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  • Swedish mail operator withdraws SEK900m from pension fund

    first_imgThe Swedish regulator has voiced concern after a postal service company withdrew SEK900m (€94m) from its pension fund and quadrupled its discount rate.PostNord, the Swedish and Danish postal services company, raised the discount rate for its Swedish defined benefit scheme to 4%.Göran Ronge, actuary at the Swedish financial regulator’s (Finansinspektionen or FI) market conduct supervision division, said the company’s decision to increase the discount rate may not endanger scheme members’ pensions in the short run, but the longer-term effect was less clear.“There is now a stress on the pension foundation to provide a financial result of 4% a year, which might be not so easy to achieve, for example in a situation of [falling] equity values,” he said. “A 10-year state bond in Sweden has a market yield of 0.8% at the moment.” PostNord uses a combination of book reserves and a pension foundation to secure its occupational benefits, with the foundation holding around SEK19bn, according to Swedish newsletter Pensionsnyheterna.In 2016 the company raised its pensions discount rate to 4% from 0.8%, which helped reduce its pension debt significantly, the newsletter reported.A spokesman for PostNord Group said the company had been reimbursed roughly SEK900m for the pension payments it made into the scheme for 2015, in connection with the end of the 2016 accounting year end.According to PostNord’s annual statement, the change of the discount rate was made during 2016 and would take effect on 2017 liability valuations, Ronge said.The company said its pensions foundation, which covers employees in PostNord Group and PostNord Sweden, had changed the basis of its pension liability calculations to those of specialist provider PRI Pensionsgaranti following negations with trade unions.PRI Pensionsgaranti is an occupational pensions organisation that provides credit insurance and administrative services.“The compensation was made in full compliance with the Swedish Insurance Act, which regulates this type of pension management,” the PostNord spokesman said. “PostNord’s ability to honour pension obligations is not compromised.”He added that the pension fund’s consolidation level amounted to 134% at the end of June.Ronge said this matter was supposed to be supervised by company auditors in Sweden, rather than by FI, as the regulator had obligations to provide regulations but not to supervise supervise them.last_img read more

  • Welsh pension funds eyeing investment in tidal power project

    first_imgA collaboration of Welsh public sector pension funds is considering backing a £1.3bn (€1.5bn) tidal power project.The £16bn Wales Pension Partnership (WPP) – formed by the country’s eight local authority funds – has committed to consider investing in the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. Under the terms of its investment parameters, WPP can spend up to 5% of its pension assets on infrastructure projects – potentially up to £800m.The much-vaunted – and much-delayed – tidal lagoon was a “viable project to invest in”, according to councillor Mark Norris, chair of WPP. He added: “We’re all in favour of looking at investing. It is now dependent on the Westminster government to back the project – and then from there we would take it forward to decide how much to invest.”Although the fund is able to invest up to 5%, Norris said it would “probably be a little less than that to start off”.However, he said the project could provide a viable source of energy to the region – and was much cheaper than building a nuclear power plant. In 2016, pension fund investment was suggested as a solution to a long-running debate about the construction of a nuclear plant on the island of Anglesey on Wales’ north coast.“This is why am little surprised by reticence by the Westminster government not to jump at it,” Norris said. “If you look at solar or wind power, both are sustainable but one relies on whether the sun is out one day and whether there is wind; whereas with tidal energy it is four times a day every day and never stops.”The UK government has been encouraging Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds to dedicate more money to infrastructure investments for several years. The eight LGPS asset pools have been encouraged to be “ambitious” with their targets for the asset class.  Source: TidalLagoonPower.comAn artist’s impression of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon developmentDevelopment delaysFirst mooted in 2003, the tidal lagoon, which formed part of the government’s 2014 UK National Infrastructure Plan, could create thousands of jobs for the local economy.In 2016, the government commissioned former energy minister Charles Hendry to conduct a report into the role of tidal lagoons. In his final submission, Hendry noted “the evidence is clear that tidal lagoons can play a cost-effective role in the UK’s energy mix”.“My recommendation is… that the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay [is] one which would incidentally bring very real and substantial economic and recreational benefits to the Swansea Bay area,” he added.Earlier this week, the Welsh government signalled its approval for the project. In a letter to the UK’s business secretary, Greg Clark, Wales’s first minister Carwyn Jones said there was “a Welsh government commitment to an equity and/or loan investment of £200m”.Alun Cairns, secretary of state for Wales, told UK MPs on Wednesday that he “would really like the tidal lagoon to go ahead, but of course it must prove to be value for money”.Last month the Financial Times quoted a senior government figure as saying the project had not a “cat’s chance in hell” of going ahead. However, Cairns responded: “No announcement has been made on the tidal lagoon because we are still looking at the numbers.“We are doing anything and everything possible to try to make this fit.”A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that the government was considering the findings of the Hendry review into tidal lagoons and “an announcement will be made in due course”.last_img read more

