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AI Pension books SEK54m loss in 2014 after switching funding calculation

first_imgSweden’s AI Pension fund for architects and engineers made an overall loss last year as it increased technical provisions, despite lifting investment returns to 13.2% from 8.2%.In its 2014 annual report, the pension fund — previously known as Arkitekternas Pensionkassa — reported an annual loss of SEK54m (€5.8m), down from a profit of SEK1bn the year before.The fund said: “First and foremost, the result was affected by the increase in technical provisions, but also by a good return on capital.”Fixed-income investments returned 8.8% over the year, up from the loss suffered in 2013 of 1.9%, while equities produced a 21.7% return, down from 27.9% the year before. Property generated 15.6%, up from 9.1% and hedge funds produced 1.5%, down from the previous year’s 6.0%, according to the annual report.Premium income increased by 10% to SEK237m from SEK216m.Total assets grew to SEK6.24bn at the end of 2014 from SEK5.54bn, the published data showed.AI Pension said its financial position remained strong, even though the solvency ratio had fallen as a result of the continuing decrease in interest rates to 141% at the end of 2014, from 152% a year before.The funding level for defined benefit plans was unchanged at 131% while funding for defined contribution products had increased to 111% from 106%, it said.The pension fund explained that its council had decided on a new funding policy during the year for both AI ITP and AI Life pensions, with the change prompted by the new interest rate curve to calculate technical provisions.It decided the new curve would be used for both pension types.For AI ITP, the normal funding level was increased to 130% from 120%, with the calculation changing from one based on a fixed interest rate assumption of 3% to floating interest rates.This meant it was now necessary to have a higher level of normal funding as well as a broader funding range, the pension fund said.Within AI Life, the normal funding level was revised down to 105% from 110%, with the the funding range unchanged at 100-115%, it said.AI Pension in February announced its intention to merge with PP Pension, the pension fund for the press and media, by early next year, but was later forced to abandon the proposal due to time constraints.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo hits 200 Million Followers on Instagram

first_img He will be looking to continue his free-scoring form when Juventus hosts Fiorentina on Sunday after a disappointing result last time out. Ronaldo has scored 33goals in all competitions for club and country this campaign and would be looking to increase his tally come Sunday. Some have predicted that the rise and rise of the Portugal international is bound to continue and he has a finger in virtually every pie thus making him a regular item on social media. Only recently the former Manchester United ace hinted that he might venture into movies when he parts ways with the round leather game. Read AlsoRodriguez hints at secret marriage after calling Ronaldo husband But the parting ways with the round leather game some also say will not be come soon for Ronaldo who continues to dazzle his followers both on and off the pitch. Ronaldo has so far made 2,752 posts followed by 200 million people but follows 434 people. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Jason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HousePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… center_img Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly neither tired of making the headlines nor breaking records. The former Real Madrid ace has flagged off history making achievements in the new decade 2020 hitting a massive 200 Million Followers on Instagram. The Madeira-born superstar reached the feat on Wednesday January 29th 2020 American singer, songwriter, actress and television producer Selena Marie Gomez, his closet rival and the one he overthrew to become ‘King of social media’ back in October 2018, is some 32million follows away from reaching Cristiano. 200 million followers still counting for Ronaldo. According to Forbes, Ronaldo makes staggering $47.8million dollars per year from paid-instagram posts.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ballack tips Klopp for English move

