Rothesay Life has secured another tranche of liabilities from the Western United Group Pension Scheme, after completing a £111m (€134m) buy-in transaction.The scheme currently has around 14,000 members with around £500m in assets, of which £115m were insured in early 2013.The arrangement covers former employees of the Vestey Group, and was secured through the exchange of cash and UK gilts in return for the insurance policy.Group head of reward for Vestey Group, Ben Fowler, said the transaction represented the next step in the scheme’s de-risking strategy. “We returned to Rothesay Life because they provided a low-risk solution with operational precision and accompanying longevity, pension increase and re-investment protection,” he added.In other bulk annuity news, Just Retirement has completed a £36.5m single medically underwritten buy-in transaction, which it believes is the largest of its kind.The deal covers 200 members of a pension scheme in the shipping industry, who are all aged between 65 and 80. The insurer gathered medical information by conducting telephone interviews with an 85% response rate.It was agreed purely through a transfer of assets, with no additional cash contributions from the sponsoring company.Just Retirement director of DB solutions, Tim Coulson said: “The industry in which the members of the scheme worked resulted in a prevalence of medical and lifestyle conditions that was not fully reflected by traditional rating factors.”The scheme was advised by LCP,with partner Clive Wellsteed, said: “This is an interesting transaction for a scheme that is unlikely to have completed a buy-in without the advent of medical underwriting.”Lastly, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has appointed Allianz Global Investors as investment strategy advisers, who will look to provide the DC-trust with scenario modeling.Allianz will also provide the fund with advice on the investment strategy of its target-date funds, as well as capital market assumptions, risk management and analysing the expected risk and returns from the fund’s investments.The company said its offering would support, and be complementary to, NEST’s in-house investment team, with advice coming on a project-by-project basis.Mark Fawcett, CIO of the fund, said the appointment of Allianz GI was due to a previous successful relationship.Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz GI, said: “By offering our independent investment advisory expertise, we are pleased to be supporting NEST giving employers, from the smallest firms to the largest organisations.”
National: NBCSeattle: KINGPhiladelphia: WCAUStream: NBC Live (cable subscription)Seattle (11-5) couldn’t quite catch the 49ers for the NFC West crown, but still nabbed a wild-card spot. Philadelphia (9-7) held off the Cowboys to win the weak NFC East.The broadcast will sound like an NBC Sunday night game. Al Michaels has the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator, with Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox bringing sideline insights.NFL scores for wild-card gamesYou can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Jan. 4GameTexans 22, Bills 19Titans 20, Patriots 13Sunday, Jan. 5GameVikings 26, Saints 20Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS: Full TV schedule | AFC & NFC bracket | SN’s picksNFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full wild-card round schedule for the NFL playoffs, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Sunday, Jan. 5GameTimeChannelSaints vs. Vikings1:05 p.m.FoxEagles vs. Seahawks4:40 p.m.NBCNFL playoff game TV channels, live streamHere’s how to watch every wild-card game during the NFL playoffs.Bills vs. Texans(4:35 p.m. ET kickoff)National: ESPN/ABCBuffalo: WKBWHouston: KTRKStream: WatchESPN (cable subscription)Each of Houston’s six postseason appearances since 2011 has begun with the Saturday afternoon game, a testament to the Texans (10-6) rarely being a favorite to advance and having a relatively small national following. Buffalo (10-6) made the playoffs for just the second time since 2000.As this is ESPN’s only broadcast of the wild-card round, it will be called by the regular Monday Night Football crew: Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, Booger McFarland in the booth as an analyst and Lisa Salters reporting from the sideline.Patriots vs. Titans(8:15 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSBoston: WBZNashville: WTVFStream: CBS (cable subscription)New England would be resting this weekend if not for a 27-24 loss to 5-11 Miami in Week 17. The Patriots still won the AFC East but fell short of the first-round bye. Tennessee took its Week 17 chance, clinching a wild card spot by beating the Texans 35-14.CBS is sending its top broadcast team to Foxborough. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play, Tony Romo offers analysis and Tracy Wolfson is down on the sideline.Saints vs. Vikings(1:05 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxNew Orleans: WVUEMinnesota: KMSPStream: Fox Sports Go (cable subscription)New Orleans (13-3) is tied for the best record in the NFC, but lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers and is playing in the first round. It’s the first time a team with a record of 13-3 or better has played in the first round since the Saints in the 2011-12 season. The strength of the conference meant Minnesota’s 10-6 record is the worst of the NFC playoff teams.The No. 1 Fox crew is covering this game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are in the booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will offer reports from the sideline.Seahawks vs. Eagles(4:40 p.m. ET kickoff) The 2020 NFL playoffs have arrived, and the schedule begins with four games during wild-card weekend.Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL wild-card round games, including a full schedule with TV channels, start times and scores.
Daniel O’Donnell has said he is glad his father-in-law did not suffer a long death.Daniel and MajellaTom Roche passed away last week after suffering a brain haemorrhage following a fall down some stairs at his home in Tenerife.The Donegal singer said his wife Majella and her family are taking some comfort that he didn’t suffer too long. “They are grateful for a lot, especially that he didn’t suffer and didn’t know anything about what happened.“That kind of thing comforts them. Obviously it’s sad and they’re shocked, but they’re glad he had a great life. Once he didn’t suffer that was the main thing,” said the Kincasslagh entertainer.Both Daniel and his wife Majella, who herself in battling breast cancer, sang hymns at Tom’s funeral mass in Las Americas on Friday last.Tom, who was originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was cremated after the mass. His family will host a funeral service for him in Thurles in the New Year.Daniel recalled how he played many games of cards over the summer with Tom and wife Marion. DANIEL RELIEVED FATHER-IN-LAW DIDN’T HAVE LONG DEATH was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldeathMajellaTOM ROCHE