Etera restructures after a poor year

first_imgBjörkman is due to take over as managing director of Etera at the beginning of August when the current managing director, Hannu Tarkkonen, retires. He came to the firm at the beginning of February from Aktia Bank, where he was deputy managing director.As part of the restructuring, executive vice president Timo Hietasen will lead the first of Etera’s new business units, increasing his current responsibilities to cover customer relations work as well as insurance.Tuula Kallio, who was Etera’s director of communications, legal affairs and planning, will take charge of the second unit – capacity for work and pensions. Jari Puhakka will continue to serve as leader of investment and corporate finance.Björkman said restructuring consisted of two major elements: ”We have simplified our management structure and are leveraging the new insurance system that is now in operation after a few years of investment and intensive work. Much focus is on retaining our excellent service levels, but with less cost.”He also said there would be no change to the core of the pension insurer’s investment strategy, and Etera still offered a great alternative as a workplace pensions provider.“Our DNA is based on temporary employment and handling varied-job careers. “It’s a good position to build from, especially now that we have the systems to truly support us in this work,” he said.In addition to the three business units, Etera now has four support functions – actuarial services; human resources, communications and legal affairs, information management, and finance and risk control.The management team consists of managing director, three business leaders and chief actuary, it said, with the support unit managers included in the extended management team.Earlier this year, Etera described its investment returns in 2013 of just 0.3% as disappointing and Tarkkonen said the investment strategy had not worked.Etera’s 2013 investment returns were flat, at 0,3%, and its solvency ratio weakened to 15.2% at end-2013 compared with 21.3% the year before. In December, it denied media claims it might merge with another Finnish mutual pension insurance company in 2014. Helsinki-based Etera Mutual Pension Insurance has revamped its organisation with three new business units in a bid to increase efficiency and make the most of its new insurance system.“We are simply looking for efficiencies to the benefit of our customers,” Stefan Björkman, deputy managing director of Etera, told IPE.The company’s three new business units are customer relations and insurance; work capacity and pensions; and investment and corporate finance.The restructuring is part of the company’s Etera 2020 programme which includes savings initiatives as well as investments for the future, Björkman said.last_img read more

Grilled Pork and Pineapple.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Grilled Pork and Pineapple. by: – August 26, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Grilled Pork and Pineapple.Five simple ingredients and 18 minutes is all it takes for a savory grilled pork meal. To prepare, a zesty orange marmalade is used to flavor the tender boneless loin chops and sweet pineapple.While the grill is busy, prepare the citrus-yogurt sauce with remaining marmalade and yogurt. Top with coarsely chopped cashews and serve with a fresh tossed salad for a low calorie, delicious, and quick meal.Ingredients:4 3/4-inch-thick boneless top loin pork chops1 peeled and cored fresh pineapple3 Tbsp. orange marmalade1/2 cup plain yogurt1/4 cup roasted, lightly salted cashew halves, coarsely chopped 22 Views   no discussions Directions:Sprinkle pork lightly with salt and pepper. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch-thick slices; set aside.For a charcoal grill, place chops on the rack of uncovered grill over medium coals 4 minutes. Turn; add pineapple. Brush chops and pineapple with 2 tablespoons of the marmalade. Grill 3 to 5 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in pork registers 160 degrees F, turning pineapple.Meanwhile, combine yogurt and remaining marmalade. Arrange pineapple and chops on plates. Top with yogurt; sprinkle nuts.Makes 4 servingsRecipe source: Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more

