UK roundup: £1.06bn added to bulk annuity 2019 books

first_imgThe transaction is structured as a full scheme buy-in which is expected to move to buy-out in future, at which point the scheme will be wound up, according to a statement by Rothesay.Cleo Taylor, business development director at Rothesay Life, said the transaction reflected the strong demand the firm is seeing for long-term security from pensions schemes. The scheme’s trustees were advised by Mercer and Pinsent Masons on the process of choosing an appropriate insurer and negotiating terms. Rothesay Life was advised by Linklaters.As for Scottish Widdow’s deal, the buy-in was a “significant step” on the group’s longer term de-risking journey and is expected to provide additional security and stability to scheme members, according to a statement.Malcolm Sugden, the schemes’ chair of trustee, said: “The group’s funding level has improved significantly in recent years and this transaction allows us to lock in some of that positive performance providing security to our members and other stakeholders.”The scheme’s trustees were advised by Aon and Sackers, with support from the Aon scheme actuary and the KPMG investment team.Aon has now advised on all the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme bulk annuity transactions completed.Scottish Widows was advised throughout the process by Herbert Smith Freehills.Hymans Robertson: Master trust report shows ‘positive returns but early signs of concern’The Annual Master Trust Default Report, the third launched by consultancy Hymans Robertson, has revealed that despite the positive returns for 2019, some concerns remain regarding providers’ investment risk profiles.Michael Ambery, head of provider relations at Hymans Robertson, said: “In 2019 money has continued to pour in to the master trusts and it would be fair to say that it has been a remarkable year for the vehicle.”With the completion of regulator’s provider authorisation process, the introduction of responsible investment requirements and tightening legislation around the statement of investment principles there have been some significant milestones, he noted.The report shows, however, that many providers have not materially changed their investment risk profile from previous years, and that there are still following three clear phases of defined contribution (DC) investment:Growth – when taking on risk in exchange for higher returns is preferable;Consolidation – when a more cautious approach is adopted; andPre-retirement – when any risk should be significantly dialled down.“It also shows that although members have continued to enjoy positive returns in each of these phases, there are some early signs of concern emerging. For example, some providers are potentially limiting returns by being too over-cautious in the early stages of a DC savings journey when volatility should be accepted,” Ambery explained.He said, on the other hand that “some are taking unnecessary levels of risk at the point of pre-retirement, when any unexpected downturns could significantly impact returns”.Alongside all of this, for any investment strategy to work, Amberey believes it is essential that DC members remain informed and up-to-date around their chosen retirement age, what this choice means in practice and, should they wish to, how to change it.Opperman retains pensions minister jobThe UK’s department for work and pensions (DWP) has confirmed Guy Opperman has been re-appointed as pensions minister.The MP for Hexham was re-elected with an increased majority of 25,152 in last week’s election.In his role as pensions minister, Opperman has urged pension schemes to sign up to a framework to reduce transfer times between defined contribution plans.Opperman has also said the government will consider legislation to make schemes simplify statements if they do not do it on their own.He has been a firm backer of the pensions dashboard, which the Money and Pensions Service is taking the lead on.The landslide majority of prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to put the pension schemes bill back on track.Opperman was first appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state at the DWP on 14 June 2017.David Everett, partner at pensions consultancy LCP, said: “Confirmation that Guy Opperman has been reappointed as pensions minister is encouraging for a post in which continuity over the years has been sadly lacking.”He believes, however, that “with the prospect of a major reshuffle the other side of Brexit whether Opperman will be around to steer the pension schemes bill through parliament and to engage with all the consequential regulations yet to come remains to be seen”. Rothesay Life, one of the UK’s largest pension insurers, and Scottish Widows have seen a total of £1.06bn (€1.2bn) in two separate buy-in deals this month.Rothesay has insured the defined benefit liabilities of the ESAB Group (UK) Limited Pension & Life Assurance Scheme through a £255m bulk annuity transaction, while Scottish Widows has completed a £805m buy-in with the Electricity North West Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, sponsored by Electricity North West.Rothesay’s insurance policy covers all 900 members of the scheme, 220 of which are deferred. The scheme’s members accrued pension benefits while employed within the ESAB Group, a global manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment, and a subsidiary of Colfax Corporation.Robert Careless, chair of the scheme’s trustee board, said: ”The recent significant improvement in the funding position of the scheme, along with the support of the employer, gave us the opportunity to take this decisive step to successfully remove the volatility of the scheme’s funding level and improve the security of members’ benefits.”last_img read more

