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People moves: Sampension’s new risk chief; APG names managing director

first_imgSampension, APG, TPR, Border to Coast PP, Hymans Robertson, TPT, SPK, HSBC GAM, Pensionsmyndigheten, Edmond de Rothschild, MSIM, Isio, Netspar, ITS, INDOS, LGIM, Aon, WTW, Mercer, Premier, NIkko AM, AlvariumSampension – Thomas Toft Brock-Jacobsen has been appointed as chief risk officer at Danish pension fund Sampension; he started hie new role on 1 May. He previously worked at banking group Nordea, where he was head of framework implementation and transformation risk control. At Sampension he is replacing Pernille Vastrup, whose promotion was recently announced in a series of management changes at the Copenhagen-headquartered fund. Vastrup is now chief financial officer.Reporting to Vastrup, Toft Brock-Jacobsen has managerial responsibility for the risk management department’s nine employees including the compliance officer and data protection officer. As well as heading the department, as chief risk officer he is also part of two of Sampension’s financial management forums, and is responsible for reviewing the annual risk reporting to the supervisory board, a spokesman for the fund said. Helena Dumycz at TPTTPT Retirement Solutions (TPT) – The UK-based provider of workplace pension solutions has appointed Helena Dumycz as head of employer relationships. She joins a well-established and experienced team focussed on supporting TPT’s 52 defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and 2,600 employers.Dumycz has 18 years of experience in the pensions sector. She joins TPT from BT having worked as head of technical services. She is a qualified actuary and has previously worked in actuarial consulting and client relationship roles at LCP, Deloitte and Aon before moving into in-house pension management roles at ITV, Grafton Group and GSK.SPK — Norway’s public service pension fund Statens Pensjonskasse (SPK) has appointed Tomas Berg as its new CEO. He replaces Finn Melbø, who is retiring after heading up the fund for the last 12 years. Berg joins SPK from his current role as head of the pension department of Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which he joined in 1998. The NOK551bn (€49bn) Oslo-based pension fund manages pensions for 1,415 companies and a million government employees. Berg started work his new role on 1 May.HSBC Global Asset Management – Michael Ridley has been appointed as senior responsible investment specialist at HSBC GAM. He will report to Melissa McDonald, head of responsible investment. In this new role, Ridley will be responsible for further building and driving the firm’s sustainable impact proposition. This will include developing an impact investing capability within the overall responsible investment strategy. As part of this, he will contribute to the development of sustainable investment criteria and market standards for sustainable infrastructure.Ridley will also lead the engagement with partners in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and development finance institutions in establishing the Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure as an asset class.Ridley brings more than 20 years of experience; most recently, he was global head of ESG fixed income research for HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets business. Prior to this, he held various roles at German development agency GIZ, Mizuho International, Amias Berman, The Carbon Trust and Citigroup.Swedish Pensions Agency – Ingrid Burman has been appointed as the new chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency’s (Pensionsmyndigheten) supervisory board, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs announced. She is taking over from Kerstin Wigzell, who has been the board’s acting chair since replacing Göran Hägglund – the agency’s last permanent chair – in 2018.The ministry said Burman most recently worked as governor of Sweden’s Kronoberg County until October 2019. Before that, she was a member of parliament from 1994 to 2006, during which time she was chair of the Social Committee, from 1998 to 2006. Burman chaired Sweden’s Disability Association from 2009 to 2015, and also worked with the Rheumatic Society, according to the ministry. Her tenure as chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency is set to run until 30 April 2023.Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) – Emily Chew has joined the US asset manager from Manulife as global head of sustainability, while Navindu Katugampola has joined MSIM as head of sustainability for fixed income.Based in New York, Chew will lead a centralised team that will develop MSIM’s ESG investment integration standards, help to launch ESG thematic products, construct a branding and marketing strategy, advise sales professionals and clients on sustainability matters, and produce sustainability data, tools and research in support of the asset manager’s investment teams. She will also oversee MSIM’s stewardship and investee engagement agenda.Most recently, Chew was global head of ESG for Manulife Investment Management. She previously served the chair of the steering committee for the Climate Action 100+ global investor engagement initiative and is a member of PRI’s listed equities integration subcommittee.Katugampola joined MSIM from Morgan Stanley, where he worked since 2004, most recently as head of green and sustainability bonds within the bank’s global capital markets. According to MSIM, he was a pioneer in establishing the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.Isio – The UK pensions advisory firm has appointed Nick Johnson as a partner to lead its pension insurance, de-risking and settlement team, effective from 1 May 2020. Johnson is a highly respected industry leader with 25 years of experience in advisory, insurance and most recently emerging superfund markets. He has a strong track record of building businesses, leading teams and delivering mutually beneficial outcomes for pension scheme members, sponsors, trustees and solution providers.He will build