Checko confident ahead of Calypso 2012 Finals

first_imgLocalNews Checko confident ahead of Calypso 2012 Finals by: – February 8, 2012 Abel “Checko” Jno. BaptistePolice officer Abel Jno Baptiste who goes by the stage name “Checko” is confident that he can win the 2012 Calypso Monarch next week.Checko was the only new comer into the competition this year to make it straight to the Final leg of the competition with his popular Calypso entitled “AM/PM” as the other rookie Jamaal “Black Diamond” Lloyd did not make it through.Jno. Baptiste told Dominica Vibes News that he is “contented and happy” having made it through to the Finals but that “there are bigger things in store which he is aiming for”.He explained that he was encouraged by former Calypso Monarch Gregory “Karessah” Riviere to enter the competition after witnessing his performance at a South East Calypso competition in 2011, where he sang two songs; “By Two” and “Voicemail”.“I’m a Community police in La Plaine and I’m always involved in the Village Council and the activities in the village. For a long time La Plaine did not have a South East Calypso competition but last year they had one so I took part because the villagers wanted me to take part so I did and I came out number 2, I lost the competition by 2 points and Karessah was there and after the competition he told me I had a nice song and performance and he believe that I should come down to the big arena so I took his advice and I came down.”Checko said being the only new comer in the final leg of the competition does not intimidate him, nor will the other experienced Calypsonians because he is “performing on the stage by myself not with them; they have their time on the stage and when they’re done I have my time on the stage so I will do what I have to do when I’m on the stage”.According to Checko, his aim is to please the Calypso patrons who attend the shows to ensure that they enjoy themselves and therefore does not feel intimidated by the huge crowd which the competition attracts.“The crowd does not intimidate me; the crowd is fuel to go ahead. The crowd generally is there for your support; they are supporting you so the best thing to do is not disappoint them, give them what they want but for the competition you concentrate more on the judges and for the tents and so on you concentrate on the crowd. They pay to come to the show so you let them have fun.”He says he is thrilled that his first song “AM/PM” has become very popular and loved by many people but wonders whether some of those who like it truly grasp the message therein.“It makes me feel good and the thing is during Carnival season a lot of persons dance and jump to sometimes some things that they don’t even understand. So some of the persons that are dancing and jumping I’m not sure if they have understood more of the song other than the last line of the chorus; “We love our PM”.”His second song entitled “Bug” which was released on Monday speaks to the recent incident which occurred in which a High Court judge was recorded and the audio later aired on radio.“You may have heard about the recent incident at the High Court where someone recorded the judge and went and play it on the radio station, so it has that light of persons bugging using technology to bug persons to invade their privacy. It also has to do with persons constantly troubling or bugging others.Checko is hopeful that his second song becomes “big like AM/PM and that people will request it”.He says his manager Andy Celaire has begun preparations for the Finals which is scheduled for the 18th of February, 2012 and although he is not certain whether he will compete next year just yet, he said “I’m just waiting for the date to go and perform”.Checko is one of the few Calypsonians who composes his own songs.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 18 Views   one comment Share Sharelast_img read more

Bale sees red after brace as Real draw at Villarreal

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Gareth Bale twice came to Real Madrid’s rescue to salvage a 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday The Wales forward however ended the night in despair as he was sent off in added time for receiving two yellow cards. Real were severely weakened by six injuries to attacking players and fell behind in the 11th minute. This was after captain Sergio Ramos lost the ball in his own half and Villarreal broke quickly, with Gerard Moreno scoring on the rebound. Bale equalised in stoppage time of the first half by tapping in a cross from Dani Carvajal from close range. But Villarreal restored their lead in the 74th minute through Moi Gomez, after Karim Benzema had a goal ruled out for offside. Bale has a long and successful record playing at Villarreal. He scored there on his Real debut in 2013 after completing his 100 million euro move from Tottenham Hotspur and netted in a 3-2 win in 2017 and a 2-2 draw in 2018. He again pulled Madrid out of trouble with a powerful low strike in the 88th minute but somehow contrived to get himself sent off by earning two yellow cards for fouls in stoppage time. Real have picked up five points from their opening three games, one more than champions Barcelona, but Zinedine Zidane’s side are four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have won all three matches. Zidane criticised his side for their lacklustre start but was pleased with how they reacted to going behind. “We began the game without any intensity, we were barely in the game for the first 15 minutes, it’s always important to make a strong start,” he told a news conference. “But we reacted well and we deserved to score more goals. “We were up against a good opponent and we have to improve in defence because we know what we are capable of in attack. “But I’m focusing on the positive things we did today, above all our reaction, because it was very important that we didn’t lose today.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: BarcelonaGareth BaleLa LigaReal MadridVillarrealZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Court remands football coach for raping nine-year-old boy