Havens takes last-lap thriller at Stuart

first_imgBy Josh Reynolds  STUART, Iowa (April 24) – Kody Havens’ patience set up the late-race heroics that ended with his Wednesday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory at Stuart Speedway. Kody Havens’ late-race heroics landed him the Wednesday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) Josh Gilman was the IMCA Modified winner and Buck Schafroth led the last five laps in taking the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers.center_img Havens joined Brayton Carter in working toward the front and was up to third with two laps left. He made a move past Carter, and with the white flag out he set up a move going into turn three under Tyler Inman for the win. The two cars made contact, but Havens was able to gather it up and made it back to the line first to take the victory. Corey Madden prevailed in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main while Denny Berghan Jr. returned to victory lane following the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

Kano Pillars to play CAF Confederation Cup home matches away from home

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba too strong for TS Galaxy CAF Champions League: Gov. Ganduje urges Kano Pillars fans to be of good discipline NPFL: Kano Pillars beat El-Kanemi Warriors The management of Kano Pillars Football Club on Friday said the team would play its 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup home matches away from its traditional home ground in Kano.The Chairman of Kano Pillars, Surajo Jambul, disclosed this in a tweet on the team’s Twitter handle. Jambul said the club’s owners, Kano State Government, had given approval for the team to find an alternative venue.He tweeted: “The Kano state government has given the club management the mandate to look for an alternative venue as an adopted home for our CAF Confederation Cup matches.“So far, two stadiums have been penciled down — Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna and the Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.“One of the two stadiums will be chosen as our adopted home for the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup matches after due consultations with relevant authorities.”Jambul said the team’s traditional ground of Sani Abacha Stadium was one of the COVID-19 isolation centres in the state and therefore would not host matches for now. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team secured the continental competition ticket by virtue of its standing as current champions of the AITEO Cup.The 2020 edition of the AITEO Cup competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby making the 2019 winners Nigeria’s representatives in the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup competition.Kano Pillars played in the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League, but were sent packing at the preliminary stage by Asante Kotoko of Ghana.Tags: CAF Cofederation CupKano Pillars Football CLubSurajo Jambullast_img read more

Italian football stadiums to stay closed, at least until early October

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Italy votes in referendum on downsizing parliament Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Italy’s top flight football league is to resume with empty stadiums as the government has said fans should not be allowed back in the stands for at least another month.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s latest decree on precautions against the coronavirus pandemic was issued late Monday and is effective from Tuesday until Oct. 7.It rolled over previously existing rules that state that only “minor sports events” can have an audience —- limited to 1,000 for outdoor events and 200 for indoor ones.This provision was used Sunday by Serie A club Parma to let 1,000 fans attend a pre-season friendly with Serie B club Empoli.Those who came to the stadium had to wear a mask throughout the game.On Tuesday, some politicians, including far-right opposition leader Matteo Salvini and Mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, urged the government to relax its stance on football stadiums.Serie A’s 2020/2021 season kicks off on September 19.(dpa/NAN)Tags: Coronavirus pandemicFootball stadiumsItalySerie Alast_img read more

