first_imgRisto Murto, CEO, VarmaVarma chief executive Risto Murto said the provider’s first-quarter return on investments of 5.1% had already made up for the loss of 2% reported for the whole of 2018.The company’s equities portfolio returned 10%, with listed equities performing the best at 13.1%. Fixed income generated a 1.9% return and hedge funds made 2%.The market value of Varma’s portfolio was €45.8bn at the end of March, up from €44bn at the end of December.Murto warned that the global economy was giving mixed messages, adding to uncertainty about the state of Finland’s export markets at a time when the Nordic country had a new government in place.He said: “The [US Federal Reserve] abandoned its tightening monetary policy, and the equity markets reacted positively to this change. Messages concerning the phase of the global business cycle, however, remain mixed.“It is still unclear whether Finland’s next government will face a tailwind or headwind in the export market when it starts its work.”Finland’s centre-left Social Democratic Party gained the highest proportion of votes in the country’s general election on 14 April, and is now heading towards formal coalition talks to form a government, replacing the previous centre-right coalition. Varma, one of Finland’s biggest pension providers, has overhauled its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policy. The €45.8bn pension insurer said its revamped sustainability programme included an assessment of its investments according to recommendations made by the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in its annual and corporate social responsibility report.All companies in which it invested were required to report what they were doing to combat climate change in both their business operations and their future growth prospects, Varma said, as recommended by the TCFD.Varma added that it had stopped investing in tobacco and nuclear weapons in 2004, and also excluded manufacturers of other controversial weapons and companies that rely on coal operations for more than 30% of their net sales. In its recent annual and sustainability report, Varma said its analysis showed that its equity portfolio was in line with keeping global warming below 1.75°C above pre-industrial levels.“Maintaining this situation, however, requires the continuous reduction of emissions in the future,” it added.First-quarter gain makes up for 2018 losslast_img read more

first_imgAs I sat and watched the NFL playoffs the last two weekends, the games initiated a thought process for yours truly. Alex Smith versus Drew Brees, Eli Manning versus Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco versus T. J. Yates, Tom Brady versus Tim Tebow all were part of the top of the food chain of the NFL. There is a quarterback in Pittsburgh that is revered. His name is Ben Roethlisberger. He has from the beginning taken the media and the Pittsburgh fan base by storm. The management of the Pittsburgh Steelers has coddled and catered to Big Ben since his career was launched. As far as I am concerned, he has underperformed significantly. Take a look at the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. To say his tenure in San Francisco has been tenuous and volatile would be greatly understated. Smith has had seven offensive coordinators in seven seasons but has advanced to the NFC Championship game. Wow that is deep!  This “enamoration” with Roethlisberger began in 2004 when he was thrust into service as a rookie when Tommy Maddox was injured. After splitting their first two games, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to victory in all of the team’s 14 remaining regular season games, giving Pittsburgh a 15-1 record and making the Steelers the first AFC team ever to win 15 games. However, the Steelers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game which forever can be hailed as one of the Patriots famous “cheat sheet games.”The primary reason that I went back to the humble beginnings of Big Ben is because everyone thought it was such a big deal to have a QB who was not expected to play standing front and center on the NFL’s grandest stage. The media made such a huge deal of Ben winning 14 games, but as I looked around the league in 2011, I saw young quarterbacks like Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals and T.J. Yates of the Houston Texans thriving on the fly.  Ben’s rookie year accomplishments when viewed with hindsight do not seem as impressive as they did in 2004.I remember sitting in the press box in Baltimore the year prior to Roethlisberger gaining the starting position. David Steele, formerly of the Baltimore Sun looked over at me after Maddox had played a horrible game against the Ravens and said, “Tommy Maddox does not deserve an NFL paycheck.” That being said the position of quarterback for the Steelers more than likely would’ve been put into Big Ben’s hands eventually.  During that stretch for Maddox, the fanatics of the Steelers nation were guilty of such despicable acts as throwing bags of garbage onto his lawn. Judging by the way Roethlisberger has performed lately, injured or not, can’t you hear the diesel engines of the garbage trucks humming? Also the coaches of the Steelers may be receiving an extra “sewage surcharge” if they are not careful.It is time for Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau, and Bruce Arians to cut loose or exit the outhouse.I have been one of the most vocal critics of the New England Patriots and their head coach Bill Belichick after his cheating methods were discovered and exposed. That being said, Belichick is one of the most innovative, intellectual and opportunistic coaches I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of covering the NFL. He always seems to pit the strength of his team against the weakness of the opponent. The Patriots were 31st in pass defense during the 2011 season yet during their recent win over the Denver Broncos, they only allowed Denver QB Tim Tebow to complete 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards and allowed the Broncos to score a measly 10 points. Was this really the 31st ranked pass defense of the NFL?  