UK’s £29bn Railways Pension Scheme appoints trustee chair as CEO

first_imgJohn Chilman is to become chief executive of the £29bn (€33.5bn) pension provider for the UK railways sector. He will be responsible for the Railways Pension Scheme’s (Railpen) in-house investment manager, RPMI Railpen, and its pension administration business.Chilman is currently the scheme’s chair of trustees and has been on the trustee board since 2007.His appointment follows the resignation of Phil Willcock, who will officially leave the scheme at the end of February after quitting less than a year into his role as CEO.  Babloo Ramamurthy, chairman of RPMI, said: “John’s past knowledge and experience of RPMI and his reputation as an innovative leader for many years in the pensions industry will be invaluable to ensure RPMI continues to deliver the trustee’s mission of paying members’ pensions securely affordably and sustainably.” Chilman added: “RPMI is a fantastic business, with knowledgeable and passionate people delivering an incredibly important service for hundreds of clients and hundreds of thousands of pension scheme members.” Chilman will take on his role at RPMI – the parent company for Railpen’s investment and administration businesses – in June. He is currently group head of pensions at National Grid, overseeing the utility provider’s pension arrangements in the UK and the US since May 2017.He became chair of the trustee board of Railpen in 2014, having been a trustee director since 2007. He will step down from this role in March.Chilman’s experience also includes a period as group pensions director at transport company FirstGroup and group head of reward at HBOS, a high street banking group. He is also an independent trustee director for the Nestlé UK Pension Fund.last_img read more

Carmel School Reports Surge In Students Vaping Marijuana

first_imgWFYI 6 May 2019Family First Comment: “THC levels in marijuana plants typically range from 15% to 24%, but VanNatter said one vaping cartridge that the school seized contained THC levels exceeding 80%.” resource officers at Indiana’s largest high school are reporting a surge in students being sent to hospital emergency rooms after they used marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient in electronic cigarettes to get so high they had to seek help at the school nurse’s office.Shane VanNatter, a Carmel High School resource officer, said he’s seen students who had vaped THC and were walking hallways “so stoned that they don’t know where they are.”“They’ll self-report. They’ll come to the nurse and say, ‘I’m too high. Something’s wrong,’” he told The Indianapolis Star .VanNatter said 17 students at the school with an enrollment of about 5,000 students have been caught this school year for using, possessing or dealing THC vaping products.The potency of the devices can give students a much more powerful high than expected, experts said.THC levels in marijuana plants typically range from 15% to 24%, but VanNatter said one vaping cartridge that the school seized contained THC levels exceeding 80%.Vaping devices burn liquid, or sometimes leaf, by using a battery-powered igniter in a chamber that looks like a pen or USB flash drive. The aerosol that’s inhaled and exhaled is not smoke but mirrors water vapor. The liquid can be a tobacco product or THC.READ MORE: read more

Neuer’s stalled contract talks at Bayern Munich baffle Matthaeus

first_imgLothar Matthaeus says he is puzzled by reports of stalled contract extension talks between Germany captain Manuel Neuer and Bayern Munich. Manuel Neuer “It seems out of place for me that Manuel Neuer is not appreciated at FC Bayern,” former Germany and Bayern captain Matthaeus told Sky Sport News. The 59-year-old former midfielder advised his old club to “sit down at the same table” for clear-the-air talks with the disgruntled Neuer. “It’s a matter of 10 minutes. I don’t understand it,” said Matthaeus. Neuer’s current deal expires in 2021 and if the talks fail, the Germany captain could attract strong interest from Premier League clubs. Neuer, 34, gave an explosive interview to Bild at the weekend admitting he was “irritated” about the leaked details of the extension talks. “Details about the current talks are constantly appearing in the media,” fumed Neuer. “That irritates me. It’s not something I am used to at Bayern.” Promoted Content10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?World’s Most Delicious Foods11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Since joining from Schalke in 2011, Neuer has made 373 appearances and kept 191 clean sheets for the Bavarian giants. However talks have between his agent Thomas Kroth and Bayern have reportedly stalled over a demand for an annual salary of 20 million euros ($22 million). Neuer was not present when Kroth is said to have met Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and board member Oliver Kahn. With Bundesliga matches suspended due to the coronavirus, Bayern recently extended the contracts of forward Thomas Mueller and head coach Hansi Flick, both until 2023. Lothar Matthaeus captained West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title Read Also: Bundesliga: Possible May 9 resumption behind closed doors Undisputed number one for nearly a decade, Neuer faces stiff competition next season when young Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel joins Bayern. Nuebel, 23, has reportedly been promised at least 10 appearances per season, but Neuer has said he will not give up the number one jersey easily. “As long as I am performing, I will play. That is my assumption,” he told Bild FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Arsenal to offload Balogun