Sissoko: It’s about the team

first_img Press Association Newcastle took the lead nine minutes before the break when Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill could only punch Yohan Cabaye’s corner straight up into the air, and Yoan Gouffran reacted first to head into the empty net. But the visitors were level eight minutes after the break when Chris Brunt controlled Morgan Amalfitano’s cross beyond the far post before drilling a left-foot shot past Tim Krul and in off the underside of the bar. However, Sissoko killed off any hopes of an away victory within four minutes when he ran on to Loic Remy’s cushioned header and blasted an unstoppable 25-yard piledriver into Myhill’s top left-hand corner. The Magpies will now head for Swansea on Wednesday and Manchester United on Saturday brimming with confidence, and with 18 of their last 19 league goals having been scored by Frenchmen, a statistic bettered only by Lyon in France. Sissoko said: “The league position is fantastic, so it is up there as one of the greatest goals I have ever scored, probably, in my career, and I am really happy to have scored it. “As I have always said in the past though, it doesn’t matter how you score, the most important thing is to score and take away the three points. “That’s what we managed to do today, so we are happy. We will enjoy it, but we will go away and rest up. “We have got a difficult match away at Swansea on Wednesday, but we will go there full of confidence and hopefully come away with three points.” West Brom headed back to the midlands firmly believing they should have been doing so with something to show for their efforts on Tyneside, and able to take plenty of positives out of the game. However, manager Steve Clarke admits they need to tighten things up at the back if they are to reap the rewards of their play further up the field after conceding twice in a game for the third successive outing. He said: “To concede two goals every game means to get anything, you need to get two to get a point and you need three to win, and it’s difficult to score that amount of goals. “It’s something that we have to address.” The Baggies entertain Manchester City on Wednesday evening having been denied victory at Chelsea by a controversial late penalty and derby success against Aston Villa by a concerted fightback before their trip to the north-east. Striker Shane Long scored three of their four goals in those two fixtures and turned in a fine individual display at St James’ to keep Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson fully extended. Clarke said: “Shane has been good. His recent performances, his recent form, has been good and he carried on tonight, so long may it continue.” However, while he was delighted to have made the decisive contribution at the weekend, Sissoko is adamant it will be a team effort which will determine the destiny of the club’s season. Sissoko said: “I have been waiting a while for it. Now I am off the mark and I will continue to work hard, mostly to make sure I can keep putting in some great performances on the pitch. “Goals, when they come along, are always welcome, or the odd assist if I can get them in as well. “But the most important thing is the win. It doesn’t matter who scores. “As a team, we win together, we lose together. “If we score a goal, it’s always a goal together. “We all have the same objectives we are working towards.” As so often in the recent past, there was little to choose between the two sides at St James’ Park during a game which remained in the balance until the final whistle. The France international’s stunning strike secured a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over West Brom on Saturday, the Magpies’ fourth in succession, and eased them into fifth place in the table. It was Sissoko’s first goal since February and capped a run of much-improved form for a man who announced his arrival in English football in style following his January switch from Toulouse, but then endured a more difficult spell. Match-winner Moussa Sissoko is backing Newcastle’s unity to keep them in the upper reaches of the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

Colombia, Poland aim to recover from opening losses

first_imgKazan, June 23: Smarting from their opening game defeat against Japan, under-pressure Colombia will have their task cut out against wounded Poland in a Group H FIFA World Cup clash here on Sunday.Colombia’s preparations for Sunday’s crunch match got overshadowed by a police investigation into death threats made to midfielder Carlos Sanchez after he received a red card in the third minute of Tuesday’s 1-2 loss against Japan.The incident brought back memories of the killing of late star defender Andres Escobar, who was gunned down after scoring an own goal during a match against the United States which contributed to Colombia’s elimination from the 1994 World Cup.Sanchez was sent off for a deliberate handball after trying to block a shot inside the penalty area and will miss the match against Poland.Coach Jose Pekerman could play Mateus Uribe in place of Sanchez as he also has to deal with injury concerns to star attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who was used as a 59th minute substitute against Japan as he recovers from a calf problem.Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, would be ideal along with Juan Quintero in midfield and Pekerman would be desperate to use that combination.Poland are eighth in the FIFA rankings but lost to Senegal in their opening encounter courtesy a pair of disastrous errors.Senegal’s well-drilled backline kept Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandowski subdued and coach Adam Nawalka will hope his midfield plays with more purpose to boost supply to the country’s record goal-scorer.The recall of defensive stalwart Kamil Glik, who missed the Senegal opener with a shoulder injury, would be a huge boost to Poland’s hopes of stopping the likes of Rodriguez and AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao.There are still doubts over Glik’s fitness however, so Thiago Cionek, his replacement against Senegal, may keep his starting place despite conceding an own goal in that match. IANSlast_img read more

TRACK : Hursey develops into elite distance runner during career at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Katie Hursey only started competing in track and field at North Carroll High School (Md.) to stay in shape for soccer. When she started having success, her allegiances switched.But that was only the start.‘I really fell in love with it once I came to college, being around everyone on our team who loves it,’ she said.Now a record-holding, fifth-year senior at Syracuse, Hursey has enjoyed a historically successful career with the Orange. At last weekend’s Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., Hursey finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.57. The distance runner holds the school record in the event, running it in 10:08.44 at the preliminary round of the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships.Hursey said she wants to break the record again this year. When the Orange travels to Philadelphia this week for the Penn Relays, Hursey will stay in Syracuse to prepare for her next chance to break the record at the Big East championships from May 4-6.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s pretty neat,’ she said of having a Syracuse school record. ‘I hope to get it again this year. They’re always getting improved on, so it’s nice to have one.’Hursey said winning the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational has boosted her confidence. In preparation for the conference championships, Hursey said she needs to continue working hard in practice and maintaining the right mindset.In last year’s Big East championship, Hursey finished second and senior Heather Stephens placed third, both just under five seconds behind Connecticut’s Meghan Cunningham.‘I think we have the motivation from last year because both of us know we can be the best,’ Stephens said.If Hursey proves herself as the top steeplechase runner in the conference, the victory will serve as reassurance that she pursued the right sport out of high school.Despite her lack of track experience, Hursey excelled as a runner immediately.Hursey showed she was a raw talent and won Maryland state championships in a multiple events. She also caught the eye of Syracuse head coach Chris Fox.‘She didn’t know anything about the sport,’ Fox said. ‘There was something about her being so inexperienced, but being so good, that was appealing.’The support of the Syracuse coaching staff and her teammates made the transition in college much easier, Hursey said. Under their direction, Hursey has made incredible strides in her time with the Orange.‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve improved so much,’ Hursey said. ‘I’ve accomplished things I never would’ve thought possible coming in.’Fox said the distance runner has enhanced her skills each year, from handling the rigors of practice to taking better care of her body. But he knows she has plenty of room for improvement.Fox said if Hursey runs like she did at Princeton, she is capable of winning the Big East championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Fox said she needs to stay out in front, be patient for the first five laps and then use her strength and hurdling ability to take over the last half-mile of the steeplechase.Aside from earning another shot at a national title, Hursey has her eyes set on something she has wanted her entire college career. Last year, she was named second team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she isn’t going to settle for that.‘Hopefully I can be a real All-American this year,’ Hursey said.pmdabbra@syr.educenter_img Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Game four rewind: Offense key

