first_imgIn general, solvency levels among German Pensionskassen have increased from 135% to 138% year on year.As of year-end 2014, only one Pensionskasse – which, in Germany, are set up chiefly as an insurance-like vehicles – failed to meet its solvency requirements.BaFin warned that, if interest rates continued at their currently low levels, Pensionskassen would “suffer more than life insurers” because of their longer-term businesses and the fact they have to pay out life-long pensions.For 2014, the average interest granted on members’ assets in Pensionskassen amounted to 4.1%, slightly below the 4.4% average for the year previous.In total, the Pensionskassen regulated by BaFin managed nearly €140bn in assets, as per year-end 2014, having seen their assets grow by 6% through returns and contributions.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BaFin confirmed to IPE that the supervisor had chosen a sample of Pensionskassen that will take part in the stress tests conducted by EIOPA later in May.It declined to reveal the size of the selected candidates to avoid speculation on the identities of the institutions.However, the spokesperson confirmed that the German government would meet EIOPA’s target of covering 50% of the balance sheet total of pension assets in the market.Several pension fund associations have warned that, because mostly large institutions are to take part in the stress tests, the results will reflect only one part of market. Only nine of the 126 Pensionskassen regulated and tested by German regulator BaFin failed national stress tests performed at year-end 2014, the watchdog announced.In its annual report, BaFin points out that this is two fewer than reported the year previous, and that solvency levels of Pensionskassen had improved slightly over the period.With its own stress tests, the regulator seeks to gauge the resilience of market participants to various market downturns in one or more asset classes.The tests do not include a quantitative assessment, as it is done under Solvency II.last_img read more

first_imgIn announcing that the plans would be scrapped, the FSA said: “Changes to the model could thus have major consequences for companies’ asset allocation and may ultimately also be liable to affect Swedish capital market stability.”The traffic-light model was first introduced in 2006, replacing statutory restrictions on investment within insurance company portfolios by a principles-based approach.Its aim is to identify – by carrying out stress tests for equity, credit, interest rate, real estate and currency risks – companies whose capital buffer is highly exposed to financial risks.The model also includes stress tests for underwriting risks such as longevity risk.The tests assess whether insurers and pension funds can meet their pension promise obligation, with companies given an overall rating of ‘green’ (low risk) or ‘red’ (high risk).The ‘amber’ (medium risk) category was dropped some years ago because it was considered too ambiguous.The FSA said it also identified a number of deficiencies in the existing model, not least because of continuing low interest rates.Magnus Strömgren, deputy Executive Director for Insurance at the Swedish FSA, told IPE: “We tried to change the model into something more realistic, and there were areas where our proposals were more stringent than the existing model. But we made mistakes as well.”Strömgren continued: “The existing model does not recognise that there could be negative interest rates. And it assumes there is no correlation between equity or interest rate shocks, and other asset classes, such as property. But in a stress situation, many things happen at once and cannot necessarily be said to be independent. Thus, the capital required in a severe financial stress is most likely underestimated by the current model.”Rather than redesign the traffic-light system, the FSA will now ask insurers and pension funds to provide additional information on potential risks – such as credit risks – in their business activities.This is intended to identify companies taking risks that might, given their financial situation and in a stress situation, threaten future pension payouts.The FSA will then initiate a dialogue with those companies to agree a course of preventive action.However, legislation setting up a framework for a new type of company, pursuing only occupational pensions business, is likely to be introduced within 3-4 years. This will include new risk-sensitive capital requirements and could therefore allow the FSA to scrap the traffic light model or change it into something of a more targeted approach to certain risks, said Strömgren. Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) has dropped plans to change its traffic light model for insurance companies and pension funds after criticism that this would impose additional capital requirements on those companies.Insurers and pension funds would effectively have been required to hold a higher percentage of their assets in low-risk instruments such as government debt to hedge their regulatory interest-rate risk under the new model.This would not only have restricted investment choice but could also have weakened liquidity in the corporate bond and mortgage bond markets, according to the industry.The proposals had been sent out for consultation last October.last_img read more