Yet the Steelers number one passing defense allowed the Broncos to torch them for 316 yards and 29 points. How can that be? The Broncos put their weakness up against the strength of the Steelers and won, convincingly.Will the Steelers be able to evolve just as other franchises are changing right before their eyes? Probably.  Are they in danger of falling by the wayside, possibly because they are married financially to a quarterback who is having an illicit affair on them behind their back? Maybe. Is Roethlisbeger divulging secrets to Steelers opponents or Las Vegas odds-makers for ill-gotten gain? Heck no. Is he intentionally throwing picks and fumbling the ball away? I think not. His love of self is the obvious negative. Big Ben may just be having secret liaisons at questionable locations in seedy hotel rooms only with, oh gosh, himself.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the ‘Odd-Couple Sports Show’ streaming live on Fox Sports radio.)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest World Dairy Expo is right around the corner and the deadline for dairy cattle entries is fast approaching. All entries must be submitted by midnight (CDT) on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 to avoid late fees. Paper entries must be postmarked by that date as well. Late entries will be accepted until the day of the show at an increased rate (online late entries close Sept. 13, 2015).Entry forms are available online through the Dairy Cattle Entry System or for print on the Expo website. Additional entry information, schedule of events, rules and changes/additions can be found in the Premium book, available on the Expo website.Display booth space, end-cap display, stalling requests, discounted exhibitor passes, 2018 Futurity entries, 2016 judge nominations and Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee representative nomination forms can all be found on the online entry system as well. Youth fitting and showmanship contest entries may also be submitted.World Dairy Expo will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2015 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. with this year’s theme of “Dairy in our DNA.” WDE, recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry, attracts more than 70,000 attendees from more than 90 countries each year. Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE15) for more information.last_img read more

first_imgAn August 4 directive from the IGP of Kashmir Zone in Srinagar to shut down landlines to prevent the “misuse of data services” drew attention in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.Senior lawyer Vrinda Grover, for Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin, asked a three-judge Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana why landlines were shut down to stop Internet data services in the Valley. She asked why landlines were not kept open so people could call each other in times of need.“Can restrictions on free speech be used to extinguish the very right of free speech?” Ms. Grover asked in court.The communication from S.P. Pani, IGP, Kashmir Zone, on August 4 to the BSNL authorities said: “In view of the apprehension of misuse of data services by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in the law and order situation, you are directed to shut down the landline services in the entire Kashmir Valley except airport (old/new) with immediate effect till further orders”.Though the actual text of the IGP’s order refers to the shutting down of only landlines to stop data services, the subsequent affidavit filed by the J&K government in the Supreme Court on October 23 claims the IGP had banned not only landlines but also Internet and mobiles. The affidavit said a similar order was passed by the Jammu IGP too. It said the snapping of communication services was confirmed by the Principal Secretary of the J&K Home Department in terms of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Service (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules of 2017.The August 4 communication was one of the bunch of documents the J&K government had produced in the apex court to prove the communication lock-down was duly authorised.Besides this, Ms. Grover said police authorities had ordered a reduction of data speed from 4G to 2G in the Valley. However, the Internet was shut down completely all these days.The Justice Ramana bench is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the restrictions imposed on movement and communication in J&K. It has been 90 days since restrictions were imposed in J&K following the withdrawal of the special status and the reorganisation of the State of J&K into two new Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.The J&K government said the right to free speech is not absolute. The State can impose reasonable restrictions to protect sovereignty and integrity.The affidavit argued that restrictions could also include total prohibition. Anyway, the affidavit said telephone and mobile services have been restored and there is no restriction on movement in “99% of Jammu and Kashmir”.last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants star Steve Smith ruled out with wrist injuryIn-form Steve Smith has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League season nine due to a wrist injury. Adam Voges, who bettered Don Bradman’s record, suffers freak head injury     Adam Voges was struck on the back of his head by a ball thrown by thesubstitute fielder Ollie Rayner. Voges collapsed to the ground and wasimmediately rushed to the hospital.Dhoni takes blame for Pune’s humiliating defeat vs Mumbai Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who ended up on the losing side in the game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, said his defensive approach with the bat is not helping  Rising Pune Supergiants’ cause.Struggling RCB take on inconsistent KKR While Royal Challengers Bangalore are heavily reliant on their batting, Kolkata Knight Riders have a shaky middle order.Jadeja reprimanded for showing dissent at umpire’s decisionRavindra Jadeja has been reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire’sdecision during Gujarat Lions’ Indian Premier League game against KingsXI Punjab.last_img read more

