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Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2020

National Grid UK pension scheme seals £2.8bn buy-in

first_imgNigel Stapleton, chairman and trustee of the defined benefit (DB) scheme, said: “The buy-in provides greater certainty and assurance about the future costs of providing members’ pensions, and we see this as a positive and prudent way of managing the overall funding and risk of the scheme.”Andy Agg, chief financial officer at National Grid, which is a FTSE 100 company, said the deal was “an important step in our long-term strategy to reduce the level of risk within our pension arrangements”.The transaction with National Grid is the third buy-in in quick succession to have been announced by Rothesay.Last month it disclosed a £3.8bn buy-in for drinks company Pernod Richard’s UK DB scheme, which followed a £4.7bn ‘buy-in to buyout’ deal with technology company Telent.The news of National Grid’s deal takes to more than £30bn the value of buy-in and buyout announced so far this year, compared with a previous record of £24bn last year. Experts expect further deals to close this quarter, and also point to a strong pipeline of transactions for next year.The high level of activity in the de-risking market has been due to a combination of factors, including stalling life expectancy improvements and improved funding levels.At the end of September Rothesay and Prudential said they would appeal against a high court judgment blocking the transfer of £12bn of assets, covering 400,000 annuity policyholders, from Prudential to Rothesay.Charlie Finch, partner at consultancy LCP, had said the ruling could pave the way for an increase in insurers’ capacity for bulk annuities. The £20bn (€22bn) National Grid UK Pension Scheme recently completed a £2.8bn buy-in with Rothesay Life, the life insurer announced today.The buy-in policy is in respect of the benefits payable to pensioners aged 70 or less in Section A of the scheme, which has around 100,000 members, mostly from National Grid’s gas transmission and distribution businesses. It is closed to new members.The transaction was complex, according to Sammy Cooper-Smith, co-head of business development at Rothesay.“Our sophisticated risk management systems allowed us to provide economic certainty to the trustees ahead of transacting despite volatile market conditions in recent weeks,” he said.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Marie E. Oliger, 97

first_imgMarie E. Oliger, 97, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Crownpointe Senior Living Community in Greensburg.Born February 28, 1919 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward G. and Adelaide J. (Enxel) Welage.She was a 1937 graduate of Greensburg High School and 1940 graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She worked as a registered nurse in Indianapolis, Martinsville, and then the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg for several years.She served in the Navy Nurse Corps during WW II from 1944-46. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.She was married to Richard E. Oliger on May 21, 1949 and he preceded her in death on August 3, 1998.She is survived by one daughter, Susan (Michael) Powers, one son, Peter (Lora) Oliger; two brothers, Roger W. Welage, Vincent P. Welage; two sisters, Mildred A. Moeller, Marjorie J. Mahan; six grandchildren, Melinda Powers, Marcia Powers, Cody Patrick Oliger, Casy Lee Oliger, Brady Eric Oliger, Pete J. Oliger.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; four brothers, Robert Welage, Richard Welage, Edward Welage, Leonard Welage.Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Cemetery with a military graveside honor.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Sanogo back for Palace

first_img Furlong (calf), Taarabt (groin) and Vargas (muscular problem) returned to training this week after missing last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham through injuries. The trio will have to pass late fitness tests. Midfielder Joey Barton will complete a ban while defender Richard Dunne and midfield pair Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin are still sidelined with knee problems. Boss Chris Ramsey views the game as a “cup final” with both London sides battling to avoid relegation. Rangers have lost their last three games, including a 2-1 home defeat to Ramsey’s former side Tottenham last time out, and are 18th in the standings – three points adrift of safety. Palace are 12th but only eight points above QPR. “I think anybody who can’t consider themselves mathematically safe are always going to be looking over their shoulders,” Ramsey said. “We want to drag them closer to us. We want to have as many teams as possible close to the dogfight to give ourselves a chance to stay in the league.” Ramsey took over last month following the resignation of Harry Redknapp. When the change took place, Ramsey knew he faced a huge challenge to keep QPR in the top flight. “We understand this game is a cup final for us,” he said. “You don’t have to say much to the players. Everyone wants to stay in the division. “All of our games are a must-win from now on. Everyone is fighting and we have to win soon in order not to become detached.” Striker Glenn Murray is also available again following suspension, but midfielder Mile Jedinak continues his four-game ban. Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) are both out, while Jordon Mutch is also missing with a thigh strain. Manager Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to repay their fans with some overdue home wins to keep Selhurst Park ‘rocking’ against Rangers. The Eagles have not won at home since beating Tottenham on January 10, in stark contrast with their away form with five wins from the last six. Pardew intends to halt that unwanted statistic against a team with the worst away record in the league. “We owe it to our fans, our paying customers, that we produce results here, because that is how you keep them turning up every week,” Pardew said at a press conference. “Frankly, the home form since the start of the season has not been good, and we have to improve it. “We have done enough away from home to stay in the division already, but our home form does not reflect what it should be, so that is where the improvement needs to gain some momentum. “Our stadium needs to be rocking tomorrow, and if we want to keep it where it is in terms of that support, we have to give them wins.” QPR are hoping defender Darnell Furlong, midfielder Adel Taarabt and forward Eduardo Vargas will recover in time. Crystal Palace will have on-loan Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo back from a hamstring injury for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against QPR. Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2020