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal is set to offload striker Folarin Balogun this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year.The 18-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for the club but has impressed for the Gunners’ Under 23s, scoring 10 goals in 16 appearances this season. The Premier League side reportedly turned down a £5 million offer for Balogun from Brentford in January in the hope of agreeing a new contract with him.But after failing to make a breakthrough in talks, Arsenal are ready to sell him when the transfer window reopens as long as a suitable offer arrives.Balogun’s current deal expires at the end of next season and the Gunners would only receive a limited about of compensation for him, especially if he moves abroad.Mikel Arteta has given chances to a number of young players since replacing Unai Emery last December, but Balogun is yet to make the step up.The New York-born forward is said to have decided his future lies elsewhere, with “a host of Europe’s leading clubs” interested in him. Tags: ArsenalFolarin BalogunGunners’ Under 23slast_img read more

O’Neill picks five fresh faces

first_imgNorthern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has named an experimental squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Chile, with five uncapped players being included. While still not in possession of a full cap, former Sunderland stopper Carson – who was recently released by Bury after spending the season on loan with Portsmouth – has been in the senior squad before and has represented Northern Ireland B. McLaughlin, a 19-year-old right-back, has also previously been an unused squad member and returns to the fold having made a first-team breakthrough at club level in 2013/14, turning out nine times for Barnsley on loan. He has been in the youth ranks at Liverpool, for whom he is still waiting to make his senior debut. Donnelly, 18, and part of the youth set-up at Fulham that has been gaining considerable attention of late, has not made a first-team appearance in English football, while 20-year-old ex-Manchester United academy member McCullough has been playing for Doncaster over the past season. Dundee United’s Paton was called into the last squad – for the 0-0 friendly draw in Cyprus in March – as a replacement for Sammy Clingan. There are several more experienced campaigners who are back involved having missed the Cyprus game in QPR’s Aaron Hughes, fellow defender Chris Baird – now at Burnley – and Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans. Another midfielder, New York Red Bulls’ Jonny Steele, has also been recalled, and Kilmarnock’s Clingan is included again. But O’Neill is without West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt, Palermo’s Kyle Lafferty and Hull’s Alex Bruce, who came off with an injury in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal. Northern Ireland squad to play Uruguay and Chile: R Carroll (Olympiacos), M McGovern (Falkirk), T Carson (Portsmouth), D Lafferty (Burnley), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), A Hughes (QPR), L McCullough (Doncaster), L Donnelly (Fulham), C Baird (Burnley), S Davis (Southampton), O Norwood (Huddersfield), S Ferguson (Newcastle), C Evans (Blackburn), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), J Steele (New York Red Bulls), P Paton (Dundee United), N McGinn (Aberdeen), B McKay (Inverness), M Paterson (Huddersfield), J Ward (Derby), D Shiels (Rangers), J Magennis (Aberdeen). Goalkeeper Trevor Carson, defensive trio Ryan McLaughlin, Luke McCullough and Liam Donnelly and midfielder Paul Paton are those yet to make a senior international appearance featuring in a 22-man party for the trip to South America. O’Neill’s men face Uruguay in Montevideo on May 30 before taking on Chile in Valparaiso on June 4. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tyus Battle’s ‘Herculean effort’ in 2nd half leads Syracuse over Boston College, 77-71

