Wednesday people roundup

first_imgCollectum – Anders Moberg is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Collectum, the administrator of the Swedish white-collar occupational pensions system. He is joining AFA Färsäkringar as chief executive, replacing Maj-Charlotte Wallin. Collectum is looking for a replacement.JLT Employee Benefits – Teresa Beach has been appointed COO. She joins from Amey, a UK-based public service and infrastructure management business, which she joined as interim solutions director. Before then, she spent four and a half years at insurer Catlin, first as head of business transformation, and then as group head of business change.Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – Anthony Appleton has been appointed director of Accounting and Reporting. He joins from BDO, where he is a director in the financial reporting advisory team. He has been a member of the FRC’s Accounting Council since May. He will take up his position at the FRC in January. SPP, Kempen, The 300 Club, Philips Pensioenfonds, Collectum, JLT Employee Benefits, Financial Reporting CouncilSPP – The Swedish pension and life insurance arm of Storebrand, the Norwegian provider, has hired Filippa Bergin to head up its sustainability business. Bergin, who is married to Peter Norman, the minister for financial markets in Sweden, has previously worked for non-profit organisations such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, and also has experience in the financial services industry. She joins SPP on 18 November.Kempen – Robert-Jan Tel has started as director of international non-listed real estate at investment bank Kempen, in a new position, shared with Remco Rothkranz. Tel left the €14.5bn Philips Pensioenfonds, where he has been head of non-listed real estate investments, overseeing the construction of a €600m portfolio.The 300 Club – Stefan Dunatov, CIO at Coal Pension Trustees Investment (CPTI), has joined the 300 Club, made up of leading investment professionals from across the globe. Before joining CPTI, Dunatov was a director at Deutsche Asset Management, portfolio strategist at Equitas and economist at HSBC. He has also been an adviser at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. last_img read more

Colombia win football gold medal at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games, beating Venezuela

first_imgBarranquilla (Colombia), Aug 1: Hosts Colombia have won the football gold medal at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games, beating Venezuela 2-1 in the final at the Romelio Martinez Stadium here.Honduras won the bronze-medal match after crushing Haiti 3-0 on Tuesday, reports EFE news agency.The hosts took the lead early in the final after a Luis Sandoval shot touched Venezuelan Jean Gutierrez for an own goal in the 11th minute.They scored again in the 32nd minute to make it 2-0 after Leonardo Castro fired home from on a free kick.However, the Venezuelans fought back with a goal four minutes later as Yohandry Orozco scored on a rebound. (IANS)last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — A Canadian hockey goalie equipment manufacturer has begun producing medical supplies for hospitals in and around southwestern Ontario. Brian’s Custom Sports in Kingsville initially was approached by public health officials about its surplus of double-sided tape and foam. But when the Ontario government closed nonessential businesses to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the company was asked to change its production.— USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that at least 20 people who participated in the event are sick. USA Curling also canceled the 2020 Arena National Championships scheduled for April 27 to May 2 in Gillette, Wyoming. The event will be held there in 2022 instead.— Athletes and musicians took part in an online global music festival organized by the Spanish soccer league that raised about $690,000 for the fight against the coronavirus. Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who participated in Saturday’s charity event organized to raise funds for the purchase of medical supplies and to support fans confined to their homes.— Spain’s Barcelona soccer team has delivered 30,000 masks to the Catalonia government to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the masks were made in China and donated by insurance company Taiping, a regional partner of the club. Barcelona said the “daily use” masks will be distributed to nursing homes.— Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend have resumed their efforts to raise money for those affected by the new coronavirus. The two had set up a GoFundMe page earlier this week until told by Clemson the site violated NCAA rules against using an athlete’s name, image and likeness for crowd funding. But the NCAA later said Lawrence and other athletes could use such sites to raise money in this case.   Associated Press March 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSpring Olympics appearing less likelyUNDATED (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. In other NFL news:— The Giants have reached a one-year contract agreement with tight end Eric Tomlinson, who split last season with New York, New England and Oakland. Raiders. He appeared in eight games and had one catch. The Giants won’t confirm the deal until Tomlinson passes his physical.