Wednesday people roundup

first_imgBouwinvest – Property investor Bouwinvest REIM has appointed Kees Beuving and Roel Wijmenga as members of its five-strong supervisory board. Beuving has been executive chairman at Friesland Bank, as well as Fortis Bank Netherlands. Wijmenga has been in several financial positions on the board of insurers AMEV, Interpolis and Eureko/Achmea. His most recent job was CFO at ASR Insurances. Mirae Asset Global Investments – April Yeung has been appointed by Korean emerging markets firm Mirae Asset Global Investments as client portfolio manager covering the UK, European and Middle Eastern markets. She will be based in the firm’s London office and be in charge of product management client communication. Yeung joined Mirae Asset Global Investments in 2010 in Hong Kong as an assistant manager in the product development and marketing team, and became head of the product development and marketing team in 2013. Invesco – Invesco’s ETF business Invesco PowerShares has hired Gilles Boitel as business development director in Switzerland. The appointment is part of the business’s ongoing expansion in Europe, it said. Boitel comes to Invesco from Source, where he was in charge of institutional clients in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Before that, he worked at Accenture. The Pensions Trust – Mike Ramsey has been chosen as chief executive of the Pensions Trust in the UK, having been acting as interim chief executive at the workplace pension fund since April. His most recent role was chief executive of Barbon Insurance Group. The trust said Ramsey’s appointment comes during a period of restructuring, with the business focusing on strategic development. AXA Investment Managers – Bill Healey has been hired as global head of smart beta and UK head of buy and maintain at AXA Investment Managers, while Philip Roantree has been appointed senior portfolio manager within the asset manager’s fixed income team. Both men will be based in London, with Healey reporting to AXA IM’s CIO and head of European and Asia fixed income Chris Iggo, and Roantree reporting in turn to Healey. Healey was previously working for JP Morgan Asset Management as head of European high-yield debt for three years. Roantree comes to AXA IM from Morningstar, where he was a fund analyst covering fixed income and absolute return funds. Kames Capital – Alexander Pelteshki is joining Kames Capital as investment manager in the firm’s financials teams, reporting to Gregory Turnbull-Schwartz. Pelteshki previously worked at ING Bank in the Netherlands as senior credit analyst. Before that, he worked in New York for UBS Wealth Management. GAM Holding – David Solo is stepping down as group chief executive at GAM Holding at his own request, and being replaced by Alexander Friedman with effect from 8 September. Solo joined the group in 2004. Before joining GAM Holding, Friedman was global CIO at UBS Wealth Management and Wealth Management Americas. Prior to that, he was CFO at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mirabaud Asset Management – Majid Hassan has been appointed head of business development activities for the Middle East at Mirabaud Asset Management. He will be based in Dubai. Hassan has worked for the HSBC Group in Dubai, as well as AIG Investments and Standard Chartered. Threadneedle Investments – Maya Bhandari joined Threadneedle Investments as investment strategist in the firm’s multi-asset allocation team on 18 August. She is based in London, reporting to head of asset allocation Toby Nangle. Threadneedle said her appointment followed the recent hiring of Craig Nowrie as client portfolio manager to the team. Bhandari was previously a director of global macro strategy and asset allocation at Citigroup. Lombard Risk Management – Nigel Gurney has been appointed to Lombard Risk Management’s board as CFO. He previously worked at Lepe Partners as CFO. Avida International – Simone Lavelle is joining Avida International as a partner in its UK office. She has previously been a director at Law Debenture and before that was COO and CFO at Cardano UK. Tikehau Group – Nathalie Bleunven and Luca Bucelli have been appointed by Tikehau Group to join the firm’s private debt team. Bleunven was previously managing director and deputy head of mid-caps, LBO and corporate acquisition team at Société Générale. Bucelli was most recently at AlixPartners, where he was involved in financial and operational restructurings with French and Italian clients. Pictet Asset Management – Percival Stanion, Andrew Cole and Shaniel Ramjee are joining Pictet Asset Management in next few months, coming to the firm from Baring Asset Management, where they have worked for 13, 28 and seven years, respectively. Pictet Asset Management said the hires were part of a move to improve its multi-asset product offering. Stanion will become vice-chairman at Pictet Asset Management, and his role will be head of multi asset strategies, excluding Switzerland. He will report to head of asset allocation and quantitative investments Olivier Ginguené. Heidrick & Struggles – John Hindley has been hired by consultants Heidrick & Struggles as partner within the financial services practice and be based in the firm’s London office. He previously worked for Credit Suisse Prime Services, as head of the EMEA Prime Consulting team. Goldbridge Capital Partners – Neal Kutner has been appointed head of business development at Goldbridge Capital Partners. He comes to the firm from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where he was managing director, based in Switzerland. Petercam, Capital Group, Aviva Investors, Bouwinvest, Mirae Asset, Invesco, The Pensions Trust, AXA IM, Kames Capital, GAM Holding, Mirabaud Asset Management, Threadneedle Investments, Lombard Risk Management, Avida International, Tikehau Group, Pictet Asset Management, Heidrick & Struggles, Goldbridge Capital PartnersPetercam – The €14bn Belgian asset manager Petercam Institutional Asset Management has extended its Dutch team with the appointment of Lennaert Huijing as senior sales and account manager. Together with Marco van Diesen, Huijing will focus on existing and new institutional clients in the Netherlands. Lennaert comes from BlackRock, where he has been working as an account manager for Dutch institutional clients. He will be operating from Petercam’s Amsterdam office. Capital Group – The active investment manager has appointed Marnix van den Berge as business development manager for the Benelux region. He will be based in Capital Group’s Luxembourg office, focusing on financial institutions. Van den Berge joins from CBP Quilvest, where he was head of investor solutions. Prior to this, he held positions at Deutsche Asset and Wealth, where he was responsible for Northern European distribution, and Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he was head of Benelux, France/Monaco and Nordic distribution. Aviva Investors – David Lis has been hired by Aviva Investors as CIO of equities and multi-assets, moving from his current role as head of equities at the company. Lis will join Aviva Investors’ executive committee with immediate effect and report to the company’s chief executive Euan Munro.last_img read more

