four points of claiming their 20th league title after Robin van Persie scored a controversial equaliser to claim a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with a battling West Ham. The nature of the result was befitting given United’s penchant for having to fight back from losing positions this season. They fell behind to a Ricardo Vaz Te header before Antonio Valencia’s first goal of the season levelled the scores. A great strike from Mohamed Diame saw the Hammers re-establish their lead in the second half. But United again showed their spirit as Van Persie equalised with 13 minutes remaining, although there will be questions asked as to whether the Dutchman was offside. The draw means United have now claimed 28 points from losing positions in the Barclays Premier League this season and leaves West Ham without a league victory over them since 2007. The hosts started the game brightly and, with the visitors toiling, it was Vaz Te who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, but the goal owed much to the driving force of Diame. The Senegal international picked the ball up in his own half after another United attack broke down and charged over the halfway line before picking out Matt Jarvis on the left flank. Jarvis skipped past Rio Ferdinand with ease before crossing to the back post, with Carroll knocking the ball down to the onrushing Vaz Te, who headed past David De Gea. The visitors’ equaliser came just after the half-hour mark after some fine work by Shinji Kagawa. The move started with Van Persie drifting out to the left wing and collecting the ball before playing in the Japan international. Kagawa then showed great composure to time his pass across goal to Valencia, who was left with the simple task of tapping home. Neither side could take the lead before the interval but there were a series of incidents inside the United penalty area before a West Ham corner. Wayne Rooney appeared to kick out at Carroll, with referee Lee Probert talking to the England pair, before Carroll incensed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by crashing into De Gea from the delayed set-piece. The battle between Carroll and De Gea continued as the Spanish goalkeeper collected a cross despite close attention from the forward, which ultimately saw the Liverpool loanee cautioned. He almost responded with a goal but his scintillating long-range strike hit the side netting of De Gea’s goal. West Ham’s second goal came soon after as Vaz Te’s clever flick and Guy Demel’s pass into Diame found the midfielder in possession just outside United’s area. Diame turned past Rooney, who offered little resistance, and arrowed a low effort past De Gea. Ryan Giggs was introduced by Ferguson as Rooney made way. And Van Persie had Kagawa, and the assistant referee, to thank for drawing the sides level. Kagawa cut inside before curling an effort that came back off the post and Van Persie’s path, with the striker finishing clinically – although he was in an offside position when Kagawa’s original shot was taken. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew: No guarantees over Cabaye

first_img The 28-year-old France international was the subject of a rejected £14million bid from Paris St-Germain on Sunday, and the Magpies were bracing themselves for a second approach on Monday afternoon with less than five days of the January transfer window still to run. Pardew has no desire to sell the former Lille player, who has become a central character in his team, but having lost striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool three years ago, he knows a bumper offer could see matters taken out of his hands. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he can give no guarantees over Yohan Cabaye’s continued presence on Tyneside. Press Associationcenter_img Asked if he was confident Cabaye would remain a Newcastle player after Friday’s 11pm deadline passed, he said: “You are talking to someone who lost Andy Carroll with eight hours to go, so am I confident? “No, I’m not confident, and I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League position could be.” However, if PSG are to get their man, they will have to increase their offer substantially with Newcastle looking for in excess of £20million before they will even consider selling him. Pardew said: “We know we have got a club interested in Cabaye, a very wealthy club and a powerful club, and we are conscious of that. “We are doing our best to protect Newcastle.” last_img read more