  • Aon agrees CDC framework for Belgian pension vehicle

    first_imgAon Hewitt Netherlands has agreed with Belgian financial regulator FSMA that Dutch-style collective defined contribution (CDC) arrangements can also be implemented in Belgium.According to the consultancy, the regulator approved its proposals for a framework that removes the employer’s duty to fund any shortfall in its pension scheme. It also has the ability to cut pension payouts if underfunding persists.Aon Hewitt has already established a multi-employer pension fund structure in Belgium, known as United Pensions. Its clients include chemicals giant Dow and pharmaceuticals company AbbVie.Previously, Belgium-based pension plans had not proven attractive to Dutch employers because they were responsible for funding shortfalls as with traditional defined benefit (DB) funds. Companies across the Netherlands and other countries have been switching away from DB for years for this reason. Aon said it would soon transfer part of its own Dutch pension plan to the Belgian scheme without having to make up for a shortfall, but while retaining the ability to apply rights discounts, based on an in-house developed mechanism for deferred discounting.Heleen Vaandrager, chief commercial officer at Aon Retirement and Investments as well as a trustee at United Pensions, described the process of developing a new assessment framework and having it accepted as “complicated”.“The Belgian system is more principles-based,” Vaandrager said. “Rights cuts are unusual and a pension fund must always be fully funded, with the employer being responsible.”According to Vaandrager, the FSMA agreed with the option of rights discounts as it applied Dutch social and labour legislation when dealing with Dutch schemes.“In the Netherlands, rights discounts are allowed and they come with communication requirements, which the FSMA also likes,” Vaandrager added.The CCO said that the supervisor had also approved Aon’s proposal to allow for a maximum delay of five years to implement benefit reductions, to prevent short-term dips causing cuts.The FSMA’s approval came with the caveat that funds should hold a 10% financial buffer based on a “moderate” investment profile, and that inflation compensation would only be allowed if funding exceeded this level.Vaandrager pointed out that the Belgian arrangements would require discounts to be applied sooner than under the Netherlands’ financial assessment framework (FTK), which allows for spreading out discounts over a 10-year period.“But full indexation would also be possible sooner, because the FTK only allows inflation compensation when a scheme’s funding is approximately 120%,” she said.The employer duty to plug any funding shortfalls would remain in place during the first year following the value transfer.Vaandrager said: “The FSMA doesn’t want a Dutch scheme having to apply rights cuts within a year in order to protect the reputation of Belgium as pensions country.”Aon Hewitt said that its €45m closed pension fund would soon become subject to the new Belgian scheme, after Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) approved the value transfer.According to the CCO, the assessment framework developed by Aon Hewitt could act as a blueprint for other Dutch CDC arrangements looking to set up in Belgium, but other players could draw up another system and put it before the FSMA.Aon Hewitt said it expected that its new framework would increase interest among Dutch companies for cross-border pension arrangements.The consultancy has been trying for several years to move its own closed pension schemes to Belgium, but this plan was initially opposed by its works council (OR), which feared a “less sound” supervisory regime.After a “reset” in the negotiations following the OR losing a court case on the issue, the works council agreed to a transition of the smallest of its two company schemes, serving the staff of merger partner Hewitt Associates.At July-end, coverage of the pension fund stood at 114% under the Dutch FTK and 125% under Belgian rules.Aon Hewitt said that a decision hadn’t been made yet about the €750m pension fund of Aon Groep Nederland, but indicated that the social partners as well as the OR had demanded that in this case the Belgian employer duty to fill in a funding shortfall would remain in place.last_img read more