Merchant Navy Ratings fund hires Towers Watson as fiduciary manager

first_imgThe £850m (€1.1bn) Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF) has hired Towers Watson as its fiduciary manager, further growing the consultancy’s footprint in delegated management.Towers Watson said in a statement it would offer strategic advice and execute the strategy set out by the MNRPF’s trustees.It said it had been appointed fiduciary manager after the scheme conducted an independent review of how to amend its governance.Chris Wagstaff, independent chairman of the MNRPF’s investment committee, said: “After a comprehensive process to identify our investment beliefs and the best governance structure for the fund, we are pleased to have Towers Watson as our fiduciary manager. “As a result of this approach, we believe we have the governance structures and working arrangements in place to build an investment portfolio consistent with our investment beliefs to deliver optimal fund performance for our members.”The fund also selected Barnett Waddingham as its independent intermediary, assessing the performance of Towers Watson as fiduciary manager.The approach is similar to one pursued by the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF), which in 2010 selected Towers Watson as its delegated CIO.The appointment eventually led to the hire of Hymans Robertson to introduce a “check and balance element” into the arrangement.Since hiring Towers Watson, the MNOPF has steadily focused on de-risking, recently completing a buyout of the £1.3bn old section and transferring £1.5bn of longevity risk to a re-insurer.last_img read more