on Isio’s established market reputation for delivering great member outcomes through insurance and settlement transactions.Johnson led the bulk annuity team at Aviva for over 10 years, responsible for developing, managing and delivering all aspects of Aviva’s bulk annuity and de-risking proposition through more than 400 scheme transactions. He spent the last two years as chief actuarial officer at Clara-Pensions, where he was instrumental in the development and establishment of their financial consolidation proposition.Netspar – The Dutch think tank for pensions, ageing and retirement has appointed Marike Knoef as trustee in a part-time role as of 1 September. She is to succeed executive board member Casper van Ewijk, who is to retire but will continue as a researcher. Knoef is a professor of empirical micro-economy at Leiden University, and has been on Netspar’s executive board since 2017. She has been focusing on adequacy of pensions for households as well as pension communication and was the main initiator for Netspar’s research agenda for the period 2019-2023. APG – The largest Dutch pension provider has appointed René Steenhart as its new managing director in charge of business improvement and change. He is responsible for managing the total and integrated change organisation for APG for the benefit of member and employer services, pension fund services and staff departments. APG said Steenhart would be involved in the further implementation of value streams within teh firm and lead the transformation to a new way of working.APG said that over a period of more than 20 years, Steenhart has held various senior management positions at Rabobank in complex, international environments. At the pension provider he replaces Theo Van Kessel, who has moved to become managing director for new business development and alliances at APG.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) – Mel Charles has been promoted to the role of director of automatic enrolment at the UK pensions regulator, replacing Darren Ryder. Charles joined TPR in 2011 from the civil service and had a central role in the design and delivery of auto-enrolment. He then led the ‘TPR Future’ programme that re-designed the organisation’s approach to regulation, challenging it to become ‘clearer, quicker and tougher’.As director for auto-enrolment, he will be responsible for leading TPR’s work to ensure the continued long-term success of the policy. His work will include supporting employers as they navigate the current COVID-19 challenges.Charles said: “Despite the current challenges, we must not lose sight of the fact that automatic enrolment is a long-term commitment to savers that has required the combined effort of government, employers, pension schemes and a range of other service providers to deliver.”Border to Coast Pensions Partnership – The UK public sector pension pool has made five new appointments across its investment and research teams. Three have joined the investment team: Daniel Loughney has been hired as fixed income portfolio manager, James Thewell as portfolio manager, alternatives, and Luc Pascal as assistant portfolio manager.Loughney is a global multi-sector fixed income portfolio manager with more than 25 years of experience. He has held positions at major global asset managers including as head of institutional sovereign fixed income at Legal & General, head of emerging market debt at WestLB and most recently senior vice president, head of EMEA rates and currency at AllianceBernstein.Thelwell joins from Greater Manchester Pension Fund, where he spent five years focused on infrastructure with GLIL Infrastructure. Pascal joins from Lane Clark & Peacock, where he provided investment advice to pension schemes and charities and conducted investment research. Before that he was an investment consultant at KPMG.Border to Coast has also hired two research managers: Hernan Enriquez  joins from the asset manager IFDC, where he was a senior research analyst for 13 years covering Japan and emerging markets. Before that he worked for Mitsubishi UJF Securities International as an emerging market economist. Guy Norman was most recently at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was an equity analyst for four years focused on emerging markets. Prior to this he worked for Accenture.Rachel Elwell, CEO at Border to Coast, said: “We were established by our partner funds with a clear vision and purpose and I am delighted at the high calibre of talent joining Border to Coast to support us deliver on them.”Hymans Robertson – The consultancy has promoted three partners to the role of equity partner and nine colleagues to partner. This is the largest partner intake in its almost 100 years history. The firm has promoted Anthony Ellis (head of investment consultancy), Catherine McFadyen (head of LGPS), Gill Tait (people director) to equity partners. Its nine promotions to partner are Clive Moorhead, Elaine Torry, Gary Evans, Heather Meighan, Laura Andrikopoulos, Michael Ambery, Richard Allen, Ross Fleming and Steven Law.Commenting on the range of promotions across the firm, John Dickson, senior partner at Hymans Robertson said: “As a firm, our strength lies in our diversity and depth of expertise and I’m thrilled to see this reflected in each of our promotions to partner and equity partner, with representation from our more traditional TPA and LGPS businesses to our newer digital and API-led services.” Akash Rooprai at ITSIndependent Trustee Services (ITS) – The firm has appointed Akash Rooprai as a director, as the company continues to deliver on its ambitious growth plans. Rooprai is a qualified actuary with more than 25 years of experience in the pensions industry. His previous roles include scheme actuary and corporate actuary at Mercer, as well as head of pensions risk management and bulk annuity roles at major consultancies and an insurer.He has expertise in all aspects of pensions risk management, and has been involved in several sector firsts, including arranging the first ever £1bn buy-out, for the Thorn pension scheme, in 2008. He also chairs two industry