  • Police on top of robberies says PM Skerrit

    first_imgLocalNews Police on top of robberies says PM Skerrit by: – October 25, 2011 Prime Minister Roosvelt Skerrit at Monday’s press conferencePrime Minister reported to the media at a Cabinet’s press conference yesterday at the construction site of the new Dominica State College grounds that the Police Force is on top of the investigations into the recent robberies which have occurred on the island.On Saturday October 22nd, two masked men held a female cashier of the Wade Filling Station at gunpoint and escaped with $2600.00, making this the third robbery incident within a week. Similar robbery incidents occurred at the McMillan’s Filling Station on Castle Street in Roseau on Thursday last week where two masked men escaped with an undisclosed sum of money, on Tuesday afternoon last week two masked men also robbed the lumber outlet of J. E Nassief on Goodwill Road in Roseau and escaped with $ $17, 686.34.The Prime Minister however informed the media that one individual is in police custody and is being questioned.“The police are on top of the matter they have advised me that they have in custody for questioning one individual that person is alleged to have been captured on a CCTV in the vicinity of one of the crimes that was committed so we are hoping that we can get some concrete information from that suspect with a view to solving the others,” he said.Mr Skerrit further explained that the recent spate of robberies might be attributed to the police success in fighting drug trafficking.“What I believe is happening; because the police have been very, very successful in fighting drugs and limiting the number of drug trafficking and in the drug trafficking you have the king pin and several individuals who are employed in that trade and it appears that because we have been stifling them with great success then the people who are employed in that trade are out of work so to speak and therefore maybe diverting to other forms of crime but the task force, the CID and the entire police force are working towards addressing this”.The prime minister warned that each citizen and business owner has a duty to secure themselves as well as their property.“At the end of the day each one of us must play our part in securing ourselves, our properties and of course the state and therefore the police cannot be in every location at any one particular time but we have seventy thousand people in Dominica and it is important that each one of us plays our part in preventing crime and fighting crime in our country,” he said.Mr Skerrit also noted that “whatever information we may have we cannot keep it to ourselves we have to pass it on to the police in order to assist in the fighting of the crime”.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

  • Man Utd confident in long-term project despite rising debt

    first_img Promoted Content8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future8 Ways Drones Are Shaping Our FutureWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better The £47 million ($61 million) signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon is not accounted for in the latest figures as the Portuguese international joined the club last month. “We are pushing for a strong finish in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup as we enter the final third of the season,” said Woodward. “We have continued to make progress on our squad rebuild, with many changes in terms of players that we have brought in and players that have come through our academy. “The foundation for delivering the long-term success that we are all working towards is in place as we implement our plan and our footballing vision with Ole.” Woodward has found himself at the centre of supporters’ discontent in recent weeks. Read Also: Europa League: Big blow for Club Brugge as injury rules out Dennis against Man UnitedPolice launched an investigation after a flare was thrown over the gate to Woodward’s home and red paint was sprayed on a gatepost in January.Despite inconsistent results on the pitch, United continue to do well off the pitch. Commercial revenue for the quarter was up seven percent following recent deals with Alibaba and Mondelez International.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is adamant the club are heading in the right direction as the latest financial results underlined their need for a return to Champions League football next season. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says the club’s long-term strategy is on track Back-to-back Premier League wins have propelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side up to fifth in the table, which could be enough to qualify for Europe’s top club competition if Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season European ban is unsuccessful. United’s revenue for the three months to December 31 fell nearly 20 percent due to a £39 million drop in broadcasting income. They are playing in the Europa League this season rather than the more lucrative Champions League. Net debt also jumped to £391 million, a £73.6 million increase on the same period in the previous year. Woodward put that down to summer investment in players such as Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • First green flag is Sunday at Nodak for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