Shanghai Salvage Starts Removing Kea Trader Debris from Reef

first_imgShanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has started recovering debris from the reef where the ill-fated Kea Trader ran aground a year ago.The operation, during which the company would remove debris detached during storms, follows completion of a new independent bathymetric survey, Lomar Shipping, the owner of the vessel, informed.The survey determined current surface conditions and the precise location of debris, enabling shallow work vessels to move around the rock hard reef for divers to collect the metal fragments.Airbags have been used to remove larger pieces of hull structure off the reef bed and onto the logistics support & command platform Ju Li, that is now coordinating SSC operations on site. Lomar Shipping said that this work would continue and escalate over the coming months with the return of more favourable weather.The materials and debris being recovered would be recycled by local businesses in New Caledonia.Additionally, the company informed that plans for recovering more substantive pieces of hull from the reef bed are well advanced, with the intention to mobilise new heavy resources with heavy lift capabilities – the design of which is subject to complex engineering studies and final approval by the authorities.“Tremendous progress has been made in the past 12 months to safely remove the Kea Trader – however these efforts have been stymied by horrendous conditions on site,” a Lomar spokesman said.Four offshore vessels continue to work on site, whilst also monitoring the ocean for any floating debris and pollutants.The vessel’s vertical fracture last November and subsequent storm damage released a quantity of tar balls and polyurethane insulating material, as well as pieces of containers and carpet, that washed ashore in New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands.The 2,194 TEU Kea Trader ran aground on July 12, 2017, only six months after it was delivered to its owner from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China.last_img read more

Alliance of Community Leaders & Organisations Launch ‘Vote NO’ Campaign

first_imgSayNopeToDope NZ Media Release 8 June 2020An alliance of community organisations and leaders (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers) have joined together to form Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ), and will work together to oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis in New Zealand in the upcoming referendum.“We’re pleased to have such a wide-ranging group of organisations and experts from all areas of society to come together to argue against legalising the recreational use of cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“The use of cannabis is associated with increased risks of a number of adverse outcomes including educational delay, welfare dependence, increased risks of psychotic symptoms, major depression, increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, increased risks of tobacco use, increased risks of other illicit drug use, and respiratory impairment.”“At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?”The New Zealand coalition has aligned itself with the prominent US group SAM which is led by Dr Kevin Sabet, a former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations (Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations) – the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.“Our NZ coalition is stoked to be aligned with such a credible organization as SAM. SAM’s Staff and Science Advisory Board is composed of world-recognised experts in research, addiction, and treatment who work tirelessly to advance public health and safety, and stand up to a powerful marijuana industry.”SAM-NZ(Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ) REFERENDUM ON THE LEGALISATION OF RECREATIONAL CANNABIS Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. In US states that have already legalised the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh tax revenues from marijuana. These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, sustained marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana. It plays a significant role in domestic violence, crime, accidents, mental disorders and lost productivity.The referendum proposed by the Government on the legalisation of cannabis will therefore be a watershed moment for the health and well-being of all New Zealanders.Legalising the drug would in effect legitimise and increase its use in New Zealand. Regulations and the educative approach have failed to prevent the abuse of alcohol in this country with all of us having to suffer its adverse consequences in road accidents, violence and anti-social behaviour.When education and regulation fail, the legal status of the drug is the only bottom line to prevent its wholesale adoption with all of the negative consequences for us as a nation.Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ) is an alliance of community organisations and leaders (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers), and opposes any attempt to legalise cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.We argue that drug use is both a criminal and a health issue. A smart arrest policy can both provide a societal stamp of disapproval and provide an opportunity to intervene and stop the progression of use. Keeping marijuana illegal through an appropriate application of the laws that cater for ‘youthful indiscretions’ and which focus predominantly on supply and dealers is as much a public safety policy as it is a public health policy. But if those with addictions commit serious offences, as does happen, the criminal law cannot simply turn a blind eye. The community still needs to be protected.We fully support the increased provision and funding of drug counselling services, drug treatment centres and drug education programmes in schools. These should remain our preferred ‘smart’ approach to cannabis use.This is not a ‘war on drugs’ – this is a defence of our brains and health. People should always come before profits.Retaining it as a criminal offence sends a clear and unequivocal message that New Zealanders regard drug use as a dangerous and unacceptable form of recreation.We urge New Zealanders to be fully informed on this debate, to think deeply on the implications, and to vote NO to legalising cannabis in the referendum.Aaron Ironside                         Spokesperson: SAM-NZPat Buckley                               Amped4Life TrustImraan Ali                            New Zealand Muslim AssociationPat Walsh                                  Secondary School Principal, former head of a Principal’s Ass’nRev Pane Kawhia                    Anglican Minister, RuatoriaChristine Rankin                     Transforming Justice FoundationDr Ate  Moala                          PACYFIC TrustVic Tamati                               Community WorkerMo McLeary                            Drug Free AmbassadorsDr Andreas Leinfellner         Paediatrician.Kirk Hardy                               The Drug Detection AgencyAlli Axford                               Drug Free WorldMazin  Al-Salim                      Working Together Group (WTG)Sully Pa’ea                               Community Worker – South AucklandMaureen MacDonald             Drug-ARM WellingtonWayne Mulqueen                   Focus on the Family NZJess McVicar                           Sensible Sentencing TrustDave Pizzini                             Ex-Police (Detective Senior Sergeant)Bob McCoskrie                        Family First NZDarryl Wesley                         Health ProfessionalStuart Caldwell                       Get Smart (Tauranga)Brendon Warne                      Anti-P MinistriesAlan Vink                                 LeadershipWorxDale Kirk                                  MethconStuart Lange                            NZ Christian NetworkNick Tuitasi QSM                   Pacific WaveJohn Subritzky                        Promise KeepersRob Nordstrom                       Rubicon Alcohol & Other DrugGaylene Fraser                        Drug Free WorldKarrin  Coates                         Sensible Sentencing Group TrustGreer Keane                            Te Ata Rangi RangatahiGlenn   Dobson                       International Board Member – National Drug and AlcoholScreening Association (NDASA)Gayann Phillips                      NZ Christian NetworkChristina Stroud                     World Federation Against DrugsIsmail  Waja                            Working Together Group (WTG)Bruce Couper                          Ex-PolicePhil Paikea                               Community WorkerTrevor Turner                         Drug Free WorldRonji Tanielu                          Community WorkerAllan Va’a                                Community Worker – South AucklandBev Adair-Beets                     Youth AdvocatePiripi Rakete                           Drug Free WorldDr Kevin Sabet                       SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)Luke Niforatos                       SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)last_img read more