Then-sophomore pitcher Ryan Riga throws a pitch during a game against Oregon May 11 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Courtesy of OSU Athletics Then-sophomore pitcher Greg Greve (32) fires a pitch during a game against Minnesota April 8, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an influx of youth on the Ohio State baseball team, leadership is a likely necessity if the Buckeyes have dreams to be considered among the nation’s best. Although the team is less than three weeks into its regular season, the leaders on the pitching staff have already begun to emerge.Senior captain Greg Greve, and junior Ryan Riga have established themselves as the starting 1-2 punch for the Buckeyes on the mound. They make up a small portion of the pitching staff with collegiate experience, though.“It puts expectations on our roles. We have to show the young guys the ropes,” Greve said.A corps of talented freshmen and sophomores outweigh the upperclassmen in numbers, but coach Greg Beals said he is confident going into weekend trips knowing he is sending Greve and Riga out to start games.“I consider them bookends,” Beals said. “You got Greve going out first (on the weekend), Riga going out second … so our young guys are bookended a little bit.”Beals said he does not have a problem with sending any of the freshmen out to throw big innings, but Greve’s and Riga’s performances thus far have yet to warrant that.Neither were regular starters last year, but both have starting experience. Greve, a right-hander, started 20 games combined during his freshman and sophomore campaigns before moving to the bullpen last year, where he lowered his ERA to a career-best 3.65. Riga, a left-hander, began his collegiate career at Wabash Valley College, where he went 9-3 as a freshman and posted a 2.77 ERA. He improved as a sophomore during his first season with the Buckeyes in 2013, getting his ERA down to 2.14 in 29 relief appearances.With none of the starting rotation returning this season, both pitchers knew it would be their time to step up.“Last year the (pitching) staff set the tone for the team,” Riga said. “We’re trying to do the same to accomplish our goals and make it to the national tournament.”Greve started on opening day for the Buckeyes against reigning Big East Tournament Champion Connecticut. In the weeks leading up to that first game, he had no idea he would be the day one starter for the team, but embraced the role.Things looked shaky to start, with the Huskies earning two runs off him to begin the first inning.“Opening day showed that I was excited and nervous,” Greve said. “After the first inning, I went into the dugout and took some deep breaths and talked to my teammates to just help me relax.”Getting calmed down by his teammates appeared to pay dividends, as he subsequently pitched five strong innings, allowing only two baserunners and retiring 11 batters in a row at one point. The Buckeye offense tallied eight runs to earn him the win.Riga started against Auburn in the second game of the season and pitched for six innings, giving up only four hits while not allowing any runs. His effort against the Tigers earned him the honor of being named a Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the week. He said the award wasn’t important, though.“It doesn’t mean much to me,” Riga said. “I’m just trying to leave games with a lead and help the team win as many games as I can.”The second weekend of play didn’t see Greve and Riga, but Greve said he was glad the team could generate enough offense to win even if the starters struggled.“It’s a great feeling knowing our offense can come back and get runs even if we have a bad day,” Greve said. “Our job is to go out and keep it close for them.”As the freshmen and sophomore relievers continue to develop, Beals said he knows Greve and Riga can provide them with someone to look up to and follow.“They have the right leadership to prepare the (young) guys to be successful,” Beals said.The Buckeyes (5-2) have set the tone early, just as they had hoped to do, Riga said.“We had a big emphasis on the beginning of the year,” Riga said. “We focused on getting a good start and are happy with how it’s been.”Riga and Greve know there is much more to be done, though, and that the team has to keep winning to achieve their main goal.“We want to represent Ohio State in the national tournament,” Greve said. “We have worked our butts off for this all winter. All I want to do is help the team win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Pittsburgh Friday in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. read more

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin is keen on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League suggesting they will give it their all in the last group tieThe La Liga side who are the record holders of the competition with five titles in the last 12 years – lost 1-0 at Standard Liege on Thursday night, meaning they must beat FC Krasnodar in their last game to qualify.“We have failed again and when this happens in Europe, your position becomes complicated,” Machin told reporters, as cited by Football Espana via the club media.“We were not allowed to play the game we wanted to play and they hurt us on the break, then when Pablo (Sarabia) was sent-off we struggled, that moment killed us.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“We now know that to progress is not going to be a stroll in the park and that we will have to fight tooth and nail.“But we are at home in front of our fans and they will push us on to qualify in what will be a difficult match.“This has been a demanding group.”last_img read more