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Lucas Moura issues rallying call to Spurs: ‘We cannot lose more points!’

first_imgLucas Moura issues rallying call to Spurs: ‘We cannot lose more points!’ Moura scored Tottenham’s only goal vs Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Lucas Moura has issued a rallying call to his Tottenham team-mates after the club’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute, but Moura fired back himself mid-way through the second half.However, the 26-year-old’s effort meant little once Toby Alderweireld accidentally put the ball into the back of his own net in the dying stages.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe north London club have now lost four of their last five Premier League fixtures, with their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season now in jeopardy.ADVERTISEMENTMauricio Pochettino’s men remain in third on 61 points, but they are on the same tally as Manchester United in fourth.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal and Chelsea aren’t far behind either with both teams also on a tally of 60 points themselves.‘It is very hard to lose like this,’ Moura told Sky Sports after the game. ‘We played very well.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘At this level of game we cannot make some mistakes and we had chances to win the game. It is difficult. We played very well.‘We cannot lose more points but I am proud of my team-mates.’Tottenham’s next game now is against Crystal Palace at home on April 3.MORE: Pochettino says Liverpool are ‘on a completely different level’Will Tottenham finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 31 Mar 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Commentlast_img read more

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Asset managers increasingly willing to negotiate on active management fees

first_imgAn increasing number of asset managers are willing to negotiate over performance-based fees, conceding these should only be paid when outperformance is 2 percentage points above the agreed benchmark.In a study conducted by bfinance, the consultancy said it was important for asset owners to ensure their fee structures were not counterproductive, as an absence of fee caps could incentivise managers to take unnecessary risks.It also recommended that asset owners consider a rolling benchmark outperformance as a measure for performance fees, but conceded there had been a trend whereby a “significant” number of active managers were willing to compromise on fees.The report said around one-third of asset managers monitored allowed for a fee structure where outperformance remuneration was only awarded once they exceeded the benchmark by 2 percentage points. “This was not the case when we conducted the same survey three years ago,” the consultancy noted. “The alignment of interests between institutional investors and their managers through performance-based fee elements is a trend that bfinance applauds.”It further found that 22% of active managers would propose a fee structure whereby outperformance was rewarded as soon as a 1 percentage point outperformance occurred.When examining a sample of 100 managers, the report also found little correlation between shortlisted managers and fees initially quoted, therefore recommending that asset owners concentrate on selecting the manager best suited to its demands and later focus on fee negotiations.Ian Shea, head of equities at bfinance, said: “Counter-intuitively, the correlation between high-quality asset management and fees is weak.  “The most adept managers are also those that are most inclined to be competitive on fees and inclined to work with asset owners to find creative performance fee solutions.”Fees paid to managers have become a contentious issue in a number of countries in recent years, with both the Swiss and UK authorities paying greater attention and forcing the disclosure of costs.Dutch pension fund PFZW, meanwhile, has sought to introduce penalty clauses for external managers that underperform.For more on asset management fees and how pension funds are tackling them, see a recent Special Report in IPElast_img read more

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First pillar pension reform gets priority in Switzerland

first_imgAt the same time incentives are to be introduced for people to work beyond that age limit.Funding gaps facing the first pillar buffer fund AHV/AVS from 2020 are to be filled by an increase in value-added tax (VAT). The gaps are set to arise as a result of retirements in the baby boomer generation, with a major dip in the buffer fund’s finances due around 2024. The fund is due to run out of assets by the end of 2030 at the latest, according to calculations previously run by Switzerland’s federal social security office.The government also indicated that the ministry of the interior would be arranging talks between employer and employee representatives to discuss a reform of the second pillar.Stakeholders had agreed to negotiations “without any fixed expectations on any outcome”, it said. However, no details or a timetable were given for the reform of this part of the Swiss pension system. This new two-pronged strategy for changes to the Swiss pension system became necessary after the “Altersvorsorge 2020” reform package failed to be accepted in a referendum in September last year. This had addressed the first and second pillars together.If financing by a VAT increase is chosen as the best way to prop up the first pillar buffer fund then this proposal would have to be put to a binding referendum again because any VAT change has to be sanctioned by the voting Swiss population.The government stressed that despite the now two-pronged approach to a reform “the overall goals remain the same”.Those were to: “maintain the current pension pay-out level, ensure sufficient financing of the retirement provision over the medium-term, and better serve the need for flexibility”. The Swiss parliament is to be presented with a reform draft for the first pillar by the end of this year.This means the ministry of the interior will have to come up with a legal draft for consultation before the summer holidays.The Swiss government decided this at the end of last week.The government wants to increase the statutory retirement age for women to 65 to match that of men.last_img read more

