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Social partners agree on finer points of Finnish pension system reform

first_imgUnder the agreed proposal for the pension reform, the earliest age workers will be eligible for an old-age pension will be raised gradually from 2017 by three months per birth-year cohort until it reaches 65.The upper age limit for old-age pensions will be five years higher than the earliest retirement age.However, under the agreement, the eligibility age for old-age retirement will be linked to life expectancy from 2027 to ensure the time spent working in relation to time in retirement remains at the 2025 level, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions.To keep to this ratio, the factors affecting the time spent working and the financial and social sustainability of the earnings-related scheme will be reviewed regularly, according to the agreed proposal.This development will be monitored at regular intervals through tripartite negations (social partners and government) every five years, according to the deal.TELA, which represents insurers providing earnings-related pensions, said the fact the agreement had been reached meant there would be no strikes or employer resistance to the reform.But in the end, not all parties have been pleased with the agreement.Reijo Vanne, director at TELA, said: “One problem is that the trade unions of people with academic education could not accept the agreement.”The academics’ unions wanted to have higher pension accrual rates at higher ages, he said.“Their argument was that people with long education do not have enough time to accrue a proper pension,” said Vanne.The reform also provides for possible early retirement at 63 for those who are considered to have had a strenuous and extensive working life, according the Finnish Centre for Pensions.The current part-time pension is to be abolished and replaced with a partial early old-age retirement, with certain new conditions.Pension accrual rates will be standardised to make the annual rate for individuals of all ages 1.5% of wages, and working after the earliest pensionable age will be rewarded with a monthly increment of 0.4% for deferred retirement.After 2017, pension contributions will accrue from the full wage, according to the reform, since the earnings-related pension contribution will no longer be deducted from the pensionable wage.Between 2016 and 2019, the combined pension contribution for workers and employers is to be 24.4%, though in 2016 this will be temporarily reduced by 0.4%, according to the agreement. Labour-market organisations in Finland have agreed the details of the country’s long-awaited pensions reform, which will raise the retirement age in fixed increments until 2025 and link it to longevity after that.The central labour market organisations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), the Local Government Employees (KT), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) – signed an agreement on Friday on the content of the pension reform that will change to the earnings-related pension scheme.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will now start the process of amending legislation according to the proposal agreed by the social partners.The aim of the pension reform, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017, is to extend working life and narrow the sustainability gap of the whole public economy by 1% of GDP, according to statutory organisation the Finnish Centre for Pensions, and Finnish pensions alliance TELA.last_img read more

​LD seeks managers for €1.5bn of Danish/European bonds

first_imgMeanwhile, the Danish short-term bond mandate is for an expected DKK2bn of assets, which are to be invested in Danish mortgage bonds and Danish government bonds only, according to information from LD, including its tender notice on the EU’s TED tenders portal.The objective for both mandates is to outperform the benchmark over a period of two to three years, it said.For the short-term bonds mandate, outperformance should be 25-50 basis points per year, while managers of the high-grade bonds mandate should beat the benchmark by 50-100 basis points a year, without direct duration bets for either mandates, LD said.The firm, which is currently equipping itself to invest assets in Denmark’s new holiday allowances fund, said applicants may submit a tender for one or both of the high-grade bond mandates, but that the two mandates would be awarded to different tenderers, meaning no manager could be awarded both.The deadline for the receipt of tenders or requests to participate for both tenders is 2 June at 4pm CET.LD pensions has released a string of tenders so far this year — including a €100m high-conviction emerging markets equities mandate at the beginning of this month and a €400m high conviction developed markets equity mandate in mid-March.Its search for external managers has been stepped up mainly in preparation for asset inflows to the holiday allowances fund, though it remains uncertain exactly how high these will be. Denmark’s LD Pensions has initiated a tender process for two Danish bond mandates, and is looking to appoint two or three asset managers for the mandates which include expected total assets of DKK11bn (€1.475bn).The Frederiksberg-based pensions firm has launched one tender for Danish high-grade bonds and another for Danish short-term bonds, with the first being divided into two lots, and the second intended for a single asset manager.Each of the mandates in the Danish high-grade bonds tender involve an expected total of DKK4.5bn of assets, and one of them includes European covered bonds as well.LD said both mandates are for investment primarily in Danish mortgage bonds, but include the possibility of investing in government bonds from selected European countries.last_img read more

