PKA sees early fruits of new business push with 1,800-member deal

first_img“The more members PKA has, the more robust it is, and the greater chances it has to be able to give its current and future members concrete benefits in the form of a high return, low costs, and a competitive yield on pensions.”Damgaard Jensen said PKA was a pension fund for different professional groups and had a clear aim to provide pension products that matched their demands, regardless of whether they were public sector employees, private sector staff or self-employed.Tina Christensen, chairman of the Danish Chiropodists’ Association, said there were many reasons why PKA had been chosen.“It was very important for us that PKA can offer our self-employed and private-sector employed members a voluntary and flexible pensions package tailored to their needs,” she said.“At the same time, PKA understands employees in the healthcare sector, so our 1,800 members will get a pensions package that suits them for their whole lives,” Christensen said.Back in October, PKA launched a new drive to take on thousands of new members and win private-sector pension schemes from the hands of Denmark’s big commercial providers such as Danica and PFA. It said it had developed a pension product called PKA Private, which can be tailored to appeal to a wider range of customers.The following month PKA announced it had poached Søren Bang Palfelt from PFA to lead the new business push.Tomas Frydenberg, executive director in charge of membership matters, said the Danish Chiropodists’ Association deal was an early result of PKA’s new strategy to provide pension schemes to the entire healthcare sector.He said PKA would continue this strategy in years to come and bid for other groups within the healthcare sector. PKA, the DKK250bn (€33.6bn) labour-market pension provider, has won a contract from the Danish Chiropodists’ Association (Danske Fodterapeuter) to provide pensions for its 1,800 members.PKA, which currently has around 300,000 scheme members via the three social and healthcare pension funds it runs, said it won the tender process arranged by Deloitte to provide pensions for the association’s members, beating several other pension companies.It said this was the first step on the path towards its goal of attracting more members.Peter Damgaard Jensen, chief executive of PKA, said: “We have implemented a growth strategy at PKA, which we believe is necessary in an ever more competitive sector.last_img read more

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Spanish Super Cup: Human rights row lingers as Saudi Arabia play host

first_imgYet the prospect of another showdown between La Liga’s leading pair has been overshadowed by criticism, with lingering concerns about a Spanish competition being played on a different continent, more than 4,000 miles (6,400 km) away.The financial incentives on offer, both to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who run the competition, and the four clubs taking part are bound to have been persuasive.For agreeing to participate alone, Barcelona and Real Madrid will receive six million euros ($6.72 million) while Atletico and Valencia will pocket around three million euros each. If Barca and Real Madrid reach the final, it is expected they will earn around 10 million euros for the week.The RFEF, meanwhile, has an agreement for the tournament to be held in Saudi Arabia for three years, for which it will earn a total of 120 million euros, an amount it claims will be put back into the women’s game and lower leagues.President Luis Rubiales has also said the old format, involving a final in August between the league champions and cup winners, was no longer capturing the imagination of fans.“The Super Cup was doomed to death,” said Rubiales in November.“The money we will get is not for building a villa. It will go to women’s football and the clubs in Segunda B and Tercera. Of course money is important, who can deny that? Money is very important but the money will go where it is needed.”– ‘Heinous human rights record’ –But in exchange for bigger cheques, the RFEF is facing accusations of betraying Spanish supporters and turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s “heinous human rights record”, as it was described by Amnesty International in November.Saudi Arabia has followed the lead of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates by accelerating its investment in sports events to exert soft power and cast a more positive image of the country across the world.“There is a very offensive policy to host major sporting events… to spread a different image of Saudi Arabia,” Carole Gomez, a researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations, told AFP.But Rubiales believes the Spanish Super Cup can be used as a force for good.“In the world there are food, economic, social inequalities,” he said. “We can avoid it or we can try to contribute to change.”Amid criticism of Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women, agreements have been reached between the RFEF and the Spanish authorities to ensure women will have free access to the King Abdullah Stadium, where all three fixtures will be played.In January 2018, women were allowed to enter a stadium to watch football in Saudi Arabia for the first time.“Women can enter all these events,” the Saudi ambassador to Spain, Mansour Bin Khalid Al Farhan Al-Saud, told Marca last month. “That is what I mean when I say there is ignorance. You have false ideas about our country. There is no limitation for women in our country.”Fans from Spain appear unlikely to make the 10-hour trip to Jeddah, which would cost them close to 1,000 euros in flights and accommodation combined.According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Monday, only 1,076 of 12,000 tickets had been sold, with Valencia selling just 26. “Nobody wants to go to the Spanish Super Cup”, read El Mundo’s headline.Supporters might also have weighed up the importance of the tournament, which is considered far less prestigious even than the Copa del Rey, Spain’s domestic cup competition, and pales into insignificance alongside La Liga and the Champions League. Spain’s two most decorated clubs could face off in a Clasico final in Jeddah on Sunday if Real Madrid beat in-form Valencia and Barca can overcome Atletico Madrid in the semis. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Real Madrid and Barcelona will be among those tussling for the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia this week, amid controversy over a tournament held faraway from home in a country long-condemned for its record on human rights.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also: Real Madrid to offer Man Utd choice of four players in £160m Pogba dealReal Madrid and Barcelona sit level on points at the top of La Liga and all four clubs will be eager to avoid injuries, with each of them involved in the Champions League knock-out stage, which begins next month.Madrid announced on Monday that neither Karim Benzema, their top scorer, nor Gareth Bale would be travelling due to fitness problems and Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be wary of over-exerting Lionel Messi too.The desire to clinch a trophy will be checked by a need to prioritise and any celebrations may not be fully shared by those watching at home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Chase Academy inks Ninvalle five –year scholarship