Shomari Wiltshire has 2020 Olympics in sight

first_imgLAST year the World Squash Federation (WSF) was once again denied in their bid to have the sport of squash added to the roster of the Summer Olympic. Nonetheless the body continues to keep its hopes high and is now looking towards 2024.Many squash players are looking forward to that historic year when the sport will be included though, and they will have the esteemed privilege of representing their country at the world’s most esteemed multisport event.Here in Guyana local squash star Shomari Wiltshire, is among the world’s players anxiously awaiting that moment.The junior Caribbean champion says that once squash makes it to the Olympics he’s hoping to do the same. In the interim he’s looking at the Commonwealth Games, the next edition of which is set for 2018 in Australia.“I would hope to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth Games and possibly the Olympics if squash becomes an Olympic sport,” young Wiltshire says.When the time comes around there is no doubt that Shomari would merit his selection to the national team. At just 13 years old Shomari has already represented Guyana both regionally and internationally, not to mention several local titles he has under his belt.Apart from being the Boys’ Under-13 Caribbean champion, Shomari is also the National Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 squash champion.His Caribbean champion title won earlier this year was his second consecutive win at the annual tournament.Shomari has also played in the St Vincent and the Grenadines Squash Open, as well as at the international Junior U.S. Open and the Junior Canadian Open. In the Junior Canadian Open in 2015 he finished sixth in the Under-13 category.Shomari was encouraged to get into the sport after most of his family members were already into the sport – Shomari is the son of former Caribbean champion Garfield Wilshire and brother of fellow junior Caribbean champions, Akeila and Larissa Wiltshire.He started out in the sport in 2009 at just six years old. In 2010 he started competing at the national level and in 2012 he became a part of the national junior team at the Caribbean competition.“The enjoyment of sports motivates me to continue playing and participating even if it isn’t in a competition. Some of the most advantageous things that I have taken away from being a part of sports are: I get exercise and it is a form of recreation. I have also been able to travel to many different countries,” he said.His inaugural performance on the regional scene impressed many, and saw his peers giving him the nickname ‘Shomwow’ because he just wowed the crowd. Shomari has been a recurring component of the national junior team at the CASA ever since.And last year, when the event was held in Barbados, he won his first individual Caribbean title. Next year Shomari will graduate to the next age level – the Under-15 – and already has his sights set of going for the title in this new category. As a matter of fact Shomari is aspiring to hold a title in all of the age categories he passes through.“My goal for the near future is to win every Caribbean squash title until the Under-19 level which is the final level for the junior tournament,” Shomari shared.He attributes his success to all those who’ve been a part of his training and who helped him one way or another throughout the years.“I would like to thank my coaches, especially national coach Carl Ince, my dad, Robert Fernandes, Nyron Joseph, my fitness trainer Kezqweyah Yisrael, and my massage therapist Cathy Paul, as well as my sisters, mother and other team members and their parents for their support,” Shomari said.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2020

Cricket News England vs India, Day 4, Stumps: Defeat on cards for India as top order collapses

