IPE Scholarship Fund awards grant to PAYG research

first_imgThe IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund has made a full grant of €5,000 to Humberto Godínez-Olivares, a PhD candidate at The University of Liverpool undertaking research into pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pension systems, with special attention into automatic balancing mechanisms (ABMs) within public pension provision.“An aim of the project is to design an ABM to restore the sustainability of PAYG pension systems based on minimising changes in the main variables, such as the contribution rate, normal retirement age and indexation of pensions,” Godínez-Olivares said. He said the main purpose of the ABMs was to re-establish the financial equilibrium of PAYG pensions by adapting the system to changes in socio-economic and demographic conditions.“The overall objectives,” he added, “are to create a credible institutional framework to increase the likelihood that promises of pension payments will be respected and to minimise the use of the pension system as an electoral tool.” Godínez-Olivares is undertaking the research at the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics, at The University of Liverpool’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, under the supervision of Carmen Boado-Penas, director of the Actuarial Mathematics Programme at the department.He expects to complete his PhD in 2016.Supporting Godínez-Olivares’ application, Boado-Penas said PAYG pension systems were a topic of debate in most economies, mainly due to population ageing, yet “there are few economists and actuaries with expertise in this area”.She added: “I certainly consider this an excellent subject area in which to carry out research.”       Fennell Betson, founding editor of IPE and chair of the IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund board, said: “The IPE Scholarship Fund is delighted to provide this funding to Humberto. This is the first time we have made an award for research into public pensions.”The fund’s awards are made by a board comprising Chris Verhaegen, member of the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group at EIOPA; Peter Melchior, executive director at PKA Pension Fund in Denmark; and Peter Borgdorff, executive director at PFZW in the Netherlands.The fund’s academic adviser is Debbie Harrison, visiting professor at the Pensions Institute, Cass Business School, in London.This is the fourth award made by the fund to a student undertaking pensions research at a European university.Further details are available from Fennell Betson (fennell.betson@ipe.com) or at IPE’s Scholarship website.last_img read more

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IMCA Modified winner at Outlaw’s Spring Nationals banks $1,200

first_imgDUNDEE, N.Y. – Outlaw Speedway’s Spring Nationals sports a $1,200 IMCA Modified main event and a couple opportunities for drivers to pick up some extra cash on opening night.The Friday, April 21 headliner is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded.Top 12 qualifiers from heat races during the April 20 Thursday Night Thunder program will be entered in a $150 to win dash for cash. The “B” feature winner also earns $150.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights.Thursday grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $20. On Friday, admission is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and free for kids. Pit passes will be $40.Camping will be free. A bonfire and DJ are in plans for Friday night at Dundee. Both Thursday and Friday programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.More information is available from promoter Tyler Siri at 607 243-8686, on Facebook and at the www.outlawspeedway.llc.com website.last_img read more

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Stormfly passes Trial test

first_imgStormfly made full use of her race-fitness as she powered to an emphatic victory for the in-form Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen combination in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes. Smullen barely had an anxious moment as the filly (4-1 joint-favourite), blinkered for the first time, pulled clear in the final furlong to score by three and three-quarter lengths from Devonshire. Military Angel was third, while Kevin Ryan’s British raider Calypso Beat had no more to give in the final furlong after setting the pace. Press Associationcenter_img “She had to battle hard to win on her previous start and was a very fit filly coming here. She just did enough last time but obviously progressed,” said Weld, whose charge was coming off victory in the Madrid Handicap at the Curragh last time. “She handles the ground well and quickened nicely. She was always a good filly and was stakes-placed last year. “We’ll maybe look at the French Guineas. She’s tough and genuine, she idles a bit and is a lazy filly. She only does what she has to. She’s the sort of filly that could suit that sort of race. “She has a wonderful temperament and is really laid back. The blinkers just make her concentrate.” Weld and Smullen initiated their four-timer when 4-6 favourite Zannda dug deep to land the 10-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, though the once-raced Azamour filly had to work hard to get the better of Ryan Moore on Wedding Vow. The latter had quickened to lead off the bend, but Smullen was alive to the move, and while Wedding Vow proved very difficult to pass, the market leader just got the better of the argument close home, prevailing by half a length. Weld said of his Irish Oaks-entered winner: “It was a tight battle and two jockeys riding at their very best. They are two brilliant riders and will give us plenty of entertainment in the coming year. “She’s a nice filly and did her job, did what we expected her to do. She’ll appreciate better ground and will hopefully make a lovely filly over a mile and a half as the year progresses. I always wanted this race for her. I see her as a progressive filly and definitely a stakes filly. She’s a magnificent, lovely, big filly. She has size and scope.” Zafayan (11-4 favourite) gave the duo a near 222-1 four-timer when landing the Leopardstown Club 25 Membership Handicap. The four-year-old, sporting first-time blinkers, asserted in the final furlong to score cosily from Kabjoy. Weld said: “He’s a very fit horse and I thought he’d be hard to beat. He loves that ground. He’s been very consistent and has run three seconds in his three runs over hurdles. He was balloted out of the Fred Winter (at Cheltenham) and I thought he’d run a very big race in that. He was trained for that.” last_img read more