first_imgMichael Ballack believes Jurgen Klopp will be working in the Premier League next season, saying he has all the attributes to do well in England. Klopp has already announced that he will be resigning as coach of Borussia Dortmund in the summer and he has since been linked with several jobs in England, including Manchester City and Liverpool. He has also been brought into contention for the Real Madrid hotseat, should Carlo Ancelotti be dismissed, but former Germany international Ballack says England is where Klopp will next be seen. “There are several indications that suggest he will coach in England at some stage,” said Ballack in quotes reported by sport1.de. “There’s speculation about it in England and it would make sense also for him to go to England. “He coached one of the best clubs in Germany, he’s an open coach who enjoys international acclaim for his successes and the way he coaches. And he speaks English.” Ballack, who spent four years at Chelsea, could be seen on the touchline himself sooner or later, although he says that a career as a coach is not necessarily the path he will follow. The 38-year-old ended his playing career three years ago and says he “intentionally took a bit of time out” before considering this next steps. “If I do start (to coach), then I’ve got to be fully committed to it,” he said. “It could happen at any time, but then that does not necessarily mean that it has to happen. “At the moment, there is nothing definite. I am dedicating my time to other things and then maybe it will just happen. Or maybe not.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucksport to host Class B state wrestling championships

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Bucksport High School has been selected to host the state’s 2017 Class B wrestling championships, the school announced in a statement Thursday.The tournament will be held Feb. 18, and 112 wrestlers from around the state will qualify. Hancock County schools with wrestling programs in Class B are Ellsworth and Bucksport, though George Stevens Academy has wrestlers who compete as independents.Bucksport is looking for local businesses in the town that would be willing to provide information for a flier to be sent to qualifying schools Feb. 4. If interested, email Ed Hatch at Ed.Hatch@RSU25.org or call 469-6650. Please leave your business name, hours of operation the weekend of the tournament, contact information and any discounts your business might be willing to offer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