groups – the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Bulk Annuity Group and the Data sub-group of the industry-wide GMP Equalisation Working Group.His appointment marks the fourth major hire of 2020 for ITS, which announced the appointment of Ian Terry as sales and marketing director, John Lovell as director of governance services, and Tegs Harding as director earlier this year.INDOS – Elaine Breen has been appointed by INDOS Financial, an independent fund depositary and oversight business, as head of legal and compliance of its Irish operations. She was formerly the general counsel at BlackBee Investments, an investment firm in Cork City, Ireland and prior to this, held senior roles at IFG Group PLC and Willis.Breen is a member of the judging panel for the global Women in Compliance Awards, the Early Irish Career Awards and is an assessor for the Good Governance Awards for the not-for-profit sector. She was also recognised in the 2019 Ireland General Counsel Powerlist.Breen is qualified as a solicitor in Ireland with the Law Society of Ireland and is also a qualified solicitor under the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales. She will be based at INDOS Financial’s offices in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Brenda Sklar at LGIMLegal & General Investment Management – Brenda Sklar has been lured to the UK’s biggest asset manager from BlackRock to take on the role of global chief operating officer. At BlackRock she was most recently head of global client services and global COO of business operations.At LGIM she will be based out of Chicago and will report directly to CEO Michelle Scrimgeour.Sklar said: “I am excited to be joining LGIM at this critical point as we help our clients through these unprecedented times. This role gives me the opportunity to leverage my experience in driving transformation, improving the client experience, delivering operational excellence and shaping great teams.”LGIM is a firm I have long respected, with a strong reputation for putting clients first, as well as an inclusive and collegiate culture.”Aon – Virginia Burke has joined the consultancy as a senior public sector pensions consultant. She will lead the delivery of Aon’s McCloud implementation services for clients, particularly the local government pension scheme (LGPS).She was previously at ITM, working on the firm’s services and client base in the LGPS. She had previously spent five years with Equiniti, and before that five years as a senior consultant at Hymans Robertson.Willis Towers Watson –  Helen Gilchrist and Jayesh Patel have been appointed to co-lead WTW’s DC+ consulting business in the UK, reporting to Rash Bhabra, teh firm’s UK head of retirement.Gilchrist’s initial focus will be on people and operations, while Patel will focus on services provided to clients. They started in these new leadership roles in April, taking over from Kevin Stratford, who has moved to a role focussing on the development of key business initiatives after leading the DC+ business for 12 years.Gilchrist has been with the company since 2007 and was most recently “National People & Operations Leader” for the DC+ business. Patel joined the company in 2006 and was most recently a senior director in the business, leading the London DC+ team.Mercer – Ben Stone, formerly lead of the pension risk transfer team at PwC, has joined Mercer as a partner in the risk transfer team. He has advised trustee and corporate clients on 30 buy-in, buy-out and longevity swap transactions, including the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme buy-out in 2015, the £4.4bn British Airways Pension Scheme buy-in in 2019 and last year’s £3.8bn full-scheme buy-in transaction for the ASDA Group Pension Scheme.Premier – Alastair Aird has moved from non-executive director at the pensions, employee benefits and wealth management business to become its CEO. Executive chair Dai Smith has become non-executive chair.Nikko AM – Davina Goodall-Smith has been appointed chief operating officer of Nikko Asset Management Europe, joining from BNP Paribas Securities Services where she was most recent role head of senior relationship management, asset managers and asset owners UK.In recent years, Nikko AM has expanded its delivery of investment solutions in Europe through the opening of a new office in Frankfurt and the expansion of existing offices in Luxembourg, London and Edinburgh.Alvarium Investments – The independent advisory, investment management firm and multi-family office has named Nancy Curtin as group CIO, partner and head of investment advisory. She will also join the company’s operational and executive boards. At Alvarium she succeeds Neil Beaton, who served as CIO since 2011, when he led a management buyout of Deloitte’s investment advisory business, of which he was the partner in charge. Beaton will remain in a full-time position as a partner of Alvarium, client relationship manager and member of the investment committee.Curtin has more than 20 years of experience holding senior roles in wealth and institutional asset management, private equity and hedge fund investing. She was formerly CIO and head of investments at Close Brothers Asset Management. She has also been managing partner and independent investment adviser of Internet Finance Partners, a specialist venture capital business of Schroders. She is also a non-executive director of a US public board focused on private equity real estate with an increasing focus on digital infrastructure.Edmond de Rothschild – Lars Kalbreier has been named global CIO of private banking effective 1 October 2020. He will be based in Switzerland and, as a member of the asset management and private banking executive committees, will report to Christophe Caspar, head of asset management.Kalbreier spent most of his professional life at Credit Suisse, but joins Edmond de Rothschild from Vontobel, where he had been global CIO wealth management and head of group thematic investments since 2017.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Immigration admits underreporting migrant sex work complaints

