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  • Finnish roundup: Veritas merges with Pensions-Alandia

    first_imgRegulatory pressure has forced the small Finnish pension fund Pensions-Alandia to merge with larger player Veritas.Pensions-Alandia chief executive Åsa Ceder said it had become “virtually impossible” for his firm to develop its service since 2016.“Changes to the regulations made it virtually impossible for a small company like Pensions-Alandia with five employees to keep up with developments,” he said.The two pension providers have signed a letter of intent about their link-up plans. Veritas already has a 10% stake in Pensions-Alandia, which is mostly owned by Alandia Insurance and operates in the Swedish-speaking Ålandia islands, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia.The two pension companies have had a co-insurance agreement since 1961.Veritas said the merger would save just under €1m in annual administration costs.Carl Pettersson, Veritas chief executive, said the upcoming merger was good news for its customers and would strengthen its position as the fourth option on the market.“The improved cost-effectiveness will have a positive impact on our customer benefits,” he said. “At the same time, it gives us opportunities to further develop our service.”Veritas would still be the smallest pensions insurance company, but financially very strong, Pettersson added.“Small and medium-sized companies have needs that differ from the big ones, and they need a smaller pension company that can meet them,” he said.The joint business will continue under the Veritas brand, and be based in Turku.If the link-up is approved by both companies’ boards, general meetings and by the authorities, Pension-Alandia customers will become Veritas customers on 1 January 2019.At the end of 2016 – the latest annual report available on its website – Pensions-Alandia had €275.6m of total assets, while Veritas had €3.2bn of investment assets at the end of 2017.AI technology ‘can predict ill-health retirement’Machine learning tests carried out by the Finnish Centre for Pensions have shown that technology can predict (to some extent) which individuals will take early retirement on health grounds.The artificial intelligence (AI) application could be used identify groups of people at risk of ending their working lives early due to ill health and to plan preventative measures, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions – the statutory central body of Finland’s earnings-related pension scheme.In tests, the technology managed to identify four out of five retirees taking a disability pension two years before they had actually done so, the centre said.Mikko Kautto, director at the organisation, said: “Once it gets easier to combine more extensive datasets, AI will offer improved tools to help identify risk groups and plan preventive methods.”Jarno Varis, mathematician at the the Finnish Centre for Pensions, said that four out of five was a very encouraging result.“It is very likely that the accuracy would be improved by adding more social and health data to the algorithm,” he said.The sample consisted of the centre’s anonymous register data for 500,000 people.By comparing the data for the people who had retired on a disability pension and those who had not, the algorithm learned to identify the variables that predicted a disability pension, it said.Factors such as repeated sickness benefits and rehabilitation allowances, as well as a reduced earned income were most successful indicators of a forthcoming disability, the centre said.“A low educational level, unemployment and being unmarried also contributed to the likelihood of retirement on a disability pension,” Varis said, adding that the factors identified by AI corresponded to the results of previous research.The research project was carried out in cooperation with Ilkka Huopaniemi of Siili Solutions, with all information processing done on the centre’s own platform.last_img read more

  • Sports and May

    first_imgIt is probably safe to say that winter is finally behind us.  When May rolls around, you have a lot of sports activities to follow.  It starts with the Kentucky Derby which is on the 7th this year and ends with two huge auto racing events.  Those are the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 both run on the 23rd this year.   High school sports start their playoff runs in May, and most of them will conclude around the first of June.  There is something for everybody.In pro sports, the NFL draft was just concluded last week so ESPN will be talking about that all month.  The NBA playoffs will continue through the month of May.  For those of you who are not big into sports, we have Mother’s Day on the 8th and Memorial Day (the official start of the summer season) at the end of the month.  Enjoy this month when the weather is nice and not yet too hot to enjoy being outside.last_img read more

