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​Sampension, Danica bounce back after ‘best quarter in a decade’

first_imgHenrik Olejasz Larsen, CIO at Sampension said: “The first quarter of 2019 has been the best quarter in stock markets for 10 years and the best first quarter for more than 20 years. This means that almost two years of normal share returns can be booked in just three months.” Danish pension funds Sampension and Danica have reported strong investment returns in the first quarter of 2019 – in contrast to losses posted for last year.The DKK290bn (€38.8bn) provider Sampension revealed that market-rate pension products recorded a 7.4% gain in Q1 for a 45-year-old with a medium-risk fund, and 10.1% for the youngest scheme members with high-risk investment profiles.Sampension reported losses of 3.3% for moderate-risk profiles and 4.9% for high-risk profiles in 2018, with both examples being for scheme members with 20 years to retirement.The two independent pension funds Sampension manages, which provide conditionally-guaranteed average-rate pensions – AP and PJD – gained 5.4% and 5.5%, respectively, for their customers. This was more than double the funds’ returns for the whole of 2018, the provider said. Henrik Olejasz Larsen, SampensionMeanwhile, the DKK566bn Danica Pension – a subsidiary of Danske Bank – said its customers’ savings in the market-rate product Danica Balance had gained between 4.7% and 12.7% so far this year, depending on customer profile. This contrasted with the fund’s full-year investment loss of 5.3% in 2018.Anders Svennesen, CIO at Danica, predicted further global economic growth over the coming months following the US Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates as quickly as previously expected for fear of hindering the global economic recovery.He added: “At the same time, there have been signs of progress in the negotiations between the US and China. And finally, the big drop in prices, as we saw last year, seems to be an overreaction to the reasonable prospects for economic growth.“We therefore expect continued positive economic growth and that we will soon see an end to the commercial war between the US and China.”Olejasz Larsen, however, said falling interest rates meant an increased risk of declining stock prices in the near future. In anticipation of a market fall, Sampension has reduced its exposure to the stock market after the strong first quarter returns.last_img read more

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East coast tops Brisbane’s hottest suburbs

first_img“Also the second runway path is going over their heads and then that big development of the barracks. We’re finding people saying let’s go 20 minutes down the road to Wynnum and enjoy the seaside lifestyle. Also we get a lot of people from the UK, I probably sold to 15 people from the UK last year.” Fancy your own resort? Brisbane auction market fires up Camp Hill 244 Proximity to the water is among the charms driving up interest in Cleveland.Fellow east coast suburb Wynnum (270) came roaring in equal second with South Brisbane, while Thornlands – which neighbours Cleveland – was fourth with 260 sales.The figures covered both house and unit sales, and suburbs where a minimum of 30 sales occurred covering at least 5 per cent of the housing stock.Brisbane City was in the mix with 249 sales, a figure matched by Morningside.Others in the top 10 list including Camp Hill (244), Brighton (207) and Bulimba (177).Brisbane’s most expensive suburb Teneriffe rounded out the top 10 most sales with 172. Thornlands 260 Teneriffe 172 12 Venn Pde, Thornlands, sold two days before Christmas for $910,000.He said those from Sydney understood that it took longer for them to find their cars in Sydney Airport than to drive from Brisbane Airport to Wynnum.“When I came to the area 20 years ago, it was mainly where people go to retire. Now there’s lots of young families, people in their mid 30s, with young children.”He expected 2020 to be a bumper year across Brisbane, especially the east coast.“Since January the whole place has exploded, we’re running out of stock,” he said. “I think 2020 is really going to be a really big”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago 12 High View Drive, Cleveland, sold for $570,000 on December 4.Brisbane’s east coast was the hottest part of the city for people to buy into last year, latest figures show, containing three of the top four suburbs that posted the highest number of sales.Figures from realestate.com.au, mapping suburbs within 30km of major cities, saw Cleveland emerge with the most sales at 340. Brisbane City 249 Bulimba 177center_img Wynnum 270 MORE: Can you save this $15,000 home? (Source: REA) South Brisbane 270 Young families were among those searching in the Wynnum, Cleveland area.Real estate agent Marc Sorrentino, who’s principal of Place Manly, has seen prolific activity across the coast, operating out of Wynnum – and he expects it to take off in 2020.“It’s not bad considering what the market was doing last year,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of people from Bulimba, Hawthorne and Morningside. Bulimba has become very, very busy. People can’t even park in front of their houses sometimes.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Morningside 249 Brighton 207 Cleveland 340 Suburbs with the top 10 most sales: last_img read more

