Prudential profit rises by 34pc

first_img Show Comments ▼ Prudential profit rises by 34pc whatsapp Tags: NULL Thursday 12 August 2010 2:21 am Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy FanBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal Past Britain’s largest insurer Prudential reported a better-than-expected 34 per cent rise in first-half operating profit, helped by improving investment returns amid a broader market recovery.Prudential’s operating profit was £1.68bn for the first six months of the year, based on European Embedded Value (EEV) accounting standards, higher than a consensus forecast of £1.54bn and better than the £1.25bn recorded a year earlier.The company reported a 40 per cent rise in net profit of £968m based on International Financial Reporting Standards, beating a consensus forecast of £724m, and better than £688m it posted a year earlier.It also said that its bungled bid to buy AIG’s Asian arm AIA will cost £377m, down from an initial estimate of £450m, thanks to reduced advisory fees and currency fluctuations.The firm raised its half-year dividend by five per cent to 6.61 pence per share. whatsapp John Dunne Sharelast_img read more

Transcorp Hotels Plc ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgTranscorp Hotels Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Transcorp Hotels Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Transcorp Hotels Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Transcorp Hotels Plc (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileTranscorp Hotels Plc is a hotel operations company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. The latter is a diversified conglomerate with business interests in the power generation, hospitality, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. Hotels in the Group include Transcorp Hilton Hotel, a 5-star hotel with 670 rooms located in Abuja; and Transcorp Hotel with 146 rooms located in Calabar. Formerly known as Transnational Hotels and Tourism Services Limited, the company changed its name to Transcorp Hotels Plc in 2014. Its head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Transcorp Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forum launches working group to combat infodemic, information chaos

first_img Against the backdrop of the still developing Covid-19 epidemic, the Forum on Information and Democracy announces the creation of its inaugural working group. The Forum will ask experts, academics and jurists all over the world to define a policy framework (set of recommendations) to respond to “ the infodemic and the information chaos”. The ambition is to find a way for systemic change.The steering committee, whose composition will be announced on 6 July, will be co-chaired by Maria Ressa and Marietje Schaake. CEO of the investigation website Rappler in the Philippines, Maria Ressa was a Time magazine person of the year in 2018. She is a member of the Commission on Information and Democracy. A former member of the European Parliament (2009 – 2019), Marietje Schaake is currently the international policy director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center. The group, which will be coordinated by the secretariat of the Forum, will be asked to make recommendations for bringing online content moderation into compliance with international standards, promoting the reliability of information, regulating private messaging services that exploit the possibilities of the public space, and making digital platforms transparent about their business models and algorithmic choices. A call for contributions will be published mid-July.“With the creation of this working group, we aim to promote a structural response to the phenomena of rumours and disinformation,” said Christophe Deloire, chair of the Forum on Information and Democracy. “For anyone still doubting, the Covid-19 pandemic has confirmed the urgency of the need for action. In the face of such dangerous phenomena, we need systemic change, not partial measures.”“When lies laced with anger and hate spread faster than facts, it poisons our information ecosystem and kills democracy. Without facts, there’s no integrity of markets or elections! I look forward to working with experts across the world in different fields to find solutions in our global battle for truth ” Maria Ressa said.“Navigating the information landscape where commercially driven curation, mis- and disinformation as well as coordinated inauthentic behavior are rampant, is no easy task for many internet users,” Marietje Schaake said. “Journalism is key to uncover the power and politics of information governance. I am honored to work with a diverse group of experts to make free speech and democratic debate more resilient.” Help by sharing this information Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsInternational bodies Internet June 24, 2020 Forum launches working group to combat infodemic, information chaos RSF_en News About the Forum on Information and DemocracyThe Forum on Information and Democracy’s mission is to assist with the regulation and self-regulation of the online information and communication domain and to implement the goals of the International Partnership for Information and Democracy that was launched during the UN General Assembly in September 2019 and has now been signed by 37 countries.The Forum was created in November 2019 by 11 non-governmental organizations, research centres and think tanks from all continents: Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), CIVICUS (South Africa), Digital Rights Foundation (Pakistan), Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands), Human Rights Center of UC Berkeley School of Law (United States), Institute for Strategic Dialogue (United Kingdom), OBSERVACOM (Uruguay), Open Government Partnership (United States), Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), Reporters Without Borders/RSF (France) and Research ICT Africa (South Africa).Press contact : Emilie [email protected](0033) 6 77 92 16 77 Organisation Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsInternational bodies Internet last_img read more

