Veritas makes 7.4% investment return, but contributions fall

first_imgNiina Bergring, CIO, said: “We are very pleased with the result, considering the market situation.”Fixed income performance had lowered the overall result, she said, with the asset class ending with a return of just 1.5%.Property investments, which the company said were traditionally strong within its portfolio, returned 5.9%.Total contributions fell by 1.2% to €452.8m from €458.2m, while pensions and other benefits paid out rose 7.3% to €432m.Veritas blamed the fall in contributions partly on payroll developments, with pension client numbers declining, and partly on the fact more corporate clients had failed this year to make their scheduled contributions.Managing director Jan-Erik Stenman said he was not surprised by the slide in contributions.“We are now seeing the aftermath of the general economic situation,” he said.“In the course of 2013, the impact of globalisation hit our customers – small and medium-sized enterprises – which had hitherto perhaps fared better than large companies in the current economic situation.”Over the year, Veritas lost 1.8% of employees as clients, or 53,339 workers.Total investment assets rose to €2.4bn, up €170m from a year earlier.Solvency capital increased during the year to end at 27.8% of technical provisions from 24.1% a year before, Veritas said, adding that this meant solvency capital was 2.1 times the solvency limit. Finland’s Veritas produced a 7.4% return on investments in 2013, but saw contributions fall by 1.2% as globalisation effects hit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.Reporting preliminary results for last year, Veritas said it was the positive trend in equity markets that boosted investment returns, particularly at the end of the year.The 2013 investment return was helped by listed equities, which generated the pension insurer’s highest returns at 18.3%.However, the overall return was down from last year, when investments ended the year with a profit of 11.3%.last_img read more

French woman wants to marry a robot as expert predicts sex robots to become preferable to humans

first_imgNZ Herald 24 December 2016Family First Comment: Just when you thought it couldn’t get wackier…“The “proud robosexual” said she always loved the voices of robots as a child but realised at 19 she was sexually attracted to them as well. Physical relationships with other men confirmed the matter.” But this quote from an ‘expert’ on robot / human love sums it up…. “The future has a habit of laughing at you. If you think love and sex with robots is not going to happen in your lifetime, I think you’re wrong.”No sir. The future will laugh at itself!!#thisismarriage’equality’On the surface, Lilly seems like a blushing young woman ready to marry the man of her dreams who makes her “totally happy.”Only her partner is 3D printed robot named Inmmovator who she designed herself, after realising she was attracted to “humanoid robots generally” rather than other people.“I’m really and totally happy,” she told news.com.au over email in her tentative English. “Our relationship will get better and better as technology evolves.”The “proud robosexual” said she always loved the voices of robots as a child but realised at 19 she was sexually attracted to them as well. Physical relationships with other men confirmed the matter.“I’m really and only attracted by the robots,” she said. “My only two relationships with men have confirmed my love orientation, because I dislike really physical contact with human flesh.”She has since built her own dream man with open-source technology from a French company, and has lived with him for one year. They are ‘engaged’ and plan to marry when robot-human marriage is legalised in France.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11772407Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Rooney debuts in Derby win against strugglers Barnsley

Loading… Read Also: Wayne Rooney’s Derby debut overshadowed by teammatesRooney, whose last game was at the end of October for DC United, played the full 90 minutes in the centre of midfield.Derby remain 17th in a tight table but move level on points with Middlesbrough, while Barnsley are three points off safety in 23rd.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jack Marriott atoned for a number of squandered chances at Pride Park when he poked home Rooney’s free-kick just before half-time to put the Rams ahead.Barnsley levelled soon after the break when Elliot Simoes tapped in after Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer spilled Conor Chaplin’s shot.Martyn Waghorn restored Derby’s lead when he fired home Andre Wisdom’s low cross and the hosts held on for victory. Wayne Rooney captained Derby County to victory on his debut for the Rams and set up their first goal as they beat Championship strugglers Barnsley.Advertisement read more