Cops catch hundreds of stoners behind the wheel

first_imgNZ Herald 16 April 2012New Zealand’s drug-driving scourge has been described as a “hidden epidemic”, with latest figures showing hundreds of people have been caught stoned behind the wheel.The figures, released to the Herald, show police caught 568 drugged drivers between the introduction of the anti-drug-driving law in November 2009 and February this year. The vast majority were men.The problem has been highlighted in a recent series of TV ads showing the real-life reactions of secretly filmed New Zealanders when told the driver of their car is high on drugs.The Automobile Association and the Drug Foundation said New Zealand’s focus on drug-driving was still in its early stages.“We are at the stage now with drugged driving where we were with alcohol 30 years ago,” foundation executive director Ross Bell said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10799191last_img read more

Trump Retweets Video Of Armed Couple Shouting At St. Louis Protesters

first_img(St. Louis, MO) — President Trump retweeted video of an armed couple defending their home from unarmed protesters.The video shows a man holding an assault-style rifle and a woman with a pistol shouting at protesters walking toward the St. Louis mayor’s home Sunday evening. The couple are identified as personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey. They reportedly stood outside their home and swept their weapons toward the protesters walking through the gated community where Mayor Lyda Krewson lives. The Riverfront Times reports the protesters were walking to the mayor’s house for a demonstration after she went on Facebook live and broadcast the names and addresses of people advocating to defund the police department.A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood #StLouis #lydakrewson pic.twitter.com/ZJ8a553PAU— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020last_img read more

ICC World Cup Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Live Streaming Cricket: When and How to watch AFG v PAK LIVE