first_imgPublic Discourse 16 May 2016Family First Comment:  This is a great read.“The foundation of the pro-abortion movement is the mantra “My body, my choice.” The problem is, this pro-abortion language of personal rights and physical autonomy is clearly at odds with the natural response of the female body to a healthy developing fetus. The female body is not at all ambivalent about the abortion issue. When a woman becomes pregnant, everything in her body is gearing up to welcome the new life she carries. At conception, a complex transformation begins, one that is designed to protect and nurture the developing fetus. A mere eight days after fertilization, the growing embryo produces human chorionic gonadatropin, HCG. HCG is what enables the pregnancy to continue—and what gives a positive result on a pregnancy test. Endocrinologist Joel Brind calls this “baby’s first cry.””“When a woman decides not to carry her child to term, a division takes place in her mind and heart. This is powerfully apparent for women whose abortion decisions are fraught with anxiety, confusion, and pressure or coercion from others. Yet it is also true for those who seem to approach the decision with ease.”As the Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, hundreds of post-abortive women shared their stories in amicus briefs. Pro-abortion activists are now recognizing what abortion healing ministries have known for decades: women and men who were part of abortion decisions and procedures benefit from telling their stories. This can be a cathartic and empowering experience, ending their secrecy and isolation and putting them on the road to recovery.It’s not only telling the stories that is powerful. Hearing such stories can also have a profound impact on those who have not experienced abortion. Savvy pro-abortion advocates have begun to use the power of personal stories to support allegations that Texas abortion restrictions unfairly limit women’s access to an essential and empowering medical procedure.As co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion recovery programs and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, respectively, we have each encountered thousands of women and men across the United States and around the world who have experienced abortion loss. Their stories reveal that many women and men are deeply wounded by their experience of abortion.…. Is the Female Body Pro-Choice?The foundation of the pro-abortion movement is the mantra “My body, my choice.” The problem is, this pro-abortion language of personal rights and physical autonomy is clearly at odds with the natural response of the female body to a healthy developing fetus. The female body is not at all ambivalent about the abortion issue. When a woman becomes pregnant, everything in her body is gearing up to welcome the new life she carries. At conception, a complex transformation begins, one that is designed to protect and nurture the developing fetus. A mere eight days after fertilization, the growing embryo produces human chorionic gonadatropin, HCG. HCG is what enables the pregnancy to continue—and what gives a positive result on a pregnancy test. Endocrinologist Joel Brind calls this “baby’s first cry.”When a woman decides not to carry her child to term, a division takes place in her mind and heart. This is powerfully apparent for women whose abortion decisions are fraught with anxiety, confusion, and pressure or coercion from others. Yet it is also true for those who seem to approach the decision with ease.…. Abortion is a complex issue, even when the decision appears to be the only clear and rational course of action. We can’t minimize the anxiety and stress of an unplanned pregnancy and the conflicts that pregnant women face. But abortion is not just a choice—it is not a mere decision, based on a list of “pros” and “cons.”Abortion is fundamentally about relationship, a relationship that is broken by the procedure—and one that desperately needs to be healed.READ MORE: read more

