UK roundup: Railpen scheme director to retire

first_imgThe managing director of the £28bn (€31.7bn) industry pension scheme for the UK’s railway sector is to retire at the end of June, the fund has announced.David Maddison has worked for the pension scheme for 30 years, including spells as deputy CEO and latterly managing director for scheme operations.He was also part of the senior management team that implemented an extensive overhaul of the scheme’s investment strategy, including an insourcing programme and a strategic shift away from asset class silos.Maddison was appointed to the trustee board of The People’s Pension last year. In a statement, RPMI Railpen said: “During his 30 years with the business, his commitment and passionate leadership have played a critical role in the development of RPMI over that period, always with the clear aim of improving the ways in which RPMI services it customers and delivers the Railways Pension Scheme trustee mission to pay members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”RPMI chairman Babloo Ramamurthy said Maddison would be “greatly missed” at the pension fund and the wider industry.John Chilman, chairman of Railways Pensions Trustee Company, added: “We would all like to thank David for his long and dedicated service to RPMI, helping to shape the Railways Pension Scheme both during and after the privatisation of the railways industry.“His contribution to the scheme and our industry has been enormous.”Last month, Railpen announced its CEO Phil Willcock had resigned after less than a year at the helm to take up a role in the insurance industry.LGPS fund awards £443m global equity mandateHampshire Pension Fund has awarded a global equities mandate worth roughly £443m to US asset manager Dodge & Cox.The £6.6bn fund, part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), awarded Dodge & Cox a one-year rolling contract to oversee 6.7% of Hampshire’s investment portfolio.The short-term nature of the contract reflected the ongoing process of pooling LGPS investments into larger vehicles, according to a contract award notice published earlier this month.Hampshire is part of the £42bn ACCESS pool, which recently appointed M&G and Longview to run global equity mandates. However, the funds are not yet available for investment.PIC insures supermarket pension scheme in £425m dealPension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has completed an insurance buy-in for the Somerfield Pension Scheme worth £425m.Chris Martin, chairman of the scheme’s trustee board, said the deal was “the result of many years of hard work” on a long-term de-risking strategy across multiple pension schemes sponsored by the Co-operative Group (Co-op). The Co-op bought Somerfield in 2008.Mitul Magudia, head of business development at PIC, added that the deal was expected to be “the first of many significant transactions by insurers in 2019”.PIC wrote £7.1bn of new business with 30 pension schemes in 2018.Tom Scott, principal consultant in Aon’s Risk Settlement Group, and who advised on the transaction, said: “The transaction… reflects the vibrant bulk annuity market, but also the preparedness of the scheme, which is a vital factor in ensuring that insurers focus on a particular transaction over the many other opportunities brought to them.”last_img read more

Toure reveals why Kanu did not inspire him at Arsenal

first_img “I’m a Muslim guy and I thank Allah because I never believed I could play for the clubs I did,” added Toure, who also had spells at Liverpool and Manchester City. “I don’t think I was the most talented player in the world or in Africa or in my country. But I was blessed with the right moment, I was blessed to be lucky in being spotted by Arsene Wenger. Because that’s where everything started, really. “Now the first thing is to have the knowledge. That’s why I am doing the Pro Licence. Because if you want to stand out and bring the best to the players, you have to learn the best philosophy of football playing. Arsenal v Leicester City. FA Premiership. Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, 15/5/04. Read Also: Ighalo could not afford a name on his Man Utd shirt growing up “You have to learn the best way to coach players. That’s why I am doing my badge here because I know I am getting the best advice, the best management skills, the best way to coach players, communicate with players, impact the players — that is what’s most important. “Some of my friends who have been playing maybe haven’t thought of that. But I want to do it because I think Africa needs that. Africa needs people who can inspire them. It’s difficult. You are putting yourself out there and it’s going to be hard. “But there always has to be one person to start – and then the rest will follow,” submitted the 39-year-old Toure. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Cote d’Ivoire and Arsenal star has opened up why ex-Super Eagles teammate Nwankwo Kanu was never an inspiration while the pair were teammates at the North London outfit. Kolo Toure is determined to be the Premier League’s first ever African manager in the future Toure completed a switch from Cote d’Ivoire’s giants Asec Mimosa to team up with Kanu at Arsenal in 2002 After spending two seasons together and being part of the Invincibles in the 2003/2004 season, Kanu left Arsenal for West Bromwich Albion the following season. Recalling his switch from Asec Mimosas to Arsenal Toure said: “When I came here (England) there was none from the Ivory Coast in the Premier League,” noted Toure, who is currently, part of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff at Leicester. “There was nobody for me to look to for inspiration. We had players like Kanu but not from my country. I am used to that situation, having no idol or role models. But I like the thought of trying to inspire people. They can see that things are possible. “When I came here I felt I had to do everything properly. Because when you are the first player to come from your country, people judge every other Ivory Coast player by how you do. I was really proud of that because Didier Drogba, my brother Yaya, Didier Zokora, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou all eventually came here to express their talent.” The 2015 AFCON winner further paid gratitude to ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for giving him the opportunity to become a successful footballer. Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap Operas2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The Worldcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

