WHO team in Wuhan says discussions open, meetings frank

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators looking for clues into the origin of the coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan say the Chinese side has provided a high level of cooperation but caution against expecting immediate results from the visit. Along with the key Wuhan Institute of Virology, the WHO team that includes experts from 10 nations has visited hospitals, research institutes and a traditional market tied to the outbreak. Zoologist and team member Peter Daszak praised Wednesday’s meetings with staff at the Wuhan institute, including with its deputy director who worked with Daszak to track down the origins of SARS that originated in China and led to the 2003 outbreak.last_img read more

​Return targets will be ‘hard’ for Finnish pension funds to meet

first_imgEmployee pension schemes in Finland will find it hard to achieve their targeted investment returns in the next few years in the current low-interest-rate environment, the country’s financial supervisor has warned.Releasing data on the financial position and risks of supervised entities, the Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanssivalvonta or FIN-FSA) said the investment return for the employee pension sector was zero in the first half of this year.“A positive return in the second quarter covered the losses generated in the first quarter,” it said.“The solvency position of the employee pension sector weakened, but risk-bearing capacity remained strong.” The investment return for the sector failed to reach the target level in the January-to-June period.“Likewise, in the coming years, it will be difficult to reach the target level if interest rates remain at their current low level,” the regulator added.According to FIN-FSA figures, the average solvency ratio for the employee pension sector fell to 26% at the end of June from 28.6% at the end of December 2015.However, the risk-based solvency position for the sector rose to 2.1 at the end of June from 2.0 at the end of December, the authority said, explaining that the decrease in equity risk in the investment portfolio had been reflected as a decline in the solvency limit.last_img read more

Asamoah Gyan remains focused despite his mum’s death

first_imgBlack Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan remains focused on performing for Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations despite the recent misfortune that hit his family.The Al-Ain striker arrived on Friday morning in Accra together with his senior brothers Baffour and Opoku to mourn with the rest of the family on the passing of their mother Madam Cecilia Love Amoako at the Ridge Hospital on Tuesday.Gyan who was in a sober mood said he had accepted the demise of his mother as part of life even though it was tough to accept.“It is a big shock as everybody knows but in life you need to experience bitterness not always expecting happiness. When I heard the news it was strange to me and a shock. But as a footballer you dont go on to the pitch with your emotions and will concentrate on my career and even scored two goals in yesterday for my club which tells you how strong I am. I am close to my mum and was coming to celebrate her birth today but am focused to deliver in AFCON 2013”. He told JOY SportsGyan’s mother would have turned 61 today. The strike has been excused from Tuesday’s international friendly against Cape Verde in Lisbon, Portugal.last_img read more