first_imgThe set-up: After three mediocre wins, the Trojans came to Washington State where they won 69-0 two years ago, hoping to repeat that feat against a struggling, bottom-level Pac-10 team.Trailblazer · Senior tailback Allen Bradford led the Trojans with 84 yards rushing on seven carries. He has 277 yards this season. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan The story: It took a few quarters, but USC achieved the blowout win it had been trying to get the first three weeks. The team racked up 613 total yards on offense to Washington State’s 323.The Trojans looked shaky in the first half, giving up a touchdown on an end-around throw on the opening drive and throwing two interceptions, but the game was never really in doubt thanks to some big plays.After giving up the early touchdown to Washington State’s no-huddle offense — something USC’s defense hadn’t prepared for — the Trojans tied the game on their first play from scrimmage, thanks to senior fullback Stanley Havili’s 59-yard touchdown run. They took the lead just seconds later when freshman cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel’s pass and returned it 25 yards for his first collegiate interception and score.“It came from instincts, watching film,” Robey said. “When [Tuel] checked off the play, I just knew what was coming. I anticipated and jumped the route. It was an awesome feeling, like hard work paying off.”Robey bounced back after getting beat for that earlier touchdown (albeit by a receiver who was eight inches taller and 43 pounds heavier than him in Jared Karstetter) by recording that interception and a second one in the second quarter.“I think it says a lot about who the kid is,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “He’s got no problem getting beat for a touchdown and coming back. Think about what he went through this offseason — losing his mother who was his heartbeat, fabulous lady. He moved all the way across the country hardly knowing anyone but the coaches. If true freshmen can make plays this early in their career, they’re going to be a really good player.”It was over when: Havili took the handoff from sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley with 11:31 left in the first quarter, cut back and broke a multitude of tackles to score a 59-yard touchdown and tie the game at seven.That play signified the emergence of Havili this year, and seemed to be an early indicator that USC would be able to almost score at will.Robey then intercepted Tuel’s pass and, after a short Cougar drive that ended with a punt, the Trojans went 76 yards in three plays — including a 58-yard catch and run by Havili — capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Robert Woods that put the Trojans up 21-7 just eight minutes into the game.“We should’ve [scored every time we had the ball],” Barkley said. “We could’ve had 70 points if those turnovers had gone the other way.”More discipline: USC played its most disciplined game of the season, committing only five penalties for 39 yards, a season low in both categories.The Trojans had been among the leading teams in the country in penalties committed and penalty yards given up heading into this game, so Kiffin was proud to see his team keep the yellow flags off the field.“I feel we were physical and a lot more disciplined,” Kiffin said. “Thirty-nine yards of infractions, that’s come a long ways.”Special teams comes through again: For the fourth-straight game, the special teams recorded stats of notice.Even though senior kicker Joe Houston missed his only field goal attempt, redshirt sophomore defensive end Wes Horton blocked a punt and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith blocked an extra point.The tenacity was something Kiffin planned in order to avoid his team coming out slow and underestimating its opponent.“We felt like the players needed to feel the coaches’ aggressiveness,” Kiffin said.The Trojans also didn’t punt on Saturday and only went for one two-point conversion, which they made.Injury update: Junior defensive tackle Armond Armstead didn’t play, though Kiffin said he probably could have. Kiffin said he wanted to give Armstead some rest because he wasn’t 100 percent during the first three games.Horton left the game late in the fourth quarter after being kicked in the back by redshirt sophomore defensive end Nick Perry. Horton fell down trying to make a sack and Perry fell over him. Horton said he still had some pain in his back but wouldn’t know about his status until he got X-rays upon returning to Los Angeles.last_img read more