FIFA chief backs Courtois treatment

first_img FIFA has amended regulations over head injuries to form rules in its competitions to stop the game for three minutes to allow a team doctor to examine a player. If more time is needed for a complete neurological decision the player should be replaced. FIFA, football’s world governing body, cannot demand full-scale rule changes – that is the role of the International Football Association Board – but D’Hooghe hopes the regulation is adopted throughout the game. “We have now imposed that rule for our international competitions,” D’Hooghe added. “I would be very grateful if this would go down to the 209 associations of FIFA. “I think it will be the case in many, many countries. I am behind that proposal. We must do our very best for the health of the player.” The symptoms of many injuries, including concussion, are not always immediately clear and the introduction of rolling substitutions could take the pressure off medical staff to make snap judgements. “It is not only a problem for concussion but for in all cases of injuries that have to be treated,” D’Hooghe said. “For the moment FIFA don’t accept rolling substitutions but it is certainly a discussion point for FIFA in the future – if a player has to have more air but could eventually come back. “There are pros and cons to that. If you allow the player to sit on the bench for 15 minutes and come back to the field without a warm-up his risk of muscle injuries are greater for example. “There are of course positive arguments too – the decision at the moment is not to allow them but who knows in the future?” “In the case of Chelsea, I think sincerely that the team doctor did a correct examination,” D’Hooghe said at the Leaders in Sport conference in London. “She (Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro) came to a conclusion that he could go on, but she kept an eye on him and from the moment he didn’t feel well – and that can happen in the case of concussion – they took again the right decision to take him off.” D’Hooghe insists team doctors must assess their own players and that the Hippocratic Oath means they should not compromise their ethics and morals to benefit the team they are employed by. “A team doctor can be under pressure of the coach, the whole stadium,” D’Hooghe said. “(But) it is only the team doctor who knows very well the normal behaviour of his (or her) player. “If he has had a concussion his normal behaviour can change. That, a neutral doctor can never judge. “It is the team doctor who has the medical responsibility over his players. He is the only medical person who knows his players. “But he can ask for assistance. It would, for instance, be good if someone else looked at the television images of how precisely an accident occurred.” Press Association And he insists team doctors are best placed to assess their own players despite undoubted performance pressures. Courtois was substituted in the first half of last Sunday’s Premier League match with Arsenal, but only after playing on for 13 minutes after sustaining a head knock in a challenge with Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez. FIFA medical chief Michel D’Hooghe has supported Chelsea’s conduct over the head injury sustained by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. last_img read more

Boll, Ning Crowned 2017 ITTF Stars

first_imgGermany’s Timo Boll and China’s reigning World Champion Ding Ning have been crowned the 2017 Male & Female Table Tennis Stars at the Astana 2017 ITTF Star Awards.The year ending gala dinner and award ceremony held last night at the Rixos President Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, where the world’s best table tennis stars and coaches dressed up in glitz & glamour to join in a night of celebration for their achievements over the past year.Eight prestigious awards were handed out to the respective winners.The Male Table Tennis Star award presented by DHS saw a tough contest with reigning World & Olympic Champion Ma Long who had been dominating the international scene for several years, newly crowned Men’s World Cup Champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov, table tennis legend Timo Boll and Japanese prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto all eyeing for the prestigious title.It was former world number one Boll, who rolled back the years to pull off several amazing comebacks and spectacular action in 2017 who impressed table tennis fans all over the world and the expert panel, which included athletes and members of the media, to garner the most votes to be crowned the 2017 Table Tennis Star. The 36-year-old shared “I am very surprised to win this prestigious award against so many top players who have had an amazing year. Thanks to all my team and all the players who helped me win this amazing award. This award is for my fans, they are my inspiration!”Hot favourite for the Female Table Tennis Star title presented by Nittaku, reigning World & Olympic Champion Ding Ning did not disappoint as she takes her third Female Table Tennis Star award tonight to become the first ever athlete to achieve such as feat.After fending off competition from current world number one Zhu Yuling (CHN), Japanese superstar Miu Hirano and Chinese Taipei number one Cheng I-Ching, the 27-year-old stated: “Thank you so much! It’s a great honour! I want to thank ITTF for giving me this award. Thank you to all who supported me, I will keep fighting for more awards like this. I promise to make this game more popular in the world! Thank you!”Ding walks home as the biggest winner from the Astana 2017 ITTF Star Awards as her lightning fast rally against Zhu at the 2017 World Championships final was voted by fans as the 2017 Star Point presented by Seamaster.Turkish star Neslihan Kavas was crowned the Female Para Table Tennis Star presented by Stag International after a success year on the international para table tennis scene, including a silver in the Class 9 event at the World Para Table Tennis Team Championships and claiming both the Singles Class 9 & Team Class 9-10 Gold medals at the 2017 European Para Table Tennis Championships.Class 8 World number one Viktor Didukh who actively represented Ukraine on the ITTF World Tour prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2008 that necessitated amputation of his left leg, took home the Male Para Table Tennis Star award presented by Tinsue after winning several titles at various para table tennis Open & Championships events around the world.14-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto claims the 2017 Breakthrough Star award presented by Monday Club, after being the youngest ever World Tour Singles Champion and youngest ever World Championships quarterfinalist in 2017, beating world top 10 stars Timo BOLL and Jun Mizutani respectively.Having coached the German team to reclaim the Men’s Team Gold at the European Championships, as well as led top German stars Boll & Ovtcharov to several World Tour titles & victory at the 2017 Men’s World Cup, Germany’s Jorg Rosskopf was named the 2017 Star Coach presented by Butterfly.The 2017 Fair Play Star was handed out to France’s Irvin Bertrand for his act of fair play at the Belarus Open where he gave his opponent his spare racket to compete fairly in the competition, after his opponent failed the racket control testing and was not allowed to play.With the conclusion of the Astana 2017 ITTF Star Awards, the world’s best table tennis stars now return to the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 14-17 December to battle for the US$1,000,000 prize money on offer at the season ending finale.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