Sierra Leone Ebola nurses on strike

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 233 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Sierra Leone Ebola nurses on strike by: BBC News – November 12, 2014 They have been almost 300 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone in the past three daysMore than 400 health workers involved in treating Ebola patients have gone on strike at a clinic in Sierra Leone.The staff, who include nurses, porters and cleaners, are protesting about the government’s failure to pay an agreed weekly $100 (£63) “hazard payment”.The clinic, in Bandajuma near Bo, is run by medical charity MSF and is the only Ebola treatment centre in southern Sierra Leone.MSF said it would be forced to close the clinic if the strike continued.Nearly 5,000 people have been killed in the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.MSF’s emergency co-ordinator in Sierra Leone, Ewald Stars, told the BBC that about 60 patients had been left unattended because of the strike at the clinic in Bandajuma.There are international staff at the clinic but they are unable to keep the clinic open on their own.Mohamed Mbawah, a representative of the striking national staff, told the BBC his colleagues had already turned away one ambulance.The staff, who are protesting outside the clinic, say the government agreed to the “hazard payments” when the facility was established but has failed to make any payments since September.The money was due to be paid in addition to salaries the staff receive from MSF.Mali deathsEarlier, a nurse and the patient he was treating became the second and third people to die from Ebola in Mali.The patient, a traditional Muslim healer in his 50s, had recently arrived from Guinea.He had been treated by the nurse, 25, in the Malian capital, Bamako, at the Pasteur Clinic, which has now been placed in quarantine.The Pasteur Clinic in Bamako is under armed guardThe deaths are unrelated to Mali’s first Ebola case, when a two-year-old girl died from the disease in October.The new cases in Mali follow the WHO’s confirmation that 25 of the 100 people who were thought to have come into contact with the two-year-old girl were being released from quarantine.The toddler’s case alarmed the authorities in Mali after it was found she had displayed symptoms whilst travelling through the country by bus, including Bamako, on her return from neighbouring Guinea.Ebola was first identified in Guinea in March, before it spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO says there are now more than 13,240 confirmed, suspected and probable cases, almost all in these countries.Cases have also emerged, though on a much smaller scale, in Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the US.Mali launched an emergency response in conjunction with the WHO when the girl’s situation came to light. Her family were among those released from quarantine on Monday.Health department spokesman Markatie Daou said around 50 people were still under observation in Kayes, western Mali, and would be released in a week if they continued to display no symptoms.Meanwhile, the virus is continuing to spread in Sierra Leone, with almost 300 new infections recorded in the last three days.last_img read more

