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Lithuanian roundup: International Organisation of Pension Supervisors, SEB

first_imgIt brings the number of SEB’s corporate pensions contracts in Lithuania to 87.Employees with a minimum one-year service will be able to sign up to one of the two SEB third-pillar funds of their choice.While Teo will pay a monthly defined contribution, members will also be able to top up their account from their own wages.Teo, the former state-owned telecoms operator now majority owned by the Swedish-Finnish conglomerate TeliaSonera, has around 2,000 employees.The contract will significantly boost the Lithuanian third pillar, which at the end of 2014 had some 39,900 members (primarily in individually arranged schemes) and assets of €47.5m.Around 1,100 primarily foreign-owned companies in Lithuania have arranged pension plans, either third-pillar funds or unit-linked investment contracts offered by insurance companies, for some 5,500 employees.The insurance products remain the most popular.SEB Wealth also runs voluntary corporate pension schemes for two TeliaSonera subsidiaries in Latvia.Its contract with its first pension fund customer there, LMT, dates back 15 years.Since 2012, it has had a life insurance agreement with endowments for the Lattelecom Group. Bank of Lithuania (BoL), the country’s central bank and pensions regulator, has become the 76th governing member, and the first from a Baltic state, to join the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS), the independent body representing pensions supervisors worldwide.On the BoL website, Vilius Šapoka, director of the Financial Services and Markets Supervision Department of the Supervision Service, said: “Membership in the IOPS will encourage a more productive and closer cooperation with institutions of other countries carrying out the supervision of pension schemes, enable more efficient implementation of the international good practices, provide an opportunity to present for international partners the developments in the supervision of Lithuania’s pension funds and discuss the issues of pension fund supervision relevant for Lithuania.”In other news, SEB Investicijų Valdymas (SEB Wealth Management), the asset management subsidiary of Swedish owned SEB Bankas, has signed a third-pillar pensions contract with IT and telecommunications company Teo LT.The programme, “Save with Teo,” is reportedly the largest such contract in the Baltic region over the last five years.last_img read more

Indiana HS Track Academic All State Announced

first_img2015 Academic All State has just been announced and Batesville had 3 who made Academic All-State First Team and 4 honorable mentions.  Greensburg and North Decatur also have members.Track’s qualifications for this award is pretty steep. GPA must be at least a 3.5, SAT score (Math and Reading ONLY) must be at least 1200 and/or PSAT score (Math and Reading ONLY) at least 120 and/or ACT composite score of at least 28. These are thequalifications to be considered. First team is usually chosen with athletes who have 1300+ on SAT and ACT composite of 30+.First Team Honorees include:For Batesville-Kelsey Gausman, Clare Bruns, and Calvin Lehman.For Greensburg-Shelby Pake.For North Decatur-Eric Moorman, Zach Johnson, and Derek Hocker.Honorable Mention honorees include:For Batesville-Mary Elizabeth Elkins, Kevin Bedel, Jared Ilderton,and Pete Heil.For North Decatur-Megan Hoover.Courtesy of Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman and The IATCC.last_img read more

