Dutch pension fund for notaries agrees to merger

first_imgThe schemes said their supervisory (RvT) and accountability boards (VO), as well as the regulator, had responded positively to their plans.In the coming months, the schemes will look into how exactly the merger should be executed.Stijn Marks, employers’ chairman at SBMN, said SNPF was likely to join the industry-wide scheme. “In order to keep the new set-up simple,” he said, “we’ll try to develop one pension plan for all participants, possibly with additional modules for deviating arrangements.”The new, and yet nameless, scheme is to be directed by a “lean and mean” pensions bureau, according to Eric Uijen, director at SNPF.SBMN does not have a pensions bureau, while SNPF is in the process of scaling down its own bureau, following its recent contracting out of its pensions administration to TKP, which already acts as SBMN’s provider.According to Uijen, both schemes will also look into the most desirable set-up for asset management.SBMN has placed almost all of asset management with insurer Aegon, which has invested the assets through its own funds, while SNPF has six external asset managers.Uijen said: “In principle, we want to follow current practice and focus on contracting out as much as possible.”Both schemes stressed that the merger would not have consequences for accrued pension rights and current benefits.The coverage ratios at SBMN and SNPF was 108.9% and 109.2%, respectively, as of the end of March.Both schemes have cut pension rights twice, in order to stay on the mapped out route to recovery to the minimum required funding of 105%. SNPF, the €1.2bn pension fund for notaries in the Netherlands, and SBMN, the €850m industry-wide scheme for notary employees, have announced their intention to merge on 1 January 2015. The pension funds said their decision was a response to the decreasing market for notary services – following a slump in the housing market – and that it aimed at the benefits of scale for efficiency and cost-cutting.They pointed out that the falling number of active participants meant lower income from contributions, while costs per participant were rising.“At the same time,” they added, “the provision of pension plans, as well as asset management, has become increasingly complicated, and requirements for pension funds’ boards are continuously being raised.”last_img read more

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

first_img Tweet Share Share HealthLifestyle Ebola virus mutating, scientists say by: BBC News – January 29, 2015 Hundreds of blood samples are being analysed to keep track of the virusScientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it’s able to jump more easily from person to person“We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“That’s important for diagnosing (new cases) and for treatment. We need to know how the virus (is changing) to keep up with our enemy.”It’s not unusual for viruses to change over a period time. Ebola is an RNA virus – like HIV and influenza – which have a high rate of mutation. That makes the virus more able to adapt and raises the potential for it to become more contagious.“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”But Professor Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, says it’s still unclear whether more people are actually not showing symptoms in this outbreak compared with previous ones.“We know asymptomatic infections occur… but whether we are seeing more of it in the current outbreak is difficult to ascertain,” he said.“It could simply be a numbers game, that the more infection there is out in the wider population, then obviously the more asymptomatic infections we are going to see.”Member of MSF at isolation ward in Conakry, Guinea. 29 June 2014The current outbreak began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra LeoneAnother common concern is that while the virus has more time and more “hosts” to develop in, Ebola could mutate and eventually become airborne.There is no evidence to suggest that is happening. The virus is still only passed through direct contact with infected people’s body fluids.Infectious disease expert Professor David Heyman said“No blood borne virus, for example HIV or Hepatitis B, has ever shown any indication of becoming airborne. The mutation would need to be major”Virologist Noel Tordo is in the process of setting up a new from the Institut Pasteur in the Guinea capital Conakry. He said,“At the moment, not enough has been done in terms of the evolution of the virus both geographically and in the human body, so we have to learn more. But something has shown that there are mutations,”“For the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact (with a sick person)”“But as a scientist you can’t predict it won’t change. Maybe it will.”Researchers are using a method called genetic sequencing to track changes in the genetic make-up of the virus. So far they have analysed around 20 blood samples from Guinea. Another 600 samples are being sent to the labs in the coming months.A previous similar study in Sierra Leone showed the Ebola virus mutated considerably in the first 24 days of the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.It said: “This certainly does raise a lot of scientific questions about transmissibility, response to vaccines and drugs, use of convalescent plasma.“However, many gene mutations may not have any impact on how the virus responds to drugs or behaves in human populations.”‘Global problem’The research in Paris will also help give scientists a clearer insight into why some people survive Ebola, and others don’t. The survival rate of the current outbreak is around 40%.It’s hoped this will help scientists developing vaccines to protect people against the virus.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are currently developing two vaccines which they hope will be in human trials by the end of the year.One is a modification of the widely used measles vaccine, where people are given a weakened and harmless form of the virus which in turn triggers an immune response. That response fights and defeats the disease if someone comes into contact with it.The research may explain why some people survive Ebola and others do notThe idea, if it proves successful, would be that the vaccine would protect against both measles and Ebola.“We’ve seen now this is a threat that can be quite large and can extend on a global scale,” said Professor James Di Santo, and immunologist at the Institut.“We’ve learned this virus is not a problem of Africa, it’s a problem for everyone.”He added: “This particular outbreak may wane and go away, but we’re going to have another infectious outbreak at some point, because the places where the virus hides in nature, for example in small animals, is still a threat for humans in the future.“The best type of response we can think of… is to have vaccination of global populations.”center_img Sharing is caring! Share 108 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cardinals Boys Basketball Results