April Streaming Guide

first_img“The Plot Against America” (new episodes every Monday) Disney Plus HBO While it’s already available to buy or rent, Pixar’s fantasy-comedy will be coming to Disney Plus April 3. It’s not one of the studio’s best, but it’s cute and has some surprisingly impressive visuals. It’s no “Lord of the Rings,” but some of the landscapes look like they were plucked straight out of Middle Earth. “Onward” (available April 3) “Tales from the Loop” (premieres April 3) “Emma” Instead of remaining trapped in shuttered theaters for a few more weeks, Focus Features decided to release Autumn de Wilde’s recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma” online early. The trailer paints the movie as a snappy, transgressive take on the source material and while the version we got is mostly traditional, it’s still stylish. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I’m willing to bet it’s better than the Gwyneth Paltrow version. “Westworld,” season three (new episodes every Sunday) So far, the third season of HBO’s sci-fi epic about the rise of artificial intelligence falls neatly in line with its two previous seasons: It’s about as silly as it is smart. For every novel idea there is a lackluster fight scene or robot dragon to even things out. I’ve always enjoyed when the show leans into its pulpy roots (a holdover from Michael Crichton’s original ’70s blockbuster), but it’s a delicate balance. And at this point, it’s a balance that the show’s producers seem largely uninterested in maintaining.  Even so, it won’t be for everyone. It’s slow — unbearably so at times — and fixates on the mundane as much as it dramatizes the sweeping changes of history. It’s also, despite what many have said, far from essential. If you’re looking for something comforting during this stressful time, I would steer clear. But if you’re willing to put up with a little added stress, I cannot recommend it highly enough. (Katie Zhao | Daily Trojan) Amazon Prime The central storyline, which sees former “Westworld” android Dolores finally break out of the park and arrive on the mainland to lead a robot uprising, gives us a glimpse of a novel futuristic Los Angeles. Rather than the obviously bleak dystopia of a movie like “Blade Runner,” “Westworld”’s central city appears as a gleaming utopia. Insidious forces are, of course, still at the top of the pyramid, but they’re not always obvious in the ways they maintain their oppressive order. It’s a clever premise and has led to some of this season’s best moments (the fight scene that closes out the first episode was one of my favorites). Too often “social issue” television is so focused on the ideological matter at hand that its characters are all but forgotten (I’m looking at you, “Years and Years”). “The Plot Against America,” on the other hand, is general enough to remain relevant more than 15 years after its source material was published and specific enough that its emotional center remains intact. As it looks like none of us will be going outside any time soon, streaming has stepped up to fill the gaps left in my day. While it’s no substitute for human interaction, at least I’ve got sweet, sweet content to pass the time. Here are a few recommendations. The Nicolas Cage classic is just as wild on your 30th viewing as it was on your third. It’s not a great movie by any means, but it has a manic energy that is absent in a lot of other mid-tier adventure films. “National Treasure” (available April 30) While I can’t vouch for the show as of yet, I have been looking forward to it for weeks. Based on the work of Simon Stålenhag (and the tabletop role-playing game to which he lent his art), a Swedish artist known for his beautifully mundane science fiction landscapes, the show is a pseudo-anthology series with a few recurring characters who pop up every episode. It looks slow and strange — like much of Stålenhag’s work — and I’m really hoping it lives up to its potential.  But then there are the show’s other stories. Since the show is called “Westworld,” it can’t entirely leave its titular location behind. And yet, every time we cut back to the now mostly ruined amusement park, the pacing grinds to a halt. It’s well explored territory. Even the World War II-themed War World felt stale when compared to the season’s best moments. When focused on characters still in the park, “Westworld”’s producers have free reign to make things as pulp-y as they like. But what worked in earlier episodes now seems like an artifact from an entirely different show. Still, season three is more than worth the watch just to see where Dolores ends up (even if you end up fast forwarding through everything else). A lot of critics have hailed “The Plot Against America,” adapted from the Philip Roth novel about a Jewish family contending with the rise of U.S. fascism in the early ’40s, as “prescient” or “vital” given the coming election. While I would agree for the most part, it’s also a lot more than that. last_img read more