first_imgCARIBBEAN 11yrs and Under boys table tennis champion, Kaysan Ninvalle, has been offered a place at Chase Academy Secondary School.Kaysan Ninvalle won a gold and three silvers at the Caribbean Pre-Cadet champinshipsKaysan Ninvalle won a gold and three silvers at the Caribbean Pre-Cadet champinshipsNinvalle has been given a five-year scholarship to the school, compliments of principal and owner Henry Chase.The national champion secured Guyana’s only gold medal at the recently concluded Caribbean Pre-Cadet s in Jamaica, which added to the three silvers he won in team events at the same tournament. In applauding Ninvalle’s performance, Chase said that it was his civic duty to create a path for the youngster to also excel academically.“Sports and academics must go hand-in-hand and I hope that through this gesture we can find many more institutions doing the same. Our institution prides itself on producing well-rounded individuals and it is apposite that our sportsmen and women are also academically inclined,” Chase noted.Ninvalle won the 11yr and Under title after defeating Trinidadian Jalen Kerr in an epic final. The talented national 11yr and Under and 13yr and Under champion is now scheduled to travel to Peru in October for a specialised Training Camp.Chase Academy joins former West Indies cricket captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, Gizmos and Gadgets,Dexter Garnett,and Colours Boutique;all of whom have supported the Caribbean Champion.last_img read more

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WBB : Syracuse still searching for all-around offensive performance

first_img Comments Published on January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Just when Syracuse seemed to have corrected one of its biggest problems, another crept up. While the Orange has found its shooting stroke in recent games, it still hasn’t gotten an all-around quality offensive performance as a team.Sure, the Orange has been knocking down shots with greater ease. But instead of having several guards scoring, it’s falling on only one or two to carry the load.‘We’ve got to be ready to shoot,’ junior guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’s more about us as shooters not being ready to shoot and being ready to knock down shots and make plays.’Syracuse (11-5, 0-2 Big East) will get its next opportunity to have an all-around solid offensive performance when it hits the road to play Pittsburgh (8-7, 0-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The Orange won its final three games of its nonconference schedule before falling to Rutgers, shooting 45.5 percent from the field during that stretch. The issue, though, was that Tyson-Thomas was the only guard who put together quality performances, scoring 15 points against both Niagara and Colgate. SU is still searching for all of its guards to step up and help pack a scoring punch to help the Orange win its first Big East game.So far, that hasn’t happened.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Syracuse’s scoring has come mainly from its frontcourt, with senior forward Iasia Hemingway averaging 15.6 points and junior center Kayla Alexander averaging 15.4 points per game. Tyson-Thomas enters Saturday matchup with the Panthers scoring about 12 points per game, and those three players make up the bulk of SU’s offense. When they’re off the court, the scoring consistency leaves with them as the Orange’s offensive depth remains shallow.‘I don’t think there’s anything specific, we just have to be more focused and more ready to make shots.’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We have to step up.’Tyson-Thomas is the only guard that really has.Elashier Hall – who started the season on a scoring tear that included a 20-point performance against Long Beach State in the opener – is averaging 9.7 points. La’Shay Taft is adding a meager 4.9 points per game. And Syracuse’s point guards, Shanee Williams and Rachel Coffey, have combined for a slim total of 6.2 points per game.SU hoped to straighten out its scoring woes when it resumed its conference schedule against Rutgers on Tuesday. Instead, it was more of the same against the Scarlet Knights.Fourteen from Hemingway, 12 from Tyson-Thomas and nine from Alexander. In terms of scoring, it was the usual suspects.Most of all, though, SU is going to need all of its players to improve their outside shooting abilities. For many of Syracuse’s nonconference games, the Orange’s guards were anemic from the perimeter, relying on the inside presence of Hemingway and Alexander to make up the scoring.With such cold shooting performances, opposing defenders paid less and less attention to the guards and collapsed on SU’s scorers in the paint. That made it increasingly difficult for Alexander to score at will.The few times when the guards were being defended consistently, the junior center had much more room to work.‘It makes it a lot easier, because then I have more space to work with and to attack the basket,’ Alexander said. ‘When our guards are being pressured, it makes it a little easier in the paint.’The Orange hasn’t made it any secret that it relies on Alexander in the low post to provide the bulk of its points. When SU struggles from the outside, it goes inside consistently.Against Pittsburgh, Syracuse could have the perfect opportunity to right its ongoing struggles.Ranked dead last in the Big East in scoring defense, the Panthers are allowing an average of 66.8 points per game to opponents. And that’s mainly against the lowly teams Pittsburgh faced during its nonconference slate.Syracuse is hoping to expose that defense and get its offense on track any way it can.‘We just played the way we play,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘If you close out, we’re going to attack you off the bounce. If we get the ball inside, that’s what we’re going to [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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