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first_imgPGGM, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Pension Insurance Corporation, Friends Life, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, F&C Investments, Aviva Investors, Walker Crips, Ashcourt Rowan, City Noble, Burges SalmonPGGM – The supervisory board of the €178bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Paul Boomkamp as its new chief financial and risk officer. He will also become a member of the company’s executive committee as of 1 September. He is to succeed Paul Loven, who will leave to start a bureau for coaching and board advice. Currently, Boomkamp is a member of the executive board of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey, and he has held executive roles at insurer AXA Netherlands. Before then, he was director at Aegon Netherlands, responsible for life insurance and mortgages.AXA Investment Managers – Florence Dard has been appointed head of France with responsibility for sales, marketing and client services. She will also become a member of AXA IM’s executive committee. Based in Paris, she will report to Christophe Coquema, global head of Client Group. Dard is to lead French sales, marketing and client services teams and will contribute to the strategic development of AXA IM across all client segments in the country. Dard joins from Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management, where she held a number of senior positions from 2010, including head of European institutional sales and sovereign wealth funds and head of French institutional sales.Pension Insurance Corporation – Rob Groves has been appointed CIO at the defined benefit pension fund insurer. He joins from Friends Life, where he held a similar position. Before then, he worked at UBS, Commerzbank and Towers. Groves will have responsibility for the management of the company’s £14bn (€19.4bn) portfolio, including asset and liability management, manager selection and interest rate and inflation hedging strategies.  Columbia Threadneedle Investments – Mark Nichols has been appointed portfolio manager in the European equities team. He joins from F&C Investments, where he was director and fund manager in the European Equities team. Before then, he worked at Lehman Brothers and Invesco.Aviva Investors – Ed Casal has been appointed chief executive of global real estate. Casal, who has been with the investment manager since 2008, replaces Ian Womack, who is retiring next month. Casal was previously CIO of Aviva’s real estate Multi Manager and currently holds the position of managing director of global indirect real estate. He will take up his new role next month.Walker Crips – Christine Little has been appointed operations manager for the Wealth Management and Pensions business. She joins from Ashcourt Rowan, where she was head of business quality. Prior to that, she was a pensions analyst and consultant at Pension & Benefit Services.City Noble – Gavin Moffatt has been appointed an associate at the pensions and investment advisory. He was previously chairman of the SPP’s Money Purchase Committee and has worked in the consultancy and insurance sectors, providing compliance and technical support on a business-wide level.Burges Salmon – Richard Pettit has been promoted to partner in the Pensions team, effective 1 May. Pettit, who joined Burges Salmon as a trainee in 2004, advises companies and pension scheme trustees across the “full range of pensions issues”.last_img read more

Danica Retires

first_imgDanica Patrick, the nation’s most recognized female race car driver, will retire after the Indianapolis 500 this year.  She will be racing for Ed Carpenter in the 500.  Just a couple weeks go she completed her last Daytona 500.  This, of course, was a NASCAR event, and for the last 6 years she has brought much attention to that racing series.Danica never achieved the expected heights that were predicted when she first burst onto the scene.  However, you certainly knew she was around, because like her or hate her, she brought people to the track.  Unlike Janet Guthrie, who was the first Indy 500 female driver, Patrick stayed with the sport for more than 6 seasons.  Her replacement in NASCAR will be Natalie Decker.  Decker is a young driver involved in ARCA and the truck racing series.Patrick’s biggest influence probably was in advertising.  Racing was dropping in popularity after the original big-name drivers were retiring.  Danica certainly picked up the slack, and despite having no big wins on the series, she brought a lot of attention back to NASCAR.  I will be watching her last race and wish her the best.last_img read more