Hunt Museum shortlisted for international award

first_imgAdvertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleMan tried to board a bus with a shotgunNext articleBanana throwing incident tarnished city’s reputation admin TAGSfeaturedHunt Museum The Hunt Museum launches a competition to create a sculpture from the Chestnut tree stump for the new Museum in a Garden Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR a houseHUNT Museum is shortlisted for the ‘What’s on 4 2013 Junior Awards’, the first year that this international award scheme for the best activities, volunteers and venues has extended to Ireland.The Hunt Museum is a nominee in the categoriesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up *Best National School Aged Activity (5 to 12 years) and*Most Outstanding Activity Leader for Childrenwhich means that the museum has received at least five nominations and will now go through to a national voting stage.  At present, The Hunt Museum develops and provides many activities, such as school visits, discovery trails, tours, arts and crafts classes, camps and competitions.Until May 28, you can log onto any of the award winning on-line directories –, and to vote your favourite. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img WhatsApp Exhibition of Iconic Film Costumes Stays in Limerick Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsHunt Museum shortlisted for international awardBy admin – April 9, 2013 894 Fashion icon Sybil Connolly features on Hunt Museum online series Email Limerick Post Show | Hunt Museum launch Sculpting Competition last_img read more

‘Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh’ exhibit

first_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Twitter Virgin Coco MojitoSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Pinterest Ellen Noel art museum Home Local News ‘Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh’ exhibit Previous articleExhibit features poems from Texas and New MexicoNext articleSweetheart luncheon fundraiser for mission admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ellen Noël Art MuseumThe Ellen Noël Art Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd., has scheduled the exhibit “Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh” through May 13.Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.Admission is free and open to the public.For more information, call 432-550-9696 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Facebookcenter_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – January 27, 2018 OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Twitter Local News ‘Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh’ exhibitlast_img read more

Stakeholder pensions at a glance

first_imgStakeholder pensions at a glanceOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Eligible employers should have acted by now, says Tim Sargisson. From 8October 2001 firms with five or more “relevant” employees must offeraccess to a stakeholder-compliant pension scheme. He highlights what employersshould knowWhat is a stakeholder pension? A flexible, low cost, tax-efficient retirement savings plan, which shouldoffer good value to everyone, especially those on low incomes. It should meetminimum standards on cost, access and terms (CAT) standard, namely: – A maximum charge of 1 per cent of the fund per annum, calculated on adaily basis of 1/365th per day – The minimum contribution cannot be set at a level above £20. This appliesto regular and single contributions. There is no minimum frequency or paymentterm. How will stakeholder affect you, as an employer? Organisations with fewer than five employees will not have to provide accessto a stakeholder pension. This situation will be reviewed after three years. Organisations with five or more employees have to provide access to astakeholder pension scheme from October 2001. Those with an existing pensionscheme may be exempt. At present there is no requirement for employers to paycontributions to a designated stakeholder plan Firms needing to offer access to a stakeholder pension must: – Designate a stakeholder provider for the scheme. – Provide information about the scheme to employees. – Offer a payroll deduction facility for employee contributions. – Enable employees to join the scheme within three months of joining theorganisation. – Offer a default investment choice so that staff do not have to considerinvestment options for their stakeholder payments. Penalties Firms with five or more “relevant” employees which do not offerstakeholder pensions will be liable to fines of up to £50,000. Individuals (such as trustees) will be liable for fines up to £5,000 each. The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (OPRA) has powers underSection 10 of the Pensions Act 1995 to fine employers for breaches of rulesrelating to occupational pensions. These powers were extended to stakeholderpensions under Section 3 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999. Why is the Government launching stakeholder pensions? People are living longer and tending to retire earlier, plus the olderpopulation is increasing faster than the young. By about 2040, there are likelyto be only two people in work for every one pensioner – currently the ratio isabout 4:1 – making it important for everyone to start saving for theirretirement as early as possible. What exemptions are available? Employers running an occupational pension scheme This provides anexemption as long as all employees can join within 12 months of starting withthe firm. Membership does not have to be extended to employees under 18 yearsof age, or those within five years of the normal pension age. Employers running a group personal pension plan They may be exemptfrom establishing a stakeholder scheme, so long as: – The firm contributes at least 3 per cent of employees’ basic pay – There are no “exit charges” or penalties under the plan – Employees must be able to join the scheme within three months of joiningthe organisation. Employers with group personal pension plans should also note: – Staff under 18 years of age are excluded – If the existing plan has matching employer/employee contributions of morethan 3 per cent, the plan can continue and should be exempt – The 3 per cent employer contribution can be conditional on employeesmaking a matching contribution of up to 3 per cent. The situation for grouppersonal pensions will be reviewed after three years. Is stakeholder my only option? No. You can opt to set up a pension scheme which suits you and yourbusiness. You won’t have to provide a stakeholder pension as long as all relevantemployees are given access to a pension, which conforms to the stakeholdercriteria detailed above. Why should I have a pension scheme for employees? Apart from it being now being a legal obligation, it will bring benefits tothe firm: – In an increasingly competitive employment market, a comprehensive benefitspackage, including a good pension scheme, is important. – It can help attract quality staff to your business and over the long terma pension scheme can encourage existing employees to stay with your business. – A pension is one of the most tax efficient ways of investing – for bothyou and your employees: – Your contributions to employees’ pensions are treated as a businessexpense. – Corporation tax relief is usually granted in the year in whichcontributions are paid, at the highest rate payable by your business. This canreduce the potential amount of taxable profits earned by your business. – Contributions paid by employees also receive tax relief at the highestrate of tax they pay, thereby reducing their personal tax liability. – Very little tax is paid on the actual growth in value of pensioncontributions, allowing more of the growth to remain in the pension. – Under stakeholder, only a very small amount goes to administering anemployees’ pension arrangement. Additionally, stakeholder is beneficial to employees as: – They can stop and start contributions as they wish – If they are unhappy with a stakeholder provider they can transfer toanother provider without incurring financial loss or additional charges. Finally – Employers have a key role to play in stakeholder pensions. – A pension for your employees will no longer be an optional extra. – The requirement for employers to choose and offer their employees accessto a stakeholder scheme is a legal requirement and this will be closelyregulated. – An Independent financial adviser could help in choosing the right type ofpension scheme for your staff and your business. – Doing nothing is not an option. Always take professional advice before applying the contents of thisarticle Tim Sargisson is the sales and marketing director for Swipe plc, theonline pension solution established by Smith & Williamson. Tel: 020-76375377, e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

