Hertford not ready to Exet

first_imgSexy football was the order of the day at the third round of the Cuppers 5-a-side football last Thursday this round was definitely less One Man and his Dog and more Footballer’s Wives: physical, passionate, full of talent and with the odd smattering of sexy soccer. Queen’s B kicked off the day’s play against Exeter A in a corker of a match. Players fizzed around the pitch like annoyed wasps, buzzing after the ball (or, more often than not, after the legs of the opposition). An early Exeter free-kick was charged down by the omnipresent Sutcliffe who bit into the tackle and released Pearson to put Queen’s into the lead. Exeter were being outplayed by a Queen’s side full of verve, and although the physical Paul Coles was doing his best to keep them in the game, Queen’s B clinched another victory in what has been a fine tournament for them. Queen’s A were not as successful against historic rivals Teddy Hall B. Queen’s, orchestrated by the nimble-footed Kurosh Nikbin, dominated their ragged opponents who were indebted to goalkeeper Julian Baker for a series of fine saves. It was no surprise when Duncan Knox’s precise right-footed drive put Queen’s 1-0 up in the final minute, but then Queen’s keeper Graham Tunbridge, star of previous rounds, inadvertently directed a hopeful flick into his own net. Servants vanquished masters in the penalty shoot-out as Hall won 2-1. St Catz A beat Univ A in a match of minimal incident. Key players Chris Tapp (Univ) and Chris Vaulks (St Catz) pulled off several fine stops before Chris Bargate deservedly won the game for Catz with a well placed leftfooted shot. Good things come to those who wait, and those that stayed to see the final match were in for a treat as Hertford B produced football of such stunning simplicity and effectiveness to stun Exeter B. One-touch passing and movement were combined with spatial awareness and confidence in their teammates as first Scott Johnston and then Marc Rogers put Hertford in complete control of the game. Only Exeter keeper Olly Williams kept the score down. If they keep this form up Hertford might be an outside bet for the final. They continue to prove that you don’t have to be hard to be sexy.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Movement opens campus dialogue on GLBT issues

first_imgThrough the 4 to 5 Movement, the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) is trying to bridge the gap between students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) and their straight allies, said senior Jackie Emmanuel, co-president of PSA. “Sometimes a lot of straight students really aren’t aware of the problems that GLBT students face, or if they are aware and want to be supportive, don’t necessarily know where to go or how to be supportive in the correct way,” Emmanuel said. Senior Joanna Whitfield, vice president of PSA, said the Movement aims to inform students about GLBT civil rights and mobilize them to action. “PSA [in general] tends to be about large gatherings, and 4 to 5 is more about awareness, education, more minor changes around campus,” she said. Although the 4 to 5 Movement officially began in August, Whitfield said it was sparked by a campus visit on March 28 from Brian Sims, the first openly gay college football captain in the NCAA. Sims told attendees that four out of five college students or college-educated people between the ages of 18 and 30 in the United States support the general package of gay civil rights, but believe only one out of three support that package. Emmanuel said this creates the illusion that supporters of GLBT rights are in the minority. “The remaining fifth person is often very loud, and because there’s almost this silent majority, they don’t necessarily think their peers will agree with them if they stand up to the fifth person,” she said. Emmanuel said PSA hosted a panel presentation about how allies can support members of the GLBT community in December. PSA also sponsored Notre Dame Coming Out Day in October, created informational signs and posters, co-sponsored events with the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students and distributed promotional T-shirts and pins. PSA plans to host another speaker or panel discussion this semester, Emmanuel said. “We’ll probably do at least one person-to-person event like cookouts [or a] picnic on the quad to invite people to open up discussion with each other,” she said. “Often, having a place to have dialogue is a big step. We’re probably going to have another education session sometime this semester.” Emmanuel said these events are meant to ease the sensitivity of GLBT issues, especially in a conservative campus atmosphere that poses challenges for PSA. “Occasionally, there are a couple of people that are outspoken against us, but overwhelmingly, the campus is supportive,” she said. Whitfield added that some people did not support their view, but ultimately their combative actions helped PSA in the end. “When we put up the ‘Did you know?’ posters [to promote GLBT civil rights], there were a few locations where people tore them up, but the counter-response was so supportive,” she said. PSA members also checked with teachers and campus administrators to ensure the language used in their programs was appropriate, accepting and not confrontational, Whitfield said. Emmanuel believes the way students perceive GLBT issues has changed since she came to Notre Dame three-and-a-half years ago. “Since PSA has been working on changes, we’ve definitely seen a difference in general in attitudes on campus,” she said. “We had a couple of goals last year that were eventually realized, like Core Council getting a space on campus in [the LaFortune Student Center].”last_img read more