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GAY ABANDONMENT: St Lucia braces for fallout from attack on gay tourists

first_imgCASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – As St. Lucia braces for the possible fallout from an attack on three gay men from the United States, as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere, tourism officials are this week arranging meetings with the visitors to do some damage control.“One of the sensitive issues in this regard is that…there were some discriminatory remarks which were made to them, and which obviously offended them tremendously,” Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet said.“Given the fact that homosexuality is against the law in St. Lucia, the visitors harboured concerns about going to the police.” Chastanet said that one of the men who had become very attached to St. Lucia was in the process of raising funds to help slow learners in the various schools on the island. In another reaction to the incident Foreign Minister Rufus Bousquet told reports Friday that there was more to the incident that meets the eye.“Sometimes in government we are privy to information which we can’t necessarily release and which in some cases is speculative because you can’t actually prove it, so while there may be more to this the fact of the matter is it is a most unfortunate incident and not the kind of thing that we like to see in St. Lucia,” he said. “Generally the government will never condone such a thing as we find it reprehensibly and should be condemned in every circle in which there is a facility to condemn it.”One of the men has taken his story to several leading gay publications in the United States and has also documented his ordeal on various social networks, suggesting that the incident represented a hate crime directed at gays. The local organisation United and Strong, which has in the past advocated on behalf of gays and lesbians, has condemned the incident and said that the risk to the men increased once the criminals recognized their sexual orientation. United and Strong, a representative of which is currently in the United States, is seeking a meeting with the victims.The three visitors said that in addition to being attacked, robbed and beaten, they were subjected to certain discriminatory remarks.Police said they have captured two of the five men involved in the incident and have found most the stolen items which have since been returned to the tourists. They said the search is continuing for the other three.Source: CMC News 42 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional GAY ABANDONMENT: St Lucia braces for fallout from attack on gay tourists by: – March 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Ashley Cole attacked at home by gang of masked robbers

first_imgFootie star, Ashley Cole was attacked by a gang of masked robbers at his home, The Sun of UK can reveal. Another neighbour said: “It happened a while back and the police seemed to want to keep it under wraps. “They asked us not to talk about it. “But it’s not clear whether that’s because Cole was high-profile or because they were worried the robber might strike again. “It’s scary to think something like this could happen to someone so close to home in such a nice, quiet area. “It must have been a serious incident because everyone we know seems to have been asked about it by police going door-to-door. “They seemed to be very anxious to find whoever was responsible.” Cole also won 107 England caps, more than any other full-back. He is currently working as a coach for Chelsea’s youth academy and has appeared as a telly pundit for major games. There was no sign of life on Tuesday at Cole’s mansion, behind high fencing and a video entry-controlled gate in Surrey’s stockbroker belt. Wealthy locals initially feared he had fallen victim to a violent burglar dubbed the Night Watcher. The crook, believed to be ex-special forces, has robbed 12 wealthy homeowners of more than £10million in a series of terrifying raids in Surrey and other counties in the South East. However, detectives are satisfied that there are no links to the break-in at Cole’s home. Surrey Police said: “Our investigation remains ongoing following an aggravated burglary in Fetcham on 21 January. “Burglars broke into the property through the rear doors around 9.45pm. “The suspects searched the property, before escaping with a quantity of jewellery. They were described as wearing camouflage clothing, gloves and balaclavas. Read Also:Ashley Cole retires from active football “An investigation is under way and enquiries remain ongoing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The ex-England and Chelsea ace’s mansion was ransacked and high-value jewellery stolen. Raiders in balaclavas and camouflage clothes smashed their way into the property through the rear doors. Sources said Cole, 39, may have been threatened and tied to a chair but a spokesman on Tuesday night refused to comment on the claims. A source said: “It was a terrifying experience. “The robbers sounded very professional and knew exactly what they were doing. “They must have deliberately targeted Ashley and cased the place in advance.” Cole, now a TV pundit and Chelsea youth coach, was said to have been “extremely shaken” by the ordeal but otherwise unharmed. Cops are still hunting the gang who carried out the heist at 9.45pm on January 21 in Fetcham, Surrey. Details of the raid were not released at the time and the value of the stolen jewellery is unknown. Neighbours confirmed cops had quizzed many of them at length over the robbery. One said: “Police seemed to be taking it extremely seriously and we’ve been on edge ever since. “Ashley Cole is one of the most high-profile people around here and his property looks very modern and secure, so whoever did this must have been clued up. “People who know him are quite protective and it’s an area where everyone values their privacy so this has shaken us up quite a bit. “The police didn’t name Ashley Cole when they questioned us but everyone around here knows it was his home that was targeted. “It must have been terrifying.” Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindlast_img read more