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos Island, on Wednesday, remanded a 32-year-old football coach, Leodina Ahamadah, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old boy through the anus.The Magistrate, K. O. Doja-Ojo, remanded the defendant in prison, pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.Ahamadah, who resides at Idi-Aba area of Lekki Beach road, was charged with forceful rape.The Prosecutor, Insp. Peace Chukwudi, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on November 18, at 8 am. at Idi-Aba Area of Lekki Beach Road, Lagos.Chukwudi said: “The defendant forcefully and sexually penetrated the nine-year-old boy’s anus with his penis, without his consent.“Ahamadah, who charges between N150 and N200 to coach the boy and other children, had approached the boy to come and play football on the day of the incident.“The boy had told him that he was not coming because had no money to pay for his services.“The defendant, however, told him not to worry and that he would pay for him to practise and play football for that day.“Instead of taking him to where they usually play football, the coach took him to his house and had sexual intercourse with him through the anus.”According to her, the offence contravenes Section 261of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plea of the defendant was not taken. Tags: Doja OjoLeodina Ahamadahlast_img read more

Spurs set to appeal Kaboul red card

first_img However, replays indicated Michael Oliver’s punishment, which carries a three-game suspension, was harsh on the north London side. It is believed that Spurs intend to challenge the decision as they seek to maintain a challenge for European football next season. The central defender was sent off just before the hour mark of the 4-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge. Kaboul was adjudged to have tripped Blues striker Samuel Eto’o for a penalty which Eden Hazard converted to make it 2-0. Tottenham will appeal Younes Kaboul’s red card at Chelsea on Saturday, Press Assocation Sport understands.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Carver accepts pressure is on

first_img The Magpies slipped to a fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Monday, a result that did little to ease fears they could yet be sucked into relegation trouble. Newcastle remain in the relative safety of 13th place with 35 points but the sides below them have been eating into their cushion. They are nine points above the relegation zone but with some awkward-looking games in their run-in, including this weekend’s home clash with Tottenham and matches against fellow battlers Leicester, West Brom and QPR. Press Association Carver said: “We have got six cup finals. We need points. We have got four home games, two away, and it is important when we play those home games our fans are right behind us.” It looked like being a long night for Newcastle and their fans as Liverpool dominated the early proceedings at Anfield, with Raheem Sterling setting up their 2-0 win with a brilliant ninth-minute opener. Liverpool spurned several good chances to increase their lead and Newcastle rallied before the break and were controversially denied a penalty when r eferee Lee Mason surprisingly did not point to the spot after Dejan Lovren appeared to bring down Ayoze Perez. Perez also had a fine header superbly saved by Simon Mignolet but Liverpool secured victory through Joe Allen after 70 minutes, and Newcastle’s misery was complete when Moussa Sissoko was shown a late red card. Carver at least felt his side had shown the right spirit after their recent derby loss to Sunderland. He said: “The pleasing thing from my point of view was our response. We have responded from that dreadful performance against Sunderland. Anything would have been better than what we saw against Sunderland. “It is still not a win, but there are an awful lot of things that we can take into the final six games.” Carver, who has overseen just two wins in 14 games since taking over from Alan Pardew, is also fighting for his own future. Newcastle boss John Carver accepts the pressure is on as his side head into their final six games with their top-flight status still not secured. Carver feels his side are getting a rough deal from referees, with the Perez penalty claim the latest example. He said: “I think Liverpool fans understand the game like Newcastle fans do and the reaction of them told me it was a penalty. Even Brendan (Rodgers) said straight away it was a penalty. “These guys have to do a job – I am not going to be critical in general – I am just talking about one big decision. Contracts and jobs and livelihoods are decided on decisions like that. “It is always the people on this side of the fence that get punished for that.” last_img read more