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Port of Virginia One Step Closer to Deeper Channels

first_imgThe Port of Virginia’s Wider, Deeper, Safer project to deepen and widen the Norfolk Harbor’s commercial shipping channels has secured full federal authorization with this week’s approval by the President of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.“The project’s inclusion in the bill clears the path for The Port of Virginia to become the deepest and safest port on the U.S East Coast. The dredge work will take the inner harbor’s commercial channels to 55 feet deep and the channel in the Chesapeake Bay to 56 feet deep. Further, the channel will be widened to as much as 1,400 feet in select areas, which will allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels. The project’s target completion date is 2025,” the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) said in their latest release.Commenting the news, John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, said: “Virginia’s inclusion in this legislation will ultimately provide us the means to better serve our ocean carrier customers by allowing them to sail the biggest ships in their fleets to Virginia. When Wider, Deeper, Safer is coupled with the $700 million investment we are making to expand capacity at our main container terminals, cargo owners throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the nation’s Heartland benefit because the speed of exports and imports flowing through Virginia will increase.”The Port of Virginia said that they appreciate the partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the efforts of the entire Virginia Congressional delegation to advance this project and meet the needs of ultra-large container vessels already calling the port.With the support of Gov. Ralph S. Northam and the Virginia General Assembly, the project’s engineering and design is underway with construction scheduled to begin in January 2020.last_img read more

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H-Energy to Develop LNG Terminal at India’s Kakinada Port

first_imgIndian natural gas company H-Energy Global has entered into an agreement for the development of an LNG regasification and reloading terminal at Kakinada Port on India’s East Coast.H-Energy will complete the project under a Port Service Agreement (PSA) signed with Kakinada Seaports Limited (KSPL) through its wholly owned subsidiary East Coast Concessions Private Ltd (ECPL).KSPL has the concession for Kakinada Deep Water Port from the government of Andhra Pradesh.As disclosed by the company, the LNG hub at the Kakinada Port will cater to the needs of domestic customers in the state of Andhra Pradesh and is expected to supply LNG through small LNG vessels to H-Energy’s upcoming Kukrahati LNG terminal.“We believe that Kakinada with its existing breakwater and deep draft combined with its close proximity to various natural gas pipeline makes this an efficient and successful project for our customers, our partners, and ourselves,” Darshan Hiranandani, CEO of H-Energy, commented.last_img read more

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Guimaras’ Manggahan fest off to Japan

first_imgThe Manggahan Festival of Guimaras, slated every May, reaches its highlight and culmination with the annual Street Dancing and Cultural Competition presentation, with a handful of tribes vying for the crown. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The festival bagged the first runner-up award in 2017 and 2018, while in 2019 it was declared second runner-up in the Aliwan Fiesta, the gathering of all festivals in the country.(With a report from Guimaras PIO/PN) The world-famous festival will showcase its vibrant mango-inspired costume and street dancing performances at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan for the “Philippine Festival 2019: Pasko ng Bayan” on November 30 and December 1, 2019. In June 2018, Hubon Guimarasnon made extra special the celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day Commemoration in New York City. The Hubon also performed in Washington D.C., Pennyslvania and New Jersey in the United States of America. Manggahan Festival has bested other cultural performances regionally and nationally in the past years. This development was materialized through the partnership of the Province of Guimaras and the Philippine Festival Organizing Committee in Japan. ILOILO City – The Manggahan Festival of Guimaras – the “sweetest fete” in Western Visayas – is set to take center stage in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Guimaras tourism booth in Japan will also exhibit the things people will love about the island. The exposition of the Manggahan Festival in Japan is the second in the province’s thrust of bringing Guimaras to the world dubbed “Manggahan Festival to the World Series.” Manggahan Festival is the signature festival of Guimaras celebrated province-wide annually from May 11 to 22. The festivities are a celebration of the province’s mango industry, showcasing the culture, livelihood and products of the Guimarasnons. Twenty performers of Hubon Guimarasnon sang Manggahan Festival will showcase the island’s culture and tradition during the grand parade and cultural presentation of the festival. Manggahan achieved a three-peat glory when it was hailed champion in the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Officials from the provincial government will also participate in an investment forum with Japanese investors.last_img read more

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GCSC informs of first case of a COVID-19 positive student

first_imgGreensburg, IN — Parents and guardians in the Greensburg Community School Corporation (GCSC) received an automated message this afternoon informing them that a student has been confirmed as COVID-19 positive. The message continued by stating that individuals identified as a close contact of the positive case have already been notified.However, the message did not inform parents if the student attended the Greensburg Elementary, Jr. High, or High School. This led to concern and more questions across social media.  The Greensburg High School has stated that this has not affected the football team and the game for this evening in Lawrenceburg is still scheduled.last_img read more