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 30, 2019 at 10:08 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 He scored 10 in the first half, and when BC seemed to have an answer in the form of a 16-7 second-half run, Battle had a bigger one. The Eagles tried to guard him one-on-one with minimal help. Battle laughed after the game when he was asked if he liked that. SU’s star took full advantage. A 3 from the top of the key, that barely nicked the back rim as it fell. Then another 3, same spot, swish. “He steps back, and it’s a hard shot to stop,” Boeheim said. “He’s pretty quick, and if you come at him really quick, he’ll get by you. He’s played well all year, and that’s what he does.”  Talia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorSyracuse was 75 percent of the way to its Virginia Tech point total at halftime, and Battle wasn’t done. He rose up and hit a long 2-pointer out of the halftime break to open the second-half scoring. And while BC answered back again and again, leading Boeheim to yank off his jacket, Battle wasn’t losing Wednesday. After a Syracuse timeout because of back-to-back BC 3s, Battle sized up his defender with a crossover before swishing a 3 from the right wing. The next time down the floor, Battle glided underneath the rim for a righty reverse lay in. “He’s a phenomenal player,” Buddy said of Battle. “He’s once-in-a-lifetime player I get to play with.” [Text Wrapping Break]After Syracuse lost at Virginia Tech, Battle said “the bottom line” is that he has to be more aggressive. He hadn’t looked to take over that game early, and by the time he came out of halftime looking to provide a spark, the Hokies’ lead was already too large. Battle didn’t let that happen Wednesday.  “Just to keep on attacking, that’s really it,” Battle said. “Keep on attacking and try to find my shot … They put a couple different guys on me. I was just trying to be aggressive.” center_img Boston College seemed to have the hot touch early, breaking it open to an early 15-6 lead. But that’s when the Orange offense came alive. Elijah Hughes hit a 3 from the left wing off a hand-off from Battle. Then another — moments later from the same spot, again off a pass from Battle, that cued a Hughes air guitar motion. Battle joined in with a drive left and a scooped shot in with his right hand. The Orange held the lead with a 14-0 run. Saturday, the Orange couldn’t solve Virginia Tech’s help defense and double teams. But Wednesday, Battle took it upon himself. He split defenders and drew fouls to negate their impact. Then, in a distributor role, Battle set up back-to-back 3s from Buddy Boeheim before setting up Marek Dolezaj for a triple and hitting another himself.  “If he has it in his hands, somebody else can’t screw it up,” Boeheim said of using Battle at the point. As Battle jogged back down the floor after the second 3, he hopped up-and-down a few times, and shook his head side-to-side. “I didn’t even notice I did that,” Battle said. “I probably did do that. I’m a competitor. I like to get going like that.” [Text Wrapping Break]Oshae Brissett followed those 3s with a drive right, finish through contact and the bonus foul shot, and SU was back up nine. Battle missed another 3 by a couple of inches, because his right foot was on the line. He’d settle for a swished 2 and four claps as he came back down the floor. In the end, it was all Battle. And that was plenty. “We needed a Herculean effort from Tyus to win this game,” Boeheim said. CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — As Tyus Battle lined up free throws with less than a minute to go, a contingent of Syracuse fans chanted. “Ty-us Bat-tle, Ty-us Bat-tle,” the orange-clad supporters let ring through Conte Forum, about a four-and-a-half hour drive from the Carrier Dome. In a game that threatened to get away from the Orange early and became tight again late in the second half, Battle put it out of reach. Syracuse (15-6, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) was carried by Battle in the second half to key a bounce back win in ACC play over Boston College (11-8, 2-5) on Wednesday night, 77-71, in Conte Forum. Battle scored 21 second-half points and finished with 31 to go with six assists. It was Battle’s highest point-total in a regulation game this season. “They just couldn’t stop Tyus in the second half,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “and that was the ballgame.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Sars and Ballinahinch among the winners in local weekend GAA action

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM Sport after last nights semi final victory Sarsfields coach Paddy McCormack had great praise for their opponentsAudio: McCormackEarlier the line up for the West Senior Club Divisional Final was decided after Clonoulty Rossmore overcome Knockavilla Kickhams on a scoreline of 3-21 to 3-15++Staying with Club Action and three Intermediate Finals were also decided yesterday ..In the North Ballinahinch who are the 2016 Divisional champions won against Moneygall in Templederry on a final scoreline of 21 points to 1 – 14.In the West Cashel ran out 2-23 to 2-13 winners over Lattin Cullen Gaels in their Intermediate Club Hurling Final While in the South Saint Mary’s recorded a comprehensive 0-23 to 0-11 point victory over Carrick Davins.Speaking to Tipp FM afterwards St Mary’s manager Michael Ryan knows there are bigger tests ahead but was delighted to make this milestoneAudio: Michael Ryan[CLIP] Photo © Tipperary GAA Thurles Sarsfields are through to this years Mid Tipp senior Hurling final after they defeated Holycross Ballycahill 1-33 to 0-20The county champions led 0-16 to 0-11 at half time and a Denis Maher goal in the second half helped seal the win for Sars.They will meet Upperchurch Drombane in next weekends Mid final.last_img read more