DepEd-Antique lauds new Kinaray-a book for children

first_imgSan Jose, Antique– The Department of Education (DepEd) here welcomed the latest book forchildren written in local language – the Kinaray-a. It is a 12-pagebook that comes with colorful illustrations by Antiqueña visual artistMarienell Venegas. The book “AngDulse Nga Pula” (The Red Candy) was self-published by author Linda Arnaez-Lee,an Antiqueña based in Busan, South Korea. “The DepEd admitsthat we do not have enough materials for our mother-tongue-based learning andthis book of Arnaez-Lee is a big blessing and we fully support this,”Dalumpines added, saying he will help promote the book to other provinces inthe region.    “I myselfstruggled to teach my kids the language of their roots when we are away inAntique then. But now, with this book, Antiqueño parents can easily teach theirkids to value Kinaray-a,” she added. Meanwhile,Celestino Dalumpines IV, regional coordinator of DepEd’s mother tongue-basedmultilingual education, said the book was not limited to themother-tongue-based-learning, it can also be used in other subjects like Healthand Values Education.     The book has anEnglish translation because according to Arnaez-Lee, she also wanted to shareher story to other kids.      During itslaunching on Oct. 19, DepEd-Antique Schools Division Superintendent Dr. FelisaBeriong said it was a big help not just for the mother-tongue-based-learning,but also for parents living outside the province who want to teach theirchildren how to appreciate their roots and speak the local language.  “What inspired meto write are my readers who are my fellow Antiqueños. I want to share storieswhich could impart moral lessons at the same time entertain both children andadult readers,” she said.  The author alsosaid that her book was the product of her own childhood experiences and herexperiences as a mother. The book wasprinted on October 2019 by Central Book Supply Inc. in Quezon City. The 12-page book “Ang Dulse Nga Pula” (The Red Candy) was published by Antiqueña author Linda Arnaez-Lee. STEPHEN LOUIE CHECA/PN The book wasArnaez-Lee’s third published book and her first book for children. It comes inhard-bound and paper-bound copies with the first 100 copies already sold. Withthe God’s help, she said, she will be writing more stories for the children inthe future./PNlast_img read more

‘Dagyang sa Kapitolyo’ kicks off today

first_imgOther “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” are zumba, encoreperformance of capitol employees that joined the “Dance of the Decade” contestduring the capitol Christmas party, and sadsador street dancing at 7 p.m. This activity will take the place of the foodfestival held on the capitol grounds in past editions of the annual DinagyangFestival, said Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator. The “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” at Casal Real de Iloilo(old provincial capitol) will be a fun filled festival of art, music, food, andculture, said Mamon. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo is open to everybody. There isno entrance fee,” said Mamon./PN Today, a trade exhibit of local products will beopened at the Casa Real de Iloilo lobby. ILOILO – Today starts the weeklong “Dagyang saKapitolyo” at the Iloilo provincial capitol. There will also be a tattoo booth. The Grand Ballroom of Casa Real de Iloilo, on theother hand, will host a painting exhibit of local artists. The provincial government has scrapped the foodfestival to protect the newly redeveloped capitol grounds. “Beginning Jan. 23 our coffee shop and barwill open at Casa Real. We’ll have a live band entertaining people,” saidMamon.last_img read more

