first_imgMaurizio Sarri takes swipe at Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich amid sack fears Advertisement Sarri cut a dejected figure at the Etihad and stormed down the tunnel at full-time (Picture: Getty)Asked by Sky Sport Italia if he was expecting a call from Abramovich to discuss his future, Sarri responded in rather sassy fashion: ‘If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAbramovich is yet to watch Chelsea under Sarri after he was denied a UK visa, though the Italian coach was brought in with a remit to overhaul the team’s style of play.Sarri said he ‘did not know’ if he would be required to meet with Chelsea’s board to explain Sunday’s result, and potentially fight for his future at the club, and struggled to understand why his side had played so badly. The Chelsea boss says he has not heard from the Russian this season (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has taken a not-so-subtle swipe at Roman Abramovich amid suggestions his future at Chelsea could be under threat following Sunday’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.The west Londoners suffered their heaviest defeat since 1991 at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero bagging a hat-trick as the Premier League champions blew away the visitors in 25 frantic minutes at the start of the first half.Chelsea have now lost three successive away matches, to Arsenal, Bournemouth and City, leading to speculation that Sarri’s job could be under threat as the Blues slipped to sixth in the table. Commentcenter_img Abramovich has been unable to visit Stamford Bridge this season (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours. My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week.‘We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game. Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.‘Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 8:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link806Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSPF, Varma, OPSG, Amsterdam Free University, Amundi, MN, SEISPF – Roelf Pater has been appointed as director of the €13bn Dutch railways pension fund’s pensions bureau. He joins from BlackRock, where he was director of fiduciary management since 2012. Earlier, Pater worked as an independent asset management consultant for pension funds and pensions providers. He has also held a variety of roles at TKP Investments, ING Investment Management and MN.Varma – Jarmo Hyvärinen, Kari Jordan, Erkki Järvinen, Hannu Kottonen, Päivi Leiwo and Christoph Vitzthum have joined the Finnish pension mutual’s supervisory board. Hyvärinen is currently chairman of the sales and marketing professionals union (MMA), while Jordan is chief executive of paper manufacturer Metsä. Järvinen and Kottonen are both chief executives of local manufacturing companies, Tikkurila and HKScan, and Leiwo is chair of the board at energy company Oilon. Vitzthun is chief executive of baking and confectionery group Fazer.Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group – Philip Shier has been elected chair of the pension stakeholder group at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He is to serve the remainder of Benne van Popta’s term, after the Detailhandel chairman stepped down earlier this year. Amsterdam Free University – Ivor Witte has been appointed as co-worker of international pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU). While writing his PhD, he has focused on national and international aspects of pensions provision at the VU. Witte will now research the European dimension of supervision of pension plans and the meaning of European and international law for Dutch pensions legislation.Amundi – Navik Patel has been named head of directional strategies, joining from Aberdeen Asset Management. Prior to his five years at Aberdeen, he worked for RBS Asset Management and began his career at Coutts.MN – Gerald Cartigny has been named CIO and director of fiduciary management at the €110bn asset manager. He has carried out both roles since March 2014 on an interim basis following the departure of Wouter Pelser. Cartigny started at MN as director of account management in 2012. Previously, he was managing director at ABN Amro Asset Management.SEI – Brian McCauley and Owen Khonje have joined the fiduciary manager. McCauley was named client director, joining from the investment consultancy business at Buck Consultants. Khonje joins the alternative investments team from the in-house team at Barclays Bank’s defined benefit fund.last_img read more

first_imgPolarcus, a Dubai-based seismic contractor, has seen an increase in its vessel utilization during the first quarter of 2019.Quarterly vessel utilization was at 92 percent compared to 83 percent in the first quarter of 2018.According to Polarcus’ update, on a contracted basis the vessel utilization increased to 92 percent in Q1 2019 compared to 65 percent in Q1 2018.The multi-client basis has seen a drop to 0 percent in Q1 2019 from 18 percent in Q1 2018.The percentage of the standby vessels was 0 percent in Q1 compared to 6 percent in Q1 2018.The company excluded Polarcus Nadia seismic vessel from vessel utilization numbers subsequent to cold-stacking in April 2015.last_img read more