UEFA to ease FFP rules

first_img Some clubs, including City, have argued that the FFP rules favour the rich, established clubs because they effectively prevent wealthy owners taking over a club and pumping in huge sums of money over a short period. That scenario happened with City and Paris St Germain and both were handed £49million fines and transfer restrictions last season, and the European Clubs’ Association has been putting pressure on UEFA for a change. UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that some of the rules will be “eased” – and the lawyer leading one of the legal challenges against the FFP system has welcomed the move. Platini told French radio station RTL: “The world is two-faced but we will say this openly: I think we’ll ease things, but it will be the executive committee who will decide if it is to be eased and the outcome will be known by the end of June. “I think the regulations have been very good and it is the clubs who voted for FFP. “But the French press say it is not right that [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich can buy many players and in France they can not buy them. But if the Qataris had bought AC Milan the French would also say we should make financial fair play even tougher.” One source close to the negotiations told Press Association Sport: “Many clubs want change – the current system means those who have more will always have more, and those who have less will always have less.” Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer leading the legal action against UEFA, said in a statement: “We welcome the announcement of a change in the rules in line with the demands expressed by our clients in their various legal actions. Press Association “When the exact content and scope of these changes are known, we will consider with our clients how this development, which on first sight appears favourable, is likely to meet their legitimate expectations and influence the conduct of ongoing actions.” Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak last year claimed that history would prove that his model of heavy investment in the club at all levels is the right one. Khaldoon said in May: “We have zero debt. We don’t pay a penny to service any debt. For me, that is a sustainable model. However, our friends at UEFA seem to believe otherwise. “They have their view, we have ours. I disagree with their views, but we are pragmatic and one thing our fans need to know, we will do, as always, what is best for this club and the fans.” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said talks on changes to the rules were still going on. He said in a statement: “Consultation remains ongoing and a number of amendments have been discussed. Any potential changes to the existing regulations will look to encourage more growth, more competition and market stimulation while strengthening the emphasis on controlling spending and safeguarding financial stability as our objective is and remains to ensure the sustainability of European club football. “Financial fair play has proved successful in achieving considerable improvement in the financial health of European football in a short period of time. Aggregate net losses of Europe’s clubs have fallen from 1.7billion euro in 2011 to 400million euro in 2014. “Regular review of the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations is vital in ensuring that they keep pace with the ever-changing football environment and the new challenges that this often poses. “Discussions on amendments to the regulations are ongoing and have taken place since October 2013 within the UEFA club licensing committee and also with the clubs, who are our main stakeholders in this process.” Any changes will need to be ratified by UEFA’s executive committee at its next meeting on June 29/30 in Prague. The financial fair play rules that saw Manchester City handed a huge fine by UEFA last season are set to be relaxed. UEFA is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment – a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing. It will also hand a huge boost to City in terms of challenging for honours next season if restrictions on spending on transfers are watered down. It will mean owners of clubs who do make a loss will be able to cover those losses with injection of equity – but not loans. last_img read more

N. Colorado looks to extend streak vs Idaho State

first_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, N. Colorado looks to extend streak vs Idaho State Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthern Colorado (18-8, 11-4) vs. Idaho State (6-18, 3-12)Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho; Saturday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Northern Colorado looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho State. Northern Colorado has won by an average of 12 points in its last six wins over the Bengals. Idaho State’s last win in the series came on Jan. 19, 2017, a 73-69 win.center_img SUPER SENIORS: Northern Colorado’s Jonah Radebaugh, Kai Edwards and Trent Harris have collectively scored 48 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 58 percent of all Bears scoring over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Radebaugh has either made or assisted on 52 percent of all Northern Colorado field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 23 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 69: Northern Colorado is 0-6 when it allows at least 69 points and 18-2 when it holds opponents to less than 69.TWO STREAKS: Northern Colorado has scored 73.3 points per game and allowed 59.7 over its three-game road winning streak. Idaho State has lost its last six home games, scoring an average of 67.8 points while giving up 75.DID YOU KNOW: The Northern Colorado offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.6 percent of its possessions, which is the 12th-best rate in the nation. The Idaho State defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.5 percent of all possessions (ranked 289th among Division I teams). February 21, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: 16 NBA players test positive as restart nears