YBG School Basketball Festival off to successful start

first_img-Marian, Plaisance Academy among winnersBy Daniel HaynesTHE 11th annual Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) started yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The tournament was initially tipped for July but was postponed due to the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) which Guyana hosted. However the postponement of the festival did not stop a successful tip off. The first game featured a female match up to jump start the day with the Girls from President’s College taking on the Girls from St. Rose’s High School where President’s College would come out the eventual winner 13-0. Demelza Nicholas came wast the top scorer for the game turning in 10 points with 3 rebounds and 8 steals.Part of the action in Marian/President’s College encounter. Part of the action in Marian/President’s College encounter.In the second game of the day, Marian Academy came out winners over a fighting President’s College in the U14 category. The game finished 12-8 and despite being a low scoring affair, was tightly contested.For Marian, Arwin Gainda finished with 4 points, Corey Graham had 2 points while Jaden Daziel and Jether Harris finished with 3 points apiece with Harris pulling down 8 rebounds to go with 4 steals. On the other side of the scoreboard, Richard Semple had 7 points and 3 steals in a losing effort.In the third game of the day, newcomers North Georgetown took on St Joseph High School and won in a hard fought match. The Joseph side struggled to find any amount of consistency and despite spurts of scoring, they fell 28-24. It was the combo of Jamal Charmical and Jarrol Shepherd who were the leading scorers with 9 and 6 respectively. For Joseph’s both Shakeem Wilson and Denzil Ross finished with 7 points apiece to contribute to most of the scoring.Plaisance Academy capped off the night with a dominating win over President’s College in the U16 match up 33-22. Led by CBC player Nigel Bowen who shot his way to 22 points to finish with a day high individual score. However, he also pulled down 20 rebounds on his way to finish with a double double. For President’s College Siplo McEvan finished with 5 points to top score in the losing effort.According to YBG Director Chris Bowman, “We are happy to see the games tip off in such fine fashion and we look forward to seeing even better games within the next 8 days of the competition.The games are played in a loser go home fashion and will see last night’s winners progressing to the next round. Action continues today at the same venue four games being played with tip off being 15:00hrs.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe 12-page document was dated May 12 and paints a grim picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the pandemic. It was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue. Teams contend they lose more money with each additional game played, while the players’ union believes clubs would lose less money with more games.Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they’ll never accept. Teams gave the players’ association their virus-testing plan Friday and have waited to make their economic proposal.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR roaring back during pandemic Among the routine changes include players possibly arriving in uniform and being discouraged to take showers at ballparks. Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips, and mascots like the Phillie Phanatic and Mr. Met would be prohibited from the ballparks. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps, bat boys and bat girls.Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools and cryotherapy chambers. Hitting in indoor cages is discouraged, batting gloves encouraged.Batting practice pitchers are to wear masks, dugout telephones disinfected after each use. Players may not touch their face to give signs, and they’re not allowed to lick their fingers. Teams are encouraged to hold meetings outdoors, players spread apart.Teams will be allowed to have 50 players each under the plan, with the number active for each game still be negotiated.Meanwhile, Major League owners have made their pitch as they try to persuade players to accept less pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks. That’s according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press. — Former Washington Redskins star Dexter Manley is hospitalized and receiving oxygen to treat breathing issues related to the coronavirus. Two of his children told The Washington Post the 61-year-old Manley was hospitalized Friday in the Washington area. Daughter Dalis Manley said the former defensive end tested positive for the coronavirus May 2 and has steadily run a temperature between 101 and 104 degrees. Manley helped Washington win two Super Bowl titles in nine seasons with the team.— The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race. Saturday’s announcement was delivered less than hour before the original post time for the Triple Crown race.NFL-BILLS PLAYER TEXAS ARRESTBuffalo Bills player charged with drunk driving in TexasHOUSTON (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested Saturday by police in the Houston area and charged with drunk driving and illegally carrying a gun. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBNew MLB rules: shower at home, don’t spitUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has created a 67-page draft of its proposed 2020 Operations Manual, which has been obtained by The Associated Press. It was first reported by The Athletic. Associated Press In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Live golf returns to television Sunday with a four-man charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12.— German soccer champion Bayern Munich has returned to action for the first time in more than two months with a league game at Union Berlin. Bayern last played on March 8 before the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga resumed competition on Saturday. Bayern can go four points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund with a win as it chases an eighth successive German title.— All Spanish league clubs can begin group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. The league has told clubs that on Monday all players can start small group sessions regardless of the lockdown phase in their regions. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.— Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month. Since March, Russia has barred most foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.center_img Update on the latest sports May 17, 2020 Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies pulled Oliver over after receiving reports around 9 p.m. of someone driving recklessly in a construction area north of the city, local media outlets reported, citing jail and police records and statements from sheriff’s officials.The deputies found an open beer and a pistol in Oliver’s truck, according to sheriff’s officials.Oliver is from Houston, where he also played his college career. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2019 draft. Montgomery County records did not list Oliver as being in the jail Sunday morning.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is back, but without fans, flyovers or commercialism.Darlington Raceway has opened its 70-year-old gates so engines in the stock car series could roar again and the revenue flow would resume.NASCAR’s return began Sunday morning as teams began filing into Darlington at designated arrival times. A checkpoint at the gate allowed pre-approved personnel into the infield after a health screening. There is no exiting once inside NASCAR’s designated footprint, all part of a meticulously planned health protocol.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks. Facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t get going on national television, NASCAR had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive revised schedule.Sunday marks the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. All eyes will be on NASCAR and its protocols — representatives from IndyCar and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, among others — were expected to observe the screening process Sunday.last_img read more