first_imgOneNews 24 October 2013Deaths by assisted suicide have increased wherever the practices have been legalised, opening the door to abuse, a report claims.The report has set off alarm bells for Bob McCoskrie from Family First who says it sends a dangerous message to young New Zealanders about suicide.But MP Maryan Street, who has withdrawn her euthanasia bill until after next year’s election, says people need to have the choice as to when they end their lives and she says the report is misleading and statistically wrong.The report by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada says legal euthanasia is never just for “exceptional” cases” and eligibility rules are highly subjective. It says laws legalising euthanasia/assisted suicide ignore the risks to those who are vulnerable and/or susceptible to coercion as long as they self-define their suffering as unbearable.There are no second chances once euthanasia is perceived as the best treatment, the report concludes.Mr McCoskrie told Breakfast this morning that to allow Maryan Street’s bill would “open up a Pandora’s Box for elder abuse”.New Zealand should adopt the same precautionary approach to assisted suicide as it did to the death penalty which said one life lost is one too many, Mr McCoskrie said.“Rather than increase killing, let’s increase palliative care and pain management and fund hospices the way they should be funded.”Mr McCoskrie says Hospice New Zealand and the NZ Medical Association “don’t want a bar of this legislation” because they know the coercive power and abuse that could happen under it.“We should be increasing care, not increasing killing.“To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers of vulnerable people at risk – in particular those who are depressed, elderly, sick, disabled, those experiencing chronic illness, limited access to good medical care, and those who feel themselves to be under emotional or financial pressure to request early death.”The report says euthanasia deaths have increased 64% between 2005 and 2010 in the Netherlands, by 130% between 2009 and 2012 in Washington and have doubled in Oregon since 2005.It says in the Netherlands, euthanasia began with terminally ill patients and expanded to those with mental illness but now babies with spina bifida or other illnesses are “killed with parental consent”. And it claims patients with Alzheimer’s disease, even though they can no longer choose to be killed, are being euthanised.“The bill put forward by Labour MP Maryan Street would represent the most wide-ranging law of its kind in the world – and would be ripe for abuse,” Mr McCoskrie says.Ms Street disputes the figures in the report but says undoubtedly there are people who would not have thought about using legalised euthanasia before because it was not a legal option for them.She told Breakfast she has looked at legislation from all around the world and tried to find the best bits. She says the bill contains caveats and protection to prevent coercion. read more

first_imgNZ Herald 22 July 2015At first glance, the profiles seem innocent enough. There’s Lucy, 31, from Rochester, who enjoys cooking, theatre and books, and Jack, 46, from Hampshire, who describes himself as a “laid-back character who travels a lot with work and loves music and sport”.Some of the requests even sound rather sweet. Matthew, a 59-year-old Londoner, hopes to meet a woman to “chat about life in general, politics, faith and social justice”, while Sally, 43, from Hertfordshire, wants “someone to keep me on my toes and make my pulse race”.They could all be hopefuls on an ordinary dating website – one of the many that have sprung up in recent years to help single men and women find love through the internet.But these profiles are far more sinister than that. For the people behind them are all, in fact, married. They are signed up to Ashley Madison, a controversial website that promotes and caters for extra-marital affairs.One can only imagine the huge wave of terror felt by them yesterday when a group of hackers threatened to reveal the identities of Ashley Madison’s members.One of the site’s many opponents, a secretive group calling themselves The Impact Team, claim to have hacked into the online database and stolen the details and private messages. They warn that unless the site is shut down with immediate effect, they will expose its 37 million cheating users worldwide by publishing their names, addresses and explicit images online. read more