first_imgNewsHub 1 May 2018Family First Comment: Disturbing…The sex industry is struggling with an influx of migrants engaging in sex work…Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has admitted to providing inaccurate information about the number of complaints they’ve received about illegal migrant sex work.The sex industry is struggling with an influx of migrants engaging in sex work, putting Kiwis out of work. People on a temporary or student visa are not legally allowed to engage in paid sex work in New Zealand.Last week an INZ spokesperson told NZME that they’ve only received eight complaints in relation to migrant workers illegally advertising sex work online.Newshub has been given a spreadsheet showing 34 complaints made by one person alone via Crimestoppers in August 2017 about suspected migrants advertising sexual services on nzgirls.co.nz.It lists the names, locations and ages of the women suspected to be working illegally, as well as including a link to each woman’s ad on nzgirls.co.nz.This information seems to contradict INZ’s claim that they have only received eight complaints about migrant sex work.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/05/immigration-admits-underreporting-migrant-sex-work-complaints.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mourinho considering £40m Tottenham sale to Man City

first_img Loading… What’s more, the Spanish boss is aware that Winks’ qualities in possession mean he could slot in well at City. In contrast, Mourinho reportedly knows Winks could struggle to fit his style of play going forwards and is “desperate” to assert his personality into the team. As such, the Portuguese manager is willing to let Winks go if City – or another club – come up with bids of at least £40million. read also:Mourinho delighted to add King to backroom team Additionally, raising such funds would allow Spurs to spend, with the club operating on a reduced budget this summer. Spurs achieved a cut-price deal for Hojbjerg due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and his contractual situation. The sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to the Saints also provided a safety net. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, is reportedly considering selling midfielder Harry Winks, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola eyeing up a raid. Winks only signed a new five-year deal last summer and had an important role to play for Spurs this season. The England international, 24, was a key figure for Mourinho after his arrival in November. Indeed, he played the full 90 minutes in 13 of his side’s final 17 Premier League games. However, according to The Sun, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrival from Southampton has cast doubt on Winks’ future. The report claims the Dane’s arrival has increased the uncertainty over his future and could reduce his game time. Alongside that, the newspaper adds City boss Guardiola is a “serious admirer” of Winks. Guardiola is keen to see how good the midfielder can become with a key role at the Etihad Stadium.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The World6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