first_img___Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel.A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September.The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon title in 2001. He says he twice tested negative for the virus over the past 10 days but has now tested positive.Ivanisevic says “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.”The Croat says he has no symptoms but will self-isolate.___More AP sports: and Associated Press Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests are continuing for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, next month. The player names were not disclosed; some, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len have publicly acknowledged they have recently positive.That was a 5.3% rate of positive tests leaguewide. The league did not announce results of testing on staffers and other members of team travel parties, all of whom are also part of the mandatory testing program.The league and the union say that “any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”___The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association say 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season. The Latest: 16 NBA players test positive as restart nears ___This year’s Fed Cup finals have been rescheduled for 2021 because of “challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic.The International Tennis Federation says the women’s team competition will take place April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The 2020 event was originally scheduled for April but was postponed because of the pandemic. Officials had hoped to squeeze the competition in this year.The ITF says there are “significant logistical and regulatory challenges” to holding “an indoor mass gathering” at the Laszlo Arena. The tennis body says “guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible.” The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.___The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. The Fed Cup finals feature 12 national teams competing in a new format.___Tennis great Goran Ivanisevic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.The former Wimbledon champion coaches top-ranked Novak Djokovic and was at the recent Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.Djokovic and three other players have also tested positive for the virus after playing in the events. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki are the others. June 26, 2020 Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid.Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021.The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021.The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The Fed Cup originally was supposed to be played this April but was initially postponed because of the pandemic.last_img read more

Today’s MLB Picks: Betting odds, Vegas totals, expert gambling advice for Thursday, April 4

first_imgThursday might’s MLB action features a small slate with most of the games starting in the afternoon. Last night, we continued our early-season hot streak, going 2-1 on our best bets with wins on Atlanta and Texas and our lone loss on the A’s money line to the Red Sox.We haven’t yet focused on any total or team total bets thus far this season, but that changes tonight, as there is a total that the BetQL models love. We also have another game in which we can pick on Angels starter Matt Harvey as the red-hot Rangers head down to Los Angeles fresh off the heels of taking two out of three games from the Astros. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNBefore we get into the picks, we have to remind you the best place to start researching for a winning ticket is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools offer a big edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE: DFS Lineup BuilderMLB Picks: Odds, betting trends for Thursday, April 4*All screenshots are from the BetQL Trending Value Bets Page** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.Chicago Cubs at Atlanta BravesStarting Pitchers: Yu Darvish (RHP) vs. Max Fried (LHP)Money Line: CHC +100, ATL -120Run Line: CHC +1.5 (-200), ATL (+170Total: O/U 8.5The Braves came through for us last night with a straight up victory over the Cubs and will look to complete the sweep tonight at home. The BetQL models don’t see a lot of value on either of these teams in this game, but they slightly favor the Braves as -120 favorites. However, this is a great spot to target taking the OVER on the run total of 8.5. The Cubs will throw starter Yu Darvish, who has struggled with his consistency over the past year, while the Braves will start LHP Max Fried, who projects to be a bottom-of-the-rotation stater. Darvish was lit up for three earned runs in less than three innings in his first start of the season, and a road start against the offensively potent Braves is not a great spot for him to bounce back. Fried, meanwhile, does have some excellent strikeout upside, but it’s hard to projection him to pitch more than five or six innings at this stage of the season even if he does have some early success against this Cubs lineup. The Cubs bullpen has also been a complete mess right now, having blown three save opportunities through its first five games.BetQL Pick: Over 8.5 Runs (-120)Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles AngelsStarting Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Matt HarveyMoney Line: TEX +120, LAA -140Spread: TEX +1.5 (-165), LAA -1.5 (+140)Total: O/U 8.5It’s “Matt Harvey Night” for the Angels, and that means that we are going to continue to ride with the Rangers as +120 ML underdogs. Texas is hot right now after winning two of three games against the Astros and have started the season 4-2 overall. Harvey has really struggled for the past two-plus years and has allowed a horrendous 37-percent hard contact rate over the past year. This could lead to a short night for a power-hitting lineup such as Rangers that owns a .204 team ISO over the past season. The BetQL models have been on fire with taking underdogs so far and think that this line should be closer to +110/-110 rather than the +120/-140 money line split that we are currently seeing.BetQL Pick: Texas Rangers +120  Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tools before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content.last_img read more