Mark Grossman, 58

first_imgMark Grossman, 58, of Versailles passed away at 3:25am, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Connersville on August 21, 1958 the son of Ray and Dorothy Henneke Grossman. He was married to Paula Whitaker on October 31, 1986 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Dorothy of Olympia, Washington;  three sons Steven Grossman and his companion Devin of Madison, Whitaker (Kasey) Grossman of Dayton, Ohio, and  Zach Grossman and his companion Eva Grigsby of Benham; one grandson Dalton Grossman, one granddaughter Ahlanie Grossman; two brothers Tony (Lisa) Grossman of Versailles, and Hap Clemons and Robert of Olympia, Washington. He was preceded in death by his father and his granddaughter Annabella Montgomery. Mr. Grossman was a 1976 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. He was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and was a 26 year employee of the GECOM Corporation in Greensburg where he worked in line support. Mark was an accomplished drummer and started playing when he was only 13. He had played with several area bands. Every year he attended the Trans Am Nationals in Dayton, Ohio and this year he and his 1970 Firebird won the 30th anniversary Show & Shine award at the Southeastern Career Center’s car show. He also enjoyed attending auctions and yard sales and showing his family his many “valuable finds”.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 4th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dick Burcham officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery, Hopewell Cemetery, or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Spurs to consider all options

first_imgTottenham are assessing all options for a temporary home – including Wembley and the Olympic Stadium – after announcing a delay in the construction of their new stadium. It is understood Spurs are conducting due diligence on all possible grounds, with those in London favoured, although a ground share with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is not thought to be among the options being considered. In 2011, Tottenham lost out to West Ham in a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Whether sharing the Olympic Stadium with the Hammers, who move to the site in 2016, is an option remains to be seen. A switch to stadium:mk in Milton Keynes is among the options which has been mooted, while it is possible Tottenham could use one stadium for Premier League fixtures and another for cup or European matches. A statement on read: “We should like to advise supporters that it is highly unlikely we shall be able to open the new stadium at the start of the 2017/2018 season. “The club has revised its construction programme in order to take the shortest possible time to construct. “This now therefore involves the club moving away from the Lane during construction for a period of one season, to start at the beginning of a season in order to comply with Premier League rules. “We are currently undertaking due diligence on alternative stadium options.” A High Court challenge has resulted in a revised construction programme, with the shortest build time meaning Spurs must leave White Hart Lane to allow the new stadium to be built adjacent to the present site. However, the new ground will not be ready in time for the start of the 2017-18 season. Spurs plan to build a 56,250-capacity stadium next to the existing White Hart Lane ground, which holds around 36,240. In July Spurs overcame a major hurdle after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin. However, seven years of negotiations with one landowner are still to reach a satisfactory conclusion. “Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family have exercised their right to seek to challenge the secretary of state’s decision in the High Court,” the Spurs statement added. “We remain committed to finding the earliest possible resolution and shall continue to engage with Archway regarding a possible agreement reached by private treaty.” Spurs believe moving to the three-hectare site will help them increase their revenues and compete better against Europe’s top clubs. Meanwhile, Darren Eales, who joined Spurs in 2010 as director of football administration, is leaving the club for Major League Soccer. Eales is to become president of the new MLS expansion franchise in Atlanta later this year. Spurs fans would favour a temporary move to Wembley. The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust published results of a fans’ survey last month, with 85 per cent of more than 2,000 respondents prepared to watch games at the national stadium, which is also in north London. Martin Cloake, a board member of THST, told Press Association Sport: “Wembley would be the preferred option. From informal discussions, the assumption has always been that it would be Wembley. “Arsenal played some European games there (between 1998 and 2000). So it’s partly based on that and on geography.” THST would not like more than one home venue or a move to the Olympic Stadium. “It’s important in terms of retaining the supporter base and some sense of identity (to have one home ground),” Cloake added. “We would hope that they would consult the fans about the implications of any move and where they wanted to go. “There was a lot of mistrust of the club because of what happened over Stratford (the Olympic Stadium). “A move to Stratford would certainly raise eyebrows.” There would be strong opposition over a move to Milton Keynes, too, particularly over the origins of MK Dons. Cloake added: “There would be some serious issues with MK Dons, but until there’s anything that’s confirmed it is just speculation.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Stefanski was one of the false positive tests