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India stared at an embarrassing defeat after Alastair Cook’s fairytale farewell knock and Joe Root’s classy hundred enabled England to pile more misery on the visitors during the penultimate day of the fifth Test. Cook made dogged 147 off 286 balls in his final knock while skipper Root roared back to form with a stylish 125, his first hundred in 28 innings, as the duo grinded the Indian bowling into submission with a 259-run stand.Deflated after fielding for over 112 overs, India’s wobbly top-order once again faltered with Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) dismissed in quick succession with day end score being 58 for 3. With 406 runs required on the final day and seven wickets in hand, an embarrassing 1-4 series defeat looks imminent for India as of now.Scorecard: Here’s the latest scoreard of 5th Test b/w India and EnglandHere are the LIVE Updates of England vs India, 5th Test, Day 4:#Stumps! India 58/3, need 406 runs to win. Lokesh Rahul 46 (51); Ajinkya Rahane 10 (47)#Out! The ghosts of 2014 are back. Virat Kohli played an irresponsible shot. It was nothing shot completely needless. As they says ‘Vinashkale Viprit Budhhi’ (Mind doesn’t work when end nears). He scored a beautiful duck. India 2/3.#OUT! What are they doing here? Repeating 2014!! Anderson strikes twice as he removes Pujara. he didn’t bother the scorer. #OUT! Anderson strikes early. Dhawan continues with his poor form. Threw away his wicket when they had a massive target to chase.#Welcome back! Dhawan and Rahul will open India’s innings. Anderson will start the proceeding for England.#OUT! Sam Curran departs and with that England declares their second innings with a massive lead of 463 runs.  #OUT! End of stokes’ blitzkrieg. But he has already done the damage. Stokes c Rahul b Jadeja 37(36)#Welcome back! Sam Curran and Ben Stokes will resume England’s innings. Kohli brings Jadeja right after the tea break.#Tea break! Score after 105 overs: England 359-6# OUT! Another wicket down. Jadeja scalps Buttler. The way England players are playing now, they might not need to declare the innings.# Out Bowled! Shami removes Bairstow. Bowls it full and the ball took the inside edge and shattered the wickets. England would not mind too much as they have already taken big lead.# Score after 101 overs: England 350-5# OUT! Hanuma Vihari removes Alastair Cook as well at 147, ENG 321/4# OUT! Hanuma Vihari scalps Joe Root at 125, ENG 321/3# After 92 overs, ENG 317/2 with Cook (145) and Root (123) out at crease# FOUR! by Cook, ENG 262/2 # Till LUNCH, ENG 243/2 with a lead of 283 runs# Alastair Cook hits his 33rd ton in Test cricket, ENG 230/2 with 69.1 overs# FOUR! By Alastair Cook (95) eyes to hit ton, ENG  223/2# After 65 overs,  ENG 210/2 with Cook (89) and Root (77) out in the middle# FOUR! By Joe Root, ENG 187/ 2# Joe Root hits fifty, cements English innings with Alastair Cook# 100 runs Partnership between Cook and Root, ENG 163/2# FOUR! By Alastair Cook to Ravindra Jadeja, ENG 139/2# After 50 overs, ENG 134/2 with Cook (59) and Root (33) at crease.Stumps on Day 3 of the 5th Test.England 332 & 114/2, lead India 292 by 154 runs.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/P2srdAjAzE— BCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2018#Hello and welcome to News Nation live updates on India vs England, 5th Test, Day 4: Alastair Cook and Skipper Joe Root are still at the crease and would look to extend their lead as much as possible. Cook, in his final act, would also like to end his international career on a high. India, on the other hand would like some early wickets to end the series with some pride. Stay with as us we provide you all the latest updates on India vs England, Oval Test. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Hoddle wants Chelsea job

first_imgGlenn Hoddle has told the Press Association he would like to return to Chelsea but accepts they will probably appoint another foreign manager.Hoddle had a three-year spell as Blues boss during the mid-1990s before leaving to manage England.The 54-year-old said: “I did a good job when I was there and a lot of Chelsea fans actually say when I meet them ‘thanks for what you did because we started something there’.AdChoices广告“Chelsea hadn’t done much for 27 years and they could start to see the progression that was coming very quickly. It has obviously been taken on since Ken Bates was chairman and [former vice-chairman] Matthew Harding died.“It has been taken on with new owners and the rest is history, but I think they will go foreign.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