first_imgNew Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Pakistan at Hotstar and Star Sports: Afghanistan has chosen to bat against Pakistan in Leeds in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Shaheen Afridi struck twice before Asghar Afghan and Ikram Ali Khil strung a solid partnership. Asghar Afghan missed a fifty and Afghanistan stumbled. The lower order staged a recovery but Shaheen Afridi was the star as he managed to take 4/47 and restrict Afghanistan to 227/9. A big win for Pakistan will boost their chances of reaching the semi-final while Afghanistan will be looking to salvage some pride. With three wins in seven games, the men-in-green are currently placed at sixth spot and if they are able to beat both Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it is likely, that team will see themselves playing knockouts. Afghanistan, on the other hand, are yet to open their account in points table as they lost all seven games they have played. They have had a disappointing season so far and will look to do some upsets before the board the flight back home.ICC World Cup 2019, 36th match: Afghanistan vs PakistanWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan start?The 36th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between Afghanistan vs Pakistan will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan be played?The clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Headingley in Leeds.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Saturday, June 29.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on english.newsnationtv.com. You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?The match between Afghanistan vs Pakistan will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAiling Marlins ready to goUNDATED (AP) — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says his players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic.Mattingly says those players are feeling great and feel like they are ready to go, adding that some have applied for reinstatement.The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.In other first-round action:— The Islanders scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 1. Josh Bailey broke a 2-2 deadlock with a short-handed goal about seven minutes into the third period. The Islanders tied it on goals by Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee 1:54 apart bridging the second and third periods.— Carter Hart handled 27 shots and the Flyers opened their series by nipping the Canadiens’ 2-1. Joel Farabee netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, 16 seconds after Shea Weber scored on a power play. Ivan Provorov also scored against Carey Price, who had 29 saves.— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree), J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored in an 83-second span late in the third period to send the Avalanche past the Coyotes, 3-0. Philipp Grubauer needed to make just 14 saves for his second career playoff shutout, helping Colorado take the opener of the series. Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) turned back 37 shots for Arizona. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. In other college sports news:— The Big East has joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four non-conference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. NHL-SCHEDULE MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top HalosUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep while winning for the 10th time in 12 games.Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Robbie Grossman homered for the A’s in an 8-4 victory over the Angels. Seven of the Athletics’ nine hits were for extra bases after they were shut out on Tuesday.Ramón Laureano made three nifty catches in center field as he awaits a decision of his appeal of a six-game suspension for charging Houston coach Alex Cintron on Sunday. August 13, 2020 Associated Press The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year.NFL-NEWSWashington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Update on the latest sports MASTERS-NO FANSNo roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club has decided there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot. In other major league news:— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29.— The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list with a right rib cage strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from their alternate training site. Benintendi is batting just .103 this year after getting two hits in Tuesday’s game.NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubblecenter_img Elsewhere around the majors:— Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier launched back-to-back homers and Aaron Hicks delivered an RBI double that put the Yankees ahead to stay in a 6-3 downing of the Braves. Frazier had three hits and scored twice while starting in place of outfielder Aaron Judge, who was scratched due to tightness in his lower body.— Magneuris Sierra poked a tiebreaking-two-run single in a three-run 10th that pushed the Marlins past the Blue Jays, 14-11 in Buffalo. Toronto lost despite smacking seven home runs, two by Travis Shaw.— Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) belted a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 5-1 decision over the Giants. Greinke allowed one run and scattered seven hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings for his first win of the year. — Justin Turner crushed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers breathing room in a 6-0 shutout of the Padres. Tony Gonsolin fell one out short of qualifying for the victory, allowing two hits and striking out eight. Harden scored 11 points while the Rockets reeled off a 14-2 run to get within 106-104. He poured in 45 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds.Also around the NBA:— The Clippers wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the West as Paul George scored 27 points, and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 26 in their 124-111 victory over the Nuggets. The Clippers took control with 13 straight points midway through the third quarter and never allowed the Nuggets to fully recover. — Mike Muscala nailed a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds and the Thunder overcame a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 116-115. Darius Bazley (BAYZ’-lee) contributed 21 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Heat 34-15 in the final period.— Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining in the Raptors’ 125-121 triumph over the 76ers. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points as Toronto improved to 6-1 in the restart. — Byron Buxton homered twice, Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked into the seventh inning for the Twins in a 12-2 pounding of the Brewers. Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. each had two RBIs as part of Minnesota’s 15-hit assault.— Blake Snell pitched five shutout innings and the Rays backed him with a trio of 400-foot homers to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs), Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo (soo-SOO’-goh) all homered off Zack Godley, and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s fifth consecutive win.— Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings Anthony Rizzo homered as the pair led the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians. The Cubs are 12-3 in their first season under manager David Ross, matching the club’s 15-game start since 1970.— Brad Keller tossed two-hit ball over six scoreless innings before the Royals completed a 5-4 win over the Reds. Salvador Perez supplied a solo homer and three RBIs while Kansas City was building a 5-0 lead.— The Orioles also earned a 5-4 win over the Phillies as Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco and Anthony Santander all homered. Baltimore reliever Miguel Castro wiggled out a jam in the eighth thanks to a fantastic diving stop by Ruiz. It’s unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs.Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the Bucks’ first-round series against Orlando.NBA-SCHEDULEPacers fend off RocketsUNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers beat Houston for the first time in their last six attempts despite an outstanding performance by Rockets guard James Harden. Myles Turner had 18 points and reserve Edmond Sumner added a season-high 17 as the Pacers held off the Rockets, 108-104. Justin Holliday chipped in 18 points for the Pacers, including two free throws with six seconds left after Houston erased most of a 14-point deficit over the final 5:05. — The defending champs are trailing their series after third-period goals by Troy Stecher, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller gave the Canucks a 5-2 win over the Blues. Horvat furnished two goals and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves, blanking St. Louis after Jaden Schwartz tied it 2-2 midway through the second period. Elias Petterson also scored for the Canucks, who are seeking their first opening-round series win since 2011.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOBeast gets 1-game banLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been suspended for Milwaukee’s final game of the regular season.The NBA’s reigning MVP was punished for headbutting Washington’s Moe Wagner. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could be joined by some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs. The earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The league still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. — Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. B’s top Canes in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins were able to win the latest marathon hockey game in Toronto.Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zheh-rahn) scored early in double-overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their opening-round series.David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) put Boston ahead 3-2 59 seconds into the third period, but Carolina forced OT on Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury’s goal midway through the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) assisted on the game-winner after netting a first-period goal. — Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Diamondbacks battered the Rockies, 13-7. Rockets outfielder Charlie Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 before going 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 15 games, and sliding his average to .472.— Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith provided back-to-back RBI doubles in a four-run first inning and hit consecutive homers in a five-run sixth as the Mets whipped the Nationals, 11-6. The fourth, fifth and sixth batters in the Mets’ lineup, Michael Conforto, Alonso and Smith, went 7-for-11 with eight RBIs, eight runs scored, three walks and a hit batsman in 15 plate appearances.— The White Sox picked up a 7-5 win over the Tigers as Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle. Anderson and Eloy Jimenez opened the game with consecutive home runs, but Chicago blew a 3-1 lead before Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double. — Todd Frazier scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch while the Rangers plated five in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Mariners, 7-4. Texas rallied after Austin Nola and Daniel Vogelbach homered in Seattle’s four-run second.MLB-NEWS Owner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The plan can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news:— Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. — A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador to Britain and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson has been an ambassador since 2017 and is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump.last_img read more