first_imgItaly Chief coach,  Roberto Mancini wants to see the Azzurri ‘pick up where we left off’ and highlighted the need to do well in the UEFA Nations League ‘to avoid complications’ in the World Cup qualifiers. The Italian side have impressed since Mancini took over at Coverciano and went through the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a perfect run of 10 wins out of 10. Mancini wants to see his side continue the progress, but insists Italy are ‘working every day to develop’. “We hope to start where we left off 10 months ago and hope people continue to follow us,” Mancini said, according to news agency ANSA. “So far, our national team have done well. “But we still have room for improvements on every aspect, technical and tactical. We work every day to develop.”Advertisement Italy face Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Artemio Franchi tomorrow night and Mancini wants to reach the latter stages of the UEFA Nations League. read also:Mancini: ‘Italy want Nations League final’ “It’s a competition we care a lot about,” he added. “Since we took over, we have recovered 12 places and must remain among the top 10, avoiding to risk complications in the World Cup qualifiers. “But Nations League is also important because the Finals will be played in Italy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his Cardiff side to make history when they face Swansea in next weekend’s south Wales derby. The Bluebirds claimed a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Norwich on Saturday to climb off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. Goals from Craig Bellamy and debutant Kenwyne Jones gave Solskjaer a maiden Premier League win as manager; it was Cardiff’s first win in eight top-flight fixtures. Cardiff’s win owed much to the spark provided by the introduction of Wilfried Zaha from the bench in just the 38th minute. But Norwich had more than enough chances to win several games, with Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall turning in the latest inspired display of an excellent season for the Scotland international. His compatriot Robert Snodgrass was Norwich’s best player, opening the scoring and leading by example throughout. The midfielder’s performance came at the end of a week where he apologised to the club’s fans for an angry exchange with supporters during last weekend’s game against Newcastle. And Hughton was full of praise for the 26-year-old. He said: “Robert got the goal, and showed what he is. He is a wholehearted player who wants to do well. We had a situation with him last week but he was big enough and brave enough to apologise and he is a big player for us. “He will not look to hide away and he has been a real good player for us.” They now move on to face local rivals Swansea in a derby meeting which could play a big part in shaping where the two clubs end the season. No side has ever completed the league double in meetings between the two Welsh clubs, but Cardiff have the opportunity to be the first at the Liberty Stadium, having claimed a 1-0 win on home turf in November. “I know about the history of this fixture, I am aware there has never been a league double,” said Solskjaer. “Let’s go out and make history. Why not? This may be the time. “I watched the south Wales derby on television earlier this season when Cardiff won and the return is going to be another tough match. “Over the years I have watched the Swans’ journey with Roberto Martinez, then Brendan (Rodgers) and now Michael (Laudrup) in charge. “There is a passion among Cardiff fans which I knew about before and has been evident since I arrived. “We understand what this fixture means to the fans.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Saints’ CEO Gareth Rogers told the club’s official website: “Ryan is a young, attacking full-back and will fit in perfectly with the club’s philosophy and style of play. “This is another important step forward in terms of rebuilding our first-team squad with exciting English talent at its core.” First-team manager Ronald Koeman added: “I’m very happy to be able to bring Ryan in. “I spoke to him on Monday afternoon and I was very impressed with his attitude and how keen he was to play games for Southampton. “He is a top player who will bring a lot of quality to the team. He has experience at the highest level and is an exciting, attacking player, which is what I like to see in my full-backs.” The Bertrand loan move is welcome news for Southampton fans who have seen a succession of players leave the Barclays Premier League club since eighth place was secured in May. Bertrand is expected to take Luke Shaw’s place at left-back, following the latter’s move to Manchester United. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren have all moved to Liverpool, while Calum Chambers has joined Arsenal. Southampton have pocketed almost £100million for the combined deals, with chairman Ralph Krueger refuting reports that Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin would also be leaving. Press Association Sport understands the south-coast club have the option to buy Bertrand outright next summer. Bertrand has been with the Blues since 2006 but has found action hard to come by, spending last season on loan at Aston Villa. It is understood the deal could be worth up to £10million, should Southampton choose to make the move for Bertrand a permanent one. Press Association Sport understands the next transfer movement at Southampton is likely to see club-record