The Latest: Notre Dame plans to reopen campus in August

first_imgBundesliga soccer players will be reminded not to celebrate goals together after Hertha Berlin’s team shared hugs and high fives over the weekend.Most teams have stuck to restrained arm bumps when they score but Hertha’s more exuberant celebrations in the 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday prompted criticism they were undermining the league’s social distancing guidelines.Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein says clubs “are speaking with (players) day in, day out to tell them and remind them of what needs to be done to ensure that we can earn the right to go to a second match day and a third match day and then to finish the season.”Klein says overall the guidelines were “well respected” as the top two divisions in German soccer returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.Players can’t be fined or banned for celebrating together. All events are subject to cancellation or postponement based on the coronavirus pandemic. USA Baseball is following recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. If the tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return-to-play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. Those guidelines will be shared within an appropriate timeframe.___World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training.Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13.___ ___The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training.Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted.The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member. 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 6 The school said Monday the cuts would save about $5 million going forward. There are no plans to reinstate the teams should financial conditions improve, the Southern Conference school said. Other cost-cutting measures include 10 percent salary cuts for the athletic director and football and men’s basketball coaches. Furman also announced it would honor scholarship agreements for the affected athletes, including those signees not yet on campus, should they remain at school.___USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events.The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August. But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.The WTT already had announced that it would be picking one city to host all nine of its teams for the 2020 season, instead of playing matches around the United States, as it usually does.Silva said he has been monitoring other events taking place recently to see how they handled health protocols, including UFC fights over the past week-plus and a NASCAR race Sunday in Darlington, South Carolina.Neither of those sports allowed spectators and while WTT’s plan at the moment is to do the same, Silva said it is possible a small number of fans might be allowed, depending on where the matches are.___ Schneider said Monday in a telephone conference call that some of his teammates are apprehensive because the NHL has said it would take three weeks of training before allowing games. That would take the restart into June. The league paused its season on March 12.Schneider says as the Devils players representative the question he has fielded the most lately is teammates asking about a drop-dead date. They want to know when it becomes too late to get a semblance of a season or playoffs.Schneider says there’s also concern about players being asked to play meaningless games if all 31 teams are told to restart the season. New Jersey is in last place in the Metropolitan Division and unlikely to make the playoffs. By returning, they would risk injury and possible infection.___Furman is eliminating baseball and men’s lacrosse as part of a university-wide plan to offset losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Notre Dame plans to reopen campus in August The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.”There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point.Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated.___ Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which currently is under Wolf’s strictest pandemic orders, or a red designation. But Wolf said Monday that if the county moves to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races as long as there are no spectators present and guidelines are followed to keep competitors safe.Wolf on Friday said he had told NASCAR officials that his state wasn’t ready to make a decision on the reopening of Pocono Raceway, which is scheduled to host races June 27 and 28. Parts of Pennsylvania have moved to the yellow designation.NASCAR resumed its Cup Series schedule Sunday at Darlington, South Carolina, without fans.___New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider says players are asking about a deadline more often as the pause due to the coronavirus pandemic has passed the two-month mark. UEFA wanted the host cities to confirm they could still stage games.The governing body of European soccer says its executive committee will meet on June 17 instead of May 27 “due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues” for Euro 2020.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said Euro 2020 can be staged without all 12 stadiums.___Premier League clubs have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England.Contact training and matches have yet to be allowed by the government.The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining.Coronavirus testing is due to take place twice each week at clubs on up to 40 players, coaches and support staff.___center_img ___Players from Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano have refused to practice in protest against reduced salaries.The players from the second-division club want to be taken off furlough before they return to training. They want to resume earning full salaries now that soccer is starting to come back.Spanish media say the players practiced at home instead of going to the team’s training center for the start of group sessions.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club eventually complied with their demands. May 18, 2020 A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus.Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions.___ Most Spanish clubs used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs after the soccer season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Rayo Vallecano was in 11th place when the second division was halted in mid-March. The Spanish league hopes the season will restart on the second weekend of June.___The English Football Association says it is in discussion with clubs in the top women’s league about the possibility of cutting short the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FA says there are “significant challenges” in completing the season and the governing body is seeking views on the “most appropriate sporting outcome.” Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season.The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7.Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final. Manchester City leads the Women’s Super League by one point. Chelsea is second and has played one game fewer.No league games have been played since February.___UEFA says it has postponed an executive committee meeting by three weeks because of issues regarding the venues for the rescheduled European Championship in 2021.The 24-team tournament was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to use 12 stadiums in 12 nations. Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions.___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title.The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season. University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, made the announcement Monday in letters to the campus community. There was no mention of sports.The school’s reopening plan will include comprehensive testing for COVID-19, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces. Sports leaders have indicated sports isn’t possible without campuses being open. Notre Dame is scheduled to open its football season against Navy in Ireland on Aug. 29. The season finale at Southern Cal is Nov. 28, two days after Thanksgiving.___ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday pro sports leagues and entities in baseball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing can apply to the state to hold events without spectators starting May 31. Abbott also said Little League baseball can resume play with parents watching under social distancing guidelines. Youth sports camps may also open in June.___Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Notre Dame is planning to allow students back on campus for the fall semester beginning in early August and end the semester before Thanksgiving. Associated Press last_img read more