Barbados Tridents set for new ownership in 2019 CPL

first_img… embattled Indian business tycoon Vijay Malliya is outBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Embattled Indian business tycoon, Vijay Mallya, will not have ownership of Barbados Tridents for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, organisers said here yesterday.Speaking at a media conference, CPL chief executive Damien O’Donohoe, said the league was in the process of wrapping up discussions with the relevant parties and that new owners should be in place before the players draft scheduled for May 22 in London.Mallya is currently fighting extradition from the United Kingdom to his native India where he is wanted by authorities to face alleged bank fraud and money-laundering charges amounting to nearly US$ one billion.His mounting legal and financial woes have also impacted the franchise with players yet to be paid in full for the 2018 season which wrapped up last September.“That’s obviously been a big headache for us … (but) that issue in relation to Barbados will be getting resolved in the next two to three weeks,” O’Donohoe said.“We will also have a change of ownership which we hope to announce in two weeks’ time and that’s a very experienced owner who is going to come in, and it’s something that we’re obviously excited about and we’re looking forward to a fresh start at the end of this month.”The 63-year-old Mallya secured ownership of the Tridents in 2016 – the same year he fled India to avoid attempts by authorities to recover millions in unpaid bank loans. He has since been holed up at a mansion in Hertfordshire, east England.Tridents players also suffered non-payment issues following the 2017 season and were only fully remunerated just ahead of the 2018 draft.In recent months, former Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith, a marquee player for Tridents, has been critical of CPL and the franchise over the matter, and called on both entities to speak to the issue.However, CPL chief operating officer, Pete Russell, expressed gratitude to all affected players for their professionalism and assured the non-payment of salaries would be resolved shortly.“We just want to put on record how grateful we are to the patience of the players. They’ve been very understanding,” he said.“For us it’s just the worst possible scenario where you’ve got to assess circumstances where an owner for whatever reason can’t pay players is just not acceptable really. It’s been a process we’ve had to go through and we’re at the end of the process and it’s all positive going forward.”He also noted that systems would be implemented to make sure there was no repeat of the situation.“And this is again working with Cricket West Indies (CWI) to make sure that in the future players’ salaries are ring-fenced prior to the tournament so we know that money is sitting there, so the players are protected because we will not experience this again, under any circumstances,” Russell stressed.Tridents will hope for improved fortunes under their new ownership. Last season, they finished bottom of the standings, marking the third straight season they missed the playoffs.The 2019 CPL will now run from September 4 to October 12 in order to accommodate the revised itinerary for India’s tour of the Caribbean beginning in August.last_img read more

