Friday people roundup

first_imgATP, Danish Investment Funds Association, UK Treasury, Department for Work & Pensions, Jim O’Neill, Ros AltmannATP – ATP’s head of press, pensions and investment, Anders Klinkby Madsen, is moving to the Danish Investment Funds Association (Investeringsfondsbranchen or IFB) to lead the industry body as chief executive from 1 August. The association said that, with the appointment, it was expanding its management in response to growth in the organisation, as well as an increase in the demands placed on it over the last 10-15 years. The IFB’s current director Jens Jørgen Holm Møller will continue in his role alongside Klinkby, focusing particularly on the technical aspects of work within the sector and continuing to represent Denmark within a Nordic, as well as an international, context, the organisation said.UK Treasury – Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill has been appointed commercial secretary at the UK Treasury by re-elected Conservative prime minister David Cameron. He will also be given a life peerage. Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, outlining his plans to boost economic activity in the North of England, has said O’Neill will work on devolving power from government, delivering big infrastructure investments and links to emerging economies. UK Department for Work & Pensions – In UK government appointments following last week’s Conservative victory in the general election, Iain Duncan Smith has been re-appointed as secretary of state for work and pensions, while Lord Freud, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, is to continue as minister for welfare reform. Priti Patel has been appointed minister for employment. She was exchequer secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. Ros Altmann, a high-profile independent analyst and commentator on pensions, has become the new minister for pensions, replacing Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, who lost his seat in the election. Altmann is to be given a life peerage. Justin Tomlinson has been given the role of minister for disabled people.last_img read more

Syracuse blows out Connecticut, 23-11, by way of multiple big runs

first_img Published on February 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Nicole Levy couldn’t keep the smile off her face. All game, she had brought the energy. Her thunderous roars awakened a seemingly disorganized SU team. She emulated power, flexing and stomping her feet after an assist. Spiking her stick after a goal. But, on the play that brought the smile to her face, she showed finesse, wrapping her stick behind her back and shooting the ball into the back of the net.After multiple long runs, it was a sigh of relief for Syracuse, who seemed to be on its way to disaster.“It was just some jitters,” said sophomore goalkeeper Asa Goldstock of the early game struggles.Syracuse (1-0), fueled by multiple strong runs and a dominant second half, defeated Connecticut (0-1) 23-11. After starting the game allowing two-straight goals from the Huskies offense and going to the half only leading by one, SU flipped the script of the game that was created in the early going.“Calm down,” Emily Hawryschuk said, “come out for the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA loss was as improbable as it was unprecedented. The Orange have never lost a season opener under Gait and, in all 17 previous matchups with the Huskies, have never lost. But, in the early going it suddenly seemed possible.The tension started to show early on in the game. Morgan Widner, who was seventh in the nation in draw percentage last season, lost her first six draws of the match. The Huskies pushed ahead, scoring two goals in just 1:24 to start the game.“It really started on the draws,” Gait said. “We just weren’t effective.”Following the quick second goal by Connecticut, a different mob of teammates stood side by side. UConn all converged in celebration of the goal and Syracuse huddled around goalkeeper Asa Goldstock, with a teammate on the ground next to them. The Orange needed to regroup.After a short run where it showed promise, and with the game tied at four, a UConn player waltzed directly adjacent to the goalkeepers circle and bounced the ball into the goal for an easy score. Goldstock took a step out of the net and panned her head around at her teammates, looking for answers. They didn’t have any. SU found itself behind again.As the Orange continued to get knocked down, it showed little signs of getting back up. But, that changed. Midway through the first half, Alexa Radziewicz got knocked to the ground following a two-handed push with the stick of a UConn player. She tumbled over backward, but popped up immediately onto her feet, hopping a bit as she gained her footing. The penalty gave Syracuse an opportunity and after that play, just like Radziewicz did, SU rebounded.Still, the Orange suffered another setback and found themselves up just one at the half. Despite the close score, Gait said he was never nervous about if his team would never find its way.That confidence proved worthwhile in the second half. Out of the locker room, SU made their presence known. It ripped seven-straight goals at the start of the half and built a comfortable lead that it never looked back from.“We were in the mindset, we were going to keep scoring and scoring,” Gait said. “And we weren’t going to stop.”Levy lead the charge for the Syracuse offense. She tied the team lead with five points, scoring three and assisting two. She was toying with the Huskies, who started the day seeming intimidating while threatening the upset. Time and time again in her biggest moments, Levy spiked her stick to the ground. But her gesture wasn’t out of frustration, but rather elation. As she did, the Orange followed. SU’s sticks started to hit the ground more frequently in the second half as it pushed ahead further and further.“I don’t know,” Levy laughed of her intense emotion. “It’s just really fun, I guess.”In the preseason, Gait said Syracuse would “reevaluate” its team following its earliest exit from the NCAA tournament. With that, Gait set goals to improve SU in every aspect. The goalkeeping needed work: Syracuse had the lowest save percentage in the ACC (.407). The defense needed improvement: SU gave up the second-most goals in the conference last year (12.0). And the offense needed more firepower to push ahead in games: the Orange again ranked in the bottom-half of the conference (sixth) with an .86 scoring margin.But, in the second half, all that was different. Goldstock played a near perfect set, the defense allowed just three goals and the offense pushed the margin to 14-3 in the period. For that reason, the result, as it always has in the season opener under Gait, remained the same.“There was still a lot of game left,” Goldstock said of her team’s early deficit. “I knew that we would step up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