GT Panthers, Fruta U-20 seal latest wins in Limacol football

first_imgGT Panthers and Fruta U-20 are the latest two teams to register wins in the 2019 Limacol football tournament following matches on Wednesday evening. In the opening game, Panthers picked up their win through a needling effort by Vincent Thomas in the 13th minute and never looked back.In the other game, Fruta U-20 mauled Buxton Stars 8-1.Lead by Nicholas McArthur in the 35th, 46th and 87th, the U-20 side were all over their East Coast opponents.Ryan Hackette (29th, 49th), Wayne Barker (73rd, 74th) and Dihara Thomas (84th) were names on the score sheet as Jamali Major (63rd) recorded Buxton’s only goal in the game.In the latest standings, Santos U-20 side lead the Group A with three wins from three games and goal difference of 7 while second-place Timehri Panthers have played two games and won one, losing the other for a total of three points and a negative-one goal difference.Black Pearl and Camptown FC have one point with a goal difference of negative-three but the former have one match left while the latter have played all the matches in the round.In the Group B, Fruta U-20 lead the way with nine points after three wins from three games and a goal difference of 14 while second-place of the group belongs to Buxton Stars, who have one win, one draw and one loss for a total of four points and a negative-six goal difference.GFC sit third with three points with one win and two losses from the maximum number of games and a goal difference of -2 while Northern Rangers have a negative-six goal difference and one point from three games with two losses and a draw.Group C has leaders Riddim Squad from two games with six wins and a goal difference of six while second-place GT Panthers have the same number of points from three games (two wins and a loss) and a negative-one goal difference.Beacon have one point and a negative goal difference after one win and one draw from their two games while Pouderoyen have one point from their three games (one win) and a negative-four goal difference.In Group D, Pele lead the way with two wins and a draw on seven points with a goal difference of seven while Mahaica Determinators sit second just one point behind, with two wins and a loss and one goal difference.In third, Dynamics Football Club have four points after one win, one loss and one draw with a negative-one goal difference while Police B end the tournament winless and with a goal difference of negative-seven.Matches continue today with the last of the third-round matches featuring Timehri Panthers playing against Black Pearl from 19:00hrs and Riddim Squad playing Beacon from 21:00hrs.Meanwhile, on Sunday, the first quarter-final will take place and will see Santos U-20 take on Buxton Stars and Pele play GT Panthers.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

‘NNPC Junior Tennis to Secure Nigeria’s Dominance’

first_img“The programme has over the years helped us to get good players and that is why we are the number one country in West and Central Africa Zone.“Our leadership position is undoubtedly secured and on the continent as a whole, we are going higher as well judging by our performance in the last African Junior Championship where we had our best outing ever,” he stated.The 2016 edition taking place at the National Stadium, Lagos enters its penultimate day today with Marylove Edward, who topped Pool B battling Toyin Asogba and Angel Mcleod, winner of Pool A, confronting Fortune Aniso in the semifinals of the girl’s 16&under.Thursday was a memorable day for Kodian Tennis Foundation from Rivers as Amiyefor Jim Jaja, Timipre Maxwell, Victor Tom-Friday and David Dawariye all progressed to the semifinals of their various categories.The Lagos edition featuring over 130 players across the country is the second in the series as Kaduna hosted the first phase while the final phase will also hold in Lagos towards the end of the year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s Junior Tennis Head Coach, Mohammed Ubale, has stated that the NNPC Junior Tennis Championship, among other developmental tournaments, will secure Nigeria’s top position in West and Central Africa.Nigeria has been the team to beat in the zone which has 16 countries and Ubale said the gap between Nigeria and others are widening by the years due to the nation’s commitment to junior programmes.“The players are doing a lot to prove themselves knowing that this is one of the platforms at which we select players into our junior national teams.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