Shepherd, Nedd and Campbelle top winners at 2019 GCB Awards ceremony

first_imgGCB Awards 2019 Shabika Gajnabi: Most Promising Female Cricketer-of-the-YearRomario Shepherd: Most Improve Male Cricketer-of-the-Year:Ashmead Nedd: Junior Cricketer-of-the-YearRaymon Reifer: Senior Regional Cricketer-of-the-YearMavindra Dindyal: Most Run in Regional U-15Isai Thorne: Most Wickets in Regional U-15Mavindra Dindyal: Most Valuable Player in Regional U-15Mathew Nandu: Most Run is Regional U-17Sheldon Charles: Most Wickets in Regional U-17Sheldon Charles: Most Valuable Player in Regional U-17Kevlon Anderson: Most Runs in Regional U-19Ashmead Nedd: Most Wickets in Regional U-19Kevlon Anderson: Most Valuable Player in Regional Ur-19Corporate AwardsHand-in-HandDave West Indian ImportsSBF PetroleumSpecial Service AwardMs Elizabeth SunichEverest Cricket ClubGrounds man: Deolall Rajkumar of the Enmore Community Centre ground for his continued contribution to the development of cricket as a groundsmanCoach: Rayon Griffith:Print Media: Brandon Corlette:Premium Awards Romario Shepherd: Male Cricketer-of-the-YearShemaine Campbelle: Female Cricketer-of-the-YearLower Corentyne: Best Franchise Team-of-the-Year 2019Georgetown Cricket Club: Club-of-the-Year 2019 … Campbelle named Female Cricketer-of-the-YearGUYANA and West Indies newest all-rounder Romario Shepherd beat off a star-studded list of players to bag both the Male Cricketer-of-the-Year and Most Improved Male Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards, at the 2019 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Awards Ceremony.It was a well-attended event held in the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion on Wednesday night, where Guyana’s best junior and senior cricketers, executives from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow and Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport Dr. George Norton, were all in attendance.The 25-year-old Berbician Shepherd shot to international scene following his excellent showing at the 2018 and 2019 Hero CPL. The strapping all-rounder, who has 3 One Day Internationals under his belt to date, edged Windies teammates Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul, who were the other nominees.While Shepherd swept the major individual categories, they were also a number of other high-profile winners who were recognised for their amazing 2019.Guyana Jaguars and Windies all-rounder Raymon Reifer was given the Senior Regional Cricketer-of-the-Year award for his excellence in 4-Day, Super50 and T20 cricket, where he was instrumental in his franchise Barbados Tridents’ win of the 2019 Hero CPL.The Junior Cricketer-of-the-Year award was a tight one as a number of young players excelled throughout 2019. The eventual winner, however, went to West Indies Under-19 spinner Ashmead Nedd, who is currently on Under-19 West Indies duties.Like Shepherd, Nedd was also absent, due to being on tour with the West Indies Senior team in India. His award was accepted by his father, Garvin Nedd while National youth coach Julian Moore accepted the two awards on behalf of Shepherd.Nedd also bagged the award for Most Wickets in Regional Under-19 cricket, while his Windies U-19 teammate Kevlon Anderson snatched the awards for Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Regional Under-19 as well as the Most Runs in Regional Under-19.Clubs, curators and coaches were also recognised for outstanding work in their respective fields, as Guyana Jaguars and West Indies’ Rayon Griffith copped the coveted Coach-of-the-Year award.Deolall Rajkumar of the Enmore Community Centre ground was given the Groundsman Award for 2019 while the Leon Johnson-led Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) beat off Berbice powerhouses, Albion & Rose Hall to win 2019 Club-of-the-Year.West Indies Women vice-captain Shemaine Campbelle added another Female Cricketer-of-the-Year award to her collection as she got the better of nominees Sheneta Grimmond and Shabika Gajnabi. Gajnabi did not go home empty handed, however as she was named Most Promising Female Cricketer-of-the-Year. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Junior picks land over water