first_imgThe 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals took on the Laurel Yellow Jackets on Monday, November 26th.  The Cardinals placed 7 boys in the scoring column and came away with a 28-23 victory.  Sam Laloge led the way with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block.  Ben Miller scored 6 points, followed by Max Amberger (4 points), Henry Wanstrath (4 points), Adam Meer (2 points), Sully Hill (2 points), and Christian Mack (2 points).  The Cardinals had 10 players record rebounds including Ryan Duerstock, Max Amberger, and Henry Wanstrath with 5 each.  Others chipping in were Santiago Schutte, Max Richardson, Ben Miller, Mark Meneses, Zavier Tekulve, and Adam Meer.  Wanstrath did a great job on defense with 7 steals, followed by Miller with 3.  The Cardinals scored the most points they have all year in large part by sharing the basketball as an assist was recorded on 9 of the 14 made baskets.  Laurel and St. Louis are set for a rematch on Thursday, November 26th when the Cardinals travel to Laurel.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.St. Louis 7th Graders came up short against South Dearborn 40 to 31. St. Louis led by 1 at the half but struggled against strong physical defense and a well disciplined offense in the 2nd half. St. Louis was led in scoring by Hank Ritter with 14 and Carson Meyer with 7 rebounds.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles.The St Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Basketball team pushed their record to 10-0 on the season tonight by defeating the South Dearborn Squires by a score of 37-33. The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 27th, as they face St. Michael of Brookville at home with the 7th grade game tipping off at 6:00pm followed by the 8th grade game. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img read more