The Latest: Texas Rangers say radio announcer tests positive

first_imgThe Latest: Texas Rangers say radio announcer tests positive The school says three of the positive tests results came in football, and none of the four positives has required hospitalization. In all, the school is testing 235 student-athletes in football, basketball, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.The individuals who have tested positive were required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until they are fever-free for three consecutive days, whichever is longer. Those known to have come into close contact with the individuals who tested positive have been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.___North Carolina State reported two positive tests for the coronavirus among its latest wave of testing for athletes, coaches and staff.Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest tweeted the results Friday, noting the two positive results came from 280 tests administered since school’s last update from July 9. Associated Press The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks.“The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.” Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year. July 31, 2020 ___The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive tackle Tyeler Davison and quarterback Danny Etling on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The team has put five players on the list since opening training camp. Previously, fullback Keith Smith, safety Jamal Carter and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins were placed on the list.Davison started in 12 of 16 games last season and set a career high with 55 tackles. Etling spent most of 2019 on the practice squad and is a candidate for the No. 3 spot behind Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub.___George Washington is discontinuing seven sports programs, three that compete at the NCAA level and four non-NCAA sports, as part of the university’s attempt to address an expected $200 million budget shortfall because of the coronavirus pandemic. GW announced after this academic year it was cutting NCAA programs in men’s indoor track, men’s tennis and women’s water polo. The university also intends to eliminate men’s rowing, sailing, and men’s and women’s squash.George Washington competes in the Atlantic 10 in most sports. The schools said if the sports can be self-sustaining they would be supported at the club level.___The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be presenting “Road to the Super Bowl” in its theater, but with new protocols due to the coronavirus.The film recapping the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in a half-century is being shown on a 40-plus-foot screen with 15-channel surround sound and was specially created for the Hall’s Super Bowl Theater. The theater has a capacity of 44 viewers but will be limited to nine patrons per viewing. Masks are required throughout the hall per state of Ohio guidelines. The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.” The Rangers opened new Globe Life Field this month. Their last home game was Wednesday.Texas said radio broadcaster Eric Nadel, who has gotten a negative test result, has opted out of working this weekend’s road games against San Francisco from Globe Life Field.The team said the stadium’s broadcast level and booths were sanitized and disinfected Thursday night.___Virginia says no student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last test results were announced a week ago, keeping the total at four since workouts resumed. Throughout the museum are 6-foot spacing markers, one-way flow signs, hand sanitizer stations, and styluses given to guests on entry so exhibits are “touchless” to guest hands. ___“This is one of the most anticipated updates to the Super Bowl Theater in many years,” Saleem Choudhry, vice president of museum exhibit/services says of the film. “The Chiefs Nation has been eagerly anticipating this new edition to the museum experience, and the final production does not disappoint.” ___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests.The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs. The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15.They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Texas Rangers say broadcaster Matt Hicks is among three people who have recently worked in the home radio booth who have tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the Wolfpack to a total of seven positive results among 595 tests administered since the school began the process May 29, a positive rate of 1.2%.___Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker has been placed on the NFL’s reserve-COVID-19 list.Defensive tackle Zach Sieler also went on the list. Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and rookie long snapper Blake Ferguson were placed on the list earlier.Baker was a team captain last season, when he led Miami with 126 tackles.last_img read more