first_imgFor many athletes, achievement in one sport at thecollegiate level is something to brag about. For UW cross country team memberGwen Jorgensen, excelling in two sports as a Badger can be included thus far inher unique, athletic, collegiate experience. A junior from Waukesha, Jorgensen left the UW women’sswimming team this past year to focus on running for both the women’s track andcross country teams. “I was graciously given the opportunityto try running for UW,” Jorgensen said in an e-mail. “It sparked an interestthat I prayed a lot about.” A swimmer since the age of seven,Jorgensen was a four-time state qualifier and received three all-conferencehonors for her swimming achievements in high school. Also while at North HighSchool, Jorgensen was recognized as a two-time all-state athlete and three-yearletter winner in another sport — track. Despite her love for swimming,Jorgensen felt pulled in another direction. “I knew that God was puttingsomething different on my heart,” Jorgensen said. “It’s hard to know if you areever making the right decision; however, I just prayed a lot about it and wasable to do what was best for me at the time.”Saturday, the women’s cross countryteam scored 93 points to place third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the IUGolf Course in Bloomington, Ind., Jorgensen was named an All-Region honoree,finishing 11th in a time of 21:25.46. She has come a long way from hertrack debut last March in the Charlotte 49er Classic, where she impressivelyplaced 14th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:43.91. Her improvements,Jorgensen suggests, are due to the overall team focus that she and herteammates embrace.”We have so many talented girls onthe team, which allows us to develop into amazing runners,” Jorgensen said. “Ifone of us is having a bad workout, we have 10-plus other runners who are ableto push the others.”We train as a team so that we cancompete as a team. This is really starting to come together, which is allowingus to improve each meet.”Among her many honorsathletically, Jorgensen has also been recognized for her achievements in theclassroom. This past summer, she was named to the 2007 Division I All-Academicteam, an honor designated to student-athletes with a cumulative grade-pointaverage of 3.25 or better.Accordingto Jorgensen, her academic focus can be attributed to head coach Jim Stintziand the emphasis he has placed upon her and her teammates. “Coach (Stintzi) and all of thewomen on the team appreciate the importance of balance in a student-athlete,”Jorgensen said. “For most of us, after four years, we will have a job that hasnothing to do with running. We realize this and understand the importance ofour academics, which is why we try to excel in (academics) … as well.”The ever-growing list ofJorgensen’s achievements continues to accumulate even at the end of the women’scross country season. By the Big Ten Conference meet a couple of weeks ago, shehad taken 25 seconds off of her track time since her first race, finishing 18thin the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:43.20.At the NCAA Mideast Regional,Jorgensen finished 12th after running a personal best of 4:21.28 in the 1,500-meterpreliminaries. “Any success I have on the courseor track is due to the girls and coaching staff,” Jorgensen said. “The depth oftalent we have on the team is amazing. The gifted women on the team push meevery day to becoming a better runner.”Every day I am learning from theteam. Some women are excellent in workouts, others have a gift for analyzingthe course, and others always know how to get the team ready to race. Each andevery athlete on the team contributes to our success.”  Sunday afternoon, the Badgersfound out they had earned an at-large bid to make their third consecutive tripto the NCAA Championships this coming week in Terre Haute, Ind. Unsurprisingly,the high expectations Jorgensen has for herself off the course will carry over.”We have been improving each meet,and we are all ready to perform at the highest level this weekend,” Jorgensensaid. “We know that we are talented and that we can be in contention comeMonday.” Regardless of the results, asJorgenson’s collegiate career winds to a close, she has no regrets leaving thewater for a move to cross country and track.”AlthoughI miss the swimming team and coaches, I am thankful I made the switch becausethe talented ladies and coaches I am surrounded by now are able to push me andthe rest of my teammates to our potential.”last_img read more

On The Beat 12/05/10

first_img Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm The Daily Orange beat writers Brett LoGiurato and Andrew L. John break down Syracuse’s 65-59 win over North Carolina State and take a look ahead at Syracuse’s next opponent. The Orange will take on Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in arguably its most difficult game in the season so far. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