Adesanya Dethrones Whittaker to Become UFC Middleweight Champion

first_imgNigeria-born New Zealand fighter, Israel Adesanya, extended his perfect professional record to 18-0 as he dethroned UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in spectacular fashion at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.Adesanya, 30, arrived in the arena to an acrobatic choreographed dance routine and produced a near-punch-perfect performance to finish Whittaker after three minutes and 33 seconds of the second round and capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.Whittaker started out throwing a host of power shots but Adesanya was loose and slick on his feet in the opening round, and delivered a stunning right hand in the final seconds that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas as the buzzer saved the champion from a first-round defeat. A similar counter right hook from Adesanya found its mark early in the second round as the interim champion began to turn up the heat, but a powerful left from the defending champion showed the challenger would have to be on his guard against Whittaker’s power.And, as the pair started to trade big shots in the middle of the octagon, Adesanya planted his feet and answered a straight right from Whittaker with a stunning right-left combination to send him down, with referee Marc Goddard stepping in to spare the Australian further punishment as the Kiwi moved in to apply the finishing touches on the ground.Former kick-boxing star Adesanya exploded onto the global MMA scene only last year after arriving in the UFC with an undefeated 11-0 record.The Kiwi then reeled off six successive wins inside the octagon, culminating in his victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April that saw him capture the interim middleweight title in a Fight of the Year contender in Atlanta.That victory set up an all-Antipodean clash with returning world champion Whittaker in Melbourne, with the bout pitting the hard-hitting Australian against the undefeated rising star from New Zealand.The event set a new attendance record for the UFC, with 57,127 fans packing Marvel Stadium on fight night.That figure topped the previous record of 56,214 held by the same stadium at UFC 193, when Holly Holm dramatically knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title back in November 2015.And, on the biggest stage of his career, Adesanya stepped up and delivered a huge performance to cap his journey from fan to world champion.“I was in the nosebleeds,” he told UFC commentator Jon Anik in his post-fight interview. “Now I made his nose bleed.“He threw everything we expected. We had everything from his Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. We had everything up to Plan Z.”Adesanya’s first test as undisputed middleweight champion looks set to come against hulking Brazilian contender Paulo Costa, who was a prominent figure at cage side on fight night.Like Adesanya, “Borrachinha” (translation: “The Eraser”) is also undefeated, and the Brazilian has blitzed his way to the number-one contender spot with four straight TKO finishes, followed by a hard-earned decision win over Cuba’s former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero.Now the 28-year-old from Belo Horizonte looks set to challenge Adesanya, and has already made no secret of his dislike for the self-confident Kiwi, labelling him “skinny”, while the new champion described the musclebound Brazilian as looking like an “over-inflated balloon animal”.In the night’s co-main event, Adesanya’s teammate, Kiwi lightweight Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, produced a dominant display to earn a unanimous decision victory over former title challenger Al Iaquinta before calling for a hometown fight against the most recent man to challenge for the UFC lightweight title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bet On Brazil leverages power of big data with Hello Soda

first_img Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Bet On Brazil, an online betting subsidiary of Argyll Entertainment, is gaining real-time insights into its customers’ behaviours and personal preferences via Hello Soda.Hello Soda’s unique big data and multilingual analytics solution, PROFILE, enables Bet On Brazil to leverage the power of big data by harnessing its customers’ online footprints.This analytics engine helps to verify identity, reduce the likelihood of fraud, speed up registration processes, personalise communications with customers and produce tailored offers.James Blake, CEO at Hello Soda, said: “The gaming sector is becoming increasingly competitive. This means that encouraging brand loyalty and attracting new customers is more important than ever. Personalised offers, along with an effective and streamlined ID verification and registration process, will play a crucial role in the long-term success of the modern gaming site.“By taking advantage of big data and text analytics, Bet On Brazil has adopted a forward-thinking approach to business, enabling it to build better relationships with existing customers and increasing its chances of attracting new ones.”Dan Marks, CFO at Argyll Entertainment, said: “We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive a gaming experience tailored to them as individuals. Incorporating new, digital innovation into Bet On Brazil’s processes is enabling us to stay ahead in a competitive market and ensure that our customers are receiving the most user-friendly and efficient personalised experience.”last_img read more