Bench players prove inconsequential in Syracuse volleyball’s 3-0 loss to Hofstra

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez When freshman Dana Valelly checked in for Syracuse against Hofstra, her team needed her to make an impact. Head coach Leonid Yelin, watching his team march toward its worst start since 1987, tried to infuse some life into his team.Valelly and fellow freshman Mackenzie Weaver played more and more in the second and third sets after coming off the bench. But the changes didn’t work. The Orange (0-5) fell once again in straight sets, this time to Hofstra (6-2), on Friday afternoon in the Women’s Building. SU hasn’t won a set since Aug. 28.Without any seniors and only three juniors, Syracuse is in flux. That allowed Valelly to get a chance. On Sept. 2, she had one of her best games since joining the Orange, amounting a kill, 10 assists and six digs. In the match against Hofstra, Valelly’s number was called again. As the mental errors grew abundant, Yelin began to feature Valelly frequently.Sabrina Koenig | Staff PhotographerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter entering the game for just a point in the first set, Valelly walked off the court toward fellow freshman Aliah Bowllan, and smiled.“Anything I can do to contribute to help the team,” said Valelly. “Like coach said, there are no small roles so if it’s just serving and going in and trying to get that ace that’s what I try to do.”When a team is struggling like SU is, it’s common for a coach to give other players opportunities to kick start a comeback. But Hofstra’s hitters dominated the game and took advantage of the spaces left open by the Orange.In the second set, Valelly failed to dig a kill. As she hung her head low in disappointment, the usually stoic Yelin voiced his dissatisfaction and threw his hands up on the sidelines. She picked herself up off the court, walked to the sideline and was subbed off.“In defense, we were struggling today,” Yelin said. “… That’s right away huge disadvantage.”Still searching for its first win of the season, Syracuse went to Valelly to step up on Friday. But just like the starters who played before her, she was unsuccessful.“We have to keep working,” Yelin said. “We just need some wins. We are not going to quit. We are not going to give up.” Commentslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

UW looks to gain steam at RPI

first_imgAfter a grueling October schedule against four-straight ranked opponents, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed November.The Badgers have only faced one opponent so far this month and are coming off a bye week. This weekend, Wisconsin hits the east coast to face Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.The RPI Engineers have stumbled to an early 3-7-4 overall record so far this season. Although RPI is one of the weaker opponents Wisconsin will face this season, it’s important for the team to remain focused and not overlook the Engineers.“We have to focus on ourselves, and if you don’t look at anyone’s record, it’s just a team that wants to come out and try to beat us,” junior forward Brianna Decker said. “They probably know our record, and I don’t know if that intimidates them, but I think that if we just focus on ourselves it doesn’t matter who we are going to play.”RPI plays in the Houston Field House, which has the same rink dimensions as the NHL. The Badgers’ Kohl Center is a larger rink that’s practically Olympic sized, so it will takes some adjustment to get accustomed to the smaller rink. Two weeks ago, the Badgers played on a smaller rink at Ohio State, which will help them in New York this weekend.The Buckeyes’ NHL-sized rink didn’t slow down Wisconsin, as the Badgers won both games 3-1 and 2-0 in Columbus.Senior captain Hilary Knight knows that regardless of the opponent, it’s always going to be a tough series, and she believes playing Ohio State will help the Badgers this weekend.“You go into every week as a battle, and you have to work hard and get the puck and put it in the net,” Knight said. “There are a million things we can work on in any game, and I think Ohio State was a great resource for us to see a smaller rink and see what we do in a different atmosphere.”Not only does RPI have a smaller rink, but the Engineers also have an interesting way of managing their goalies. Freshmen goalies Brianna Piper and Kelly O’Brien have alternated playing RPI’s 14 games this season, and have played well with save percentages over .900.Taking advantage of RPI’s inexperience in net and rotation of goalies figures to be crucial for Wisconsin.“We have to get a lot of shots off right away in the first period and play hard and not take it easy on them because they are going to be nervous,” Decker said. “We just have to get a lot of shots.”Wisconsin welcomes back Knight, Decker and Stefanie McKeough from the Four Nations Tournament in Sweden. The competition is an annual international tournament between the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Finland. UW’s competitors didn’t miss any playing time, since the tournament took place last weekend when the Badgers had the week off.McKeough is an Ontario native, and was honored to represent Canada in the tournament.“It’s a dream, and it is nice to have all of your hard work recognized, but it also motivates you to work even harder,” McKeough said. “Once you put on that Maple Leaf or for Americans, the USA, it is very different and your mindset changes and they are your teammates for the week. You have to adjust the mindset and focus on working with them to hopefully win the tournament.”last_img read more