Beat writers predict Syracuse to stifle Hurricanes after near upset

first_img Published on January 25, 2014 at 10:36 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 68, Miami 50False warningThis time the Hurricanes can’t stop Syracuse. Miami gave the Orange a scare in its ACC opener, but missed its chance. SU is ready for Jim Larranaga’s 1-2-2 zone, and Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair will bounce back from a couple off games. SU spends Saturday night smiling on the beach.David Wilson: Syracuse 63, Miami 45Eye of the HurricaneLast time, the Orange caught the brunt of the storm, but it’s begun to calm. Miami (Fla.) sits below .500 in the conference as teams have started to figure out its zone defense. Tyler Ennis proved he can get to the rim against a good defense against Pittsburgh and he’ll do that more frequently against the less-talented Hurricanes.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 65, Miami 53Welcome to MiamiThe Hurricanes held the Orange to its lowest point total of the season in Syracuse. This time SU cracks 50 — and then some – and bumps its overall record to 19-0. The Ennis and Manu Lecomte matchup should be a dandy, but Ennis has the clear edge in talent and composure. Syracuse will make a concerted effort to fluster Miami early, and will pull away late. Commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon Roundup: Johanna Konta Makes Wimbledon History To Set Up Semi Final Clash With…

first_imgBritain Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England – 4/7/16 USA’s Venus Williams celebrates winning her match against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro REUTERS/Tony O’BrienBritain’s Johanna Konta battled to a thrilling three-set victory over 2nd seed Simona Halep to become the first British woman to reach Wimbledon’s singles semi-final since Virginia Wade in 1978.7th seed Konta came back from a set down and two points from defeat in the second set, to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 on Center Court.“I knew against Simona she wasn’t going to give me much for free and I had to create my own chances and I took a few of them,” Elsewhere, Spaniard Muguruza defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, in 75 minutes, to face 87th seed Magdalena Rybarikov in the other semi-final on Thursday.Related “I felt consistent in my approach and in my general being out there. I continued to trust in myself.”, Konta explained after the epic victory.”37 year-old Venus Williams won her 100th Wimbledon match to knock out Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, becoming the oldest women singles semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994.The five-time Wimbledon champion dispatched 20-year-old Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 in 1hr and 13 minutes to set up her 10th Wimbledon semi-final, a much anticipated battle with home favourite Johanna Konta.Speaking shortly after the match, Williams said: “I feel quite capable, to be honest, and powerful,”“So whatever age that is, as long as I feel like that, then I know that I can contend for titles every time.”last_img read more

Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Share Share Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Related Articles Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers – or more specifically the trading teams that underpin such operations – are ready to embrace the opportunities it presents, according to Sky Bet Head of In Play Football Joe Petyt. Petyt said that the prolonged decision making periods, while often frustrating for the spectacle of the game, can provide the operators with a window of opportunity to take advantage of unique content, particularly when paired with an increased standard of customer messaging.He explained that customers, whether it’s those in the stadium, watching on TV or following on a mobile device with no pictures, are far more willing to accept a market suspension if they know the reason for it. It is also true that at a time where most traditional markets have to be suspended, you have a captive audience ready to engage with innovative markets.“We saw during a Harry Kane penalty at the World Cup that customers want markets to bet on at times when markets would traditionally be suspended,” said Petyt. “For example, does he score yes or no, what price is it that he hits the post etc. However, you are relying on skilled traders to react and price things quickly.”This reference to skilled traders is something of a throwback given the recent drive to automate as much as possible when it comes to in-play betting. Petyt said that while traders are currently expected to monitor multiple games simultaneously – mostly checking that algorithms are running smoothly – VAR may flip the script back in favour of the skilled trader.This would mean that rather than the quick blanket suspension of markets every time the referee signals for VAR, or indiscreetly feels for his earpiece, markets could be kept open.“VAR may dictate a return to more trader skill, where a quick judgement is made based on what’s happening on the pitch,” he said. “Longer term, it might be that we need that trader to come up with a price. For example, is there an 80% chance a penalty is given? “If so, can the trader quickly adjust the prices accordingly and keep the markets active. This would be so difficult to model, because obviously every instance is different.”Petyt also predicted that if delays persist, operators may be forced to find a balance where margin “takes a hit” to preserve the customer experience. This is because, moving forwards, customers are unlikely to accept that this “defensive stance” translates to immediate market suspension for every contentious moment, even those that don’t bring about a pause in the play. “If we are less aggressive on market suspensions, or allow our traders more subjective control over pricing, it would inevitably leave us more exposed to customers picking us off if they spot something that we’ve missed. However, if this is limited to a few incidents per week, is it worth taking the hit for the overall product? We have to retain the quality of experience that our customers have become used to.”Finally, Petyt admitted that this margin versus customer experience trade off has led Sky Bet to look into the benefits and pitfalls of keeping cash out active even during VAR decision-making periods, noting that “cash out availability is a key consideration for our customers and a part of the overall product in which they will not accept long suspensions”. ‘VAR: An opportunity or hindrance to the growth of in-play betting?’ is first up on the ‘Betting on Marketing’ track at this month’s Betting on Football conference (19-22 March).On Wednesday 20 March from 10:15 to 11:00, Petyt will be joined on stage by Abelson Odds Head of Compilation Jeevan Jeyaratnam, C&N Sporting Risk Owner Rory Campbell and RedZone.bet Managing Director Warren Llambias.For more information about Betting on Football, please click HERE.last_img read more