NBBF mourns former NBA Commissioner, Stern

first_imgRelatedPosts Why it’s uncharitable to crucify Malami for ‘amending’ NBA rules, by Kayode Ajulo NBA vs. Nasir El-Rufai, by Reuben Abati Shari’ah Council berates NBA for allegedly taking side in Southern Kaduna crisis The Nigeria Basketball Federation has joined the global community in mourning the demise of former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, who died on January 1, 2020. The NBBF described the death of the 77-year-old who revolutionised the NBA as a sad event, which was not the perfect way to usher in the new decade. In a statement by its President, Engr. Musa Kida, the federation said the global community will forever remain grateful for the revolution he brought to the NBA while serving as Commissioner. Kida said: “I have met him on few occasions and I must say that he was a highly industrious man who knew what he wanted out of life. “He masterminded the revolution and evolution of the NBA which turned it into the biggest basketball franchise in the world. “We are saddened by his death but consoled that he lived a fulfilled life while with us. “Any time we watch or hear the NBA, there is no way we won’t remember David Stern.” Stern became commissioner in 1984 and stepped down 30 years later as the longest serving commissioner in the history of major North American sports leagues.Tags: David SternMusa KidaNBANBBFlast_img read more

East GT District 12 ‘gunning’ for second or third spot

first_imgLAST year’s third-place finishers at the National Schools Championships, East Georgetown – District 12, are sending out the message to leading competitors District 11 and District 10, to watch out when the annual event begins next week.Like North Georgetown (District 11), who earlier this week boasted of having an improved team, with maximum athletes for all of the various sections of the multisport event, District 12 say they too will be walking with a full squad and will throw down the gauntlet against the top two districts at the Championships.Speaking with Chronicle Sport, East GT District head, Marlon David said he’s not entertaining the idea of another third place finish this year.“We’ll be gunning for either first or second place. (District 11 and District 10) have to watch out, I’ve already warned them,” David said with a laugh.Of the four competitions that the 15 districts will compete in – swimming, athletics, cycling and teachers – David said his district’s strong points will be in the teachers and swimming divisions.“This year’s competition is a competition that I’m looking forward to because we stand a chance. All of our teams are full, we are not short; so that’s why we stand a better chance than last year, because we did not have the full share last year. We didn’t have a full cycling or track and field last year. For the years gone by we have never had a complete teachers’ team, this year we have a full share of athletes for that team. In swimming also, we would have collected several champion swimmers including national swimmer Leon Seaton.”With District 11 their strong areas are the athletics and the swimming. Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, however, have shown to be one of the most consistent districts in all of the competitions, finishing first place in athletics, while finishing second in the other three areas last year.As it pertains to East’s athletics team, David disclosed that while there are a few choice athletes, this year’s team actually has a lot of new faces and that may stymy things somewhat. Nevertheless, he still remains optimistic of the district’s chances in that area.“For the track and field we have some new faces, and we had a really hard time selecting the team because of that. They may not be known to the track and field fraternity, but we are again remaining hopeful of the fresh blood that we are bringing,” he remarked.last_img read more