Chadwick up to challenge in Nor-Cal opener at Silver Dollar

first_imgCHICO, Calif. (March 7-8) – After a disappointing 2013 season, Kellen Chadwick picked the perfect night and the perfect track to launch a successful 2014 campaign. Chadwick held off Ryan McDaniel and then Troy Foulger in winning the Saturday night IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Nor-Cal Challenge Series opening victory came on night two of Silver Dollar’s Silver Cup special.“After last year, it was very important for us to get off to a good start this season,” said Chadwick. “This being a Nor-Cal Series race, $1,000 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, we accomplished that.” Foulger, defending series champion McDaniel, opening night Silver Cup winner Nick DeCarlo and Monte Bischoff rounded out the top five. Forty-three Modifieds vied in the tour lidlifter. Chadwick started the 30-lapper from inside row two, caught Foulger for second on the fourth circuit and set his sites on McDaniel, finally getting the lead on lap 13. Once in front, Chadwick kept McDaniel in check following four restarts, the last of them coming with two laps to go.DeCarlo passed Bischoff for fourth before Folger found his way around McDaniel and into second on the white flag lap. Chadwick took the checkers with the 2013 monkey off his back.“Last year, if something could go wrong, it did,” he said. “We won a few main events but with some things that happened and things that broke while we were leading probably cost us 10 wins. Last year was just one of those years. It’s important for us to put that behind us and start over.”The opening night Silver Cup winner two years ago, Chadwick decided against making the three-hour trip to Chico on Friday following a midweek gulley washer. Afterward his Saturday win he had plenty of compliments for promoter Dennis Gage and the track staff.“My hat is off to the Silver Dollar crew for even getting the races in,” Chadwick said. “I can’t believe they did it.”The Nor-Cal Challenge Series returns to Silver Dollar for the tour finale on Sept. 27.Feature ResultsMarch 7 – 1. Nick DeCarlo; 2. Duane Cleveland; 3. Jake Vantol; 4. Kyle Casson; 5. Albert Gill; 6. Alex Wilson; 7. Jesse Bailey; 8. Raymond Lindeman; 9. Kyle Wilson; 10. Curtis Towns; 11. James Hite; 12. Roger Lorenzini; 13. Jay Sears; 14. Craig Nieman; 15. Dustin Massey; 16. Dave Duste Jr.; 17. Jeff Olschowka; 18. Riley Simmons; 19. Ryan McDaniel; 20. Richard Papenhausen.Heat winners were DeCarlo, Cleveland, Olschowka and Sears. Papenhausen won the “B” feature.March 8 – 1. Kellen Chadwick; 2. Troy Foulger; 3. Ryan McDaniel; 4. DeCarlo; 5. Monte Bischoff; 6. Randy McDaniel; 7. Papenhausen; 8. Aaron Crowell; 9. Casson; 10. Simmons; 11. Lorenzini; 12. Cleveland; 13. Gill; 14. Duste; 15. Matt Murphy; 16. Chester Kniss; 17. Sears; 18. Olschowka; 19. Oreste Gonella; 20. Towns.Heat winners were Ryan McDaniel, Randy McDaniel, Chadwick and Folger. Cleveland and Casson won the “B” features.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Nov. 27, 2011 at 10:33 p.m. Bernie Fine, the associate head coach for men’s basketball at Syracuse University, was fired from the university Sunday. The termination comes in the aftermath of allegations that Fine sexually assaulted two former ball boys and another youth. The announcement was made in a statement from Kevin Quinn, SU’s senior vice president for public affairs, on the university website. ‘At the direction of Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,’ Quinn said in the statement. Cantor also issued a statement to the university Sunday night. She said in the statement that SU has been cooperating fully with the authorities and that the university did not have access to a tape-recorded phone call between Fine’s wife, Laurie, and Bobby Davis, one of the former ball boys and an accuser, when the university conducted its investigation in 2005.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Frankly, the events of the past week have shaken us all,’ she said in the statement. Cantor said it is vital that the university examines its protocols and actions in dealing with such serious allegations. Cantor said the university needs to learn all that it can from this terrible lesson. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, Cantor said, it will be that the basic principle that SU does not tolerate abuse will be enforced. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim issued a statement through Pete Moore, director of athletic communications, in an email Sunday. Boeheim said he is personally very shocked at the news of the allegations because he has never witnessed any of the alleged activities. ‘I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight,’ he said in the statement. ‘What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.’ The firing comes 10 days after ESPN broke a story detailing allegations of molestation against Fine by two former SU ball boys. Bobby Davis, 39, and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, both accused Fine of molesting them in the 1980s and ‘90s. A third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, accused Fine of molesting him in 2002. That molestation allegedly took place in a hotel room the night before SU played an away game at Pittsburgh. Nobody answered the door at Fine’s house. Across the street at the Boeheim residence, Juli Boeheim waved Daily Orange reporters away from the Boeheim property. Fine was a student manager when Boeheim was a freshman on the Syracuse basketball team. After graduating from SU in 1967, Fine went into business for himself. He returned to SU to be an assistant under Boeheim in 1976. He was in his 35th season as an assistant and worked primarily with SU’s forwards and centers during his career. He worked closely with Orange stars Roosevelt Bouie, Rony Seikaly, Etan Thomas and Arinze Onuaku throughout the years. In person outside Manley Field House on Sunday night, Athletic Director Daryl Gross declined to comment. A call to assistant coach Mike Hopkins was not immediately returned. Scoop Jardine, a senior guard on the men’s basketball team, declined to comment when reached on his cellphone. Dion Waiters, a sophomore guard on the men’s basketball team, declined to comment when reached on his cellphone. — Asst. Sports Editors Mark Cooper and Ryne Gery, Asst. News Editor Liz Sawyer, Staff Writer David Propper and Asst. Copy Editors Andrew Tredinnick and Breanne Van Nostrand contributed reporting to this article.  Published on November 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