    first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – The 26th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour starts this Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway.A record online pre-entry list has Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers coming from 15 US states and two Canadian provinces. Defending champions Jeff Taylor and Dalton Flory are among the early entries.An enhanced payout, courtesy of Industrial Electric of Dickinson, will now pay $2,100 to win, and $300 to start the Modified feature races at all six tracks in the series. Each Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start each eveningFive new drivers have been selected to receive bonus money for the RacefeedX New Blood, Long Haul program to attract new drivers to the series. Kupper Chevrolet provides a $2,000 point fund for the top ten in series points in the Modified division and $1,000 for the top 10 in points for the Stock Cars.In addition, contingency prizes from IMCA and tour sponsors will be awarded to the top 10 in points.Series dates are Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway in Minot; Monday, July 6 at Estevan Motor Speed­way; Tuesday, July 7 at Williston Basin Speedway; Wednesday, July 8 at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson; Thursday, July 9 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan; and Friday, July 10 at Jamestown Speedway.Pit gates open at noon and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Nodak. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. At Estevan, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Williston Basin opens the pits at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson.  Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.At Mandan, pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Modified drivers pre-registered for the Dakota Tour are:Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Shawn Anderson, Minot; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Dan Aune, Taylor; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Scott Bintz, Jamestown; Bland Bohannon, Williston; Pete Bradley, Williston; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Dale Burwick, Dickinson; Drew Christianson, Minot; Chase Con­way, Westhope; Rusty Corneliusen, Dickinson; and Jason Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.;Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; Nick Fuchs, Williston; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Jason Grimes, Jamestown; Mike Hagen, Williston; Travis Hagen, Williston; Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Bob Heffer, Swift Current, Sask.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; and Troy Heupel, Williston;Jordan Huettl, Minot; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; William Kinden, Williston; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Tanner Matthewson, Redvers, Sask.; Justin Med­ler, Minot; Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; and Dale Neitzel, Shep­herd, Mont.;Mike Nelson, New Salem; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Zach Olson, Great Falls, Mont.; Travis Peery, Williston; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Dallas Rice, Minot; Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Darren Schatz, Willis­ton; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.;Eric Sinness, Williston; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Darin Tarrell, Dickin­son; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Jay Tooley, Dickinson; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Spencer Wilson, Minot; Jason Wolla, Williston; and Josh Wolla, Minot.Pre-registered Stock Car drivers include:Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn; Joren Boyce, Minot; Nathan Burke, Minot; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Terry Davidson, Rosetown, Sask.; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Chris Ellis, Minot; Dalton Flory, Williston; Scott Gartner, Bis­marck; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston;Keith Mattox, Ray; Shane Nehring, Williston; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Greg Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; Michael Vennes, Minot; and Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.RACEFEEDX will cover the tour live for the third consecutive year. Fans will have the option to watch every lap of the week in regular or high quality. RFX will broadcast the week as a “Show­case Race” featuring multiple cameras, interviews, segments, instant replay and hours of non-stop racing entertainment. Pricing and subscription information is available at read more