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS-SMART STAYSUT athletic director: Shaka Smart to remain for next seasonAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Head coach Shaka Smart is getting another season to elevate the Texas men’s basketball program. KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan has promoted Clayton Bates to men’s basketball head coach, with its athletic director saying the coronavirus crisis impacted the school’s search.Bates was previously an associate head coach for WMU. He replaces Steve Hawkins, whose tenure ended this month after 17 seasons.Hawkins guided the Broncos to a 291-262 record and seven Mid-American Conference regular-season titles. The school has made just one NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004, its first season under Hawkins.HORSE RACING-FLORIDA DERBYTiz the Law wins Derby prep NFL-NEWSVikings re-sign veteran guard Dakota DozierUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed veteran guard Dakota Dozier.The Furman product played in 16 games last season with a career-high four starts. He originally joined Minnesota as a free agent last April.Dozier was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has appeared in 54 career games with 11 starts. MIAMI (AP) — Tiz the Law ran away in the stretch to easily win the Florida Derby.Tiz the Law wrapped up a spot in the Kentucky Derby field based on the points standings that are used to determine who qualifies for the Run for the Roses. The win at Gulfstream Park was worth 100 points, far more than what will be needed for a chance to run at Churchill Downs if the rescheduled Kentucky Derby goes off as planned in early September.Shivaree was second after going off at 80-1. Shivaree picked up 50 points to likely clinch a spot in the Derby field.Fountain of Youth winner Ete Indien was third in a most unusual race at Gulfstream, where fans were banned, and even owners were told to stay away from the track because of the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach had left open the possibility of spring dates after announcing Tuesday that the Tokyo Games would be postponed.The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A second Colorado Avalanche player has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says it was informed Friday night, and the unidentified player is in self-isolation. A statement from the Avalanche on Saturday says those who came in close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated. The team says no other Avalanche player or staff member has shown symptoms at this time. There are now four NHL players known to have tested positive — two with Colorado and two with Ottawa. NEW YORK (AP) — St. John’s wing LJ Figueroa has declared for the NBA draft.School officials say he hasn’t hired an agent and still has the option to return to school. Figueroa can return to school for his final season of eligibility if he withdraws from the draft pool by June 3.Figueroa started 32 games in each of his two seasons with the Red Storm, averaging 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WESTERN MICHIGANBates replaces Hawkins at Western Michigan Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte has confirmed that Smart will be back for a sixth season with the team, telling the Austin American-Statesman, “Shaka’s our coach.”Smart gained national attention by rebuilding VCU’s program, going 163-63 over six years and reaching the NCAA Tournament during his last five seasons at the school. The Rams went to the Final Four in 2011 and never won fewer than 26 games under Smart before he left for Texas in 2015.But the Longhorns have been a heavier lift, reaching the NCAA Tournament twice in four tries. Texas went 19-12 this past season without any seniors in the lineup. But the team is just 40-50 in the Big 12 under Smart, who is 90-78 overall with the Longhorns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ST. JOHN’S-FIGUEROARed Storm player leaving early — The executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced James Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night, saying he has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus.— A deal worked out between Major League Baseball and the players doesn’t include details of what a reconfigured schedule would look like. The agreement calls for play to resume “as soon as is practicable” with a goal of completing “the fullest 2020 championship season and postseason that is economically feasible.” It also says there must be no legal restrictions on mass gathering and travel. The two sides agreed to consider playing past the usual end of the postseason in late October, even if it involves using neutral sites and domes. Details were divulged to The Associated Press by people familiar with the agreement.— The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. At least one has already started layoffs and others are desperate to stay solvent. Some are expecting a major downturn in membership dues, while others are reeling from event cancellations totaling more than 8,000 across all sports. A database analyzed by The Associated Press shows combined projected losses of more than $121 million in revenue between February and June for 43 of the 50 national governing bodies that responded to a survey from the NGB Council in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.— Naomi Osaka says she is disappointed that the Olympics in her native Japan were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she supports the decision to delay the Summer Games to 2021. In a posting today on social media, the two-time Grand Slam champion wrote: “Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now.” She also addressed “the people of Japan,” saying, “stay strong, hang in there and let’s show the world our beautiful country when the time is right.”— Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association put together an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant ‘definitely playing’ in Lakers preseason opener