Kohli posts highest Test score as Sri Lanka toil in Dehli smog

first_imgVIRAT Kohli’s highest Test score and a commanding India lead were overshadowed by heavy smog affecting the series decider against Sri Lanka in Dehli on Sunday.Resuming on 156, with his team 371-4, the imperious Kohli posted his sixth double-hundred in the longest format and then surpassed his previous highest score of 235, set against England in Mumbai 12 months ago.Rohit Sharma offered his skipper expert support with a half-century of 65 before bottom-edging Lakshan Sandakan to Niroshan Dickwella off the last delivery before lunch.Sandakan (4-167) eventually removed the hosts’ captain lbw for 243 after a successful review.But while the left-arm spinner prospered, Sri Lanka quicks Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal both left the field mid-way through their overs as the tourists – who had returned from the lunch break wearing face masks – complained to the umpires about the air quality on day two at Feroz Shah Kotla.Kohli responded by declaring on 536-7 and India’s bowlers overcame the unfavourable atmospheric conditions to strike early.Dimuth Karunaratne was out a first-ball duck to Mohammed Shami, whose delivery, short of a length, angled in but then moved away again, drawing a tentative prod from the opener that was taken by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Ishant Sharma pounced in the sixth over, a length ball beating the inside edge and trapping Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for one.First Dilruwan Perera and then Angelo Mathews survived thick outside edges when they were dropped by Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli respectively in the slips in the space of three overs.There was no escape for Dilruwan, though, when India successfully reviewed to have him out lbw to Ravindra Jadeja for 42.Mathews (57 not out) made the most of his reprieve, notching a half century alongside Dinesh Chandimal (25no) to help Sri Lanka reach 131-3 at the close of play, trailing by 405 runs.Despite that late rally, India remain firmly in charge as they seek to wrap up the series following an opening draw and crushing innings victory last time out.INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 371-4)M. Vijay st Dickwella b Sandakan 155S. Dhawan c Lakmal b D. Perera 23C. Pujara c Samarawickrama b Gamage 23V. Kohli lbw b Sandakan 243A. Rahane st Dickwella b Sandakan 1Ro. Sharma c Dickwella b Sandakan 65R. Ashwin c D. Perera b Gamage 4W. Saha not out 9R. Jadeja not out 5Extras (lb-1 nb-7) 8Total (for 7 wickets declared, 127.5 overs) 536Fall of wickets: 1-42 S. Dhawan,2-78 C. Pujara,3-361 M. Vijay,4-365 A. Rahane,5-500 Ro. Sharma,6-519 R. Ashwin,7-523 V. KohliDid not bat: M. Shami, I. SharmaBowling: Suranga Lakmal 21.2 – 2 – 80 – 0,Lahiru Gamage 25.3 – 7 – 95 – 2,Dilruwan Perera 31.1 – 0 – 145 – 1, Lakshan Sandakan 33.5 – 1 – 167 – 4(nb-7), Dhananjaya de Silva 16 – 0 – 48 – 0.SRI LANKA 1st innings Dimuth Karunaratne c Saha b Shami 0Dilruwan Perera lbw b Jadeja 42Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b I. Sharma 1Angelo Mathews not out 57Dinesh Chandimal not out 25Extras (nb-1 pen-5) 6Total (for 3 wickets, 44.3 overs) 131Fall of wickets: 1-0 D. Karunaratne,2-14 D. de Silva,3-75 D. PereraTo bat: N. Dickwella, R. Silva, L. Sandakan, S. Samarawickrama, S. Lakmal, L. GamageBowling: M. Shami 11 – 3 – 30 – 1(nb-1), I. Sharma 10 – 4 – 44 – 1,R. Jadeja 14.3 – 6 – 24 – 1, R. Ashwin 9 – 3 – 28 – 0.last_img read more

MBB : Without injured Wright, Hoyas struggle to find offensive consistency

first_img Published on February 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments WASHINGTON — This version of Syracuse vs. Georgetown was supposed to be about two rival teams surging, led by two of the top point guards in the Big East.Instead, Georgetown had just two days to strategize for Syracuse after its floor leader, Chris Wright, underwent surgery on his left hand Thursday. And all Wright could do was watch as SU point guard Scoop Jardine stole the show and guided the Orange to a 58-51 victory inside the Verizon Center.‘It was tough,’ Wright said. ‘I didn’t want to miss games, but I was just there trying to support my team and do whatever I can.’Wright broke the metacarpal bone in his left, nonshooting hand when he collided with Cincinnati guard Cashmere Wright in a loss to the Bearcats. Ruled out for the final home game of his career at Georgetown, Wright was relegated to the end of the Hoyas bench with his hand wrapped in a soft cast.There wasn’t much he could do.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Chris Wright is their leader. He gets their offense going,’ Jardine said. ‘It hurts them a lot. I feel bad for him seeing him there, and I know he wanted to play in this game. It hurts them a whole lot.’As Georgetown’s second-leading scorer, Wright is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 assists on the season. But during the three games prior to his injury, the senior scored 21.7 points per game and was a major reason Georgetown won eight Big East games in a row.In Wright’s absence, freshman Markel Starks was thrust into 24 minutes of action — more than twice as many minutes he has played in any league game this season. When Starks wasn’t on the floor, guards Jason Clark and Austin Freeman found themselves in the unfamiliar position of handling the ball and initiating the offense.Although Georgetown hung around, riding a wave of emotion on Senior Day, Wright’s presence was noticeably absent from the game.‘Obviously Chris Wright not playing is a huge, huge thing,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I hope he’s all right. I hope he can come back because Georgetown is obviously one of the best teams in our league when he’s playing. That’s a huge loss.’Without Wright, Georgetown turned the ball over 16 times and scored its second-lowest point total of the season on 36 percent shooting. Its lowest point total came Thursday against Cincinnati, when Wright left the game early.Though the Hoyas stayed in the contest and made their runs, the offense was clearly stagnant. Down the stretch, when Georgetown needed a basket, it couldn’t seem to find any open looks and shot 0-for-5 from the field during the final 2:47.‘At points, we were holding the ball a bit too long looking for something,’ Freeman said. ‘We were just looking for each other and holding the ball too long.’With their biggest wave of momentum, the Hoyas took their second lead of the game with 10:00 left to play. But Jardine kept coming. SU subsequently reeled off a 9-1 run of its own, capped by a pull-up 3-pointer by Jardine at the top of the key to give the Orange a six-point advantage.Each time Georgetown made a serious run, Jardine and the Orange answered right back. Jardine finished with a game-high 17 points and seven assists against the freshman Starks.‘He managed the game for them,’ Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said. ‘He controlled the game for them, and then when we made a run, he answered with some key buckets.’Georgetown now finds itself in an apparent freefall in the Big East standings after losing three of its last four games. But in the locker room after the game, Jardine was adamant Georgetown is still very much a contender in the conference.Wright still may return for postseason play, and from where Jardine stood, the Hoyas aren’t hanging their heads after losing their leader.‘I don’t care of they’re good or they’re bad, they’re still going to come out and play with everything they’ve got,’ Jardine said. ‘They lost their leader, but they still came out and gave us their best shot.’aljohn@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MBB : Last time they played: Connecticut 76, Syracuse 71