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Clive Lloyd, the last West Indies captain to taste World Cup glory, has insisted that the regional team need to make smarter decisions if they are to have an impact in the tournament.Lloyd, the legendary captain who won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, made the comments following the Windies’ batting collapse against Australia on Thursday.The Windies were well-placed on 190 for four in the 35th over, chasing Australia’s total of 288, but lost five wickets for 66 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Lloyd said he believed it was a game the West Indies should have easily won.“The West Indies team must start to play smart cricket because they have two real big games coming up against South Africa and England, therefore they have to be on top of their game as I’m sure they’d want to qualify,” he said.“I think on another day, with a better analysis of the situation they could have won that game and this would have given them the impetus to realise that they were serious contenders to qualify for the latter stages of this competition.”Lloyd said players needed to realise they were playing 50-over cricket and not T20.“The players have to realise that this is not Twenty20. The batsmen need to turn those scores of 30 and 40 into bigger scores and they must be aware that all these teams have world class bowlers at their disposal,” he said.He explained that their next match against South Africa was a crucial one in deciding whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.Lloyd said it was important for the West Indies to put the loss against Australia behind them.“South Africa are up next and while they haven’t performed to their ability, Windies have to be aware of the job at hand, as South Africa are in danger of missing out on the top four if they lose.“They now have to re-group, look at the mistakes they made and rectify them so that they can return to their winning ways. I’m still feeling positive about the West Indies overall,” Lloyd revealed.“West Indies have to get all the disciplines right on the day and play clever cricket because for the most part of the day (against Australia) they did well, but they simply did not capitalise on the early dismissals.”last_img read more

first_imgAhead of tonight’s trip to the Johan Cruyff Arena, the 20-year-old forward said Lille have the qualities to overcome Erik ten Hag’s side, who reached the semi-final of the competition last season.“We feel good. We have some strong individuals, but above all, we have a team,” Osimhen told Ligue 1 website.“We’re going to play a big club, they’ll be difficult to play, but we have what it takes to win it. We’re going there to win.”Osimhen was brought to Lille as a direct replacement for Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe, who joined the Arsenal for €80 million, and he has justified the move with his goalscoring exploits this term.The Super Eagles described his present form as a reward for his hard work in the past years and he singled out two players who have helped him settled in well at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.Elsewhere, Barcelona have been handed a major boost ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund with Lionel Messi declared fit to play.The Argentine star has not featured for the Catalan giants so far this season due to a niggling calf issue but after missing the 5-2 win over Valencia at the weekend, he has proved his fitness to be included in the club’s 22-man squad.Messi returned to full training alongside his team-mates on Monday morning and will hope to get his first minutes of the campaign away at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been keen to avoid rushing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back too soon but it appears he is closing in on full fitness.He last featured for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in May against Valencia but having watched from the stands as the likes of 16-year-old wonderkid Ansu Fati have taken the headlines, Messi will be keen to announce himself in style if he does return to action in Germany.Barcelona’s 22-man squad left for Germany yesterday afternoon.TUESDAY FIXTURESInter v Slavia Prague (5:55pm)Lyon v Zenit (5:55pm)Chelsea v Valencia (8:00pm)Napoli v Liverpool (8:00pm)Salzburg v Genk (8:00pm)Dortmund v Barcelona (8:00pm)Benfica v Leipzig (8:00pm)Ajax v Lille (8:00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Victor Osimhen has admitted Ajax will be a difficult opponent for Lille but he is optimistic the French team can grab maximum points on the road.The Ligue 1 outfit will commence their 2019-20 UEFA Champions League campaign against the Dutch champions on Tuesday and the Nigeria international is aiming to make his debut in the competition as well.Osimhen has enjoyed a fine start to life in the French top-flight since his permanent switch from Sporting Charleroi in July and has scored five goals in his first five outings for Christophe Galtier’s side.last_img read more