  • Chelsea finish with scrappy win

    first_img It was a performance which must have left Mourinho considering a major revision of the end-of-season report he will present to the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday on a day of goodbyes and potential farewells. Mourinho says he wants to keep out-of-contract trio John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who is considering his options away from Stamford Bridge after eight years. Cole captained Chelsea on what could be his final appearance in the absence of Terry (knock) and Lampard (illness), both of whom are reportedly pondering contract extensions on reduced terms. The future of Mourinho’s much-maligned strikeforce is also in doubt as the Blues boss seeks a prolific goalscorer to lead Chelsea’s title assault next term. Torres missed an open goal after four minutes after being distracted by balloons and Cardiff went in front 11 minutes later. Bellamy, playing for his hometown club for perhaps the last time, benefited from a huge deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta to beat Mark Schwarzer before Schurrle’s introduction sparked a late revival for Chelsea, with the German providing a goal and an assist. Mourinho may be contemplating more of a summer overhaul than he admits if Chelsea are to challenge for silverware next term. Cardiff must also regroup, albeit outside the top flight, after a calamitous campaign. Press Association Fernando Torres netted his first Barclays Premier League goal since January as Chelsea finished the campaign with a 2-1 victory at already-relegated Cardiff despite an abject showing. The day began with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan saying he would consider changing the club’s colours back from red to blue if City could win promotion back to the Premier League. The home support repeatedly broke into song – “We’re Cardiff City, we’ll always be blue” – as they watched their red-shirted team take on a Chelsea side who had hoped to be in title contention on the final day. Whatever Mourinho’s protestations over the officiating in the losses to Aston Villa and Sunderland, the Blues’ downfall has been their failure to dispatch the lower half of the table, particularly away from home. Against a side which had conceded three goals or more in five of their previous seven matches, there was an early demonstration of Chelsea’s bluntness. Torres rounded David Marshall but was swamped by a swarm of balloons and his tame shot on his weaker left foot was blocked by Steven Caulker. Ground staff burst the blue balloons before the Bluebirds went in front when Bellamy picked the ball up 30 yards out in the left channel and tried his luck, with his left-footed strike deviating wildly off Azpilicueta’s backside and wrong-footing Schwarzer. It was Cardiff’s first goal in open play for more than five hours, but it might yet be credited to Azpilicueta as the initial shot might have been heading wide. Lacklustre Chelsea failed to test Marshall as Mohamed Salah missed the target five times and Oscar and Eden Hazard each failed to convert passes from Cole. Fraizer Campbell fired over after a mazy run for Cardiff, while John Obi Mikel, booked for a cynical trip on Mats Daehli, avoided a second yellow card for another on Fabio as a disjointed first half came to an end. The end-of-season fare was little better after the break as Torres blasted wide and Declan John shot straight at Schwarzer at the other end. Salah had a shot blocked by Azpilicueta and Hazard fired into the side-netting before Schurrle, on for Mikel, equalised. Oscar’s cross into the box was met by Azpilicueta, who was denied by Marshall at point-blank range. The Spain right-back hit the bar with the follow-up and the ball fell for Schurrle, whose shot into the floor looped over Marshall. Chelsea had a second when Azpilicueta crossed, Cardiff failed to clear and Schurrle nodded down for Torres, who converted down the centre of the goal. Hazard was unable to net a Schurrle cross at the far post and Marshall saved well from the Germany forward as Chelsea finished with a win. A trophyless campaign for Jose Mourinho ended on something of a high as Chelsea scored twice in four second-half minutes following Craig Bellamy’s opener. Substitute Andre Schurrle equalised before Torres – in possibly his farewell match, with the Blues rumoured to be prepared to cut their losses on the £50million striker this summer – added a second for his first goal in 12 league games. last_img read more