Analysis: How the Lakers move forward without Avery Bradley

first_imgFor a stretch of games in November and December, the Lakers were reinvigorated by what they called “the Avery Challenge.”At the time, Avery Bradley was sidelined by a hairline fracture in his right leg, and without their best on-ball defender, their defense had slipped. The goal of the challenge was to play as well without Bradley on defense as they had with him.The Lakers now know that if the NBA is able to restart next month in Orlando, the entire postseason will be a challenge after Bradley sidelined himself. The 29-year-old officially informed the team yesterday that he wouldn’t be joining the campus at Walt Disney World Resort, and he told ESPN that he made the decision in part out of concern that one of his children wouldn’t be able to join him for medical reasons.The question for the Lakers now is what they’ll do without the player Frank Vogel consistently described as the team’s defensive tone-setter. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers have also leaned on Rajon Rondo for a bigger role when Bradley has been out. Statistically, Rondo has struggled, particularly on defense where advanced stats indicate he’s the weakest rotation player. His per-36 minute production is also down in assists, where he’s considered most valuable as a floor general, and his 3-point shooting has taken a dip after an early season rally.Still — Rondo occasionally has games like a 23-point, 6-assist effort he had against Phoenix in February. While he’s 34 years old, he’s known to keep in excellent shape and “Playoffs Rondo” has a reputation for showing up big in playoff runs (his last playoff appearance in New Orleans in 2018 saw him average a double-double in points and assists).The Lakers will have the ability to sign a replacement for Bradley, and an ESPN report indicates that replacement could be J.R. Smith. Smith was a mainstay on the Cavaliers teams led by James that went to four straight Finals, winning it all in 2016.The veteran guard will be turning 35 in September and has not played a game since November of 2018. But he also has been working out in Southern California for months, and has worked out for the Lakers earlier this season (they eventually signed Dion Waiters). Critically, Smith is also represented by Rich Paul, who now accounts for five clients on the Lakers’ roster, including its two most important players. ESPN reported that Paul and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka spoke Tuesday night about potentially adding Smith to the fold.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBradley’s 8.6 ppg and 36 percent 3-point shooting were relatively humble contributions to the Lakers, but his on-ball defense was essential. The Lakers’ starting lineup, which also was its most-used, had a 101.4 defensive rating (outscoring opponents by 12.6 points per 100 possessions). Bradley’s defensive presence at 6-foot-3 gave the Lakers a ball-stopping guard who didn’t have to be ball-dominant on offense, where LeBron James generally runs the show.“Picking up fullcourt and the other team’s point guard or the initiator of their offense has a tough time getting the ball over the (half) court and getting them into the rhythm of their offense,” Vogel said earlier this season. “So if we break the rhythm of their offense early, which is what Avery does for us, it just disrupts them.”The natural successor to Bradley’s starting role is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has started 20 games this season and picked up in a starting role when Bradley was hurt. Caldwell-Pope was robust as a starter this season, averaging more points (11.1 from 8.8) and shooting more accurately (43.4 3-pt percentage from 37.2) than as a bench player. It’s worth noting that for the second straight year, Caldwell-Pope is also the Lakers’ most durable player, as the only one to play in every game in the regular season.As a defender, the numbers are less encouraging: The Lakers give up more points per possession when he’s on the floor (107.0 defensive rating) than when he’s off (101.9). The starting lineup with Caldwell-Pope in place of Bradley has just a 3.4 net rating.Arguably the most popular bench player in the NBA this season, Alex Caruso should also gain a firmer role: Similar to Bradley, Caruso offers humble contributions on the offensive end (5.4 ppg, 1.8 apg) but has been a key part of some of the Lakers’ best defensive lineups. The team has a 100.3 defensive rating when he’s on the floor, compared to a 106.7 rating when he’s off. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed What the Lakers might have to wonder is what could be coming next: Dwight Howard has publicly expressed some reservations about the NBA’s restart, and as of Tuesday, Danny Green said on his podcast that although he thought Howard would join the team, he couldn’t be sure. While many Lakers have been in Southern California training together privately, Bradley was withdrawn from that group — Howard has spent most of the hiatus in his home state of Georgia, also largely removed from the team dynamic. Back when Bradley couldn’t play, the Lakers embraced it as a challenge to their top dog status. The key to winning a title might lie in whether the team can summon that energy once again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Zlatan’s Farewell from the Swedish Fans: I’m Sweden, I love you!