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Monk faces no action over comments

first_img Monk branded Potters winger Victor Moses “a cheat” after Stoke were awarded a controversial penalty from which they equalised on their way to a 2-1 win, with Monk calling referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award the spot-kick as “disgusting”. Monk was asked to explain himself by the FA but has escaped further punishment. “Swansea City can confirm that the Football Association will not be taking any further action regarding media comments made by manager Garry Monk following the recent Barclay Premier League fixture at Stoke City,” said a statement on the club’s website. “The FA, who asked Monk for his observations following the fixture, has reminded the Swansea manager about his responsibilities regarding media comments.” Swansea manager Garry Monk will not face any further action from the Football Association following his post-match comments after the defeat to Stoke earlier this month, the Barclays Premier League club have said.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Boston Marathon offering refunds for first time

first_imgRace organizers say anyone who was entered in the 124th edition of the race this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14. But if they can’t make it, they can have their money back.Those who have signed up for the Boston Athletic Association 5K the Saturday before the marathon can also get a refund.More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile run, which had been scheduled for April 18. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international residents.___French soccer club Bordeaux is making its team bus available so voluntary caregivers can reach hospitals in another city. ___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended. INSEP and other sporting establishments in France will also receive sick people who are no longer in serious condition but need their health monitored in an effort to free up hospital beds.INSEP will receive about 100 people from homeless shelters.Also, 69 rooms at INSEP are at the disposal of France Horizon, which helps families, homeless people, migrants, refugees and people who are isolated.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says “the only way through this crisis is to stay united.”___ The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. April 1, 2020 Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time because of the new coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans. MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London.___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship. Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.” The Latest: Boston Marathon offering refunds for first time Marks said during a conference call Wednesday that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing.Brooklyn’s most recent game was March 10 in Los Angeles. All Nets players were then tested, and the team said one player showed symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic.___France’s national institute of sport is helping with the needs of caregivers and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.The Paris-based INSEP will lodge nursing staff coming far from their homes to assist medical teams in the city. Associated Press The eastern city of Mulhouse is eight hours from southwestern Bordeaux, which is near the Atlantic coast, but difficult to reach because of greatly restricted train travel.Bordeaux says 18 nursing staff from its region will now be able to reach heavily-impacted Mulhouse and offer backup to tired medical teams who have been “strongly affected” in their efforts to cope.___Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free.The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Premier League club Bournemouth says manager Eddie Howe has taken a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.It is the first top-flight team to announce such a measure by its coach.Bournemouth said Howe’s pay cut was “significant,” without disclosing exact figures. Key members of his backroom staff as well as club chief executive Neill Blake will also have their salaries reduced.Bournemouth says it has also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be furloughed “to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period.”___ They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues. The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Professional Cricket League 4 Day Fifth round | Johnson century puts Guyana on path to victory

first_img(CMC) – CAPTAIN Leon Johnson ended a prolonged rut with his first domestic four-day hundred in nearly 2-½ years to pass 6 000 first-class runs while all-rounder Chris Barnwell smashed the second century of his career, to give Guyana Jaguars advantage on day three of their fifth-round match against Windward Islands Volcanoes.Resuming the day at the National stadium here on 65 with his side well-placed on 145 for three in response to the hosts’ first innings of 318, the left-handed Johnson stroked a magnificent unbeaten 189 to fire Jaguars to 426 all out.Not to be left out, Barnwell gathered a scintillating 107 after resuming from his overnight 28, posting his first century in five years.Together, Johnson and Barnwell masterminded a 170-run fourth-wicket stand which put Jaguars in control of the contest and eventually handed them a first-innings lead of 108 runs.In their second turn at the crease, Volcanoes lost Roland Cato for two with the score on 10 in the sixth over, lbw to left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer, hitting across the line, to finish the day on 46 for one.Veteran opener Devon Smith was unbeaten on 16 and partnered by captain Kavem Hodge on 17, the pair having so far put on 36 for the second wicket.Much will depend on the pair heading into today’s final day, especially with Volcanoes still trailing by 62 runs.The day belonged to Johnson, however.With a mere 77 runs in his last six innings and a single half-century this season, the 32-year-old relieved the pressure with a high quality innings to surpass his previous career-best 165.He counted 20 fours in a knock requiring 357 deliveries and spanning just over 7-½ hours.Barnwell, meanwhile, proved the ideal counter, lashing 11 fours and four sixes off 117 deliveries in just over 2-¼ hours.Hodge eventually broke the stand with his left-arm spin, claiming Barnwell lbw, but Johnson combined in a damaging 82-run, sixth-wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble who lashed an up-tempo 47 off 62 balls with four fours and two sixes, as Jaguars raced towards the 400-run mark.Even after Bramble became one of left-arm pacer Preston McSween’s five wickets, Johnson continued to punish Volcanoes in a 40-run, ninth-wicket stand with Niall Smith (11).last_img read more

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