Dodgers reach agreement with 7 arbitration-eligible players

first_imgLOS ANGELES — For the 12th consecutive year, the Dodgers will not go to a salary-arbitration hearing with any of their players.The team reached agreements with its seven unsigned arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the deadline for teams and players to submit salary requests. Agreeing to one-year deals were shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson, infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernandez, infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor and pitchers Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia.Pederson received the highest salary of the group, $5 million, after an excellent offensive season that saw him bat .248 with an .843 OPS and 25 home runs.Despite missing nearly all of the 2018 season while undergoing elbow and hip surgeries, Seager got a big raise from $605,000 to $4 million in 2019 after his first year of arbitration eligibility. Fields is in the final year of arbitration and signed for $2.85 million. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hernandez signed for $3.725 million, Taylor for $3.5 million, Baez for $2.1 million and Garcia for $710,000.The Dodgers have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since reliever Joe Beimel in 2007.Traded from the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds, outfielder Yasiel Puig agreed to a one-year deal for $9.7 million, after which he will become a free agent. Pitcher Alex Wood, part of the Puig trade, is still on track for a hearing. He asked the Reds for $9.65 million and was offered $8.7 million.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double at London Marathon

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot dominated the women’s race in warm conditions.Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo Farah to win his third London marathon in four years in a time of 2 hrs 4 min 27 sec, finishing more than half a minute in front of Kitata (2:05:00), with Farah third (2:06:32).Cheruiyot, 34, timed her run perfectly to win the women’s event in a time of 2 hours 18 min 31 secs ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40).ELITE MEN’S RACE | ?@EliudKipchoge ?? STORMS TO VICTORY IN THE ELITE MEN’S RACE AT THE 2018 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON! ??He promised us a beautiful race and he delivered! #LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/ZX0C1bem4v— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018She took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe’s 15-year-old world record by last year’s winner Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.In unusually warm conditions in the British capital first Dibaba and then Keitany dropped off the pace, allowing the 2016 Olympic 5,000m gold medallist to claim victory.After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe’s time. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.Keitany, looking for a fourth win in London, also started to slow down as it became apparent Radcliffe’s record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds would not be threatened. Watch Vivian Cheruiyot win the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon!What a performance.Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/v49GeJpNM9— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Britain’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for the eighth time after a thrilling sprint finish.The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland’s Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States third.Watch @EliudKipchoge win his third Virgin Money London Marathon!Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/BQiTFQ3nvj— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018last_img read more

Elderly man fatally stabs landlord in Hialeah

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 90-year-old who reportedly stabbed his landlord to death during an argument.The incident occurred Sunday morning at the Lake Point Plaza Apartments along the 1000 block of West 76th Street.According to the report, witnesses say the victim and the suspect began arguing as they exited the apartment. The argument continued to escalate and that’s when the elderly man stabbed the victim several times.The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.Officials say they were in the process of questioning the suspect when he complained of illness and was transported to an area hospital.Authorities, however, are continuing to investigate the incident.last_img read more