Ettah Promises Continuity as UAC Trophy Race Returns to Lagos Yacht…

first_imgThe Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Larry Ettah, reiterated his company’s commitment to the development of sailing as a sport in Nigeria as their flagship event UAC Trophy Race, sponsored by MDS Logistics, returned for it’s fifth season with fun and fanfare at the Lagos Yacht Club, Victoria Island last Saturday. The sailing championship had gone on break after the last edition in 2013, but UAC of Nigeria Plc in partnership with MDS Logistics ensured the event made a comeback much to the delight of sailing fans who came out in their numbers to witness participants fight for honours on the Atlantic. Speaking to newsmen after the event, the GMD/CEO of UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Ettah, hailed the quality of the competition which saw over 22 boats and 60 sailors battle it out in three categories, Hobie class, Lightning class and Mixed Monohull in very punishing conditions, while he assured fans that the UAC Trophy has come to stay. He said: “When you have a successful event like this you get encouraged and we believe there are reasons to continue. Our aim is to encourage Nigerians to make use of the water, we have water all around us and with the recession, Nigerians should learn to to explore. We can’t just focus only on the competitions on land.” “From what we have seen today, we are happy and those who came on board to sponsor this event like MDS Logistics we believe are happy as well.” On hand to present awards to winners, who went home with trophies and attractive prizes, were; Mr Solomon Aigbavboa (Managing Director, MDS Logistics), Mr Bhushan Akshikar (Managing Director, GSK Pharma), Mr Taiwo Ajibola (GM Operations MDS Logistics), Mr David Kruyt (Commodore of Lagos Yacht Club) and a host of others. While the winners after up to three hours of race were; Hobie: 1st position – Phat Bouy II, 2nd position – Cavin & Hobbes, 3rd position – Down Under. Lightning: 1st position – Orieoda, 2nd position – Gac Spirit, 3rd position – Zeus. Mixed Monohulls: 1st position – Tamanko, 2nd position – Flying Dutchman, 3rd position – Rule the Waves. The UAC Trophy Race has evolved into a foremost recreational sailing championship in the country and this year’s editions did not disappoint as the creme of both the sailing and business world converged to witness a successful season five of the competition. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FSI strengthens the Nucleus of its fantasy sports platform

first_img Fantasy Sports Interactive FSI expands horizons with AfricaBet partnership June 22, 2018 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Jamie Reeves – Fplbet – The DFS recipe for success January 30, 2017 SBC-QT: Does football and betting go hand-in-hand? March 15, 2019 Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI), the first company to introduce fantasy football betting services in Europe via its Bet4theBest brand, will support a whole new range of fantasy offerings through FSI Nucleus.As the name suggests, this new product will form the nucleus of FSI’s offering, featuring a triple-Core System (Scoring – Team Creation – Live Updates) that feeds all FSI concepts. The unique architecture of Nucleus has been designed to enable optimal operational flexibility across various fantasy formats including the company’s standard Daily Fantasy Sports Lobby, Original FSI Fantasy Management Format and Exclusive FSI Fantasy Sports Offerings (Fantasy MVP, Fixed-Odds-Fantasy and varieties). Ultimately, Nucleus has been put in place to power a complete Fantasy Sports suite which can be offered as a standalone platform or as a variety of individual fantasy gaming offerings, depending on the customer’s needs.It is accompanied by the FSI Control Center, a powerful management, monitoring and data tool, while a complete back-office system for the entire FSI suite gives operators full control through a powerful and user-friendly Admin Console.These operators can now base their business planning on trusted, goal-oriented data reports and offerings they can control directly, without the need for a third-party.Maria Arnidou, FSI’s Marketing & Communications Manager, said: “Nucleus is the result of non-stop work and inspiration stemming from FSI’s hands-on B2C experience, and our valuable partners’ feedback throughout daily B2B operation and R&D. “It is the upgraded FSI gaming core, designed to back both standard Fantasy formats and FSI’s exclusive ones. As we seek to Raise Your Game, it is only natural that we first – and constantly – raise our own.”Next to standard fantasy pool game formats, the company has launched original concepts of Instant Fantasy games ever since the open beta phase of its B2C brand, Bet4theBest, in 2013-14.The introduction of the world-first fixed-odds-fantasy concept at ICE London 2019 further extended FSI’s product suite, turning the need for flexibility to a solid core system able to feed, connect and support a whole range of fantasy offerings.last_img read more