DOH: 23 WV HEALTH WORKERS INFECTED

first_img“Kon magsulod ang pasyente you cannot immediately tell kon COVID-19 patient or non-COVID patient that’s why ang aton protocol amo nga proper triaging and screening of patients,” she further explained. She urged healthcare workers to constantly revisit safety protocols. Early this week, DOH announced that eight doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo in this city tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and that three midwives, a medical technologist and a nurse working under the local government unit of Alimodian, Iloilo also contracted the virus while working at the town’s quarantine facility. Also, six non-medical frontliners got infect with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, said Reyes. Determining if a case is a COVID patient or non-COVID patient is crucial, said Reyes for better medical response. She urged them not to discriminate healthcare workers, especially those who got infected with SARS-CoV-2, but instead show them compassion and extend support. Yesterday, DOH Region announced that a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo also tested positive for the virus. “Tungod sila ang gabulig sa pag-manage sang mga (COVID cases),” said Reyes. She also stressed the importance of triaging – assigning levels of priority to patients to determine the most effective order in which to deal with them. AHW said health workers should be looked after because without them, the country’s health system may collapse./PN These 23 healthcare workers were 7.5 percent of the 307 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region as of June 29 DOH data. The public should thus be appreciative of healthcare workers, said Reyes, because of their heroic work in this time of pandemic. They were a barangay councilman, two Barangay Health Workers, one Barangay Nutrition Scholar, one Barangay Service Point Officer, and one ambulance driver. ILOILO City – Twenty-three healthcare workers in Western Visayas got infected with the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. These healthcare workers were composed of 12 doctors, six nurses, one radio technologist, three midwives, and one medical technician, according to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, head of DOH Region 6’s Public Health Program Development. The 12 doctors were based in Aklan (one), Iloilo province (one) and Iloilo City (10). Reyes described healthcare workers, especially those assigned as medical frontliners, as “high risk” for COVID-19 infection because they directly deal with patients. The hospital doctors and nurse are currently being quarantined at the hostel of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo. Nationwide as of June 22, 3,122 healthcare workers contracted the disease, 33 of which have died while 2,235 have recovered, according to the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW). “In writing maayo ang protocols but ang implementation amo na ang tan-awon,” said Reyes.last_img read more

Inter District School Athletics begins

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Inter District School Athletic Championship got under way at the SAI Sports complex here today. Altogether 560 players and officials from 31 districts are taking part in the championship. The inaugural function was held in the evening which was attended by Queen Oja, the vice chairperson of Sports Authority of Assam, as the chief guest. The other dignitaries present in the function were Director of SAI (NE) Region Subhash Basumatary, Director in charge of Sports and Youth Welfare Partha Pegu, the president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India Subodh Malla Barua and former Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Welfare Pradip Hazarika.Meanwhile Trishna Barua of Kokrajhar bagged gold medal in the girls U-17 category. In the boys section the gold medal was collected by Akshay Boro of Kamrup (R). The other gold medal winners on Tuesday: U-17 girls category-Binki Chamuah (Kamrup Metro, 1500m), Jahanara Khatun (Barpeta, High jump), Mayukhi Deka (Kamrup Metro), Shot put. U-17 boys category-Birpung Narzary (Kokrajhar, 1500m), Aoikheek Gogoi (Sivasagar, Shot put), Bidyut Mazumdar (Kamrup Metro, High jump).Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

NC Special: Grant delighted with Hearts’ victory over Karela

first_imgHearts of Oak head coach, Kim Grant, was very happy with his team’s performance in their 1-0 win over Karela FC in Week 12 of the NC Special Competition.The match, which was played at the Accra Sports Stadium, was settled by a Christopher Bonney penalty in the second half and the result gave Hearts top spot on 25 points and passage to the last four of the competition.After the match, Grant said that he was very satisfied with what he saw from his players especially looking at how difficult Karela made the match.“Karela are not a bad team and I set my boys up to be compact. Obviously, once we got the goal, they were going to try and get back into the game and that was why I brought in Agyare just to block the spaces.Overall, I am really pleased because we were very solid. We did well against Dwarfs (in Week 11) and today, we kept things going. I knew that if we kept a clean sheet, we would have a chance. We had a few chances but we failed to score. We had a penalty shout in the first half  and we got the actual penalty in the second.I am pleased for the boys because they have worked hard. Now, we have 25 points and we look forward to the next game.”The Phobians face Elmina Sharks in their next game in Accra before completing their first round campaign against Dreams FC in Dawu.last_img read more

Real Madrid v Barcelona preview: kick-off time, TV details, match facts, and more