signing Dani Osvaldo depart for Inter Milan. Having joined last summer from Roma, the 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Juventus after headbutting team-mate Jose Fonte in training. Osvaldo is set to depart Saints on loan again, heading for the San Siro in a deal which will see Saphir Taider come the other way. The 22-year-old Algeria international joined from Bologna last summer and will spend this season at St Mary’s. Southampton have announced the signing of Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes will finance three intensive care units for patients suffering from coronavirus at hospitals in Lisbon and Porto – with the donation worth £1million.The Portugal captain and Mendes have been in contact with the hospitals already and are planning to equip two wards in Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon and one in Santo Antonio in Porto.Wards in Santa Maria will come with ten beds and ventilators while the wing in Santo Antonio will have fifteen beds and ventilators. The chairman of the Santa Maria board of director has confirmed the donation, while Santo Antonio hospital have also revealed that the duo are helping out too.Daniel Ferro, president of Santa Maria, thanked the pair: ‘We were contacted by Jorge Mendes, who volunteered with Cristiano Ronaldo to finance two intensive care units for critical patients suffering from COVID-19.‘There are fans, monitors, infusion pumps, beds … all the equipment that constitutes an intensive care unit equipped to provide care to a COVID-19 patient.’It has been confirmed that the monetary value of the donations from the pair will top £1m.Mendes has been helping out financially with the coronavirus crisis over the last week.He provided 1,000 masks and 200,000 protective gowns to the Sao Joao hospital in Porto last week.The 54-year-old has also ordered eight further ventilators and will distribute them to hospitals across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful weather in Florida, traveling to Jacksonville and Orlando. While I was there, I got to see some great basketball. Unfortunately, the Cornell Big Red played all of it.Now, if you think I’m going to use this space to talk about how great I think Cornell is (They’re the best team I’ve seen in person this season) or how terrible Wisconsin has been over the last three games (It’s been really, really hard to watch), you’d be wrong. Well, sort of.The following will be some observations I’ve made about Sunday’s game, which will touch on those issues.Cornell was the best team in JacksonvilleSome years, the selection committee is really on top of its game. When that happens, there’s a lot of chalk on the brackets. This year isn’t one of those years.Case in point: Cornell was the best team of the eight that played this weekend at Veterans Memorial Arena. Duke was a close second, but based on the teams they beat and how they beat them, I give the Big Red the edge.Don’t believe me? Ask your favorite Badger.“Yeah, I’d say they’re better than a 12 seed,” Tim Jarmusz said. “Today, they played like they were the best team out there.”It’s not like he was the only one in the locker room who felt that way, either.“That’s a good squad; they just got under-seeded,” Trevon Hughes said. “The best team we played in the NCAA Tournament.”Still, the toughest thing about the loss is the style in which Cornell plays. It’s not like they’re out there playing a fast, loose style like Tennessee or Kentucky.No, Cornell is what Wisconsin strives to be. They’re fundamentally sound on both ends of the court. The Big Red don’t throw the ball away — they rebound, they shoot well and play strong defense.But again, don’t take my word for it.“They’re a fundamental team, and that’s what we pride ourselves on,” Jason Bohannon said. “They’re offensively sound and defensively sound. They were doing a lot of the things, basketball IQ-wise, that we strive for every day in practice.”Which brings me to my next point…Wisconsin is its own worst enemyNow, I don’t mean this in the way it’s normally read. Because the Badgers generally don’t lose unless the other team flat outplays them. They don’t beat themselves.What I mean is, the Badgers struggle against teams that closely mirror their style of play.Wisconsin, Wofford and Cornell play much the same style of basketball. The biggest difference is the rate at which their respective shots go through the hoop.Nearly everything said about the Big Red could be imagined coming from the team’s UW has beaten this season.“They run their offense, get open shots and find the open man,” Jason Bohannon said. “How many times did they drive the lane, find the open guy and hit an open three? It’s tough, they’re a very tough team.”If Wisconsin could shoot like Cornell, the Badgers would be headed to Syracuse in two days.Ryan Wittman has a bright futureI’ll be honest, I knew very little about the Big Red’s leading scorer before this weekend. Now, I’d be hard-pressed to forget about him.There always seems to be that one player like Stephen Curry in the tournament who becomes a household name when it’s all over. This year, my money in that category was on Jimmer Fredette, the junior guard from Brigham Young.Much like with my Final Four picks, I was wrong. Sure, more people know Fredette now and “going Jimmer” is a phrase I’d love to see stick.