first_imgStefanski was at home with his wife and three children when he got word that he may have the virus.“It wasn’t fun,” Stefanski said on a Zoom call. “I can laugh about it now, but truly it wasn’t fun to have that phone call very early in the morning and not get news that it was potentially an error until later.”Stefanski said he immediately left his house as not to put his family in any more danger. He went to a condominium near the team’s facility where he stayed before moving his family to Ohio from Minnesota in the offseason. He spent the previous 13 seasons on the Vikings’ staff.It took four hours before Stefanski learned he was negative. He was not able to coach on Sunday, when the Browns initially called off their workout before holding it when they learned of the flawed lab results.Stefanski did not disclose how many false positives affected the Browns. He said 12 more players need to be cleared before they can practice Monday. Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support.Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.” ___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.”Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey. The Latest: Stefanski was one of the false positive tests Associated Press Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria. “The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. ___ The 38-year-old coach praised the Browns for the way they handled “a fire drill” with their virus protocols.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule.Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public. August 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was one of the numerous COVID-19 false positive tests reported Sunday by the NFL’s lab partner. ___More AP sports: and read more

SB : Syracuse solves Pittsburgh’s pitchers in offensive onslaught

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Wally King knew Julie Wambold was the right hitter to break the streak. Syracuse spent two innings taking bad swings, and Wambold had the potential to turn that around.If Pittsburgh pitcher Savannah King was going to pitch on the far outside of the plate and refuse to throw Syracuse hitters inside, she was playing to Wambold’s strength: hitting to the opposite field.‘If anyone can go opposite field, it’s Julie right here,’ King said. ‘She can take those pitches and flip them with her hands.’Wambold did that and then some. She launched her 11th home run of the season to the opposite field in the third inning and vindicated a game plan SU would deploy over both victories against the Panthers on Wednesday. Head coach Leigh Ross said\ from the moment Wambold’s homer cleared the right field fence, they knew how to attack King’s pitching over the outer half of the plate. The Orange scored 12 runs in two games as it swept the Panthers 8-0 and 4-1 in the two-game set at Skytop Softball Stadium.Swinging wildly wasn’t going to help SU. Ross said she told her hitters to wait for their pitch and do what Wambold did – hit it to the opposite field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘You have to commit to a plan, stick with a plan and trust in a plan at the plate,’ Ross said. ‘Once we knew where we should be hitting, we had a plan that worked.’SU stuck to their opposite field approach perfectly in the second game of the doubleheader. All six of SU’s hits ended up at some part of the opposite field.Outfielder Shirley Daniels said SU figured out Pittsburgh’s pitching strategy by the second inning of the first game. When nothing changed for the second game, hitters were ready.‘Obviously she could’ve pitched us inside whenever she wanted to, but she chose not to,’ Daniels said. ‘Knowing what the pitcher is probably going to do is a huge advantage, especially when you’ve seen the same pitches for a few at-bats.’The Panthers didn’t put up much of a fight. After Wambold drew a leadoff walk, catcher Lacey Kohl smacked an opposite-field single to right and advanced to second on the throw. And two batters later, Jasmine Watson went to the plate with the same approach Kohl did.‘This is a great place for us,’ Ross yelled at her first baseman, trying to coax another opposite-field hit.She got what she wanted two pitches later when Watson hit an opposite-field single past Pittsburgh second baseman Kristen Cheesebrew and drove in SU’s first two runs.Kohl just missed a home run to left in the bottom of the fourth inning. So in the bottom of the sixth inning, SU looked to the opposite field for some insurance runs for its slim 2-1 lead.Second baseman Stephanie Watts started off the inning by hitting a double to left-center field, and then scored when outfielder Lisaira Daniels went the other way with a King pitch and dropped it over third base and down the third baseline.Kohl drove home Daniels with another opposite field double. She said she didn’t know why the opposing pitcher refused to come inside on SU hitters all game.‘We knew that (King) wasn’t throwing us in very much,’ Kohl said. ‘You never know how many of the same kind of pitch you throw until you look at the charts. Sometimes pitchers can get comfortable.’There was nothing comfortable about King’s outing against SU Wednesday night, though. SU hitters took the pitches they didn’t like and then effortlessly smacked opposite-field hits when they saw a pitch to hit.‘It was pretty contagious,’ Ross said. ‘If we commit to a game plan – whatever it is – and have good at-bats, we’ve helped the hitter behind us. That’s when you see it trickle down like it did today.’ Commentscenter_img Published on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Loughlin, Giannulli file motion in admissions case

