Equities drive 6% first-half return at Denmark’s LD

first_imgLD, which manages a non-contributory scheme for Danes based on cost-of-living allowances for workers granted in 1980, said total assets grew to DKK56bn, up DKK1.6bn from the end of December last year.It said this was a level not seen since 2007. Danish pension fund LD has reported an overall return for January to June of DKK3bn (€402m), corresponding to a 5.7% return.This compares to 5% for the same period last year.In its interim report, LD said equities generated 16.2%, while combined corporate bond and sovereign bond portfolios returned 0.7%.Its main balanced fund, LD Vælger, which is used by 90.9% of scheme members, returned 4.9% in the six-month period, while the equities fund produced 26.7%.last_img read more

Facebook, Twitter drive record number of calls to Lifeline (Aust)

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 13 January 2016Feelings of isolation enhanced by our increasingly technology-obsessed lives have contributed to a record-breaking year for crisis support service Lifeline, which received more than one million requests for help from troubled Australians in 2015.It is the first time in the charity’s 52-year history that the number of crisis and suicide prevention calls passed the one million mark in a year, while September to December was the busiest four-month period ever for the service’s 24-hour crisis phone line.Lifeline Australia chief executive officer Pete Shmigel said it was no coincidence that more Australians were seeking help at a time when they were also spending more time online, particularly on social media.“We’ve seen the restructuring of the conventional way of our society. We don’t know the neighbours on our own streets … and at the same time you’re getting this amazing phenomenon called social media, which I believe has the capacity to accelerate those senses of loneliness and isolation,” Mr Shmigel said.“The more connected we are online, physically we don’t have time to be connected in real life, and that goes against the grain of hundreds of thousands of years of human experience.“We’ve been in families and we’ve been in communities because we need direct, real, human, sticky, gooey, social contact. It’s what keeps us well.”http://www.smh.com.au/national/facebook-twitter-drive-record-number-of-calls-to-lifeline-crisis-support-20160112-gm4p6n.html Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lady Cats Win Against Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats Golf team was back in action tonight for the first time in over a week. They took on the Lawrenceburg Tigers at Brook Hill Golf Club. They were able to continue their undefeated season with another dominating win 178-225.Dana Branstetter was low medallist with a score of 39. Other Lady Wildcats scores. Kendyl Brack-45, Abby Orschell-45, Maggie Brack-53, Gracie Graf-49, Aslan Hill-60, Jade Allen-56, Camryn Brewer-52, Sam Ebrens-54, Erin Hesselbrock-56.“Although we have been off for over a week we still came out tonight and performed well on Brook Hills back nine. It was good to get out and play a different course than what we are used to so we can prepare for going on the road to our conference tournament this weekend.” Wildcats Coach Marissa Mears.last_img read more

Two non-USC men shot and killed near campus

first_imgThree non-USC males were shot Tuesday evening west of Vermont Avenue near the university, resulting in two deaths. The shootings were most likely gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The first shooting occurred at 5:20 p.m. near 35th Street and Budlong Avenue when police say a man in a white T-shirt approached the victim and shot him, fatally wounding him.Ten minutes after the first incident, four men shot and killed the second victim near Normandie Avenue and 35th Place. The suspects then drove away from the area in a black Pontiac, according to witnesses.The third shooting occurred near Catalina Avenue and 36th Street at 9:30 p.m., when police said a suspect shot and injured the victim. Witnesses did not see the suspect, but said he might have left the area in a burgundy Cadillac.LAPD requested the assistance of USC’s Department of Public Safety in response to the incidents, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“According to LAPD, this appears to be gang related and this appears to be specifically targeted victims,” Carlisle said. “It appears that [the three shootings] are related.”In response to the incidents, DPS plans to increase its presence in the area of the shootings, Carlisle said.“We are going to redeploy a variety of our DPS resources into that neighborhood…in hopes of discouraging any further violence,” Carlisle said.DPS released a university-wide crime alert early Wednesday morning.The victims are not connected to the university, but students in the area should be alert, Carlisle said.“When there’s that kind of violence in a neighborhood, students should be concerned and take reasonable caution,” Carlisle said. “We hope that they take the crime alert to heart.”Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call DPS at 213-740-4321 or LAPD Southwest Area at 213-485-6571.last_img read more