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Return of Nicolette Serratore evens out distribution on Syracuse front line

first_imgSilvi Uattara, Nicolette Serratore and Monika Salkute have commanded the front line for Syracuse this season. The trio leads the Orange in kills, but the dynamic was different a season ago.Serratore missed all of last year with a foot injury, altering the Orange’s front-line plans. With her absence, Uattara had to shoulder a heavier load and led SU in both kills and digs last season — notching 100 more kills than any other player on the team.However, in her return, Serratore has led Syracuse in kills for most of the season and is now five behind Salkute’s 222.“It’s really exciting,” Uattara said. “… We have one more experienced player back. We didn’t have to use another freshman.”Head coach Leonid Yelin said it was very important to get one of his best defensive players back in Serratore, who in addition to her kills production, is second on the team in digs with 202. The Orange’s 14.86 digs per set is up more than one compared to last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re talking about a senior coming back,” Yelin said. “… It’s leadership, experience, it means everything.”Gosia Wlaszczuk, who Yelin has called the “quarterback” of the team, couldn’t wait to have her “other Silvi back,” referring to Serratore. Uattara’s average kills per set has dropped to 2.73 and she is on pace for 300 fewer attempts than last season. But Serratore said it wasn’t about about taking attempts away from Uattara.Wlaszczuk said that she’s constantly looking at the hit distribution chart and speaking with Yelin, making sure that she is feeding all of the hitters equally and finding the hitter with the hot hand.“It makes it easier when you have five people who are ready to finish,” Wlaszczuk said. “I’m just glad that all of my hitters are playing at a high level and I know I can play with whoever I want to.”With Serratore back and the addition of freshman Santita Ebangwese, the team has averaged over a kill and a half more than last season per set.While Uattara said she felt great last season as the leader up front, Serratore felt like in 2014, there was a lot of pressure on Uattara.“It’s really hard to maintain such a high level of play for all the games,” Serratore said. “Now I’m back … (and) it’s less about taking attempts away from Silvi, but it’s just allowing (Gosia) to have more options.”Both Uattara and Yelin said they never worried about fatigue or injury last season because of her increased workload. However, this season Yelin said Uattara has dealt with occasional back issues.She’s been able to push through games to round out a Syracuse front line featuring a quartet of seniors.“They expect even more than I expect from them,” Yelin said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edulast_img read more

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Syracuse offense can’t gain traction against North Carolina State front 7 in 33-25 loss