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IMCA Modified features at Jim Marsh Classic pay $1,000 to win

first_imgTONOPAH, Nev. – IMCA Modified features at Tonopah Speedway’s Jim Marsh Classic special will pay $1,000 to win.The Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 main events are qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded both nights.Car and driver each night is $100; pre-entry fee for both nights is $175.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for sen­iors, military and kids. Pit passes are $25.More information is available by calling 775 277-1583 and on Facebook. A pre-entry form is on the www.tonopahspeedway.net website.last_img read more

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Allstar Performance starts third season as IMCA heat winner decal program sponsor

first_img“We are looking forward to continuing this program in our 11th year of partnering with IMCA.  We run across drivers displaying the award decals on their cars and that helps us see that the program is successful,” said Advertising Manager/Race Track Promotions John Berglund. “Marketing with IMCA is a great way for Allstar to keep our products and brand in front of an impressive group of racers.  Kevin (Yoder) and the staff at IMCA came up with a great program and Allstar looks forward to making it bigger and better in the coming years.”  Mach-1 Sport Compact veteran Ramsey Meyer led all IMCA drivers with 45 heat race wins in 2019. WATERVLIET, Mich. – Allstar Performance makes IMCA heat wins pay off for a third consecutive season. The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer again provides the decals given to heat race winners in all eight IMCA divisions. Drivers winning 10 or more heat races receive $100 Allstar Performance gift cards while the driver with the most heat race wins gets a $250 gift card. “We had a record number of IMCA drivers with double-digit heat wins last season and we are looking for even more in 2020,” observed Yoder, marketing director at IMCA. “Every IMCA track is equipped with Allstar Performance heat winner decals, so make sure you’re receiving them and getting them on your car this season.” Infor­mation about Allstar Performance products and dealer locations is available by calling 269 463-8000, at the www.allstarperformance.com web­site and on Facebook. Drivers must send a photo of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office to be eligi­ble for those awards, which will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week. last_img read more

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Ronaldinho set for August 24 release: judicial sources

first_imgASUNCION, Paraguay (AFP) – Brazil great Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources told AFP Monday.The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.They spent a month behind bars before paying a US$1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.Judge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a US$90 000 fine “to repair social damage”, but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.His brother – who allegedly knew about the false passports – would have to pay a US$110 000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children.However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody, when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money-laundering.Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all-time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win.last_img read more

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Donovan has rough day against Tennessee ‘D’