  • Chad Richard Wright, age 24

    first_imgChad Richard Wright, age 24, of Blooming Grove, Indiana died suddenly Friday, October 6, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born April 13, 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the son of Beldon W. Wright & Kimberly K. Wright. Chad was a graduate of Franklin County High School with the class of 2011. He worked in construction as a carpenter & roofer. In his leisure time he enjoyed riding four wheelers and working on cars. Survivors include his parents, Kimberly K Wright of Metamora, Indiana and Beldon W. Wright of Blooming Grove, Indiana; two brothers, John W. Wright of Metamora, Indiana and Randy B. Wright of Grove City, Ohio; as well as a nephew, Corbin E. Estep-Wright. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Raymond Nolan & Catherine Campbell; as well as his paternal grandparents, Beldon & Julia Wright.Family & friends may visit from 6 until 8:30 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.Memorial Services will be conducted at 8:30 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Community Mental Health Suicide Prevention Program. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wright family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

  • VB : Syracuse improves in 2nd half of season under Morrisroe, has pieces in place for future

    first_imgWith the season in the balance, Kelly Morrisroe kept her speech before the fourth set short. Notre Dame rallied to take the third set of Syracuse’s last home match — one the Orange needed to win to make the Big East tournament — but the interim head coach didn’t need to highlight each error.‘Stay focused, limit distractions and close this team out,’ Morrisroe said to her team.When the Orange did as Morrisroe instructed — minimized on-court errors and played to the strengths of its strong blocking game — it played like a team deserving of that tournament berth. SU beat Notre Dame and moved on to the conference tournament, where it fell in the quarterfinals in a rematch with the Fighting Irish to end its season. It was an inconsistent year for Syracuse (19-12, 8-6 Big East), but the team still improved upon last year’s campaign, in which the Orange finished with a 5-9 in-conference record.Morrisroe expected those up and downs. Her team was composed of nine freshmen players.And the team had to deal with the midseason dismissal of Jing Pu in the middle of his 16th year as head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo even though SU lost that opening postseason match in a second game against Notre Dame, Morrisroe said the fact that the Orange was in a position to play postseason volleyball was an impressive feat.‘Our team had been against it with the coaching change, and obviously, going to the tournament was a huge accomplishment,’ Morrisroe said. ‘But even with that out of the way, this team proved a lot.’After two blowout losses to Big East favorites Louisville and Cincinnati in early November, SU won the two matches it needed to win against DePaul and the Irish at home to go to the postseason. The Orange hadn’t beaten Notre Dame since 1981.All-Big East Second Team outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said that winning critical games and going to the postseason after such an up-and-down season benefits Syracuse’s young players going forward.‘You know you’ve already achieved that goal,’ Lefebvre said. ‘So next year’s goal is to go back (to the Big East tournament) again.’Though SU clinched a postseason berth behind the play of its freshmen, it almost choked away a chance at the Big East tournament because of its inexperience. On several heartbreaking occasions, the Orange lost games against weaker competition. These losses often came in five sets and on the heels of a freshman mistake.At home against South Florida on Sept. 23, freshman outside hitter Andrea Fisher couldn’t match up with Bulls outside hitter Valerie El Houssine. After SU jumped out to a two-set lead, El Houssine recorded 10 kills in the third set that keyed a USF comeback.Additionally, opposing hitters targeted freshman outside hitter Ying Shen in an upset loss against Georgetown on Oct. 9. Shen hit three Georgetown spikes out of bounds in the fourth and fifth sets, and in the fifth and deciding set, she had a critical service error that gave the Hoyas a late lead.When Pu was fired Oct. 18, it wasn’t a stretch to assume the Orange would continue its tailspin down the Big East standings. But behind Morrisroe, SU’s freshmen players eventually rounded out a team that made a run to the postseason. Syracuse’s solid finish was led by eventual All-Big East First Team middle blocker Sam Hinz and All-Big East Second Team selections Lefebvre and Lindsay McCabe.In that clinching Notre Dame match, freshman setter Emily Betteridge had a career-high 53 assists. Fisher tallied 14 kills and freshman outside hitter Nicolette Serratore had three blocks.Hinz said the freshman class knows how to overcome adversity after one season — an invaluable trait going forward.‘That’s been a theme with our team all season,’ Hinz said. ‘I think the fact that the freshmen got to witness us battle against good teams helps a lot.’One of those battles came in that crucial final home match against the Fighting Irish.And in the pressure situations, SU did as Morrisroe instructed. The Orange stayed focused, limited distractions and closed them out. Even with the adversity of Pu’s dismissal and later two teams in its way to a postseason berth, Syracuse made its way to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Big East tournament.And with the freshmen now having a year under their belts against Division I competition, Serratore, one of those youngsters, said she can’t wait to retake the court next year.‘They know that the more I play, the better I can be,’ Serratore said. ‘I think that holds true for all of us.’[email protected]  Comments Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Revival of ‘The Corn State’ license plate proposed