Korger: Badgers’ hot start product of nonconference slate

first_imgIt’s been a while since the Wisconsin softball team has been able to claim the spotlight.Since the program’s creation in 1996, the team has only reached the NCAA tournament three times, with its last berth coming in 2005 under former head coach Karen Gallagher. In fact, Gallagher took the Badgers to every tournament appearance in the team’s history while she amassed a 271-268-2 record in 10 seasons.When Gallagher decided to step down, she was replaced with Chandelle Schulte, who brought the program down to nothingness. In Schulte’s time with Wisconsin, the Badgers went an unremarkable 99-153 overall and just 23-70 in Big Ten play.So when Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez hired Yvette Healy to take the reigns of the team in July 2010, it’s fair to say expectations were low for the team. After all, in 15 previous seasons, the program held an unremarkable 369-421-2 record.But Healy quickly turned things around, taking a team that went just 20-31 and 5-13 in conference play to a 30-23 finish in 2011. The 30-win season was the first since Gallagher’s final season with the Badgers in 2005, while the 10-win improvement was also the second largest in the team’s history, trailing only behind Gallagher’s 18-win improvement in 1997.While some may argue that a majority of the Badgers’ wins last season came against lower-class non-conference foes – as the Badgers finished only 7-11 in Big Ten play – Healy has continued to show that her team and coaching is for real in 2012. The team is already 22-12 on the season with a 6-3 record in conference play. The team currently has won eight straight games, tied for the school record.There are a few reasons why this may be the year that Healy and the Badgers finally crack the NCAA tournament, but perhaps the most important is the harsh non-conference slate the team experienced early in the season. In the Badgers’ 23 non-conference games prior to the start of Big Ten play, the young team faced a baptism by fire, facing some of college softball’s best arms.“We’ve actually seen five to six of the best pitchers in the country,” assistant and hitting coach Randy Schneider said. “Nothing has really slowed down for us. The pitching we’ve faced this season has always been quality. So because of that, when you go out and create this database against good pitching, you get to a point where you can hit any of it.”When the Badgers opened up the season at the USF tournament against Georgia Southern, they faced a top 50 pitcher in the Eagles’ Sarah Purvis, who currently has an ERA of 1.72 on the season. Yet, the Badgers were able to chase Purvis out of the game and win 3-2 in extra innings.It didn’t get any easier for Wisconsin the next weekend in Orlando, Fla., when the team faced Florida State twice. The Seminoles – currently ranked No. 21 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll – gave the Badgers perhaps the best pitching they have seen so far this season, sending the dynamic duo of Lacey Waldrop and Monica Perry to the mound. Waldrop – who currently holds the nation’s 11th best ERA at a ridiculous 1.13 – went the distance to stifle the Badgers, giving up just five hits and two runs – both of which were Wisconsin home runs – while fueling the Seminoles to a 6-2 win.In the second game against FSU, UW had to face Perry, who currently holds the country’s 21st lowest ERA at 1.22. The Badgers fared no better against the Seminoles with Perry on the mound, as the junior righty baffled the Wisconsin offense -striking out seven Badgers in just three innings – in a 2-1 Florida State victory.After going through a gauntlet of strong pitching, the Badgers finally got a chance to put their skills to the test against one of the Big Ten’s best pitchers when Minnesota and Sara Moulton came to town last weekend. Moulton, a pitcher with an ERA of just 1.25 – the best in the Big Ten and the 23rd best in the country – started in two of the series’ games while appearing in a third. The Gopher sophomore left Goodman Diamond probably hoping never to return after giving up 18 hits and 10 runs in just under 13 innings of work, as the Badgers won in a sweep.If this is truly the year that will complete the rebirth of Wisconsin softball with a tournament appearance, the Badgers will need to continue to hit great pitching. The Badgers have yet to play Michigan, Purdue or Nebraska, the teams that remain in front of them in the conference standings. On top of that, the Badgers have yet to face six of the conference’s top 10 pitchers, as the team will take on one of those this weekend in Illinois’ Pepper Gay.The Badgers also may make the tournament because of their never-say-never mindset. The offense of the 2012 team has already earned two historic comeback wins, both occurring in the last week. The first was an epic 11-10 win over Minnesota last Saturday in which Wisconsin recorded the largest come-from-behind victory in school history after being down 10-2 entering the fourth inning.Just three days later, the Badgers tied the second largest comeback win in school history by defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks in nine innings. Healy’s team found itself down 7-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, only to come back to regain the lead 8-7. However, the most remarkable part of the game was when the Badgers entered the ninth inning down 11-8, only to rattle off four runs to win the game. The four runs were the second most scored in a ninth inning in program history.The Badgers will need to transfer their offensive heroics and success of late into the remainder of the conference season. While the Badgers currently sit at fourth place in the conference after nine games, the team will need to finish in at least the top three to maintain a solid shot of making the NCAA tournament. Last season, only Michigan, Indiana and Penn State received bids for the tournament, with each team boasting an RPI under 50. Right now, as it currently stands, the Badgers sit outside of that target zone with an RPI of 56, just the fifth best of a Big Ten team.But with a strong early start and a schedule that has Wisconsin playing the Big Ten teams late in the season, this may finally be the year that softball in Madison is truly back on the map.With this column, Nick has finally reached 100. 100 articles for the Badger Herald, that is, from one of the least talented people you will ever meet. Want to congratulate him? Tell him he’s terrible and you could write better when you were feeling hazy at PCB during break? Let him know at read more