Harry Kane ready to get back on the goal trail with Tottenham

first_img He was carrying a knock on his knee which he picked up in the recent draw at Liverpool but he came off the bench to miss two gilt-edged opportunities in Brussels. His knee was still strapped up at Bournemouth but, with Tottenham’s next game not until next Monday night against Aston Villa, Kane insists he will not face any sort of spell on the sidelines. When asked if he is fully fit, Kane said: “Not far off. “It was a little niggle I picked up against Liverpool towards the end of the game. We didn’t want to risk it in midweek, the manager makes his decision on who wants to play but I was fully fit for today. “I was always going to be playing and it showed with the performance. The strapping was just a precaution, we haven’t got a game for eight days now so by then it should be 100 per cent.” Manager Eddie Howe refused to blame anyone for Sunday’s loss despite the glaring errors from ex-Southampton goalkeeper Boruc. The 35-year-old keeper also felt he was not the only one at fault and suggested the whole team now need to work hard as they prepare for next weekend’s south-coast derby against his former club. “Some people say that but that isn’t how it is,” he said when asked if he was to blame for the goals conceded. “Talking is not going to do any good to me just now. As a football club we need to take our a**** back to the training ground and work hard on some of the things we need to do. “I will get down to the training ground and try and prove myself – I have nothing more to say.” Press Association Harry Kane believes his hat-trick at Bournemouth on Sunday could set him on a path to emulating the kind of goalscoring feats he achieved last season. But Tottenham were soon in the ascendancy as Kane levelled from the spot having been tripped by Boruc, with Mousa Dembele putting them ahead shortly afterwards. Boruc then spilt a tame Kane cross into the path of Erik Lamela, who made it 3-1 before half-time. The Polish goalkeeper could do nothing about Kane’s second as the forward latched onto a marvellous ball from Christian Eriksen – but he was culpable once again as he spooned Toby Alderweireld’s header right into Kane’s path to present the 22-year-old with his hat-trick. Kane’s only other goal before Sunday was in the 4-1 win over Manchester City but, having scored 31 goals last season, he is now ready to kick on for the rest of this campaign. “Yes, definitely,” he replied when asked if this kind of performance had been in the offing. “I feel I have been playing well all season. Sometimes as a striker you need a bit of luck to come your way and I got that today and you have got to be ready to take your chances when they come. “I’m delighted to get the three goals and get the ball rolling so overall it is a good day.” Kane has emerged as Mauricio Pochettino’s undisputed first-choice forward over the last year but was only a substitute for Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Anderlecht. The England striker helped himself to three goals in Tottenham’s 5-1 cruise at Bournemouth – whose goalkeeper Artur Boruc was left red-faced after a number of blunders. The Cherries took a first-minute lead at the Vitality Stadium as Matt Ritchie flashed an effort past Hugo Lloris. last_img read more

Cricket News I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day: Sreesanth

first_img“I am not bothered by my fitness as I am inspired by Leander Paes and Ashish Nehra, they both kept on playing even after reaching the age of 36. I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day, I hope they do it in a couple of weeks time,” Sreesanth said.The ball is in the BCCI’s court now and they have to decide on the fresh punishment they want to impose and leave any door open for Sreesanth to make a comeback to competitive cricket or even the Indian team. The apex court also said that its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. New Delhi: Sreesanth, who tried for five long years to get the life-ban lifted has finally got a bit relief from the turmoil he has been through in the last six years as the Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on him from cricket on Friday. The apex court gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months (90 days) stint to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment for the spearhead. When the news hit Sreesanth’s ears’ he was not only relieved but is hopeful to be back on the cricket field soon. “I need cricket back, I do not think it will take BCCI 90 days to make the decision but I am grateful that the life ban has been removed. I fought my battle all by myself. My practice is going on and the road ahead totally depends on the selectors,” Sreesanth told reporters after the verdict.”It was a huge fight and the Supreme Court has given me a lifeline. There were so many opportunities where I was even going to announce my retirement, but thank god I didn’t. I have started staying fit to play the game, thanks to the T20 and T10 leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter somewhere,” he said. Sreesanth’s life-time ban lifted by the apex board of India. The BCCI has been give 90 days to come up with their final decision. Sreesanth is hopeful to make a comeback into the Indian team.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Women of Troy face off against Arizona, Arizona State in final two home games

first_imgOn the heels of four straight shutout victories, the USC women’s tennis team (16-2, 5-0) looks to finish strong in its final homestand of the regular season against Arizona (12-6, 2-3) on Friday followed by Arizona State on Saturday (10-5, 2-3).Ranked No. 4 in the nation despite seven straight victories, USC is looking to build off of their recent success after dominating the Pac-12 so far this season. Before the Women of Troy look ahead to an arduos road schedule to end the year, they first have to deal with two hungry conference rivals looking to play the underdog role to perfection at Marks Stadium this weekend.Arizona will rely heavily on their top two players this Friday as senior Natasha Marks an sophomore Lacey Smyth rank 66th and 81st nationally in singles and also combine to be a fearsome top-50 doubles squad as well.The Wildcats are looking for revenge on USC, who wiped the floor with Arizona in their last meeting during a 7-0 drubbing in 2010 and had to forfeit their Pac-12 match last season. Overall, USC leads the all-time series 45-15, but the Wildcats aren’t looking to even the series just yet as they set their sights on ending USC’s current winning streak.On Saturday, the Women of Troy take on the 29th-ranked Sun Devils, who come in on a two-game slide after being beaten by California and Stanford in back-to-back shutouts. Arizona State boasts one of the top singles players in the nation in No. 9 Jacqueline Cako as she poses a serious threat on court one against freshman Zoe Scandalis after defeating her in ASU’s only win in a 6-1 loss to USC earlier this season.On the doubles side, Cako and Joanna Smith form a competitive duo that is currently ranked No. 56 in the nation.For the Women of Troy to be successful, they have to start strong out of the gates, which has been an important part of their recent seven-game winning streak along with a fairly weak Pac-12 schedule. Earlier in the season, USC had a difficult time against quality teams because they would put themselves in a hole after losing the doubles point.Now, though, the Women of Troy have been able to save energy normally wasted on coming back in matches and focus that on closing out victories.Freshmen like Sabrina Santamaria, Gabriella DeSimone, and Scandais have shown maturity throughout the year and it’ll be interesting to note how they — and the rest of the Women of Troy — handle the wear and tear of a tough schedule both mentally and physically.last_img read more