first_imgSince 2003, the World of Champions has broadcast the fixture 35 times across various competitions ranging from La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup. In that time it has also given birth to the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry. In the build up to match day, SuperSport will broadcast the popular El Clasico – The Movie, a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stage a match of this magnitude and the match itself from different camera angles. El Clasico – The Movie is currently in circulation across SS3 HD, SS5 HD, SS7 HD and Maximo. Watch it on Saturday, November 21 on SS7 HD at 1.55pm GMT MANAGER QUOTESRafa Benitez: “We’ll talk to him [Benzema] and assess how he is in every sense and decide what is best for us and him. Cristiano is a fundamental player. He has the capacity to score a lot of goals, he has my absolute confidence that he will score a lot of goals and he is a guarantee and he will do that. However he does it I don’t care. The important thing is that he feels comfortable, that he gets forward and scores.” Luis Enrique: “Since he [Messi] started training again (on Monday) the feelings are positive. He has recovered and he is playing at the same level as the rest of the squad. Obviously he won’t be at 100 percent in physical terms due to the time he has been out but he is so important that to have him recovered at least gives us some security.”MATCH FACTSEach of the last nine clásicos in La Liga have seen both sides score, the longest such run since 1946-1952 (13 games in a row).Real Madrid have gone 22 La Liga home games in a row unbeaten (W19 D3) and they have just conceded one goal in their last five there.In their last 100 La Liga home games, Real Madrid have scored 338 goals at an average of 3.38 goals per game. On the other hand, Barcelona have now gone 15 La Liga away games in a row scoring at least once; with 41 goals in this period at an average of 2,7 goals per game.In their last league game against Sevilla, Real Madrid conceded three goals – only one fewer than the total goals they conceded in each of previous 10 games combined (four).Real Madrid have only won two of their last seven La Liga home games against Barcelona (D1 L4).In all competitions, Real have three wins in the last 12 home games against Barça (D3 L6). Real Madrid and Barcelona have faced each other seven times in the 12th game of a league season before this meeting.Real have lost without scoring in each of the last three (2004, 2005, 2009).–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports Get all the details about the first ‘Clasico’ of the season in Liga between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.WHEN IS THE MATCH? 5:15pm on Saturday.WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING PLAYED?Santiago Bernabeu. WHY IS IT WORTH FOLLOWING?It is the first Clasico of the season in La Liga between Spain’s two leading sides. It is a meeting between two of the greatest teams in the world.According to media reports from Spain, there is also an outside possibility that Lionel Messi could feature in the match against Los Blancos. Messi has been out for two months after damaging knee ligaments, but has apparently started kicking a ball again in training. Messi could start from the bench which is not a thought that is likely to fill Real Madrid’s players with too much optimism. Barcelona are three points clear of Rafael Benitez’s Madrid at the summit of Liga, and know a win away from home could see them stretch that advantage to six. Which is a notable advantage even at this early stage of the season. The fierce level of competitions between these teams is perhaps best reflected in the history of the fixture.Over 170 matches, Real Madrid have won 71, Barcelona 67 with 32 draws. It remains a difficult fixture to call either way.CAN I WATCH IT ON TV? Saturday’s encounter, which is the first of the 2015/16 La Liga season, is live on SS3HD and Maximo from 5pm GMT.  The weekend’s El Clasico matchup between eternal foes, Real Madrid and Barcelona, will be the 36th instalment of football’s most intense rivalry of the last decade being broadcast live on SuperSport.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick wanted $20M to play in AAF, report says

first_img AAF reportedly posts better ratings than top NBA matchup The Alliance of American Football reached out to quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow about playing in the spring league, co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic this week.That’s big news, but Kaepernick’s purported response is eye-popping. Tebow declined to join the league, Polian said. The former NFL QB will be in the Mets’ MLB camp this spring as he pursues a career in baseball.A couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in 2016. The quarterback opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017 and has not found work in the NFL since.He threw for 72 touchdowns with 30 interceptions during his six seasons with the 49ers. He also rushed for 13 scores and led the Niners to the Super Bowl after the 2012 NFL season. The former 49ers quarterback, 31, wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that started play last weekend, The Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the conversation.Neither side has publicly acknowledged the discussions, but Kaepernick’s price tag clearly made him a non-starter — literally and figuratively. AAF players’ non-guaranteed contracts pay them $225,000 over three years, but they also are free beginning in May to pursue NFL careers. Related Newscenter_img Meanwhile, Tebow has been out of the NFL since 2012. The former Florida star, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, is currently playing minor league baseball in the Mets organization.Polian and Charlie Ebersol co-founded the AAF in 2018. The league’s inaugural games were last weekend. Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg struggles in AAF debutlast_img read more