first_imgAccording to the motion, the honest services fraud and federal programs bribery charges require the prosecution to prove that the couple intentionally made the fraudulent donation and knew that the money they paid to the Key Worldwide Foundation and the USC Athletics Department would be used to bribe Heinel.  The couple were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud in the initial court document made public in March 2019. They were named in two subsequent indictments and now face additional charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. The motion, filed Dec. 13 with the objective to acquire evidence that could be used to help the defense fight the charges the couple faces, requested that the federal court hearing the case require the prosecution to produce evidence that Loughlin and Giannulli intended to defraud USC by paying for their daughters’ admissions as fraudulent athletic recruits.  The motion states that Loughlin and Giannulli believed the money they paid to the Key Worldwide Foundation to secure their daughters’ admissions was a legitimate donation. KWF was a fraudulent charity created by William “Rick” Singer, the organizer of the college admissions scheme, to act as a liaison between parents paying for their children’s admission and university officials receiving the bribes. In the motion, the defense stated that the allegations of the couple paying to secure their children’s admission do not necessarily constitute bribery, citing the court’s rejection of USC’s claim that it does not accept applicants on the basis of donations. According to the document, the difference between a bribe and a donation is whether the money paid was known to the university granting admission.  However, Loughlin and Giannulli “did not understand or intend that either set of payments would be used to directly or indirectly bribe [former USC senior associate athletic director Donna] Heinel,” according to the recent motion, which seeks to frame the payment as an intended donation to University programs. “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, filed a motion in the college admissions scandal in Boston federal court last month refuting two of the charges the U.S. government brought against them in the case. The motion cited an Annenberg Media story published last month about Heinel’s private consulting company, which offered workshops for high school counselors, parents and student-athletes about NCAA eligibility, as evidence that the University was aware of the Giannullis’ payments, making them “open” rather than “matters of concealment.” Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 between October 2016 and February 2018 to falsely designate their daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade Giannulli as women’s crew recruits in order to gain them admission to the University. As of October 2019, neither Isabella Rose nor Olivia Jade was enrolled at USC, the University confirmed in a statement. “The Government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both Defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself — for legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes,” the motion stated. “The Government’s failure to disclose this information is unacceptable, and this Court should put a stop to it.” The motion asks the federal court to require prosecution to provide evidence that Loughlin and Giannulli intended to defraud USC (Photo from the Hallmark Channel). Of the $500,000 Loughlin and Giannulli paid for their daughters’ admission, they paid $100,000 directly to Heinel, according to court documents. The motion filed by the defense claims the government has failed to release evidence relevant to whether Singer had told them and other parents named in the admissions case that the money they paid would be used for a legitimate cause. The government opposed a similar motion made by Gamal Abdelaziz, a Las Vegas casino executive named in the case who allegedly paid $300,000 to KWF, which then bribed Heinel to falsely designate Abdelaziz’s daughter as a USC basketball recruit. Abdelaziz’s defense requested information about whether the payment was made to Heinel’s personal account or to a University account overseen by Heinel, but the government declined to release the information, saying it was “irrelevant to the question whether the payment was a bribe.”last_img read more