Jackson named as a Player to Watch

first_imgThough it seems the offseason just began, college football analysts have already begun making predictions for the 2015 season. Among those early predictions is a list of breakout players to watch in 2015, which takes input from coaches, recruiting evaluations and ESPN.com college football analysts. Atop the list is USC freshman cornerback and wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson.Jackson demonstrated his duality during the 2014 season, executing key plays on both sides of the ball. Jackson put up 50 tackles at corner and made stylish plays on offense to ignite the Trojans’ scoring drives. One such play was a 71-yard touchdown catch in the Trojans’ bowl game victory over Nebraska.Jackson also performed on special teams, returning a kick 98 yards for a score against the Huskers in the Holiday Bowl.Jackson is just one of the underclassmen who shined in 2014. Offensively, freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith had five touchdowns on 54 receptions in 2014. Smith was the No. 2 receiver behind junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor, but will likely assume Agholor’s position in his absence. Redshirt junior wide receiver George Farmer also opted for the NFL draft, leaving Jackson with plenty of room to establish an even more dominant offensive presence.On defense, Jackson is joined by safety Su’a Cravens, who had five sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.Quarterback Cody Kessler will return for his senior season, leading a predominantly young Trojan squad.Jackson turned heads with a leaping flip into the endzone in the Holiday Bowl and will take his talent for jumping to the track and field team this spring. Jackson will be competing in the long jump and sprints for USC.last_img read more

Tanzania Appoints Amuneke Head Coach

first_imgHis first competitive game in charge of the senior Taifa Stars will be their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uganda in September.Amuneke, 47, replaces local coach Salum Mayanga who had been in-charge of Tanzania since last year.Wallace Karia, President of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) told the BBC that Amuneke will also oversee the other Tanzania teams, including the U-17 and U-20 groups.“We shall have coaches for the other teams, but Amuneke will be the head starting with the 2019 African U-17 qualifiers which kick-off in Dar es Salaam this weekend.“We are happy to have Amuneke who has played at the top and has a lot of experience as a coach. We have picked our very own from Africa,” added Karia.Amuneke was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.Two years later Amuneke led Nigeria to a fifth U-17 World Cup title in Chileand revered as a proven youth manager, he was swiftly promoted to coach the U-20 side, the Flying Eagles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has been appointed as the new head coach of Tanzania senior national team.Amuneke who signed a two-year deal with the Tanzanian FA was until recently coach of Sudan’s Premier League side, Al Khartoum SC.“I am happy to start this new job and work hard so that we can achieve a lot together,” Amuneke told local media in Tanzania after signing the contract.last_img read more