JT trolls Spurs with cheeky ‘3 point lane’ dig after Blues win

first_imgJOHN TERRY trolled Tottenham and Jose Mourinho with a cheeky comment after Chelsea’s clinical win on Sunday evening.JT, now Dean Smith’s No2 at Aston Villa, took aim at his former Chelsea boss after pal Frank Lampard inspired a superb 2-0 win away to Spurs.22 JT poked fun of Spurs and Mourinho with a cheeky comment after Chelsea’s winThe former Blues skipper wrote, “3 point lane, some things never change” in reply to the club’s celebratory post on Instagram.Chelsea had shared a snap of Lampard roaring to the travelling fans with his fist in the air, captioned: “PURE PASSION!”And Blues favourite Terry was quick to jump on the bandwagon and get one over their London rivals.Willian, often criticised by Chelsea fans, was the hero at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with two first-half goals in the victory.The Brazilian opened the scoring with a sensational strike, cutting in from the left and firing into the far corner.The winger then converted from the spot after Paulo Gazzaniga’s moment of madness as he clattered into Marcos Alonso in the penalty area on the stroke of half-time.Referee Anthony Taylor initially gave a free-kick to Tottenham before VAR correctly overturned the call for the Argentine’s “assault”, as commentator Gary Neville called it. MORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownHowever, the game in North London was marred by accusations of racism.One fan has been arrested for alleged racial abuse, while an FA probe has been launched after Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger said he was targeted with monkey chants from the crowd.The German defender slammed the idiotic Spurs fan, before asking, “when will this nonsense stop?”.Frank Lampard insists he & former manager, José Mourinho, are ‘still buddies’ after his Chelsea side win 2-0 away at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Ware “house” deal a totally corrupt transaction – Jagdeo

first_img… PPP/C to reprimand Health Minister over “blatant lies”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has signalled its intention to have Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton reprimanded by the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges, over the “blatant lies” he told the National Assembly regarding Government’s sourcing of a building in Sussex Street, Charlestown, to be used as a storage bond for the nation’s drugs and medical supplies.This disclosure was made on Wednesday, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with members of the local media at the Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.The Sussex Street bondIn fact, Jagdeo told media operatives that the Opposition may very well have to go after the entire Cabinet since the decision to front Linden Holding Inc $25 million from the nation’s coffers was as a result of a Cabinet decision.The Opposition Leader said the actions of the Government illustrates that there was an attempt to cover up a blatantly corrupt deal to transfer $12.5 million monthly to a party supporter. “It is a totally corrupt transaction and I want to see whether (President) Granger will order a Commission of Inquiry into this matter.”$25M advanceJagdeo said that the $25 million which was advanced by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc, was in fact used to purchase the building – formerly a beverage depot for Tom-Boy drinks.He said the first month’s rental of $12.5 million that was paid to Linden Holding Inc is what is being used to renovate the facility.Government, he said, financed the acquisition of the property for Singh and is also “paying to fix it up.”The Opposition Leader on Wednesday spoke publicly on the matter for the first time since it was first disclosed to the National Assembly.He said Dr Norton’s “first lie” was to tell the Members of Parliament (MPs) that Government was paying the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation in excess of $19 million a month for the use of its bond to store drugs and medical supplies.Jagdeo vehemently denied this charge and said the PPP/C Government, while in office, never paid a cent to NEW GPC INC for the use of its storage bond.He said the current Government is fully aware of this fact and would have been in possession of all the relevant documentation since taking office.More liesAnother blatant lie told by Dr Norton, according to Jagdeo, is that the Public Health Ministry had begun using the facility now owned by Linden Holding Inc.Several independent checks have found this to not be the case, since the facility is still in the process of being refurbished. “There is nothing in the bond, it is under construction now,” Jagdeo said.The Opposition Leader further charged that Government had violated Guyana’s procurement laws when it opted to sole source the facility from Linden Holding Inc.He was at pains to explain that while the PPP/C Government had been accused of sole sourcing drugs from NEW GPC, this was not the case.Jagdeo explained that NEW GPC was pre-qualified as a supplier – an option that was available to all potential suppliers.Dr Norton told the House on Monday that there was an emergency situation which warranted the need for the bond, hence the single sourcing method employed by Government.Jagdeo has since denied this was the case since the drugs were being stored in NEW GPC’s bond free of cost.He insists that Government’s resort to single sourcing, in this case, breached the procurement laws since it did not meet the requirements.No NEW GPC rentalJagdeo maintained too that there was no rental agreement with NEW GPC for the use of its bond and said that the figures quoted by Dr Norton was in fact a VAT inclusive quotation that was submitted to Government.The Opposition Leader explained that the quotation submitted by NEW GPC is for the rental of a state-of-the-art, certified 70,000 square foot facility.He said the NEW GPC proposal works out to $237 per square foot.The NEW GPC proposal was disregarded, according to Jagdeo, who said Government instead made advance payments to use a 10,000 square foot, sub-standard facility, at a rental fee of $12.5 million and this works out to $1250 per square foot.This essentially means that Government is paying five times the amount asked by NEW GPC for a facility that is essentially seven times smaller and does not meet any of the minimal international standards required for such facility.New trendGuyana Times understands that Government terminated the pre-qualified status of NEW GPC, an arrangement under which the Ministry’s drugs and medical supplies were stored free of cost.Condemning the arrangement, Jagdeo observed too that this appears to be a new trend emerging with Government.He pointed to the negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a wind farm proposed by a close affiliate of the coalition, in addition to a fertiliser contract among other similar transactions to have taken place involving supporters of the APNU/AFC coalition and Government involving public money.He lamented too some of the informal exhortations on the part of Government during the course of the deliberations over the advance payments to Linden Holding Inc.Jagdeo recalled that there were utterances such as “is we time now… you all did the same thing.”last_img read more