EUROMARFOR Celebrates 20th Anniversary

first_img View post tag: EUROMARFOR View post tag: europe The European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR) recently celebrated two events – the Spanish Navy taking command of the operation and its 20th anniversary.EUROMARFOR, a non-standing, military force created in 1995 by France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, is set to fulfill missions defined in the Petersberg Declaration. The force undertakes sea control, humanitarian missions, peacekeeping operations, crisis response operations, and peace enforcement.Numerous vessels were present at the ceremony in Cartagena, among which were ITS Rimini, SPS Relàmpago, SPS Tajo, NRP Baptista de Andrade, and the French minesweeper Capricorne.[mappress mapid=”16099″]Image: Italian Navy View post tag: Cartagena View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic EUROMARFOR Celebrates 20th Anniversarycenter_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today EUROMARFOR Celebrates 20th Anniversary View post tag: Navy May 28, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Episode #50: Cloud-Enabled Microsoft Applications with Paul Galjan

first_imgMoving Microsoft applications to private, public, or hybrid cloud configurations requires experienced architects, best practices, and tools to ensure success.  I sat down with Paul Galjan (@PaulGaljan), functional lead for EMC Microsoft Technologies.  We talked about Clouds, EMC Unity, Microsoft SQL Server 2016, Open Source, Exchange, SharePoint, Azure, Lynx… and that’s in the first few minutes.Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #50: Cloud-Enabled Microsoft Applications with Paul GaljanAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

U.S. Coal Exports: ‘Very Real Possibility of Going to Zero’

first_imgU.S. Coal Exports: ‘Very Real Possibility of Going to Zero’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Julie Silvederio for SNL:The largest coal-producing province in southern China, Guizhou, aims to close 510 coal mines in the next 3 to 5 years, cutting coal production capacity by 70 million tonnes amid the industrywide supply glut, Xinhua News Agency reported March 5, citing the provincial government. Since 2013, Guizhou was able to reduce the number of its operational and under construction coal mines to less than 800 from 1,700 and it targets to close over 80 coal mines in 2016.Late in February, the National Energy Administration announced China’s plan to shutter over a thousand coal mines in 2016, which could impact the U.S. coal industry, being a major coal exporter to China.The range of coal exported by the U.S. to China over the last five years is from 1 million to 10 million tons, Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis told S&P Global Market Intelligence. “We would expect those numbers to be on the low end of this range in 2016 and for the foreseeable future. Very real possibility of going to zero,” he added.China’s Guizhou province aims to close over 500 coal mines in 3 to 5 years amid supply glutlast_img read more