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoTAMPA, Fla. ? Thrashing about the field as though a bounty sat on Tyler Donovan?s head, Tennessee emerged victorious in the Outback Bowl thanks not so much to any traditional bursts of SEC speed, but rather courtesy of a punishing combination of physical hits in the grand Big Ten tradition.While Wisconsin?s response to the Volunteers? modified spread offense occasionally resembled chickens with their heads cut off, the winning squad put on an open-field clinic in crushing blows. And never was this more evident than with 7:33 left in the first quarter, when Donovan crossed the goal line only to be greeted by a helmet-to-helmet shot.?I was very upset that the helmet-to-helmet [wasn?t penalized] ? one of the issues that we?ve gone over as coaches and been warned about is any helmet-to-helmets are going to be called,? UW head coach Bret Bielema said following the game. ?And the back judge did the proper thing and apologized that he missed the call.?In an apparent reference to the day?s Mountain West officiating crew, Bielema went on to further express his dismay toward the non-call.?I can guarantee you that I?m never going to schedule a game that?s officiated by WAC officials, that?s for sure,? Bielema said.The pinball treatment of Donovan?s head was apparent well in advance of Bielema?s comments; several downs prior to the quarterback?s brief exit from the game due to an unidentified leg injury, backup Allan Evridge could be seen warming up on the sideline. While a three-pronged rushing assault had long been expected, Donovan?s completion total was almost tripled by the number of Badger rushing efforts on the day, as dropping back into the pocket became an increasingly sadomasochistic proposition.The Wisconsin quarterback was sacked three times in the game ? three more than Tennessee?s Erik Ainge ? and not one of the assaults on Donovan appeared even remotely pedestrian in nature. He spent much of the first half standing in the crosshairs of a rabid Volunteer defensive line, and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, he appeared little more than a fraction of his once confident self. Making matters worse, Donovan was forced to rush nine times ? few of them voluntary ? in a domino-style tribute to a prime display of SEC-style coverage schemes.Tossing the ball downfield often meant laying out a teammate for an immediate dose of Southern discomfort. As a result, running backs P.J. Hill, Zach Brown and Lance Smith accounted for some 30 carries on the ground while Donovan unobtrusively went 14-for-25, throwing for just 155 yards and heaving a game-ending interception late in the fourth quarter.?Tennessee was definitely getting after me and you have to give them credit ? that?s what they got to do with the type of quarterbacks like me,? Donovan said. ?Eventually I think the refs kind of cued in a little bit and kind of were looking for some cheap shots.?By then, the damage may have been done. A once poised and confidant Badger squad failed to score a touchdown in the second half, being completely shut out in the fourth quarter. Donovan completed just two of seven passes in the third quarter, and would only find an open receiver once more before Wisconsin began its ill-fated final drive of the game with 1:19 to go.?Today we don?t win that football game unless our defense has that kind of courage and toughness,? Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said.last_img read more

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Syracuse forced to adjust lineup due to multiple injuries

first_imgInjuries have plagued Syracuse early in its season. The team played without veterans Lindsay McCabe and Emily Betteridge during its home opener last Wednesday.And head coach Leonid Yelin said SU will likely have to finish the season without the junior middle blocker McCabe. The Orange will need younger players to step up and fill the void.“There’s never a day off no matter what you’re going through,” SU assistant coach Stephanie Cantway said. “We have games to win and games to play and ways to get better.”After a promising start under Yelin, the Orange has struggled for much of September. The team sits at 7-8 going into its matchup on Wednesday against Niagara. It will be another test for SU as it tries to figure out how to replace McCabe, who earned second-team All-Big East honors after finishing second in the conference with 132 blocks.Yelin said the doctors aren’t confident that McCabe will be able to recover from an ankle injury, which means the coaches now have to find a new lineup to put out on the court. Yelin said McCabe’s loss is a big one for his team to make up for.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s not fixable,” Yelin said. “From experience, (McCabe) is really athletic. Now we have to go to freshmen. It’s a huge difference. The confidence of the players around is different.”Cantway said it will be hard to deal with McCabe’s absence in game situations.But McCabe’s injury isn’t the only one to affect SU through 15 games.Junior Amanda Kullman has filled in for McCabe and the starting setter Betteridge, who missed the home opener against Binghamton with a foot injury. Cantway said the team has to work harder when a player goes down.“If we don’t have a setter, we need to serve-receive better,” Cantway said. “If we don’t have a setter, we need to be able to create our own shots and have our hitters perform better. I think there’s always things to focus on.”Despite the frustration resulting from the injuries, the players are looking at this year as a season of growth. Kullman said this season is an important one as Syracuse builds the program under Yelin.The team can’t let injuries hinder its ability to do so.“With the new coaches, it’s a new era,” Kullman said. “We want to be something bigger and something better than just the women’s volleyball team. We want people to come to our games and we want to make a statement this year. I think it’s going to take a lot to find out who we are as a team.”Kullman said role players have to play better to help the team survive without the injured players. The responsibility falls on both the veterans and the younger players, some of who may get the chance to take on an increased role.“We’re really trying to work together as a team to overcome (the injuries),” she said. “It’s been a long road, but I think a lot of girls have really stepped up, especially a lot of our freshmen.” Comments Published on September 25, 2012 at 12:25 am Contact Austin: arpollac@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tyus Battle’s return crucial as Syracuse enters NCAA Tournament without Frank Howard

