Villa instinct

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One in five pension investors confident of longevity management skills

first_imgOnly one in five pension investors believe they are managing longevity risk effectively, according to a survey conducted by State Street.The survey of 400 pension professionals globally also found that investors were even less confident they were properly managing any general investment risk, or specifically investment risk, stemming from investments.The survey – ‘Pensions with Purpose: Meeting the Retirement Challenge’ – says “this is a real concern for pension funds, especially as many move into new investment areas that require specialist understanding of different risk types.”State Street pointed to the risks associated with illiquid, often alternative asset classes and said its research found that less than half of its respondents were confident they had achieved “real transparency on the risk associated with alternative assets”. Examining some of the key investment areas in greater detail, the survey found that 21% of respondents said they were confident of their ability to manage longevity risk, while 73% said they were somewhat certain and 6% said they had low confidence in their ability to manage the ageing membership effectively.The lack of certainty was mirrored across other areas of risk – such as liquidity, investment and operational risk – with only 20% indicating that they were certain they were highly effective at managing operational risk, and only one in six respondents saying they were confident of their ability to manage liquidity and investment risks.“As pension funds increasingly recognise the importance of applying more sophisticated risk modelling, the accuracy of the data that feeds those models grows in importance,” the survey adds.“But only 26% of respondents are highly confident in the reliability and accuracy of their risk data.”Oliver Berger, head of asset owner solutions at State Street, said the research also showed pension investors were investing “heavily” to improve the transparency and frequency of reported data, although he conceded there was still work needed in the area.last_img read more

Man City player self-isolating over coronavirus fear

first_imgManchester City have revealed one of their players is self-isolating after a family member had tests for the coronavirus.Advertisement The unnamed City star was reported to be France defender Benjamin Mendy by the British media, but the Premier League club have yet to confirm that.The player is taking the self-isolating precaution after the relative fell ill with symptoms of a respiratory illness at his Cheshire home.The family member is being treated in hospital and has undergone tests for the coronavirus, which can cause shortness of breath.“The club is aware that a family member of a senior men’s team player is in hospital with symptoms of a respiratory illness,” a City spokesperson said on Thursday.“He has undergone tests at hospital one of which is for Covid-19. Until the results are known, the player in question is self-isolating as a precaution.”City’s Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid, due to be played next Tuesday, has already been postponed due to an outbreak of the virus at the Spanish club.It is the second City fixture hit after Wednesday’s rearranged Premier League clash with Arsenal was called off.Arsenal staff and players came into contact with Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis during a Europa League tie at the Emirates Stadium on February 27. Read Also: BREAKING: Man City v Real Madrid, Juve v Lyon matches postponedCity are due to host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, with no suggestion yet that the game will be cancelled.Many European leagues have halted their seasons due to the spread of the virus or are planning to play matches behind closed doors.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government is considering banning sporting events in the United Kingdom but will not do so yet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

June 20, 2017 Police Blotter

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Drueke soars in Sprint Series of Nebraska at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg Soukup  Rounding out the top five were Josh Riggins, Cody Ledger and two-time series champion Adam Gullion Tyler Drueke got the better of Joey Danley in the Thursday night main event, which ran caution-free and was contested to the checkers.  EAGLE, Neb. (April 25) – Two drivers who definitely know the fast way around Eagle Raceway squared off in a Precise Racing Sprint Series of Nebraska tilt.  Ledger moved into fourth with nine laps remaining. Danley passed Ledger two laps later, advanced to third with four to go and took the second spot on the next circuit, ultimately coming up just one position short of the checkers. Riggins, Gullion, Neil Nickolite and Keith Dragoo led the field on lap one; Drueke vaulted past Nickolite and Dragoo on lap three, moved to second with 17 to go and snagged the lead six laps later. Feature results – 1. Tyler Drueke; 2. Joey Danley; 3. Josh Riggins; 4. Cody Ledger; 5. Adam Gullion; 6. Neil Nickolite; 7. Toby Chapman; 8. Mike Boston; 9. Kaleb Johnson; 10. Keith Dragoo; 11. Terry Richards; 12. Chad Koch; 13. Stuart Snyder; 14. Trey Gropp; 15. Austin McLean; 16. Ryan Jenkins; 17. Brandon Horton; 18. Mark Vanderheiden; 19. Nathan Weiler; Chase Weiler.last_img read more