LeBron James’ ‘The Decision’ was actually a fan suggestion submitted to Bill Simmons

first_imgOne of LeBron James’ most controversial moments of his career came in 2010 when he made “The Decision” on live TV.If you don’t remember, James was arguably the greatest free agent in NBA history. After playing seven seasons in Cleveland, he became an unrestricted free agent and was weighing his options on where he’d play next. But instead of a simple announcement, he hosted a 75-minute show that aired on ESPN, where he announced his NBA future and answered questions about his move. But it turns out the idea wasn’t entirely his.MORE: LeBron almost didn’t return to Cavs because of Dan Gilbert’s letterAn ESPN documentary series titled “Backstory” focused on “The Decision” revealed the idea actually came from a fan who thought of it and sent the idea to ESPN’s Bill Simmons. The idea was posted in a mailbag column on Thanksgiving day in 2009. At the time, the fan was simply known as Drew from Columbus, Ohio. But ESPN’s documentary identified him as Drew Wagner.Here’s Wagner’s full pitch to Simmons:You know how when top recruits in basketball or football make their college decision, they often call a press conference and put the three hats of the schools that made the final three in front of them … then pick up the hat of the school of choice and put it on? What if LeBron announces he will pick his 2010-11 team live on ABC on a certain date for a show called “LeBron’s Choice?” What type of crazy ratings would that get?Simmons’ response showed he clearly loved the idea as he responded, “Regardless, you’re right — this should be a televised event. If LeBron were smart, he would market the event through his company, sell the rights to a network and reveal his choice on that show. … If people were willing to pay $44.99 for a UFC 106 card headlined by Jenna Jameson’s washed-up husband fighting a guy who hadn’t won in two years, I’m pretty sure they’ll pony up $44.99 for ‘Decision 2010: LeBron’s Verdict.'”According to Don Van Natta Jr., who worked on “Backstory,” Simmons pitched the mailbag column idea to James’ inner circle and ESPN executives in February 2010. From Van Natta Jr.: At the All-Star Game weekend in Dallas in February 2010, Simmons pitched the “LeBron’s Decision” idea to James’ business partner, Maverick Carter; James’ agent at the time, Leon Rose; and James’ advisor, William “World Wide Wes” Wesley. Simmons met with Rose and Wesley. “They both loved it,” Simmons later wrote in an email. “I mean, LOVED IT.” He also had a separate meeting with Carter. That weekend, Simmons enthusiastically pitched the idea to several senior ESPN executives.Natta has more details on the how the event eventually came together.As for Wagner, he didn’t know for sure if his letter to Simmons made an impact or not. Simmons did all of his work behind the scenes, so there was really no way of knowing for sure. But he told ESPN he had an idea all along.”I always had in the back of mind that maybe I did kick this into some kind of gear,” Wagner said. “I don’t think I deserve anything from it or any credit. I’m sure plenty of people could have come up with that kind of idea and got the ball rolling. I’m also pretty sure some people would want to shoot the guy who came up with the idea.”last_img read more

Wednesday April 10th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Toronto Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. MASON CITY – The NIACC softball team is ranked seventh in the latest NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday.Jones County Junior College of Mississippi (25-4) is ranked No. 1.DMACC is ranked fourth, Kirkwood is ranked sixth and Iowa Central is ranked ninth.NIACC (16-8 overall, 8-2 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) was ranked 20th in last week’s poll. The Lady Trojans were 6-2 last week with three wins over Iowa Central and one win over Kirkwood. AMES — With Hakeem Butler heading to the NFL a new group of receivers is expected to step up at Iowa State. Senior Deshaunte Jones was second on the team in receptions last season with 43.Jones says 2018 was a breakout year for him.Jones says his career has gone by quickly.Redshirt sophomore Tarique Milton had 34 catches a year ago and says he learned a great deal from Butler.Milton says his biggest area of improvement has been in the ability to read defenses.Spring drills for Iowa State will conclude on April 20th, with this year’s spring schedule not including a spring football game. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team looks to make some noise on the road this week beginning with tonight’s game at Bradley. The Hawkeyes are 11-3 at home this season but just 5-8 on the road. They will be at Purdue this weekend in Big Ten play.That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller who says the home team wins nearly 68 percent of the time in college baseball.Heller says travel is one factor and another is the variety in types of fields and dimensions.Iowa is 18-12 overall. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau will be back on the bench next season for Minnesota, despite the team’s first absence from the playoffs in seven years. Boudreau says he hadn’t broached his future with Wild general manager Paul Fenton until a reporter asked the boss about the coach’s job status while they sat next to each other at the podium for their season-ending news conference. Boudreau has one year left on his contract, but Fenton says he’s “sure” he will speak to him eventually about an extension. MASON CITY – NIACC sisters Kaci and Kylie Sherwood both won Iowa Community College Athletic Conference player of the week honors for the week of April 1-7.Kaci shared player of the week honors with Southwestern’s Ali Enright and Kylie shared pitcher of the week honors with Kirkwood’s Erin Hocker.Kaci, a sophomore, hit .560 in eight games last week, including two doubles and three home runs. She now has 15 career home runs, which ranks third on the school’s career list.Kylie, a freshman, was 2-1 last week for the No. 7 Lady Trojans. She tossed a five-inning perfect game against Iowa Central in a 12-0 victory on April 1 and threw a five-inning no-hitter against Northeast Community College on April 6. ANKENY — Ankeny scored four goals in the second half to beat Mason City 6-2 in boys soccer last night. Jacob Wolf and David Johnson each scored goals for the Mohawks in the loss. Mason City is 1-1 for the season and will host Ames on Friday night. NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom’s record-tying streak of quality starts ended at 26 when he allowed two home runs to Mitch Garver and one to Eddie Rosario in a 14-8 drubbing by the Minnesota Twins, the worst outing in two years for the New York Mets ace. Minnesota hit six homers, including a pair by Jonathan Schoop. The Mets hit four of their own, two by rookie Pete Alonso, as the teams combined for the most home runs in a game at Citi Field, which opened a decade ago. CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake and Lake Mills both won six events but it was the Lions edging the Bulldogs for the team title at the Lions Relays boys track meet in Clear Lake last night. Nick Danielson, Jagger Schmitt and Justin Wright each had three first place finishes last night. Danielson won the 100, Schmitt the 400, Wright the 800, with all three joining Austin Warnke as being a part of the 800 sprint medley relay. Warnke and Wright joined Carson Odor and Tanner Reimann as part of the winning distance medley relay squad. Lake Mills won five of the seven relay events, placing first in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, and the shuttle hurdle relay. For Clear Lake it was the first time they won their own Lions Relays since 2002. The Lions are scheduled to travel to Forest City on Thursday.last_img read more