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — It didn’t matter who it was or where it came from. The North Carolina State front seven brought a stifling, all-in blitz Saturday afternoon that Syracuse wasn’t prepared for.In the string of plays that ended the third quarter, N.C. State senior Bradley Chubb rushed toward Eric Dungey. The All-ACC defensive end flattened Dungey after being credited for a QB hurry, leaving SU in a third-and-21 situation. The next play, defensive tackle B.J. Hill and linebacker Jerod Fernandez were all over SU’s junior quarterback, forcing Syracuse to punt. N.C. State capitalized on the quality field possession, marching down the field for five minutes to grab a 15-point lead in an eventual 33-25 win.“Their defensive front is one of the best we’ve gone against,” said Dungey, who threw for 385 yards and a touchdown.As the Wolfpack grinded out long drives and capitalized on SU penalties, the Syracuse offense couldn’t gain traction in its limited time on the field. In a 33-25 loss at Carter-Finley Stadium, SU tallied a season-low 59 rushing yards, 44 of which came from Dungey. The anemic run output is emblematic of both N.C. State’s (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defensive line production and Syracuse’s (2-3, 0-1) inability to establish an attack on the ground. It was also representative of the diverse attack that sacked Dungey three times for 24 negative yards and six QB hurries. That front kept SU to only seven first-half points and fended off any attempt at a late comeback.“We knew that if we got on them early it would make it tough for them,” N.C. State wide receiver Stephen Louis said, “so we wanted to get them out of their comfort zone.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChubb racked up two sacks for 20 yards, breaking around the end to get to Dungey for two QB hurries as well. In the fourth quarter, he took a jab step and followed it up with a few hard pounces to find room around the right edge and sack Dungey for a loss of nine. On the next play, Darian Roseboro batted away Dungey’s pass attempt.When asked this week how to block Chubb, SU head coach Dino Babers said: “IDK. The guy is flying all over the field.”This became apparent early. So did the fact that SU was no match for N.C. State’s 11th-ranked run defense. Babers and players said the offense needs to move faster to gain traction. That inability to find a pace was compounded by the Wolfpack defense. On SU’s second-to-last drive, Dungey completed a pass for no gain to Steve Ishmael because Jarius Morehead had gotten to him for a hurry.Syracuse has combined for 135 rushing yards over the last two games, a figure the Wolfpack had reached by halftime on Saturday. The Wolfpack defensive front bolstered its entire operation. N.C. State rushed for three touchdowns, finding spaces on the edge. Nyheim Hines and Jaylen Samuels combined to run for nearly 200 yards and a pair of scores.When asked why SU has struggled to stop opponent pass rushes, Babers pointed to the team’s youth.“Our young people are not as big and physical as the other people we’re playing,” Babers said, then added: “This is a really, really good defense. I told people I think they’re better than LSU. I know they’re better than LSU.”Syracuse’s problems may run deeper. SU has lost three of its last four. All three losses have come against blitz-heavy defenses, dating to Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 9),then-No. 25 Louisiana State (Sept. 23) and N.C. State.Several times Saturday, SU junior running back Dontae Strickland had no room to run. He was met by a pack of N.C. State tackles awaiting his next move, well aware there was little breathing room. In the third, Dungey raced to his right because Chubb pounced on him from the other side. Dungey’s elusive showed, as he completed the pass for a six-yard pickup, but it spoke to Chubb’s activeness.Syracuse’s second half offense nearly bailed out that of the first. Senior receiver Ervin Philips broke the ACC record with 17 catches. Babers said the last two comeback attempts are encouraging. Saturday, Dungey moved to fifth in program history in total offense. He finished with 385 yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked three times and on several occasions forced to release the ball sooner than he would have preferred.“We knew their front seven were really good,” Senior offensive lineman Jamar McGloster said. “They showed it today, and we were just focused on stopping them up front. The D-line, that’s the heart of the defense, that’s what we were focused on all week. We came a little short.” Comments Published on September 30, 2017 at 6:29 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Guardiola Confirms Iheanacho Exit

first_img“We’ll have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.”“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play, he needs to play at that age and that’s why the club will decide what’s best for him.” he added.The 20-year-old striker was left out of City’s Pre-season tour, joining midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, alongside Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.Related Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has hinted that Nigerian International, Kelechi Iheanacho, is close to the exit door at the Etihad.Iheanacho, who have been linked to Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur recently, broke into City’s first team two years ago under Manuel Pelegrini, and has since scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens.Speaking ahead of City’s pre-season friendly against neighbours Manchester United, Guardiola said: “Kelechi is a young player. It was easy, an honour to work with him because it’s not easy for him, I didn’t give him a lot of choices,”“But he’s close to making a transfer. Maybe in the next week, in the next 10 days, it’s going to finish.”last_img read more

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Jordan Ayew is joint-second best Ghanaian goalscorer in Premier League after wondergoal

first_imgTake a look at Jordan Ayew’s stunning goal, if you haven’t already Jordan Ayew might not be the most prolific goalscorer but most Crystal Palace fans would bite your hand off at the moment if you offered them a lifetime contract for the forward.This season, in addition to his workhorse-like attitude in games for his side, he’s found a bit of form in front of goal as well.His superb strike against West Ham took his tally for the season to five goals in the Premier League.Aside from the strike being an undoubted Goal of the Season contender, it also earned Jordan a very important milestone.The goal was his 21st in the Premier League in 119 appearances. He amassed his tally playing in the English top-flight with Aston Villa, Swansea City and Palace.He scored seven goals in his first season in the Premier League with Villa before netting once in the 2016-17 season while at Swansea.The next season he scored seven more for the Welsh club.He earned a loan move to Palace after Swansea went down to the Championship but endured a difficult goalscoring season, finding the net just once in 20 appearances.However, this season he has already scored five times in 19 starts including the worldie against West Ham.That puts him level with his brother Andre Ayew who scored 21 times for Swansea and West Ham while in the Premier League.Both players are now just three goals away from Anthony Yeboah’s tally of 24 goals in 47 appearances for Leeds United.He scored 12 goals in each of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 Premier League seasons.Top five Ghanaian goalscorers in the Premier LeagueAnthony Yeboah – 47 appearances – 24 goalsAndre Ayew – 89 appearances – 21 goalsJordan Ayew – 119 appearances – 21 goalsMichael Essien – 168 appearances – 17 goalsAsamoah Gyan – 34 appearances – 10 goalslast_img read more