Danjuma Picks Nnadozie, Duru, 16 Others for All Africa Games

first_imgHead Coach Christopher Danjuma has unveiled his list of 18 players to represent Nigeria at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 12th All-Africa Games scheduled for Rabat, Morocco 17th – 29th August, with Super Falcons’ number one choice, Chiamaka Nnadozie top of the list.There are also Joy Duru, Folashade Ijamilusi, Bashirat Amoo, Akudo Ogbonna and Christiana Obia in the U20 squad that will battle Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia in Group B of the tournament.Host nation Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Algeria are in Group A. Nigeria’s women’s team won the gold medal at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 8th All-Africa Games that the country hosted in October 2003, repeating the feat in Algiers four years later. But the girls failed to qualify for the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo in 2011 before finishing in fourth place in Brazzaville, Congo four years ago.The Falconets and their team officials are scheduled to depart Nigeria on Tuesday, 13th August for Morocco, with their first match against South Africa at the Stade Academie Mohammed VI on Sunday at 8pm Morocco time (9pm in Nigeria).They will afterwards keep a date with Cameroon at the same venue and time on Wednesday, 21st August before rounding off their group phase campaign against Zambia at the Stade Boubker Ammar-Sale on Saturday, 24th August starting from 7pm (8pm in Nigeria).THE FULL LISTUdukobong Peter (Ibom Angels); Bashirat Amoo (Confluence Queens); Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Gift Monday (FC Robo); Grace Igboamalu (Nasarawa Amazons); Folashade Ijamilusi (FC Robo); Dooshima Tarnum (Nasarawa Amazons); Zainab Olapade (Sunshine Queens); Esther Momoh (Confluence Queens); Akudo Ogbonna (Sunshine Queens); Catherine Kenneth (Rivers Angels); Patricia Innocent (Sunshine Queens); Christiana Obia (Osun Babes); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels); Omowunmi Oshobukola (Sunshine Queens); Precious Christopher (Confluence Queens); Rebecca Ajimuda (Edo Queens)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Christopher Danjuma last_img read more

Rodney Williams will be redshirt freshman for 2015 season after receiving medical redshirt

first_img Published on May 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Syracuse safety Rodney Williams has been granted a medical redshirt, Stephen Bailey of The Post-Standard reported Wednesday. Bailey’s report was confirmed by Sue Edson of SU Athletics, and is good news for a team in need of secondary depth. Williams played in two games last season before being ruled out with a lower-body injury, which he eventually had surgery for. He will be a redshirt freshman for the 2015 season and have four more years of eligibility. Williams impressed at safety during Syracuse’s preseason intra-squad scrimmage at Fort Drum last August, and recorded two tackles while recovering a fumble in a 40-3 win over Central Michigan on Sept. 13. Syracuse released its post-spring practice depth chart on Wednesday, and listed Williams as a second-string free safety behind sophomore Chauncey Scissum. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Health and the future

first_imgMitchell H. Katz, director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services ,discussed how change can be achieved through health policy and program development on Tuesday afternoon. The event was put on by the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and co-sponsored by USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance.last_img

Syracuse football roundtable: the running game, how to beat Louisville and Amba Etta-Tawo