Grassley says China tariff delay will do little to help Iowa farmers

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley hopes negotiations this fall will end the trade war between the U-S and China.President Trump recently announced the next round of tariffs on Chinese products would be delayed until December 15th in order to help the American consumer. Grassley says the delay will do little to help Iowa farmers. What would help, he says, is for China to live up to the promises China’s president made to Trump during the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan earlier this summer.  “They were both showing good faith that they were going to get back to the negotiating table,” Grassley says. “There was two days of negotiations. There wasn’t anything accomplished, so that’s why the president took on some tariffs. Then, he backed off on half of them and China hasn’t bought the grain they said they were going to buy.”While saying there’s no “immediate hope” for farmers hurt by the tariffs, Grassley remains optimistic negotiations in September will lead to a new trade pact. “I hope that we can get China to quit cheating,” he says, “by stealing our intellectual secrets, having to give them our technology to do business there, and all those things we thought we had major breakthroughs with China on about May 1st — and then they backed off. Then, of course, we didn’t negotiate in May, June or July, and now we’re back to the negotiating table.”Despite the recent tariffs, Grassley believes the farming community will still support Trump. “The farmers are willing to put up with the fact that some president has to stop China from cheating on the international trade,” said Grassley.China is the world’s largest consumer of pork products and Iowa is the United States’ largest pork producer.last_img read more

Hurri-Kane powers Spurs past Hammers

first_imgLONDON (AP):England striker Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside London rivals West Ham in a convincing 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane yesterday.Although Spurs remain fifth in the standings after the result, the north London team firmly reasserted its claim for a Champions League berth and equalled a club record by going 12 games unbeaten in the Premier League.Kane was sharp up front, the midfield axis of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Moussa Dembele dominated in midfield and the defence looked comfortable against a West Ham team that began the day equal on points with Spurs after its best start to a Premier League season.The result was never in doubt, though, once Kane opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, with the forward spinning past Carl Jenkinson to shoot from inside the box.Spurs defender Toby Alder-weireld was unmarked when he doubled the lead in the 33rd, nodding in a Christian Eriksen corner.Kane screwed the ball horribly wide, with only goalkeeper Adrian to beat before half-time, but made amends in the 50th minute, drilling home following some calamitous West Ham defending. It was his eighth goal in his last five games for the sealedDefender Kyle Walker sealed the win with a shot in the 83rd minute, although Manuel Lanzini claimed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 87th.”It was one of the best performances of the season. We are very proud of the players, very pleased with many things. The best word to describe it is proud. I’m proud of them,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.”You can feel from the touchline the players believe in the way we play.”West Ham sorely missed the creativity and drive of midfielder Dmitry Payet, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury.Following away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Crystal Palace this season, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said yesterday’s defeat came as a shock.”We played really badly, but we have to admit they had a really good game of football. They were quicker than us; they were physically stronger than us; they scored goals, grew in confidence, and then they were really skillful,” Bilic said.Newly capped 19-year-old Spurs and England midfielder Alli impressed in particular with his non-stop running and vision, breaking down West Ham attacks in his own half, while carving out chances for his team in the opposition’s.However, the combative midfielder received his fifth yellow card of the season, and will be absent for next week’s match against Chelsea.The result leaves Tottenham with 24 points, two behind Arsenal and Manchester City, and West Ham in sixth with 21. Leicester City are the surprise league leaders with 28 points, one more than Manchester United.London police said yesterday that a 35-year-old man was in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed outside the ground before the game. West Ham said the man was one of the club’s supporters, but had no further details.last_img read more