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Standard Chartered Bank to sponsor fans to Russia World Cup

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited has launched the FIFA Visa World Cup Russia 2018 promo. Two lucky clients will get the opportunity to watch a Round 16th match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Speaking at the official launch of the promo in Accra, Bossman Kwapong, Head of Products & Segments, Retail Banking Ghana, explained the dynamics of the promo and how the winners would be selected.“At Standard Chartered we believe in catering to the needs of our clients. To win this wonderful experience all our clients have to do is use their Standard Chartered debit and credit cards for a minimum of 20 payments in the month of April. Two top clients with the most value in transactions in the prize of going to the FIFA VISA 2018 WORLD CUP in RussiaPrize includes:* Return flights for two.* 5 days / 4 nights’ deluxe accommodation with daily breakfast at a 5-star hotel* FIFA category 1 World Cup™ Final match tickets with pre-match hospitality* All scheduled ground transportation* Group activity/tour* Visa prepaid card with a value of $450 USDRemember, the more times you use your Standard Chartered Visa Debit and Credit Card for all your payments such as dining, fuel, shopping – the more chances you stand to win!The combination of these three big brands shows that a lot of thinking and planning has gone into this promo.”last_img read more

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Lakers mostly closing out games with young lineup

first_img“It was just, ‘I’m going to see what you (young) guys can do. I’m going to leave you in there,’” Scott said. “With guys like Jordan especially, this is great experience for him. He’s going to go through some heartaches and some growing pains going through it, but at the end of the day, he has to gain that experience.”Clarkson has since averaged 12.9 points and 3.3 assists through six starts. But Clarkson missed a potential game-winner on Friday against Orlando in regulation. “We’re trying to stay ready when our number is called,” Lin said. “We can’t control everything else that’s going on.”But moments earlier, Lin touted about the bench’s collective experience. “Once you’ve been through it all and have those experiences,” “ Lin said, “it helps you down the road when you face certain obstacles.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It did not help against Milwaukee, however. Hence, why it seems understandable Scott has mostly geared toward leaning on his younger players. With wins harder to come by, Scott will spend the rest of the season leaning on his young starting lineup in hopes to accelerate their learning curve. “Obviously we are trying to develop the young guys which once upon a time we were young guys. I understand the process,” said Boozer, a former two-time All-Star. “It is tough when you know you could be out there and help your team. But at the same time it is a developmental period.”center_img CLEVELAND — The Lakers insist they are not tanking.But ever since Kobe Bryant injured his right shoulder and soon needed season-ending surgery two weeks ago, the Lakers have shown through their actions that they care more right now about developing players than winning games. The Lakers (13-37) enter Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21) at Quicken Loans Arena with a starting lineup that averages only 1.6 years of total NBA experience. It includes two rookies (Jordan Clarkson, andTarik Black), a second-year player (Ryan Kelly) and a third-year player (Robert Sacre). Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, in his sixth NBA season, is the starter with the most experience.Lakers coach Byron Scott leaned on a bench unit that included Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin to close out the team’s eventual overtime loss on Wednesday in Milwaukee. But ever since losing the ultimate closer in Bryant, Scott has used the six other games since his injury to allow his young crop of players to play in crunch time. last_img read more

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Athletics top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo not ruled out for rotation, GM says

first_imgThe Athletics may inject some young blood into their starting rotation to begin the year.Oakland general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday he would not rule out lefty Jesus Luzardo for the team’s opening-day starting rotation. David Forst says A’s not ruling out Jesus Luzardo for season-opening rotation, adding it’ll be based on whether he’s ready, not service time. At this point, there is certainly room for him.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 25, 2019Luzardo is the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline and started the Futures Game for the World Team.He is coming off of a season in which he struck out 129 batters in 109 1/3 innings while posting a 2.88 ERA across three levels. He ended the year at Triple-A Nashville. Related News MLB hot stove: Yankees could still add starter to bolster rotation depth, report says The Athletics will likely keep a close watch on his innings though as he is three years removed from Tommy John surgery. The 109 1/3 innings were a career high.Forst said the team will not consider service time in promoting Luzardo.Many teams will wait a few weeks into the season to promote players so they can gain one extra year of team control. The A’s have two guaranteed starters in their rotation to begin the year in Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada.Ace Sean Manaea underwent shoulder surgery at the end of 2018 and could miss a large portion of the 2019 season.Other options for a rotation spot include Daniel Mengden and Frankie Montas. A.J. Puk, the Athletics’ No. 2 prospect, could also factor in though he is coming off of surgery as well.last_img read more

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