first_imgAdinuba said that parts of the games would hold in such places as Otuocha Stadium in Anambra East Local Government Area, though the majority games would be hosted at Rojenny Holiday Resort and Games Village, Oba, in Idemili South Local Government Area, which is a stone’s throw from Onitsha.He noted that the police force has contributed immensely to national sports development, but for some reason the contribution was not always acknowledged. “Chioma Ajunwa, who in 1996 emerged the first Nigerian Olympic gold medalist, was a police inspector who has now risen to the rank of chief superintendent of police and is commanding a key division in Lagos State.The late Sunday Bada, who won a silver medal, which has now been upgraded to gold at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 because the original winners of the 4 by 4 race tested positive to a banned substance, was a policeman. Esene Ikpoto, who represented Nigeria at different prestigious competitions, including the Olympic Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a police officer,” he stated.Adinuba said that it was not a surprise that Anambra was selected to host the police game because some of the best sportsmen and women ever from Nigeria are Anambra indigenes. “Take Mary Onyali, an Olympic medalist. Take Innocent Ejima Egbunike, another Olympic medalist. Or Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the first Nigerian to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. How about Emmanuel Okala, Nigeria’s greatest goalkeeper and Power Mike Okpala, the undefeated world heavyweight wrestling champion? Who can ever forget Ben Lionheart Okpala, the African heavyweight wrestling champion or Ngozika Ekwelum, the national boxing champion? No one can forget that Christ the King College, Onitsha, made history in 1977 when it became the first secondary school in Africa to win the World Secondary School Football Competition held in Ireland,” he enumerated, adding that “the Nigeria Police Force cannot possibly ask for a better partner in preventing and fighting crime than the present Governor Willie Obiano administration. The police will remain grateful to Governor Obiano for many years to come.”He said that the police leadership deserves kudos for choosing to hold the 12th Police Biennial Games in Anambra, Nigeria’s safest state and the most friendly state to the police and other security agencies in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Dike OnwuamaezeThe Anambra State Government has promised to make the 12th Biennial Police Games, which will kick off at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, on Saturday, February 29, the best ever in the history of the competition.According to the Anambra State’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba, more than 5,000 police officers are expected to take part in the 12th biennial games, which would last one week.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team opened its postseason run Thursday night with a sweep of Western Michigan (25-9, 26-24, 25-10) at the UW Field House in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Wisconsin (29-2, 19-1 Big Ten) won its 20th-straight match in a row against a Western Michigan (22-14, 9-7 MAC) team that had won the MAC Tournament to gain a tournament berth and came into the Wednesday’s match leading all of Division I in total assists (1,742) and total kills (1,852).“We’re moving on,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “So we’re happy about that.”The second set proved to be a challenge for top-ranked Wisconsin, and it seemed like a completely different Western Michigan team had taken the court than the one UW saw in the first set. With the score tied 8-8, the Broncos went on a 3-0 run to take a lead they would hold until Wisconsin tied it up at 20-20.Trailing by two, a pair of kills from UW sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson and senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman brought the Badgers even. Following a Western Michigan timeout, Chapman had another kill and Nelson and Thomas combined for a block to give the Badgers a 22-20 edge.But the Broncos would battle back. They tied it at 23 and fought off the first Wisconsin set-point to tie it at 24, but kills from UW senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson put the Badgers back up and the set ended on an attacking error by the Broncos.“Credit Western Michigan,” Sheffield said. “After getting pretty lopsided in the first, they came back and right from the beginning of game two they showed an awful lot of fight. And they were doing that at the end of their season, and we expected it out of them.”Much like the first set, the Badgers cruised to a third-set win to advance to the second round of the tournament.“I thought our girls gave it a great fight,” Western Michigan head coach Colleen Munson said. “Point for point, we were right there with them.”“They really brought everything they had tonight,” Nelson said of the Broncos. “Things were going our way in the first set and we were taking care of our assignments. Then in the second set they changed up a bit and we didn’t respond the way that we should’ve. We just didn’t pick up on it quick enough. It was good for us to still be able to grind out a win even though we weren’t making the assignments that we should have.”Wisconsin sophomore setter Lauren Carlini’s all-around performance paved the way for the Badger victory. Carlini had match-highs in assists (33) assists and digs (20). With her playing defense, Thomas assumed setting responsibilities on several occasions, which is something that allows for the Badgers to remain in sync, Carlini said.