  • Cazenovia boys indoor track earns sectional Class B-2 championship

    first_imgHaving won against all kinds of competition throughout this winter, it only made sense for the Cazenovia boys indoor track and field team to win once more – and bring home the Section III Class B-2 championship.The Lakers earned 155 points, more than double the total of second-place Clinton (74 points), and dominating an 11-team field during Saturday’s sectional meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.Cazenovia went 1-2 in the 55-meter dash, Joe Spires prevailing in 6.74 seconds and Slater DeLeon second in 6.83 seconds. The 300-meter dash reversed those results, DeLeon, in 36.80 seconds, holding off Spires (36.93) for the top spot. Jared Smith made it to second place in the 1,000-meter run in 2:49.44 as Cassidy Gilmore was fifth in 2:58.02 and Hunter McCullough was seventh. In the 1,600-meter run, Smith again finished second, in 4:52.47 behind Skaneateles’ Matt Persampieri (4:48.34).Connor Wilson took second in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.56 seconds, with Jason Olkowski (8.74) sixth. Cormac Race, Dylan Albicker, Alex Lansing and Dan Millson were third in the 4×400 relay in 3:53.94 as Smith, Kent, Gilmore and Mike Senehi were third in the 4×800 relay in 9:16.15.Eric Groff was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 11:02.46, while Anderson took seventh and Albicker eighth place in the triple jump.Meanwhile, in the Class B-1 sectional meet, Chittenango finished seventh in the boys meet with 26 points, while the girls Bears finished 10th with 15 points.Kenny Matthews, Parker Tedford, Warren Tedford and Tristam LaFountaine were second in the 4×400 in 3:43.06, just behind Homer’s 3:42.08 as that same quartet was second (1:40.17) to Institute of Technology Central (1:38.57) in the 4×200. Tedford also took fourth place in the 300 in 39.22 seconds.Caleb LeBlanc ran the 1,600 in 5:00.50 to finish fourth, also pairing with Brendan Fraser, Marcus Perretta and Kaleb Toscano to get fifth in the 4×800 in 10:14.85.  The Bears were seventh in the 4×400 and Nate Vivelo was seventh in the shot put.Chittenango’s girls had Lauren Suppe take third place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:18.10, while Kiara Waite got fifth place in the 600 in 1:49.34. Suppe, Waite, McKayla Capeling and Piper Beckwith were third in the 4×800 in 10:43.25, the Bears also sixth (2:05.45) in the 4×200 as Tamia Williams, Jordan Wagner, Jordan Horzempa and Brooke Price took part.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story DeLeon also won the long jump, going 21 feet 1 inch as Dylan Anderson (18’10 1/2″) was fourth, while Spires paired with Charles Kubiniec, Connor Wilson and Andrew Lee to run the 4×200 relay in 1:39.46, beating out second-place Marcellus, who posted 1:40.79.Dalton Sevier topped 6’3″ and easily prevailed in the high jump, with Anderson third at 5’6″, Wilson fourth at 5’4″ and Dylan Albicker sixth. In the 600-meter run, Andrew Kent beat the field in 1:27.05, a full second ahead of Jordan-Elbridge’s Kenny Williams (1:28.05).Gordan Wester added another Lakers title in the shot put, heaving it 38’7 1/4″, one inch ahead of the 38’6 1/4″ from Skaneateles’ Ben Euto. Then, in the weight throw, Wester got second place with 42’8 1/2″ behind Onondaga’s Sean Dwyer (45’8 1/2″).center_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangoindoor tracklast_img read more

