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08 января, 03:01

Government urged to ban nuisance calls and texts from claims firms

Study finds UK consumers bombarded with 2.2bn calls and texts from pensions, PPI and insurance claims firms in 2017British consumers were bombarded with 2.2bn nuisance phone calls and texts from pensions, PPI and cash-for-crash claims firms last year, according to an analysis of Ofcom data. More than 40% of those calls and texts (nearly 900m) came from ambulance-chasing firms asking if the recipient had recently been involved in an accident or some other insurance-related matter, said Aviva, which on Monday urged such calls be banned. Continue reading...

29 декабря 2017, 20:20

Premiership dips toe in deep pool of free-to-air viewers with live debut

Casual rugby fans are target for broadcast of Harlequins v Northampton on Channel 5 in search for balance between pay TV riches and terrestrial TV’s reachFor the first time in its history Premiership Rugby pulls back the curtain to a live free‑to-air TV audience on Saturday. Channel 5 will broadcast Harlequins’ annual festive fixture at Twickenham, against Northampton, and while it may be pushing it to say the rugby revolution will be televised – not least because of the two sides’ respective form – it can be considered a seminal moment.Premiership Rugby has had its critics of late but this is a move that should be applauded. Granted, the increased exposure may help the search for sponsorship, with the existing Aviva deal set to expire at the end of the season, but there is undoubtedly a huge tranche of casual rugby fans in need of a little push; a demographic who watch the Six Nations – and a combined 11m did so for the two most popular matches of this year’s Championship on BBC and ITV – but opt against paying a subscription fee for BT Sport. Continue reading...

23 декабря 2017, 01:16

Worcester’s Josh Adams deepens Premiership gloom for London Irish

• Worcester 23-8 London Irish• Wing Adams scores two tries in Irish’s 10th defeat in 11 league gamesThe Aviva Premiership season has barely reached its halfway point but the odds on London Irish escaping relegation are already starting to lengthen. There was only one winner of this pre-Christmas basement battle with Worcester, now a full 10 points clear of their struggling rivals, and the Exiles will need something truly remarkable to avoid a swift return to the Championship.Worcester, who have picked up 17 points from their last five Premiership games, were far from perfect but two tries from their in-form wing Josh Adams and the accurate boot of Chris Pennell proved sufficient to inflict Irish’s 10th defeat in 11 league games. Irish’s director of rugby, Nick Kennedy, made no attempt to sugarcoat the bitter pill, conceding his team had been “very poor” and fallen short of the required level. “It’s very disappointing and frustrating…we’ve obviously given ourselves some work to do,” he said. Continue reading...

12 декабря 2017, 14:31

Jim Mallinder sacked as director of rugby at Northampton Saints

• Saints board were under pressure after string of poor results • Alan Dickens will take over as interim head coachThe abrupt weekend downturn in English club fortunes in Europe this season has prompted an immediate reaction at Northampton, who have sacked their director of rugby Jim Mallinder with immediate effect. Mallinder enjoyed a good deal of success during his decade at Franklin’s Gardens but his team have now lost their last eight games in major competitions.While it is only three and a half years since Northampton were crowned champions of England, the Saints have suffered some dire recent results and Saturday’s painful home defeat by Ospreys proved the final straw. Northampton were 43-8 down at the start of the final quarter, prompting many supporters to leave the stadium early. Continue reading...

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30 ноября 2017, 20:42

Aviva finds best use of £3bn is not too complex a question

Investors may be willing to trade a lower payout for higher growth

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30 ноября 2017, 11:04

Aviva rises 3.1% after upgrading profit growth target

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29 ноября 2017, 07:00

Aviva faces questions over growth prospects

Investors have been unmoved by dealmaking at UK’s second-biggest insurer

26 ноября 2017, 03:05

Call it a competition and dads will rush to bring up baby | Vanessa Thorpe

Aviva’s plan to provide equal pay for both parents could start a revolution in childcareNormally speaking, a big insurance company really ought to spend time showcasing just how cautious its attitudes are. After all, public demand for game-changing, risk-taking purveyors of financial protection is understandably limited.But on Friday, surprising news came in from the City that Aviva, a British-based multinational, is to strike out ahead of the field in its staffing policy by offering equal parental leave to all those new fathers, as well as mothers, who work for them. Each parent will soon be able take up to a year off with six months’ pay – certainly good cause to chuck a bowler hat up in the air for joy. Continue reading...

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25 ноября 2017, 11:00

Meet your new cobot: is a machine coming for your job?

As robots slash the time it takes to complete an order at companies like Amazon and Ocado, what does that mean for their human colleagues?Next to the M56, on the outskirts of Manchester, the future has landed. A cluster of huge distribution centres sits at the heart of Airport City, a new development part-funded by the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (two years ago, it was visited by president Xi Jinping of China). Among the biggest buildings is one of Amazon’s self-styled “fulfilment centres”. Known within the company as MAN1, it opened in September last year, but everything inside, from the chairs to the wall-mounted screens, looks as if it has just come out of a box. Deeper within the centre, beyond the reception area and meeting rooms, there is something else just as new: a great expanse of space behind a metal cage, where dozens of robots, finished in Amazon orange and each emblazoned with its own number, glide across the floor, gracefully avoiding collisions and sprinting to their next task.Amazon employees call them “drives”, but to all intents and purposes these are droids, summoned from the dreams of science fiction and put to work. In some Amazon warehouses, workers – or, in the company’s parlance, “associates” – still pace up and down huge aisles, picking out goods and preparing them for shipment; these shifts are said sometimes to involve hikes of 11 miles. But here everything moves much more quickly. The humans in charge of the process known as “picking” now remain in closed workstations, built around a screen that tells them what they need to get next, while the robots bring the shelves – reinvented as four-sided fabric towers, full of pouches that contain everything from DVDs to dolls – to them. Continue reading...