Man City Continue Quadruple Quest with Burnley Visit

first_imgCity can now look forward to another trip to Wembley in a month’s time, where they will face either Chelsea, with Guardiola aiming to add a third major honour to his name in English football, adding to the Premier League and EFL Cup crowns won last season.While challenges for the top flight is second nature for the Citizens these days, they have struggled in the world’s oldest club cup competition. Only once have they gone all the way since the 1960s – in 2010-11 when Yaya Toure scored the only goal of the game in the final against Stoke City.Since then, City have been knocked out by Manchester United in round three, Wigan Athletic in the final, Wigan in the quarter-finals, Middlesbrough in round four, Chelsea in the last 16, Arsenal in the semi-finals and Wigan – again – in round five last season.The good news for Guardiola’s charges is that bogey side Wigan are already out of this season’s competition, but it remains to be seen whether they can end their eight-year hoodoo this time around.Round-three opponents Rotherham United offered little resilience, with the English champions coming out on top 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium, three days before their 9-0 thrashing of Burton.City have won seven matches in a row since back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Leicester City either side of Christmas, scoring 28 goals during that run. The Citizens have also won their three home FA Cup matches under Guardiola by an aggregate score of 16-2, so not many will give Burnley much hope of pulling off an upset.Having endured a terrible first half to 2018-19, Burnley have won four and drawn one of their last five matches to finally hit form.The Clarets are now up to 16th in the Premier League and three points clear of the drop zone, but Sean Dyche knows that his side are still in a relegation scrap.Last Saturday’s goalless draw at high-flying Watford was a good result on the face of it, though Burnley were wrongly denied a late goal that, had it stood, would have lifted them up to 14th.Dyche can have no complaints with the spirit shown by his players over the past month, with this five-match unbeaten streak following immediately on from a run of one win in 12 matches – nine of those ending in defeat.A cup run would be nice, of course, but the 1914 winners face arguably the toughest test of them all this weekend. In fact, the Clarets are winless in 13 away FA Cup games against Premier League sides since a 1-0 win at Derby County in December 1999.Included in that sequence is a 4-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium 12 months ago in round three, going down to a couple of goals from Aguero and one apiece from Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva, despite leading in the match with nearly an hour played.Burnley will be keen to avoid a repeat of that scoreline, but their recent history in the FA Cup suggests that anything other than a defeat would be a huge shock.After making an unbeaten start to 2019, however, Dyche’s men do at least make this latest trip to the Etihad Stadium with some momentum on their side. The Premier League takes priority this season, but Burnley have a chance to show that they really have turned a corner by pulling off a big upset.Sheffield Wednesday travel to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday as they take on Premier League opponents Chelsea. The Owls advanced to the next round courtesy of an Atdhe Nuhiu winner against Luton Town, while the Blues saw off Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 win.Wednesday are unbeaten in two matches coming into the match, while Chelsea lost their most recent Premier League match to London rivals Arsenal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Having already through the final of the EFL Cup into the last 16 of the Champions League and are hot on Liverpool’s heels in the Premier League, Manchester City will continue their quest for an unprecedented quadruple with a home match against Burnley today in round four of the FA Cup, a competition that has so far eluded Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola, who has tried his best to play down City’s quadruple hopes, had the luxury of heavily rotating his side on Wednesday evening for the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Burton Albion, already sitting on a nine-goal lead from the first leg.The Citizens added another goal to their tally thanks to Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike at the Pirelli Stadium, but they never really got out of first gear in what was essentially a friendly match in East Staffordshire.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletins are back as school starts today!

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Aug 24, 2015:MondayFirst day of class.Tuesday•Nothing scheduled.Wednesday•WHS Football pictures, 6 p.m.Thursday•JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.•Hamburger Scrimmage, 6 p.m.Today’s Lunch– Hamburger with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Oven Fries, Mixed Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie and MilkToday’s News:* NHS will meet on Thursday, August 27th @ 7:30 a.m. in room 110.*There will be a baseball meeting @ 7:25 on Thursday  morning in the Health/PE Room.*School Pictures will be on September 2nd.*Attention students!  If you are interested in being a part of planning homecoming, school dances, spirit week, and pep rallies, as well as making Wellington High School a fantastic place to be, consider joining student council. Stuco will have its first meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in room 107.  All WHS students are welcome to attend.  There will be food and fun, and you will meet new people.  If you have any questions, please see Ms. Vaughn in room 112.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25.00 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Friday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State University.Monday, Oct 5th- Wichita State University.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more