“Twenty digs for a setter, I mean, that’s pretty sick,” Sheffield said with the Big Ten Player of the Year Carlini next to him at the podium.“I think it just helps momentum for the team,” Carlini said of her versatility on the court. “With me digging and Courtney [Thomas] being able to set every ball and us staying in system, it’s just a huge advantage to us. Obviously it helps offensive numbers and I was just trying to keep balls in play.”Behind five kills from senior Thomas and four kills from Chapman, as well Carlini’s serving, UW jumped out to a 7-0 run to start the match and never looked back. Carlini served two aces in that stretch.“Lauren got us going off pretty early, moving the ball around serving and hitting her zones and putting a lot of pressure on them,” Sheffield said. “Defensively we were digging and we were converting.”Nelson and Chapman each had a match-high 11 kills, while Thompson added six and Thomas added nine. UW outhit Western Michigan .327-.053.Next up for the Badgers is Illinois State, which has won its last 23 matches, with the latest coming against Marquette in the first opening-round matchup at the UW Field House Thursday. They trailed the match 2-0, but wouldn’t go down, pulling out a five-set victory.“We’re looking forward to it,” Illinois State head coach Melissa Myers said of playing the Badgers. “Who wouldn’t want to play a ranked team at this stage? You would expect to play great times. So we’re excited. We’re pumped. We know how good they are, but we’re gonna see how good they are tomorrow night.”First-serve between the Redbirds and the Badgers is set for 7 p.m. at the UW Field House Friday night.last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Submit William Hill-owned online gaming brand Mr Green has been told to pay £3m to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms by the Gambling Commission after it found failures in the operator’s procedures for preventing harm and money laundering.The settlement agreement consists of a £3m payment in lieu of a financial penalty and Commission costs of £10,349.77.The Gambling Commission found that Mr Green:did not carry out social responsibility interaction with a customer who won £50,000, gambled it away and deposited thousands more poundstook 10-year-old evidence of a £176,000 claims payout as satisfactory evidence of source of funds (SOF) for a customer who deposited over £1maccepted a photograph of a laptop screen showing currency in dollars on an alleged crypto trading account as adequate SOFGambling Commission Executive Director Richard Watson said: “Our investigation uncovered systemic failings in respect of both Mr Green’s social responsibility and AML controls which affected a significant number of customers across its online casinos.“Consumers in Britain have the right to know that there are checks and balances in place which will help keep them safe and ensure gambling is crime-free – and we will continue to crack down on operators who fail in this area.”Mr Green accepted that between 1 November 2014 and 7 November 2018 it did not have effective policies and procedures in place for customers who may be displaying signs of problem gambling.This led to Mr Green not always identifying and interacting with customers who were displaying signs of problem gambling and, even when the customer interaction process was triggered, there was a failure to follow up with an interaction. Where interactions did take place these were not always recorded.The Gambling Commission also identified customers who were able to gamble significant sums of money without adequate Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) and Source of Funds (SOF) checks being conducted. A review of the top 120 existing customers of Mr Green revealed that 113 had to be closed as they failed to pass Mr Green’s AML checks.The Licensee has agreed to complete a compliance assessment of the next 130 top customers. Once this is complete it will have assessed all of its top 250 customers (measured by lifetime Gross Gambling Yield).Mr Green, which was acquired by William Hill after these incidents, recognises there have been considerable learnings from these cases and has invested in improving its AML and responsible gambling processes. Mr Green states it is also committed to working with the industry to raise standards, particularly in relation to safer gambling.Mr Green is the ninth gambling business to face action as part of a regulator probe that has led to more than £20m in penalty packages since 2018. The online casino enforcement work is in addition to the Commission’s ongoing strategy to make gambling online safer. This has included strengthened online age and identity verification, enhanced rules and guidance on identifying and interacting with customers who may be at risk of harm and the banning of credit cards.The regulator is also pushing the industry to raise standards in the areas of VIP practices, advertising technology and game design, and is currently looking at online stake limits. Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more