​Danish pension funds silent on €40bn Nykredit-Sparinvest merger

first_imgTwo Danish asset managers backed by major pension funds are to join forces to create a €40bn financial services group.Nykredit and Sparinvest made a joint announcement on Friday regarding a conditional agreement to merge. Under the plan, Nykredit will buy a 75% stake in the Sparinvest from Sparinvest Holdings for DKK2.2bn (€301bn), leaving Sparinvest’s other shareholders with a 25% ownership interest.As part of the deal, the owners will also receive DKK155m as dividend for 2018, the two parties to the deal said.In November 2017, a group of five Danish pension funds led by PFA Pension bought a 16.9% stake in Nykredit for DKK11.6bn, putting paid to the lender’s plans for a stock market listing. Jørgen Søgaard-Andersen, SparinvestMeanwhile, Sparinvest chief executive Jørgen Søgaard-Andersen said the firm had high ambitions for its retail and institutional asset management business areas.“Joining our strengths will improve our capacity even further to meet future needs and requirements from customers – also in the long run,” he said. “By joining forces, we can support this development and provide enhanced customer experiences at both Sparinvest and Nykredit”Michael Rasmussen, NykreditThese insurance and pension firms appear to be exiting Sparinvest’s ownership circle. In Friday’s announcement, Nykredit and Sparinvest said the 49 banks – which together own more than 90% of the share capital – intended to remain as co-owners of the business, with their combined holding shrinking to 25%.Sparinvest, Denmark’s largest provider of index-linked investments, declined to identify the seven insurance and pension companies mentioned.The merger deal is subject to ongoing due diligence and regulatory approval, and is also dependent on approval at Sparinvest Holdings’ general meeting.Michael Rasmussen, Nykredit’s group chief executive, said the business plan was to form a partnership with the banks that distribute products from its mortgage lending subsidiary Totalkredit in order to offer investment products. Nykredit is Denmark’s biggest mortgage lender.Both Sparinvest and Nykredit had seen growth in managed assets in recent years, Rasmussen said.“By joining forces, we can support this development and provide enhanced customer experiences at both Sparinvest and Nykredit,” he added.center_img Spokespeople for PKA, PFA and PensionDanmark declined to comment on the transaction, while AP Pension and MP Pension had not responded by the time of publication.Sparinvest also has significant pension fund ownership. The DKK83bn asset manager is owned by a number of investors, including 49 banks and seven Danish insurance and pension companies.last_img read more

19 more local cases of COVID-19 reported over weekend

first_imgHancock173 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say the state has 328 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death linked to the coronavirus. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Sunday that the state had a total of 23,879 cases of COVID-19 and 651 deaths linked to the virus. Officials said that Saturday was the first day since April 6 that no additional deaths related to the coronavirus were reported. Looking at the local numbers between 11 o’clock Friday and midday Sunday, 19 more cases were reported — nine in Wright;, three each in Cerro Gordo and Butler; and single cases in Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth and Mitchell. That brings our area total since the start of the pandemic to 480. 16 more people locally have recovered — 12 in Wright, three in Hancock, one in Franklin — to bring that total to 211. Winnebago12 Floyd17 Wright2859 Kossuth171 Wright10112 Franklin121 Worth4 Floyd20 Mitchell71 Kossuth9 Area Total48019 Hancock271 Butler13 Mitchell4 Cerro Gordo24 Worth3 Winnebago11 Cerro Gordo423 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler223 Franklin441 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Area Total21116last_img read more