“He is a great player,” Jon Leuer said of Wittman. “Obviously, he can shoot it; but he can put it on the floor and he can create for his teammates.“He’s definitely one of the best players in the country.”Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Have some observations of your own to share from the opening weekend of the Tournament? Send him an e-mail at read more

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT 1 year ago This barefoot sprinter clocks 100 m in 11 seconds, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju assures support for his professional career 1 year ago Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju strives to include Shooting in 2022 CWG Last Updated: 15th September, 2019 13:55 IST Kiren Rijiju Flags Off ‘Great Ganga Run’; Aim Is To Raise Awareness Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju along with Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat flagged off the “Great Ganga Run.” Yash Sanghvi Written By WATCH US LIVE “Yesterday, I met a number of young people from Jammu and Kashmir. They want to take part in sports. We are making plans for different cities and villages. Sabko saath lekar chalenge,” Rijiju said. On August 5, 2019, the Central government abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. They also brought in a Jammu and Kashmir Re-Organisation bill bifurcating the state into two Union Territories–Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.Read| PM Modi Says ‘drugs Not Cool’ As He Launches Fit India MovementThe objective of ‘The Great Ganga Run’ The GREAT GANGA RUN flagged off with @gssjodhpur ji at New Delhi. It was a wonderful moment as thousands of citizens joined the run pledging #namamigange to fulfill the vision of PM @narendramodi ji for “A Clean Ganga”— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 15, 2019 First Published: 15th September, 2019 11:49 IST Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju along with Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat flagged off the “Great Ganga Run” at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, September 15, 2019. The marathon was organised for the purpose of creating awareness about ‘Ganga’.Read| Kiren Rijiju hails Manika Batra’s fitness routine, shares video’Ganga is very important for the country and we need to create awareness’center_img Read| PM Modi’s Viral Take On The Irony Of Fitness Apps And Home Gyms(Inputs from ANI) 1 year ago Cartwheels and Somersaults: Kiren Rijiju impressed with viral skills “It is a good initiative by Ministry of Jal Shakti. This marathon has been organised by them. It has a very elaborative message. Ganga is very important for the country and we needed to create awareness. In this marathon, people from every age group are participating. I would like to congratulate the organisers on getting a number of people involved with Namami Gange Marathon,” Rijiju told reporters. FOLLOW US The objective of ‘The Great Ganga Run’ at New Delhi aims at water conservation & river rejuvenation. Register & participate now:— Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (@GoIStats) September 12, 2019 The Minister of Jal Skhati stated that they had been preparing for the event for one month. Almost 20,000 people had enrolled and that it was nice to see so many people turning up for the marathon. He further added they will organise a Ganga Expedition in October as well.Read| Fit India Movement: PV Sindhu, Mary Kom Urge People To Join InitiativeKiren Rijiju tweeted: ‘It was a wonderful moment’ 1 year ago Kiren Rijiju hails Manika Batra’s fitness routine, shares video LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago Trump asks, “Where’s my favourite dictator?” refers to Egypt Presidentlast_img read more

first_img First Published: 27th October, 2019 16:19 IST “We’re a work in progress,” Gentry said. “I loved the effort that we played with and thought we did a really good job. We put ourselves in a position to win against a really good team.” FOLLOW US “I know nowadays getting a triple-double seems normal, but I take a lot of pride and a lot of energy and sacrifice and a lot of things I do off the floor to get ready to compete and play at a high level,” Westbrook said. “For me, that’s a great accomplishment, especially growing up and never thinking I would be able to play in the NBA. Now, I’m able to be in the history books. It’s a blessing, and I don’t take it for granted.” Westbrook hit two clutch free throws to give Houston the three-point lead with 6.1 seconds remaining. Josh Hart missed a 3 at the buzzer