Commonwealth Games Federation focuses on governance and partnership today

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association’s (GOA) Commonwealth Games meeting of the Americas will begin today, with approximately 20 countries gathering for the two-day event.K. Juman-Yassin, president of the GOA, told Chronicle Sport that all systems are in place for the meeting, but said it was highly unlikely that there would be representation from Dominica, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Anguilla, since they’re still coping with the damage to their respective islands from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.“Some delegates are not likely to be here because of the hurricane, but most of the other delegates have already started to arrive and everyone else will be here by the time we’re ready to start tomorrow (today,” said Yassin.From 09:00hrs, in the Boardroom of the new GOA Headquarters at Liliendaal, governance will be discussed as the group will have an overview of the Commonwealth Games through 2022, as well as the view of partnership with other entities through the Commonwealth Games Federation.Tomorrow, Acting President Moses Nagamootoo will declare the meeting open, and Dr George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion, with the responsibility for Sport, will be joining United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Guyana and Suriname representative Sylvie Fouet as guest speakers.The GOA related that tomorrow’s meeting will deal with a number of issues, where the Commonwealth Games Federation Americas body will hear from the Regional Anti-Doping Agency (RADO) and more importantly, representatives from Gold Coast; the host for next year’s Commonwealth Games.The 21st (XXI) Commonwealth Games will be held in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, April 4-15, 2018. It is the fifth time Australia will be hosting the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

After Poland Victory, Super Eagles Arrive London for Serbia Friendly

first_imgBy Demola OjoAfter Friday’s hard-fought victory against Poland in Wroclaw, Nigeria’s Super Eagles yesterday arrived London in preparation for a friendly match against another World Cup-bound team, Serbia.The three time African Champions, still basking in the victory over Poland which was the second consecutive win over a top 10 team in the world (Poland are 6th in the FIFA rankings while Argentina which the Eagles beat in their last match in December are 4th), will be looking to inflict a second successive defeat on Serbia who lost 2-1 to Morocco on Friday also. The Eagles have been lauded for their “professional” victory against a well-oiled Poland side. Scoring with their only goal on target, which was a penalty won and converted by Chelsea winger Victor Moses, Nigeria’s victory was built on aggression and defensive solidity.Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi admitted that the Polish team were a tough nut to crack which made the victory sweeter. The 21 year old forward tweeted after the win: “Na Sooo, Victory against A Tough Poland Side…Up Naijaaa.”His teammate, Shehu Abdullahi who’s is already looking towards the next game against Serbia on Tuesday. The right back also took to his Twitter handle to say: “Big win tonight against Poland. Massive performance from the squad. Serbia next in London.”Meanwhile Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that the trio of Mikel Agu, Junior Ajayi and Oghenekaro Etebo are expected in London for the Serbia. The three players were not part of the squad that outsmarted Poland.“We will love to have other players who can arrive and replace our injured players, especially players like Mikel Agu, Junior Ajayi who will come from Egypt, he had a problem with visa but he can come to London,” Rohr said at the press conference after the Poland game.“So we have at least two players perhaps Etebo also, but Etebo was injured, we are waiting for the diagnosis of the doctor. If he comes, it will be interesting for us to have one player more to look ahead to another good match against Serbia.”Reacting to Friday’s result, Rohr hailed players of the Super Eagles and Poland for being very competitive.He added: “The game against Poland, though a friendly match, the two teams wanted to win but it was not so much friendly. We had a lot of duels, there were no gifts. It was good like that because it was good preparation. I hope the injuries are not bad, even the injuries to the Polish players, I hope all of them will be okay.”He also went on to thank the Polish Football Federation for their hospitality, saying: “I want to thank officials of the Polish Football Federation for the warm welcome they gave us. It was a very good atmosphere we had in our hotel and in also our training sessions.”Going further he praised the performance of his boys but also sounded a note of caution.“This team is a young team but also a team of leaders. If we stay humble and continue to work hard to improve our play we have huge potentials, but beating two FIFA top 10 teams in friendlies doesn’t mean we are now World Cup favourites.”Serbia, ranked 34 by FIFA, will pose another solid test for the Eagles who are still outside the top 50 in the world at 52. Nigeria’s opponents in the group stage are all in the top 20 with Croatia and Iceland ranked 15th and 18th respectively.Led by Roma defender Aleksander Kolarov, Serbia possess a few other household names like ex-Chelsea stalwart Branislav Ivanovic at the back, Manchester United star Nemanja Matic, Southampton’s Dusan Tadic, Torino’s Adem Ljajic and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in midleid, and Fulham’s on-loan battering ram Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack.However, the new found optimism and can-do spirit in the Eagles’ camp suggests that once again, the FIFA rankings will not be an accurate guide to guessing which way the match will go. Rather, the form book indicates another successful outing for a Nigerian team growing in confidence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Cooper: With role players contributing, Syracuse heads into postseason with confidence