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 6, 2016 at 11:34 pm Related Stories Syracuse football’s Ervin Philips shines at thin inside receiver spotWith Dino Babers’ debut, Syracuse gets a new beginning3 things Dino Babers said at his weekly press conference ahead of Syracuse’s matchup with LouisvilleSyracuse football depth chart: Week 2 vs. No. 19 Louisvillecenter_img Coming off its 26-point season-opening win against Colgate, Syracuse gears up for No. 13 Louisville on Friday night. The Orange last beat the Cardinals in 2012. Heading into the contest, beat writers Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman answered three questions about SU.1. Is Syracuse’s poor running performance against Colgate a cause for concern?Chris Libonati: If Louisville runs with a three-man front the whole game, I think there are going to be options for Syracuse. What Colgate tried against Syracuse was to have its linebackers shade in and also guard passes in the slot. That was wildly unsuccessful against the pass for Colgate because of its lack of athleticism, but the Raiders were still able to pack the box. This week those outside linebackers will be Devonte Fields, who played defensive end at TCU before transferring to UofL, and James Hearns.I don’t think the Cardinals want either of them on Brisly Estime or Ervin Philips, and I also think Syracuse is going to spread it out with four wide receivers more because it might force some of Louisville’s pass rushers off the field in favor of a nickel or dime package. In short, this week, I think SU is going to try to run more. Will it be successful? I’ll say SU averages right around 4 yards per carry.Jon Mettus: Not yet. Colgate packed the box and was determined to stop the run. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers was hard headed, by his own assessment, and didn’t want to throw the ball all game despite having success in the air. So, he lined his team up in full house-like sets and tried power running with two linemen in the backfield. Most other teams will pay more attention to Syracuse’s passing game and open up at least a little bit more room. Check back in a few weeks for a better assessment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: Colgate’s front seven is one of the strongest in the FCS, but that’s the FCS. Friday brings Louisville, which boasts two linebackers and a defensive tackle on the preseason All-ACC team. It’ll be a whole different animal for Syracuse’s rushing game, and Dontae Strickland especially will have to do better than 21 yards on nine carries. Apart from Moe Neal’s 49-yard touchdown run on his first-ever touch, SU didn’t register a rush of double digits apart from a 12-yard scramble by Eric Dungey. And with DeAngelo Brown, Keith Kelsey and Devonte Fields coming to the Carrier Dome on Friday, there is certainly reason for concern.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor2. What must the Orange do to beat Louisville?C.L.: Run the dang ball. If I’m Syracuse, I want Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson on the sideline as much as possible. No reason to get demoralized by a big play when you can just grind Louisville out. And grinding the Cardinals doesn’t necessarily mean long drives in terms of time. Dinking and dunking should work for SU just fine. That said, I don’t really know what you can do against Jackson defensively. Just keep bending and hope the offense can keep pace, I guess.J.M.: Everything. Syracuse has to do everything right. Offense, defense, special teams, clock management — you name it. Louisville smacked Charlotte around in its season opener, a 7014 drubbing. And Louisville blew out Syracuse last year, too. One game against an FCS opponent is not enough time to work out the kinds of new systems. The Orange has basically no room for error.M.S.: Somehow contain Jackson, which is miles harder than it sounds. The dual-threat sophomore can beat you in so many ways, and he could very well leave the Syracuse defense scrambling all over the field. He ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns against Charlotte, but he also has two of the conference’s best receivers in Jamari Staples and James Quick. If you think Syracuse’s offense is explosive, just wait until you see Louisville. With the current state of the SU defense — young and flawed — it will take a herculean performance from it to keep this game close against Jackson and company.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor3. Is Amba Etta-Tawo SU’s definite answer at the second outside receiver position?C.L.: I think he’s the starting second outside receiver all season, but I’m not sure he’s “the answer” or anything like that. His speed is definitely going to work in his favor, but I don’t know how much he’s going to get one-on-one coverage really. I tend to think he’ll get zones and a safety over the top, which would help negate that. What I saw from SU was an effort to feed him the ball so teams have to respect Etta-Tawo and Steve Ishmael. You’ll see a much more even distribution in the future.J.M.: Definite? No. But he could be. Etta-Tawo is arguably Syracuse’s best deep threat. He has plenty of size and speed to use to his advantage. I need to see a few more games to evaluate how consistent he can be, but Etta-Tawo could overtake the No. 1 outside receiver spot from Ishmael if he lives up to his talent and the expectations set after game one.M.S.: I think Etta-Tawo is SU’s definite answer at the first outside receiver position. He has more speed than Ishmael and proved Friday that he can catch any ball thrown his way. He’ll develop into Dungey’s favorite consistent deep threat, and having Ishmael as a first/second guy who can also catch the ball anywhere is by no means a hitch or an insult to Ishmael. He just doesn’t have the same downfield speed as the Maryland grad transfer, which makes the Orange’s receiving corps — don’t forget Ervin Philips — as lethal as it’s been in recent years. Commentslast_img read more

Call for strong Tipp support for Armagh clash

first_imgPhoto: © Tipperary GAA Twitter Speaking on Tipp FM’s Extra Time last evening County Football Board chairman Joe Hannigan called on Tipp supporters to become the 16th man next Saturday.Saturday’s game will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM. Tipperary GAA fans are being urged to turn out in large numbers for next weekends All Ireland Senior Football qualifier against Armagh.The Premier face the Orchard county at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium.Around a thousand Tipp supporters made the trip to Cavan last weekend to see Liam Kearns side progress.last_img

History as Ireland reach Women’s U18 European Championships final

first_imgHistory will be made this evening when Ireland take on Germany in the final of the Women’s Under 18 European B Championships in Dublin.The side secured a stunning 11 point win over Poland in last night’s semi-final to reach their first ever decider.Tonight’s game at the National Basketball Arena is a sellout with tip-off at 8.30. Photo: Pixabaylast_img