Nick Foles to Jaguars? Ranking free-agent QB’s potential landing spots for 2019

first_img 2. Miami Dolphins (25 percent)The Dolphins are changing things up, turning from Adam Gase to new coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, both formerly with the Patriots. Without Gase, Ryan Tannehill likely will not continue as the team’s starting QB. Flores and new GM Chris Grier want to bring a fresh attitude to the game’s most important position as part of their rebuild.Miami cutting Tannehill seems more probable than not, as the Dolphins are headed toward a scenario similar to what the Broncos just did in choosing to pay Flacco instead of (soon) continuing to pay Case Keenum. Foles is also younger than Tannehill (by a half-year) and has proved to have a higher ceiling while Tannehill has plateaued at mediocrity.Foles would be the face of Miami’s overhauled offense, not just a bridge QB. And with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft, the Dolphins are not guaranteed to land a rookie passer who would be a viable starter in the short term. As defensive coordinator in New England, Flores witnessed Foles’ ability to carry a team with fearlessness like he did in Super Bowl 52. That’s the kind of renewed veteran life Miami could use at QB while going after New England twice a season in the AFC East.1. Jacksonville Jaguars (35 percent)Even more obvious than the Dolphins’ split with Tannehill is the impending divorce between the Jaguars and Blake Bortles. Of all the teams in the mix for Foles, the Jaguars are most capable of winning big now thanks to the defense and running game that made them a playoff power in 2017. Dropping the highly dependent Bortles for the high-reward Foles is Jacksonville’s most direct path to getting back on track. NFL FREE AGENCY:Ranking top players by positionFoles rumors are swirling around six teams most. Here’s ranking Foles’ chances of signing with each.6. Oakland Raiders (5 percent)First there is the matter of Oakland trading Derek Carr, because the Raiders will not spend big money on two veteran QBs. And while coach Jon Gruden might have more affinity for Foles as a passer and want to bring in his own guy, new general manager Mike Mayock is leaning toward sticking with Carr.In order to make all the pieces work, the Raiders would need to believe Foles is a big upgrade over Carr. There’s still a small chance Foles will play for Oakland, against which he threw seven touchdown passes in a game back in 2013.5. Cincinnati Bengals (7 percent)There is a long dot connection to make here. The Bengals’ new coach, former Rams offensive coordinator Zac Taylor, is the brother of Eagles QB coach Press Taylor. From Foles’ perspective, he also would inherit the keys to an offense rich in skill with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. But the Bengals would need to move on from Andy Dalton, who at 31 is only one year older than Foles and still has two years left on his contract.This would be a bold move for a rookie coach, steering an organization that doesn’t like to rock the boat toward a completely new shore. Signing Foles to replace Dalton is probably a smart move for Cincinnati to consider, but it’s not happening.2019 NFL DRAFT:Big board of top 100 players4. Washington Redskins (10 percent)Before the Redskins can even think about going after Foles, given their limited cap space, they would need to cut Alex Smith and give up on his chances for a healthy return in the near future. As of now, that seems like something they are reluctant to do. Should the Redskins move on Smith, though, the conversation would then be more about whether they have anything special to offer Foles other than a starting gig.Coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell can keep Foles in a comfort zone with their West Coast scheme. The Redskins also have a good pass-protecting line when it’s healthy. But their skill-player and defensive concerns are downsides, and even if they can get Smith’s contract off the books, they likely will be too cap-strapped to give Foles his best offer.3. New York Giants (18 percent)The Giants parting with Eli Manning in 2019 is much more likely than the Raiders with Carr, the Bengals with Dalton or the Redskins with Smith. Coach Pat Shurmur thinks Manning can still be a good starter, but GM Dave Gettleman has stopped short of saying the team remains committed to the veteran QB.Foles (30) is much younger than Manning (38). Shurmur has a direct connection with Foles, having coached him early in the QB’s career while serving as Eagles offensive coordinator under coach Andy Reid. The idea of Foles throwing to Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram is appealing, too.But the Giants might not be interested in overpaying for Foles’ services, and they are positioned to instead draft a QB at No. 6 overall (Dwayne Haskins?) who can push for the job right away with Manning as a built-in fallback plan.Foles should jump at the chance to sign should New York extend a reasonable offer in free agency, but this is more about whether the offer will come at all. NIck Foles will not be returning to the Eagles after declining his $20 million option for 2019. That officially makes him the top quarterback prize in this year’s free-agent class.The Broncos, who once had significant interest, opted instead to trade for Joe Flacco as their veteran stopgap option. That still leaves several QB-deficient teams for which Foles will be a hot topic of discussion heading into free agency.center_img The Jaguars are the most cap-strapped team in the league, but by cutting Bortles and a few others, they would have the resources to give Foles a competitive long-term offer. Their offense is perfectly tailored to Foles with coordinator John DeFilippo, Foles’ former QB coach in Philly. Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark also are two young wide receivers who mesh with Foles’ strengths as a downfield passer.There’s a good chance Foles will relocate to Florida to play for his fourth NFL team. It might come down to which team — the Dolphins or the Jaguars — is less interested in diving into QB draft class pool that features several unknown quantities beyond Haskins.In that case, of these two teams, the one that doesn’t go for Foles in March might be the favorite to draft Kyler Murray in April.last_img read more