    first_imgDES MOINES — An eastern Iowa farmer who’s been in the legislature nearly 12 years is proposing a new “corn state” license plate design. Senator Tim Kapucian of Keystone has drafted a bill that would carry out his vision.“It’ll say at the top of the plate: ‘The Corn State’ and then it’ll be a white plate with black letters,” Kapucian says, “and then behind the lettering there’ll be some type of an ear of corn.”Kapucian says when he saw how popular the state’s new “black out” specialty license plates have been, he decided to ask his fellow legislators to embrace this idea. Kapucian expects plenty of farmers to be interested in getting one of these plates for their pick-ups.“I know I’m going to be in line to get one of these if we get it done,” Kapucian says.Kapucian’s neighbor has a license plate collection. It includes a mid-1950s black-and-white plate that has “THE CORN STATE” in capital letters at the bottom of the plate.“Every state has something on their license plate that makes them stand out and we used to have that…If people recognize an ear of corn, they’ll think: ‘Iowa!” he says. “You know you see the bucking bronc with the cowboy, we know that’s Wyoming.”Kapucian’s plate plan has cleared a Senate subcommittee. His bill would have to pass through at least five other steps in the legislative process before it could be sent to the governor for review.last_img read more

  • Helicopter stirs woes for owner of air park

    first_imgAGUA DULCE – County prosecutors are being asked to investigate the owner of the Agua Dulce Air Park on suspicion of operating a helicopter at his Sierra Highway home without a heliport permit. In a Jan. 6 letter to county District Attorney Steve Cooley, 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich asked prosecutors to review a notice of violation issued by county zoning-code enforcers to airport owner Wayne Spears for maintaining a heliport without a permit at his residential compound in the 7900 block of Sierra Highway. “We had reports from our code-enforcement department of a helicopter taking off and landing,” said Paul Novak, Antonovich’s land-use deputy. “You can’t take off and land a helicopter without a conditional use permit for a heliport.” Spears, whose plans to expand the Agua Dulce Air Park have made him the center of controversy in this town of 4,000, did not return calls for comment. His attorney, Mark Armbruster, said Spears has grounded his helicopter since he learned of the violation in December. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “This immediately has ceased, and he has not flown in and out of there since,” Armbruster said. “He is arranging to have (the helicopter) towed out.” Antonovich’s request comes as the county Regional Planning Commission considers a permit allowing expansion of the air park, a contentious issue that has split the unincorporated community between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys for decades. Novak said the two issues, which involve different properties, are not connected. “They are two entirely separate cases,” he said. Novak said county officials have received e-mails and phone calls from area residents about helicopter operation on the property. He said there were two helicopters on the property, and one has been removed. The county Department of Regional Planning on Oct. 4 cited Spears, who was ordered to comply with zoning ordinances within 30 days upon receipt of the notice, or the case would be referred to county prosecutors. Armbruster said Spears never received the October letter. “The supervisor wants the D.A. to investigate our options to bring the property into compliance as soon as possible,” Novak said. “The supervisor would like the helicopters removed from the property (as soon as possible.)” A conviction could mean up to six months jail time and a $1,000 fine for each day a violation occurred. There also might be liability for $2,600 in county noncompliance and collection penalties. Spears, owner of Sylmar-based Spears Manufacturing and a tycoon in polyvinyl-chloride or PVC pipe, took over the airport in September. An expansion permit allows an extended runway, 55 aircraft storage hangars and four service hangars. Many residents fear a larger facility would bring more planes – even jets – and more noise. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more