Oil revenues to ensure free education from nursery to tertiary

first_img…says President Granger at Emancipation FestivalPresident David Granger on Thursday related that with Guyana’s expected petroleum revenues, citizens will be able to benefit from free education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.The President was at the time addressing attendees at this year’s National Emancipation Festival held at the No 53 Union Village, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six).“Our expected petroleum revenues, apart from what would be devoted to our Sovereign Wealth Fund, will help us to restore education in accordance with our Constitution. Those resources belong to future generations and future generations will benefit and profit from being educated. This would be an educated nation,” the Head of State noted.Noting that with first oil on the horizon, all citizens benefitting from the opportunity to obtain a good life and free education as enshrined in the Constitution, is one way to ensure a better standard of living.“[Guyana] must not be a nation of a few rich people and very poor, uneducated people. There must be a school in every village, this national decade of development I speak about must ensure that at least one school is established in every village…I want to see a primary school in every single village. There must be a place for every child in school in Guyana. Every child must be able to get to school by road or by river”.President Granger said the greatest gift of Emancipation, in his view, is the gift of education. African-Guyanese, he said, have embraced education as a means of providing a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. They supported the establishment of social institutions for education and religious instruction, including by providing lands for the establishment of churches and schools.African-Guyanese were pioneers in providing educational opportunities during the last century, the President said, while pointing to Norman Cameron, a Berbician, who was not only a mathematician, historian, educationist, essayist and dramatist, but he established his own school – the Guianese Academy. Similarly, the Costello brothers – Austin, Cosmo and Joseph – established the Tutorial High School which provided education for children of low-income parents among others.“Access to education created opportunities for the professional development of African-Guyanese. Their presence increased in public education, public administration, public health, public security and public information. Emancipated Africans employed their education to re-construct their world. Education was the gateway to their entry into every field of human endeavour and national life,” President Granger said.He reminded that African-Guyanese and their descendants have distinguished themselves in academia, agriculture, accounting, the arts, business, diplomacy, education, engineering, law-enforcement, legal services, medicine, politics, the public service, sport and trade unionism and other fields.The President’s vision is for every child to have access to education. He said no child must be hampered by their parent’s financial inability to send them to school while referencing the Public Education and Transport Service (PETS) that launched four years ago.President Granger also said that every school student should be taught science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as the public education system must equip students for the knowledge-based societies of the future.The Head of State reminded that the first Emancipation covenant won for everyone the right to exist in a society free from enslavement. The ‘Decade of Development’ is the second Emancipation which assures everyone the right to education.The General Assembly of the United Nations, via Resolutions 68/237 of December 23, 2013, designated the decade January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024 as the International Decade for the People of African Descent and, by Resolution 69/16 of November 18, 2014, adopted a Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent.The designation of the ‘International Decade’ acknowledges that Africans were the victims of the greatest crime against humanity and continue to suffer from dispossession and discrimination.The President said the ‘International Decade’ recognises that people of African descent have not yet fully overcome the legacy of colonial underdevelopment which continues to contribute to their present condition.A group of young people performing at the event on ThursdayPresident David Granger and Members of his Cabinet in Berbice on Thursday.last_img read more