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2019 at 10:05 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcocenter_img Despite losing in just its second game of the conference tournament, Syracuse took a step forward.Freshman Buddy Boeheim scored a team-high 20 points in a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh, while Elijah Hughes nailed five 3s. Oshae Brissett strung together arguably his best second half all season against Duke and Frank Howard’s season-long slump was put on hold with 28 points that same night.More importantly, it all happened without SU’s star player: Tyus Battle.Battle had suffered a sore back after taking a hard fall late against Clemson on March 9, and he missed a week of practice and Syracuse’s conference tournament. But both he and head coach Jim Boeheim affirmed that SU’s leading scorer would be healthy come No. 8-seed Syracuse’s (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) Round of 64 NCAA Tournament contest against No. 9 seed Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Battle’s return coincides with another loss as it was announced that Howard has been suspended indefinitely “due to a violation of athletic department policy,” SU Athletics announced in a press release.“We played very well without Tyus and now we can get him back,” Boeheim, who will make his 34th NCAA Tournament appearance, said. “That’s really going to help us.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorSunday marked the first full practice for Battle since going down with the injury. He was “rusty,” Boeheim said, but he expected him to be 100 percent by Tuesday. Battle added that his back had improved each day and would be ready to play in the Tournament. The junior guard averages a team-high 17.2 points per game and even took on a larger role as the season progressed. With Howard’s early-season injury and freshman Jalen Carey’s slow start, Battle played more point guard.It was a position he was largely unfamiliar with in college, and both he and the Orange struggled without Howard, dropping two games in Madison Square Garden. But over time, he adjusted and now boasts a career-high assists per game total. “Fortunately, Tyus has played the point quite a bit this year,” Boeheim said Wednesday evening. “… It is very similar to last week when we found out Tyus wouldn’t play. I thought the players made a great adjustment. We played really well in both games in the tournament. And we’re going to have to make that same adjustment this week with a different guy going.”Throughout the season, Syracuse has relied on Battle to take over the load of the offense. He’s saved the Orange from multiple upset losses and guided them to a monumental win over top-ranked Duke. In the ACC tournament, Syracuse was without its leader and it showed early on. The Orange fell behind by five at half against Pittsburgh, a team it had easily beaten twice before, on 34.5 percent shooting from the field.Something clicked during the half, though, and intensity followed. Pittsburgh shot 24.5 percent from the field, while Buddy, Howard and Elijah Hughes combined for 6-of-11 from 3. The Orange routed the Panthers, 73-59.SU lost the following day to Duke, and the Orange seemingly needed something extra against an eventual top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. It needed its star player.  Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer“I know how bad he wants to play,” Brissett said Wednesday. “We need him, especially right now. A guy that will just give his heart for this team …  His passion really brings us all up. He’s a leader.” Syracuse already defeated Duke earlier in the season and led at halftime in the second matchup inside the Carrier Dome before coming up short. The same happened at North Carolina, where the Tar Heels would eke away in large part due to the free-throw line. Both games, Battle led the team in scoring, and even had 23 of SU’s 39 second-half points against the Tar Heels.Without Howard in the NCAA Tournament, though, Syracuse will have to make last-second adjustments. The pressure will be on the Orange, which if it gets by Baylor on Thursday, then has a likely matchup with No. 1 seed Gonzaga. Once again, Syracuse’s survival rests on the performance of Battle, and that’s not anything new to him. “I know we’re going to pick up the slack,” Battle said, “and we are going to be ready to play.”last_img read more

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