first_img“I feel great,” Bryant said. “I’m in great shape and I feel strong.”Bryant also expressed awareness of the sell-out crowd for the Lakers’ preseason appearance here since 2007.“Fans come all the way out here, you can’t sit on the bench,” Bryant said. “That’s not cool.”Those fans are unlikely to see Bryant in full form. Scott plans to play all of his undisclosed starters no more than 20 minutes. Considering Bryant last played on Jan 21. 2015 in New Orleans before tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, Bryant could play even fewer. But that did not stop Lakers forward Metta World Peace from offering an outlandish prediction. “This year, he’ll be top 15,” World Peace said. “He’s going to play great. Just watch.” First things first. Bryant just hopes he can improve his rhythm.“That stuff you can’t get back through training,” Bryant said. “You got to play.”Bryant’s workload in training camp varied. He participated in the Lakers’ first three full-court scrimmages. Bryant also spent the first four days completing an early-morning weight-lifting session and pre-practice shooting workout. But Bryant skipped the tail end of the sprinting and shooting drills. He missed the second part of the Lakers’ double-day sessions. Bryant also sat out of most of Saturday’s practice to rest.“He was probably doing too much,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “That’s one of the reasons we gave him yesterday off. Today he said he felt great and refreshed and ready to go after he cut out morning activity.”Bryant spent the past week playing off the ball at the small forward spot while delegating D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson to ball-handling duties. Bryant scoffed at the notion he needs the ball in his hands most of the time. “I do not like setting up the offense. I hate it. Phil (Jackson) made me do it years ago,” Bryant said. “I had to learn how to do it years ago to set up the triangle. I haven’t played with point guards that are playmakers at heart. D’Angelo is a ridiculous playmaker.”Bryant spent three injury-plagued seasons with Steve Nash. But Bryant eventually took over ball-handling duties midway through the 2012-13 season amid the Lakers’ inconsistent play and philosophical clashes Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol had in Mike D’Antoni’s system.“You guys know I like scoring the ball. Why the (heck) would I like setting up the offense?” Bryant said. “It’s not very hard to catch and shoot it. You catch it and let it go. It’s easy, man. It’s less work, too. It doesn’t beat your joints up as much.”The focus on Bryant’s return goes beyond his own effectiveness and health.How open is Bryant to mentoring the Lakers’ young crop of players?In a 2 1/2-hour discussion this week, Bryant noted that Russell, Clarkson, Julius Randle, veteran Brandon Bass and other unnamed players peppered him about questions surrounding his journey and longevity over his 19-year NBA career.“It’s important they find their own way. I can only provide them some of the knowledge and information that I have,” Bryant said. “They’re hungry and want to be great. It’s a joy to be around them.”Bryant remembered “feeling like a kid in a candy store” during his first All-Star appearance in 1998 when he sought feedback from Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, John Stockton and Charles Barkley. Bryant did not sense any teammates having interest in his wisdom until 2008, a year before winning a string of back-to-back NBA championships.“When I was younger, who would I pass knowledge off to?” Bryant said. “Now my peers are more willing to listen because of everything I’ve been through.”Bryant cannot offer any wisdom yet on how he will tackle his latest challenge. So he will settle for providing an answer on the court.Injury updateRussell (sore right foot), World Peace (strained left calf) and Nick Young (back spasms) practiced Saturday despite recent ailments.Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas missed Saturday’s practice with a strained right hamstring, while forward Larry Nance Jr. sat out with back spasms. HONOLULU >> With three words, Kobe Bryant cleared up any confusion on whether the Lakers’ star would appear in the preseason opener Sunday against the Utah Jazz here at Stan Sheriff Center.“I’m definitely playing,” Bryant said after practicing in Saturday’s morning session that included a full-court scrimmage.Bryant made that declaration for two reasons.He reported no issues with his health after rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder for the past nine months.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more