Prime Minister receives special edition Amazon Warriors bat

first_imgPRIME Minister Moses V. Nagamootoo was yesterday (August 11, 2016) presented with an autographed bat, by the Guyana Amazon Warriors manager Omar Khan. The bat bore the signatures of all the Guyana Amazon Warriors cricketers who featured in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016.Khan said it is customary for the team to present senior government officials with special autographed bats as a means of saying ‘thank you’ for the support given to the Amazon Warriors.Upon receiving the memorabilia, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said he was very happy with the team and despite not winning the team gave Guyanese fans lots to be proud of.The Warriors played four matches at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence in early July with sold-out crowds showing their support for the home team.The Amazon Warriors finished the league stage at the top of the points table with seven victories in 10 matches. The consistent team then progressed to their third final in four years with a four-wicket victory over the number two team on the points table, Jamaica Tallawahs.The Warriors failed to lift their maiden title giving the Tallawahs their second title and becoming the first team to win the championship more than once.last_img read more

Okocha: My Style was Closest to that of Neymar

first_imgThe Nigerian Jay Jay Okocha is arguably one of the most talented African footballers of all time. Blessed with sublime footwork and a mesmerising dribble, he was one of the golden generation of Nigeria players and a pillar of the Eagles side that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and graced three successive FIFA World Cups between 1994 and 2002.Eminently qualified to assess the best players in the modern game, Okocha chatted to about this year’s The Best Awards, what it takes to reach that level and his favourites to win the men’s award on October 23 in London.You were one of those players who managed to dazzle on the pitch while always seeming to enjoy yourself. Are those qualities sufficient to be crowned The Best? Anyone aspiring to be the best, or one of the best, needs more than that. You also need to be able to focus, work hard, and be consistent, as natural talent alone is not enough to elevate you to that level. If you understand that, and you have the raw talent, then you can compete at that level.Is there anyone today who resembles you as a player?I’d say the player whose style most resembles mine would be Neymar. That’s because I played with a sense of joy and you can see that he feels the same and really enjoys his own play. He doesn’t play for himself or just to entertain the fans – he plays for his team. He uses his quality and skill for the good of the team.Do you see him as a future successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?Yes, I think he will be the one to do it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade and, given the nature of football, at a certain point the baton will have to pass to someone else. I think Neymar has a great chance of filling that role.Ronaldo and Messi have the shared the glory over the last decade, but do you favour one over the other?I have to be diplomatic here, especially as I’ve a lot of Portuguese friends, but I tend to lean towards Messi. He’s a more natural talent. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but he’s been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi. Consequently, they have to share the limelight.Can you think of an African player with a chance of being among the final three for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award?It’s hard to name one at present. If you’re talking about the top tier of players internationally, we don’t consider ourselves good enough to compete at that level. We have to change that attitude, and then we’ll be able to produce a player of the stature of the other top guys.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

What the Players are Saying about the Battle of Sfax

first_imgFemi SolajaRegardless of the 4-0 win posted by Super Eagles against Libya last Saturday in Uyo, players from both teams are optimistic of posting a win when they meet again tomorrow in Sfax on Match-day 4 of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.Udinese FC defender, William Troost-Ekong is confident that Super Eagles are capable of picking the maximum three points in this second leg match tomorrow.The 2016 Olympics bronze medallist wrote on his official Twitter handle after Super Eagles 4-0 win over Libya on Saturday: “Three points. Clean sheet. Great work from the boys today. Always enjoy playing on my home soil in Uyo. Special mention of @ighalojude congrats on your hat-trick bro. On to Tuesday now to finish the job! #SuperEagles #Afcon #GloryToGod” he twitted. Unused substitute, John Ogu, also threw his weight behind the team to get their second away win in Tunis tomorrow. He commended the fans for their support as he promised to work harder to make the first team.“Thank you to everyone for the compliment. I really do appreciate. For me the team comes first and am happy to be part of it. We go again on Tuesday for that 3 points,” he tweeted.However, Libyan players have put the 4-0 defeat behind and are seeking to revenge against Nigeria in the reverse fixture.The Captain and goalkeeper of the team, Mohammed Fathi Fathi Abduala, expressed confidence that his team will avenge the 0-4 defeat.He insisted that Nigeria won’t have it as easy as they did owing to the fact that luck played a big role in Eagles victory.“It’s not over yet. We can still beat Nigeria in Tunisia and we will do that. They (Eagles) were lucky with some decisions and we were not. In Tunisia, it won’t be the same”, the goalkeeper remarked when he reflected on the humiliating defeat last Saturday.He however admitted that Nigeria paraded a good team against them in Uyo. “Nigeria have a good team with individual players in Europe but we gave them a good fight and we hope to do better in Tunisia. Mistakes to be corrected were made by us during the game. We will beat them in Tunisia “, he pointed out.In a related development, Libyan midfield ace, Ahmad Benali, blamed the wide margin defeat to bad officiating insisting that they were twice denied genuine penalty claims with scores at 1-0 in favour of Nigeria.“Not once but twice, we appealed what looked a good call for penalty for us but the referee ignored our protest. There was a handball and a foul on me in the box. We believe that we had a real case to be given one of the two penalties especially as Nigeria was also given one,” stressed the Libyan midfielder.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mikel, Musa 23 Others Begin AFCON Camping on Sunday