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24 ноября 2017, 19:54

Aviva offers equal paid parental leave to male and female staff

Insurance company will allow up to a year off for parents, six months of which will be on full basic pay, regardless of genderThe insurance company Aviva is offering equal parental leave for men and women, with six months’ pay across the board, in a move that is meant to eradicate career impediments for female staff.Parents employed by Aviva will be offered the same benefit of up to a year’s leave, with 26 weeks of basic full pay “regardless of gender, sexual orientation or how they became a parent”. Continue reading...

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24 ноября 2017, 17:04

Aviva offers equal parental leave for men

Insurer gives 26 weeks leave at full pay for all UK employees in ‘market-leading’ move

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24 ноября 2017, 09:09

The firm where new mums - and dads - get fully funded parental leave

Aviva, the UK's biggest insurer, says its new policy is one of the most family friendly in the UK.

15 ноября 2017, 19:13

The Fiver | Oh Ireland!

Today: Martin O’Neill’s consolatory Big Cups, Diego Maradona wants in and flamin’ Mile JedinakRepublic O’Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is never slow when it comes to blowing his own trumpet, but was left playing a sad trombone on Tuesday night. The man who famously reminded Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira he’d won two Big Cups before asking “how many have you two won?” during a stint of World Cup punditry was left harking back to former glories once again after watching his team get ripped asunder by a combination of his and their own ineptitude, plus a free-scoring Christian Eriksen at the Aviva Stadium. Continue reading...

11 ноября 2017, 22:53

England flanker Sam Underhill leaves bruising impression on Argentinians | Andy Bull

Bath’s No7 looked the real deal for his country on his debut at Twickenham with some huge early hits but Eddie Jones will want more from him at the breakdownA cold, sorry November Saturday, and at Twickenham a first gathering of the clan since the Six Nations, and that 13-9 defeat to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. The crowd’s enthusiasm was unaffected by the late morning weather, a steady, dismal drizzle, the kind that soaks you through without you even really noticing that you’re getting wet.All the talk around the ground, now, speculation about exactly where England stand, back-and-forths over whether Dylan Hartley should still be skipper or Jamie George starting at hooker instead, who should play at lock, and if Mike Brown was still the right man at full-back. After Eddie Jones blooded 11 players on the tour of Argentina, England feel a less settled side now than they did on the other side of the summer. Continue reading...

26 октября 2017, 11:01

Забудьте о сворачивании программы количественного смягчения ЕЦБ, скажите, когда он повысит ставки?

Этот вопрос долгое время обсуждают экономисты. Сработала ли попытка руководителей с помощью покупок облигаций простимулировать экономику, а если да, то как именно? Если спрос центральных банков на облигации способствовал снижению стоимости заимствований, то разворот программ количественного смягчения может внезапно обусловить ее рост. Вместе с тем многие инвесторы считают, что количественное смягчение воздействовало лишь на настроения рынка, а сокращение балансов центральных банков может оказать еще меньшее воздействие.

13 октября 2017, 12:09

Хакеры использовали ресурсы Amazon для майнинга

Группа безопасности RedLock заявила о том, что хакеры получили доступ к вычислительным ресурсам Amazon Web Services (AWS) для майнинга биткоина. В отчете компании заявлено, по меньшей мере, о двух целях: Aviva и Gemalto, а это мультинациональные корпорации. RedLock были предупреждены о происходящем после, когда выяснилось, что целый ряд административных консолей на AWS, microsoft Azure и Google Cloud не были защищены паролями. В результате, они стали легкой целью хакеров. В лаборатории Касперского заявляют, что в течение первых 9 месяцев года 1.65 млн. компьютеров были заражены для майнинга криптовалют. Ботнеты обычно запускают майнинг софт в фоновом режиме без какой-либо индикации для владельца, которые разве что раздражены медленной скоростью выполнения обычных задач. Все это происходит в момент, когда растут опасения, что уже и хакеры, направляемые государствами, могут похищать биткоины. Ранее в этом месяце южнокорейские власти подтвердили, что Северная Корея атаковала биржи страны, чтобы украсть цифровую валюту. Hackers Use Amazon’s AWS Computing Resources to Mine Bitcoin, CCN, Oct 13Источник: FxTeam

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11 октября 2017, 14:44

Бонды США стали рискованнее облигаций EM

  Москва, 11 октября - "Вести.Экономика". Облигации США стали рискованнее бондов развивающихся стран в их нацвалюте, к такому выводу пришли в инвестиционной компании Aviva.

05 октября 2017, 17:08

Aviva snaps up robo start-up to impress time-poor, cash-poor millennials 

Insurance giant Aviva has bought a majority stake in a one-year old 'robo' investment company with the aim of winning over a younger generation who have little time or money. The insurer has snapped up Cardiff-based Wealthify, which promises to make investments cheaper and more accessible, for an undisclosed sum in a move that marks the first time the FTSE 100 group has entered the 'robo' investment space.  The start-up is aimed at millennials, the goal being to get an extra one million people to become investors over the next decade by letting them invest small amounts - as little as £1 - and then withdraw their cash without a fee.  Cardiff-based Wealthify, which promises to make investments cheaper and more accessible, is aimed at cash-strapped millennials  Assuming the deal gets regulatory approval, Aviva customers will be able to tap into the service through the company's app MyAviva.  Its push to attract more customers who are millennials - typically those born between 1980 and 2000 - contrasts with an internal goal to recruit more older people. Aviva UK plans to hire another 1,000 employees older than 50 by 2022, the company said at the start of the week.  The deal also comes amid a wider push to make financial advice and investment more attainable, with automated or 'robo' groups competing to offer cheaper or faster services.