Dominican Cocaine Seizures Set Record in 2012

first_img Authorities in the Dominican Republic seized a record 7,530 kilograms of cocaine in 2012, breaking the previous record of 6,715 kilos set the year before, according to the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control [Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas, or DNCD]. The most recent seizure was on Dec. 22, when the DNCD confiscated 1,190 kilos of cocaine and seven packets of heroin, arresting seven suspects. Operation Lightning, involving both the drug agency, the Dominican Armed Forces and the U.S. Coast Guard, was launched after U.S. officials alerted their Dominican counterparts to suspicious craft 10 miles off San Luís Beach in the province of Pedernales. The ship’s cargo included numerous capsules of heroin ready to be ingested by “mules” for transshipment to other countries, said a DNCD spokesman. Analysts attributed the increasing confiscations to pressure put on traffickers who had previously smuggled drugs across Mexico’s border with the United States to get their products to end users. Dominican police authorities along with the U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,500 kilos of cocaine and arrested four Venezuelans aboard a 40-foot speedboat near the Dominican resort town of Juan Dolio in March. The speedboat was on its way from Colombia to the Dominican Republic, where the drugs were to be transshipped to the United States and Europe. And in May, three high-ranking DNCD police officials were arrested and accused of providing security for drug traffickers. Authorities also arrested four men allegedly waiting for a drug shipment bound for Puerto Rico, said DNCD chief Rolando Rosado Mateo. DNCD nabs cocaine on its way to France In August, the DNCD seized 770 kilos of cocaine that traffickers allegedly intended to ship to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. Though no one was arrested, officials were able to gather intelligence that led to the Oct. 21 arrest of eight suspects after a dramatic shootout with assailants traveling in two vehicles near Santo Domingo. Police confiscated 770 one-kilo packets of cocaine from the vehicles and 106 cocaine packets in 10 subsequent raids of houses in the Santo Domingo metropolitan area for a total of 950 kilos of the white powder. On Sep. 2, DNCD agents discovered 778 kilos of cocaine in a shipping container in the port of Boca Chica east of Santo Domingo. Four suspects were detained. Two days later, Dominican and U.S. drug enforcement officials — in an action known as Operation Safe Coast — seized 1,600 kilos of cocaine after the bales were thrown overboard from a speedboat 50 nautical miles south of Saona Island. The speedboat crew fled and escaped capture. Less than 24 hours after that, the DNCD arrested three suspected traffickers including U.S. citizen Robert Bruce Adams and two Dominicans, Juan Carlos López and Tirso Bisono. Officials confiscated 120 kilos of cocaine aboard a boat apparently heading for Great Inagua, Bahamas. On Oct. 7, the DNCD seized 336 kilos of cocaine that were to be sent to Le Havre, France, via the Caucedo Multimodal Port, camouflaged as medical equipment. Rosado Mateo said the drugs were packed into nine suitcases found in a container at the marine terminal of La Romana. Airline owner arrested for drug smuggling Also in October, the DNCD broke up a criminal ring allegedly working for the Mexican Gulf cartel, arresting 15 people including Army Lt. Col. Juan Ramón Rosado Pérez, three other Dominican military and police officials and the prominent president of a local airline. Those arrested, including Dominicans, Jamaicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Americans and Bahamians, allegedly brought aircraft into the Dominican Republic to modify them to fly longer distances and carry more illicit cargo from South America, principally Venezuela, to such countries as Honduras and Haiti where they would be transshipped to the United States or Europe. Rafael Rosado, president of the small airline CaribAir, was arrested and named by officials as the ringleader. A CaribAir plane that crashed Sep. 27 near Constanza was allegedly part of the operation. Authorities seized an estimated $250 million worth of assets as evidence. The DNCD and the U.S. Coast Guard teamed up again Dec. 10 to intercept 10 parcels of cocaine from a boat off the southeastern coast, arresting a Colombian citizen at the scene. DNCD officials arrested José Calderón Rijo, alias “La Araña” — a Dominican citizen who posed as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry — and two other suspects of unknown nationality. By Dialogo December 28, 2012last_img read more