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 9, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Jim Calhoun had no problem declaring Kemba Walker the best player in America. With Syracuse on the verge of breaking through in overtime, Walker took over and asserted himself as one of the most dominant players in the country.‘I think he’s the MVP of any college basketball team in America,’ Calhoun said in an article published by The Daily Orange on March 11. ‘And I’m going to keep saying that because you’ve got a chance to witness what we’ve witnessed over the past 30-somewhat games.’Walker scored four of Connecticut’s eight points in overtime, leading the ninth-seeded Huskies to a 76-71 victory over the fourth-seeded Orange in the Big East Tournament semifinal matchup. The UConn star and eventual First Team All-American wowed the sold-out crowd of 19,375 at Madison Square Garden by scoring 33 points to go with 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Walker held or tied for a game-high in each of those categories.After Connecticut defeated Louisville in the Big East championship, Walker scored 130 points, setting the record for most points in any one conference tournament ever.Syracuse had no answer for Walker throughout the game. He shot 9-of-18 from the field and 13-of-14 from the free-throw line, single-handedly leading the Huskies to their fourth win in four days.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textScoop Jardine, who had drilled back-to-back 3s to send the game into overtime, missed a 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left in overtime that would have tied the game at 74. And Walker hit two free throws on the other end to seal the game for UConn.SU bottled up Walker for a good portion of the first half. He didn’t hit his first field goal until the 7:29 mark in the half. But he got it done in other ways, opening up the lane and feeding his teammates as he drew the focus of the Orange defense.And he later caught fire in the second half, scoring 23 points in both the second half and overtime combined.‘We let Kemba get too much penetration,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game. ‘We tried to double him every chance we could, but he’s very difficult. He’s as good a player as there is in college basketball right now.’With just more than eight minutes to go in the second half, Syracuse had a chance to pull out in front for good. SU went on an 11-2 run, which included a four-point play by Kris Joseph after he was fouled knocking down a 3 from the top of the arc. Joseph’s play pushed the Orange into the lead.But as Walker had done all night, he responded. He assisted on a jumper from Jeremy Lamb to regain the lead for UConn with six minutes remaining, and the Huskies held on the rest of the way.Despite shooting 52 percent in the second half, the Orange couldn’t contain Walker. And even though Jardine forced overtime, SU could never take control.The performance gave fans a peak of what Walker would achieve in the NCAA Tournament, and UConn won its last 11 games to win the national championship.‘We’re playing hard and together and good things are happening for us,’ Walker said. ‘The bright lights are on, and it’s time to shine. Everybody said we couldn’t do this, and we’re just shocking the world.’—Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, adtredin@syr.edulast_img read more