AIT to Broadcast NPFL All-Star Tour Games in Spain

first_imgThe LMC said it has reached an understanding with AIT, Nigeria’s first private 24 hour station for live broadcast of the matches which hold on August 10, 12 and 13. The first match, a pre-season friendly on August 10 will be against Valencia CF while the other two games against Malaga CF on August 12 and Atletico Madrid CF on the 13th will be part of the prestigious Carranza LaLiga World Club Tourney.Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, confirmed the development and said, “we are seeking windows through the broadcast media to take this historic matches available to the homes of every Nigerian football fans. The LMC and LaLiga is offering the broadcast feeds free to every television station that is interested”.Dikko said discussions are also on-going with a number of other stations including Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Channels Television and Television Continental (TVC).The NPFL All-Star team of 37 players based on current form and potentials shown as youth development players began camping in Abuja from July 11 with a final list of 22 to be released before their departure on August 8 by the coaching crew which has Salisu Yusuf as head.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African Independent Television (AIT) a member of the DAAR Communication Group has become the first free to air television network to be awarded broadcast right of the NPFL-LaLiga All-Star tour matches.A select team made up of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League clubs are billed to play three international club friendly matches in three Spanish cities as part of the technical and commercial partnership between the League Management Company (LMC), operators of the NPFL and LaLiga.last_img read more

Nigel Hayes releases diss track, sets UW basketball ablaze with fire bars

first_imgThe “10” on Nigel Hayes’ jersey might have to be replaced with “WiscGod” this season.The Wisconsin men’s basketball junior forward dropped his first (known) single Monday night, titled WiscGod (Back to Back). “WiscGod” appears to be Hayes’ rapping pseudonym in a nod to Drake’s “6 God” and the latest diss track in the Meek Mill versus Drake feud.Hayes opens up with a Bo Ryan reference, and the hook is “back to back,” symbolic of Wisconsin basketball’s back-to-back Final Four runs.Hayes spits that he did the verse “just to make fun of ’em” (referring to teammates Vitto Brown, Riley Dearring and former Jordan Hill) and that he’d “hate to have to go back and do another one.”The track was produced by redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ or “Easy E.”Hayes appears confident in his rap abilities, saying, “I’m a real rapper and y’all ain’t one — somebody stop me — put this in the right hands I bet they’ll sign me.” But, Brown clearly didn’t find the track to hold any artistic capabilities.Three more words. That. Was. Trash. https://t.co/TKquTBYrkN— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) July 30, 2015And Hill promised a future diss track.I’m apologizing ahead of time for what I’m avlut to do to you on this next track… #Jefészn https://t.co/ZWDBKgCYYt— Jah. (@JTaylored11) July 30, 2015Like Meek Mill, Hayes’ teammates have only responded on Twitter thus far, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll release a diss track of their own.last_img read more

Walters facing battle for Bordeaux

first_imgThe Ireland squad will return to training today in Versailles.Martin O’Neill gave the bulk of his squad the day off yesterday in the wake of Monday’s 1-all draw against Sweden.However, O’Neill has confirmed that Jonathan Walters is already facing a battle to be fit for Saturday’s game against Belgium. The 32-year-old is nursing an Achilles injury and is rated as doubtful for the trip to Bordeaux.Meanwhile, we’ve now seen all the teams in action at this summer’s Championships after all four teams in Group F opened their accounts last night.Hungary beat a 10-man Austria by two goals to nil.And Iceland pulled-off a major shock as they held Portugal to a 1-all drawlast_img