  • Paulus participates in Saints’ mini-camp, isn’t offered contract

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus participated in the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., from May 6 to 9. The workout included 45 players who were either draft picks or undrafted free agents, said Dave Lawrence, a Saints media relations spokesman. After playing four years of college basketball at Duke, the Syracuse native transferred to SU with one year of eligibility. Just five months after starting all 12 games for the Orange and serving as a team co-captain, Paulus finds himself looking to extend his playing career.  ‘It was a great experience,’ Paulus said. ‘I will continue to prepare for the next opportunity by following the workout plan that I have been doing since the season ended with the help of (strength and conditioning) coach (William) Hicks and the Syracuse coaching staff.’Among those players participating were the team’s six draft picks, five members of the Saints’ 2009 practice squad, undrafted rookies and NFL veterans. Of the group, only two ended up being added to the training camp roster. Paulus, 23, was not one of them.Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone served as the Saints offensive coordinator before coming to SU in 2009, and Lawrence didn’t mind speculating whether or not it was Marrone’s influence that helped Paulus receive the mini camp invite.‘I’m sure that might have had a hand in it,’ Lawrence said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Lawrence also stated that Paulus had visited the Saints prior to enrolling at Syracuse last summer. He declined to comment on whether or not he actually worked out for the Saints coaching staff as he had for the Green Bay Packers.In his lone season at SU, Paulus set a program record for completion rate (67.7 percent) and completions with 193. But rookie mistakes, lack of pocket poise and underwhelming arm strength marred his only season with SU.‘Coming back to Syracuse and having the chance to play football and advance my education has been such a special experience,’ Paulus said. ‘It will be one that I will always remember and cherish. I am very thankful for all those who have helped make this possible and such a memorable experience.’On March 4, Paulus participated in a Pro Day workout in front of more than a dozen NFL scouts and executives at the Carrier Dome. Paulus worked out again on April 6 in front of 20 representatives. Saints representatives were seen at both workouts.Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Paulus’ younger brother Mike said the former Syracuse quarterback is now focused on finishing school and weighing his options. In addition to continuing his pursuit of a pro football career, several collegiate basketball programs have contacted Paulus about potential assistant coaching positions, Mike said.‘He really kept a level head through the entire process,’ Mike said. ‘He has several options in front of him, and he hasn’t ruled out football as one of them.’ Regardless of how his pro football career turns out, Paulus’ journey from the hardcourt to the gridiron may finally be over. But still, five months after his lone season at SU came to an end, Paulus finds himself looking for that opportunity to keep his NFL dreams alive.And though the latest chapter in Paulus’ journey may be on hold for now, his lone season at SU speaks to his resiliency.Said Mike Paulus: ‘He’ll be successful in whatever path he chooses.’ Commentscenter_img Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

  • Betfair – TV debates favour Macron as France 2017 hits £8 million mark

    first_img Share French racing secures ‘conditional approval’ on restart programme May 4, 2020 Betfair politics reports that France’s two-and-a-half hour Presidential TV debate (21 March) has favoured ‘En Marche’ candidate Emmanuel Macron who is now priced at 5/8 (61% chance of winning) to become France’s next leader.Updating its ‘France 2017’ market, Betfair politics is still seeing plenty of support for far-right ‘Front National’ leader Marie Le Pen who has seen her odds slip to 7/2 (22% chance of winning).Following the landscape changing victories of Brexit and Trump in 2016, political punters may see value in backing a Le Pen victory against the so-called ‘establishment’.As France gears up for its first-round of Presidential Election ballots on 23 April, narrowing the playing field to two candidates, nearly all French polls have Macron and Le Pen tied on 26% favourability.Naomi Totten, BetfairHowever, France’s two-stage election process will likely favour market leader Macron as the candidate will likely gain unified support from opposing parties trying to stop Le Pen from becoming ‘France’s Trump 2017’.Commenting on the intriguing market which has reached nearly £8 million in matched bets, Betfair Spokesperson Naomi Totten, , said: “At the beginning of March, Macron had been trading at around 11/8 but has been well-backed over the past few weeks and traded at a low of 8/13 on Sunday night. The most activity has been on Macron and Le Pen in the past week with the pair accounting for more than 50% of all bets placed on the market.“France 2017 – Betfair market breakdownNext President – £7.9m MatchedEmmanuel Macron              1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Marine Le Pen                    4.6 (7/2 or a 22% chance)François Fillon                    6.4 (11/2 or a 16% chance)Benoît Hamon                   65.0 (64/1)Alain Juppé                       510.0 (409/1)François Baroin                  720.0 (719/1)To Win The First RoundMarine Le Pen                    1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Emmanuel Macron              2.9 (15/8 or a 34% chance)François Fillon                    21.0 (20/1)Alain Juppé                       140.0 (139/1)Jean-Luc Melanchon           200.0 (199/1) Benoît Hamon                   220.0 (219/1) StumbleUpon Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 Related Articles France Galop eyes May return for French Racing April 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more