Universal chairwoman to deliver SCA commencement address

first_img“We are overjoyed that Donna Langley, an iconic force in the entertainment industry, will be sharing her invaluable insight with our graduating class this year,” Daley wrote in a press release. Universal Filmed Entertainment Chairwoman Donna Langley will deliver the School of Cinematic Arts commencement address during the satellite ceremony May 10, SCA dean Elizabeth Daley announced Thursday. Langley follows Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman Kevin Tsujihara who spoke at the SCA commencement ceremony in 2018. Universal Filmed Entertainment chairwoman Donna Langley will deliver the School of Cinematic Arts 2019 commencement address. Langley serves on the SCA Board of Councilors. (Photo from Universal) university and to the industry,” the press release read. Khan, class of 1994, is the creator and producer of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and previously served as an executive producer of “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” and “American Dad!” Her directorial debut “Always Be My Maybe,” starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, is set for release on Netflix this summer.center_img “We are also thrilled to present Nahnatchka Khan, a trailblazing screenwriter, director and producer, with the Mary Pickford Alumni Award,” Daley wrote. “Both are exemplary role models for our students and it is an honor to have them join us at this year’s commencement ceremony.” Langley, who oversees global production, marketing and distribution for Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Entertainment, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation, joined SCA’s Board of Councilors in February. She joined Universal as senior vice president of production in 2001 and was appointed chairwoman in January. During her 18-year career at Universal, the company has produced movies like  “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Us.” In 2014, Langley was named one of Variety’s 2014 Power of Women honorees for her work with the nonprofit Vital Voices, an organization that seeks to empower women politically and economically. The Mary Pickford Alumni Award, which is sponsored by the Mary Pickford Foundation, pays tribute to USC alumni “whose extraordinary achievements bring special distinction to the last_img read more

Trojans nab first conference series win

first_imgLast weekend at No. 13 California, the USC pitching staff allowed 23 runs in 25 innings. This weekend, hosting No. 11 Stanford in a three-game set, the Trojans turned the tables.All three of their starters went at least seven innings as USC (13-19, 4-5) took two of three from the Cardinal (15-9, 3-3) to win its first Pac-10 series of the season.Senior pitcher Logan Odom was in control Sunday. The righthander stranded two runners in the first, got a double play to end the third and another in the fifth. In the sixth, he escaped a second and third, one-out jam by striking out the next two Cardinal hitters. In the end, Odom scattered six hits over seven shutout innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-4.“I was throwing all three pitches for strikes today,” Odom said. “Obviously that really helps. Guys can’t sit on one pitch and it keeps them on their toes.”USC gave Odom support early. Junior catcher Kevin Roundtree led off the first inning with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly.The Trojans manufactured a run without a hit in the second. Junior first baseman Matt Foat was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a pair of sacrifices before scoring on a wild pitch to give USC a 2-0 lead.Roundtree led off the third with another hit and moved to third on a hit-and-run by junior centerfielder Garret Houts. Both ended up scoring on a pair of RBI knocks by Oropesa and Foat to give the Trojans a 4-0 lead.USC added a pair of runs in the sixth, the first on an infield hit by sophomore left fielder J.R. Aguirre and the second on sacrifice bunt by Roundtree.Junior closer Chad Smith inherited the bases loaded with two outs in the eight and allowed a two-RBI single but got the next hitter looking to head to the ninth up 6-2. He retired the Cardinal in order in the ninth to clinch the series win.“We were finally able to relax a little bit,” said USC interim coach Frank Cruz. “We’ve been trying way too hard, and the boys deserve it. Hopefully we can build on this.”As good as Odom was Sunday, junior pitcher Austin Wood was even better Saturday. The righthander went eight strong innings, allowing just one unearned run. He struck out the side in the first inning and fanned eight hitters over the course of the game while walking just two.“I was ready to go,” Wood said. “I was tired of not doing well.”The 3-1 final score was representative of the kind of small-ball game it was. None of the Trojans’ three runs came off of a hit. The first came on a botched squeeze play in the third inning. Houts couldn’t get a bunt down, but Aguirre slid in under the tag and was credited with a straight steal of home.In the fourth inning Foat scored on a wild pitch, and in the fifth Roundtree scored on a groundout.Like Odom, Wood was the beneficiary of some clutch double plays, getting out of jams in the second and sixth. After Wood left the game with a runner on in the ninth, Smith got the first hitter he faced to ground into a double play and ended the game with a strikeout for his fourth save of the season.“I thought we made a lot of quality defense plays today,” Cruz said. “The double plays were huge.”Friday was what Cruz refers to as a “throwaway game.” Stanford pitcher Mark Appel went the distance, allowing just one unearned run and four hits while striking out seven Trojan hitters. Stanford put up a four-spot in the fifth and ran away with the game 8-1.“It’s great to bounce back so well after a game like Friday,” Cruz said. “This is a very good team we beat.”The Trojans are right back at it Tuesday as they travel to Pepperdine for a 3 p.m. matchup against the Waves.last_img read more

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