and Houston held on. Houston worked through occasional chemistry issues, frequently turning the ball over on errant passes. Westbrook and Harden combined for 12 turnovers, with Harden leading the game with eight. Harden was 2 of 18 from the 3-point line after going 1 for 8 in the season opener. He was 8-for-29 from the field, but was 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Harden shrugged off the shooting woes. “I’m going to take as many shots as they give me,” Harden said. “Tonight, they didn’t fall. But the most important thing is, we’ve got to win. I think we locked in defensively when we needed to get stops. It’s slowly coming together.” On Westbrook, D’Antoni complimented his poise and how nothing fazes him, calling the guard “relentless.” Similarly, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Westbrook the Energizer Bunny for his unwavering energy. “The people that say, ‘How are they going to fit or how are they going to do?’ When you’re great players, you find a way to make it work, and they’re great players,” Gentry said. The Rockets bounced back after a 117-111 season-opening loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night.Brandon Ingram gave Houston’s defense fits, scoring 35 points while adding a game-high 15 rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 18 points on 4 of 9 shooting from 3. New Orleans is off to its first 0-3 start since the 2016-2017 season. Russell Westbrook said he’ll take some time to reflect on the significance of his latest performance. After posting his second straight triple-double since joining the Houston Rockets and the 139th of his career, Westbrook passed Magic Johnson for second on the all-time list, behind only Oscar Robertson’s 181. Westbrook had 28 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds and James Harden had 29 points to lead the Rockets to a 126-123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans were without point guard Jrue Holiday, who is day-to-day with a left knee sprain. Hart started in Holiday’s place, scoring 23 points in 34 minutes. The Pelicans are already without top draft pick Zion Williamson, who is expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. For the last play of the third quarter, Westbrook found Austin Rivers for a corner 3 to cut New Orleans’ lead to 100-97 entering the fourth quarter.The Rockets opened up the final quarter on an 8-0 run, capped off by a thunderous two-handed dunk by Westbrook in transition to put Houston up 105-100. The Rockets led 29-24 at the end of the first quarter, but the Pelicans had a better second quarter and entered halftime tied at 61. In the final play of the first half, Harden was unable to cleanly get a 3 off at the buzzer in a heavily defended shot attempt. After the horn sounded, Harden slammed the ball off the court in frustration, only for it to come back hit him in the mouth. COMMENT Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 16:19 IST Harden Has 29, Westbrook Has 28 In 126-123 Win Over Pelicans Russell Westbrook said he’ll take some time to reflect on the significance of his latest performance.center_img “I don’t care who he’s playing against, what kind of scheme — either he gets 50 or he doesn’t, and that’s depending on him,” D’Antoni said. “I’m expecting next game he’ll do it, and if not, the game after.” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni also said he wasn’t alarmed by Harden’s rough shooting start to the season. Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US “It got my beard so it just protected me,” Harden said with a laugh. TIP-INSPelicans: Hart received a technical foul shortly after hitting a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter, possibly for taunting but it was unclear. … Jahlil Okafor fouled out of the game early in the fourth quarter after playing less than 12 minutes in the game.Rockets: All Houston starters scored in double-figures, and Eric Gordon added 13 points off the bench. … Houston went 13 of 45 from 3 (28.9.NBA/CHINA RELATIONSHIPThere was a pre-game demonstration outside of the main entrance of the Toyota Center by several dozen people holding signs and wearing shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters earlier this month. Several protesters attended Thursday night’s season opener, but fewer were seen in attendance on Saturday night.ASTROS SCORE UPDATESSome of the loudest cheers from the relatively lightly attended Toyota Center crowd came when the Rockets posted score updates and video highlights on the videoboard from the Houston Astros’ World Series Game 4, happening simultaneously in Washington. The Rockets PA announcer even accidentally called JJ Redick “Josh Reddick” on one 3-pointer to the crowd before correcting himself. Reddick is an Astros outfielder.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Golden State on Monday night.Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night. Written Bylast_img read more