first_imgSyracuse’s shooters are finally on point. After a handful of close games in which the Orange had opportunities to pull away from its opponents but failed to, the team had the cutthroat 3-point shot to knock down Louisville.Brandon Triche had his best shooting game in more than a month. James Southerland — shooting just 20.4 percent from 3-point range in Big East play — provided an offensive spark in 20 minutes on the floor. And Dion Waiters chose his spots wisely when he took jumpers, hitting 2-of-3 from deep.In an essentially meaningless game five days before the Big East tournament begins, Syracuse could not have had a better result. The Orange got production from all of its playmakers who were in a bit of a rut down the stretch. Syracuse’s 8-of-21 shooting mark from 3 isn’t spectacular, but the 6-of-11 performance from Triche, Southerland and Waiters in the 58-49 win over the Cardinals was impressive.The performance is reassuring going into the postseason.‘There’s going to be games in the (NCAA) Tournament where they’re going to be keying in on a lot of us,’ Scoop Jardine said. ‘And they’re going to be the guys to make shots and open up the game, and today that’s what they did.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWaiters has played well as of late, but this was still the first time since Feb. 4 at St. John’s that he made more than one 3-pointer.Still, he oozed confidence in his shot Saturday. With SU leading 54-42 and distancing itself from Louisville, he stood at the top of the arc commanding the offense. Fab Melo started to come out of the paint to set a pick, but Waiters waved him off.The paint was clear as Waiters was isolated with Chris Smith. But instead of driving, he pulled up and drilled a 3 over the U of L guard, backpedaling to play defense with a smile.‘It just gives you that boost of confidence going into the next game,’ Waiters said.Heading into the Big East tournament, and eventually the NCAA Tournament, having at least one hot shooter will be key for the Orange. Syracuse has its flaws (see: rebounding), but a superb shooting performance can win a game.Take Saturday’s performance. Syracuse got hammered on the offensive boards, allowing 18 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points. The Orange also uncharacteristically turned the ball over 15 times and got zero points, three assists and three turnovers out of Jardine.If Jardine played well and Syracuse had done a better job taking care of the ball, the Orange could have beaten Louisville by 20. But it didn’t matter in a game in which SU’s shooters were on target.‘This was one of our few easy games in the last eight,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘If you look closely at the last eight games we’ve played or whatever it is, the last several, I think we had a couple games in there that were easy. The other six could have gone either way.’In a one-point win against Louisville on Feb. 13, the Orange was an abysmal 1-of-15 from 3. Syracuse blew a double-digit lead against Connecticut on Feb. 25 by shooting just 1-of-7 from 3 in the second half.Those games were made more difficult by Syracuse’s shooting. Saturday was different.After the game, Jardine smiled when he spoke about what he saw from Triche and Southerland. Two players who have not been settled in their roles recently burst out. Southerland also contributed three blocks in addition to his seven points.All year, the talk about Syracuse has circled around depth. Deepest team in the country. The bench eclipsed 1,000 total points in the Louisville game. Waiters and C.J. Fair could start for any other team in the country. The praise goes on and on.But where that depth is utilized most is in games like Saturday’s. Jardine went scoreless and Joseph finished below his season average in points. Triche and Southerland were there to pick up the slack.‘They’re very good players,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re very good offensive players. And we’re going to need them.’Mark Cooper is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcooperj@syr.eduor on Twitter at @mark_cooperjr. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more