first_imgNigeria’s final preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt begin on Sunday, when invited players, alongside the technical crew and administrative staff, will start arriving in Asaba, the Delta State capital.Nicknamed The Big Heart, Delta State has eased into the forefront as the nation’s football capital, since hosting the 2018 AITEO Cup finals and the international friendly between the Super Eagles and Uganda’s Cranes in November 2018. Since then, the Super Eagles have played Seychelles in Asaba in an AFCON qualifier and hosted Egypt in a friendly, and the city was also the setting for the U23 National Team’s thrashing of Libya in an U23 AFCON qualifier in March 2019.On Sunday, the Eagles’ backroom staff are expected to be complete, with some players also expected, while the larger population of the playing body should hit town on Monday. This first phase of camping will also take in a friendly match, against equally Egypt-bound Warriors of Zimbabwe, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, June 8.Players and officials will travel to the Egyptian city of Ismailia the following day aboard a chartered flight, where they will stay at the Hotel Mercure and spend a full week perfecting tactics and strategies, before taking on Africa’s number one –ranked team Senegal in another friendly in Ismailia.On 17 January, the three –time champions will travel to Alexandria – venue of their Group B matches against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr had invited 25 players to the camp, with six other players, among them three home –based professionals on standby.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers absorb the pain of Rose Bowl loss

first_imgPASADENA, Calif. – J.J. Watt didn’t want it to end.But after a thrilling run to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance, Wisconsin’s season did just that – it ended – and it did so with a gut-wrenching 21-19 loss to Texas Christian University.Watt walked into the post-game press conference room alongside Scott Tolzien and head coach Bret Bielema in full uniform, hesitant to take his helmet off.And when the helmet was removed, a face full of pain and dejection was left to answer questions. Questions about how one handles such an agonizing loss.Before uttering a word, the tears came.“We know how much this means to everybody, to everybody involved,” Watt said, struggling to fight off the tears. “We work 365 days a year for this, and then we come out here and don’t execute.”Watt was physically unable to say anything more but there was nothing more to be said.The Badgers had worked toward an opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl all season long. For some, it had been a dream since childhood.But after four hard-fought quarters of play, the dream of winning the Granddaddy of Them All slipped away. After a missed two-point conversion and failed onside kick, TCU came away victorious. The joy of reaching Pasadena is immediately replaced with the agony of a two-point defeat.Bielema felt that pain as a player for Iowa in 1991 when the Hawkeyes lost to Washington in the Rose Bowl. Now as a coach on the losing end, he knows exactly how his players feel.“Extremely difficult,” Bielema said of the loss. “We said some things in the locker room there, and you could tell by the expressions on these two young men to my right, this is going to be something that burns in their memory for a long, long time.”Like every other team across the country whose season has ended, the Badgers have already turned their attention to the future.Players like Tolzien, and perhaps Watt (if he declares for the NFL draft) will have to be replaced and the rest of the program will have to bounce back from such a heartbreaking defeat.“Hopefully the scar that we’re going to take from this game can get us back here sooner than later,” Bielema said. “For the guys that return out of that locker room, I really think they enjoyed the taste of success, and hopefully they’ll keep that taste in their mouths and want to return to it next year.”Bielema hopes this scar serves as the ultimate motivator for his team. He hopes this loss causes the competitive fire inside his player’s to burn even more.Watt is confident this loss will do just do that. Whether he wears cardinal and white again or not.“The Wisconsin Badgers will be back to the Rose Bowl. I haven’t made my decision, but if I’m back, if I go, the Wisconsin Badgers will be back to the Rose Bowl,” Watt said. “I don’t know if it will be next year, but Coach Bielema is an outstanding football coach. The Wisconsin football program does things the right way. And Coach Alvarez leads the athletic department the right. No doubt about it, the Badgers will be back. They’ll be back better than ever. When they come back, they’ll win.”Senior captain Culmer St. Jean sure hopes so.“I just hope that they take this pain that we feel and all the work we put in this year and move forward next year and get back here, or even further, have an undefeated season and make it to a national championship,” St. Jean said.To get back to Pasadena, to win another Big Ten title, to compete for a national championship, the Badgers will have to put this loss behind them. Bielema knows the disappointment will persist for some time, but a new season, with new aspirations lies ahead. “To have this memory not come out with a win is hard for a lot of people that were wearing red and white today,” Bielema said. “But we’ll take this and we’ll move forward.”last_img read more