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic performed last night for the last, 116th time, in the jersey of Sweden.Sweden was defeated by Belgium with the score 0: 1, which meant their farewell from the Euro where Zlatan did not manage to score a single goal, after the last three tournaments of the best European teams, when he entered the list of the best scorers.Zlatan got a huge applause after the match, and he decided to also thank the fans via Facebook.“I came from this place people call “ghetto Rosengard”, conquered Sweden and made it my country. My way. I am Sweden. A huge thank you to the Swedish people – without you I would never have been able to fulfill my dreams. You will always be in my blue and yellow heart. I love you,” stated Zlatan.Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in the jersey of Sweden.(Source: E. B./ EPA)last_img read more

Ernst says she’ll ask EPA leader to resign if biofuel blend promise isn’t honored

first_imgWASHINGTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says she plans to focus her lobbying efforts on the EPA to change their policy to fulfill the promise made by the president on the amount of ethanol and biodiesel that should be used to make up for waivers given small refineries. Fellow Republican, Senator Joni Ernst, says the president has told the EPA to make sure the promise is kept.“If we get to a point where the EPA is not following through on what the president has directed them to do — then we will have to hold them accountable,” according to Ernst. She says she will put the focus on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “If we don’t see that result — that 15 billion gallons — than I am ready to call for the resignation of Andrew Wheeler,” Ernst says.She says she’ll lobby the president on the issue of the EPA won’t listen. “Let’s make sure this gets done and if not, we’re going back to the president and say ‘Andrew Wheeler is the one who is not following through with your commitment to farmers — you need to get rid of him’,” Ernst says.Those in the biofuels industry say up to 400 jobs at Iowa plants are at stake if the EPA’s doesn’t follow through. Four plants in Iowa have already temporarily shut down.last_img read more

Bus driver reportedly attacks passenger for not wearing a face mask

first_imgOfficials in Homestead have arrested a bus driver after he reportedly attacked a passenger with a metal rod when the passenger took off his face mask while on the bus.The incident occurred on Wednesday at a bus stop in Key Largo just after 7:00 pm.Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office said the victim told them he initially entered the bus wearing the required protective gear, however, he removed his face mask to take a phone call and did not put it back on. The victim says when he stop arrived, he exited the bus and that’s when the bus driver Denys Santos, used a metal rod to point at a sign about face mask requirements.At that point, Santos and the victim got into an argument. The victim then exited the bus but Santos followed him and took a swing at the victim with the metal rod.Santos then got back on the bus and drove off but pulled over a short while where he was arrested.Santos is now facing aggravated assault charges.The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works  has since released the following statement about the incident:“The safety of our staff and passengers is always our number one priority and we take this type of incident very seriously. For this reason, we have asked Safeguard America Transportation, the private transportation company that runs our bus route from Miami-Dade to Monroe County, to remove Mr. Denys Santos from the contract while this incident is under investigation.”“We do not condone the alleged actions by Santos, and we will continue to work closely with our contractors to ensure they are implementing the highest safety and operational standards while under contract for Miami-Dade County.”last_img read more